PICK YOUR OWN APPLES & PUMPKINS
Hurd’s Family Farm, in Modena, NY, offers views of the gorgeous granite Shawangunk Mountains and the opportunity to pick your own fresh apples and pumpkins, take a hay ride, and enjoy family-friendly games and rides. Free admission! You just pay for what you pick and for certain activities. Eat at the Big Apple Cafe on the grounds. You'll find reliable lodging in nearby New Paltz, NY, for well under $200.
Montauk, NY, at the very east end of Long Island, is a super-romantic "beach town bargain" in fall, when the summer crowds have gone home but the oceanside vibe remains as awesome as ever. Stroll the perfect beaches, grab amazing seafood, and visit the iconic lighthouse. We love the cozy and snuggle-worthy Ocean Resort Inn, with rates under $175/night in October
DO SOME LEAF-PEEPING
Who says New England has cornered the market on vibrant autumn colors? Milford, PA, one of Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Towns In America 2017, is just 85 miles west of NYC in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, which light up in bright red and gold in October and early November. It's an artsy place to enjoy the autumn splendor, boasting a charming historic district, adorable shops, restaurants, and bars. You'll find great lodging for under $150/night.
ENJOY HIKING & CAMPING
State parks often play second fiddle to the marquee national parks, but in the Northeast, state parks offer some of the best affordable fall getaways. High Point State Park, in Sussex, NJ, has it all: hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and canoeing in a park designed and landscaped by the legendary Olmsted brothers, whose father designed Central Park.
TREAT THE KIDS - AND YOURSELF - TO A COOL UPSTATE TOWN
Beacon, NY, is a bustling, forward-thinking town in Dutchess County, NY, that is about to lose its “under the radar” status. Kids adore the big, colorful contemporary art at the DIA Beacon museum, easy hikes on Mount Beacon, and the gourmet hand-made palapas (popsicles) at Zora Dora alongside Main Street's great restaurants and cute boutiques (Zora Dora's flavors include spicy pineapple, fresh fruits, and - for the parents - espresso). Insider tip: As you stroll along Main Street, don't miss the two inspiring murals painted by local artist Rick Price. You'll find affordable lodging in nearby Poughkeepsie and Hopewell Junction.