Discover a Bountiful Harvest of Apples, Pumpkins, and Fall Festivals in Washington County
Ready to plan a fun fall trip? Just 12 miles east of downtown 'Toga lies the shared border of Saratoga and Washington Counties along the Hudson River. This beautiful region is home to rolling hills, farms, apple orchards, and even more places where autumn really comes alive. Visit the area and discover all the things you can do and see this season!
Pick Your Favorite Apples at Local OrchardsPhoto credit: Alan Nudi
Nestled in Whitehall, Apple Hill Orchards is a family-friendly and family-owned orchard where you can pick your own apples or buy a bag of pre-picked ones. Take a walk around the orchard and check out all the apples that are in season and available to pick. Pumpkins are also for sale if you're ready to create a jack-o'-lantern.
Whether you're looking for apples, pumpkins, or fall fun, Hicks Orchard in Granville has it all. A family tradition since 1905, Hicks is New York State's oldest U-pick orchard, offering berries in summer and apples in fall.
Over two dozen delicious varieties of apples are grown at the orchard. But that's not all! They
offer farm activities and great food and drinks too, such as their famous cider doughnuts, hard cider at Slyboro's Ciderhouse's tasting room, and more.
Celebrate the fall harvest at Billy Bob's Orchard up in Putnam Station. Enjoy picking fresh apples right from the trees, as well as taking home a big pumpkin for your home. The kids will love riding the hay wagon between the apple trees and pumpkin patch.
Visit McWhorter's Orchard in Argyle for fun autumnal activities. The local orchard opens in fall for apple picking, pumpkin picking, mouthwatering apple cider doughnuts, pony rides, and more. It's a great way to spend a fall afternoon.
Find Pumpkins of All Shapes & Sizes
While summer strawberries are their main produce, Strawberry Ridge in Granville is also known for their huge pumpkin patch that opens in mid to late September. Over a dozen varieties of pumpkins are grown at the farm, including orange, white, and green. Bring the kids and let them pick out their favorite among the bunch.
When fall comes around, so do new fruits and vegetables that visitors can pick at Gardenworks Farm in Salem. In September and October, the farm welcomes families to stop by for pumpkins, raspberries, fall squash, and more products like apple cider.
The historic Hand Melon Farm is a 425-acre working farm in the heart of Washington County, and from summer through fall, they offer U-pick fruits and vegetables. Squash is their specialty in fall, so find some pumpkins and other vegetables to take home with you.
Please Note: In addition to the pumpkin picking sites listed above, Apple Hill Orchards, Billy Bob's Orchard, McWhorter's Orchard, and Hicks Orchard all sell pumpkins too.
Escape a Corn Maze
One of the most fun group activities during fall is making your way through a fun yet challenging corn maze. In Washington County, the premier corn maze is at Hicks Orchard. Designed for kids and families, the corn maze is a fun addition to the orchard's other fall offerings: apple picking, pumpkin picking, wagon rides, and barnyard animals in a pen.
Since most activities are weather permitting, be sure to give Hicks a call at 518-642-1788 to check on the status of their activities for that day.
Discover Unique, Handmade Products at the Wool & Arts Festival
Don't miss one of the most colorful fall festivals of the season, and no, we're not talking about the foliage. On September 23-24, the Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival, formerly known as the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, will be bringing unparalleled creativity to the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich.
With a new name comes exciting additions to the festival. Artisans from all backgrounds will be featured, from pottery to jewelry, wood arts, paper crafts, culinary arts, craft beverage producers, and many more. Some of this year's highlights include:
- Over 100 Vendors (Artisans and Craftsmen)
- Demonstrations, Kids' Activities & Hay Rides
- Finished Wool/Fiber Product Show and Sale
- Regional Craft Beverages & Food
Admission to the Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival is just $5 for adults, while kids 13 and under get in for free. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping, find a decoration for your home, and discover something new.
Fill Up on Beer & Brats
It's not quite Oktoberfest, but it's also not a traditional bluegrass festival. Instead, it's the 3rd Annual Beer & Brats Fest at the Salem Courthouse Community Center.
On September 30, this food, craft beverage, and music festival will combine the best of both worlds - a classic Oktoberfest bratwurst dinner with various beers produced from local and New England breweries.
The $30 admission price includes unlimited beer tasting, the brat dinner, and a live concert by Fiddle Witch. If you buy your ticket before September 20, it is $25. Participants receive a free commemorative glass while supplies last.
Celebrate Apples and the Fall Harvest
Gather up the family and head over to Billy Bob's Orchard in Putnam Station in northern Washington County on October 7-8 for Applefest 2017.
Pick your own apples, take scenic hayrides to the pumpkin patch, and browse the tasty local products like maple syrup and cider doughnuts. On October 8, the Just Passin' Thru will stop by for a live concert from 2:00pm-4:00pm, bringing country and bluegrass to the festivities.
See the Balloons High in the Sky
Look up and watch massive hot air balloons take off at the 45th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival in Queensbury and Glens Falls: September 21-24.
Most of the balloon launches will take place at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury, located minutes away from Hudson Falls in Washington County. Plan a trip to the area in time to see the hot air balloons fill the sky with bright bursts of color.