Tyler Adams Goes From Wappingers Falls to the World Cup

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Wappingers Falls native Tyler Adams is causing a sensation on the soccer field—and making his Hudson Valley hometown proud.

By Francesca Furey and Matt Moment

A native of Wappingers Falls, Adams attended Roy C. Ketcham High School where he wowed coaches, teammates, and recruiters. “Everyone knows Tyler as a standout athlete, but we remember him as an excellent student, a quiet leader with an infectious smile—who was also an unbelievable athlete,” recalls Principal David Seipp. In 2015, at just 16 years old, the midfielder joined the New York Red Bulls reserve team and rose to the main roster a year later.

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Two years after that, Adams made his debut with the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team. Following his three-year stint with the Red Bulls, he signed with RB Leipzig—one of the best teams in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top soccer league. In July, Adams transitioned to Premier League club Leeds United, signing a five-year contract. And in November, the Hudson Valley native was named captain of the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, making him the youngest player to hold that title since 1950.

As Wappingers Falls residents already know well, Principal Seipp isn’t the only one offering words of support to the soccer star. Across the street from Adams’ former high school is a sign bearing a missive from Ted Lasso, the fictional American football coach who, in the eponymous Apple TV series, is enlisted to lead a British soccer team. Such messages have been left in the hometown of each player on the United States men’s national soccer team as they battle it out at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar. His message to Adams reads:

You may hail from Wappingers Falls, but in my mind you’re from Wappingers Falls-but-always-gets-the-heck-back-up-again because no matter what gets thrown at you on that pitch, you get back up and go for it. Kinda like that cousin at a family BBQ going for fourths. Never lose that indomitable spirit even when 90 minutes are up. Always stay hungry for more.


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Team USA looks ahead to their match against the Netherlands tomorrow, December 3, after this week’s hard-fought victory against Iran. Thanks to a goal in the first half by Christian Pulisic, the team has graduated to the World Cup’s knockout round. Tune in at 10 a.m. EST to see if Adams and his teammates can cinch another victory for the United States.

Interested in seeing the sign for yourself? Click below for directions to the site.

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Here’s How to Create the Perfect Guest Room for the Holidays

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Local design expert Melissa Cohen, of Context Interior Design + Color, shares her tips for creating the perfect guest room for the holidays.

Ready to be the host with the most this holiday season? Here’s how to set your guest room up right, with tips courtesy of Hudson Valley-based design expert Melissa Cohen of Context Interior Design + Color.

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Clean and freshen

“First, I clean and freshen all the bedding. I know many people often throw all their spare bedding together, but I think the [guest] bed and how it’s made says, ‘I am really glad you are visiting, and I care about not only making you comfortable but giving you a little TLC.’ Lavender oil or a little essential oil sprayed on the bedding adds a special touch.”

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Sheets are essential

“The perfect bed has toothy linen or satin sheets. Both have a sensual sensation against bare skin. I don’t like a lot of pillows on the bed because they have to be put somewhere when one goes to bed. I feel four or five, including at least two with pops of color, are perfect.”

Let there be light — and more

“I like to make sure [guests] have a good reading light, a phone charger, and a table so they can put their jewelry and watch down.”

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Keep décor clean and pretty

“Bring in some crisp, modern elements and then soften everything with references to nature. That could mean wildflowers from the yard, branches of whatever is in season, and lighting to set the mood.”

Guest don’ts…

“Mistakes that guests make include trying to help when they are unfamiliar with your setup, like putting the dishes away in all the wrong places. My pet peeve is guests who book weeks in advance and then show up late or cancel at the last moment. Another is guests who throw wet things in baskets made for paper.”

Related: This Is How to Be an Essential Oil Maker in the Hudson Valley

This Hot Apple Cider Recipe Is a Hudson Valley Treat

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Enjoy this cinnamon-and-clove-spiced hot cider with a seasonal recipe perfected by Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights offers a fun-for-all experience in the Hudson Valley throughout the year. In fall, stop by for pick-your-own apples, peaches, and pumpkins. Then, once winter arrives, head to the farm for one of the best Christmas tree experiences in Westchester. The trees are abundant, the staff is helpful, and the onsite bakery serves up mouthwatering treats all day long. The hot cider, free for anyone purchasing a tree, is particularly fragrant and delicious. Best of all, Wilkens shares the recipe with anyone who wants it, so it can be savored at home throughout the holiday season.

Ready to make it? All you’ll need to craft hot cider at home is a gallon of apple cider (local is best, of course), a drizzle of honey, a splash of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and cloves. From there, a quick 10-minute simmer will make your house smell wonderful and leave you with a freshly brewed pot of cider that the whole family will love.

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Wilkens Hot Cider

Makes 16 cups


1 gallon apple cider
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cloves


Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 minutes. Serve hot.

P.S. Looking for more fall and winter drink recipes? For a drink that will make you feel warm and cozy, go for this Old Fashioned or this Irish coffee. For something a bit more traditional, this vegan eggnog will please a crowd. And for something that’s booze-free, these non-alcoholic cocktails are highly delicious.

Related: Make the Yummiest Thumbprint Cookies With This Recipe

5 Ways to Deal With Pre-Wedding Anxiety in the Hudson Valley

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Does the thought of walking down the aisle give you the jitters? Here’s how to calm your nerves and conquer that pre-wedding anxiety.

Your wedding day is fast approaching, which means the excitement is building…but so are your stress levels. You may be having trouble eating or sleeping. Maybe you’re feeling more irritable or having difficulty concentrating. Recognize that these emotions are completely normal, but that you don’t have to live with them. We asked Linda Walter, LCSW, a Hudson Valley-based psychotherapist, to provide some of the best techniques to effectively cope with your pre-wedding anxiety.

1. Let it out. “Talk to your fiancé about your anxiety or jitters. Get used to helping and supporting each other. That’s what being a couple is all about.”

2. Exercise. Whether you go to the gym, take a walk, or practice yoga poses, “exercise is the best way to get rid of the extra tension that’s building up in your body.” Looking for a place to get moving in the Hudson Valley? Consider stopping by one of these yoga centers to stretch it out, or unwind your mind at a local meditation center.

3. Reminisce with your love. “Look at old photos of happy memories the two of you shared to refocus on the good, rather than the scary.”

4. Practice some relaxation techniques. From breathing exercises to deep muscle relaxation, there are numerous apps and YouTube videos that can keep your mind and heart from racing out of control. A cup of tea, especially one from a Hudson Valley-based brand, can help you find your calm as well.

5. Enough about the wedding! “Spend time with your fiancé where you don’t talk about the wedding.” Separate yourself from guest lists and caterers, and go out together. “Go to your favorite restaurant…or spend a romantic weekend together full of pampering.” Start your weekend of relaxation off strong with a bite to eat at one of the top restaurants in the Hudson Valley.

Related: Plan Your Dream Wedding at One of These Hudson Valley Barns

5 Tips to Practice Mindful Eating in the Hudson Valley

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With the holiday season around the corner in the Hudson Valley, a local health coach dishes on how to start eating with intention.

Mindfulness is an important catch phrase in food — it means slowing down and paying attention to the taste, smell, and texture of what we consume. Plus, studies show that better appreciating what we eat may lead to a smaller waistline. “I am not a big fan of diets, mostly because they don’t work long-term,” says Jodi Baretz, a psychotherapist, best-selling author, and nutritional counselor in Westchester County. “My clients don’t even like the word diet, because it is stress-producing and fires off cortisol, leading to the storage of belly fat. I prefer mindful or intuitive eating because it is a lifestyle rather than a diet.” Below, Baretz rounds out five ways to begin eating mindfully.

1. Start to notice your hunger cues.

“Ask yourself, ‘Am I hungry?’ before you eat,” Baretz says of the first step to mindful eating. “If you wouldn’t eat an apple right now, you’re probably not hungry.”

2. Ride the crave wave.

“If you are having a craving, start to notice it and be curious about it before immediately giving in,” suggests Baretz. “Let it be uncomfortable for a moment, and ask yourself what you are really hungry for? Is it food or acceptance? Are you just stressed and need to pop something in your mouth — or just bored?”

3. Eat like a wine connoisseur.

“Slow down, smell your food, and taste each bite. Notice flavors and textures,” advises Baretz. “You may not even eat as much because you are actually tasting your food, or you may realize that you don’t even like Twix bars.”

4. Be mindful, not mindless.

“Ever wonder where the whole bag of chips went?” asks Baretz. “Take out portions from bags and don’t eat without intention. It is a waste of calories and enjoyment.”

5. Be prepared.

“Prepare snacks and dinners beforehand,” says Baretz. “Plan your meals. When you come home starving, willpower is out the window, and you’ll eat the first thing that is readily available, and it’s usually not the cut up celery sticks.”

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7 Thanksgiving Tablescapes to Set the Scene in the Hudson Valley

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Just in time for the holiday, get inspired by these beautiful tablescapes in designs and hues that match every home aesthetic.

‘Tis the season for gatherings of friends and family. Thanksgiving marks the first big holiday of the season, and I always like to start things off with a bang, especially when it comes to my tablescape.

Whether you dress your Thanksgiving table to the nines like these examples below or you take inspiration from each of these and create your own scaled-down version, your table should welcome guests and make them feel special.

This could mean adding place cards to each setting or favors for guests to take with them or just a beautiful centerpiece you made yourself. The key is to think about these details ahead of the holiday so it’s exactly what it should be — beautiful, not stressful.

Vintage and Chic

For a table that embraces Thanksgiving vibes without feeling overly done, go for a mix of vintage, modern, and rustic finds. Take a floral napkin and use it as inspiration, and then layer it with wood, candles, and heirloom and colored pumpkins. For an extra pop, add a striped table runner and green goblets to pull out that burst of color.

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Colorful Table

One of our favorite places to look for tablescape inspiration is Casa de Perrin’s Instagram account. They not only sell some of the most beautiful dinnerware, but they create the most elegant and inspirational tablescapes. This one in particular caught our eye because of the cool color palette. I love when someone takes something so quintessentially fall, like small pumpkins, and flips it on its head.


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Monochromatic Magic

I love a little bit of glimmer on any dining table, but I also love when someone does a monochromatic color scheme. This table by Living with Landyn brings both of those ideas together in a beautiful way. She mixed greenery (eucalyptus) along with white and gold pumpkins, antlers, and some rustic touches to create a simple, yet elegant table setting that would work all autumn long.

Traditional and Tasteful

When I look at this table from Home is Where the Boat Is, it immediately makes me think of Thanksgiving. I love the use of traditional fall colors, plaid, Tom Turkey plates, pumpkins, greenery, and candles for a little brilliance.

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Rustic and Real

This table is so versatile it could work for Thanksgiving all the way through Christmas. I love the mix of greenery and would add pinecones and wood to create a rustic look. The addition of candles and elegant glassware adds a bit of glamour.

Simple and Modern

This Thanksgiving tablescape from Lemon Thistle could not be easier to create. Just take kraft paper and use it as a tablecloth. Then create place settings on the paper with a black marker. Down the center use hurricane candles, greenery, and some white pumpkins and voila. You have yourself a table that is easy, yet super cool.


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Natural Beauty

For a Thanksgiving tablescape that is a little bit of DIY, incorporate some things that are borrowed and other things are bought. It’s the perfect option to show you that you can create a stunning table without having a lot of things to start with. Amy from Homey Oh My started by creating a simple tablescape with natural linens and elegant white plates. As a seasonal touch, fun florals add a pop of color in the center of the table to bring a bit of nature indoors.

Related: 15 Fall Decorating Ideas From Great Country Homes

Prep Your Garden for Cold Weather in the Hudson Valley

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Hilltop Hanover shares advice to get your garden ready for the arrival of chilly weather—and that dreaded first frost—in the Hudson Valley.

You put a ton of effort into developing your garden through the warm months, so make sure it’s protected once the cold settles in. If you want to ensure your garden is happy and healthy come springtime, heed these tips from the Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center.

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Before beginning any cold-season gardening projects, you need to know the approximate depth of the frost line and date of first expected killing frost for your zone.

Mid-October is usually when the first frost happens, but it could come earlier or later than that. There is a month-wide window when we anticipate the arrival of the first frost, which will kill any remaining summer plants such like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Luckily, the depth of frost isn’t too significant to worry about for cold-weather gardening in our region.

What are the best practices for gardening in New York zones?

Keeping the soil covered with mulch in between plants such as tomatoes. Usually, you will plant your tomatoes four feet apart, then plant shorter, quicker growing crops such as radishes or arugula underneath the tomatoes to keep the soil covered, yielding a better crop. Most natural soil doesn’t have all of the minerals that vegetable plants generally need to survive, so it’s a good idea to get a soil test to see what minerals your soil is deficient in. If your soil is deficient in essential minerals, your plants will have problems with diseases because they’re not getting the proper “food” needed to thrive. Also, when you buy fertilizer and soil from the store, it won’t always have everything that the plants need.

What are the best fruits and vegetables to plant in early fall?

October is too late for planting. Daylight hours are limited in the fall, so mid-October is when plants stop growing, so make sure your plants are ready to harvest before then. If your plants are protected, you can pick them throughout November and December while they’re dormant.

Some vegetables such as arugula, mizuna, radishes, and other leafy greens only take a month to grow so you could plant them in September and harvest them in October. The later you get into the fall, the less options you have for plants.

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Why is mulch so important for winter gardens?

Mulch is important in every season, but especially helpful in the wintertime. When you go for a walk in the woods, you rarely see bare dirt, and you always see leaves on the ground, which is the “natural mulch” you want to mimic.

Mulch helps retain moisture so the plants’ roots don’t dry out. It will provide a better microclimate for not only the roots of the plants, but also the microbiology in the soil such as bacteria and fungi. Bacteria and fungi depend on a stable climate underneath the leaves and the soil. They work with the plants to provide nutrients for a healthy plant, which will provide more nutrient-rich foods.

What are some tips for watering your plants when the ground is frozen?

You don’t need to water your plants when the ground is frozen because plants are dormant in the winter.

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What about getting the timing right when planning and planting a winter garden?

A great book to reference is The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman. Eliot Coleman is a farmer in Maine who pioneered winter gardening techniques. You can grow plants in the fall and keep them covered and protected so that you can pick them all winter long even if the plants aren’t still growing. You can still harvest plants for weeks after they’re done growing.

Which protections work best for your winter garden?

If you’re growing carrots in the fall, instead of digging them up when it gets cold, you can leave them in the ground and cover them with six inches of leaves or hay. That will protect the plants and keep the ground from freezing. Once you want to pick the carrots, you can dig them up—all winter long—because the soil won’t be frozen (thanks to the mulch covering). This technique works with root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, and sunchokes.

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What can you do to protect your plants before a big snow storm?

In substitute of hay or leaves, farmers also use a thin white fabric sheet to cover their crops in the case of early frost, or if they want to prolong the farming season. Sunlight and rain can still penetrate the sheet, but it protects from insects and frost, which makes it a great alternative to mulching.

What should gardeners do to protect their bulbs in the winter?

Planting bulbs to the right depth is very important. Bulbs must be 4-6 inches deep to survive the winter.

What is the best way to protect young trees and shrubs from damaging frost?

It’s important to pick the right trees and shrubs for your climate and area. You should plant trees in the spring so that they have a chance to grow their roots and establish themselves before they go dormant for winter. For example, it’s better to plant fruit trees in the springtime. People cover their young trees and shrubs with burlap for the winter for added protection.

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Which plants should be brought inside during the cold winter months?

Fig trees and citrus trees are usually brought inside during the winter or wrapped with sheets to keep them from freezing.

For more information about gardening in the cold or to sign up for a class at Hilltop Hanover, visit the site.

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Get Festive Crafting These 6 Fall Garlands in the Hudson Valley

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Fall decorating gets an easy upgrade with festive garlands that are a breeze to make with the family or buy in the Hudson Valley.

Feather Garland

Using scrapbook paper in festive fall colors or a monochromatic color palette, cut out feathers and string together for a feathery garland. You can also purchase printable, instant download sheets on Etsy for $3.

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Copper Leaf Garland

Take leaves you have gathered from outside (or purchase faux leaves from a craft store) and spray paint them with copper spray paint. String them together and you have a naturally beautiful banner.

Pie Garland

This is a fun one for you to make with the kids. Choose your favorite kinds of pies (Martha featured pumpkin and apple) and create “slices” using scrapbook paper, a boning tool, a craft knife, some glue, and pom-poms, and you have something that looks good enough to eat.

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Eucalyptus Garland

This beautiful display looks harder than it is. Homeyohmy has the full how-to, but all you have to do to make it is grab some seeded eucalyptus, floral shears, cord or string, and floral wire, then go to town stringing bits together. It will smell amazing and look beautiful draped over your mantel or over a doorway.

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Tassel Garland

Local craft stores are so stocked now that you can purchase these tissue paper tassels in all colors already made and then string them together in various color combinations. If you love the look of a tassel garland like this, you can also purchase one from Etsy shop Blush Bazaar for $20.

Book Page Garland

I love upcycling, especially when it looks as beautiful as this book page garland. Take old or vintage books you can find at thrift stores, use the pages and cut leaves in various sizes and shapes and string them together either by gluing or by sewing them together with a machine. You can make a bunch like this and use it on corners of doors or mantels, or make a traditional garland for a tabletop or to hang about a fireplace or doorway. The overall look is beautiful, environmentally friendly, and vintage.

Related: 3 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Hudson Valley Table for Fall

Hit These Hudson Valley Farms for Prime Pumpkin Picking

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Looking for a local pumpkin patch? These U-pick experiences throughout the Hudson River region have gourds galore — and more!

By Claudia Larsen, with additional reporting by Kait Waterman

With fall festivities in full swing, what better way to keep the fun going than by visiting one of the many Hudson Valley farms for a U-pick pumpkin trip? In addition to pumpkin picking, many of the farms offer hayrides, corn mazes, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables for plucking perfection. 

On the way out, don’t forget to stop by the orchard shops to get warm apple cider donuts and fresh-pressed cider by the pint.

Albany County

Stanton’s Feura Farm & Markets

Feura Bush

A farm founded on a family’s values, Stanton’s Feura Farm & Markets has pumpkin picking and tons of activities, all of which are made for kids and families alike. Take a hayride to and from the pumpkin patch, explore a corn maze and a hay maze, and play on the straw slide before picking up fall mums to decorate your table. Admission is $5 per person, though kids under 15 and seniors get in for free on Halloween weekend.

Indian Ladder Farms


The 100-plus-year-old farm landmark of Albany County is not just for pumpkin picking. Visitors can also stop by the farm market, gift shop, café, cidery, and brewery. Kids, meanwhile, can take part in the number of educational programs available onsite.

Columbia County

Fix Bros. Fruit Farm



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Fix Bros. Fruit Farm is the go-to spot for cheap pumpkin picking. Pumpkins here are only 35 cents per pound, with other fruits and veggies up for picking as well. Gourds and more are also up for sale in the farm stand if you aren’t the U-pick type.

Yonder Fruit Farms



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If you’re looking for more fall décor than just pumpkins, head straight to Yonder. The Valatie farm also has gourds, winter squash, and other decorative fall veggies for you to go out and pick yourself.

Related: These Hudson Valley Restaurants Serve Scrumptious Fall Flavors

Samascott Orchards


Originally a dairy-centric farm in the 20th century, Samascott Orchards is now a destination for all kinds of U-pick fruits and veggies as well as family entertainment. U-pick pumpkins are 40 cents per pound, and families can enjoy a day filled with Nine Pin Cider, visits to the farm store for produce, and homemade ice cream.

Dutchess County

Fishkill Farms

Hopewell Junction


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Fishkill Farms is 270 acres of U-pick delight. Pumpkins can be picked from the patch that happens to be the first stop on the wagon tour. The farm also hosts Fall Harvest Festivals every weekend in September through October, during which visitors can take wagon rides, listen to live music, and indulge in fresh-pressed cider and donuts. Reservations are required for all picking so be sure to check out the website for availability.

Barton Orchards


Barton Orchards is the place to go for pumpkin picking and a day of family fun. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick away, then stop by the concession stand, “The Apple Core,” for the to-die-for apple cider donut sundae before listening to local live music. Attractions there include gem stone mining, a fun park, and more.

Dykeman Farm



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Built as a large-scale pumpkin patch, Dykeman Farm is pumpkin-picking perfection. Choose your own pumpkin among the beautiful golden gourds on the grounds. Don’t forget to hit concessions and stop by the farm stand to browse the winter squashes and fall decorations for sale. The Pawling destination features more than 70 pumpkin varieties.

Orange County

Pierson’s Farm


Pierson’s Farm hosts a yearly festival throughout the month of October that’s a great opportunity to get the family outside and enjoy the crisp autumn air. Hop on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, snack on some baked goods, and wash them down with hot cider and hot chocolate.

When you’re all set with your picks, be sure to visit this year’s corn maze, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Otisville Mastodon discovery. Browse the gift shop for local honeys, ciders, and syrups or peruse the Halloween and Christmas décor.

Manza Family Farm


This Montgomery farm hosts fall festivals every year—a family tradition dating back to the 1980s. On the grounds, visitors can explore 15 acres of pumpkin patches. During weekends and holidays, guests can enjoy tractor-drawn hayrides, straw mazes, and refreshments at the farm stand. Kids will love the adorable farm animals.

Lawrence Farms Orchards


Lawrence Farms Orchards is managed by a family that has run U-pick orchards for over 30 years, so you can be sure that a visit will be well worth it. This farm is a great option if you want a shorter trip and a fun-filled day. Don’t leave without stopping by the concession stand for cider donuts, pies, milkshakes, frozen cider, and more. Admission is $7 per person Monday to Thursday, and $10 on the weekends; children two and younger are admitted for free.

Wright Family Farm


With a massive patch and a hayride to help you get there, Wright Family Farm is the place to go if you need plenty of options to find that perfect pumpkin. There are two types of admission into Wright’s: barnyard ($10) and maze ($18).

Barnyard admission gives you access to activities, such as the farm animals, rubber duck races, pedal carts, pumpkin bowling, and more. Maze admission gives you the same features plus unlimited time to explore the corn maze. Additionally, the farm offers fun pumpkin varieties like the warted goblin, munchkin, and more.

Related: Where to Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix in the Hudson Valley

Rensselaer County

Kristy’s Barn


Kristy’s Barn is a green farm dedicated to the community and its love of farming. U-pick is the biggest feature, since the pumpkins are self-described “perfection.A petting paddock, apple picking, fresh cider, and a straw maze are also available for visitor’s entertainment.

Liberty Ridge Farm


Liberty Ridge Farm is in the middle of everything in the Capital Region; it’s just 15 minutes from Clifton Park, 20 minutes from Saratoga Springs, and 30 minutes from Albany. Have the whole family pick a pumpkin, then visit the many other attractions, such as the 11-acre corn maze, farm animals, trolley rides, paintball, pumpkin cannons, and maize museum.

Don’t forget to visit Brad’s Barnyard, too; it’s a whopping seven acres of fun attractions like giant gerbil wheels, jumping pillows, and pedal karts. Catch the new Riverbend Railroad mini-train, which offers scenic countryside views. 

Ulster County

DuBois Farms



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Dubois Farm began as a 54-acre farm to save the small farming industry. Now at 69 acres, the farm brings “a piece of Olde New England to the Hudson Valley” through its architectural style of buildings and animal pens. There is also a farm market and café, along with a tavern stocked with local wines, hard ciders, and craft beers.

Hurd’s Family Farm



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Hurd’s Family Farm is the perfect picture of “agritainment.” Families that visit can pick pumpkins of varying size and price ($6-20). Then, they can partake in the other activities on the farm, such as a bounce station, obstacle course, giant slide, and corn maze. When hunger strikes, stop by the Big Apple Café for a farm-to-table meal.

Jenkins-Lueken Orchard

New Paltz

Jenkins-Lueken Orchard is best for people looking for the essentials. Choose your pumpkin from a range of shapes and sizes and visit the farm stand to check out the farm’s produce, bakery, cider, and special brand of artisanal hard cider.

Westchester County

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Yorktown Heights

If you’re in search of a leisurely pumpkin picking experience that still has activities, head to Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm. Pick your pumpkin and traverse the corn maze before stopping by the bakery, which also stocks lunch foods, followed by the apple farm market and the country gift market. Those 21 and up should go to the farm’s White Hill Vineyard for tastings of the Wilkens’ house-made wine.

Outhouse Orchards

North Salem

Outhouse Orchards is a family-owned operation that stretches back to the early 1800s, when the farm primarily produced dairy. Starting in the early 20th century, the Outhouse family began to grow fruit commercially. Nowadays, families can pick apples, pears, and pumpkins at $25 per car. Visitors can take a hayride around the farm, then buy a ticket to solve the puzzle hidden in clues throughout the corn maze.

Related: 6 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Hudson Valley Apples

Body Liberation Hiking Club Treks Across the Hudson Valley

A Body Liberation Hiking Club meetup. Courtesy of Alexa Rosales

One Hudson Valley editor joined a body-positive hiking group that she discovered on social media—and it changed her life.

It was a typical night in April. I was lounging on the couch, extremely bored, and mindlessly scrolling through Facebook—DIY craft videos, marriage updates, cheesy quotes… Then I came across a page that caught my eye: a Hudson Valley hiking group full of people who look and think like me, and experience life the way I do.

The group was called Plus-Size Hikers of the Hudson Valley (it’s since had a name change). I thought, I’m a plus-size woman who lives in the Hudson Valley and enjoys hiking—so I clicked the “join” button. Suddenly my feed was flooded with images of landscapes, encouraging posts from members, and an event posted by founder and Newburgh resident Alexa Rosales. The group was meeting the following Saturday to hike Klara Sauer Trail in Beacon. I clicked the “going” button—and felt good. But it wasn’t until I finished the 5-mile, out-and-back trail a few days later that I felt a heavy weight lift off my shoulders at last.

And that’s exactly the goal of the group, now called the Body Liberation Hiking Club (BLHC). It was born out of a therapy session: Rosales, 31, was talking with her therapist about the joys of hiking—and admitted she hadn’t explored nature in a long time. “I’ve felt connected to the outdoors since I was a child,” she says. “But I stayed away because I associated it with negativity and failure. I felt like hiking was a marathon, a race.”

After that meeting, Rosales realized she could offer body liberation (which she describes as “being who you are in the moment and living in your true self”) for Valley residents who felt like she did. “I wanted to make a space for people to come together and feel supported.”

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A Body Liberation Hiking Club meetup. Courtesy of Alexa Rosales

Since its founding in June 2021, BLHC has gained over a thousand members—a group of “unlikely hikers,” which Rosales describes as trekkers “who don’t meet society’s standards.” The rules of the club are simple: there’s no calorie counting, no weight loss discussions, and no self-deprecation. The goal is to make friends, share experiences, and bask in positivity. “[BLHC] is for people who don’t want to change who they are,” says Rosales, “The minute you bring up weight loss or changing yourself by force—it takes out the joy.”

Each season, Rosales posts a hiking schedule on Facebook and Instagram (@bodyliberationhikingclub) with details about where to meet, trail length, elevation, and even what to wear. Past hikes include Minnewaska State Park, the Cornish Estate Trail in Cold Spring, Anthony’s Nose, Fahnestock State Park, and Black Rock Forest. In addition to hitting the trails on weekends, the group gets together for other fun activities such as summer beach days, sunrise or sunset hikes, and seasonal overnight camping/hiking trips.

I’ve learned so much since joining BLHC and have made a lot of new friends. Wendy told me about “Kili Big,” a documentary about plus-size women who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; I discovered folding kayaks were a thing when Julia pointed one out at Lake Minnewaska; and I polled members about their favorite sandwich at Rossi’s in Poughkeepsie. (The Number Four.) Most importantly, I learned that we unlikely hikers are worthy of experiencing nature and fostering community just like everyone else. BLHC encourages members to find self-acceptance, love the outdoors, and hit the trails as often as possible. I hope to see you there.

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