Fall Foliage Tours Around the Catskills

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Fall Foliage Tours Around the Catskills


We’ve put together some ideas for outings during your stay with us at the Fairlawn Inn this fall season! These suggestions are inspired to provide a beautifully scenic experience that’s sure to satisfy your fall foliage getaway. Each combines great food, local wines & beers, and memorable adventures based around your desired level of activity and interests.


For the Semi-Active Minded

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Apple Picking: Start your day off at a local orchard in Claverack, NY after your homemade breakfast at the Inn. Right across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Philip Orchards grows 15 varieties of fresh apples to fill your basket! Apples are just the start. Pick-your-own pears, or grab some raspberries, plums, tomatoes, and even free-range eggs.
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Lunch at Crossroads Brewing Company: After you’ve worked up an appetite apple picking, head to the Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, NY for some refreshing, craft-brewed beers and ales. Dine within view of the vats where all that brewing magic happens.  Enjoy delicious menu items like local grass-fed burgers, beef brisket sandwiches, Crossroads wings, fresh local salads, homemade soups, and even cheeseboards.
View Crossroads’ Menu & Beer List.

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Tour: After lunch, take a quick boat ride out to the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse and explore the fall foliage in the Catskills from the Hudson River!  A visit to the nationally historic lighthouse provides a glimpse into the lives of lighthouse keepers of their time. Visitors can explore the two-story family dwelling with many points of interest, including the tremendous 360-degree view from the catwalk outside of the lantern room. Public tour dates are: September 10, and October 8. For more information on tours, click here.

Dinner at Rive Gauche Bistro: Upon your return form the lighthouse, stroll into the Rive Gauche Bistro on Second Street in Athens. Enjoy scrumptious entrees, delicious desserts, and extravagant cocktails at this classic French restaurant.

Return for a Great Night’s Sleep at the Fairlawn Inn: Wind down in front of the fireplace in your cozy room in our historic inn or relax with other guests in one of our common area rooms or porches and enjoy a nightcap before returning to your room for a great night’s sleep on our high thread count sheets.


For the Active-Minded

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Hunter Mountain Zipline Tour: After a delicious breakfast at the Fairlawn Inn, take a less than 5-minute drive to Hunter Mountain for an adventurous zipline tour. Soar across the Catskill Mountains nearly 500-feet above the ground at over 50 miles per hour on the longest and highest zipline canopy tour in North America. You’ll never experience the fall foliage in the Catskills quite like this!
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Lunch at Angela’s Italian Bistro & Brewery: After your zipline tour at Hunter, take a short drive over to Catskill, NY and enjoy delicious craft-brewed beers and outstanding pizza at Angela’s. A newly renovated space offers a cozy and modern ambiance where you can relax and enjoy classic Italian and American cuisine served with some of the finest craft beers in the Catskills.
View Angela’s Menu & Beer List.

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Tour: After lunch, take a quick boat ride out to the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse and explore the fall foliage in the Catskills on the Hudson!  A visit to the nationally historic lighthouse provides a glimpse into the lives of Hudson River light keepers of their time. Visitors can explore the two-story family dwelling with many points of interest, including the tremendous 360-degree view from the catwalk outside of the lantern room. Public tour dates are: September 10, and October 8. For more information on tours, click here.

A Flight of Beers at Crossroads Brewing Co.: Sit back and relax after a day of adventure with a flight of beers at Crossroads Brewing Company. Enjoy a variety of refreshing home-brewed beers at this 7-barrel brew house with over 10 taps brewed specially by Head Brewer, Adam Krawczak.
Pub Menu and Beer List.

Dinner at Stewart House: After your tasting at Crossroads, soak up that fabulous beer with a delicious dinner at the Stewart House in Athens, NY. Just down the street from Crossroads, the historic Stewart House at the Athens Hotel is situated on the Hudson River and offers a variety of tasty dishes and cocktails that bring you back to the good old days. From delicious menu items like Grilled Atlantic Salmon and NY Strip Steak, to delicious and elegant flatbreads and salads, Happy Jake’s restaurant at the Stewart House is sure to please your taste buds.
View Happy Jake’s Menu.

Return for a Great Night’s Sleep at the Fairlawn Inn: Wind down in front of the fireplace in your cozy room in our historic inn or relax with other guests in one of our common area rooms or porches and enjoy a nightcap before returning to your room for a great night’s sleep on our high thread count sheets.


For The Antique-Buff

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Hunter Antique Mall: For the antique-buff, visiting the Catskill Mountains is a dream come true! After your homemade breakfast at the Fairlawn Inn, head directly across the street to the Hunter Antique Mall & General Store. Shop all kinds of antiques, collectibles, giftware, and consignment goods before heading out on the rest of your antique-filled weekend in the Catskills.

Tannersville Artisan Center: To continue your antique-filled adventure in the Catskills, head to the Tannersville Artisan Center for some more antiquing. The Tannersville Antique & Artisan Center, with nearly 20 selected vendors, is the newest addition to New York State’s historic Catskill Mountains. This scenic area has been attracting visitors since Rip Van Winkle first took his fabled nap nearby. More information.

Lunch at Last Chance Cheese: Eat, drink and enjoy a fabulous lunch at Last Chance Cheese in Tannersville, NY. This lunch spot is also an antique shop so it’s perfect for the avid antiquer! Enjoy scrumptious dishes like cheesy fondue for two, delicious and creamy cheese platters, elegant goat cheese burgers, decadent pulled pork nachos, and even creative vegetarian menu options. With 100 types of cheese, 300 types of beers, and an entire antique shop, Last Chance Cheese is the perfect destination on your antiquing trip around the Catskills.
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Coxsackie Antique Center: Take a short trip to the Coxsackie Antique Center in Coxsackie, NY. The center brings together 100 fine dealers in a comfortable 15,000 square foot one floor sales area. Antique your way through the Catskill Mountains this fall and wind down your antiquing adventure at this fantastic mall.
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Dinner at Captain’s Inn Point Lookout: After a full day of antiquing through the Catskill Mountains, finish your evening with a delicious meal at Captain’s Inn Point Lookout in Windham. Experience the fall foliage of the Catskill Mountains and overlook 5 states while enjoying a delicious and elegant meal in this cozy mountain spot. You can’t get a better view of the Catskill Mountains than this!
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Return for a Great Night’s Sleep at the Fairlawn Inn: Wind down in front of the fireplace in your cozy room in our historic inn or relax with other guests in one of our common area rooms or porches and enjoy a nightcap before returning to your room for a great night’s sleep on our high thread count sheets.


For the Baseball Buff

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Drive to Cooperstown to the Baseball Hall of Fame: After a homemade breakfast the Fairlawn Inn, take a short drive to Cooperstown to experience the amazing Baseball Hall of Fame!

Lunch at Ommegang Brewery: Upon your arrival in Coopertown, head to the world-famous Ommegang Brewery for some lunch and local brews. Famous for their Game of Thrones beer, Ommegang is a well-known brewery located right here in New York! The Café Ommegang is conveniently located behind the brewery where you can enjoy casual bar seating, traditional old world communal dining, and a scenic patio. They are also offering brewery tours and tastings!
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Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown: After lunch, head to Cooperstown and experience the great National Baseball Hall of Fame. A visit to the Hall of Fame is a journey through the past and a chance for you, your family, your friends and future generations to relive baseball’s greatest players and moments that made the game what it is today.
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Wine Tasting at the Windham Winery: After a full day at the Baseball Hall of Fame, head back to the Catskill region where you will drive through Windham and stumble upon the quaint Windham Winery. Enjoy a delicious tasting of local wines from refreshing rosé and crisp chardonnays to full-bodied reds and elegant cheeses to keep your pallet cleansed.

Dinner at Vesuvio’s: End your day with an Italian meal at Vesuvio’s in Hensonville, NY. Vesuvio’s offers a classic Italian menu, serving up dishes like Clams Casino, Fettuccine Pomodoro, Chicken Bolognese, Veal Scaloppini and Artichoke Hearts Francese, and 6 oz. Lobster Tail and 6 oz. Filet Mignon.
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Return for a Great Night’s Sleep at the Fairlawn Inn: Wind down in front of the fireplace in your cozy room in our historic inn or relax with other guests in one of our common area rooms or porches and enjoy a nightcap before returning to your room for a great night’s sleep on our high thread count sheets.