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Glorious Fall

Many would say that Fall defines the Catskills experience. The weather is perfect, the light is coppery and warming. Vegetable stands overflow with fresh, ripe, sweet produce. Or climb into the orchard and pick your own. Stop at a cider mill for fresh-squeezed cider.

There are street festivals and Halloween festivities throughout the region. Kids will delight in pumpkin carving, hayrides, haunted houses and cornfield mazes. There's Bluegrass and pottery for weekenders, the Biennial Sculpture Show in Kingston for the arts devotee, and the Harvest Moon Festival and Ball in Andes, where you can strike a pose in your party finery.

Nature lovers soak up the remaining days before winter settles,watching as change comes to the mountains. And the spectacle of the Catskills in brilliant color never fails to awe. Take out the camera at Lookout Point and snap the five-state view, a marvel of natural beauty. Travel Route 28 from Kingston to Cooperstown for some stunning panoramas, particularly at Andes, where you'll overlook the Catskill Forest Preserve.

Sampling of Fall Events:

All About Autumn

Apple Picking

Arts & Culture

Ethnic Heritage

  • Hooley on the Hudson, 845 338-6622, 845 246-7195; ulsteraoh.com 
  • Irish Festival, Leeds, 518 943 3736
  • Octoberfest, Hunter, 888 486 8376, www.huntermtn.com
  • Ocktoberfest, Deposit, 607 467 2556

Halloween

History

  • Biennial Re-enactment of the Burning of Kingston, 800 331 1518, www.ci.kingston.ny.us
  • Chilly Willy Winter Eve's Tour, Coxsackie, 518 731 6490
  • Turn of the Century Day, Roxbury, www.roxburyny.com

Holiday Shopping

Pumkpin Picking

  • Gill Farms, Hurley, 845-331-8225

Sports & Recreation

  • Belleayre Mountain Annual Fall Festival and Craft Fair,  845 254-5600, belleayre.com 
  • Catskill Mountain Jeep Jamboree USA, Monticello, 845 791 4328
  • Catskill Ramble, Sullivan County, 800 882 2287
  • Hudson Valley River Ramble, 800 453 6665, www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com
  • Master of the Mountains Bike Race Series, Roundtop, 800 355 2287, www.greenetourism.com

Wildlife

  • September Wildlife Festival, North Blenheim, 800 724 0309