The transition from summer to winter gives us an exquisite fall season. It’s a symphony of vibrant colors, cooler temperatures, and nostalgic feelings.
As winter inches closer, here are the top five things to do to make the most out of this beautiful season:
Leaf Peeping the Great Outdoors
Fall is known for the breathtaking transformation in leaf color from green to shades of gold, amber, and ruby. The best way to experience this natural artwork is by venturing outdoors. Depending on where you live, plan a day to a nearby national park or a scenic drive through country roads. If you want a more active experience, consider hiking, biking, or horseback riding through trails adorned with fall foliage.
Apple Picking and Pumpkin Patch Visits
Fall harvest brings us an abundance of apples and pumpkins. Visit a local orchard for a fun day of apple picking. Not only do you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor, but it’s also a fun activity for families, couples, and friends. After apple picking, find a nearby pumpkin patch. Choose the perfect pumpkin for carving, painting, or decorative purposes. And don’t forget to treat yourself to freshly baked apple pie, pumpkin-spiced treats, and apple cider.
Attend Fall Festivals and Events
Many towns and cities host fall festivals celebrating the season with craft fairs, hayrides, corn mazes, and more. These festivals often showcase local artists, musicians, and culinary delights. It’s a wonderful way to support local businesses and immerse yourself in the community’s fall spirit.
Cozy Up at Home
As the temperatures drop, there’s a certain pleasure in spending time indoors, wrapped in warmth. Set the mood by lighting some scented fall candles or lighting your fireplace. Dive into a gripping novel, watch a movie, or just listen to some calming seasonal music with a cup of hot cider or hot cocoa. Consider making it a little festive by decorating your home with fall-themed décor, such as wreaths and pumpkins.
Craft and Cook
Fall is a great time to be creative. Whether you’re into crafting or cooking, the season offers ample inspiration. Try making autumn-inspired crafts such as DIY leaf art and pinecone decorations or knitting a warm scarf. In the kitchen, experiment with seasonal products. Make hearty soups, bake with squashes and pumpkins, or create your version of the beloved pumpkin spice latte. The Pinterest app is a great resource to gather inspiration.
We are reminded of nature’s cycles, endings, and new beginnings. As the fall season progresses and eventually gives way to winter, let’s take the time to appreciate its beauty, engage in soul-warming activities, and create lasting memories. Whether you marvel at the stunning fall foliage, enjoy the harvest, or snuggle up with a good book, there is no wrong way to fall in love with fall.
For inspiration on places to visit this fall, check out CompassOhio’s online magazine, Fall Edition.
We would love to hear from you…comment below your favorite fall activity, food, a place to explore, or drink.