The Shaker Heritage Society in Albany is America’s first Shaker settlement. There are nine remaining original buildings, including the meeting house and restored barn. The property also features an herb garden and hosts several special events throughout the year.
Now in its 42nd year, the Ghent Playhouse draws on local talent to put on five excellent productions each season. Don’t miss the PantoLoons’ annual Thanksgiving Panto — a charming show of British holiday tradition — this November.
Located at Bard College, the Hessel Museum of Art at the Center for Curatorial Studies features more than 1,700 contemporary works that complement the extensive exhibitions curated for the Center.
The Mahayana Temple in South Cairo includes views of the gardens, grounds, and buildings where you can learn about Buddhist culture.
The Elks-Brox Park now features 11 miles of newly configured hiking and biking trails that offer magnificent views of fall foliage, thread along several reservoirs, and make for great bird watching.
Mount Taurus, otherwise known as Bull Hill, is a challenging hike offering breathtaking views of the Hudson River and a bit less of a crowd than nearby Breakneck Ridge.
Brown’s Brewing Co.’s Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery in Hoosick Falls creatively repurposes a 19th century mill to brew, ferment, condition, and package award-winning beers.
Set on a lovingly restored 19th Century estate, Torne Valley Vineyards offers visitors spectacular views of the Ramapo River and is open for wine tastings each weekend, year-round.
The Volunteer Firemen’s Hall & Museum of Kingston is home to a variety of firefighting artifacts, including two antique fire engines and a new exhibit featuring memorabilia from the Rapid Hose Fire Station, centrally located on Fair Street in the city’s Stockade District.
The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is well-known for its exceptional performances — including a diverse fall lineup that features chamber music, jazz, American roots, dance, and young artist showcases — but it also has expertly groomed grounds and exquisite architecture.