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Sep 13, 2007 02:25 PM

Apple picking in NNJ or Hudson Valley

I haven't picked my own apples in years and I have no idea where to go. Any suggestions for a nice day of apple picking and a nice homey lunch/dinner?

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  1. There are many Apple Farms in Dutchess County. Probably the biggest and best know is Greig Farms in Red Hook.

    There is also Gigi Market right there which has pizza's, soups, sandwiches that are very good. You could also go into Rhinebeck, Red Hook or Tivoli for other lucnch/dinner choices. There is a Gigi in Rhinebeck (full serve restaurant) that is good

    And there's Sante Fe in Tivoli

    And Max's Memphis BBQ in Red Hook

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    1. re: pacz

      I would add Fraleigh's Rose Hill Farm Fraleigh Ln.Contact: 845/758-4215. Just down the road from Greig, alittle less comercial, less crowded. The owners are so nice, and they have the best apple pie you will ever eat.

      1. re: chowdom

        I have had their apple pies and they are to die for. My wife and I purposely picked the orchard from the Dutchess tourism board that DIDNT have a website, seekign a less commercial vibe. The people were nice and that apple pie put Little Pie Co. to shame!

        1. re: RawTunaFan

          I'm so glad you had the pleasure of eating their apple pie, they inspired me to write a review on one of the tourism boards! My mom has a weekend house up there, and just this week I asked her to bring me home another pie. If you ask they will give you an uncooked pie. Oh the smell in my kitchen!

    2. Tree-Licious Ochards is my favorite...they're in N. Jersey:

      Tree-Licious Orchards 135 Karrville Rd., Port Murray
      Directions: Rt. 80 W, Exit 26, Rt. 46 Hackettstown, Rt. 629S Port Murray (Grand Ave), Rt. 628 W, 1.5 mi. (908) 689-2906
      Phone: (908) 852-7191 (Bakery)
      Open: Weekends (Friday - Sunday), July 15 - Oct. 15, 9 am - 5 pm, by appointment

      1. If you want to go as far north as Columbia County, I recommend Samascott Orchards, just east of the traffic light in the village of Kinderhook.

        Lunch could be Our Daily Bread in Chatham -- inventive salads, great soups & sandwiches in casual setting. And an assortment of fresh bread and pastries.
        Then poke around Main St. in the Village of Chatham -- nice shops.
        Or lunch in Hudson -- Swoon Kitchenbar, Mexican Radio.

        1. No specific recs, but I'd consider a short trek up to New Platz (exit 18 on NYS Thruway), for both u-pick farms, a nice town, and good restaurants.

          Google, and see what you find...a quick check shows several u-picks in the town

          1. What about Warwick, NY---we are going to head there today to Applewood orchards--and then go to Sugar Loaf village afterwards...anybody ever done this? Any good eats near warwick?

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            1. re: janie

              I was about to suggest the Warwick area too. It borders Sussex County, NJ, so there are many NY and NJ options right there.

              As for eats...there are plenty of them. So many good restaurants in Warwick and the surrounding area. If you want to eat fancy, don't miss the Iron Forge Inn.

              Be sure to stop at the Bellvale Creamery on 17A in Bellvale (between Warwick and Greenwood Lake). It's the best ice cream ever! (and it comes from their own dairy farm)