As summer bids a fond farewell and the leaves start to don their vibrant autumn attire, it's time to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty and charm of the Catskills this fall. Nestled in upstate New York, the Catskill Mountains come alive with a kaleidoscope of colors and a wealth of fall happenings that promise an unforgettable experience. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an art lover, or simply seeking a cozy getaway, the Catskills have something for everyone this fall season.
Leaf Peeping Extravaganza
Undoubtedly, the most iconic fall activity in the Catskills is leaf peeping. From late September through early November, the region transforms into a mesmerizing tapestry of reds, yellows, and oranges. To make the most of this stunning natural spectacle, consider taking a scenic drive along Route 28 or Route 23A. You can also explore one of the many hiking trails or enjoy a peaceful stroll through the Catskill Forest Preserve. Here are some of the top leaf peeping spots to get your fix!
Farm-to-Table Dining & Local Farmer's Markets
Indulge your taste buds in the freshest seasonal ingredients at the Catskills' many farm-to-table restaurants. Sample locally sourced dishes and savor the flavors of autumn. Many establishments offer cozy fireside dining, adding to the ambiance. Looking to pack a little picnic before some leaf peeping adventures? Or host a delectable dinner with friends? Don't skimp on getting local ingredients from area farmer's markets while you still can as well!
Fall Harvest Festivals
The Catskills are home to a plethora of charming towns, each of which hosts its own unique fall festivals. Don't miss the Hudson or Hunter Mountain Oktoberfests (two of many in the area!), or the Meadowbrook Farm Fall Festival! If you happen to be in the area during the first weekend of the month, take a stroll down main street where there is an all day community celebration in Catskill with vendors and stores open late! These festivals offer a perfect blend of arts, culture, and local cuisine.
The Catskills have long been an inspiration for artists, and this tradition continues in 2023. The Woodstock Film Festival is a renowned event that showcases both established and emerging filmmakers. It's a fantastic opportunity to catch some thought-provoking films and engage with creators.
For the adventure-seekers, the Catskills offer exhilarating outdoor activities. Whether you're into hiking, mountain biking, or zip-lining, the region has an array of options for you. Windham Mountain Resort and Hunter Mountain are excellent places to get your adrenaline fix while enjoying the fall scenery.
Learn about the rich history and culture of the Catskills by visiting the area's museums and historical sites. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, or the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, for instance, provides insight into the Hudson River School of Art and the region's role in American art history -- and provide some of the most incredible views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River!
After a day of exploring, unwind at Bugg Haus. Perfect for large groups, our secluded property in the middle of the woods is a perfect landing base for your fall escape. Equipped with breathtaking mountain views, a cozy fire pit, a relaxing hot tub under the stars, staying at our property is sure to enhance your fall getaway experience.
The Catskills offer an enchanting backdrop for embracing the fall season. Whether you're drawn to the stunning foliage, cultural events, outdoor adventures, or simply a relaxing escape, the Catskills have it all. Make this fall memorable by immersing yourself in the vibrant beauty and rich cultural tapestry of this remarkable region. Don't wait; plan your Catskills adventure today and create lasting memories in this autumnal paradise.