Over the years, New York’s Hudson Valley has steadily become an enclave for crafters and makers, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of New York City for a quieter, slower existence.
But natives, urban transplants, and tourists alike can all vouch that there’s nothing quite like it in the fall. From apple orchards and antique shops to hiking and exceptional farm-to-table eateries, Hudson Valley is a great destination come autumn.
We polled the growers, crafters, and makers at our Open Kitchen conversation series at Ravenwood this fall to get their favorite Hudson Valley recommendation. This is what they told us:
RESTAURANTS & EATERIES:
Lagusta’s Luscious and Commissary
“When family comes to town we always go to Boiston’s in Kingston. They have a great deck and lovely cocktails.” – Erin Enouen & Sam Zurofsky, Longseason Farm
“We love Westwind Orchard for pizza, oysters, cider and a great family hang. The apples and other fruits for picking are second to none, but the atmosphere and amazing owners, Laura and Fabio, are what draw us back again and again.” – András Gipp – Hudson Workshop & Sarah Copeland, Edible Living
“Ravenwood dinners are honestly one of the most special experiences you can have!” – Catherine & Nick Carnevale, Eleven Six
Catskill Native Nursery
“The Catskill Native Nursery, right next door to Ravenwood. Even when I am thinking about not working, I am thinking about plants!” – Erin Enouen, Longseason Farm
“Scott’s Corner is our town’s quaint shopping area. It’s a pleasant destination for a cozy fall stroll. You’ll find a nice cheese shop, antiques store and a cozy book shop, amongst other nice places to visit.” Re Jin Lee, BDB NY Ceramics
Modern Living Supplies, Hops Petunia, and Lovefield Vintage
“Modern Living Supplies, Hops Petunia, and Lovefield Vintage.” – Catherine & Nick Carnevale, Eleven Six
Stone Window Gallery
“The Stone Window Gallery in Accord. And the local potter Brit Baker who was trained in Japan. Amazing work.” Blake Arrowood, Arrowood Farms
PLACES TO STAY:
“We love hosting our friends and family, but when they can’t all fit, they enjoy the Elmrock Inn.” – Erin Enouen & Sam Zurofsky, Longseason Farm
Hasbrouck House, Foxfire Mountain House, and Scribner’s Lodge
“There are a lot of emerging stars in our area, but for full service fun, relaxation and food to match, we love Hasbrouk House, Foxfire Mountain House and Scribner’s Lodge. The fireplaces at all three come fall and winter can’t be topped.” – András Gipp – Hudson Workshop & Sarah Copeland, Edible Living
“Every year I attend Catskills Conf (a tech conference in the woods) at the Ashokan Center. Staying overnight out there is one of my favorite things every year.” – Aaron Quint, Kingston Bread Lab
“Anywhere you can set up a tent deep, deep in the Catskills.” – Christopher Williams, Coppersea Bourbon
THINGS TO DO:
Hiking at Gertrude’s Nose
“Gertrude’s Nose is one of my favorite hikes nearby, but I also love Slide Mountain in the Catskills. For Gertrude’s Nose, I park at the West Trapp’s lot so I can hike along the ridge. It’s a great view of the changing foliage!” – Erin Enouen, Longseason Far
Stone Ridge Orchard
“We go apple picking as much as we can and we love Stone Ridge Orchard.” – Aaron Quint, Kingston Bread Lab
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
“Sailing on the Hudson Sloop Clearwater.” – Christopher Williams, Coppersea Bourbon
“Attending local art walks and community events like the O Positive Festival in October, plus walking my dog in the beautiful parks of the Hudson Valley.” – Kat Howard, Bookmeat Studio
Field + Supply
“Going to Field + Supply every Columbus Day weekend and walking at the Ashokan Reservoir.” – Megan Sommerville & Matt Ensner, Materia Designs
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These are great ideas and easily translate to autumn in a beautiful location like the Isle of Wight With a rich farming and smallholding heritage harvest brings the very best of produce in abundance.https://www.facebook.com/sakuramotorbikerental/ I love being minutes from the sea then strolling over to a farmer laden with apples ‘taters’ (potatoes) kale and chard, onions and eggs!
I have traveled to Paris and Italy in February. The weather is fabulous (I HATE the heat) and the crowds are MUCH less, although, admittedly, there were still PLENTY of tourists. I couldn’t imagine going to either place in June…. I’ll be traveling to Germany in March next year. I’d MUCH rather see places on a budget than save for 5 years to get that luxury room in Paris. In June. Not worth the extra money to me…..Chinese visa service
I have traveled to Paris and Italy in February. The weather is fabulous (I HATE the heat) and the crowds are MUCH less, although, admittedly, there were still PLENTY of tourists. I couldn’t imagine going to either place in June…. I’ll be traveling to Germany in March next year. I’d MUCH rather see places on a budget than save for 5 years to get that luxury room in Paris. In June. Not worth the extra money to me…Chinese visa service..
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I understand how you feel. I have been in Shanghai for almost 5 years now, and there are certainly times when I really feel I need a change of location, but whenever that happens something about Shanghai & china draws me back. Anyway great blog, good luck with your next journey
I enjoy reading through your site. I learn a lot of good recipes and definitely I will try. I love your travel document through China. Most of the ancient cities are beautiful. For every picture of the “Venice of the East,” I feel as if I live through a character of the story books in Song, Minh and Qing dynasties. It’s good to have a dreamy moment once in a while through those pictures. Your site run very slow and sometimes does not move. I wonder if the file is too big for loading? any way, post more new recipes and travel. I feel as if I travel with you guys without the pain have to go through the TSA at the airport.
While I agree to some, I also feel like I don’t adhere to the other tips. When one travels, there is always money involved; but there are, as pointed out, various ways to travel comfortably without spending too much. Overall, I appreciate the post! Thanks for sharing!Inle See Einbein Fischer
I always enjoy these posts, Not sure if I’ll ever make it to Namibia but I feel lucky to have shared your adventures via the blog! So much to see and wonder about – the animals, the rivers, and the wonderful people who welcomed you. Thank you for sharing with us.Amalfi
My entire family lives out of state so we have been forced to travel with EJ and he HATES it. We now treat bedtime the same and even put to bed in his crib while we pack the car and then leave or wake up at like 4 am and drive. He sleeps and we drink coffee and then when we arrive we make someone watch him while we nap. Its been a life savor for us simply because EJ is dramatic and will scream the entire way if he is pissed.
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Your guide doesn’t make it very far up the Hudson! So much more as you make your way toward the Adirondacks!
What an interesting and informative article! Be sure to take all the information on the note! By the way, tell us more about the upcoming New Year’s holidays!
These are great ideas and easily translate to autumn in a beautiful location like the Isle of Wight With a rich farming and smallholding heritage harvest brings the very best of produce in abundance. I love being minutes from the sea then strolling over to a farmer laden with apples ‘taters’ (potatoes) kale and chard, onions and eggs! Bucolic bliss!