The Perfect Fall Day

fallday1_coverWhat do I want to do on a perfect Fall day?  Go on an amazing hike and discover the Hudson Valley of course!  Last weekend, I wanted to get outside and be in nature.  It felt more like Summer than Fall because it was 80 degrees outside.  None-the-less, the leaves were already changing and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday than being active and doing fun Fall activities.  Here was my itinerary for the perfect Fall day…

1) Getting there:  You can take the Metro North train from Grand Central to Cold Spring, NY or drive to Cold Spring which is what I did.  It was about an hour and a half from Manhattan.  You can walk from the train stop to the beginning of the trail.

2) Pick up some provisions for the hike at the Cold Spring General Store.  I got this amazing handmade farmer’s granola which was a great snack on the hike.  It’s such a cute store you have to visit.

3) I sort of went unprepared for this hike.  I didn’t have a map and I didn’t really know much about it other then it’s a strenuous hike and there were amazing views.  Luckily, there was a guy at the beginning of the trail who was super helpful.  He told me to follow the white trail to the red to the yellow and the whole loop should take between 2 – 3 hours.  I have to say, it’s not for the novice hiker.  There were some rock scrambles where I thought to myself, I better not fall.  It was hands down the prettiest hike I’ve ever been on in the Hudson Valley and totally worth overcoming my fear of heights.

4) Head back to Cold Spring for brunch at Hudson Hil’s which is located in a cute house with a porch.  All of their ingredients are sourced from local farms and food artisans.

5) After lunch, I really wanted to go apple picking so we went to Fishkill Farms which is only 10 miles from Cold Spring.  It’s a gorgeous farm with rolling hills, orchards, and mountain views.  I happened to go when my favorite apples were ready to be picked golden delicious and macouns.  During the weekends, they have harvest festivals where there’s live music, hay rides, cider donuts, and pumpkin picking.  Um…can we say Fall fun?

fallday2{Cold Spring General Store}

fallday3 {View of the mountain}

fallday4 {View of Bannerman Castle}

fallday5 {Just started the hike}

fallday6 {Off to pick apples}

fallday7 {Picturesque view}

fallday8 {The yummiest apples}

fallday10{Pumpkin picking}