Get out your coats and blankets! The week’s cool mornings and Harvest Moon are an appropriate precursor to the Autumnal Equinox this Sunday, September 22nd—the official start of fall. It is always sad to see summer go, but the tears never last since autumn has so much to offer. Here are ten things to love about fall and a few suggestions to get you in the spirit.
Foliage: New England is a work of art in autumn. My favorite place to appreciate the change of the seasons is Walden Pond State Reservation (Concord, MA). The pond perfectly reflects the surrounding foliage, amplifying the already stunning effect.
Fashion: Style is essential, but comfort is king and no season blends the two better than fall. Boots, scarves, sweaters, jackets— the layering combinations are endless! Check out Glamour Magazine’sDo’s and Don’t’s of 2013 Fall Fashion to learn how to work this season’s top trends into your everyday life.
Warm Beverages: Nothing is more comforting than a piping hot drink. Chai tea, hot cocoa, warm apple cider… it makes me warm and cozy just thinking about it. Ina Garten has a fantastic mulled wine recipe if you want to spice things up.
Aromas: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, fallen leaves… the list goes on. The air is heavy with earthy, warming scents in the fall. Take a trip out to Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield, Mass. to experience fresh seasonal fragrances, see the candle makers at work and stroll through their beautiful grounds.
Apples: The only thing better than an in-season apple is one you pick yourself. My favorite pick-your-own orchards in the Boston area are Russell Orchards in Ipswich (don’t miss the cider donuts) and Nashoba Valley Winery, where you can pick your own apples, do a tasting at their winery and enjoy a picnic with a pastoral view.
Scary Movies: Perhaps it is the eerie morning fog, the wind whistling through the barren trees or maybe just the anticipation of Halloween, but autumn evokes the urge to watch a classic horror flick. Take some movie night inspiration from Boston.com’s list of the Top 50 Scary Movies of all time.
Pumpkins: Whether for carving or eating, pumpkins are a fantastic representation of the season. Check out some creative pumpkin decorating ideas at Martha Stewart.com.
Festivals: Hayrides, bobbing for apples, pumpkin picking, fried food, beer, games, entertainment, you name it. Fall Festivals are some of the best of the year’s events. Check out a full list of Fall Events & Festivals at Discover New England.
Weather: Get bundled up! Fall brings cool, crisp and days and chilly nights—perfect to cuddle up in your favorite blanket and read a good book. The New York Times Bestsellers List is full of intriguing new reads to get you through the season.