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Brisk Getaways: Where to Go for Fall Break

Yellow leaves, burgundy sweaters, and pumpkin spice – there are a million reasons why Fall is the season everyone waits for. Nothing is more pleasing than walking around in the crisp air and seeing everything around you explode with color. One of the best ways to enjoy the autumn is to go out and see the season at its peak. With Fall break quickly approaching, it’s time to plan that mini-vacation you deserve! Here are four fun and Fall-filled places to visit over break:

The Cloisters

If you hop on the A-Train and make your way to Inwood, you will find yourself out of the hustle-and-bustle of modern-day New York and right back into the medieval times. The Cloisters is a sanctuary of Gothic and Romanesque architecture with rich artistic history surrounded by dense greenery. This bucolic oasis of Manhattan is the perfect place to see the trees change while taking a relaxing stroll through the fortified gardens and abbeys.

Demarest Farms

While New York City may not be the greatest place to go apple picking (unless it’s shopping for Granny Smiths at a corner store), we are lucky enough to be right next to the Garden State. Across the Hudson in Hillsdale is Demarest Farms, a landmark for everyone who grew up in the Bergen County Area for amazing apple, peach, and pumpkin picking. Relive your favorite Autumn childhood activity and make sure you save room in your dorm refrigerator for plenty of fruits!


One of America’s most historic cities, Philadelphia’s charm comes out during Fall with plenty of festivals and outdoor activities. From Apple Festivals to Film Festivals, Philly always has something exciting going on. Even just taking a walk through the Old City where orange leaves compliment the old, scarlet brick buildings makes for incredible photo ops. Don’t forget to check out Reading Market for seasonal goodies!

Pocono Mountains

From the Delaware Water Gap to Lake Wallenpaupack, the Poconos is a vast region of Fall excellence. There are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in such as hiking, kayaking, biking, and sunset-watching. Some places are close enough for a day trip, but you could also grab a group of friends, some necessities from Patagonia, and stay at a cute mountain lodge or even camp out. If you have a chance to escape for a few days in the countryside, the Poconos is a phenomenal destination.

Fall is the time to appreciate the beauty of nature and our surroundings before bundling up with Netflix season comes into town. Whether you’re planning on exploring your neighborhood or traveling out for a camping trip, get the most out of your Fall break!


Julia Tache

Columbia Barnard '19

Surviving the big city through caffeine.
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