Summer is the season when I let my travel dreams run free. Or, while suffering cabin fever in the occasional blizzard situation, I’ve fantasized winter daydreams of escape, but I don’t think I’ve ever properly imagined an autumn fantasy trip. Enter today’s Fall Fun Fridays series prompt: If money and logistics were no problem, where would my dream autumn destination be?
Spending fall in a glorious den of New England color comes to mind, but where exactly? Someplace literary, someplace cozy, and it would have to be spooky too…
I’ve scouted out the entire Hudson Valley Halloween experience and would sell a little of my dark soul to attend these two yearly events:
- Horseman’s Hollow tour at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY. It takes the tale of Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes” when visitors get to travel Ichabod Crane’s fateful path through the sleepy hamlet and across the wooden bridge, complete with a haunted schoolhouse of horrors and perhaps an appearance by the horseman himself.
- The Pumpkin Blaze at Croton-on-Hudson which showcases “more than 10,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience.” Visitors can meander through an 18th century riverside village lit up in a stunning display of blazing pumpkins while a spooky soundtrack provides the right touch of Halloween ambiance.
Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s historic estate in Tarrytown, New York would certainly be paid a visit, as would all the apple orchards, wineries, fall foliage vistas and harvest festivals from the Hudson Valley to New York City. And since I would need my peeps with me and money is no object on this glorious fall fantasy tour, I’d treat my friends and family to join me. After spending a sunny day in New York City’s Central Park, eating warm waffles drenched in cookie butter affogatto from Wafels & Dinges, the entire party would jet on down to Orlando, Florida. Upon arrival, the weather would be unseasonably crisp and cool, perfect cape wearing temps for when we’re whisked to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (nearly all my fantasy trips include a stop there). We’d stroll down Diagon Alley enjoying Halloween festivities and sipping our butterbeers in satisfaction.
I challenge anyone to find a more idyllic autumn outing for a literary, history lovin, cookie butter enthusiast like me;)
What might my blogging companions dream up?