Hi Loves – Court & Kelly’s assistant Rachel here to share my NYC Fall Bucket List.
Welcome to September — one of our fave months of the year, not just because it’s NYFW, but because it brings in the highly anticipated cool ~airs~ and crisp, colorful leaves of Autumn. This week, we have five bucket list items for all you “hot girl summer” New Yorkers out there looking to transition into “cool girl fall”. Get your flannels and knee-high boots ready, because it’s time to adventure!
Last fall, my ex-boyfriend and I decided last minute to rent a car and go on a cidery tour. First off — if you’re up for a bunch of adventures this fall and don’t have a car, I highly recommend getting ZipCar (easy/fairly cheap way to rent a car, basically day-of). I’m not a beer gal, so through some research we found dozens of cideries upstate that could accommodate my sweet, cider-loving palette. We started with the Angry Orchard cidery in Walden, NY and went from there. The whole day involved stopping by the cutest restaurant on the way (Rhodes North Tavern in Sloatsburg) which was by a little stream and seemed to be a fave of the locals, proceeding to Angry Orchard, then driving around the Hudson Valley to nearby cideries and local markets. Apart from the Zipcar, the day turned out to be pretty cheap (as your first flight or drink at most cideries are free). All-in-all, a great day trip — highly recommended! (*Disclaimer: Obviously my boyfriend had to drive, so he limited the amount he drank)
[Fall] Festival Szn
It’s festival season! You can spend some time boppin’ around at some of these late-September/mid-October NYC festival hotspots: the Feast of San Gennaro (September 11-22), the New York Coffee Festival (October 11-13), NYC Wine & Food Festival (October 10-13), and Oktoberfest (multiple weekends throughout September – October).
Take a Scenic Train Upstate
If you want to have a quiet, no frills day, consider buying an Amtrak ticket and hitching yourself on a train going ~anywhere~ ASAP!
And Go Whitewater Rafting!
Rent an AirBnB or stay overnight (camping! nature!) in the Arirondacks. Sourced Adventures offers great, exhilarating trips in the upstate region (a crew of four and I went together last year). Throw in a couple hikes, some campfires, and make some apple-picking stops along the way and you’re in for a fall-filled weekend!
NYC Pizza Tour
While brainstorming ideas for this week’s Fab 5 piece, my coworker gave a shout out to “Scott’s Pizza Tours”. With her + some of her friends having done one before, specifically the Original Crosstown Pizza Walk — which allows you to peruse around the best hidden pizza spots Little Italy/Greenwich Village, she said the 3-hour walk (which could be boring if you don’t choose the right people to go with) was AMAZING because she was with 15 of her friends and they were drinking along the way. If you don’t feel like going on a formal tour, why not create your own?! Pick an area, a few pizzerias, add a couple bars along the way, and wa-la!