Day Trips

Pumpkin Picking in Orange County, New York

Pumpkin Picking in Orange County, New York

Every year my family heads up to the Hudson Valley and Warwick, NY just over the border from Vernon, NJ, for fall fun. We go apple picking and hiking along the Appalachian Trail in September, sampling cider and warm cider doughnuts as we go. But come October, we turn our thoughts to finding the perfect pumpkin for Halloween in the expansive farms of aptly named Orange County.

While you’re in the area, the town of Warwick is filled with lovely independent shops and places to eat. My family also loves Warwick Valley Winery which has live music on weekend afternoons and a fabulous cafe that serves truffle fries and delicious wood-oven pizza.

Here’s your guide for Pumpkin Picking in Orange County, New York! The farms below offer pick your own pumpkins and plenty of other entertainment for families:

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Family Getaways

Labor Day Weekend Family Getaways | Asbury Park

Q: It’s Labor Day already, how could summer be over soon? I’m not ready! We’d love to have one last blast before the kids head back to school next week, but I haven’t planned anything yet. Is it too late to book an end-of-summer send off? ~ Thanks! BN

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Day Trips

Discover The Forest: The Appalachian Trail for Families


When I was in college, many moons ago, I ferried hot wings to hungry co-eds as fellow waiters planned a post-graduation hike following the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail from West Virginia to New Hampshire. “You should come,” they said. “At least meet us in New Jersey and hike that stretch with us.” For the life of me, I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to walk in the woods. I said no. Looking back, I wish I had joined them. As an adult, I’ve been slowly making my way through stretches of the stunning hiking trails that cross through New Jersey and into Orange County, New York. What seemed daunting in my early 20s is now a welcome vacation from the blinking lights and constant trilling of smart phones, laptops, and devices.

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