As New York City area residents wait for leaves to turn from green — to gold, crimson, yellow and orange — there is a way to kick off fall foliage season early.

Eric Tiscomia, Best Hot Tubs’ Windham, NY, store manager, suggests taking a day trip to visit Greene County in New York’s Catskills over Columbus Day weekend.

“Fall foliage arrives earlier here,” says Eric. “And it should be at or near peak when our own town, Windham, hosts its 24th Annual Autumn Affair, Oct 6 and 7.

“There’ll be lots of fun for the whole family — live music, kid activities, street performers, magicians etc. In fact, if you’re looking for an excuse for a day trip to enjoy fall — or even to stay overnight — you couldn’t pick a better event to kick off autumn in New York.”

Windham Chamber of Commerce Photo:

Windham Chamber of Commerce Photo:

Street performers are just some of the fun kids will love at Windham’s Autumn Affair 

Eric adds that Best Hot Tubs will not be outdone either. Our own storefront on Main Street, right in the heart of all the Fair’s activities, will be decorated with scarecrows, corn stalks, flowers. Plus some of our own hot tubs will be outside to check out, and we’ll have fire pits going to warm passers-by should it be chilly.

Best Hot Tubs During Autumn Affair

Best Hot Tubs During Autumn Affair

“Windham’s Autumn Affair is a real piece of Americana,” says Eric. 

“Indeed,” agrees our own Bill Renter. “It’s so picturesque and charming — it’s something Norman Rockwell would have loved to capture. Picture-perfect.”

Norman Rockwell’s “Runaway”

Norman Rockwell’s “Runaway”

Windham, NY’s Thompson House Cafe

Windham, NY’s Thompson House Cafe

“Speaking of Norman Rockwell. Windham even has its own lunch/ice cream counter (right) should any Long Islanders want to run away for Columbus Weekend. They’re certain to find a friendly police officer (Left) up here, too” says Bill.

One event you won’t find on any of the Autumn Affair ads is a family hot tub “wet test” available at our showroom.

“We heartedly invite families who will be here over the weekend to schedule a ‘wet test’ with us,” says Eric. “Just let us know when you’ll be here, and you can come in and test one of our spas — it’s a great fun activity during the festival that, frankly, only we can offer visitors. Oh and don’t forget to pack your swimsuits and some extra towels.”

“Wet tests” at Best Hot Tubs’ showrooms

“Wet tests” at Best Hot Tubs’ showrooms

In fact, Best Hot Tubs offers wet tests of our Bullfrog Spas at our three New York showrooms: Windham, Farmingdale, Westbury. 

Contact: Nassau (516) 279-4850 | 

Suffolk (631) 465-0175 | 

Catskills (518) 734-9100

Windham, NY Hot Tub Deck:

Windham, NY Hot Tub Deck:

The new owners of this handsome log home in Windham found when they had to replace the existing 15-year old hot tub, the many benefits of a Bullfrog Spas available at our Best Hot Tubs’ showroom was just perfect for them.

If you’re staying overnight in the Windham area, with a little luck you’ll book an Airbnb place as nice as this, or a chalet or lodge or hotel that has a hot tub to enjoy.

Windham, NY Hot Tub Deck:

Windham, NY Hot Tub Deck:

This photo (also seen at the top of this page) is from Windham’s Autumn Affair Facebook page. As Eric and Bill mentioned above,  this charming town is a picture-perfect portrait of true Americana. 

Columbus Weekend Autumn Affair:

Windham-Autumnaffair-2018

Windham-Autumnaffair-2018

Driving Directions to Hunter/Windham:

Google Driving Directions

Google Driving Directions

Hunter Mountain is located just over 2 hours north of New York City in the northern Catskill … Long Island – Est. Time: 2½-5 Hours.

Other Transportation:

By Bus: Adirondack Trailways also runs from Port Authority to the Windham bus stop. www.trailwaysny.com

By Train: Amtrak operates daily between NYC’s Penn Station and Hudson, NY– a 40 minute drive from Windham Mountain. 

You can make a rental car reservation through, say, Enterprise and they’ll meet you at the station.

www.amtrak.com or 800.872.7245