The wonders of Mother Nature will be at work again as we enter into late summer. Less daylight hours and a drop in temperature causes the leaves of hardwood trees to begin their vibrant color change. Explore autumn colors and the wonders of Washington County, NY with hikes along the shores of Lake George, a trek into the Hebron Preserve, Batten kill State Forest, Mt. Tom or Caters Pond. Slip your canoe, kayak or tube into the waters of Washington County whether it is the legendary Batten kill, Mettawee River or mighty Lake George; bike along the Feeder or Champlain Canal or a section of road made famous by the Tour of the Battenkill.
As you explore and marvel at the change of the season, think about those that touched the same path many years ago. Think about the traveler in horse and wagon going across a covered bridge that span the Batten kill. Step into Rogers Island visitor's center to learn about Rogers Rangers and the settlement of Fort Edward; discover the birthplace of the U.S. Navy, the ships built in Whitehall and the beginning of the Champlain Canal at Skeneborourgh Museum, climb up to Skene Manor for a breathtaking view of the Village and canal while enjoying a spot of tea or lunch. The story of the Slate Valley at the Slate Valley Museum and the immigrants who made Granville their home is inspiring, sad and heartwarming. Mr. Pember and his collections at the Pember Museum will take you to a world far, far away from Washington County with sea shells, pigeon eggs and platypuses –great fun.
The cooler temperatures also signify the beginning of Harvest. The Farmers' Markets, U-Picks and Farm
Stands are bursting with vivid pumpkins, gourds, late harvest raspberries, apples and so much more. A great time to set up your root cellar and fill your cupboards with a selection of garden fresh tastes throughout the winter by taking a class at the Battenkill Kitchen to learn how to preserve nature's freshness to enjoy all winter long.
The artists of Washington County embrace the essence of each season with the stroke of their brush or a click of their shutter capturing for eternity the beauty of the rolling hills and open pastures made possible by the growers and producers. Take a hike in the 200 acres at Salem Art Works dotted with sculpture and the breathtaking view of the Salem Valley. The Agricultural Stewardship Association showcases regional artists during their annual October Landscapes for Landsakes art show and sale at Maple Ridge. After a day of exploring relax and enjoy the magic the county art centers offer including music, theater and dance in barns, churches and century old Opera Houses.
The possibilities of exploration and education during Fall Foliage in Washington County are endless.