This season, chase the colors of autumn in Wyoming and Orleans Counties. In the Greater Niagara Region of New York, festive, fall-themed activities are plentiful, including hiking, cycling, paddling and world-class fishing. Local farms are offering a variety of autumn-inspired events, including apple picking, barn trails, farmers markets and more.
Discover things to do, where to stay and what to eat during your fall visit.
Begin your fall foliage-filled adventure in Wyoming County, home to Letchworth State Park (aka the “Grand Canyon of the East”).
Things To Do
Located in Castile, N.Y., Pankow Farms is open every day, September through October, from 8 a.m. to dusk. Pankow U-Pick Orchards are home to several varieties of apples, touting Cortlands, Empire, Ida Red, MacIntosh, Northern Spy and Red Delicious, to name a few.
Discover over 80 unique barn quilts as you follow Wyoming County’s Barn Quilt Trail. Find the brochure online, request a print version from the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism or by filling out this online form.
Where To Stay
The Microtel Inn & Suites in Warsaw is pet-friendly with free breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking. For a more upscale feel, there’s the intimate boutique hotel, River Spring Lodge. Play mini or regular golf at Byrncliff Golf Resort & Banquets. For a rustic (but still comfortable) stay, there are cabins, tree tents and lakefront cottages at Silverlaken Glamping Resort. Browse places to stay in Wyoming County.
Where To Eat
Glen Iris Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, along with picnics to-go. Grateful Grill has burgers, fries and drink specials. Lumberyard Restaurant offers prime rib and seafood, and it’s located minutes from Letchworth State Park. For wine, beer and spirits paired with meats, cheeses, desserts and more, there’s Ration Wine Bar.
In Orleans County, where you’ll find the Erie Canal, Lake Ontario and its tributaries, you have a little extra time to enjoy the fall colors. The foliage peak is weeks behind the rest of the state due to Lake Ontario moderating the temperatures.
It’s U-pick apple season at Hurd Orchards (where you’ll also find themed luncheons) and LynOaken Farms. For more farm-fresh goodness, head to the Canal Village Farmers Market in Medina on Saturdays or the first Annual Farmer’s Market in Downtown Albion on Sundays. Don’t miss the Niagara Wine Trail Harvest Festival and scarecrow festivals!
Enjoy a scenic drive along quaint, rustic country roads following the Country Barn Quilt Trail of Western New York. Maps to the full trail are available at Partyka Farms in Kendall, N.Y. Try their oven-roasted pumpkin seeds while you’re there.
Where to Stay
You’ll find unique rooms at The Boutique Hotel at Bent’s Opera House, a newly restored 19th-century opera house. For a historic feel, there’s the Hart House Hotel (on the Haunted History Trail) and The Fair Haven Inn. The boutique hotel at Bald Eagle Marina on Lake Ontario and a variety of rental cottages and cabins offer spectacular views of sunsets over the water. Search lodging in Orleans County.
Where to Eat
Head to Harvest Restaurant at Bent’s Opera House for an exquisite farm-to-table experience. For great views, Zambistro has a rooftop dining area overlooking the Erie Canal, while Black North Inn is on Lake Ontario. Holley Falls Bar & Grill serves up seafood, burgers and more while being near the picturesque Holley Falls.
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