Orange County Summer – From Cotton Candy to Farm Fresh CuisineJul 13th, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Lifestyle
The temperature’s rising but very cool events are happening all over Orange County during the month of July. With gas prices dropping, there’s no better time to visit. Just a one-hour drive from New York City, and at the crossroads of Interstates 84 and 87, Orange County is an easy jaunt from anywhere. Get off the highway and follow scenic local roads to delicious fairs, festivals and fun happenings all over the county. Find the full array of sensational summer events at www.OrangeTourism.org.
The Orange County Family Fair is a July favorite. Look for the huge Ferris wheel lighting up Middletown’s sky from Wednesday through Sunday from Friday, July 13th through Sunday, July 29th. Take in the sweet aroma of cotton candy and relish a famous Bob Maxwell’s Walkaway-Sundae as you explore the midway bustling with live entertainment, rides, and games. Check out the 4-H exhibits, displays of handmade quilts, crafts, canned goods and flowers. Who do you think deserves a blue ribbon? Experience an old-fashioned Demolition Derby on two Sundays, July 15th and July 29th with a combination Fair and Speedway Ticket. Check the Fair’s web site for more special deals before you come!
Treat your taste buds to a wide array of Hudson Valley-sourced wines, foods, and artisan cheeses at the annual Bounty of the Hudson, a summertime foodie favorite. Live music and the ambiance at Applewood Winery, this year’s hosting venue, promise to make this delightful vineyard-farm-to-table experience a culinary highlight of the summer. Buy one-day tickets on-line for this annual feast happening in the Warwick countryside on both Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th from noon to 5pm. Applewood Winery is just a hop-skip and a jump from Sugar Loaf Arts and Crafts Village where Bertoni Gallery is featuring their 8th Annual Sundays in July Free Music Festival. Settle down at their unique sculpture garden and savor the sounds of the area’s best local musicians every Sunday afternoon through July 29th.
Satisfy your appetite for art with a trip to the Port Jervis Arts Walk. It’s a free outdoor festival with more than 100 participating artists, food vendors, and musicians from the tri-state area lining the streets of this historic river city from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, July 21st. At dark, the family can stretch out on a blanket on Front Street for the film screening of “ET” on a 40-by-20-foot inflatable screen. Stay an extra day or two and conjure up your inner Huckleberry Finn with a rafting trip on the beautiful Delaware River. July’s the perfect time for a leisurely float and and a refreshing dip in this Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area treasured waterway. For a different perspective, take a drive on the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (Route (97). Just a few miles north of Port Jervis, discover why the winding snakelike turns of “Hawks Nest” are so popular in car commercials. Enjoy the ride, then, head back to Port Jervis’ for a treat at the restored 1950s ice cream parlor, Riverside Creamery. Those delightful old-fashioned egg cremes and ice cream sodas you’ve been craving are on the 5-page dessert menu. Yum!
Grown-ups can sample another type of tasty ice cream treat at the newly opened Newburgh Brewing Company in the fabulously restored 1850’s box factory building nestled above the Newburgh Waterfront and Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Their Newburgh Brown Ale Float made with chocolate ice cream, shaved Mexican-style chocolate, and caramel malt syrup drizzle is the perfect accompaniment to their delicious Tap Room menu based on local ingredients. Try the Newburgh Cream Ale Battered Onion Rings with spicy pepper dipping sauce or a seasonal farm fresh salad. Stop by Friday evenings from 5 to 11pm, Saturdays from noon to 8pm, and Sundays from noon to 6pm. During the summer, catch live music in this spacious venue on Fridays from 9pm to closing.
Another not-to-be-missed event venue new on the Orange County scene this summer is Arrow Park Lake & Lodge in Monroe. Get a gander at this gorgeous, relaxing getaway when you pick up tickets to their “all-you-can-eat beef tenderloin” Beefsteak Banquet and Rock & Roll Show featuring the Texas-based musical guest, Shurman, on Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th. Or, catch the Bottle Rockets concert at their park pavilion on Friday night, July 27th. No doubt, you’ll want to go back for some more R&R to swim at the lake and spend a few nights at their restored 1909 Arts & Crafts-style lodge.
Fill your plate with Orange County fun this summer. Find a complete list of attractions, lodging, and events 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.