AT HOME IN THE HUDSON VALLEY – PART 6 – Events and activities for Fall 2016
Fall means foliage and outdoor activities that take advantage of the splendid autumn weather. Copake and Copake Falls on Route 22 in eastern Columbia County have a number of attractions which have drawn us back over the years and are personal favorites.
Bash Bish Falls is a famous destination, favored by a number of artists of the Hudson River School. http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/bash-bish-falls-massachusetts-33184 It is right on the border between New York and Massachusetts, and we often drive through the area on our way back from outings to Great Barrington. It can be approached from both states, but the New York entry offers a flat and pleasant stroll through the woods until you come upon the Falls themselves. Here’s a helpful guide that covers the Falls from both sides:
One of our favorite fall road tours starts just off of the Copake Iron Works. Valley View Road takes you down to the Iron Works, but just before the Iron Works, Valley View Road branches to the right and takes you along the east side of the Harlem Valley. This long valley to the east of Route 22 is an extension of what was known further south in Dutchess County as the Oblong, a portion of land that was disputed between New York and Connecticut. New York got most of it, and it is a Fall foliage orgy. Don’t be afraid to get lost.
But while you’re still in Copake, be sure to check in on Copake Auction which has many events throughout the Fall.
County Route 11 in Copake and East Taghkanic is known as “Beauty Highway”, having received an award some years ago.
Scenic driving tours also abound in the town of Chatham. The hamlets of Old Chatham, North Chatham, Malden Bridge and New Concord are very picturesque, and some roads that offer beautiful views are Haddock Hill Road and Riders Mills Road. Carlson Road in Claverack is also worth a detour.
Heading back toward Hudson, you should think about a Fall visit to the Hudson-Athens lighthouse and cruises out of Hudson when the trees are ablaze with color.
Hudson Valley fruits are at their peak, and picking your own apples, pears, raspberries and pumpkins is an unforgettable seasonal ritual. Our first choice is our neighbor’s “apple plantation” across the road from us (Route 9H in Claverack)- Philip Orchards: http://www.philiporchards.com/