The warm days and cool nights of autumn, combined with apple cider, mulling spices and the season’s ever-changing palette are a perfect time to get outside before the colder weather forces us inside.
“This is the best time of year to see Mother Nature at her finest,” said Tom Williams, owner of Pocono Bike Rentals and Outdoor Adventures in White Haven.
There’s no better way to enjoy the season than pedaling through the reds, oranges and yellows of fall. “People love the crisp, clean air and less humidity,” Williams said.
Bicycle tours start at $19.95 and go up to $34.95. The less expensive tours allow riders to stay in the Lehigh Gorge/White Haven area and the more expensive ones go to the Jim Thorpe area. The White Haven to Glen Summit trip uses the new D & L Trail. Other tours give people time to ride in the morning and go white water rafting in the afternoon.
“We get people from the tri-state area, but we also get people here from all over the world,” Williams said. “We’ve had people from Australia, Europe and a lot of people from Canada and the southern states. It’s a nice mix.”
Another stop on a fall foliage tour are the wineries along the newly formed Pocono Wine Trail.
Randy Detrick, owner of the Blue Ridge Vineyard and Winery in Saylorsburg, started his winery with his wife Tiffany, two years ago. He said they get a lot of visitors during fall. He recently formed the Pocono Wine Trail which is comprised of eight family-owned vineyards and wineries.
Detrick’s Blue Ridge Vineyard and Winery has a pristine setting with a deck that overlooks the whole valley.“
A lot people will just take a glass of wine and walk through the vineyard,” Detrick said. “There’s just nothing like it. It’s a picture-perfect spot to take in the fall season.”
Detrick said this is a busy time of year.
“The whole wine world picks up in the fall because people relate wine to the harvest. We’re in the middle of picking all of the grapes and they can see things in action. One day we’re out picking, the next day we’re crushing and people can even see the fermentation process in the wine cellar. It’s very active. I think that’s what draws people to wineries.”
There are about 20 wines on the menu, ranging from dry whites to dry reds. They also have some sweet wines too as well as fruit wines such as raspberry and apple. Detrick said he tries to have something on the menu for everyone.
Many visitors stopping to check out the fall foliage also take in the many antique shops in the region, said Dale Bryson who co-owns Pieces of the Past antique shop in Newfoundland with her husband George. The store is open every weekend and closed during the week.
“We have everything from jewelry, records, tools, pottery, furniture and artwork,” she said of the 5,500-square-feet of space.
“We have a lot of people coming here for fall foliage tours and even fall weddings,” Bryson said.
People love coming to visit us, I think, because it’s so peaceful and quiet here in the Poconos.”