It was a heavy rain this morning and afternoon in New York City, which makes it a perfect time to research places to travel for next weekend’s predicted high color the outskirts of the big city (figures crossed). On the map above, from my favorite fall leaf watching website the Foliage Network, it looks like NY and PA State’s mountain regions, the Adirondacks, Catskills, and the Poconos, are all seeing high to peak color, so get those sweaters out and get in the car!
My husband found this article from Big Appled on five amazing scenic fall day trip destinations from the Big Apple. I’ve been to the top two destinations and they truly are amazing. I highly recommend going.
1. BEAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK IN STONY POINT, NY
For beautiful views of the fall scenery against the distant view of the Hudson River make your way to Bear Mountain State Park in Stony Point. The park hosts a variety of hiking paths, picnic grounds and outdoor activities, as well as a merry-go-round, a museum and a trailside zoo featuring rescued animals from the area. On weekends throughout the October, the park will also be hosting Oktoberfest celebrations that boast a myriad of Germans beers, delicious Bavarian foods, crafts and live music performances. You can even get to the park via boat by taking the Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Day Cruise that leaves from Manhattan.
2. STORM KING ART CENTER IN MOUNTAINVILLE, NY
If you are looking for a place to view the colorful leaves amidst a truly unique art installation, journey up to Storm King in Mountainville. Here, you will find an upstate escape featuring an outdoor sculpture collection that rests on 500 acres of beautifully manicured meadows. This large exhibit showcases 100 spectacular pieces from renowned artists such as Alexander Calder and Roy Lichtenstein that are strategically scattered throughout the scenic pastures. Spend the day admiring these incredible works of art as you wander through the grounds, take in the colorful woodland surroundings and breath in the crisp autumn air.
3. APPLEWOOD ORCHARD AND WINERY IN WARWICK, NY
Wander up north to the town of Warwick for a day filled with fun fall activities at the Applewood Orchards and Winery. This Hudson Valley farm features eleven varieties of apples that you can pick yourself, as well as a pumpkin patch, wagon rides and puppet shows for kids. After filling up your apple sack, you can take a stroll through the serene gardens, stop by the wine tasting room, browse through the country store or enjoy the beautiful autumn afternoon by snagging a seat outside and snacking on a fresh apple doughnut as sip on some hard pumpkin cider. Yum!
4. BLUE HILL FARM IN POCANTICO HILLS, NY
For a glimpse of the fall foliage on a charming country farm, make your way to Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills. Amidst the gilded meadows and wandering woodland paths, you will find Blue Hill Farm hidden away at the top of a rolling pasture. The farm is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday each week and features tours, educational programs, and farm-to-table cooking classes highlighting seasonal autumn recipes and the renowned Blue Hill at Stone Barnsrestaurant to have a top-notch meal made with the day’s delicious harvest. For an afternoon filled with live music, farming activities, food crafting, markets, and hay rides make sure to stop by the farm on October 5th, for their Annual Harvest Fest.
Make your way over to the North Shore of Long Island to depart from the city scene this fall at Old Westbury Gardens. Here you will find a historic Charles II-style mansion tucked away amidst 200 acres of gorgeous formal gardens, meandering pathways, glistening ponds and woodlands bursting with golden fall foliage. In addition to a variety of daytime educational workshops and autumn activities, the garden will also host “Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns” on weekends throughout the fall. Stop by this nighttime event to get in the Halloween spirit as you view over 5,000 individually carved pumpkins light up the night along a winding scenic trail.
HAPPY FALL TRAVELS!