Who doesn’t love fall? I feel so lucky to live in a place where we experience dramatic seasons (even if it includes quite horrible winters), because the transitions between are so refreshing. Fall is such a lovely time to travel, without the oppressive heat of summer or the cold of winter keeping you stuck indoors for your own good.
In Minnesota, we’ve started getting snow now, but we had the best, longest autumn and I felt so lucky to see the amazing colors and enjoy the mild weather for such a long time.
Check out my Fall Travel Bucket List and let me know in the comments which ones you fit in this year and which ones will have to wait until next year!
Apple Orchard/ Pumpkin Patch
I don’t know about where you live, but in Minnesota, it seems like everyone hits at least one apple orchard/ pumpkin patch in the fall pretty much every year. I love apples in the fall, whether in pies, raw or whatever.
If I’m trying to be healthy, I just sprinkle some cinnamon on a bowl of apple slices, dribble some water on it, and microwave it for a minute or two. I get a little apple crazy in Autumn, so I just embrace it. Plus, when you’re at an apple orchard, you know you’re getting fresh, delicious, healthy food to eat! What’s better than that?
I went to an apple orchard this year that had a hayride out to pick the apples and pumpkins. It was great fun, and super autumnal. I’ve been putting apple butter on my pork chops ever since.
Get Outside While the Weather is Still Nice
I’m not a big nature girl, generally speaking. Put me in a city and I’m fine, but now I’ve been learning to love the outdoors since I no longer live in New York City.
And, if you live anywhere where it gets cold in the winter, you need to value your warm autumn days while you still have them. Embrace the warmth and go for a walk, run or hike. Ride a bike. Go kayaking. I don’t know, go outside. Figure it out from there.
Getting out and finding hiking and walking paths is such an easy, budget friendly way to explore a new town as well, so if you’re traveling in the fall, start walking and see what you find!
Indulge in an Autumn Cocktail
I had an amazing apple sangria in San Francisco, in early September, and it was just the thing to get me in the mood for fall. It had a sparkly gold sugar rim, which might not be necessary for every single fall cocktail but who are we kidding, of course it is.
Do your research and see if there are any local distilleries that offer tours during your trip (Saturdays seem to be a good bet, at least for our local distilleries). Learn about how your favorite spirits are made, and then enjoy them!
I made a delicious apple sangria of my own with a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, some apple brandy and apple cider (a cup or so each), and about 1/4 cup simple syrup. Load it up with apples and toss in a couple of cinnamon sticks, and in a few hours enjoy delicious fall sangria.
Get Cozy in a Local Coffee Shop
Is there anything better than wrapping cold fingers around a warm mug?
Cozy up in a local coffee shop, wherever your destination may be. Do some research beforehand to find a local spot that will serve the warm beverage you’re craving, and where you can spend a few hours.
Bring your laptop and write a blog post or that novel you’re working on for Nanowrimo. Maybe even go screen-free (revolutionary!) and bring a book or magazine.
Fall is winding down my schedule for me, since my summer gets so crazy with parties and events and just general guilt about not spending every possible second swimming in the lake or on the boat. I love summer, but it’s stressful. I’d kill to just read a damn book.
Find Some Fall Colors
If you live somewhere without much seasonal difference (looking at you, California), this will require a bit more of a journey, but there is nothing that screams fall like finding leaves that are changing color.
In Minnesota, where I live, the oranges and reds are all around us right now, and it’s such a treat. If you aren’t so lucky, plan a road trip (hint: head North) and find some fall foliage.
I read this great post about fall foliage road trips, if you’re interested in planning your own. Maybe next year I’ll head out East in the fall, because the spots she visited seem great!
If you want to come to Minnesota and check out our leaves (of course you do!), check out my Weekend Guide to Minneapolis.
It’s the season for it, after all! Though I really don’t think there should be a season dedicated to gratitude, it should be a whole year project. Thanksgiving is coming up, and then comes the absolute greedy insanity that comes with Christmas. I believe that counting your blessings will absolutely invite more abundance into your life.
I’ve been sharing things I’m grateful for over on Instagram stories this month, and it’s been incredible to reflect on just how lucky I am every day. I might need to keep a gratitude journal going forward.
Plus, according to Bing and Rosemary, it’s a great way to get some sleep:
Quick—before fall is over, what’s still on your fall bucket list? Let me know in the comments, and then get out and do it!
Looking to build a seasonal bucket list of your own? You can use my Build Your Bucket List worksheet to think up your best ideas—and then get out get them done. Download it for free now: