What’s happening this Fall in the Hudson Valley?
The weather is getting cooler, kids are back to school, and the leaves are beginning to change color. It may feel like it’s already been fall for weeks, but in fact the first official day of autumn is actually September 22. In honor of one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful seasons, here’s a list of my favorite (and uniquely local) ways to celebrate during the fall!
- Pick-Your-Own Apples: Fall in the Hudson Valley wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the farm to pick-your-own apples. It is a scientifically-proven fact that apples taste best straight off the tree. (Note: this may not actually be scientifically proven, but I double dog dare you to prove me wrong!) There is an abundance of apple farms in the Hudson Valley to choose from with lots of apple varieties. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon with the kids, or a fun and off-beat date idea. Locals Pro Tip: Don’t forget to grab an apple cider donut to reward yourself for an afternoon’s hard work on the farm. They taste even better dunked in a cup of hot apple cider!
- Fall Foliage: Unlike it’s more famous California twin, Orange County NY is not named for its citrus, but for the gorgeous, flame-colored leaves that stun visitors and Hudson Valley locals alike every fall. It’s hard NOT to find a great place to view the foliage (really, you’d have to be trying), but a couple of my favorite spots are the Mohonk Mountain House, where you can take in the view for miles and miles, and along the Walkway Over The Hudson, where you can enjoy sights of the Hudson River among the trees. Locals Pro Tip: Leaves are at their most vibrant in late September and early October. Plan now for the next few weekends to be the most spectacular. Leaf peeping has become a new sport here. Maybe you have a favorite location?
- Hudson Valley Garlic Festival: If you’re like me, you probably agree that nothing smells quite as good as the kitchen when you’re sauteing up some garlic – except perhaps the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, dedicated to celebrating one of natures most pungent and delicious veggies! Located in Saugerties NY, this unique festival has been serving up the good stuff since 1989. Not only are there plenty of foods to try (and guest chefs and workshops to help you create some great recipes at home), but there are also vendors, crafts, a kids area, and live music to make it an enjoyable afternoon for all. This year’s festival takes place every year in late September. Locals Pro Tip: If garlic breath just isn’t your thing, there are always other types of festivals celebrating everything from cauliflower to film to craft beer.
- Restaurant Week: The Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is one of the biggest and best events of its kind, with restaurants participating up and down the river. The event’s name is a bit of a misnomer, as it actually runs for a full 14 days in mid November. During the event, participating restaurants offer up a three course, prix-fixe menu for an affordable price. It’s a great way to try out a new restaurant, and support local businesses. Locals Pro Tip: Keep an eye on the official website for a list of participating restaurants and their menus starting in October, and plan ahead with reservations – Restaurant Week can get busy!
- Haunted Halloween: It’s no secret that Hudson Valley locals LOVE Halloween, and there are many events to celebrate all October. One of the most spectacular is the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an elaborate walkthrough experience with over 5,000 hand carved pumpkins creating intricate designs, characters, and monsters. Located at the Van Cortland Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, it’s an event that’s definitely worth the approximately hour-long drive from Orange County. Closer to home, Newburgh’s Terror Dome and Beacon’s Halloween Festival provide a variety of spooky and fun options for all-ages (including scaredy cats like me!). Locals Pro Tip: Keep abreast of events at Hudson Valley Halloween Magazine, run by local author and Halloween enthusiast Donna Davies.
Do you have a tip for your favorite fall activities and events in the Hudson Valley? Leave a comment below!
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