My first two fall goals were the boring but important ones (stay healthy, save money), but I also want to have fun! Fall is my favorite season in New England and I want to take advantage of it.
Here are a couple of things on my “fun but inexpensive fall activities” list:
- Go apple picking. I love apple season and I love picking apples. It’s pretty much the same price as getting apples at the grocery store, but it’s a lot more fun. I love wandering in the orchard in the crisp air and picking apples while snacking one one…or maybe more than one. With my haul, I usually make- apple crisp, apple chicken, and butternut squash apple soup.
- Go hiking. Fall hiking weather is glorious and Isla is the best hiking dog and is especially energetic in the fall. Due to time and gas costs, I usually stick to local mountains but there might be a trip to the White Mountains this fall if everything falls into place.
- Drink hot chocolate at Burdick’s. They have the thickest, most decadent hot chocolate. It’s a once-a-year treat for me and I always look forward to visiting and checking out their latest chocolate creations!
- Go leaf peeping like a tourist. I drive by a million swamps on my way to work and sort of take in the fall colors, but it’s nice to go out for a wander and find the places with the brightest colors. I thought this year would be a bad foliage year because of the drought, but some well-timed rain appears to have rescued things!
- Bake. I love getting back into baking in the fall. I usually take a break from the hot oven in the summer and in the fall get back into the habit of making my own bread every Sunday. I also love making muffins, crisps, and cinamon-y things that make the house smell wonderful.
Anything special on your to-do list for fall? There’s always so much I want to do, but I have to remember that there are only so many weekends…