I always tell people that I don’t have a favorite season but that I’m a seasonal person. Which means I need all four seasons – something I desperately missed living in southern California. It’s still hot like whoa during the day here in Sacramento, but the evenings and mornings are cooling down quite a bit and I’m getting in the mood for fall.
Every time people talk about things to do in fall, however, the conversation always includes pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Those are fun, but honestly there’s so much else you can do in the fall that those two seem overdone and, frankly, like a lot of work.
I was talking to friends and family recently about things to do in fall and we came up with some really fun ideas that don’t include mazes, crowds, or patches…
5 Things to Do in Fall
1. Mulling Spices
Besides being cozy, the thing that’s most often associated with fall are the scents of fall – cinnamon, pine cones, cocoa, etc. If you’ve never mulled your cider or wine, it’s delectably delicious and not much work.
On our last visit to London’s Borough Market, there was a mulled cider stall and you know I tried all their flavors (watch this video on Borough Market Food).
If you’re new to mulling spices or experienced, try any one of these mulling spice blends!
2. Go Hiking
We always think of hiking in the summer, but I think fall is actually the best time to go hiking.
In the early fall (read late September), the temps are cooler, the trails are practically empty, and the sights are so much easier to enjoy. We’re actually heading up to the Eastern Sierras this weekend again. Check out these photos of Yosemite in Fall from our visit last year!!
3. Make a Fleece Blanket
Have you ever made a fleece blanket?! If crocheting or knitting a blanket isn’t in your skillset (it certainly isn’t in mine), try a fleece blanket!
I went through a phase a while ago , making these fleece blankets. You can make them as big or small as you want (baby blankets to blankets for the tall people in you life – looking at you 6’3″ husband of mine!).
Any craft store also has SO MANY option for colors, patterns, and themes. I have a San Francisco Giants blanket I made years ago and we recently found one with firetrucks on it that I’m saving for my little guy!
Get inspired with a number of ways to finish off your fleece blankets here, including tie knots, yarn, and a whole slew of options!
4. Make Homemade Pumpkin Purée
Everybody LOVES pumpkin spice everything, but really the pumpkin is where it’s at for me.
Along with many other classics, pumpkin purée is IMPOSSIBLY easy to make at home. I mean. You literally cut it, bake it, puree it. My mom has been doing this for years and I try to do it as often as I can. You can get great step-by-step instructions and photos here of how to make homemade pumpkin purée!
5. Make Fall Scented Sachets
I’ve long had lavender sachets in my drawers of undergarments. This no sew tutorial is perfect for making homemade scent fresheners. Go with traditional dried lavender OR try combinations of those mulling spices above for a fun fall smell. Add them anywhere (even in your car)!