People come from all over the world to see the fall foliage in upstate New York, when the colors of the leaves turn an unbelievable, psychedelic range of burnt reds, oranges and yellows. We went to Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Storm King with some friends the beginning of November this year, a couple of weeks passed the peak of the season. Though the leaves were starting to fall it was still beautiful and the weather was fantastic.
Stone Barns reminds me of a farm in the English countryside, with stone walls and a very rustic design. Their mission is to change the way Americans farm and eat, offering a tour of the farm, training for beginner farmer and even a farm camp for kids. In Denmark, the concept of “farm to table” has been “the thing" for many years and eating food that is healthy, in season and sourced locally is something on which I’m very interested. Great cooking starts with great ingredients.
At Stone Barns you can buy locally grown goodies and enjoy light snacks like healthy salads, sandwiches, scones and farm-fresh latte in The Grain Café, sitting outside in beautiful surroundings. A visit to the farm shop is highly recommended as well; you’ll be inspired by the many cookbooks and the nice merchandise.
The farm is also known for their gourmet restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which has a sister restaurant in Manhattan. Both of these are on my wish list and I’ll report in as soon as I get a chance to try them!
The Storm King Arts Center, one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, is about an hour north of New York City and only about twenty minutes away from Stone Barns. After fueling up at Blue Hill Grain Bar we went to visit Storm King, my kids complaining all the way that they weren’t interested in seeing sculptures or visiting a sculpture park.
There are more than 100 sculptures at Storm King, and you may have heard of many of the artists. Some of the famous ones are Harry Bertoia, Max Bill, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Claus Oldenburg, and Richard Serra. Each of these masterpieces is sited in beautiful rolling hills and strolling the grounds is an amazing experience.
Of course, my kids wound up running around and really enjoyed the sculpture and Storm King. I can really recommend a day trip to Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Storm King.