Cool Fun for Cool Weather in the Hudson ValleyNov 5th, 2011 | By HV Insider | Category: In Your Town
A chill in the air brings out some of the best fun in Orange County (just an hour north of New York City) with special events and attractions perfect for the cooler weather. Throw on a scarf and mittens for some great holiday shopping combined with novel events and world-class attractions. Our on-line calendar takes you to the best places in winter: www.OrangeTourism.org for great experiences every week.
Well-known for its thrilling curves and panoramic Hudson River views, Storm King Highway (also known as Route 218) was a feat of engineering in 1916 when it was built on a cliff along the legendary Storm King Mountain. On Sundays through November 20th, the road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11AM to 3PM so you can walk, or pedal your mountain bike along the 3 ½- mile stretch between West Point and Cornwall. Through the sculptural bare tree branches, you’ll get a real bird’s eye view of the river. Nearby, at the renowned 500-acre sculpture park named for the same majestic mountain, Storm King Art Center has extended its season to November 27th, offering visitors a new perspective on the abstract sculpture within the landscape. The park’s changing natural backdrop is an integral part of the artistic beauty.
Some unique Orange County farms are also great late-fall venues. The potbelly stove is warming up at the Rogowski Farm in Pine Island for tasty weekend breakfasts served in the farm kitchen. Stock up on some of their gourmet take-home specialties for your Thanksgiving feast. Then take the kids to meet the barnyard animals at Penning’s Orchard and Farm Market in Warwick (open daily), and enjoy a casual lunch at their Harvest Grill and Brew Pub. From noon to 3PM on Saturdays and Sundays, observe the gentle alpacas at Rock Ridge Alpaca Farm in Chester. Their farm store is stocked with knitted alpaca items and a selection of fine yarns for hand-crafters. Orange County’s countryside is dotted with farm stands filled with root vegetables, tangy cider, and delicious home-baked pies and treats perfect for cooler weather meals.
The glass-blowers at the Gillinder Glass Factory are firing up for special exhibitions of their talents on November 5th, 6th and 25th. Watch them create beautiful and decorative works of art before your eyes during guided tours from 10AM to 3PM at the historic Port Jervis glass factory. Learn the history of one of the oldest glass companies in America while you discover wonderful one-of-a-kind items in the gift store. Then visit the hamlet of Sugar Loaf, where artisans have been handcrafting items for over 250 years. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the mall. Perk up your holiday shopping with a relaxing jaunt through some of the coolest shops in the northeast. Most are open from Wednesday through Sunday between 11AM and 5PM.
For memorable indoor fun visit Motorcyclepedia, the area’s newest grand attraction in Newburgh. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the largest collection of antique motorcycles anywhere. Clever exhibits, posters, and other memorabilia will fascinate non-motorcycle enthusiasts, while fans of the sport will simply swoon over everything on display. It’s open Thursday through Sunday year-round. Reservations are needed for a special performance by daredevil and Guinness Book record holder Pit Lenger as he challenges the museum’s “Wall of Death” at 4 shows only on November 19th. Another great indoor family attraction also promotes a transportation theme in an amusing way, Goshen’s Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Open seven days a week, this state-of-the-art facility has hands-on exhibits for all ages. More than likely, you’ll catch a glimpse of some handsome Standardbreds training on the Goshen Historic Track right next door. Follow the Goshen Chamber’s on-line walking tour of nearby historic monuments as you explore this charming village, also the county seat.
Daylight savings time ends on November 6th, but you can lighten things up with a lot of laughs at an interactive theater performance of Air Pirates Radio Theater. The Air Pirates perform original comedies while the audience provides the sound effects. Catch That Lady May Be A Tramp at the new Railroad Playhouse at the Newburgh Waterfront on Friday, November 11th, or Rap City of the West at Sugar Loaf’s Lycian Centre on Saturday, November 12th. For more laughs, Jester’s Comedy Club at the Castle in Chester has their premiere show on Saturday, November 5th followed by top-notch comedic entertainment every weekend. Check their web site for the line up and to purchase advance tickets.
Put some warmth in your chilly weekends with our complete list of attractions and lodging at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide call 800-762-8687, or email . Orange County Tourism is headquarters for tourism in the county and is part of the I LOVE NEW YORK program.