Short of the colorful splendor of fall foliage, there’s nothing that puts a smile on the face of someone on a driving errand quite like spotting mint-condition classic automobiles as they pass through your neck of the woods for some car-collectors’ wingding. That will be happening in Dutchess County this weekend, as hundreds of antique cars converge on the lawn of Mills Mansion at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site.
The annual Gathering of Old Cars returns this Sunday, October 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to view the fancy flivvers and chat with their proud owners is free, but for the usual entry fee you can tour the stately Beaux-Arts home as well. The Great Lawn offers a fantastic view of the Hudson and the Catskills at the peak of leaf-peeping season, so it’s a terrific excuse for a multipurpose outing with something to please pretty much everyone, from motorheads to museumgoers to outdoorsy types.
The Staatsburgh State Historic Site is located at 75 Mills Mansion Drive in Staatsburg.