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:
Adjoining the Falls are the remains of the Copake Iron Works.
Copake Ironworks Furnace and Blower House
There will be special tours on September 17 and November 12.  More information at www.friendsoftsp.org
Running through Copake Falls is the Harlem Valley Rail Trail which again offers a wonderful flat and paved hiking trail through some incredibly beautiful wooded areas.
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http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/TaconicCopakeFallsAreaHarlemValleyRailTrailMap&Brochure.pdf  We haven’t hiked the rail trail, but Stanley does remember taking the train all the way to Chatham (and back) on two occasions.
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.
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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.

See my earlier posting:
Columbus Day Weekend brings the Fourth Annual Hudson Valley Dance Festival to Catskill, New York.  I have written about this exceptional event, right on the banks of the river, before.
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This year, two performances are scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at 2 pm and 5 pm.  Go here to get tickets: https://www.dradance.org/hudson-valley-dance-festival-2016
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/
Rural Intelligence Home and Garden
“Talavera” is the family home.
Family history comes with the superb apples and pears: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/01/garden/an-estate-lives-on-thanks-to-apples.html, and our favorite apples are Jonagolds.
Careful not to run over any chickens as you drive in, and you might just ask if they happen to have any fresh eggs, although they are now featured at Olde Hudson on Warren Street.
There is an extensive list of farms and orchards offering a broad array of farm products that will offer great destinations for a Fall driving tour: http://columbiacountytourism.org/seeing-and-doing-columbia-county-ny/farms-columbia-county-ny
Other favorites among these are Green Acres Farm, for pumpkins, gourds and excellent baked goods, and Samascott’s Garden Market for beautiful mum plants at great prices.
Still looking for more suggestions?  Then go to the master list: http://gotohudson.net/

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