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Autumn Activities in Hudson Valley 2017
The Hudson Valley provides the ultimate blend of natural and cultural beauty and recreation from the vibrant green and rolling hillside foliage to the many fine arts galeries, dining, wineries, beer houses and buttresses. Be it walking through the quaint little towns, walking through the hills or strolling through magnificent villas and parks, the range of activities is almost inexhaustible.
To get the most out of your Hudson Valley vacation, take a look at the following table. When you' re on your way inland to see autumn leaves, it's best to jump on the Catskill Mountain Railroad in Ulster County. About 90 northeast of NYC is Shawangunk Ridge, affectionately called "The Gunks".
" Known as a top climber in the United States, this vast chain of mountains travels all year round to climb the rocks, which are about 150ft high. Known for Irving Washington's tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this Westchester County town hugs its heritage with a series of spooky autumn happenings.
Sleepy Hollow's courageous premier spookhouse experience: Spookhouse opens in early October and the ticket starts at $20. Find out more about organic agriculture and take part in a range of outdoor and indoor recreational and outdoor recreational acitivities, from apiculture to cookery courses, at the Hilltop Hannover Farm and Environmental Center in Westchester County. Choose your own products, buy local syrups, honeys and spiced doughnuts and get caught up in a labyrinth of maize (!) on Samascott's Farm and Garden Market in Columbia County (weekends until October 31st).
Or, keep things easy by having a local brew in the Pennings Farm beergarden. The Brotherhood Wine Cellar, in Orange County, was founded in 1839 and is considered America's oldest wine cellar. And if you want to try something other than wine, Hudson Valley has a dozen different types of brewery, ciderie and distillery.
The Ulster County based company specialises in dried, tough cider, making it the ideal drink for the autumntime. Alternatively, try a local tuthilltown distillery, also in Ulster. Discover your own artistic heritage and explore the many Hudson Valley fine arts and exhibitions.
With over 100 sculpture works on its 500 hectare property, the Orange County Saint King Arts Center is the ideal place for those who want to enjoy outdoor arts. Contemporary arts enthusiasts should also visit Dia:Beacon in Dutchess County, where works by the likes of Andy Warhol and Agnes Martin can be seen.
Located in Rockland County, beat the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center - a former textiles factory that now accommodates retailing and work area for artist and craftsmen and serves a series of events on site (it also has a brewery). Hudson Valley's rich agricultural heritage, combined with a prestigious cooking academy, makes it an ideal travel getaway.
Visit Ulster County and eat at the Aroma Thyme Bistro, which purchases its produce in a social-conscious way; discover the Dutchess County's Kitchen Sinkood & Drink seasons table, which uses produce from the owners' own home grown business; or take a tour to the Greene County Bavaria Manor Inn and Restaurant, renowned for offering the best local cuisine.
The Hudson Valley has many thousand kilometres of walking paths, but the Appalachian trail is by far the best known. One of the most favourite sections is the route that begins at Bear Mountain (just over an hours outside of New York City). Walkers walk past the Bear Mountain Bridge, which has a trailside museum and a marvellous viewpoint.
Hudson Valley is full of wonderful properties and villas that were once home to important personalities in US society. Start your property jealousies at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Home, Library, and Museum in Dutchess County, where the thirty-second president of the United States lived and retired for most of his time.
The complex has been carefully maintained for over 100 years and has an imposing six-storey brick building, a beautifully laid out statue gardens and a carriage shed with the family's car and horse-drawn carriage collections (visitors have several tours with entrance fees between 25 and 40 dollars). Don't miss the Olana State Haus in Columbia County, home of the famous artist of the Hudson River School, the Frederic Church.
At $12, you can visit the church building, which offers a mixture of victorian and near east cloisters. Faithful to the Church's passion for the outdoors, the visitor can explore the hiking paths or the canoe in the lake, which is situated on its 250 hectare plot. Although the Woodstock Musical Festivals did not really take place in this small Ulster County city, Woodstock is still full of performers, musical enthusiasts and those who keep the mind of the event intact.
Autumn is an especially good season for a walk to Overlook Mountain, a sharp ascent that takes you to an eye-catching, deserted mountain-house. (which walkers can discover from both inside and outside). Returning from your walk, in the forests just behind the Overlook Mountain trail head car park, you will find the still operating Church of the Holy Transfiguration, which is located in a small, handmade 18th century shed.
Slightly more than 1miles long and 200+ ft above the Hudson River, the Walkway Over the Hudson is known as the longest raised footbridge in the game. Strollers, ramblers and bikers are welcome to hike along the river to enjoy beautiful 360 degree river view of the Hudson Valley.
It links the Poughkeepsie water front in Dutchess County with the city of Lloyd in Ulster County, with sellers who sell warm dog, icecream and poppcorn on both sides of the draw. If you are planning a multi-day holiday in Hudson Valley or just want to get away for a fast week-end trip to the area, the accommodation is many.
Choose the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, Ulster County for a castle-like, luxurious resortscape. When you' re looking for something weird, take a look at the Blue Barn Bed and Breakfast in Ulster County. Overnight at Wm Farmer & Sons, which has 13 rooms and suite in Columbia County for a more contemporary style retail facility.
A free-lance author located in Buffalo, NY, Caroline King can now read all the Hudson Valley districts in an alphabetic order after her work.