Postcard from an autumn day upstate

October 17, 2013 in New York City,Places,United States

Recently, I’ve had several friends exclaim to me their love of fall: pumpkin spice lattes, knit sweaters, chilly temperatures. I vehemently disagreed: I’m a summer girl, through and through. I don’t like pumpkin-flavored anything, I hate wearing long sleeves and I’ll take triple digits (even in dripping humidity) over a deep freeze any day.

Goold Orchards in New York, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

As much as I’d be quite happy with summer year-round, the dramatic change of the seasons is one of the things that truly endears New York to me. Fall on the East Coast is bold, sweeping in practically overnight with crimson- and gold-colored leaves and an earthy taste palette of squashes and spices. When a friend suggested a day upstate of apple picking and craft breweries and plenty of crisp mountain air, I was sold on the romantic notion of autumnal colors and flavors.

Fall colors in upstate New York, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

And as luck would have it, it truly was my perfect fall day. The sun was shining, the sky was clear and blue and the temperatures hovered in the low 70’s–so beautiful that I was able to leave my chunky knit sweater in the car!

Goold Orchards in New York, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Our first stop was Goold Orchards, where we picked dozens of apples (and tasted dozens more), snacked on apple donuts and sipped apple cider, petted alpacas and wandered through a pumpkin patch.

Goold Orchards in New York, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Goold Orchards in New York, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Goold Orchards in New York, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Tasting flight at Crossroads Brewery in New York, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Next up was Austin’s reward for driving us (and taking Instagram-worthy photos of us!) in the apple orchards: three carefully-chosen breweries. We first stopped at the Chatham Brewery Company to fill up a growler and taste test the offerings. I fell in love with the Bourbon Barrel Brown, snatching up a bottle to bring back to Brooklyn with me.

Lunch at Crossroads Brewery in New York, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Next, we stopped at Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens for a hearty lunch and a beer flight. I finally tried chicken and waffles, completed with a stout maple syrup and accompanied by the famous Outrage IPA. Delicious!

Christine Amorose in fall upstate, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I loved the Outrage IPA so much that I bought my very first growler! I can’t wait to keep filling it up at the craft beer boutiques around Williamsburg. My roommate was planning on buying a growler of her own as well, but the next brewery we visited was SO disappointing. We went 30 minutes out of our way to go to Keegan Ales and received such terrible customer service–namely, the refusal to fill up the 32-ounce growler that we brought since they had “no way of pricing it” because they only sell 64-ounce growlers. How about halving it?! It was a super disappointing end to the day, especially since we were so rudely treated. Don’t recommend a visit here at all, which is a shame, since Kingston looked quite cute.

The results of a day upstate, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

At the end of the day, it was wonderful to be home in Brooklyn–even more so with my refrigerator full of fresh apples, craft beer and apple cider!

Homemade apple pie, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

And, of course, there’s nothing better to do with a heap of apples than make an apple pie.

Special thanks to Kate and Austin for researching the itinerary and driving, and Aly for coming with!Β 

  • Gosh, this makes me so freaking homesick! I love New York in the fall. Glad you’re enjoying it to the fullest for the both of us πŸ™‚

  • I agree, I am a summer girl all the way! I feel like everyone freaks over over fall and I’m just thinking, ugh that means summer and warm weather is over! This day looks so beautiful though, and I can’t fault the season that brings me apples πŸ™‚

  • Briel79

    Fun day! Did you ever go to Apple Hill when you lived in Sac?

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Ahhh everything looks delicious! I’m obsessed with autumn so I’m surprised that I still haven’t been apple picking yet. Love this post πŸ™‚

  • The Wondernuts

    Oh how I wish we could have fall here in LA. It’s still hot. It would be nice to have some autumn traditions that don’t include the starting of school.

  • Ah I’m so jealous. Living in Egypt has it’s perks, but honestly Autumn is my favourite season – I miss it. Very jealous.

  • dee

    Fall in the North East is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. Then again, other than living on the equator (way back when) I’ve only ever lived in New York so I am a little biased. πŸ˜‰ Lovely pictures capturing the colors and light by the way! πŸ™‚

    ps. May I ask what bag you use to carry your camera?

  • Ah, you’ve made me miss fall at home (Indiana) so much!! Your apple pie looks scrumptious.

  • Cathy

    I’ve had a fall trip to New England on my bucket list for awhile. I’m envious.

  • sincerelykateb

    You are the apple of my eye! <3 great day, great post!

  • Love it! Love craft beer and brewery visits. It’s picking up more and more here in Australia and I am taking full advantage!

  • eva

    picking apples in fall sounds so perfect! love that you have a growler (thinking of getting one from a nearby brewery in dallas) and that it looks so great next to homemade apple pie. you’re inspiring my upcoming weekend… πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    And you enjoy Paris for the two of us! πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    True! I love apple pie possibly even more than summer πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Of course! Loved honey sticks and apple fritters!

  • camorose

    It was such a fun day! Can’t wait until next fall πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Haha yes! Picking apples and the crisp air are definitely highlights of fall on the East Coast.

  • camorose

    It’s quite lovely in New York! Probably one of my favorite things about living on the East Coast.

  • camorose

    Thank you πŸ™‚
    It’s an ONA Bowery Bag! Highly recommend.

  • camorose

    Thanks! Still working on perfecting it, but it was pretty darn good.

  • camorose

    Next year, I’d love to go to Vermont or Maine for a fall trip!

  • camorose

    So fun! Thanks for organizing!

  • camorose

    One of my favorite parts about Melbourne–there are so many craft breweries in Victoria!

  • camorose

    Yes! I love my growler–just need to get it refilled now πŸ™‚

  • dee

    Oh, I should have known! I’ve been eyeing the Brooklyn for awhile but fear it might be a bit too heavy for me b/c it’s leather. This one isn’t too heavy is it? Even w/ your equipment inside?

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  • camorose

    It’s definitely not the lightest bag, but I don’t find it to be TOO heavy! It weighs 2.8 pounds πŸ™‚

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