This time of year, there are moments during my drive north from NYC to the Hudson River Valley to the store in Beacon that I want to pull over and weep. The beauty and majesty of the changing colors can be so overwhelming, it can almost move me to tears. These are the moments that I'm reminded how incredible and awe-inspiring Mother Nature can be. It's also why I chose to open a second location in the Hudson Valley rather than another part of the city.
According to iloveny.com, the leaves in the Hudson River Valley will be approaching near peak this weekend. This means there will be approximately 50% color change in the leaves with bright shades of golden yellow, burgundy, red and orange. This is an optimal time to head upstate; I drove up yesterday and the colors were stunning. If you feel moved to take the train and head north, here's a quick guide to my Hudson Valley.
Fishkill Farms: Fall Harvest Festival. One of the best things about this time of year? Apple Cider Donuts. There's nothing better than a hot Apple Cider Donut fresh out of the oven. Go apple picking and then snag fresh donuts, Apple Pie and more at Fishkill Farms. Each weekend through the end of October, the farm will be hosting its Fall Harvest Festivals with live music and other activities. Learn more here.
Hike Mount Beacon. There's no better way to experience the fall colors than a full immersion. This base of Mount Beacon Park is accessible via the Metro North train Beacon or by car, and this quick-ish hike is great if you want an exhilarating, brisk hike without spending your entire day in the woods. While it features a steep, initial incline, it offers great payoff with expansive views of the Hudson Valley.
Visit KAIGHT. For those of you familiar with the Brooklyn store, the Beacon store offers a different shopping experience. More space and beautiful exposed brick walls allow for a more extensive product offering. This location features ceramics, textiles, an extensive apothecary section and collections not available in our Brooklyn location. 512 Main St., Beacon, NY. Tel. 845.202.7787
Stay, Dine, Drink at Roundhouse: Occupying an old textile mill, the Roundhouse offers a dreamy respite. With views of the Beacon Falls, it's a great for a weekend getaway. Or grab a drink in the bar and get cozy on one of the couches in front of the fire. 2 East Main St. Beacon, NY. 845 765 8369.
Sip at Hudson Valley Brewery: Sip one of the many beers on tap or grab a can to-go. Recently featured in TIME Magazine's special edition, "Beer: The Story of The World's Most Celebrated Drink," this craft brewery is a must visit. Check out their Website for news, including information on Pop-Up Kitchens and their upcoming can release. 7 East Main St., Beacon, NY. Tel. 845-218-9156.
Explore and Engage Common Ground Farms: This community farm project located just outside of Beacon offers the opportunity to visit a working farm. The barn is open to visitors every Saturday. For a more engaged experience, take part on one of their textile workshops designed to teach participants how "breathe new life into old garments and textiles in an effort to transform the local textile economy." Learn more here.
Eat Ella's Bellas. One of my favorite places to grab a coffee, sweet treat or a quick lunch, Ella's Bellas is a gluten-free bakery and cafe. 408 Main St., Beacon, NY. 845.765.4502.
KAIGHT also recommends:
Dogwood Cafe: For live music and the best burger in town.
Artisan Wine Shop: For a great bottle of wine to take back to your AirBnB
Beacon Bread Company: For a great breakfast (anytime of day).
Kitchen Sink: For an unforgettable meal
Quinn's: For a tasty bowl of ramen with a size of live jazz and 70s kitsch.