Hey friends, it’s officially Fall 2016! That means it’s time for all of us who have been dragging our feet and hoping that summer will last forever to finally get in the game with the PSL-drinking, plaid-wearing, pumpkin-eating knuckleheads who have been doing their best to usher us into season for the past month ;-).
I love summer, but I’ll concede that fall is a lovely time of year. Fall in this part of Ohio is absolutely stunning and there are some really wonderful traditions that come along with it.
To kick off this fall season, I’m sharing with you my family’s Fall Bucket List. Many of the items can be done anywhere you might find yourself this fall season. There are only a few items specific to Northeastern Ohio. You can use those suggestions as inspiration to find similar events near you, or you could plan a little road trip and come see what all our neck of the woods has to offer ;-).
Here we go!
1 visit one of Ohio’s five best sunflower fields (note: We drove by the Tecumseh Land Trust this past weekend and the sunflowers had started to fade at this location.)
3 take a drive through Holmes County (Did you know Holmes County, Ohio is one of National Geographic’s top 10 places to see leaves in the fall?)
5 attend Bounce n Treat on October 30 at Jump n Shout in Smithville, Ohio
6 go for a walk to see the leaves at Holden Arboretum’s Canopy Walk
7 visit the Nature Center at Rocky River Reservation in Cleveland, Ohio
8 pick apples at an orchard – invite friends to go along!
9 make crock pot applesauce
10 invite friends over for cider and a campfire
11 find a poem about the natural changes that happen this time of year and read it aloud to your family! One of my favorites is Robert Frost’s, Nothing Gold Can Stay
12 make this easy caramel recipe to dip apples in to enjoy after you carve pumpkins (I made this recipe to top ice cream, but we’ve since enjoyed it with apples! It’s so easy and so delicious!)
13 ride your bikes on a portion of Ohio’s Rails to Trails
15 go for a fall picnic at your favorite park with some of your favorite people! Pack a thermos of tomato soup, slices of apple and cheddar, and a fresh loaf of your favorite bread (don’t forget the butter) and you might just have your new favorite fall tradition on your hands!)
16 stop at a roadside farmer’s stand for local, seasonal goodies (bonus points for picking up a gray pumpkin or unusual looking guard!)
17 go on a nature walk with your kids. Have them collect leaves along the to way to make leaf impressions with crayons or a paint roller when they get back home!
18 eat dinner outside one last time, before it gets too cold! But don’t let chilly nights deter you – add a few layers and place blankets on everyone’s chair and have fun doing something different for dinner!
19 watch a fall movie. My favorite is When Harry Met Sally or Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin
20 make a homemade air freshener to help your home smell like fall, aka warm and cinnamony 🙂 (I love this recipe)
What did I miss? What fun things do you have planned this fall? Let me know!
Happy Fall-ing! 😉