You can’t visit Upstate New York without adoring the rows of perfectly placed apple trees. Picking apples is a classic tradition, but did you know our hills produce some of the tastiest hard cider in the nation? Step up your apple-picking game this year with a visit to five of the best Hudson Valley hard cider mills. Start planning your cider tour today!
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Here’s What You Need to Know About Hudson Valley Hard Cider
Ring in apple season with some of the best Hudson Valley hard cider in the nation. Nestle into a local favorite like Orchard Hill or explore a household name like Angry Orchard. The Hudson Valley fall season brings cider to another level.
Bad Seed Cider Co.
Bad Seed Cider Co. boasts a small-town feel with big-time recipes. Visit their farm bar in Highland and taste their refreshing ciders in the wide-open orchard. Their flagship cider is a dry, hard cider that is not for the faint of heart. It is fermented in Sauvignon Blanc yeast and tastes similar to apple champagne. Best of all? This cider contains zero grams of sugar!
Chances are you’ve seen the likes of this nation-wide cider on the shelves of your local grocery store. Angry Orchard is one of the most popular hard cider producers in the nation, and they pick their apples right here in the Hudson Valley. Plan your Treehouse Tour in their one-of-a-kind fort above the fruit or unwind with a stroll through their expansive orchard.
Orchard Hill Cider Mill
Attached to the timeless Soons’ Orchard is the authentically untouched Orchard Hill Cider Mill. The mill and tasting room are beautifully restored to reflect the heart of the Hudson Valley. They boast four artisan ciders and two varients of Pommeau, a brandy liquor mixed with apple juice.
Brooklyn Cider House
The trendy, Brooklyn-based restaurant and bar has roots in New Paltz. Brooklyn Cider House serves up wood-fired pizza, farm-to-table burgers, fresh-baked bread, seasonal produce paired with their award-winning hard ciders. The orchard is open April-November with apple picking beginning late-August.
Kettleborough Cider House
A trip to Kettleborough in New Paltz is like taking a trip to your local farmers market. Step up to the counter where you’ll find everything from honey to snacks to small-batch cider. Find your spot in an Adirondack chair. And take in the stillness of the valley.
Explore the Orchards of Saint Hubert’s Lodge
After a day of picking and partaking, you’ll be ready to come back to the comforts of Saint Hubert’s Lodge. Book your stay in the Sunflower Suite and enjoy a pillow-top queen-size bed, private bathroom with a rain shower, comfortable sitting area, and a complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay.
Enjoy the sights and scents of your private orchard at Saint Hubert’s Lodge. Hike to the top and awe at the inspiring views of the vineyards of the Hudson Valley. Sit down to breakfast and enjoy the fresh aroma of a tart Apple Brown Betty made with apples picked from the orchard. We can’t wait to welcome you to a fall adventure at Saint Hubert’s Lodge!