It’s that time of the year again. The crisp cool scent in the air. The reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves. Fall in the north-east is a gift, as if Nature dipped her paintbrush into a golden palette and painted the hills and valleys especially for you.
Fall is late in the city this year. Halloween is almost here, and the trees in Central Park have just started changing colors. Apparently, we can blame global warming — specifically, an unseasonably warm September, for this delay. However bad this is in the long run, what it means for New Yorkers is that we get to enjoy a longer fall season this year. The city may just be getting started, but the rest of New York state is at or past peak.
Of course, most of us living in NYC do not have a car to take us on one of those delightful fall drives. (Sign up for Zipcar. Or, if you don’t have a license, date someone who does. Maybe someone in Jersey or Long Island. Come on, some days you just need your own wheels!) The good news for this weekend is that the peak fall foliage is in the Hudson Valley, easily accessible by train from NYC.
Trains for Poughkeepsie leave Grand Central station every hour. It is a lovely train ride, following the right bank of the Hudson the whole way. You can see the colorful trees reflected in the water from the Palisades to the Catskills. If you take the two-hour ride to the end of the line, you can access the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest pedestrian bridge in the country. It makes for a delightful afternoon walk, specially if you had the foresight to bring sandwiches to enjoy with the view. Head out there, and add a little color to your weekend!
What is your favorite thing to do in fall? Let me know in a comment below.