You don’t have to spend half the day in the car to really get away from it all and enjoy the fresh air of fall. The bucolic town of North Salem in Westchester, New York, is less than an hour-and-a-half drive from midtown Manhattan. Start your engine!
DO: Pick Apples at Outhouse Orchards
Despite its unappetizing name, the grounds at Outhouse are stunning. You can get all your fall staples here: fruit picking, hay-stack climbing, leaf peeping, and pumpkin patching—without some of the more carnival-like attractions (read: bouncy castles) you’ll find elsewhere. 139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, New York
NAVIGATE: Through the Corn Maze
Get lost! Not to sound too corny or anything, but the maize maze at Outhouse is the most difficult one we’ve tried in the tristate area.
FIND ZEN: At Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden
Drive less than 10 minutes to this small, lovely museum for some Eastern art and a divine little walk through the peaceful landscape. On select Saturdays (it’s closed on Sunday), Hammond hosts traditional, two-hour tea ceremony workshops. 28 Deveau Road, North Salem, New York
EAT: At Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish
This restaurant grows all its fruits and veggies on its own farm, so everything is seasonal and fresh—and served in a beautifully rustic 18th-century farmhouse. One of the co-owners, Edward Taylor, also owns Down East Seafood, so the raw bar here is both expansive and excellent. 100 Titicus Road, North Salem, New York