Fall in Love with the Northeast
August 29, 2013
Autumn is less than month away, and while not everyone is counting down the final days of summer, fall is by far my favorite season. Having lived in the Northeast my entire life (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and now Connecticut), I haven’t been able to help but fall in love with fall. So, for those of you dreading the end of summer, or for those of you who have never experienced a true Northeastern autumn, here are some of my favorite things about the season.
Apple picking: There’s something so quintessential to apple picking. It involves everything dwellers of the Northeast love: crisp fall days, bundling up in sweaters and paying way too much just to say you did something. Every fall, people crowd apple orchards throughout the Northeast to sip hot apple cider, eat apple cider donuts (have you ever had one of these? If not, you need to, now.) and fill paper bags with fresh apples. Then, if you’re like me, you go home with six more pounds of apples than you’ll ever eat and wish you had more apple cider donuts, instead.
Leaf peeping: In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never really understood leaf peeping. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent my entire life around foliage. Don’t get me wrong, the pallet of colors we experience in the Northeast is amazing and absolutely beautiful, but the attraction of spending hours in a car just to drive around and look never made sense to me. Nonetheless, leaf peeping is a thing in the Northeast. People travel from across the country to peep our leaves, so that must mean something, right?
Halloween: Falling smack in the middle of fall, Halloween is ingrained in the DNA of everyone from this area. I grew up next to Salem, Mass. (home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials), where Halloween is taken very seriously. It isn’t just about dressing up and getting free candy (but, hello, bonus.) it’s also about stretching the holiday for as long as possible. That means haunted houses, haunted boats, haunted trail walks, haunted corn mazes—there’s no limit to the haunted happenings you’re liable to find in the Northeast. We even take our amusement parks and convert them in to giant haunted gatherings. Expect some spooky fun if you’re around the Northeast in October.
These are just a few of the many things that make fall in the Northeast an amazing thing. There’s also The Big E, where you can browse the Avenue of States and eat your weight in fried food, more Oktoberfest celebrations and pumpkin festivals than you could ever possibly attend and so much more.
So, ready for fall yet?