My Favorite Fall Drive is in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Want a spectacular fall drive? Head to the Hudson Valley! It offers all of the strict criteria a drive has to meet in autumn. We have our expectations!
My Official Fall Drive Check List:
- Sinuous a la “car commercial” road
- Sweeping vistas
- Elevation changes
- Barns, barns and more barns
- Pleasant farm animals
- Homes you wish you could live in
- Farmers market
- Cool diner for lunch
My favorite fall drive has all of the above and then some. This agricultural area in Dutchess County offers stunning views. Winding country roads dip you deep into valleys where the foliage consumes you. Hilltop roads reveal sweeping scenes straight out of a painting. It’s also known as horse country, so you’ll see horses grazing on rolling pastures next to their immaculate barns.
And then there are the homes that make you oooh and aaah as much as the fall colors. You can roll along enjoying the enchanting farmhouses with fishing ponds, federalist mansionettes and the turn of the century estates of those who once made a lot of money providing milk to NYC.
To get there, search “Salt Point NY” on Google Map. Now zoom-out and find the main routes of 82 and 44. Use these two routes as your “bookends” and all the roads in between become your playground. There’s not a bad one in the bunch. Some of my favorite roads to go down are Bangall-Amenia Road, County Road 83 and Carpenter Hill Road. These three will give you a nice taste of all the fall drive criteria. Eventually end back onto Route 44 and follow it to the town of Millerton, NY.
Here are a few great places to stop along the way:
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery
26 Wing Road
Millbrook, New York 12545
A great little winery! In the month of October, they hold family portrait days on their beautiful grounds that can be turned into wine labels for Holiday gifts. Nothing says “this is why I drink” than a photo of your kids on a bottle of wine. And the wine is fantastic as well!
194 Coleman Station Road
Millerton, NY 12546
A farmer’s market is a must-stop. A large sign out front marks what vegetables are fresh from their 1,000 acre family farm. Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and stock up on homemade jams and pickles. Party season will soon be upon us and you’ll need hostess gifts. There are also wonderful fresh baked goods and old fashion donuts. Those, however, need to be consumed immediately.
Village of Millerton, NY
Harney and Son’s Tea
13 Main Street
I thought they were English too, but their headquarters and factory are just outside of Millerton. They have a beautiful tea shop with a tasting room and knowledgeable staff. First tasting is free, and you can make a choice from two full walls of tea. The shop sells all types of pots, cups and brew baskets.
A perfect diner setting that offers a non-traditional diner menu. Last time I was there they had a nice chicken Biryani for dinner. Curveball, right? Diner purists, don’t worry. They still have items like cheeseburgers, vanilla milkshakes and deep dish apple pie.
Do you have a favorite fall drive? What makes it special? Share in the comments!
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