Over the Top Ways to Do “Fall” In the Great Northern Catskills
What is it about fall that inspires such deep, romantic devotion?
Is it the cool air, the pumpkin-spiced everything, the sweaters? Whatever it is, the Catskills are one of the best places in New York State to experience fall. Why? Because we go overboard when it comes to celebrating the autumnal equinox. Forest-foraged beers? Check! A month of weekends devoted to Oktoberfest? Prüfen! Outstanding fall foliage hikes? Double check.
However you choose to enjoy the changing seasons, here are some of the best ways to experience an over-the-top autumn in the Great Northern Catskills!
This fall, head to Hunter Mountain for four weekends of Oktoberfest, September 28-October 20. In addition to the traditional Oktoberfest festivities, like dancing to polka and feasting on German cuisine, each weekend offers unique activities for guests to check out. During the first weekend, enjoy a tasting event highlighting some of the best apple ciders in the state during Ciders in the Catskills, followed by a weekend of pure muscle and motors with an aerial stunt show from Monster Energy. Go off-road during Color in the Catskills: Off-Road Edition’s Doxie Derby weekend 3, and wrap up the seasonal festivities with Das Laufwerk Eurocar Rally during the last weekend!
During the entire month of October, Hull-O Farms in Durham offers the stuff that fall dreams are made of! The experience kicks off with a hayride that transports guests to the Corn Maze entrance. From there, it’s up to you to find your way out again! After navigating the maze, head to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect jack-o-lantern in waiting, and shop the farm store for locally made treats. Don’t miss your chance to pet the farm’s calves, sheep, and goats.
Marry your two loves of fall foliage views and craft beverage tasting and say “I Do” to a match made in heaven on the Catskills Beverage Trail. Visit Honey Hollow Brewing Company through October to try small batch, farm brewed ales and porters made with ingredients like hops sourced straight from the brewer’s garden. Or swing into West Kill Brewing to try their Apiary IPA which is brewed with wildflower honey from the Catskills, or Tulsi Pale, a Belgian Basil Pale Ale aged on fresh Tulsi Basil from nearby Newton Farm.
The Hudson River School of Art Trail offers some of the best hikes and views in the region. Named for the style of art that originated in Greene County, the first stop on the trail is the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. From there, climb to scenic overlooks, and explore vistas that offer breathtaking views from up high.
If hiking isn’t your thing, head to Windham Mountain where weekends are meant for Skyrides. Take the chairlift two miles to the summit to get an above-the-trees view of the surrounding Catskill Mountains. Bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery before catching the chairlift back down the mountain.
Finally, bring some of the Catskills home with you! Greene County’s main streets offer a vibrant “downtown” atmosphere and great boutique shopping. On Main Street in Catskill, find a wide selection of treasures at Village Common, thoughtfully designed fashions at iivi Shop, and locally made jewelry at Mahalo. Bring some of the Catskills’ wild landscape home with you after a weekend stop at Hort and Pott in Oak Hill. Their foraged blooms and flowers create a wild profusion that will remind you of your fall visit.