Apple Picking and Pumpkin Patches Bring Models and Musicians (and Martha Stewart) Flocking to Upstate New York


Though temperatures in New York City might not yet herald the arrival of fall, even an unseasonably warm couple of weeks can’t stop models, musicians, and celebrities of all sorts from venturing upstate for early autumn adventures. Over the past few years, chefs have departed New York City in order to establish new restaurants closer to the source, bringing them to the Hudson Valley and their chic clientele has followed en masse. Uma Thurman, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chloë Sevigny have all put down roots upstate, while model Lindsay Ellingson and designer Scott Studenberg of Baja East are both frequent visitors. Ralph Lauren staged his most recent collection, for Spring 2018, in his impressive garage in Bedford, making leaving the confines of the city even more relevant than ever. Between the food scene, the arts scene (including Dia:Beacon, the annual Basilica Soundscape festival, and Marina Abramovic’s newly established institute), and the ease of access, the Hudson Valley is the new hot destination for musicians, artists, actors, models, and more. If you visit, just don’t forget to Instagram your produce.


Model Olga Cerpita apple picking at Barton’s Orchard. Photo by @olgacerpita.


Model Emily DiDonato pumpkin picking with her nephew at Manza Family Farm. Photo by @emilydidonato.


Model Lindsay Ellingson at the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges. Photo by @lindsellingson.


Restaurateur Michael Chernow at Bartlett House in Ghent, New York. Photo by @michaelchernow.


Photographer Will Oliver documents Basilica Soundscape — here, Angel Olsen plays the restored factory-turned-arts space. Photo by @weallwantsome.


Jeffrey Dean Morgan owns candy shop Samuel’s Sweet Shop with Paul Rudd. Photo by @samuelssweetshop.


Chloë Sevigny-approved grocery Otto’s Market Germantown. Photo by @aguynamedpatrick.


Baja East designer Scott Studenberg at local restaurant Bonfiglio & Bread. Photo by @scottlovespalmtrees.


Uma Thurman’s whole clan spent last Thanksgiving in Woodstock, New York. Photo by @ithurman.


Model Alana Zimmer at Wm. Farmer and Sons. Photo by @zimzimzimmer.


Stylist Charlotte Bickley at the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges. Photo by @chbickley.


Model Lindsay Ellingson at the Bedford Post Inn. Photo by @lindsellingson.


Stylist Emily Henderson at Rivertown Lodge. Photo by Emily Henderson / Instagram.


Explosions in the Sky play Basilica Soundscape Hudson. Photo by @explosionsinthesky.


Since the birth of their second child, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have remained upstate at their home in Pound Ridge, albeit with a few high-profile visitors like Food Network chefs Adam and Jackie Sappington. Photo by @vancityreynolds.


Martha Stewart went horseback riding in Bedford, New York, ending at the John Jay Homestead farm market, where she and her companions “devoured two delicious margherita pizzas”—with biscuits for their trusty steeds, naturally.


Model and actor Praya Lundberg at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, October 2017.


Martha Stewart is already getting her upstate New York home in the Halloween spirit.


Taking in the sights at Athens, New York bakery Bonfiglio and Bread.


Model Jessica Jung with Ralph Lauren at his Spring 2018 show in Bedford, New York, September 2017.


Aimee Song makes a rest stop on the way to Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2018 show in Bedford, New York, September 2017.


Actor Corey Cott and his wife Meg at Barton Orchards in Poughquag, New York, October 2017.


Model Donna Hemmingsen Chernow, wife of restaurateur Michael Chernow, with their infant son Dakota at Bartlett House in Ghent, New York, October 2017.