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Named by CBS New York as one of “NYC’s 7 Best Spots to See Fall Foliage,” Bear Mountain State Park is only an hour away from the city and offers sensational views of the Hudson Highlands. And while there, the best overnight lodging options are the historic Bear Mountain Inn, Overlook Lodge, and Stone Cottages.

Besides leaf-peeping, there’s hiking along the trails, water activity on Hessian Lake, Trailside Museums and Zoo, whimsical Merry-Go-Round and (starting late fall) ice skating. 

Best of all is the annual Oktoberfest that runs weekends Sept. 14 through Oct. 27, plus Columbus Day, that features German food and beer, traditional entertainment, local artisan craft vendors and much more. Admission to the festival is free, however there is an $8 per vehicle parking charge.

Bear Mountain Inn, placed on both the National and New York State Register of Historic Places is situated at the base of Bear Mountain and overlooking the shores of Hessian Lake, within the unique Palisades Park system that stretches from the edge of New York City through the Hudson Valley.

In 2013 the historic Bear Mountain Inn completed nine years of extensive renovations to restore the building to its original rustic splendor and keep its proud place on both registers of historic places. The Spa at Bear Mountain features a comprehensive menu of pampering treatments, and Restaurant 1915 and Blue Roof Tapas Bar offer great regional fare with an international flair, warm ambiance and hospitality. Bear Mountain Inn, Overlook Lodge and the four Stone Cottages are easily accessible by car, train or bus from NYC. They are located at 98 Hessian Drive in Bear Mountain, New York 10911.

Room rates during the fall season range from $139.00 - $319.00.  Book online http://www.visitbearmountain.com/ or call 845-786-2731.

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