We love New York City, but once in a while, we all need a breather. Start planning your Fall weekends with northern excursions. I’ve picked out some of my favorites.
- For Apple Picking
If you’ve visited any farmers market or joined a CSA here in Brooklyn, you’ve probably heard of Fishkill Farms. A family owned-farm for over 100 years, Fishkill has endless apple picking and 15 acres of veggies. This weekend is Fall Fest, which means hay rides, apple cider donuts, and BBQ. I find that many apple orchards near the city are over-crowded and over-picked, but Fishkill isn’t.
- For a Splurge
It’s pricey, but it’s the best dining experience you’ll ever have. I promise. Blue Hill at Stone Barns is an impeccable farm-to-table restaurant within the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. You’ll need to make your reservation in advance, and I suggest arriving a little early to check out the grounds, filled with hiking trails and farm animals. There is no menu– it’s a complete seasonal tasting of what’s fresh on the farm. Even the smallest radish will likely be the most spectacular and flavorful radish you’ve ever had.
- For a weekend of Craft Beer + Art
Beacon, New York has been compared to Brooklyn before, for its charm, hip restaurants & bars, and cool art scene. I can see the similarities, but it’s certainly a more relaxed and casual atmosphere (and much smaller), perfect for a city escape. Hit up Dia: Beacon, a large art exhibition sitting on the Hudson River. Then, head to The Hop. It’s a craft beer tasting room and shop that serves up fantastic gastropub grub and a massive cheese plate. Staying longer? Check out The Roundhouse at Beacon Fall, Dogwood, and Homespun Foods.