Fall in New England is like no where else, and although I am so sad the summer is ending I have to say, BRING ON THE FALL! Bring on the cozy sweaters, dark nail polish, the comfort food, the Sunday fun-days, the apple picking, and pumpkin spice everything! New England in the fall is exceptionally beautiful, and I intend to experience every bit of it with my friends and family. Luckily there is always something to do here, and my husband’s work takes him pretty far up north these days and I’m planning on tagging along once in awhile to get my Northern NE fix.
If you want to visit New England this fall, there are a few things you MUST experience. Here is my list of the things I’m most excited about, and a little direction on how you can experience your best fall ever!
- The Fall Foliage! My favorite part of fall is most definitely the gorgeous colors on the trees. I like to be outdoors as much as possible. The first smell of fall air is incredible and that first feeling of what I like to call “soccer weather”… I get giddy just thinking about it! There are 2 ways I like to experience the fall foliage in New England- one is active, and one is leisure.
The active way is to get out and to do some hiking! I found this great guide with 240 hiking trails in New England listed. I love it because it shows the interesting features as well as the level of difficulty (ummm I’ll take EASY for $200, Alex). Check it out here.
For a day of foliage filled day of LEISURE I recommend hitting up the New England Wine Trail! I’ve only ever been to the vineyards local to me in CT and they’re awesome, but this year I’m hoping to branch out a bit and discover what else South Eastern New England has to offer! I found this guide online and can’t wait to check some of these out! Perhaps start with the Harvest Festival at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington, CT on Oct 6th! (who’s with me??)
2. Fairs and farms and apple cider donuts (oh my!) That’s right, fall is fair season in New England! I am pretty sure it is in a lot of places, but I have never seen so many since I moved to CT. Every single weekend this fall there is something fun to bring the kids to and since the beach is out of the question in the fall for more than a quick stop I’m thrilled to have all these options. We’ll be hitting up the local fairs in CT for sure and here is a great guide to all the New England fairs!
If fairs aren’t your thing (believe me, I get it if they’re not), you can always go apple picking! Actually, there are so many orchards and farms, I don’t even know where to begin! Not to mention places to go pumpkin picking, on hay rides, and corn mazes too. Our favorites are Bishops Orchards in Guilford, CT, Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT, and Rose Orchards in North Branford. Every place caters to kids and families, and a fun time is always had by all. If you aren’t in CT, here’s a great guide to some gorgeous orchards in New England (click here).
3. Two words- Sunday Funday (ok, that’s technically 3 words.) I am NOT a football fan, but you know what I am a fan of? Parties on Sundays with alcohol, junk food, and chili. In New England I’d like to tell you that it’s all about the Patriots, but that isn’t the case here in CT. Our state is definitely divided- New England Patriots/ New York Giants… and I hear there are some Jets fans too. But like I said, I don’t care about the football part. I just like an excuse to get together and have a party to take away everyone’s Sunday blues- cheer for whomever you want, the games will be on.
A few years ago I won a chili cook-off by making Buffalo Chicken Chili and the first cool day of the fall this will definitely be on my table again. You can find the recipe here, remember to add more Frank’s hot sauce if it needs it and to top it off with crumbled bleu cheese. (I do not add refried beans)
4. Be still my heart, it’s time for Fall fashion and beauty! With the chilly weather up here we really get to dive right in! The sweaters of all shapes, sizes, and colors. The jeans of all styles. Boots, booties, mules galore! I think in the fall it’s easy to be in “uniform mode” where you look around and everyone is wearing a version of the same thing. That’s why I try to mix it up a bit. For example, instead of a sweater or a vest with riding boots, I might try a light moto jacket and a wedge sneaker. I’m also obsessing over some of the mules I’m seeing!
I’m also loving these sweaters for a Sunday Funday… How perfectly New England?! From Wooden Ships by Paola Buendia, I just love this whole brand.
I can’t wait to slap on some dark nail polish, throw some chili on, and crack open an Angry Orchard- how about you? Cheers to fall!
I have such an awesome treat for you today. Because of my excitement for fall, I have linked up with some incredible CT bloggers who are also sharing their fall faves today! Make sure to check them out below!