Fall is here friends, the BEST of seasons. For much of the country, this means cooler, pleasant temperatures, and a major drop in humidity. Honestly, September and October are the best weather months for nearly every state. This also signals a change in wardrobe (us gals know fall clothes are the bomb), in addition to a change in what we eat and how we spend our time.
Here in the Midwest, we are brimming with excitement. Pumpkin and apple cider everything, pears, squash, warm spices, leaves changing colors, crackling fires, and all the wonderful coziness that this season brings is at our fingertips.
So how do you make the most of fall? Below are some suggestion how you can enjoy the best this season has to offer.
Make the Most of Fall
Visit an Apple Orchard
- A quintessential fall activity, offering fun for the entire family. Many locations offer not only apple picking, but family entertainment, baked goods, and more.
- Did we mention apple cider donuts? These are reason enough to visit an orchard.
- Apples are a surprisingly stable crop, and orchards are present in multiple countries and climates. Options vary by location, so you can find something different at every spot. To locate an orchard near you, visit a directory here and here.
- If you live in the Chicago area, our favorite location, and the one we visit annually, is Jonamac Orchard. The donuts are plentiful, as are pies and other treats, they have pick-your-own apples, family activities, hay rides, and a corn maze. Truly one of our favorite fall activities.
- Incredible weather means the perfect conditions to bring your workouts outdoors. Whether you are a biker, runner, hiker, or walker, there are numerous trails and organized activities in your area.
- For runners, Active has a list of races near you. Or you can search on Runners World for all related events. For fellow Chicagoans, The Great Pumpkin Run is a long-standing 5K that attracts both competitive runners and leisurely walkers alike.
- For bikers/hikers/walkers, this list of trails by state is a great resource. All Trails lets you search by location, park, or name, and has great features such as GPS, detailed maps, and guides.
- Many gyms and clubs will also offer outdoor yoga and other group fitness classes. Go ahead, breath in that clean, crisp air.
- As the weather becomes cooler, our nesting instincts kick in to overdrive. We want to curl up inside, eat comfort food, and enjoy indoor activities. What better way to accomplish all these things than to hone cooking skills?
- Channel your inner chef by signing up for a local food club or class, where you can practice specific techniques or cuisines, all while meeting others with similar interests. National chains Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma also offer classes across the country.
- Alternatively, host a cook-off in your own home, organize a pot luck, or bring in a professional chef to teach an intimate class.
- Pick a theme, perhaps easy healthy meals, and make it your goal to learn something new before the end of the year. YouTube channels and tutorials are all over the Internet these days. Include your friends and family in the fun.
- Halloween is the start of the holiday season and enjoyed by nearly everyone. Even if you aren’t into costumes and all the folklore, you can partake in other activities available during this time.
- Visit a pumpkin patch, and take your prize home for carving. Get lost in a corn maze, just make sure you bring a friend to help find you if you get lost.
- It’s time to get your spook on. Options for visiting a haunted house, going on a creepy night walk, and getting locked in a room can be found on this all-in-one Halloween guide.
- Last but not least, experiment with ways to reinvent candy favorites. We know this season centers around gorging on sugar-filled treats, but remember there are other options. Homemade candy apples, Twix bars, and these simplified treats are all healthier alternatives.
These are only a few of the many options that fall presents us. What are your favorites? We would love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!
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