There are a lot of options for getaways this fall, but one that should absolutely be on your list has to be upstate New York. Not only is it scenic, vast, and lush with nature—there are also tons of things to do. And since upstate New York is so, well, large, we’ve whittled down to make your visit easier. So, pack your bag, hop in the car, and get ready for an adventure.
There are few mountainous areas in the state as beautiful as Hunter Mountain. To take it in for all its wonder, take the Skyride to the 3,200-foot summit and check out the peaks of all the nearby mountains—the Catskills, the Berkshires, and more. Plus, there are plenty of zipline rides, including the New York Zipline Adventure Tour, which is the longest and highest zipline canopy tour in the country. There’s always something to do on the mountain, so don’t miss it for a fantastic fall adventure.
The standard for eats set by Stone Ridge’s Butterfield is high. It says it all with the tagline on the site: “Butterfield’s menu changes with the land around us.” Everything is locally grown, harvested, or hunted, so every dish is the freshest you’ll get. Small fare includes smoked trout rillettes (crostini, basically), watercress, tuna tacos, and Korean steak tartare, with larger dishes including venison, smoked rabbit, striped bass, and even gnocchi.
3805 Main St.
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Via Trip Advisor
Thirsty? Head to Syracuse for a pint at Kitty Hoyes. Opened in July of 1999 in ‘Cuse’s historic Crown Building, it brings the spirit of County Kilkenny to Upstate New York. Named after the owner’s mother, this quaint pub serves a menu of pub fare along with whiskey flights and drafts starting at around $7. You’ll want to visit and drink in this gorgeous red brick pub again and again.
301 W Fayette St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Once you’re done with your pint, head to UNTUCKit Syracuse. You can pick up our classic Wrinkle-Free shirts—but since the leaves are just starting to change, you might be more in the mood for a sweater or sweatshirt. Choose from sharp quarter-zips that pair great with a button-down, or a laid-back knit cardigan for a cozy drive back down to the city. Whatever you go with, you’ll look great—and feel great.
9090 Destiny USA Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13204
Lewis & Scott Barbershop
Via Hudson Valley One
The Woodstock area of New York is known for its utterly laid-back vibe. (After all, it’s where the original 1967 festival happened.) But at Lewis & Scott Barbershop, they take the art of the haircut seriously. Located in the village of Saugerties, you’ll be in good hands with master barbers Anthony Lewis and Xavier Scott, who have been practicing their craft for over 15 years. Grab a great-looking cut for only $30 while you’re in the area.
139 Partition St.
Saugerties, NY 12477