offMetro NY> Editor's Picks > Editor's Picks: Fall

Fall is a particularly beautiful time of the year: trees explode in shades of red and gold, complimented by crisp air and amicable weather. Though it’s possible to catch sight of some of the autumn splendor from within New York City, fall is best enjoyed outside city limits, whether hiking, apple picking, or biking through […]

air balloon ride in fall

When green turns to gold, mixed with humbling hues of red, orange and yellow, that’s your cue. Whether for a day or weekend, celebrate our most spectacular season by land, air, and sea with these seven adventurous fall foliage trips near NYC—including ziplining, yoga retreating, whitewater rafting, and a champagne-fueled air balloon ride. Deerfield Valley […]

Nestled in the rolling hills of Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley offers a mix of unspoiled agricultural landscapes, artsy villages and culturally charged small cities. In the center of the valley sits Hampshire County’s compact Northampton, just the right size to explore without a car, with an in-town Amtrak Station to boot. Civic-minded residents and […]

Acadia National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Located on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, fall is a stunning time to enjoy its bold color palate. Responsible tourism initiatives abound. With over two million visitors annually, innovative steps to preserve its rural character are at the forefront. The first national conference on ecotourism was held in Bar Harbor […]

Woodstock, NY

Woodstock, NY is an easy day trip or weekend getaway out of the city.  We checked in with local Vanessa Geneva Ahern, founder of, for how best to spend a weekend—perhaps your first ever—in Woodstock, New York. Ahern, recommends stopping at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, open on weekends from April-November. Taking a yoga class […]

Bear Mountain Cruise

Fall, with its cool refreshing air and colorful performance, is our favorite time of year for outdoor adventure. There are so many ways to plan a date with autumn, from sculpture gardens to camping adventures to bike rides, and this is one more to consider. Car-free hikers have a new mode of transportation to the trailheads of the […]

On a crisp morning not too long ago, I walked out the front door of my room at the Red Lion Inn just off Main Street and headed in the direction of a forest, where in 10 minutes I’d be hiking along the Housatonic River. It seemed like a wild idea, exploring the area so […]

Raymondskill Falls

Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains have come a long way since their day as a couples-only resort haven. The heart-shaped beds and cheap sparkling wine have been replaced with more sophisticated offerings. The little hamlet of Milford, located only 75 miles west of New York City, exemplifies this. The surrounding countryside is still punctuated by down-home scenery, […]