The Best of Autumn


A visit to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park can provide breathtaking 360-degree views of stunning foliage as well as provide exercise. The primary focus of the park is a slight more than one-mile span that rises 213 feet above the Hudson across a converted 19th century railroad bridge on the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland, New York. Walkway Over the Hudson, Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-9649. walkway.org.


Celebrate the season at Stone Barns. The Harvest Fest here includes traditional hayrides and plenty more. Hear live music, try square dancing, learn cooking tips from professional through demonstrations, collect eggs and visit the Farmers’ Market

to take home some goodies to prepare at home. Reservations are required. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills. 366-6200. stonebarnscenter.org.


You can make your own scarecrow at home to get a feel for the season and/or visit Lyndhurst, the Victorian mansion to view more than 300 scarecrows created by students and artists. It’s a slightly spooky event perfect for little revelers. The grounds admission is free. There is a fee to take the Mansion Tour. No reservations required. See the website for more information. Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, 631- 4481, lyndhurst.org.


If you like pumpkins, you  must see The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze! It’s an amazing display of some 7,000 hand-carved glowing pumpkins arranged in artful displays. Pumpkins take the shape of dinosaurs, flying ghosts, spider webs and creepy monsters. The Blaze is open various dates in October and early November and reservations are required. See website for further details. Cortlandt Manor, 535 South Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 631-8200. hudsonvalley.org.