Nov 11, 2021

My Visit to Colts Neck in the Fall

By Julia Mortimer

Monmouth County is full of beautiful, quaint towns, and each generally has a peak season. For Colts Neck, I would argue that the town looks most beautiful in the fall. The highly wooded area is blanketed by orange and red leaves, with apples ready for picking. To be fully immersed in all things fall this month, I knew Colts Neck would be the place to visit. 

I ventured over to the town on an overcast October day. The French Market, located on Route 34, had recently opened, so I had to go check it out. Nestled in a strip of stores was the French restaurant, with brick flooring, bistro tables and string lights to make for perfect outdoor seating on a fall day. They also have Wi-Fi, so it is the perfect spot for the folks working from home. 

A friend and I walked into the beautifully decorated market that smelled of fresh pastries and coffee. I ordered a hot latte and an almond croissant. Both were delicious. The croissant was crispy with a delicious, ooey-gooey center. The other French Market location has a bit of a Paris/city feel, while the Colts Neck location emulates the south of France. We sat inside, sharing conversation while relaxing in the comforting cafe. 

After filling our bellies with yummy pastries and coffee, we headed over to an absolute fall staple, Delicious Orchards. I’m sure that if you live in Monmouth County, you have visited the country food market at least once. 

Outside, there is a snack bar where you can get warm apple cider and donuts. I mean, what more could you want after grocery shopping? The grocery store is full of seasonal goodies such as spreads, peanut butter, coffees, fresh fruits and vegetables, and more. They usually offer samples as well. If you are looking for all the perfect ingredients for a fall charcuterie board, this is your place.

I bought apple butter, apple cider, chunky peanut butter, and apple cider donuts – all things I plan to eat with my morning coffee until December. 

Once we were far too full, we decided a walk might be a wise decision. We headed over to Dorbrook Park. It was ideal sweatshirt weather for a stroll in the park. We admired the seasons changing in the nature that surrounded us. 

Fall seems to come and go so quickly. Before you know it, the temperature drops to 30 degrees, and the trees are bear. I encourage you to go outside and enjoy all the beauty fall has to offer!