While it’s hard to part ways with summer, a new season brings new beginnings. As you say goodbye to beach days and let go of the fun-filled craze of summer, embrace autumn with open arms and say hello to cozy flannels, pumpkin picking, and the crisp autumn wind.

Need a little inspiration to get you into a festive fall mood?

Fall is when our minds shift to preparing for the holidays, entertaining family and friends and nestling in for the cold months ahead.

After summer grilling, I look forward to bringing the cooking back indoors with all the comfort foods my family loves.

It’s the time of year when we all start feeling nostalgic. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and cool, and we’re all thinking about pumpkin spice.

But don’t get too nostalgic—as much as it may hurt us to say it, the fall season is fleeting. It will be here soon enough, but then it will be gone. So take advantage of the season while you can!

Here are some things you can do while autumn lasts:

Take a trip to an apple orchard

Go on a wine-tasting tour (or just go to your local bar)

Gather friends for an apple-picking adventure

Go on a hayride or haunted maze adventure

Bake a Pie. Pies are a big part of the autumn season, especially ones made with apples or pumpkins. …
Go for a Hike

Sit outdoors by a fire; bring blankets and hot chocolate
Watch Scary Movies

Take a leaf-peeping road trip
Play a game of touch football
Go for a hike
Collect colorful fall leaves
Rent a cabin in the mountains
Plant bulbs in your garden for next spring

Run a race

Pitch a tent in the backyard for a “camping” adventure
Watch geese flying south for the winter
Head to the farmers market for winter squash and Brussels sprouts

Dig up your sweaters from storage and donate any you don’t think you’ll wear
Learn to knit
Bake an apple or pumpkin pie
Start Christmas shopping
Drink hot spiced apple cider by the fireplace
Make butternut squash soup I have several soup recipes on this site!
(Try this delicious butternut squash soup recipe with sage and parmesan croutons.)

Star gaze

Take photos of fall foliage

Plan your Christmas cards

Wear comfy, fluffy socks

Wear a scarf

Make a fall wreath

Watch leaves fall

“I hope I can be the autumn leaf who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.” — Dodinsky.