Fall Foliage in the Catskills

Foliage, festivals, and family activities make the Catskills the perfect place to spend your Fall vacation. Leaf peeping is one of our favorite pastimes because the Catskills turns into a masterpiece when the leaves begin to change colors. Fall foliage in the Catskills typically peaks during the second week of October. Although peak colors differ based on time, location, and altitude. Albergo Allegria is located by some of the best Fall Foliage in the Catskills. Kick-off your family vacation by visiting the following sites. 

Hannacroix Creek Preserve

Hannacroix Creek Preserve spans 113 acres with a handful of accessible trails to explore, such as the Irving Trail and the River Trail. Irving Trail is a crowd-pleaser due to its beautiful path ending at a breathtaking waterfall. Add in fall foliage and great company- and you’ve got one unforgettable experience in the Northern Catskills!

Catskill Mountain House

Catskill’s first-ever luxury resort, Catskill Mountain House, was built in the 1820s, where guests had never before seen views of the Hudson River and the surrounding mountain vistas. Behind the hotel, guests enjoyed hiking around the North-South Lake- which would become Catskill Park about 60 years later. As air conditioning grew more prevalent in cities and fewer people visited the Catskills, the Mountain House faded away. In the 1960s, the Department of Environmental Conservation burned down the hotel and left behind its beautiful view. Some past guests even carved in “I was here,” in the surrounding rocky ledge. Today, guests can visit and enjoy one of the most beautiful views of fall foliage in the Catskills. 

Hudson River School of Art Trail

The Hudson River School of Art was started by Thomas Cole, an English painter who relocated to the Catskills to paint its natural beauty year-round. Thomas particularly appreciated the Catskills beauty during the fall, so he and other Hudson River artists produced artwork of fall foliage in the Catskills most often. Today, guests can visit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, which is the first stop on the Hudson River School of Art Trail. The Hudson River School of Art Trail is a series of hiking trails that lead to vistas celebrated by Cole and companions. Through Cole’s artwork of fall foliage in the Catskills, conservation efforts are in motion to protect the region.

Kaaterskill Clove Experience

Once upon a time, Washington Irving dreamt of a man lying down after sipping a drink with Henry Hudson’s ghost and waking about 20 years later with a rusty gun and a long beard marking his peaceful slumber through time. Today, the Kaaterskill Clove Experience is a self-guided, drive-to experience that lets guests tour the Catskills mountains and fall foliage from the comfort of your car. Be sure to stop at Mountain Top Arboretum along the way to enjoy the public garden full of flourishing flowers and trees. Learn about famous artists and authors who were inspired by the Catskills and walk around the scenic overlooks located throughout the trail. Experience this site for yourself to see how visitors before you very inspired by the Northern Catskills.

After taking in the beautiful fall foliage, head back to our Catskills bed and breakfast for a quiet evening. Grab a snack from our guest pantry before looking over your pictures from earlier that day. Avoid missing out on these beautiful sites and book your Catskills vacation today! Visit the Albergo Allegria website or talk to our friendly staff at 518-734-5560.