Get Outta Town: Five Fall Day Trips From NYC

Get Outta Town: Five Fall Day Trips From NYC

October 04, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Ziplining at Hunter Mountain last fall. October is the peak time for fall foilage. Photo courtesy of NY Zipline Adventures.

Do autumn’s bucolic offerings seem out of reach from your perch in a Manhattan skyscraper?

Never fear, the full fall experience is only a short drive (or bus, or train) away. So spend a Saturday or Sunday (or heck, take a weekday off!) and go frolic in the fallen leaves.

Zipline Canopy Tours: Leave the concrete jungle behind and head for the trees. At  Hunter Mountain, located about two hours from New York City, thrill seekers can experience autumn’s vibrant colors from above on a canopy tour. High-speed ziplines spanning over five miles give riders a rush of scenic fall views from summit to street. A three-hour tour costs $89 per person, reservations required. For ticketing and more information, click here.

Palmer’s Vineyard: Take a sip of Long Island wine country at Palmer’s Vineyard, located in the North Fork, about 80 miles from Manhattan. In addition to daily wine tastings, this 62-acre vineyard hosts live blue grass music every weekend during the harvest season. Bring a picnic lunch, and they’ll provide the drinks. For more information, click here.

Litchfield, Conn.: Located about two hours from New York, Litchfield’s scenic roads, quaint antique shops and cozy restaurants make it great fall getaway. Litchfield is also lovely for leave-watching, so if you’re looking for a foliage fix, head here. Be sure to check out White Memorial Conservation Center, a 4,000-acre forest at the foot of the Berkshires. With a nature museum, wildlife sanctuary, campgrounds and hiking trails, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of ways to interact with nature.

Cider Apples are unloaded at B.F Clydes. The Mill is a 6th generation family run business in Mystic, CT. Photo/flickr jc_091447

B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill:

Go back in time at B.F Clydes, the only remaining steam-powered cider mill in the U.S. Located in historic Mystic, Conn., about 2.5 hours from the city, the Mill brews both hard (alcoholic) and soft ciders and apple wines. While the cider making demonstrations are a highlight, the marketplace, filled with homemade pies, fudge, and pumpkin bread, does not disappoint. For hours and more information, click here.

Valley Shepherd Creamery: It’s all about the cheese at this real working sheep dairy, located about an hour from the city in Long Valley, N.J. Valley Shepherd tours give guests a behind-the-scenes look at sheep-dairy farming as practiced for the last 4,000 years. Through November, guests are invited to visit the 100-foot deep cheese cave, where hundreds of cheese blocks are aged to perfection. Then taste the finished product at the Sheep Shoppe, with over 20 cheeses and other dairy products. For more information, click here.