Though your Labor Day Weekend plans may look a little different (and more distant!) than normal, there are still endless ways to escape for the weekend and explore the amazing treasures just outside New York City. From cozy B&Bs to sunflower picking to hiking and biking and craft beer tasting, mark the end of summer with an agritourism experience fit for everyone! Need some inspiration? Look no further.
Visit Saugerties, NY! A quaint mill town, Saugerties is home to farms and wineries open for outdoor fun, tastings and pick-your-own-fruit. Stay for the weekend at the Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern. Be it a romantic country getaway or family fun vacation, the hotel offers clean and elegant accommodations that everyone will love. Only 2 hours from NYC, south of the Catskill Mountains, this historic site overlooks the Esopus Creek where it meets the Hudson River. Within a short walk, you can rent kayaks, hike the gorgeous Falling Waters Preserve, go fishing or swimming. Call to reserve your stay.
Explore Hudson, NY! Plan a weekend getaway to Hudson, NY and cozy up at The Barlow Hotel! Blending historic charm and modern touches, The Barlow reflects Hudson’s unique personality of funky charm and creative design. Located in the center of Hudson’s main thoroughfare, the hotel is just a short walk to everything there is to do, see and taste. Book direct at The Barlow website for best rates and availability!
Visit a farm in Central New Jersey. Located within 1 hour of NYC, and steeped in agricultural history, Central New Jersey is known for its farms, canals, farm fresh food, wine and pastoral beauty. The area is filled with family farms, orchards, farm stores, delicious farm-to-table restaurants, and outstanding wine, cider and spirits makers. Escape for the weekend and explore them all! Check out lodging info here.
Cozy up at the Warwick B&B. Nestled in the historic, vibrant village of Warwick, about 90-minutes from Manhattan, the inn is a few short blocks from a slew of restaurants with outdoor dining. It’s also near an Appalachain Trail head for hiking, a zen sculpture garden and tons of farms, wineries and breweries to keep your social distancing. This charming Hudson Valley gem is known for its hospitality and cleanliness and with a Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Award for the last 5 years running! Book now or for the Fall! And for those of you looking to get out of the city and STAY THERE, innkeeper Loretta is moving to North Carolina to spend time with her family and this gorgeous Hudson Valley treasure is actually for sale! Fulfill your dreams of running your own B&B and waking up every morning to the sweet sounds, smells and sights of this bucolic region.
Get lost in a sunflower field in the Hudson Valley. Experience the 3rd Annual Sunflower Cutting at Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Oils in Pleasant Valley, NY. Explore the grounds, pose for photos, cut some cheerful stems and get lost in the beauty of being surrounded by sunflowers. The farm is estimating a mid-August bloom date, but will be updating their website, Instagram and Facebook pages as the flowers progress. Check out information on safety and social distancing practices as well as how to get there.
Explore the wineries in the Finger Lakes. Come see for yourself why the Finger Lakes is considered to be the wine region of the East as you hop around to over 25 unique wineries on Cayuga Lake. Most of the wineries are kid- and dog-friendly, too! The kids can quench their thirst with some yummy grape juice and there is plenty of water around for your four-legged furry pal. And don’t forget, the Ithaca region has some incredible cideries to visit as well. Sample ciders made from locally sourced apples, grapes, and other fruits and find your new favorite!
Please note, check the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s dedicated page for winery service updates in response to COVID-19. When planning your visit, know all tasting rooms and bars now require guests to be seated and purchase a food item when consuming alcohol per New York state directive.
Enjoy the great outdoors in Sullivan County. Visit a farm. Swim in a lake. Work on your short game. Tube down a river. Tour around on a bike. Go Fish. Whatever floats your boat, you’ll find it in the Sullivan Catskills!