We were lucky enough to enjoy the last (albeit MUDDY!) weekend of apple-picking at Applewood Orchards in Warwick, NY. Sadly, it’s now closed for apples and pumpkins, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see in that area of New York State.
First, if you’re heading out without kids, I highly recommend stopping in at the Applewood Winery. It had the best hard cider I’ve every tasted. And I have sampled a lot of hard cider! There is a tasting room with wine and cider, and bottles are for sale. My favorite was the Original Cider, but the Draft was pretty good too. They are open Friday to Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. It’s at 82 Four Corners Road in Warwick, NY. But you can get all that by calling the Winery: (845) 988-9292. This weekend is an event I wouldn’t mind returning for: The Hudson Valley Hard Cider Experience. I’ll bet there’s some Jimi Hendrix playing.
I’d also recommend a stop in to Sugar Loaf on the way there or back. We bought a fantastic gourd for Hallowe’en at Luft Gardens, 1366 Kings Highway, but they also have plain birdhouse gourds and seasonal gourds. Snowmen, holiday-themed gourds and so on are available right now. We bought a jack o’lantern gourd because our real pumpkins kept getting chewed up by squirrels. I don’t remember that happening all the time. Luft Gardens is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm.
Because it’s basically next door to Luft Gardens, we ate at The Barnsider Tavern, and it was just fine. The staff was pleasant, the pizza was good, and there was a great selection of items for the adults. With kids, it’s the perfect solution because no one expects a quiet, serene atmosphere.