Fall 2017 To-Do List

September is here, which means Fall is just around the corner! I have long adored making seasonal to-do lists (my summer 2017 + fall 2015, fall 2014, fall 2013 to-do lists!), and this year in clearly no exception! It’s our first married fall, and we’ve really excited to embrace ime here in town to seek out new adventures, explore our area, revisit old favorites, and soak up all this season has to offer.

Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, and there is much to look forward to with the changing seasons. I adore the crisp air and crunchy leaves, the vibrant trees and leaves, anything and everything pumpkin and apple, constantly being outside enjoying the season, wearing scarfs and boots and layers again, festivals and fairs, trips to the mountains…

Fall 2017 Checklist

  • visit the mountains for a getaway weekend and see the fall foliage
  • go apple picking
  • visit a pumpkin patch or two
  • host a chili & cornbread dinner party
  • host a blind wine tasting party
  • go to an Oktoberfest and/or the NC state fair
  • visit a winery, cidery, or brewery (or all three)
  • go hiking amongst the autumn leaves
  • make “thankful” treats for friends & family for Thanksgiving
  • celebrate Thanksgiving in Charlotte with my side of the family
  • bake an apple or pumpkin recipe from Southern Living
  • make mulled red wine

Whew! I think that’s more than enough to include on this year’s edition of my annual Fall Checklist! We are so lucky to live in an area that has so many fun activities going on, and I love getting out an exploring new-to-us areas and events, seeking out adventures, and spending time with loved ones.

What are you most looking forward to this autumn? Do you have anything new you’re itching to check out or try? And if you have any local favorites (in the Triangle of NC), you know I’m all ears to hear more suggestions and ideas!

If you want to host a fall dinner party or cook my favorite fall recipes or throw a chili + cornbread party – then don’t miss these wonderful posts from years past!

Fall To Do List 2014

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  • annual all-things-pumpkin-and-apple day
  • go apple picking
  • visit a pumpkin patch or two
  • host a chili & cornbread dinner party
  • attend the infamous Mount Vernon Fall Wine & Sunset Tour
  • go to an Oktoberfest
  • Taste of DC
  • visit a winery and a cidery
  • go hiking at Great Falls
  • make “thankful” treats for friends for Thanksgiving
  • bake an apple or pumpkin recipe from Southern Living
  • see the fall foliage from the mountains
  • visit Charlottesville for a fall-filled weekend

Fall is, for sure, one of my favorite seasons of the year. I love summertime and all of the activities that accompany it, but there’s something to be said about all the autumn offers. The beginning of each new season brings plenty of excitement and anticipation, and I must admit that I’m very much looking forward to what this Fall will bring. It’s my sixth (what?!) Fall in Washington, DC, and I’ve found plenty of gems each season. I could have an endless to-do list for each season, but there’s only so much time to accomplish everything I want to. So here are some of my tried and true activities and adventures to thoroughly celebrate the season.. and a few new goodies to enjoy, too! Traditions are such a meaningful part of my life, and even though all of these traditions are with my friends (or, affectionately, my “DC family”), they’re still incredibly special to me. I love having an annual all-things-pumpkin-and-apple day tradition with my dearest friends… and it’s so cool to see the new additions to the outing every year (and the losses with those who have moved away, unfortunately!) and to embrace this season of our lives.

What are you most looking forward to about Fall? Do you have any favorite traditions? I would love to hear… I’m always looking to add new things to my seasonal to-do lists!

PS: last year’s Fall to-do list!