Apple picking is a tried-and-true upstate New York fall activity, but it’s also dependably predictable (do you really want to be responsible for another Instagram with the hashtag #applegram?). Mix things up this year at Twin Star Orchards, where in addition to grabbing a bushel of Red Delicious, Fuji, McIntosh, and several other varieties, you can also enjoy wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, cider, donuts, burgers, and handcrafted hard cider in an open-air chalet overlooking an orchard and a pond.
Feeling nostalgic for sleepaway camp? When you're done rewatching Wet Hot American Summer, pack your duffel for Wilderness Field Notes, a new all-inclusive retreat for New Yorkers to unplug and reconnect with the great outdoors on 80 private acres in the foothills of the Adirondacks. The retreat will run from October 14th-16th, with food, late-night bonfires, drinks, and music. “During the day, guests can relax or take part in any of the various workshops, including archery, natural dyeing, fishing and our first annual strong (wo)man sawing competition,” says co-founder and Brooklynite Clarissa Driban. In addition to these and other Bear Gryllsian pursuits -- like sessions on survival in the woods, chopping wood, and night sky navigation -- there’s canoeing, local brews, beach s’mores, and the fact that you get to wake up in your lakeside cabin to farm-fresh eggs on the griddle.