If you’re a sun child like me who loves spending all day at the beach, eating mounds of ice cream, and wearing flip-flops, then you’re probably a little sad that summer has come to an end. But cheer up, Buttercup because there are so many more good things ahead than the ones we leave behind. Fall is full of comfort food, great fashion, holidays, and dare I say, the best season of the year!
In honor of this glorious season, I compiled a list of top 10 things to enjoy this fall. So take it all in because before you know it, it’ll soon be over.
The original Oktoberfest is held in a meadow in Munich, however, pubs all over the world feature specialty beers on tap during run of the festival. Oddly enough, Oktoberfest takes place in September. This year’s dates are September 16th – October 3rd. So grab a Helles lager before it goes out of style.
2) Wearing Scarves
Scarves are a fashionable way to keep warm in inclement weather for men and women alike. They add a bit of sophistication to an otherwise bland outfit. So guys, if you’ve been avoiding scarves because you don’t know how to tie them, have no fear, thanks to The Art of Manliness there is now a tutorial of 7 simple ways to tie a scarf. You’re welcome.
3) Apple Picking
Apple picking is typically thought of as a fall activity that only occurs in the countryside, but there are actually many farms and orchards not too far from New York City. And if freshly picked apples aren’t enough for you to get away, then there’s always the corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, hard cider, fall donuts, and live music – so there’s really no reason not to go.
4) Fall Foliage
I think we can all agree that fall foliage is the kind of change we like. There’s nothing quite like walking among trees full of red, orange, and yellow leaves in a cozy sweater on a cool day. Fall foliage typically begins in the Midwest and Northeast, starting in early September, then hits its peak nationwide around mid-October. States known for having the best foliage are Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Vermont.
5) Brisk Walks
We’ve all heard that walking helps to destress and clear your thoughts, but it’s especially true when walking outdoors. Whether it’s the fresh air, the sunshine or the greenery, there’s just something about the great outdoors that gives you an extra kick of energy and optimism.
There are so many ways to celebrate this spooky holiday, from dressing up to decorating your home. It’s also a great excuse for a party. Plus, there aren’t many childhood things you can do that are still acceptable as adults, but suiting up on Halloween is one of those magical exceptions!
7) Sweater Weather
During the holidays we scarf down comfort food like it’s our life’s mission, which means sweaters will be your greatest friend during fall. Because sweaters don’t judge. Sweaters understand. Plus, nobody looks bad in a sweater. They are socially acceptable human-sized blankets. Nuff said.
8) Fall Donuts
Fact: Donuts make everyone happy. (Unless perhaps you’re gluten free, fructose intolerant, or weird.) Of course donuts are good all year-round, but there’s no better time to hit the bakery than during pumpkin spiced latte season – because hot coffee and fresh donuts are soul mates. So don’t miss out on those fall flavors like the eggnog, apple fritter, and pumpkin streusel.
Giant helium floats fill the streets of New York City, football games take over television screens, and mouth-watering feasts roll out on all dinner tables. Yeah, it’s a glorious time of year because Thanksgiving is a holiday dedicated to gathering with friends and family, eating good food, and being thankful. And one thing you can always be thankful for is that four-day weekend.
10) Mulled Wine
Mulled wine not only tastes like Christmas, it’s also packed with health benefits. Okay, well maybe not “packed” – but it’s definitely justifiable compared to all other holiday drinks. Red wine is a great source of antioxidants, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties, and nutmeg helps detoxify the body. So brew a fresh batch of this novelty beverage and enjoy the fall for all its worth. Cheers!