Fall is here and people are replacing summer essentials with boots, sweaters and all things pumpkin spice. Now is the perfect time to start planning your fall getaway to see stunning foliage. Here are the reasons why New York state should be at the top of your list.
Fall Foliage Wonderland
If catching all the beautiful colors of fall is the top of your fall checklist, New York state is the best place. You’ll find vibrant red-, orange- and yellow-hued leaves that can be seen on a gondola ride on mountains across New York state — the best places are Belleayre in the Catskills and Whiteface in the Adirondacks. For more of a thrilling activity, zip line through the season’s changing leaves with New York Zipline Adventure Tours at Hunter Mountain or race through the trees with Giant Dual Ziplines at Peek’n Peak Resort. If you would rather hike or walk through the fall foliage, head to Panama Rocks Scenic Park in Chautauqua-Allegheny. Not only does it have brightly colored leaves, but it is also home to giant tree roots and hidden caves. If you’re not sure where to start, visit iloveny.com for an interactive foliage map and weekly report on the color progression.
Halloween Spook and Gore Favorites
Get in the Halloween spirit with New York’s range of spooky activities, from moderately jump-worthy to frightening fun. The season wouldn’t be complete without the reopening of classic favorites like the Headless Horseman Hayrides (named No.1 haunting experience in America), visits to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery or the iconic Rolling Hills Asylum. For those looking for an extra scare, take a tour with New York’s Haunted History Trail, packed with after-dark ghost hunts, guided tours of creepy locations and haunted inns. For families with little ones, check out The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze,featuring a beautiful display of more than 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’ lanterns.
Delicious Fall Treats
Enjoy sweet autumn scents while exploring the streets with delicious, locally sourced food, drinks and baked goods. Stop by Wayside Cider for the Catskill’s best hard cider made from heirloom apples. Visit Jenkins-Leuken Orchards Farm for some apple picking, apple muffins, apple pie or pop into Steward’s Family Farm for some crisp apples and tart cider.
Sweet Amalia Oyster Farm is a unique dining destination in Newfield, New Jersey. The aquaculture hand harvests its own oysters on site. In addition to delivering oysters to local restaurants, Sweet Amalia also operates a market and restaurant.
With more than 6,000 islands total, with 227 inhabited, in Greece, the selection is overwhelming. Which one is perfect for your next vacation?
My mom and I recently dined at Mazi, a Greek restaurant in West Reading, Pennsylvania. We were in town for a family event and decided to take advantage of the lovely early fall evening by enjoying dinner outside. The restaurant is popular, so we called right when they opened to make a last-minute reservation. Thankfully, they had availability for outdoor seating.
It’s time to say goodbye to summer clothes activities and drinks. Switch out your favorite summer sips for delicious fall-themed cocktails from hotels and resorts around the world. Whether you like vodka, rum or bourbon, there is a cocktail just for you.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.