|Apple Picking at Dressel Farms, New Paltz, NY|
|View of Paltz Point from Dressel Farms.|
|More of the ridge.|
Our favorite apple orchard is Dressel Farms, a family owned farm and business that specializes in "pick-your-own," fresh cider, hard cider, and other delicious endeavors. As someone who believes in supporting local farms by "eating and drinking locally," picking at Dressel allows us to support three generations of Dressels who run the farm.
But let's be serious, *ahem* we started picking at Dressel because of the gorgeous view of the Shawangunk Mountain ridge! By the second and the third weeks in October, the colors are amazing and the weather is perfect for wandering about an apple orchard. And our favorite types of apples -- Stayman Winesap and Crispin -- are at peak.
|Ed posing with his favorites: Stayman Winesap.|
|Loaded apple trees with gorgeous fall colors.|
|A perfect day in the Hudson Valley.|
I have to admit, days like yesterday really make me want to pack my apartment and move to the Hudson River Valley. While I adore Boston and the North Shore, MA, I wouldn't turn down a chance to live in the Hudson River Valley. I swear, if I get a good archival or museum gig in New York City, we're heading north ... perhaps to the east of the Hudson River so that we'll be on the MetroNorth Hudson Line.
|20 pounds of apples.|
We spent the rest of our day wandering around town, mostly searching through the antique shops and having a most delicious meal at Bacchus. While we were walking back to our car, I noticed a graveyard up the hill. Mind you, we've been parking in this spot for years and we've been going to New Paltz as long as we've been married. I never saw the graveyard before! I swear a tree was removed or something changed that I noticed it. We decided to walk up the hill to check it out. Good grief ... after all these years we finally discovered Historic Huguenot Street!
New Paltz was founded in 1678 by French Huguenots on the site where Historic Huguenot Street sits today. I'm embarrassed to say that I had no idea that New Paltz was a French settlement. For some reason I thought the majority of settlements in New York State were Dutch! Ed pointed out that Staten Island was settled by both, the Dutch and French Huguenots. Looks like I need to do some historic exploration of my own state. Sheeze.
The historic site was closed when we finally made it up there and the sun was quickly setting. We're going to head back to New Paltz just to take the tour of Historic Huguenot Street. Maybe it's time that I really start looking at New York's colonial history so that I can plan some awesome outings for us. While I adore Boston and Salem, I need to remember that my own beautiful state has a lot to offer history buffs like us, that it's not just about camping, hiking, and fishing.