It’s here! The first day of fall is officially upon us! Leaves in shades of golden-yellow and red are falling from the trees, corn mazes and apple orchards are opening their gates and pumpkin flavours adorn every coffee shop and bakery window along the street. As we start to pack all our summer gear away for the winter, we’re reminded of the things we love most about fall. Sure, summer is great but fall is really where it’s at. A cool, crisp breeze, warm scarves and a chance to absolutely gorge ourselves on turkey and stuffing. What’s not to love about this beautiful time of the year!
One of the things I love most about fall is the opportunity to embrace change. Leaves start to turn and fall from the trees, farmers are busy with harvest as another season has gone by and kids are back in school as a new school-year begins. Fall also brings a time to be thankful. To reflect on the year thus far and remember why we are fortunate enough to be living the life were in. As we move into the holiday season, there’s no doubt we will be indulging (sometimes a little too much) in food, drinks and gift-giving. Its a good time to start thinking about those who may be less fortunate and how we might give back to our community in some way throughout the holiday season.
In order to make the most of this beautiful autumn season, I’ve created a Fall Bucket List to help you take advantage of all that fall has to offer. So grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte and start planning for a fun and adventurous fall season!
Fall Bucket List
1. Go to a pumpkin patch, corn maze or apple orchard. October wouldn’t be complete without a visit to pick out your favorite pumpkin. Many places also offer hay rides, petting zoos and hot cider to make the most of your experience.
2. Do a DIY project. Make a pumpkin flower-pot or try your hand at leaf art. Pinterest has so many ideas for fun creations to make, including some of my favourite DIY tutorials for a beautiful fall wreath.
3. Make a pile of leaves and jump in it! This activity isn’t just for kids! There’s something so refreshing about letting your inner child out by playing in the leaves!
4. Bake pumpkin everything. We all know about the ever-addicting pumpkin spice latte, but what about some tasty treats to go with it? Pumpkin cheesecake cookies, salted caramel bars and spiced apple cider cupcakes are some of my favourites!
5. Wear scarves!! Blanket scarves, pashmina scarves, rectangle scarves, shawl scarves, square scarves! The list is endless! Fall is the only season where it’s cool enough to pull these out but not cold enough where you’ll freeze your butt off!
6. Go on a hike while the leaves are changing. There’s no better way to get a glimpse of the colours of fall than by taking a walk through the woods.
7. Cozy up with a good book and a cup of tea. One of the things I love about fall most is all of the fall flavours of tea! Flavours like spiced pumpkin tea, apple tea or vanilla chai are sure to make you feel warm on a cool fall day.
8. Take a trip! Fall is one of the best times of the year to travel. Costs are generally lower and temperatures have dropped making it a great time to go on an adventure. Some of the best countries to travel to in fall include Peru, Germany, Italy and Nambia.
9. Sit down for a family thanksgiving dinner with the ones you love and remember what you are thankful for. We are all so blessed in our own ways to be living the life we are living. No matter how big or small, we all have something to be thankful for in our lives.
10. Make mulled wine! One of my favourite fall recipes is mulled wine. This sweet and spicy creation will have you feeling warm and cozy inside and out. Make a batch to bring with you to a fall or Halloween party!
11. Visit a haunted house or go on a ghost tour in your city. A few years ago we did one of these in Vancouver and it was a hit! Most cities offer them, either as a walking tour or on a bus/trolley. If you live in the Winnipeg area, check out the Winnipeg Ghost Walk, or the Ghosts Bus Tours.
12. Hit up a fall festival and maybe even purchase some roasted chestnuts from a street vendor. Check out the list of the 10 best fall festivals in Canada for a fall festival near you.
13. Make fall potpourri. If you liked the smell of the mulled wine, wait until you smell these scented fall creations. It will have your house smelling like autumn in no time.
14. Dress up for Halloween and hand out candy or have a Halloween party. Not into dressing up? Plan a scary movie night with your favorite take-out dinner, candy and popcorn!
15. Enjoy time around a bonfire with family and friends. Keep warm and share stories while you roast marshmallows and make s’mores.
What are some of the things on your Fall Bucket List? and what do you love most about fall?