Columbus Day weekend is pretty much the last holiday weekend where us New Yorkers get to enjoy some decent weather, if we’re lucky. We want you to take full advantage of all the Hudson Valley has to offer this long weekend, so we put together this fun list of 5 Must-Do Items before the inevitable cold & snowy weather is upon us.
Stormville Flea Market
October 7th & 8th. 8am – 4pm
“The Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market is a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that draws thousands of shoppers to each show. With acres and acres of merchandise, our market offers a wide variety of bargains, treasures, and unique items for everyone.
With over 600 vendors from more than eight states, there is always something new and exciting at the Stormville Flea Market. Shoppers come to the Stormville Flea Market and discover everything from antiques and collectibles; arts and crafts, to new merchandise. Shoppers return to us year after year with some traveling over a hundred miles, often by the busload, to pursue the hunt for bargains.
We offer six shows a year starting in April with our ‘Springtime in the Country’ show and ending with our ‘Christmas in November, Christmas Shopping’ show. Each offers a unique display of goods and services, including a wide variety of food concessions.”
Tip – Get there early to avoid the traffic and tons of people.
Must see – Antiques. You’ll stumble upon never before seen items at great prices and most vendors will haggle.
Avoid – Washing your car before you go and wearing sandals. The parking is on dirt and grass and makes for some very big dust clouds and dusty cars and feet!
Food – The Kettlecorn Popcorn. It smells so good but tastes even better. And yes, it’s worth the wait time!
Fun Fact – HGTV’s original show Flea Market Flip has filmed here for several years and continues to do so. If you’re lucky, you’ll get on camera or meet the host!
Brew U – The Egg at the CIA
October 7th. 2pm – 5pm
“The second annual ‘Brew U’ is on tap for Saturday, October 7th at The Egg in the Student Commons at the CIA’s Hyde Park, NY campus. Brew U is an exciting beer festival that will combine sampling from top breweries – including the Brewery at the CIA – with delicious food from the CIA and fun, educational seminars for beer and culinary enthusiasts.
Come tour the CIA Brewery, learn about the college’s Art & Science of Brewing course, and meet CIA Head Brewer, Hutch Kugeman and other New York State brewers and beer experts, all while sampling beers and ciders. You’ll also enjoy delicious dishes perfectly paired with beer and prepared by CIA chefs.
VIP ticket holders will enjoy an exclusive hour prior to general admission to get first pour on the beers and a jump-start on tasting all the food. They’ll also receive a special goodie bag. Doors open at 1pm for VIP ticket holders.
General admission to Brew U includes all beer and food during the event, access to all tours and educational seminars, and a commemorative tasting glass.”
Tip: Walk around this campus as much as possible! It’s beautiful, historical and has so many awesome things that ‘normal’ colleges don’t; for example, several restaurants, a bakery named “Apple Pie Bakery and breathtaking views of the Hudson River.
Must-See: Farquharson Dining Hall. It’s like dining in a church. *Additional – The pedestrian crossing sign people have chef hats on!*
Avoid: Speeding thru this campus. Everywhere you look it’s beautiful and there are A LOT of people walking around.
Food: Oh please. Not ONE thing you will have here is bad. My personal favorite? The bread from American Bounty or the macarons from the Apple Pie Bakery.
Fun Fact: The CIA was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters in September of 2015. The episode focuses on the Roth Hall, the main building of the campus.
Pollepel Island/Bannerman Castle Tours
Running thru October
The castle was built in 1908 by Francis Bannerman to house his private arsenal. He had a small home on the island as well for his family. There was a mysterious fire in 1969 that left the castle in the present state it is in today. Due to natural forces, the castle is continuing to crumble and fall into disrepair. It was only recently that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (current owners) has opened it to small tours to help offset costs of restoration, all while educating the public on the fairly infamous island that can be seen by train, car, boat and plane. The island has several tours running from May-October including walking tours, gardening, art installations, live music, painting, butterfly tours, tours by kayak and several more.
Tip: Dress accordingly. Hiking boots, jeans and long sleeve shirts. The island is uninhabited, kept as well as it can be, but natural forces make for crumbling walls and paths and lots of poison ivy.
Must-See: The island does live music every third Sunday.
Avoid: Not paying attention to where you’re stepping. Just like any hike or nature tour, things can shift, move, fall and twist so pay attention!
Food: Bring plenty of water and snacks, there is nothing on the island. However, the island does hold dinners throughout the summer, but if you don’t book one of those tours, bring your own. And remember, whatever you bring in, you bring out!
Fun Fact: Pollepel Island is fabled for eerie happenings since the 1600’s.
St. James’ Episcopal Church Graveyard Tours
First three weekends in October
A fun tour to get in the spirit of Halloween! Come hear all the stories of some of the graveyard’s more illustrious “residents.” The tour is an hour long, running rain or shine. They are family friendly, suitable for ages 5 and up and the tour guides are dressed in period costume. These are not meant to be scary tours.
Tip: Dress accordingly. Ground is uneven, can be cold and rainy. Also, no flash photography but feel free to bring a flashlight.
Must-See: The costumes of the guides. Each piece is researched down to the tiniest detail and then hand-crafted.
Avoid: Not suitable for wheelchairs, strollers, or walkers. However, a golf cart is available at no extra charge for the mobility challenged for the 7pm and 8pm tours.
Food: No food. Only an hour long tour and Hyde Park has some fabulous places to eat within a mile of the church.
Fun Fact: This tour was seen on Ken Burn’s The Roosevelts.
Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses
Various days throughout October
With 10 attractions, 4 gift shops, and 5 food cafes, it’s no wonder Headless Horseman has been voted one of the top 10 haunted attractions in the United States. “The 250 year-old farm incorporates over sixty-five acres of naturally landscaped property including foreboding woods, surreal ponds, fruit orchards and more. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is a unique, immersive experience with a theme that changes each Halloween season. Featuring a theatrical one-mile hayride, a corn maze, and 7 haunted attractions.
In addition, the creators of Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses are proud to present a new concept of interactive, immersive entertainment. A real life escape experience ‘Headless Horseman Escape Rooms’ – a first for the Historic Hudson Valley.
Headless Horseman continually evolves with unusual monsters, amazing illusions, stunning special fx, unique and original costumes, makeup, animations and frightening details. Only the courageous will survive the intense encounters with the infamous Headless Horseman.
The attraction also includes line actors, four themed gift shops and five food options. They employ over 350 actors and staff trained to provide a memorable and enjoyable evening for the whole family.
Children’s Day dates for 2017 are scheduled for 11:30am to 3:00pm on October 14th and 28th.”
Tip: Avoid the wait! Get tickets online in advance to ensure you’re in quickly and on time.
Must-See: The whole attraction. Once thru the doors, they have creepy actors walking around, following you into shops, serving you food and more. You don’t see any form of “normal” life besides other guests.
Avoid: Bringing small children. This is not a suitable event for children under 13 except on Children’s Day.
Food: So much food choices, but make sure you don’t leave without trying one of their donuts from Deadly Donuts
Fun Fact: Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses has received numerous awards and honors; America’s Scariest Haunted House in the Northeast by MTV, #1 in America two consecutive years by HauntWorld Magazine, #1 Hallow Scream by The Weather Channel, World’s Best Haunted Hayride by AOL News, #1 on the Planet by New York Daily News, “One of America’s Best Hometown Haunts” by Fangoria Magazine, #1 Outdoor Attraction by American Airlines, #1 Scream Park and Hayride in America by HauntWorld Magazine, and #1 by USA Today. In addition, Headless Horseman is consistently named in the Top Ten Haunted Attractions by CNBC and AOL. It has been featured on The Travel Channel, Comedy Central, Emeril Live, Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS Evening News, The Today Show’s segment “Sara in the City” and several national magazines.
Which one, or more, do you see yourself doing this weekend? Whatever one it is, know we have you covered when it comes to your stay here in the beautiful & historical Hudson Valley. We have several rooms to choose from with a 3-course breakfast the next morning. I don’t think it can get much better than that! Whatever it is you choose, have a great weekend and remember to enjoy yourself, you deserve it!