I’m a bona fide city girl but every once in a while the country girl in me craves nature and wide open spaces. I grew up in New City, New York which is located in the low Hudson Valley; my parents still have a home there. I love going back to my parent’s house because I use it as a base camp to explore the rest of the Hudson Valley. My whole family decided to tag along on one of my adventures. It was great because everyone had a job: dad was the designated driver, I took the photos, Sarah was the navigator, and mom was the schmoozer. We started the day at Benmarl winery in Marlboro, New York. It’s about a 55 minute drive from New City and 1.5 hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. The allure here was not so much the wine (unfortunately) but the winery itself. It’s perched on a hill overlooking the Hudson River and the grounds are really rustic and not pretentious.
After we tasted some wine, we went to Weed Orchards to go peach picking. There’s something about running down an orchard that makes me feel like a kid again. Meanwhile, my parents looked like a militant Korean couple going row-by-row picking only the very best peaches off the tree. We had one of those old school radio flyer wagons and filled it up with fresh peaches and corn. Weed Orchards is an excellent farm that offers a variety of produce. I wasn’t quite ready for the apple cider and donuts but I imagine it’s the perfect destination for Fall. There’s something special about picking your own food and if I could go to a farm at least once a month, I would be a happy girl.
For dinner, we went to Henry’s at the Farm at Buttermilk Falls Inn which was in close proximity to Weed Orchards. It ended up being the perfect spot for us because it was not only a beautiful place but the food was excellent as well. The property was gorgeous; there was actually a wedding going on while we were there. The main building is where the reception office and the restaurant are located. They both overlook a little pond where there’s all these ducks, geese, and swans. There are all these cute little trails throughout the forest that lead you to the guest rooms, the spa, and lookout points of the Hudson River. I felt like I was in a fairytale setting.
I love the Hudson Valley because there are endless things you can do, see, and eat. It’s also so close to the city that you could really do some of these trips in a day. It’s become my favorite thing to do on the weekends just exploring all the towns. It’s also the perfect opportunity to bond with friends and family who for the majority live there. Below are some of my other favorite Hudson Valley itineraries. Go exploring outside the city!