Not too far from where I live, lies the town of Warwick, New York. While I’ve visited a few times in my life, I’ve been longing to welcome in fall from there for quite some time. It’s absolutely beautiful and offers a lot for one to do, even if only for a day trip.
Luckily, one of my best friends, Alicia, lives relatively close to the little New York town, so we decided to spend a day there soaking up as much of the season as we could. We even took her son, Jack, along for part of the day’s activities.
If you happen to find yourself in upstate New York or New York City, I would highly suggest a day trip to Orange County to experience the town of Warwick for yourself. Here’s how you can spend your day:
First, head to Pennings Orchard and Farm Market. The earlier you head here the better, as crowds tend to build up as the day goes on. Getting here early means you’ll be able to take advantage of all the farm has to offer, without waiting on line.
This farm is truly one of a kind and has so much to offer for kids and adults alike. Not only is there a train for kids to climb on, along with chickens and goats to feed, but there’s also a beer garden for adults.
Inside the building itself, you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fudge, pies, ice cream, and apple cider donuts – my personal favorite. There is also the opportunity to pick out your own pumpkin and go apple picking.
We decided on apple picking, which was fun for all three of us, and since it was early, there were plenty of apples and not too many people. For $25, you get a large bag to fill with apples, which was a good deal once we realized how many apples we could actually fit in the bag.
After you’ve had your fill of apple picking and wandering around the farm, head to Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery. It’s the perfect spot to spend the early afternoon wine tasting. I’d suggest bringing a blanket, purchasing a bottle of wine, and enjoying the weather and beautiful surroundings. Just make sure you also get there early enough to beat the crowds. Alicia and I did not, so unfortunately, we missed out on wine tasting on our day out.
When you’re done tasting, you can head into the town of Warwick to grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and bars on the main strip. There are also plenty of cute shops to browse through, from boutiques to book stores.
Alicia and I decided to end our day with some shopping and then sangria at Grappa, an Italian restaurant in town that had outdoor dining. After exploring, it was exactly what we needed, and it was the perfect way to welcome in my favorite season.
If you still have room in your stomach, I have to suggest a stop at Bellvale Farms Creamery for some of the best ice cream around, and it boasts some of the best views in the area. Alicia and I were too full to head to the creamery, but if it’s your first visit to Warwick, you can’t pass up the opportunity to visit.