This weekend is my first weekend in NYC since MAY! Hard to believe that’s the case, but I am so excited I can barely stand it! The thought of not having to pack a bag tomorrow puts such a smile on my face. With this new appreciation for living in the city, I have decided to put together a fall bucket list. New York has so much to offer and I always find my self saying “I want to do that one weekend!” which usually comes to fruition a year later… if at all. Hopefully writing these out will motivate me (and you) to take advantage of the fall and all the glorious things there are to do in your own ‘hood!
#1. Bike to the Cloisters
On a beautiful Saturday morning, rent a bike (for around $35/day), pack a bag with some cheese, bread and wine, and take a ride up the Hudson River Parkway to the Cloisters. It’s a scenic ride along the Hudson River which is about 11 miles starting from Pier 25 (see #8). The Cloisters is a European medieval art museum, constructed from five French cloistered abbeys, which were then shipped to New York in the 1930s. It is located on a park overlooking the river with gorgeous views of the city – perfect for a picnic. Voilà! A romantic, European afternoon right at your fingertips!
#2. Make this delicious fall soup for a Sunday night football game – recipe here
#3. Go wine tasting in Long Island (again)
My girlfriends and I did this last year and we had an absolute blast! It was very affordable and we were able to organize a package like this with a car that took us to four different vineyards, sampling 5/6 varieties at each vineyard and they even provided lunch! The wine wasn’t anything to write home about but hey! It’s not Napa.
#4. Pick Apples
Growing up, we would always go apple picking in the fall. It’s something I will always remember and definitely continue when I have a family of my own (crisp New England MacIntosh apple… nothing like it!). There are plenty of options not too far from NYC, but Applewood Orchards has a great reputation (and they have a vineyard…and conveniently located 20 mins from Woodbury Commons Outlets… just sayin’). Check it out!
#5. Go to this restaurant – SO fall-ish and cozy!
#6. Hike up Bear Mountain – Get your nature fix on! About an hour drive from the city and public transportation accessible. (check out that foliage people!)
#7. Run a race in Central Park – so many options on any given weekend – just do it!
#8. Play mini golf on Pier 25 – I live so close… yet still have not done this. Pier 25 not only has mini golf, but beach volleyball, a soccer field, kid’s playground and lounge chairs for the warmer months. How much fun would it be to have a cocktail, play a little mini golf, then go to dinner or out for the night? I’m in!
#9. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and see what the BK has to offer (still a foreign land to me).
#10. Go to the beach in a sweatshirt – one of my favorite things in the world! (probably with a pumpkin spice latte in hand)
What’s on your fall bucket list? I know I’m missing something!