Fall in upstate New York means fiery leaves, wafts of chimney smoke, nubby sweaters, and steaming mugs of apple cider. It’s arguably the best time to visit, so we reached out to And North, our favorite curated guide to upstate New York, for their insider take on the best places to stay this fall.
Whether you’re planning a mini road trip to take in fall foliage or simply want a quick night away from the city, these accommodations—a mix of charming inns and next-level Airbnbs—will give you easy access to roads less traveled, scenic hiking trails, tremendous new restaurants, and apple-picking orchards that will see you home with a bag of sugary cider donuts.
Blue Col, Cragsmoor, NY
“We are just wild for Blue Col, a newly built Scandinavian inspired chalet set in Cragsmoor featuring radiant-heat concrete floors, a fully-equipped custom walnut kitchen, and 8-foot tall glass windows looking out on the Shawangunk Mountains. Offering complete seclusion and privacy, this minimalistic retreat is the ideal upstate getaway for two, as well as a stunning, natural setting for events and photo shoots. As a guest, enjoy basking in the autumnal landscape from the comfort of your bed, relaxing on the private deck with a warm drink in hand, or cozying up inside with blankets by the gas fireplace. For those looking to add some outdoor exploration to their stay, the chalet is located just minutes away from some of the best hiking trails, including the entrance to Sam’s Point Preserve, renowned for its dramatic falls, cliffs, ice caves, and panoramic vistas.”
MORE FROM SPOT: Upstate Gems Less Than 3 Hrs from NYC
Hasbrouck House, Stone Ridge, NY
“If a bit of luxury mixed with history is what you’re after, look no further than the newly restored Hasbrouck House, a boutique inn set in an 18th-century Dutch colonial stone mansion in Stone Ridge. Each of the 17 suites at Hasbrouck House are uniquely designed and furnished with a mix of vintage and modern touches, Frette linens, goose-down bedding, and Kiehl’s bath products. Centrally located near a scattering of Hudson Valley towns such as Kingston, Woodstock, and Phoenicia, the hotel truly has everything you could possibly want in an autumnal escape, from sprawling grounds and walking access to Stone Ridge Orchard, to plush accommodations, nightly bonfires, and Butterfield, their farm-to-fork restaurant featuring a swoon-worthy seasonal menu of American fare.”
The Saugerties House, Saugerties, NY
“Set in the heart of Saugerties, this charming Airbnb is the upstate home you wish was yours. Dating back to the early 1900s, The Saugerties House has been beautifully restored to accentuate its original details with modern design and conveniences. Enjoy your morning coffee on a rocking chair on the front porch before wandering into town to visit the farmer’s market and the many shops and restaurants. Do not miss the chance to visit Saugerties Lighthouse, one of our favorite spots in all of upstate for a picnic on the Hudson, just a five minute drive away. Accommodating eight people, the Saugerties House will feel like your home away from home, an ideal spot to gather with friends for an autumn weekend.”
MORE FROM SPOT: Get Away From NYC, But Not For Too Long
WM Farmer & Sons, Hudson, NY
“Set in a historic boarding house on Front Street in the beautiful and bustling city of Hudson, WM Farmer & Sons is a boutique hotel featuring a restaurant, cocktail bar, and cafe. Bought and renovated by a chef and designer couple who moved to Hudson from the south, WM Farmers & Sons has a distinguished spirit of hospitality, history and warmth. Sourcing from local farms and makers, the hotel celebrates the creative community that surrounds it in everything they do. We recommend stopping into Hawkins, NY for their selection of modern accessories and furniture before grabbing a bite and drink at BackBar, a Southeast-Asian-inspired bar and food joint owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Zak Pelaccio.”
Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, Hunter, NY
“Be the first to book a room at Scribner’s Lodge, a Catskills mainstay that has been handing keys over to upstate travelers since 1966. Surrounded by open fields and towering trees with changing leaves, the hotel’s interiors will warm your heart in an instant: 38 eclectic guest rooms with dark maple floors, vintage rugs, custom furniture, and modern amenities. Its location in the popular ski resort town of Hunter makes it a great base for planning those fun fall activities, from hiking and horseback riding, to apple picking and local art and crafts fairs. Whether you’re lounging by one of the many fireplaces, admiring the fall foliage from a private deck, or dining in the hotel’s restaurant, you will be sure to leave feeling rested and refreshed.”