Cool evenings and brisk mornings, autumn is in the air. Officially fall begins on Friday September 22, but with so many wonderful fall activities to enjoy in the Hudson Valley, why wait til then? Especially living in this area, the Hudson Valley is typically ripe with everything fall.
Often when we think of fall our thoughts wonder to the end of summer, the return of football, and the changing of the leaves. In the Hudson Valley we have the great fortune of living amongst one of the most amazing displays of fall foliage found in the United States, however, unlike the leaf peepers found in abundance on area roads this time of year, taking a drive to view mother nature’s canvas may not be tops on a local persons list of fall activates. Lucky for us, fall has so many more things to offer.
The Hudson Valley is also ripe with fall harvest. There are plentiful apple orchards offering not only apple picking, but also things like apple cider, apple cider doughnuts (a personal favorite), and hayrides. Some of these orchards have beautiful grounds and amazing views. Bring along a picnic lunch, enjoy the orchards and the views.
If you prefer wine tasting over a picnic adventure check out Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery and plan on spending the day. Not only do they have appIe and pear picking, in their tasting room you can explore the many offerings of brandies, liqueurs, hard ciders, and wine. Stay for lunch (open Thurs- Sun) and dine in either the Pane Café or Black Dirt Grill. Both offer dishes made from local harvest when available and fresh baked bread on Saturdays and Sundays. Every weekend, from 2-5, weather permitting, from 2-5 you will find live music on the patio and during cooler months the music is brought. For more information including menus and music schedules visit http://www.wvwinery.com/.
October is the gateway for corn mazes and pumpkin patches. When it comes to corn mazes there is something for everyone. There are mazes ranging in length and difficulty, suitable for the young and the young at heart. If you are more of a thrill seeker, maybe a corn maze after dark suits you. Several locations have it all, apple picking, pumpkin picking, and a corn maze, along with many other attractions. If you have smaller children or interested in something on a smaller scale consider the Field of Dreams Pumpkin Patch http://fieldofdreamspa.com/. Just across the Delaware River this amazing little patch has hayrides, a children’s corn maze, and a large portion of their profits provides area (NY & PA) youth with the opportunity to play sports with proper safety equipment. Their incredible support of community youth coupled with the fact that they are open 3 weeks early this year, make Field of Dreams a win-win when it comes to pumpkin picking.
Finally, if apples and pumpkins don’t intrigue you, maybe a film festival will? The Black Bear Film Festival is an annual event, the third weekend of October in Milford PA. This little festival will be held October 20-22 featuring local artists and independent films. This year’s film schedule includes classics, a world premier, documentaries, thrillers, and more. The Black Bear Film Festival kicks off Friday October 20th with their Gala, a three-course dinner at the Hotel Fauchere, special guest Hollywood romantic film staring Tab Hunter and the showing of Hunter’s movie Confidential at the historic Milford Theatre following dinner. For tickets to the opening night festivities and the film schedule visit http://www.blackbearfilm.com/.
The Black Bear Film Festival is one of the best festivals going on today. Our film, ‘Mommy’s Box,’ screened there and we were all treated like Hollywood stars. If you are a filmmker this festival is a must.”
– Johnny Greenlaw, Award-Winning Producer Filmmaker
Whether you are attending a local football game or festival, gathering fruits from the local harvest, or any of the many other things the area has to offer, one thing is for sure, fall is an amazing time in the Hudson Valley.
Niki Jones Agency