“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” ~ Helen Hunt Jackson
Fall is in the air and no place says Fall more then the Hudson Valley. Home to Ichabod Crane, rolling farm land, cider donuts and crisp air, it may not be the White Mountains but nestled along the Hudson River, it has its own appeal and draw especially to those in the city searching for a little Mother Nature, that isn’t city pigeons or squirrels itching to be pets.
On The Train Again
Last Saturday, when most people were still asleep, I made my way to Grand Central where I took the MetroNorth train up to Poughkeepsie near where my sister lives with her family. I was snatching some much craved Mother Nature time, as well as fulfilling my need for some Autumnal fun.
It was a cloudy morning as I road the train up North. Mother Nature had decided it would be the perfect day to break up with Father Time and have a sob fest. The normally gorgeous views of the Hudson River were fogged over, and filled with smattering intervals of rain. For a quick second I thought that maybe my Fall adventures would be for not. Thankfully Mother nature got over her tears rather quickly. While it was cloudy, it was also the first true Fall like day we had been graced with since last year, and I was embracing it.
The weather didn’t seem to keep autumnal activity seekers at bay. Dubois Farms was already bustling when we arrived about an hour after opening. While Hudson Valley is home to a wide range of farms, what makes DuBois Farms so appealing, is that it has the perfect mixture of activities for all ages while still staying true to its rustic roots.
DuBois Farms is a first generation 69 acre farm, that is ensuring that small farms are kept alive especially in the Hudson Valley. They are a pick your own farm and offer an assortment of fruits and vegetables, from eggplant, to pears, grapes, (hello wine!) peppers, pumpkins and of course apples!
As any great farm SHOULD have, they have a fantastic farm stand that sells a wide variety of homemade goods and of course the Fall must have treats of any Apple Orchard: Cider donuts and hot cider. In recent years, they built the Tavern, a rustic, down home pub that caters to a more older crowd by selling hard cider, beer and wine, as well as some light bites. On the weekends they have their grills going and music playing, creating a lively festive atmosphere.
They have also gone out of their way to appeal to kids. They not only offer hay rides, and corn mazes, but they also have the Tiny Village, which is made up of kid sized buildings which was almost the perfect size for this legal little person.
On the farm
After renting a wagon (another perk they offer) and snagging some pictures in their pumpkin patch, we made our way to the Tiny Village, so that my nephews and niece could play and where even their “Mature” aunt joined in.
While the kiddos were running around, I snagged some pictures. It really was the perfect place to have a photo shoot and I took full advantage of it!
Nature really is the perfect backdrop!
The kiddos could have spent hours there, but we had some apples to pick!
The Orchards and Fields
The orchards are immense and offer a wide variety of apples, including my favorites, Golden Delicious and Fuji.
After picking our pecks,
and snagging more pictures because it IS me.
we decided to hit the corn maze.
As far as corn mazes go, I was pretty impressed. Not only was it large, but it was a true maze with twists and turns and dead ends.
I admit I was more enamored with the corn, and I even found a friend lounging on one of the husks.
The Perfect Day
All to soon it was time to go. We made our way to the store to pay for our apples, as well as peruse the homemade goodies. The smells were insane. As I was getting ready to check out, I discovered that they sold Gluten Free Cider Donuts, I was in heaven! It may have been the highlight of the day… at least for my belly!
I had been itching to do some Fall fun, especially when I realized I wouldn’t be going home for Columbus Day, thus getting my White Mountain fix. It was the perfect day to channel some fall and embrace a little bit of the nature life. Days like this I absolutely adore. While it came to an end all to quickly, it was exactly what I needed. Some fresh Fall fun and a trip back to nature.
Do you like Apple Picking? What is some of your favorite Fall activities?
11 thoughts on “Wanderlusting: DuBois Farms”
Aaw such gorgeous photos. The weather is autumnal and cold here now so I need to go to a fruit/pumpkin farm. Xx
Thank you so much sweets! They were so fun to take! I never thought I would say this but I am soon jealous! I am ready for Fall. (And after Fall I will be ready for Summer again! lol. <3
Loving your fall/apple/pumpkin/corn maze adventure, so much fun! I haven’t heard of a farm that you can pick your own eggplant! Say whattt?! Lol I love that they had an array of things though aside from apples. I deem those kind of farms the best farms! I friggin adore your photoshoots everywhere you go, they’re so active and candid, I need to learn to do more of that haha Heck yes to the corn maze, I haven’t specifically done a corn maze but the hedge maze was similar- I’d love to know or see how they make it them. There’s actually one corn maze nearby me, kind of sort of, and I hear they change it up daily which I think is awesome. Yay for fun fall activities!!
Thanks so much sweets! It was such a fun day! Neither had I, but you can pick everything here! It is cray-cray! ;p
SO do I! There is an Orchard I use to go to back in NH (It is actually owned by Stephen King’s daughter) and it was just that an orchard with a farm stand. It was beautiful because it was in the mountains, but there wasn’t much else to do. I love the farms that offer a variety of activities and really make it an experience.
Awe thank you so much sweets! Haha as my friend told me, think of something funny and it will genuinely make you laugh 🙂
Another throwback to home(And I know you guys will love this) but Sherman Farms does an epic corn maze. This year it is of Brady holding all his Super Bowl trophies (How on earth they made it, I have no idea because that really is impressive!) If you guys get a chance to go up there you have to go. It really is crazy the designs that they come up with,
That is SO cool! I wonder how they switch it up. Yes girl! It doesn;t feel like Fall but I am still going to do ALL the Fall activities! <3
This post was so much fun to read! I absolutely love the pictures you took! xx ❤
I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much! It was so much fun taking pictures, but also posing in front of the camera! Thanks so much for your sweet words and for reading! I hope you have an amazing day! <3
I am so glad I saw this post. It made me smile.
Awe I am so glad sweets! I had so much fun with you guys! <3
This is seriously the most perfect fall post I may have ever seen. Even though I’ve been bogged down with studying and applications at least I have lived a full autumn season through you!!! You are the most gorgeous fall queen there is. Love e’rything.
You always make me smile! Thank you! You are way to sweet and kind! (but I will take the compliment so thank you! ;p ) And hugs, it stinks you aren’t able to enjoy fall festivities (though to be honest it has been hotter then Hades here so you aren;t missing out on to much!) but I am so happy I am giving you some Fall Fun through my posts! So much love to you beauty! <3