There isn’t a more magical season in New York than Fall – if you do it right. Take a break from the city hustle and bustle and chase the fall foliage beauty with hiking getaways, apple picking, and most importantly, with a pit stop at the best culinary spots in the Hudson Valley. Plan your next epicurean getaway upstate, just in time for peak fall foliage!
5. Equus at Castle Hotel and Spa – Equus is the sort of getaway restaurant that has “special occasion” written all over it. The venue is nestled inside the Castle Hotel & Spa, a historic century-old hotel in Tarrytown. The pristine castle sits majestically atop one of the highest points of Westchester County, with commanding Hudson River and Manhattan skyline views, amid sprawling acres of polished gardens and greenery.
4. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery – Did you know that New York was senior to Napa in planting vineyards, with the first planted in New Paltz in 1677? Well I didn’t either – until my trip to Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Millbrook is Hudson Valley’s flagship vineyard, located in Dutchess County, about an hour and a half north from Manhattan. Come for a wine tasting with a spectacular nature panorama of colorful leaves, rolling vineyards, ponds and countryside vista.
3. Harvest on Hudson – For every one of my weekend escapes, I’ve made it a tradition to end with a Sunday supper at Harvest on Hudson. This Italian restaurant located in the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, right on the Hudson River in Westchester, just 30-45 minutes north of Manhattan. The picturesque riverfront location is what makes a trek to there so worthwhile.
2. The CIA – Culinary Institute of America is the Harvard of culinary schools in the U.S. Its primary campus is located in Hyde Park, an approximate two-hour drive north from Manhattan. The CIA offers continuing and recreational education for both professionals and non-professionals of the hospitality industry, but the best part about the institute is its student-run restaurants!
1. Blue Hill at Stone Barns was voted one of the world’s top 50 best restaurants– and it darn well deserves it! This farm-to-table institution is located at the Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, about 30 miles north of Manhattan, up the Hudson River in scenic Pocantico Hills. Planning to go to BHSB is not only about a unique fine dining meal, it’s a whole experience.