That pesky groundhog continues to see his shadow year after year. Most people aren’t too pleased about 6 more weeks of winter, but we live in the Northeast – its just a fact of life. The snow doesn’t look as pretty as it did in December, you get tired of cleaning off your car and shoveling your driveway, and the winter layers are just getting annoying. Instead of complaining about it, embrace it. Now that the darkest days of winter are behind us, it’s time to get out there and enjoy the beauty of the season!
Winter happens to be a season I fully enjoy. Here’s a few ideas to help you make the most of it:
It should go without saying that apple-picking is the quintessential fall activity in this area. Just ask the hordes of people trekking north from the city in search of the perfect fall photo. Before you write it off as being too cliche, there is so much more than just frolicking through an orchard. More and more farms are turning into full-on tourist destinations. With hay rides, delicious local food and drink offerings, farmers markets, corn mazes, petting zoos, and did we mention apples?! – it is impossible to be bored.
Please don’t just do it for the Instagram.
Do it because apples are freaking delicious. Do it because there is nothing better than fresh-made cider and donuts…and apple cider donuts – the greatest invention ever! Do it so you can feel like a kid again (corn maze, anyone?) Do it to support awesome local seasonal family-run businesses. Do it because even science says it’s good for you.
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We can’t stress this enough: GET OUTSIDE this season! The Hudson Valley and surrounding areas are absolutely breathtaking once the leaves start to change color. This region is home to some of the top-rated hikes in the entire country, and are quite popular for those looking to escape the city and get out into nature. From steep rock ledges to lakeside carriage trails, all of these hikes offer stunning views and you will have a hard time running out of places to go. We can’t believe we live among all of this beauty!
Our personal favorite is Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, NY which is about 90 minutes from New York City. One day does not do this place justice so we will be posting separately about this amazing area that is worth taking a weekend getaway!
Be sure to download the app AllTrails and get hiking! Continue reading for more of our favorites!
Fall is in the air. Sure it might not be crisp and cool just yet but the return of football, Pumpkin Spice lattes, and Oktoberfest beers really help kick things off. Wash away your summer blues and get ready to enjoy what is the most beautiful time of year in this area!
Early September is the perfect time to start planning for ways to truly maximize the gorgeous weekends of this unfortunately all-too-short season. We’ve put together some of our favorite ideas and must-do’s that are perfect for a weekend getaway or a quick afternoon activity.
We’ll have the best hikes, ciders & brews, seasonal deliciousness (all the apples!) leaf peeping spots, festivals, and even where to enjoy all of those at once! If you know anywhere that we need to check out, drop us a line!!
We’ll be highlighting our favorites and new discoveries throughout the season so be sure to check back!
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and what’s left of it! There’s nothing better on a hot summer night than some ice cream from the local stand. Our personal favorite is Dairyland in Sharon Springs, New York. You can’t miss the classic look of these stands, and they’ll never go out of style. People come from miles away and line up for the variety of hand-packed or soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes, and even the fried stuff from the grill! Some of our best childhood summer memories involve going to get ice cream, and it’s great to see other families doing the same. It’s a tried and true American Summer experience. On your next road trip, be sure to take a pit stop at one of the many stands lining the back roads of the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. For some reason, ice cream just tastes better in the country!
It’s pretty hard to beat a chocolate/vanilla twist with rainbow sprinkles on a cone. What’s your favorite?
Go Northward was created to be a resource for those who are currently living in the northern suburbs in Westchester, Fairfield, and the Hudson Valley. It is also to provide a lifeline for those looking to escape the city. It’s not required to be rich, be married, or have 2.5 kids and a dog to enjoy life in the suburbs. The music, arts, and food scenes are thriving. Cooler than cool events and places are popping up every week. Some of the best talents and ridiculously interesting people from NYC have made their way…Northward.
At the end of the day, all we’re looking for is a sense of community. It’s hard to establish that when everyone is commuting from different places, so we want to help create a tribe of like-minded individuals. Maybe it’s the rabid passion for working hard and playing even harder to maximize your weekends. Maybe it’s the ability to fully enjoy all four seasons (our favorite being the incredible fall that is unmatched anywhere in the country). Maybe it’s the opportunity to spread out and breathe, create, and grow. Whatever it is, it makes us better people when we can be proud of what makes us feel lucky to live here in the city’s backyard. This blog will be focused on sharing favorite places, uncovering hidden gems, meeting amazing people, and most importantly promoting all of the awesomeness in this area. So Go Northward and create a life you don’t need to escape from!!