Bring your family and discover one of the most awe-inspiring autumns in America!

Bring your family and discover one of the most awe-inspiring autumns in America! When you close your eyes and imagine autumn, you’re probably picturing a place like Ulster (Call us old fashioned, but “autumn” is so much more vibrant than “fall.”)

Crisp and cool days. Rich reds and vivid orange leaves. Warm beverages and even warmer people. Around here autumn isn’t a season; it’s a frame of mind.

You may be visiting Ulster for the colorful drives and rejuvenating hikes, but on your journey you’ll discover the Hudson Valley’s home for arts, music, and culture. With venues and galleries re-opening, there’s never been a better time to visit our neck of the woods. While autumn lasts from September 22 through December 21, our cultural energy lasts forever. These experiences prove it.

Opus 40 arial view

Opus 40

This nonprofit sculpture park and museum is world famous for a reason: It boasts more than 60 acres of meadows, forested paths and bluestone quarries — including 6.5 acres of earthwork sculpture. The experience is priceless, but the cost is free. Visit their events page for information on community programs, concerts, classes and fairs.

The Colony Woodstock exterior

The Colony Woodstock

What better place to take in live music than the site of the most famous concert in history? However, The Colony Hotel has been welcoming guests since 1929, when visitors would dine and listen to big bands. The spirit has never changed, though guests can now enjoy outdoor dining and live music in their one-of-a-kind beer garden.Visit their events page to find out about their upcoming concerts.

interior of art gallery

Art Galleries

With the majestic Catskill Mountains as the backdrop, Ulster County itself is a living natural gallery. No wonder Ulster has been inspiring artists of all disciplines for decades. We have so many art galleries, we honestly couldn’t narrow it down to just one or two (or ten). We suggest you visit them all during your trek through Ulster County.

up close of hand picking an apple from tree

U-Pick Farms

Our agrarian heritage and artistic culture are not mutually exclusive — they’ve lived hand-in-hand since the very beginning. Our U-Pick farms prove it. U-Pick farms are exactly what they sound like; you and your family get the opportunity to actually pick the freshest fruits and veggies directly from Mother Nature. Plus you get to take your bounty home too. What makes this experience even richer? Many of these U-Pick farms also feature live concerts too!

Picking is in full swing through fall with family-friendly activities abound atKelder’s Farm and Weeds Orchard & Winery. Pick from more than 13 varieties of apples, plus pumpkins, gooseberries, and more, at Wilklow Orchard. Pick fresh fruit from the tree, or enjoy craft beer and wood-fired pizza from the oven, at DuBois Farms. And you’ll find plenty of delicious apples and plump pumpkins to pick at Hurd’s Farm. If you find it hard to pick just one of our U-Pick farms (you will), we recommend visiting them all!

Autumn is abundant with rich experiences in Ulster County! This is just a small taste, so seek for yourself and see why Ulster is the most awesome place to visit this autumn.

Plan Your "Awe-Inspiring Autumn"