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Fall day trips for foodies: Montauk Brewing Company, Culinary Institute of America, more

Let your stomach be your travel guide this fall.

For an autumn day trip out of the city, you can’t go wrong with a food-centric adventure. Here’s where to eat, drink or even forage this fall.

Restaurant: Culinary Institute of America

This famed culinary school is home to several
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This famed culinary school is home to several student-staffed restaurants, so you have your pick. Options ideal for weekend trips include American Bounty, with a menu inspired by Hudson Valley produce, and the contemporary French spot Bocuse, named after the famous French chef, Paul Bocuse (both closed Sundays and Mondays). Weekday visitors may also consider Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, an Italian spot overlooking the Hudson River (closed Saturdays and Sundays). Pair a weekday visit with a tour of the campus and bookstore ($6, reservations required).

Info:1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, 845-452-9600, ciachef.edu

Getting there: 1 hour, 45 minute drive from Manhattan; nearest train station is the Poughkeepsie stop on Metro-North and Amtrak

Also consider: Dan Barber's bucket-list restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York (tasting menu only); James Beard Award-winning Fish & Game in Hudson, New York

Brewery: Montauk Brewing Company

Sample beers from the four-year-old brewery, founded by
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Sample beers from the four-year-old brewery, founded by Montauk locals, including some only on tap at the brewery. Hungry? Primavera Pizza is just down the street.

Info: 62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk, Long Island, 631-668-8471, montaukbrewingco.com

Getting there: 2 hour, 45 minute drive from Manhattan; nearest train station is the Montauk stop on the Long Island Rail Road

Also consider: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.'s tasting room in Peconic, Long Island; Peekskill Brewery in Peekskill, New York (reservations recommended for the pub Friday-Sunday)

Winery: Wolffer Estate Vineyard

You don't need to go to Napa Valley
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You don't need to go to Napa Valley for some good vino. Long Island is one of the largest wine-producing regions in the country, home to more than 50 wineries and vineyards. Most are on the North Fork, though a notable South Fork destination is Wolffer, which makes wine, hard cider and, new this fall, gin. For lunch or dinner, consider the wine maker's restaurant, Wolffer Kitchen, in nearby Sag Harbor.

Info: 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, Long Island, 631-537-5106, wolffer.com

Getting there: About a two-hour drive from Manhattan; nearest train station is the Bridgehampton stop on the Long Island Rail Road

Also consider: Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse in Mattituck, Long Island; Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, Long Island; Lenz Winery in Peconic, Long Island

Farm: Madava Farms

Fall is maple syrup season, and at this
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Fall is maple syrup season, and at this 800-acre Duchess County property, you can see where Crown Maple Syrup gets made, from an hour-long tour of the hand-bottling and sugar-making operations to maple tastings to a farm-to-table lunch. Also take in views of the Hudson and Harlem Valleys.

Info: Open weekends year-round; 47 McCourt Road, Dover Plains, New York, 845-877-0640, crownmaple.com

Getting there: 1 1/2-hour drive from Manhattan; nearest train station is the Dover Plains stop on Metro-North

Also consider: Oyster farm and kayak tour with Blue Island Oyster Company in the Great South Bay; visit to Sprout Creek Farm's market and creamery in Poughkeepsie; road trip along the newly-designated, 17-mile Westchester-Grown Farm Trail

Market: Smorgasburg Upstate

Sure, there are not one but two Smorgasburg
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Sure, there are not one but two Smorgasburg markets in New York City. But those curious about what the rest of the state has to offer can head to Smorgasburg Upstate, at the Hutton Brickyards on the Hudson River waterfront in Kingston. A mix of eats and crafts, the brand new market's vendors include 40 food and nearly 30 lifestyle purveyors that are primarily Hudson Valley businesses. Though Smorgasburg super star Ramen Burger is among the food options.

Info: Open Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., through Oct. 29; 200 North St., Kingston, upstate.smorgasburg.com

Getting there: 2-hour drive from Manhattan; nearest train station is the Poughkeepsie stop on Metro-North or Amtrak

Also consider: Reading Terminal Market, an indoor farmer's market in Philadelphia

Activity: Food foraging with Meyers USA

Claus Meyer is changing the way people connect
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Claus Meyer is changing the way people connect with their food in NYC, one food hall (Great Northern Food Hall) and restaurant (Agern) at a time. And this fall, those interested in local purveyors and farmers have the opportunity to go on foraging tours along area beaches and forests with the Meyers USA team led by forager Tama Matsuoka Wong, followed by a lunch prepared by Agern chef de cuisine Joseph Yardley.

Info: Upcoming events include foraging along the Sandy Beach in New Jersey on Sept. 11 and in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, on Nov. 6; tickets $125 for each event, agernrestaurant.com

Getting there: Transportation not included; directions provided upon ticket purchase

Also consider: Apple picking at Barton Orchards in Poughquag, New York

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