Fall is the perfect time for a trip into the country and the Pocantico hills are the perfect location of the justly famous restaurant and working farm Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
The Fall festival each October was made famous when Martha Stewart judged the pie competition in 2005 & 6. Now this rural festival is firmly on the must go map! Though you need to book early for this one day event, tickets sell out a month before the date so look out for the online tickets at the beginning of September.
Parking is plentiful in surrounding fields so bundle up the kids and stroll amoungst grazing sheep and cattle, wander through greenhouses growing herbs and veggies for the restaurant kitchen. No need to tell the kids that the cute ducks, geese and chooks end up in the pot too ’cause they look so contented in their rustic surroundings. There is farmyard theatre, hayrides and ‘too die for’ BBQ sandwishes’ along with local produce and stunning coffee and fresh baked goodies too warm you up if its still chilly out.
Stroll the grounds, browse in the quaint store or take in the pie cook off prizegiving. Whatever you choose to do its a wonderful way to get the family a little closer to nature.
Check out their website all year round for kids events.
Duck races Bay Head 2008 September
The invitation to emcee the Duck Race was extended to Julie’s husband Pip. Mac and Jennifer sponsored a raffle prize and set up a tent along with other local artists and crafts people. We all purchased cute rubber duckies and watched as they raced down the ditch on the outgoing tide. The local community came out in force to support the Bay Head School fundraising event and when the race was won, took home some great prizes. The event had the feel of a village fair complete with face painting and ice cream truck much to the delight of all the children.
Holly Cottage in Bay Head
Mac and Jennifer base themselves in this charming cottage in Holly Street, Bay Head during the summer. Inside, the cottage is full of memories of the ocean, seaglass colors, shells and soft white walls. Comfy sofas and quaint seaside decor ensure comfort and tranquility.
The garden is planted with roses that flower all summer long. This is Jennifer’s favorite spot to drink tea and read newspapers with the girls each morning before the days portrait sessions take place. Friends drop by riding bicycle’s, to deliver breakfast sandwiches or croissants from the local bakery and to share a pot of tea or coffee.
Mac meets clients at the beach or at their own beach cottages at 7am to catch the glowing clear light each morning. Later, he’ll meet Jennifer and the girls for an afternoon at the beach or crabbing before joining his evening clients at 6pm on the beach for a golden sunset shoot. Mac prefers these quiet times at the shore for his portrait sessions. “It’s a lot easier on the kids when the sun is low in the sky, more flattering for everyone. No one has to squint into the light. It’s worth getting out of bed a little early or keeping the kids up later!”