Fall is a perfect time for a weekend trip, with the leaves changing color and so many festivities happening around the state. This two-day fall road trip covers some excellent destinations from Tarrytown to Highland Falls, making it a great start to exploring the Hudson Valley.
The first destination is Tarrytown, where you can take a quick coffee break or linger on the couches at Muddy Water Coffee & Café. The little shop has a cozy, pleasant atmosphere, strong coffee, and light pastries.
After lunch, 1,400 acres of pristine, historic hills are yours to explore, thanks to the generosity of the Rockefeller family, who has donated much of it to New York State. Spend the afternoon hiking, horseback riding, and birdwatching at your leisure.
In the mood for some Halloween fun after dark? The popular Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson will dazzle with elaborate installations made entirely out of Jack O’Lanterns—think huge, glowing pumpkin tunnels, full-size pumpkin dragons, and a “Pumpkin Zee Bridge.” Looking for something spooky? Then you must experience Horseman’s Hollow, a live reenactment of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in Philipsburg Manor (a 1600s estate in the town where the story was set).
This gorgeous hotel overlooking the Hudson makes for a wonderful place to stay the night in the fall. You will be surrounding by dazzling foliage situated in the Hudson Valley. For a really luxurious experience, check out their comfortable suites.
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This state park is bursting with color come fall. Harriman features 200 miles of hiking trails, 31 lakes, two beaches, two public camping areas, and much more. This is a sight to see when the leaves start to change.