Our 5 Favorite Places to Stay This Fall
Now that the beautiful peak fall colors have started to pop, our wanderlust is through the roof. We can’t wait to flee the city for what is arguably the best time of year to experience Upstate New York. The autumn air is filled with rich smells and pleasant memories, from spiced desserts and soft sweaters to chimney smoke and burning firewood. For some, it might be the last adventure to squeeze in before the holidays come barreling down the calendar. For others, it is the season to take advantage of roads less traveled, fun corn mazes, and apple picking orchards that will see you home with a bag of sugary cider donuts. Whether you’re planning a weekend road trip to take in the foliage or a spontaneous getaway with friends or a loved one, we thought we would share with you our 5 favorite places to stay upstate this fall.
- We are just wild for Blue Col, a newly built Scandinavian inspired chalet set in Cragsmoor featuring radiant heated concrete floors, a fully-equipped custom walnut kitchen, and 8-foot tall glass windows looking out on the Shawangunk Mountains. Offering complete seclusion and privacy, this minimalistic retreat is the ideal upstate getaway for two, as well as a stunning, natural setting for events and photo shoots. As a guest, enjoy basking in the autumnal landscape from the comfort of your bed, relaxing on the private deck with a warm drink in hand, or cozying up inside with blankets by the gas fireplace. For those looking to add some outdoor exploration to their stay, the chalet is located just minutes away from some of the best hiking trails, including the entrance to Sam’s Point Preserve, renowned for its dramatic falls, cliffs, ice caves, and panoramic vistas.
- Cragsmoor, NY
90 miles from New York City
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- If a bit of luxury mixed with history is what you’re after, look no further than the newly restored Hasbrouck House, a boutique inn set in an 18th-century Dutch colonial stone mansion in Stone Ridge. The talented team from Gowanus Hospitality Group made it their mission to honor the historic integrity of what was formerly the Inn at Stone Ridge while providing guests with the modern comforts of a five-star hotel. Each of the 17 suites at Hasbrouck House are uniquely designed and furnished with a mix of vintage and modern touches, Frette linens, goose down bedding, and Kiehl’s bath products. Centrally located near a scattering of Hudson Valley towns such as Kingston, Woodstock, and Phoenicia, the hotel truly has everything you could possibly want in an autumnal escape, from sprawling grounds and walking access to Stone Ridge Orchard, to plush accommodations, nightly bonfires, and Butterfield, their farm-to-fork restaurant run by Executive chef Shawn Burnette, featuring a swoon-worthy seasonal menu of American fare.
- Stone Ridge, NY
95 miles from New York City
Images by Emma Tuccillo
- Set in the heart of Saugerties, this charming Airbnb is the upstate home you wish was yours. Dating back to the early 1900s, The Saugerties House has been beautifully restored to accentuate its original details with modern design and conveniences. Enjoy your morning coffee on a rocking chair on the front porch before wandering into town to visit the farmer’s market and the many shops and restaurants. Do not miss the chance to visit Saugerties Lighthouse, one of our favorite spots in all of upstate for a picnic on the Hudson, just a five minute drive away. Accommodating 8 people, the Saugerties House will feel like your home away from home, an ideal spot to gather with friends for an autumn weekend.
- Saugerties, NY
113 miles from New York City
Images by Rich Orsillo
- In the middle of a sprawling 18-acre working apple orchard sits Whale and Grove, a stunning country home that is available to rent through Red Cottage, Inc. Mixing antique pieces with modern design, Whale and Grove has an elegant charm that is present the moment you step inside. After enjoying the house, complete with multiple fireplaces and a mini-cocktail bar, head to historic Hudson, located just 10 minutes away. We recommend stopping into Hawkins, NY for their selection of modern accessories and furniture before grabbing a bite and drink at BackBar, a southeast Asian inspired bar and food joint owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Zak Pelaccio. Embrace the newfound chill in the air by gathering around the fireplace after dinner to enjoy a nightcap or two in your home for the weekend.
- Hudson, NY
121 miles from New York City
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- Be the first to book a room at Scribner’s Lodge, a Catskills mainstay that has been handing keys over to upstate travelers since 1966. Surrounded by open fields and towering trees with changing leaves, the hotel’s interiors will warm your heart in an instant. Redesigned this past summer by Brooklyn-based Studio Tack, the lodge features 38 eclectic guest rooms with dark maple floors, vintage rugs, custom furniture, and modern amenities. Its location in the popular ski resort town of Hunter makes it a great base for planning those fun fall activities, from hiking and horseback riding, to apple picking and local art and crafts fairs. Whether you’re lounging by one of the many fireplaces, admiring the fall foliage from a private deck, or dining in the hotel’s restaurant, you will be sure to leave feeling rested and refreshed.
- Hunter, NY
122 Miles from New York City
Images by Emma Tuccillo and Steven Rojas