We hope you crossed everything you wanted to do off your summer bucket list, because it's now officially fall! And to be honest, as much as we adore summer, we think autumn may just be our favorite season. It’s something about pulling on a cozy sweater, the aroma of hot apple cider filling our kitchen with cinnamon-y sweetness, and getting to pair our favorite dresses with tights and ankle boots for fall layering!
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So out with the summer bucket list, and in with the fun fall activities! To welcome the arrival of fall, here are five ideas for fall activities that we are most looking forward to:
1. Farm to table: Your grandma’s apple pie recipe calls for 8 Granny Smith apples, but skip the grocery store and look up the nearest apple orchard for a fun afternoon of apple picking! There are few fall activities we joyfully anticipate as much as strolling through an orchard with a rustic wooden basket in hand, reaching up for the shiniest apple we can see. Make a day of it by packing a picnic, and then head home with heaps of crisp apples just perfect for baking.
2. Pen and paper: Fall always makes us nostalgic for our back to school days, even if our last fall semester was years ago! All the stores are suddenly filled with school essentials like pencils, rulers, notebooks, and backpacks. So even if you aren’t headed back to school, go ahead and buy yourself a pretty new notebook. You can fill it with drawings and doodles, with your goals and dreams, or start a gratitude journal to write down what you are thankful for.
3. The great outdoors: One of the loveliest ways to experience the season is on a fall hike. Look up trails close to your home and get outside to experience the great outdoors. Whether you set out for a pleasant amble through a low valley or ascend into mountainous terrain, the air is crisp and the leaves are changing from green to gold, amber, and reddish orange hues. (Plus, after a good hike, you definitely deserve a cup of hot chocolate when you get home!)
4. Pumpkin patch: Remember when picking out a pumpkin to carve for Halloween was the highlight of the season as a child? Will it be the small one, the big one, the round one or the oval one?! We still get excited about going to the pumpkin patch for nostalgia’s sake, but what we really adore is gathering all the ingredients we need to bake a delicious pumpkin pie! And of course a dollop of whipped cream is not optional.
5. Set the table: There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of a new season than gathering friends for good food and merriment! But sometimes cooking for a dinner party can seem daunting, so why not host a potluck and split up the cooking responsibilities? The hostess should cook 1-2 main dishes, and then assign each guest to bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Make sure to include seasonal produce fresh from the harvest, like squash, apples, figs, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. Then create a few simple flower arrangements for the table, open the wine, and welcome your guests!