As Brooke always says about this time of year, “Fall is when Westchester really shines.” And it’s true – we’re situated in swaths of gorgeous greenery, soon to become a panorama of brilliant colors and textures. Add to that all the farms in our area, producing fresh, seasonal produce, and Westchester truly is the best place to enjoy the fall. Here are some of our favorite activities.
If you haven’t visited Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills recently, fall is a great time to go. Not only is it less crowded this time of year, but the farm also now has a weekend ticketing system (through Nov. 18) that gives you access to all of the seasonal activities they’ve got going on for one price. The hands-on programs and tours include meeting the farm animals, egg collecting, working with the crops, and more.
Apple picking season is upon us again, along with the perennial question, “Which orchard should we go to?” It’s a good question because all orchards are not created equal. Here are several Westchester-area orchards that offer very different picking experiences. Remember to always call ahead to check on availability, and keep in mind that most of the pumpkin patches at these places don’t open until October.
The best thing about this art installation park about an hour north of Westchester is its vastness. We saw children charging down grassy hills at full speed, ducking under sculptures, and rolling around on the expansive lawn. Bring a sketchbook for each child and encourage them to lay on the grass and draw the pieces they see. Come early, as the wait to get into the parking lot can get all the way up to an hour in the fall, when the foliage itself is a showstopper.
Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze
The headlining event at Philipsburg Manor in the fall is the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, which features everything from a replica of the Tappan Zee Bridge to a 20-foot diameter carousel – all made up of lit-up jack o’ lanterns! For school-aged kids, Irving’s Legend features master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offering a 45-minute dramatic retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow every weekend in October.
We sure are lucky to be living in a place where the options for going on a scenic hike are plentiful and varied. From reservoirs to state parks to marshland conservancies, here are some of our favorite places to hike, particularly in the fall, when the weather is perfect and the foliage is on full display.