Fall should have you stoked about a few things: Cycling, sans the oppressive humidity, leaves doing that they thing they do with the colors and adventurous weekend getaways.
Combine all three and you’ve got yourself a serious fall weekend to remember.
A cruise up to Feris Lake Wild Forest on to Cold Brook and a jaunt through Green Mountain National Forest. Niiiiiice.
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SLEEP: If you’re looking to stay within walking distance of town, The Copperfield Inn is your huckleberry. It’s “affordable luxury” without the potentially dicey mom ‘n’ pop charm of the slew of bed and breakfasts in the area. But if you’re looking for the full Gore Mountain experience, there’s no better place than The Fern Lodge. Complete with lake views, mountain views, jacuzzis and cozy theaters, it’s Bear Grylls meets magnificent.
EAT: Leave the suit, tie and heels behind. This getaway is all easy goin’. For breakfast, the local go-to is Café Sarah and for lunch Chrissy’s. In the dinner department, you’re well advised to hit Basil and Wick’s or the slightly out of the way Black Mountain Lodge. For lifting the spirits, BarVino has a big wine list complete with small bites, while Beck’s Tavern, a German-Alpine-themed watering hole, will fulfill any hoppy desires. And if you’re wanting to pack in some picnic-style fixings for your rail or hiking adventures, Izzy’s Deli and Gourmet Shop will fetch.
DO: Leaf-peeping autumnal majesty by foot is so 2018. The new way to feast upon foliage is by peddling along an old rail. Revolution Rail Co. offers excursions north of the North Creek rail station on the line to Tahawus. You’ll be sitting upright — like on a paddle boat — and cycling away through dense woods and over the Hudson River via abandoned railroads. The whole journey takes just under three hours total with two- or four-seater vehicles for $70 or $130 respectively.