The chaos of cars weaving along the nearby Tappan Zee Bridge becomes but a memory with a stay at the RiverView Bed and Breakfast, a fireplace-dotted Dutch Colonial home from 1835 that has been, at turns, a barn and hat factory.
The rooms are few, but special, at this South Nyack abode. Alida features an antique English armoire; the Cottage has a limestone bathroom with heated floors and its own private courtyard.
Begin the day by hitting the bicycle and running path out back, and end it just as enraptured by nature with a cup of tea — and a sweater — in the organic garden.
Wash down Manchego cheese wrapped in serrano and blood orange-accented grilled baby octopus with Rioja at clubby Alain’s Wine and Tapas. In the summer, the outside deck of Pier 701 Restaurant and Bar in Piermont swells with revelers. As the weather morphs into cooler temperatures, a perch beside the dining room’s fireplace is a prime spot for clam chowder and wasabi-crusted ahi tuna. To quell sweet cravings, venture to Valley Cottage’s Hudson Valley Cakery. A husband-and-wife team make decadent creations like Madagascar vanilla bean cake filled with layers of rich fudge icing.
Explore the birthplace and childhood home of extraordinary artist Edward Hopper, which has found new life as a vibrant museum. Through October 19, scope out the watercolors of Hopper’s wife, Josephine. There may be no pastime more emblematic of fall than apple picking. Do it at Dr. Davies Farm Stand in Congers, where it is possible to take a hayride, sip fresh-pressed cider, and stock up on apples for your own impending crumb-topped pies.
Take a leisurely bike ride on Hook Mountain State Park’s Long Path, following the river’s edge from Haverstraw’s “Dutchtown” to Upper Nyack.
A stone’s throw away is Piermont. Get a taste for its artsy vibe by popping into the co-op, Piermont Flywheel Gallery.
RiverView Bed & Breakfast, South Nyack