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?
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
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!
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
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.
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
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)