This past Saturday was a quintessential fall day – and we were lucky enough to be in the crisp, cool air of New Hampshire. Any day in September that hits 70 degrees in New England is cherished after the long, hot, humid summer. Everyone, including families, elderly couples, and angsty teens were outside in light jackets, soaking up the refreshing air. We were outside too and even cracked our windows on our ride to the Granite State to breathe in the fresh air.
Fall is our favorite time of year – in preparation for this season, we’re rounding up our top seven favorite fall activities, our bucket list of musts for the season of gold:
- Decor change up: We always take the change in season as liberty to change our decor from light and airy pastels or bright hues to earthy, rustic browns, greens, and reds. When the air becomes crisper, you better believe our couch is adorned with a chunky cable knit blankets, the smell of spices and warm apple pie from candles burns in all of our rooms, and the pillows on the bed and armchairs become more textured and tactile.
- Sweater weather and bootie season: As soon as the seasonal winds pick up the fall wardrobe must come out. There is nothing better than a cashmere or cotton sweater paired with a stylish set of boots. As for the men out there, flannels and a good pair of Timberlands or Bean boots are a must. It may be the most basic outfits out there, but they’re basic for a reason. All the coziness wrapped up into layers and layers of our favorite clothes.
- Apple and pumpkin picking: There is no shortage of farms offering this experience in New England. Grabbing a basket to collect a bushel of apples while pulling a little red wagon for the pumpkins, wearing your favorite fall outfit all just makes for the perfect family activity or day date – this is on our list for sure. Where may you ask? Check out Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, NH. Amazing orchards and farmstand.
- Scarves and books: Picture this, making a warm cup of tea or coffee, grabbing a great new bestseller, wrapping your favorite scarf around your neck and lugging a blanket out to a hammock. Yup, sounds like the perfect fall afternoon activity to me – getting lost in a world while enjoying the fresh air. Not much rivals this experience.
- Seasonal aperitifs: Once fall is in full swing, gone are the days where champagne cocktails will do. Nope, we need something a little stronger to warm our bones. We replace our infused vodka, tequila, and pinot gris with some whisky and red wine. Oh and how could we forget the pumpkin beer or Oktoberfest brews? This season brings out the boldest, fuller bodied cocktails. We’re here for it.
- Football season: We live in Massachusetts, need we say more? Autumn wouldn’t feel like Fall without some New England Patriots football. Whether it’s making chilli before an evening game or heading to Gillette Stadium to throw around a football before watching Tom Brady take the field, this sport screams sweatshirts and pumpkin beer. And we have to throw in a little shout out to the Atlanta Falcons (you’re welcome Phil)!
- Raking up the leaves: We used to hate this activity growing up, unless we were allowed to jump in them at the end. But once we actually had our own yard to take care of, raking leaves is actually something to look forward to. There is just something about the smell of leaves that makes our hearts sing.
Now it’s your turn, what is on your list of Autumn-musts this season? What are you looking forward to the most? Share comments and links to your favorite spots in the comments below.