Excursions

5 Fall Getaways

fallgetawaysFall in the Northeast is simply gorgeous.  Fall to me means crisp air, changing leaves, pumpkins, apple cider donuts, dressing in layers, soups, and cozy fires.  It’s been a yearly tradition to take a road trip to see the Fall foliage and go apple and pumpkin picking.  I’m so excited to revisit some of my favorite places and discover new spots.

1) The Berkshires

fallgetaways2{Barns and pumpkins |Photo by Erik Rank}

The Berkshires has really changed in the last couple of years but it still retains its small town charm.  With rolling hills, farms, and plenty of outdoor activities not to mention it’s only a 3.5 hour drive from Manhattan, this is one of my favorite places to visit at any time of the year.  The Berkshires is the perfect place to recharge your batteries with 2 well-known wellness centers, Canyon Ranch and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  My favorite thing to do is to stay at a cute B&B like the Stonover Farm and go for long hikes.

2) Vermont

fallgetaways3{Covered bridge in Woodstock, VT | Photo Source}

The first time I went leaf peeping in Vermont, I was blown away by the beauty.  You can’t paint a more beautiful picture than seeing mountains in fire reds and oranges.  My sister and I took a road trip for the weekend and drove up on Route 7 from New York.  We drove through much of Western Vermont and through the Green Mountains.  Everytime we saw a covered bridge, we had to stop to take a photo.  All the towns along the way are just as you would imagine them to be super quaint and adorable like out of a movie.  We stayed in Warren, VT which was centrally located to everything we wanted to do.  We stayed at this wonderful B&B called The Featherbed Inn.  Linda and Tom Gardner, the innkeepers, are the warmest people you will ever meet.  Two things that stood out to me 1) the yummy breakfast in the morning and 2) the comfortable beds.  They don’t call it the Featherbed Inn for nothing.  These were some of the things we did and worth checking out: American Flatbread Restaurant, Ben & Jerry’s Factory, Cabot Cheese, King Arthur Flour, The Pitcher Inn.

3) Finger Lakes 

fallgetaways4{Finger Lakes wineries | Photo Source}

I’ve never actually been to the Finger Lakes but many of my friends keep reminding me that I need to go especially since my boyfriend and I are huge winos.  I’ve begun my own research and I started reading this NY Times article as well as this Wine Enthusiast article and it’s definitely piqued my interest.  I just love the idea of wine tasting in beautiful Fall weather.  In the last 10 years, the wines being produced here have taken notice espeically their reislings.  If any of you have tips send them my way!

4) Sleepy Hollow

fallgetaways5{Philipsburg Manor | Photo by Daniel Mennerich}

We all know Sleepy Hollow as the setting from the Headless Horseman but it also happens to be a very quaint and beautiful town.  It’s only 25 miles North of Manhattan and you can conveniently get there on the Metro North train.  You almost forget how close you are to the city because Sleepy Hollow still holds its small-town rustic charm.  Sleepy Hollow is packed with history and is an amazing place to go during Halloween, as you can imagine.  Check out the Great Jack O’Lanter Blaze here.  I’m looking forward to going back to get in the Halloween spirit!

5) Warwick, NY

fallgetaway6 {Applewood Orchards}

My sister and I discovered Warwick, NY just last Fall when we visited the Applewood Orchards and Winery for apple and pumpkin picking (read here).  Warwick, NY is about an hour and 15 minute drive from Manhattan.  Applewood is an all-inclusive Fall experience.  You can literally knock off all your Fall bucket list items here.  We went apple and pumpkin picking, went on a hayride through the farm, drank apple cider and ate apple cider donuts.  There’s even a winery for the adults and I must say, the hard apple cider is divine.  The drive up to Applewood orchard is gorgeous especially when the leaves change colors.  On the way home be sure to stop by my favorite place for guiltless shopping, the Woodbury Common Outlets which is not too far away.