20 Breathtaking Fall Hikes to Take in the Hudson Valley

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As the leaves begin to drift on down in the Hudson Valley, throw on your hiking gear and hit a local trail to get moving and savor the fall foliage.

The Hudson Valley is built for hiking, and fall is always the perfect season for it with its weather and scenery. Here are some of the best hikes across the Hudson Valley to witness the season change and see fall foliage at its finest.

P.S. If you go to any of these, don’t forget to #LeaveNoTrace. Let’s work together to keep the Hudson Valley as beautiful as can be!

Albany County

Pine Hollow Arboretum



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With over 3,300 trees and other wood-type plants, Pine Hollow Arboretum is the perfect place to see fall foliage up close and personal. The park consists of 22 acres along with 11 ponds and a number of trails winding through the continuous forest for Hudson Valley hiking. Hikers can take a self-guided tour or arrange a private tour in advance with a brochure that points out the park’s rare and significant trees

Thacher State Park


Along the ledge of the Helderberg Escarpment, which is known as one of the most fossil-heavy formations in the world, you can find a truly unique Hudson Valley hiking experience. Thacher State Park features rocky slopes, woodlands, open fields, 25 miles of trails, and six miles of limestone cliff-face. The open areas of the park give a great view of Hudson Valley, the Mohawk Valley, the Adirondack Mountains, and the Green Mountains.

Columbia County 

Harris Public Conservation Area


What began as the farmland of a few Revolutionary War veterans in the 19th century is now acres and acres of tall hemlock forests, vernal pools, wetlands, and outcroppings. Harris Public Conversation Area is the place to visit if you want fall to be everywhere you look, even straight upward. The park is home to a variety of different animals which can be spotted along the two Hudson Valley hikes.

Alander Mountain



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Alander Mountain is not one, but two Hudson Valley hikes on the same mountain; one is short and steep whereas the other is long and level. The shorter hike is only 5.4 miles, but with an ascent of 1,882 feet. The longer hike is eight miles long and approaches the mountain’s peak from the opposite side that the shorter hike does. But if amazing views are your main concern, don’t fret, as both hikes end at a peak 2,234 feet above sea level.

Dutchess County

Hudson Highlands State Park


Hudson Highlands State Park is about 8,000 acres of (mostly) undeveloped land. There are over 70 miles of Hudson Valley hiking trails and walks ranging from a quarter-mile to eight miles in length. Inside this park is Bannerman Island, home of the famous Bannerman Castle, along with a segment of the Appalachian Trail, several bodies of water, access to the Hudson River, and bird conservation areas. 

Fishkill Ridge Conservation Area 



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While not technically a park on its own, the Fishkill Ridge Conservation Area is a trail in the Hudson Highlands State Park with a few fun features. The trail is a seven-mile hike that follows a creek with plenty of waterfalls, eventually arriving at the Fishkill Ridge. There, you have a panoramic view of Beacon, the Hudson River, and the Shawangunks afront the Catskills. What could be a sweeter ending to a Hudson Valley hike?

Mount Beacon


View from Mt. Beacon Fire Tower
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Mount Beacon is without a doubt the most popular hike in all of Dutchess County. It offers 15 acres of Hudson Valley history, with the Mount Beacon fire tower and the Beacon Incline Railway as local icons in the region. You can stop at multiple observation platforms, climb to the top of the fire tower, and even take a trail over to the Fishkill Ridge Conversation Area. Or, you could keep your Hudson Valley hiking brief and spend time exploring Beacon’s lively Main Street.

Greene County

Kaaterskill Falls

Haines Falls

Flowing in two tiers—altogether, over 260 feet tall—is Kaaterskill Falls, the Empire State’s tallest cascading waterfall. As one of the most popular Hudson Valley hikes, the falls are at the top of everyone’s list for summer, fall, and spring trips to the Catskills. The trail down to the falls and back is only 1.4 miles long, and the pool at the bottom of the falls opens for swimming in the warmer seasons.

Catskill Escarpment Loop (South)

Haines Falls

Above Kaaterskill Clove—deep gorge in the Catskill region of the Hudson Valley—is the Catskill Escarpment Loop. This trail is a five-mile circular hike with multiple viewpoints of the cove as well as the expanse of the mountains. This is a good alternative to tackling Kaaterskill Falls, and will let you experience the thrill of walking on the edge of a trail above a gorge. Here, you’ll find Hudson Valley hiking at its grandest.

Related: 6 Hudson Valley Trails for Hikers of All Experience Levels

Orange County

Storm King State Park 



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Storm King State Park is not just a scenic hike through the forest—it’s a hike to the top of a mountain that rises 1,300 feet above sea level. At its peak, the views of the Hudson Valley region stretch out for miles, giving you a full view of fall. The park contains a small network of hiking trails across a 10-mile span, making your quest to the top a little less stressful.

Black Mountain Loop

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks


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The Black Mountain Loop is a scenic trail in the Orange County section of the Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks. This route will take you up the ridge of the Black Mountain and back, where you will pass historic sites such as small piece of the Spanish Minethe site of the “Burnt House,” and the William Brien Memorial Shelter. This is an easy, level, eight-mile trail that is best for people who want a relaxing and not-too-populated hiking experience.

Putnam County

Wonder Lake State Park



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Originally an extensive 1920s summer property, Wonder Lake State Park offers 8.6 miles of trails through forests of mountain laurel and eastern hemlock which encircle a 30-acre lake and a small laurel pond. This park is not only filled with fall foliage, but also wildlife like barred owls, coyotes, and otters.

Anthony’s Nose

Cortlandt Manor

A section of the Appalachian Trail, Anthony’s Nose is a trail that leads to an overlook of the Bear Mountain Bridge. This Hudson Valley hiking trail is 2.6 miles to the overlook and back, and reaches up to 927 feet above sea level. This is a path built for people who want to experience fall in the region with just a little less effort than is needed for other parks and trails.

Rensselaer County

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center


Resting on top of the Rensselaer Plateau is the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, a place of nature exploration and learning. Over 33 different ecological communities call this park home, along with 19 species of mammals and over 50 species of birds. Here, autumn is an adventure as you explore six miles of trails on self-guided Hudson Valley hikes

Rockland County

Clausland Mountain County Park



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Clausland Mountain County Park’s peculiar name comes from Jans Claus, the Native American who negotiated the sale of the mountain to Dutch settlers. The mountain consists of 532 acres of hardwood forest, scenic overlooks, and three trails that altogether span two miles. Here you can enjoy fall in the way of red oak, white oak, maple, hickory, beech, and dogwood trees.

Ulster County

Long Path and Shawangunk Ridge Trail 


The Long Path & Shawangunk Ridge Trail is a 10-mile hike inside the Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest. This route will usher you through an often overlooked section of the Long Path, where you will pass several cliffs, stop for views, and pass pitch pines growing from bedrock. The path will lead you to the Shawangunk Ridge, where the view of the Valley is unbeaten.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve


On top of the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge sits Minnewaska State Park Preserve, the pride of Ulster County’s hiking destinations. Formerly home to a ski resort, Minnewaska is 23,000 acres of three lakes, 50 miles of hiking trails, hardwood forests, waterfalls, and cliffs and ledges that provide amazing views. The trails here range from an eighth of a mile to 4.3 miles long and will bring you to every hidden beauty the park has to offer.

Franny Reese State Park 


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The Hudson Valley hikes at Franny Reese State Park have a little something extra to offer, since 2.5 miles of them follow a historic carriage road from the 19th century and pass by the ruins of an old mansion. The 251 acres of Franny Reese offer about 2.5 miles of trails. Three of the park’s trails offer overlooks, river views, vernal pools, remainders of stone walls, and connections to rail trails and parks along the river.

Westchester County

Cranberry Lake Preserve

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Mixed into the pool of residential Westchester County is Cranberry Lake Preserve, a 190-acre park surrounding a four-acre lake, several ponds, and a cascade. The parksix Hudson Valley hiking trails span more than five miles and will guide you through mixed hardwood forests, scrubland, cliffs, a swamp, vernal pools, and the remains of a 19th-century farmhouse and an early 20th-century stone mining operation.

Teatown Lake Reservation



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With 1,000 acres to its name, the nonprofit nature preserve helps protect nature with preserved flowers, wildlife exhibits, and educational programs for all ages. This park has 15 miles of trails ranging from 0.9 to 6.5 miles long, along with numerous lakes and ponds to explore along the way.

Related: These Hudson Valley Hiking Trails Are Perfect for Beginners

Prost! 12 Oktoberfest Events in the Hudson Valley

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Oktoberfest is happening now in the Hudson Valley, and everyone’s breaking it down Bavarian-style with brats, pretzels, and brews galore.

By Raphael Beretta, Zarah Kavarana, Alexandra Rivera, Sabrina Sucato, and Kait Waterman

It’s time to bust out your lederhosen and welcome Oktoberfest, a traditional German fall festival that’s perhaps better known to most Americans as the biggest beer fest of the year. The celebration dates back to the early 19th century and was intended to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810. Though the original Oktoberfest lasted less than a week (October 12–17), today the festival is more readily celebrated between mid-September and early October in the U.S. to accommodate weather concerns.

Whether this is your first Oktoberfest or you’re a seasoned sauerkraut fiend, join us in raising a brew-filled Bavarian bierstein mug to these Oktoberfest events in our region. Cheers! Or, as the Germans say, “Prost!”

5th Annual Oktoberfest

Sugar Loaf Engine Company, Chester
September 17, 3-8 p.m.

Mark your calendars, Hudson Valley! Oktoberfest is happening in Chester. Throughout the day, attendees can dig into hot dogs, bratwurst, soft pretzels, and more while sipping on German brews. Cornhole, giant Jenga, and other games are available for playing.

Oktoberfest at Peekskill Brewery

Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill
September 18, 12-5 p.m.


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Do you have what it takes to out-yodel all the other yodelers in the Hudson Valley? This brewery in Westchester will host a day of Oktoberfest fun with a yodeling contest, vendors, German food, a stein holding competition, and live music from The Brass Rascals. Contest winners will receive a prize package filled with Peekskill Brewery goodies, making this a hot attraction for beer lovers in the region.

Oktoberfest Weekend 2022 at Tilly Foster Farm

Tilly Foster Farm, Brewster
September 23, 6:30 p.m.


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The best Hudson Valley festivals take place on scenic farms. Brewster’s Tilly Foster Farm holds a celebration of all things beer and brats. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a performance by David Clark titled Song Attic, his tribute to Billy Joel. At $30 a person, this event is perfect for a friends and family evening!

The Hudson Valley Oktoberfest

Ice Time Sports Complex, Newburgh
September 24-25, 11-5 p.m.; October 1-2, 11-5 p.m.

Whether you’d prefer to jam out to the tunes of Alpine Squeeze or try your hand at the Oktoberfest Olympics, this event packs German-inspired fun into two autumn weekends. If axe throwing and a cornhole championship aren’t quite your speed, sit back and enjoy potato pancakes, bratwurst, and enough homemade desserts to make you burst at the Hudson Valley Oktoberfest. This stellar festival sold out last year, so snag your tickets while you still can!

Oktoberfest Weekend at Long Lot Brewery

Long Lot Farm Brewery, Chester
September 24, 12-9 p.m.

Let the Oktoberfest games begin at Long Lot Brewery! Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate champion? Compete in a keg squat, a stein lift, a keg toss, and, of course, a cornhole tournament. Plus, music from TJ Santiago and Dusty, Dave and The Boys keep things festive. Be sure to check out the newly reopened beer garden, pick up a unique Long Lot Oktoberfest stein, and don your best attire.

Sleepy Hollow’s Annual Oktoberfest!

Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow
September 24, 1-5 p.m.


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If you’ve never paid a visit to the legendary village of Sleepy Hollow, consider attending this Oktoberfest event. With cider and hot chocolates for the kids, local food and beer for friends, and live Bavarian music for everyone, the Sleepy Hollow Annual Oktoberfest is the perfect occasion to ring in autumn.

Riedlbauer’s Resort Presents Nussy’s Oktoberfest

Riedlbauer’s Resort, Round Top
September 24, 3 p.m.

It’s not too late to enjoy authentic Germain cuisine at Riedlbauer’s Resort in Round Top. This second Oktoberfest weekend at Nussy’s Bier Garten features live music, dancing, and a bit of Hudson Valley history. The mountaintop resort offers breathtaking views and a stunning biergarten. With live music by Mountain Xpress starting at 6 p.m., it’s the complete family-friendly festival.

Oktoberfest Weekend

Mountain Brauhaus, Round Top
September 24, 6-10 p.m.


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The Hudson Valley’s mainstay German restaurant hosts its own version of Oktoberfest at the end of September. The celebration loops in music from traditional bands, authentic Schuhplatter dancing, and German food and drink.

Oktoberfest 2022 at Putnam County Golf Course

Putnam County Golf Course, Mahopac
September 30, 6:30-11 p.m.

Play a round of golf and then celebrate with a stein at Putnam County Golf Course. This Oktoberfest celebration costs $37 per person (children 12 and under are half off at the door) and features a menu of seasonal staples like bangers, knockwurst, and kielbasa alongside Hudson Valley barbecue. The Amish Outlaws will take the stage for a full evening of raucous music.

Walktoberfest on the Walkway

Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland & Poughkeepsie
October 1-2, 12-5 p.m.


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Now this is how to do festival fun in the Hudson Valley. On the first weekend in October, the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park partners with the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to host a Walktoberfest Essential Farmers Market. All proceeds from the $25 tickets benefit Friends of the Walkway and Hudson Valley Rail Trail and give guests access to samples from local distilleries, restaurants, and wineries.

Handcrafted Octoberfest: A Family Harvest Celebration 

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
October 1-2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Quail Hollow Events, the team behind the fall-favorite Woodstock-New Paltz Arts & Craft Fair, hosts a reimagined Oktoberfest celebration. This open-air event pays homage to German traditions with a distinct focus on local artisans and makers. Peruse art, hand-spun crafts, pumpkin carving, woodworking, and much more. Dance to live music and check out a wild animals demonstration.


Bangallworks, Stanfordville
October 22, 1-4 p.m.


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This Dutchess County community space goes all out for Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for the Stanford Recreation Campaign.  Be sure to wear your very best holiday attire—lederhosen and all—as there will be awards for best dressed individual, couple, and family. But the competition doesn’t end there; attendees can also go head-to-head in Oktoberfest’s test of strength: stein holding. For those who’d rather chef it up, enter the slaw-off with your most creative slaw-based concoction. Of course, there will also be live traditional music, bites, and brews galore. If you plan to attend the event, be sure to RSVP here.

Related: The Best Events & Fests to Hit in the Hudson Valley This Fall

9/11 Memorials and Events in the Hudson Valley Honor Those Lost

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Honor the memory of the victims of September 11, 2001 at these moving dedications and gatherings throughout the Hudson Valley.

By Zarah Kavarana, with additional reporting from Matt Moment and Sabrina Sucato

It’s difficult to process the number of years that have passed since the September 11 attacks, especially over two decades later. In honor of the heroes and neighbors lost amid that tragedy, we’ve compiled a list of notable sites and organized memorial events where you can pay your respects in the Hudson Valley.

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9/11 Memorial Park, Poughkeepsie

The memorial, which features two steel beams collected from the rubble of the World Trade Center, was erected at Civic Center Plaza in 2014. Surrounding it are cement benches and two maple trees, one of which is dedicated to fallen Poughkeepsie firefighter Timothy Gunther, a 21-year-old who died from a heart attack while responding to a local fire in May 2015.

Rockland County September 11 Memorial, West Haverstraw

Nestled within the Haverstraw Bay Park, a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center hails above two giant marble slabs, engraved with the names of all 81 Rockland resident victims.

Ulster Hose 9-11 Memorial, Kingston

A 3,300-lb steel piece from the remains of the towers is the focus of this memorializing monument. It’s surrounded by bricks engraved with the names of the 343 fallen firefighters who selflessly put their lives on the line to help others during the attacks, as well as replicas of the Twin Towers to represent the 110 World Trade Center floors. Plaques have been added more recently naming FDNY members who have since died due to 9/11-related illnesses.

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Putnam Heroes Memorial Monument, Carmel

Within Carmel’s Spain Cornerstone Park, you’ll find a modest stone and marble structure dedicated to the eight Putnam residents who died during the attacks, as well as first responders who’ve passed from related illnesses.

Columbia County September 11 Memorial, Valatie

A service project initiated by Valatie and Kinderhook Girl Scouts, the memorial is comprised of two tile-covered towers with the names of all uniformed personnel who died in the attack, as well as illustrations created by community members.

Orange County Arboretum 9/11 Memorial Garden, Montgomery

The 9/11 Remembrance Walkway and Garden is located within the 35-acre Orange County Arboretum, which features a rotating granite earth sculpture at the center. Around it, bronze plaques list the names of all 44 Orange County residents who died in the attack.

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9/11 Memorial Garden, Suffern

Located at Rockland Community College, the memorial garden is a spot for the Hudson Valley to reflect and remember those who died in the attack. At the center of the park lies “Spirit Rising,” a sculpture by Eric David Laxman that incorporates steel remnants from the World Trade Center site.

Related: 20 Years After 9/11: Hudson Valleyites Remember the Day


Beacon, Beacon Elks Lodge No. 1493

A memorial service begins at 11 a.m. at the lodge.

Carmel, Spain Cornerstone Park

This candlelight vigil is a beautiful way to commemorate those lost while surrounded by a sense of community. The vigil will begin at the Putnam Heroes Memorial at 7 p.m.

Clarkstown, Town Hall

A memorial service begins at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.

Croton-on-Hudson, The 9/11 Remembrance Memorial

There will be a tri-municipal ceremony for Croton-on-Hudson, Buchanan, and Cortlandt from 1-1:30 p.m., including a procession, moment of silence, and ringing of the bell.

Deerpark, Town Hall

At 8:30 a.m., a tribute will begin, with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Afterward, refreshments will be served.

Fishkill, Van Wyck Hall

This 9/11 memorial service will be held at 8:30 a.m.

Glenmont, First Responders Honor Garden

All are invited to this “special ceremony with prayer, respect, and honor” at 7 p.m.

Goshen, 939 Pulaski Highway

This Orange County town remembers those lost with a full day of live music, food, and beverages.


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Haverstraw, Haverstraw Bay County Park

This memorial ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m., but attendees are well-advised to arrive 15 minutes early. Those unable to attend in-person may stream the event via the Rockland County Government Facebook page.

Kingston, Firemen’s Park

This gathering begins at 8:30 a.m. with a ceremony scheduled for 8:46 a.m.

LaGrange, Stringham Park

This ceremony will start at 8:30 a.m., and is organized collaboratively by community members, the LaGrange Fire Department, and the LaGrange Sunrise Rotary.

Larchmont & Mamaroneck, Girl Scout Rock, Memorial Park

Join in this commemoration by the town and Village of Mamaroneck as well as the Village of Larchmont at 5 p.m.

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Montgomery, Orange County Arboretum, Thomas Bull Memorial Park

This ceremony begins at 5:55 p.m. in the park.

New Rochelle, American Legion Post 8

This 7 p.m. ceremony will honor those lost with a candlelight vigil, song, and prayer.

North Castle, Wampus Brook Park Gazebo

A memorial ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.


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Nyack, Memorial Park

The annual Hometown Heroes Remembrance will occur from 6:30-7 p.m.

Rye, Locust Avenue Firehouse

This city’s annual memorial ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

Stony Point, Town Hall

Join in this candlelight memorial ceremony at 7 p.m.

Suffern, Village Hall

This public ceremony will be held outside of Village Hall at 2 p.m.


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Valhalla, The 9/11 Memorial, Kensico Dam Plaza

Join in this period of remembrance at 3 p.m.

Wallkill, Veterans Memorial Park

A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m.

Wappinger, Sergeant Mark C. Palmateer 9/11 Memorial Park

This ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. in the park.

White Plains, Liberty Park

Join in this 9 a.m. service at the city’s 9/11 memorial.

Related: Former Editor Shares Her Memories of September 11, 2001

3 Hudson Valley Cocktails to Enjoy Over Labor Day Weekend

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Toast to the unofficial end of summer—Labor Day weekend—with these delicious and refreshing cocktail recipes by Valley restaurants.

Take the hassle out of mixing individual cocktails at your Labor Day weekend party and try whipping up a pitcher of these crowd-pleasing punches instead. Here are some of our favorite big-batch cocktail and mocktail (alcohol-free) recipes made with blackberries, strawberries, kiwis, and other luscious summer fruit. Cheers to Labor Day weekend!

At Ease 

Zulu Time Rooftop Bar & Lounge at The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point
Makes one pitcher or small punch bowl for 6


16 oz Captain Morgan white rum
1 bunch fresh mint
1/4 cup lime juice
2 Tbsp sugar
32 oz soda water
Splash of cranberry for color


Mix Captain Morgan, soda water, and lime juice in a pitcher.
Muddle mint and sugar in glasses, then fill with ice.
Top with sparkling soda and Captain Morgan mixture.
Add a splash of cranberry juice in each glass for color.
Garish with mint and lime.

Party tip: give just two or three twists when muddling mint, otherwise it loses flavor.

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Berry Valley Tonic


2 oz Half Moon Orchard Gin
1 Tbsp local berry jam
4 oz Q tonic
Fresh mint leaves
Fresh lime (cut into wheel)


Put Half Moon and jam in shaker with ice and shake until all jam is mixed, then strain over fresh ice in Collins glass.
Top with tonic.
Garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel.

Seasonal Strawberry Kiwi Margarita

Courtesy of BAJA 328, Beacon
Makes one pitcher for 4


12 strawberries
12 kiwi slices
2 oz simple syrup
8 oz Espolon Reposado tequila
4 oz agave syrup
4 oz Dekuyper 03 orange liqueur
4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice


Muddle strawberries, kiwi slices, and simple syrup in a pitcher. Fill with ice.
Add tequila, agave, 03, and lime juice. Stir well.
Garnish with strawberry and kiwi slices.
For an extra pop, try adding 8 oz of Prosecco.

Related: Turn Your Summer Sangria Into the Perfect Fall Cocktail

Canning 101: How to Preserve Hudson Valley Fruits and Veggies

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Savor the flavors of the Hudson Valley’s fruit and vegetable bounty with these expert canning tips and tricks.

Warm days and welcome rain mean that August gives way to an abundance of fresh produce. Feast on it now or savor summer a little bit longer by preserving these fruits (and veggies) of Mother Nature’s labor by jamming, pickling, or canning them. We know the prospect of preserving can seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before, so we asked local experts for their best beginner tips.

1. Choose good-quality produce and use basic equipment

When you’re getting into the practice of preserving, it’s tempting to grab the most you can for the lowest price. But Beth Linskey, founder of Beth’s Farm Kitchen in Columbia County, suggests using caution when it comes to bargain shopping. She’s been making jam and chutney with local fare since the company’s inception in 1981; in 2016, she passed along the business to Jodie Emmett and Guillermo Maciel, who have continued to produce the dozens of varieties sold throughout the Hudson Valley. It’s important to always use the highest-quality produce, says Linskey, who adds that “seconds,” or produce that isn’t pretty enough for market display, are fine to use, but anything going bad “will just go more bad.” And there’s no need for fancy or expensive equipment. Most of what you need (a sturdy-bottomed stock pot, Ball jars, jar lifters) should be available at the local hardware store.

2. Stick to your recipe

The first concern of canners new and old is safety. Pickling and jamming extends shelf life by using salts, sugars, and other elements to manipulate acidity levels and preserve items indefinitely. The best way to ensure you’re doing this correctly is to use trusted recipes and follow them to a tee. Linskey suggests picking up a copy of the Ball Blue Book of Preserving, “the classic ‘first bible’ of canning,” for go-to, dependable recipes.

3. Jars will make a popping sound when properly processed

Once you’ve followed a recipe, filled your jars, and processed them appropriately, set them out on a counter or towel and listen. Jars will start to make a popping sound if you’ve done everything correctly. According to Linskey: “The lids go in, while air is forced out…it makes a lovely sound.” Sealed lids will also sound different, and less tinny, when tapped.

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4. Start with small batches

Many recipes call for making large batches at a time, which, theoretically, makes sense, but Eugenia Bone, an esteemed master canner and author of The Kitchen Ecosystem (2014), suggests otherwise. She points out that if you’re new to the practice, the thought of such a large project can make the whole process more intimidating. “If you’re a newbie and you go to the trouble to make a whole case of something into jam, and it doesn’t seal, you’ll be more apt to quit.” Bone suggests “getting your chops down first” with a small batch.

5. Multitask preserving and cooking to simplify the process

In the beginning of the 20th century, people needed to stock up for the whole year and devoted a whole day or two to preserving. As we try to manage this practice nowadays, we need to fit it into our other routines. Bone suggests doing this by “building your pantry one jar at a time.” Say you’re making tomato sauce, for instance. When you go to the market, buy enough tomatoes for dinner that night as well as enough to make one pint of tomato sauce. “One pint fits perfectly in something like an asparagus steamer,” says Eugenia, which allows you to process the tomatoes while you’re cooking dinner.

6. Don’t bother canning/preserving what you don’t eat

Perhaps the best advice of all is that there’s no reason to make a batch of anything you aren’t prepared to use. For example, “If you go to the farmer’s market and you see an abundance of rhubarb, but you don’t really eat rhubarb beyond the occasional pie, don’t buy a large amount and go and try to make jam from it,” Bone says. The idea of preserving is to keep something around longer, so it’s best to do this with something you’ll actually eat. Bone suggests performing a “pantry intervention” by asking yourself what and how much you typically buy and letting your answers guide the canning expedition. If you use a lot of ketchup or tomato sauce, it may be worthwhile to add them to your seasonal repertoire.

Related: A Step-by-Step Guide to Drying Your Favorite Herbs Throughout the Year

Make This Warm White Bean, Tomato, and Basil Bowl for Dinner

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The easy, late-summer recipe is a terrific way to make the most of the Hudson Valley’s tomato harvest while incorporating pantry staples.

My tomato harvest has been very skimpy this year—the polar opposite of last year’s overwhelming bonanza, when my friends and neighbors started to avoid me in case I pressed them to take a few more pounds. I grow heirloom varieties and somehow got the tags mixed up when I started the seedlings in spring. Of course, it turns out that the biggest, best, juiciest, most hurricane-proof tomatoes in my meager crop, ones that I’d really like to be able to identify, are labeled “Mystery.” Oh well! I’ve already saved seeds to grow them again next year, and they’ll be called Mystery from now on.

This recipe blends the classic summery flavors of tomato and basil with warm white beans. It’s a tasty side dish (I often serve it with Moroccan-style chicken), and it’s a good centerpiece for lunch. Just add some crusty bread, maybe a green salad, and a glass of white wine—bon appétit. Use any fresh tomato (not the tasteless ones from the supermarket) and the last of the basil before it goes to seed. Everyone I’ve served this to asks for the recipe, which comes, slightly altered, from The Brilliant Bean. It’s a breeze to prepare.

Warm White Beans, Tomatoes, and Basil With Cheese


4 or 5 medium red, ripe tomatoes, chopped coarse
¾ cup chopped fresh basil
½ cup light virgin olive oil
½ cup grated Parmesan
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp salt
2 tsp minced garlic
2 cans cannellini beans, 15 oz. each, undrained
½ lb. Fontina cheese, cut into ¼-inch dices


Combine the chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in a bowl with the olive oil. Cover and leave at room temperature for about three hours, mixing every once in a while. (It smells wonderful.)

Put the beans and their liquid in a saucepan with ½ cup of water. Slowly heat through at a fairly low temperature (you don’t want the beans to break up).

When the beans are hot, drain and quickly rinse them under hot water and put them in a serving bowl. Immediately add the cheeses and toss gently until they start to melt. Stir in the tomato-basil mix. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Related: Healthy Taco Salad With Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Kingston Welcomes 2 New Wine Bars to Town

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Two new wine bars are creating a buzz in Kingston: a rustic tapas concept in the Stockade District and a beloved Hudson spot that relocated to Broadway.

Chleo Wine Bar

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Small spaces pack a big punch—well, at least according to Hope Troup Mathews, half of the team behind Chleo, a “little respite from the outside world” in the historic Stockade District. Hope and her husband, Charles Mathews, are self-described “lifers in the culinary biz” and have worked at many restaurants across the country, including Michelin-starred Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown. The duo’s goal: to bring the format of a wine bar (“it’s the way we prefer to eat, because it allows you to try so much more of the menu!” says Hope) to a relatively untapped neighborhood of Kingston.

Chleo’s recipe for success is equal parts wine selection and swanky interior design (by Brooklyn’s Islyn Studio). Guests can sit at tables in front of the central open-concept kitchen or at the bar, where a large mirror reflects the wood-fired grill. “We’re relying on those most basic instincts that bring us together: fire, food, and fermented juice,” says Hope.

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The “fermented juice” list is extensive. For something refreshing and a little different, Hope recommends Garganega, an Italian white from Christiana Meggiolaro that’s bouncy and “full of stone fruit notes that’s begging to be sipped with some sourdough bread and a nice tempered wedge of Chaseholm Farm Creamery Nimbus cheese.” Speaking of snacks, the small plates menu is seasonal and will have a constant rotation of bread, cheese, charcuterie (including cured beets that mimic bresaola), veggie spreads, pasta, and grilled meat. “Although I’m a softy for all the house-made pastas, Charles’ creativity shines with his use of vegetables,” says Hope. At press time, Chleo will open its doors later this month; expected hours are 4–9 p.m. on Tuesdays–Thursdays; 4–11 p.m. on Fridays; and 2–11 p.m. on Saturdays.


346 Broadway sonderkingston.com

Down a couple blocks from Chleo, you’ll find a former Hudson hotspot that moved to the heart of Midtown. Sonder, a natural wine bar and vegetable-forward restaurant, relocated from its home of three years on Warren Street to a “forever home” with a minimalistic white exterior, says owner Daniel Bagnall. But don’t let the bright façade fool you: “The design inside is a little moodier than the OG Sonder and reflects a slightly more ‘mature’ act two,” explains Bagnall, “Our new space is a little more restaurant and a little less wine bar.”

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Sonder will still offer a selection of natural wines like Kobal, a Slovenian sauvignon blanc, chilled French reds, and a variety of light-drinking oranges, rosés, and pét-nats. They have local beer and cider, too. It’s smart to come hungry: Start with a plate of small bites such as pickled eggs and vegetables, local cheeses, and savory bresaola, soppressata, and mortadella. Recommended mains include kabocha squash with green curry and pumpkin seeds, garlic shrimp basted in pimento oil and cultured butter, and roasted fluke with onion vinaigrette and roasted potatoes.

Daniel Bangall
Courtesy of Sonder

Maybe the best part of Sonder’s new spot is their backyard space, perfect for weekend brunches, dinner with friends, and events hosted by guest chefs. “Whether you stop in for a glass of wine and a snack after work, a first date, or anything in between—we hope to be a part of those complex lives one bite and sip at a time,” says Bagnall.

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Plant These Vegetables for Your Fall Garden in the Hudson Valley

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Summer may be nearly over, but there’s still time to plant more veggies in your garden before the first Hudson Valley frost hits.

Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of summer and the bountiful harvest that comes with the season, but that doesn’t mean your vegetable garden has to stop growing.

The average first frost date for fall in our area is October 14 (give or take), so that means there’s still plenty of time to plant certain vegetables and garner a harvest in the Hudson Valley.

Fast maturing vegetables include beets, bush beans, carrots, cucumbers, kohlrabi, radishes, spinach, swiss chard, and zucchini. If for some reason these do not mature fast enough before the first frost, you can use row cover or garden fabric to keep them safe from the colder weather.


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If you’re looking for something that is frost-tolerant, try broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, and turnips.

As soon as your lettuce starts to show signs of age, you can pull it up and plant new varieties in its space. Lettuce can produce well into the fall months, making it a valuable garden addition.

Some herbs are also hardier and will last into the fall months if left outdoors, including thyme and rosemary, but of course you can also pull herb planters indoors to keep them going all year round.

Of course, before you plant anything, be sure to read the labels and check that the plant’s instructions match our plant hardiness zone. To ensure that the soil is ready come fall, make sure it is moist and shaded. You can even use mulch to ensure it does not dry out from the hot summer months.

Related: 10 Ways to Use Stone in Your Landscape

Try This Heavenly Banana Bread Recipe for an Easy Treat

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Utilizing ingredients found in most pantries already, moist banana bread is a delicious way to make use of bananas that are well past ripe.

If you are a novice baker and want to try your hand at something eminently doable, banana bread is good choice. (A peel-y good choice, one could say.)

First, a bit of history about everyone’s favorite quick bread. The U.S. saw the arrival of bananas in the 1870s, but it took a spell before they appeared as an ingredient in desserts. The spread of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s helped banana bread become popular and a standard recipe of American cookbooks.

A moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread, banana bread is made with fully ripe, mashed bananas. There are many different variations of the traditional recipe, so feel free to throw in a ⅓ cup or so raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips. Feeling extra indulgent? After baking, toast a slice, then top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an easy dessert that you and your guests will love. Because this recipe is a breeze to pull together, it’s a good one for little bakers who want to help mix and scoop as well.


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Banana Bread

Makes 12 servings


½ cup butter or shortening
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
3-4 very ripe bananas, crushed
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda dissolved in cold water
⅓ cup raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Grease the bottom only of a 9” x 5” or 8” x 4” loaf pan with cooking spray or shortening.

In order listed, mix together all ingredients.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Related: Make Baked French Toast and Strawberry Smoothies for a Better Brunch

Gym Equipment You Need for the Perfect At-Home Workout

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Looking to built or boost your home gym in the Hudson Valley? This Westchester fitness expert offers his two cents.

It seems that another gym gadget hits the market each day. Some pieces of equipment are vital to proper fitness, while others are better left on the shelf. We asked Chris Guerrero, founder and president of CrossFit Westchester, just what belongs in virtually any home gym in the Hudson Valley.

Rowing Machine

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When it comes to getting in that cardio, Guerrero recommends reaching for a rowing machine “An amazing full body exercise machine that also conserves space, this is one of the best ways to get full-body high intensity interval training done on one piece of equipment,” he says.


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You might want to pause before you drag that squat rack into your garage. “Just about any exercise done with a barbell can be done with a set of dumbbells, and [they] take up a quarter of the space,” notes Guerrero. “These are great for both strength and conditioning.”

Pull-Up/Dip Station

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“These stations can be tucked away in a corner, and the pull-up and dip are the cornerstone of any upper body strength training program,” explains Guerrero. “Don’t worry if you can’t do these unassisted; for an extra $10-15 you can by an assortment of stretch bands that will help you perform the movement.”


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Before you laugh this one off, listen up. “Squat it, deadlift it, press it, drag it, carry it — you name it, you can do it with a sandbag,” says Guerrero. “My favorite part about this piece of equipment is it has the lowest barrier of entry in terms of teaching novice exercisers how to properly use it.”

Barbell & Weights 

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For Guerrero, when it comes to all-out strength training, the barbell is still king. “All of the best compound strength exercises can be performed with the barbell: front and back squat, shoulder and bench press, and the deadlift. Aside from these movements being functional, they are second to none in building overall strength.”

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