Fall farm markets and festivals are the highlight of the year in the Hudson Valley. Before becoming innkeepers, we always knew we lived in a beautiful area of New York State but never realized pumpkins and apples were a tourist attraction. The autumn is beautiful and a great time of year, enjoying the crisp mornings and the changing colors. It’s tradition for many families to come to pick apples, go the a corn maze or take a cruise on the Hudson River to enjoy the colors.
Orange Tourism has a wonderful events calendar on their site which helps stay in the know on Fall events. Go to www.orangetourism.org for their calendar. All the info you may want is on this site.
Farm Markets are really just priceless at this time of year. The fresh produce abounds all over the county. They open in June and continue on through October. You can find them on the Orange Tourism site under attractions and then farm markets. There are just too many to name.
Orange County has been hosting the Renaissance Fair in Sterling Forest for many years. It runs weekends through 9/21. September 13 is the Monroe Cheese Festival. Did you know Velveeta cheese originated on Monroe NY? Just a little trivia. Bear Mountain has Octoberfest weekends 9/13 through 10/26. Great place to enjoy Fall colors. Grape Stomping at the Brotherhood Winery begins weekends in September and goes through all of October. Warwick Dairy Farm Tours start 9/28 – 10/26. A great family day out. The largest festival is Warwick’s Applefest 10/5 starting at 10AM. It brings in thousands every year. Sugar Loaf Craft Village holds their annual fall festival 10/11 being Columbus Day weekend it is a very popular destination for weekend trips.
These are just some high lights of fall in the Hudson Valley. Great farm markets are still open, with many family activities to enjoy. We hope you will think about taking time to enjoy the fall and all it has to offer for weekend get aways.