Hudson Valley: Autumn Adventures!
Explore grand historic estates, farm markets and famous fall festivals—from the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair to the Hudson Valley Garlic Fest!
The Hudson Valley’s glorious scenery will take your breath away. Autumn leaves—red, orange, yellow, copper and gold—color the hills that surround charming waterfront villages and harvest-laden farms. Farmers markets and fall festivals, from artsy to spooky, feature specialties from fresh-picked apples to organic honey.
Just north of Manhattan, this region features some of the most visited sites in America. Explore Historic Hudson Valley’s network of homes in Sleepy Hollow Country, the US Military Academy at West Point, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park. Just down the road, relive the Gilded Age on a tour of Vanderbilt Mansion. All have sweeping Hudson River views.
On September 20 to 22 the Fall Crafts Festival at Lyndhurst, a Gothic revival mansion, is rated one of the best contemporary craft shows in the nation. Don't miss Lyndhurst’s “Scarecrow Invasion!” From mid-October through Halloween over 700 artist-created scarecrows cover the expansive lawn.
In Saugerties on September 28 and 29, the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival is a paradise for garlic lovers! Watch top-chef demonstrations and sample garlic-laced foods from Cajun shrimp to gelato. Great music ranges from American blues to Zydeco. USA Today called this event one of the Top 10 Regional Food festivals in the US.
The panorama of colorful fall foliage continues along Clermont State Historic Site’s wooded paths, where the Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours haunt the museum and grounds October 18-19 and 25-26.
For a view from the water, hop aboard a leaf peeper cruise on the Rip Van Winkle with Hudson River Cruises. Take an exhilarating stroll on the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. You’ll be in the center of glorious fall foliage, 212 feet above the river!
Charming river towns like Cold Spring, Nyack and Rhinebeck are packed with art and antique galleries. The Hudson Antiques Dealers Association highlights dozens of unique galleries on five historic blocks. In Central Valley, Woodbury Common boasts the world’s largest collection of designer outlets.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck hosts nationally-known festivals including the annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest (September 7 and 8) and the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair on October 12 and 13. On October 19 and 20, the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival exhibits hundreds of sheep, llamas and alpacas, while artisans present wooly crafts and knitting workshops.
You’ll definitely eat well in the Hudson Valley--from legendary country inns to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America. Visit the region’s abundant farmstands, artisanal cheese makers, and award-winning wineries. Tour the gardens at the Stone Barns Center in the beautiful Pocantico Hills, and dine on fresh fare at their Blue Hill restaurant.
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For more information visit: Hudson Valley Regional Tourism Office