Wherever there are rivers and rolling lands, one will often find farms, farm-to-table restaurants, craft breweries, and more. This is exactly the case in the Hudson Valley, the region that surrounds the Hudson River. Adventure your way just a bit north of New York City, and you’ll be entering into the Hudson Valley region; a land of bounty.
What to do in Hudson Valley
Autumn is best enjoyed in such a place as the Hudson Valley with its scenic foliage, crisp weather, and plenty of fall flavors. With farms to visit, fresh markets to shop in, craft beer to taste, and restaurants to try, a getaway to the Hudson Valley will be quite a treat for your palate. Some of our favorite places in the above categories include:
Hudson Valley Farms
Enjoy a quintessential autumnal farm experience of apple or pumpkin picking, hay rides, freshly baked pies, and everything apple-cider at Stuart’s Farm. This quaint farm is the region’s oldest working family farm; it’s been in operation since 1828. You’ll find the farm in Somers, about an hour from New York City.
Let’s talk goat cheese. You can indulge in all the goat cheese at Rainbeau Ridge, a farm created and run by childhood sweethearts Lisa and Mark. This farm literally started when Lisa bought a goat, and the rest is history. Head to the farm to taste and purchase the cheese, take a cooking class, attend a kids program, or just to meet the owners.
Faraway Farm Alpacas
Without a doubt, every trip to the Hudson Valley should include a visit to the alpacas of Faraway Farm. Not only can you pet the alpacas, but you can also leave as the proud owner of a variety of alpaca garments including sweaters, shawls, hats, scarves, gloves and more.
We may not need to hunt or gather food in the original way our earlier human brethren had to, but we do get the chance to hunt for fresh produce and products in farmer’s markets! The Chappaqua Farmer’s Market in the town of Chappaqua in the Hudson Valley is one of the region’s finest. Open every Saturday until November.
Chef Chris Vergara
A bountiful region such as the Hudson Valley deserves a creative and innovative chef. Thankfully, Chris Vergara (among others of course) is exactly that. A fascinating chef with a blend of life experiences and a long history of time in the kitchen, you can experience Vergara’s genius in three places: Meritage, Harper’s, and Saint George.
Aaron Burr Cidery
‘Tis the season for some cider! Especially the kind with alcohol. On this small homestead farm dating back to the 19th century in Wurtsboro, New York, specialized cider apples are grown with the intent to make “true cider.” The folks here believe that early Americans drank the best cider, and they are on a mission to create just that. Aaron Burr Cider can be found in a variety of restaurants and venues.
Wherever your journey through the Hudson Valley takes you, the cuisine, drinks, and experiences will be delightful. There are far too many incredible farms, breweries, restaurants, chefs, and markets to name, but hopefully, these will get you started! Flavors are at their finest in the fall, and a Hudson Valley getaway is a great way to taste them all! Find luxury and central accommodations at Doral Arrowwood, a 114-acre resort nestled in Rye Brook, New York.