Ray Glattman PumpkinNow that the temperature is beginning to drop and kids are geared up and ready to start returning to school, it may be tempting to assume that fun in the sun is over. However, sweater weather can just as pleasant at time to get out and do something fun or exciting. One thing that is definitely out of the comfort zone of many New Yorkers is the idea of hopping in a car and driving. However, it is absolutely a wonderful idea to use the fall an excuse to venture a little bit outside of your borough of choice and see the leaves change color somewhere besides central park. Here are three ideas of places easily within driving distance that are well worth the trip.

Cooperstown, New York

At one time the nation’s leading producer of hops, there are not too many places better suited for NYC beer lovers looking to go straight to the source. Cooperstown is home to four different breweries and has some wonderful accommodations, like The Otesaga. This historic hotel offers fishing, boating, and Ommegang beer in-house. It is also a famous location due to it being home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The core of the village is a relic from the turn of the 20th century and much of it is actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other attractions include the Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmers’ Museum, the Glimmerglass Opera, and the New York State Historical Association.

Gloucester, MA

This traditional fishing village is certainly a far cry from the daily hustle and bustle of New York City life which might be exactly what you are looking for. the town was once a critical shipbuilding center in the United States. Allegedly, it was even where the first schooner was constructed in 1713. It actually developed into a high-traffic fishing port, thanks in large part to its location in relation to several major fishing banks on the east coast. In addition to its rustic charm though, the area is also home to a thriving art scene and excellent assortment of restaurants and bars.

North Fork, Long Island

This stretch of stunning greenery extends from the Sound all the way to South Fork and is dotted with farms, wineries, breweries, and eateries that boast some of the area’s most incredible chefs who are opting for a calmer vibe. During the fall, the area hosts a variety of attractions that include things like picking pumpkins and hayrides. It truly is the heart of “agritainment” in the NYC-area.