Updated: Nov 4, 2021
Sprawling, scenic, and lush, the Hudson Valley is truly the perfect canvas for fall’s colorful foliage. The region’s dynamic landscape, paired with its crisp autumn weather, provides plenty of opportunities to take full advantage of the season. From apple picking to outdoor galleries, here are five ways you can make the most of fall in the region.
Thousands flock to the Hudson Valley each year for the region’s top-tier wineries, and Benmarl is no exception. The 37-acre estate overlooks the Hudson River Valley, allowing for a variety of vibrant photo opportunities. Given its picturesque grounds and reputation for producing authentic, quality wines, it is no surprise that Benmarl is the oldest vineyard in the country.
For an autumnal getaway straight out of a fairytale, look no further than the Mohonk Mountain House. The Victorian resort was built in 1869 and is situated on 40,000 acres of awe-inspiring woodlands that include over 80 miles of walking trails. Along with guided nature tours and live outdoor concerts, the resort hosts seasonal activities such as Thanksgiving scavenger hunts and holiday movie screenings.
Fall is prime growing season for apples, especially in the Hudson Valley. With over 500 trees and a variety of apples and other fruits to pick by hand—including pumpkins and blackberries—the Jenkins-Lueken Orchards are a great destination to gather fresh produce while getting an up-close look at the region’s seasonal foliage.
Set on 120 acres of sprawling grounds, the Art Omi Sculpture and Architecture Park is a one-of-a-kind artistic experience. Showcasing a dynamic array of contemporary art, the park is both immersive and expansive, providing a striking contrast between the works showcased and the natural, scenic backdrop of the Hudson Valley.
For an unforgettable experience and breathtaking views, take the Hunter Mountain Scenic Skyride, which allows you to see the Hudson Valley from atop the 3,200-foot mountain. The 11-minute ride also features views of surrounding mountain ranges, including Vermont’s Green Mountains and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.