There are a multitude of fantastic apple orchards in upstate New York to satisfy your fall apple picking desires. Masker Orchards in Warwick, New York has been around for over 100 years and has massive grounds with all of the different types of apples you could want. They also sell honey, jams, pies, and apple cider on the premises. This place can get pretty crowded so it is recommended to get up there early in the day. You pay per pound of apples you take, but that doesn’t stop you from eating a few as you go!
Masker Fruit Farms Inc., 45 Ball Road, Warwick, NY, USA, +1 845 986 1058
The Oktoberfest at Anthony Wayne recreation center in Bear Mountain is going on weekends starting in September and running through October. The best part: entrance to the festival is free! There is German food, beer, music and craft vendors from 12 P.M. to 6 P.M. every weekend day through the end of October. This is a truly great way to get out of the city for a day, have delicious food and beer and see beautiful views of the Hudson Valley. If you don’t want to drive, there are cruises and coach buses that shuttle to and from New York City.
If you’ve never take a trip out to the North Fork of Long Island to check out the array of wineries out there, you’re really missing out. You’ll have a boisterous good time; you can buy a bottle of wine, eat some clam chowder, and enjoy the energy. Many places offer tastings of four glasses of wine, so you have options! Bedell Cellars is one of the highlights, set in a beautiful house with a huge wrap-around porch. You also don’t want to miss out on Woodside Orchard’s hard cider, great as a buffer between wineries.
Bedell Cellars, 36225 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY, USA +1 631 734 7537
Woodside Farms, 729 Main Road, Aquebogue, NY, USA +1 631 722 5770
While it’s easy to get lost in the concrete jungle, there is plenty of greenery easily accessible from NYC. The possibilities for a beautiful hike near the city are endless. Between Bear Mountain, The Hudson Valley, the Catskills, and even nearby Westchester, you can take your pick, depending on how far you want to venture and how intense a hike you want. Everything from romantic scenic views to uphill workouts is easily at your disposal. Anthony’s Nose Hike is a great option, close to the city and overlooking picturesque Bear Mountain.
The Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay Long Island is perfect for oyster lovers. Head down to Oyster Bay on October 17th or 18th on the LIRR, and you can be slurping oysters and munching on fried clams in just over an hour. This free festival has a ton of fantastic things going on, including music, craft fairs, and of course, food. The oysters are freshly caught, and watching the hordes of people shucking oysters is entertainment enough. There is no alcohol at this festival, but if you feel like grabbing a beer there are some bars in the area.
The Oyster Bay Festival, 1 West End Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY, USA +1 516 628 1625
By Katherine Packer
Katherine graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in doing what she loves: theater, writing, and literature. Currently living in Brooklyn, and trying to cultivate a green thumb. She enjoys reading outside on her balcony, and trying new recipes with the veggies from her CSA.