Happy fall, y’all! If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting a whole year to engage in fall festivities. However, this year’s fall season is going to be a little bit different. Don’t worry, you can still do all your favorite fall activities safely if you wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols! Without much further ado, these are my recommendations for fun things to do this fall:
First things first, go get yourself a fall-flavored latte. Who cares if it’s basic? With the current state of the economy, getting your coffee from local coffee shops is an economically sound choice as many small businesses have suffered due to the pandemic.
- Visit a Pumpkin or Veggie Patch
As you can tell, my favorite part of the fall season is everything pumpkin! Picking out the perfect pumpkin is an art in and of itself. Am I right?? Going to the pumpkin patch gives you the chance to get outside and enjoy the fresh fall air while it lasts. Going with a few close friends, your kids or family can also help to assuage feelings of loneliness and isolation that the pandemic has caused many of us to feel.
- Visit an Apple Orchard
Apple picking is my favorite fall activity to do with Luna every Saturday during the fall. The orchards are so open, and peaceful and are the perfect place to connect with loved ones. There are (what seem like) a million different varieties of apples; so it’s equally exciting to try them all. In addition, many apple orchards sell cider and apple cider donuts… I mean come ON! What’s better than that?
- Visit a Local Farmer’s Market
Food is the only love language in my concern, and local food is even better. I always try to shop local when I can, and I thoroughly enjoy seeing all the fall colors side by side at the farmer’s market. You can get apples and pumpkins there too if picking isn’t your thing.
- Fall Baking
I love how a fresh-out-of-the-oven cobbler or pie makes my house smell. Fall baking contributes to an overall feeling of happiness and content that the season brings, and that is going to be really important this year. I also love baking apple pie, banana bread, and cinnamon bread/rolls. The apples I pick or buy usually become a big batch of homemade apple sauce, which is much more tasty, and a healthy alternative to store-bought apple sauce.
- Bonfires or Pitfires
Whether you want a quiet evening by yourself, or a fun evening with friends or family, a bonfire is always a good idea. Grab a cup of hot chocolate or espresso and a blanket; you’ll need them once the evenings begin to cool down. I love making smores so be sure to have marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers on hand. Bonfires are a great way to spend time together without compromising social distancing protocols.
It’s no secret that fall is the most beautiful season. With the leaves turning colors and the air cooling down a bit, just going outside and taking in the beauty of the season is so therapeutic. I love noticing the subtleties of fall, and trying to capture them through photography (phone or professional camera… no judgment here). It’s such a fun and carefree activity that anyone can do, and one that is guaranteed to put you in a good mood!
- Outdoor Movie Theater
Are you a movie buff? Then going to an outdoor movie theater is the fall activity for you! It’s the perfect weather to snuggle up with a blanket and some popcorn. If you’re by yourself or with others, this is a great way to be social while practicing social distancing! If you’re with your partner, it’s a romantic way to spend an evening while you stargaze as well!
No matter what fall activities you are filling your weekends with, the most important thing to remember is to take care of yourself. Whether this means more social connection, less social connection, or something in between, having a self-care routine is went from being only fun for some to being beneficial for all. Self-care routines look different for everyone, so finding what comes naturally to you might take some time and effort; but 2020 has shown us that that now more than ever, self-care is a necessity.