By car to scenic drive: 2.5 hrs
Discover the vineyards in the Shawangunk region in fall and not only will you be treated to beautiful scenery, but learn more about New York State’s own wine offerings. Pick from the 15 located in Ulster County and enjoy the landscape dressed in autumnal colors. The trail starts just 60 miles north of NYC with Demarest Hill Winery (81 Pine Island Turnpike, Warwick, NY, 8450986-4723, demaresthillwinery.com) as one of the closest ones. Take I-87 N/NY-17 N toward Albany and take exit 15A for NY-17 toward NY-59. Turn left onto NY-17 N and then take the exit toward NY-17A W. Drive to Pine Island Turnpike in Warwick until you reach Demarest Hill Winery. From there, meander to other nearby vineyards, including Warwick Valley Winery (114 Little York Rd, Warwick, NY, 845-258-4858, wvwinery.com), Applewood Orchards (82 4 Corners Rd, Warwick, NY, 845-986-1684, applewoodorchards.com) and Clearview Vineyard (35 Clearview Ln, Warwick, NY, 845-651-2838, clearviewvineyard.com). Just make sure you have a designated driver, or grab a few bottles to enjoy back home.