Doing it All in Fall

October Fall Leaves Maryland

Rabbit Rabbit – happy October! In the blink of an eye September has come and gone and it is time to fully embrace fall! The weekend might be a wash (literally) with Joaquin on the horizon, but hopefully the rest of the month is crisp and clear. Last week I mentioned some of my favorite fall activities and I wanted to expand on that today with some specific opportunities in Baltimore. A few years ago (ahem, 2011), my coworkers and I printed out this Fall Bucket List and tried to complete as many of the falltivities as we could. We didn’t make it very far, but we had fun trying! Here’s some help in checking a few boxes off the list…

fall bucket list

Apple Picking – Head to Larriland Farm (but check their website first to see what’s available for harvest each day!). September is usually prime apple picking season, but Larriland has some varieties that ripen later in the fall. Like most of the places listed below, Larriland has hay rides and a pumpkin patch too!

Hay Ride – Hay Rides are available at Larriland Farm, or if you’re looking for an option closer to the city check out Rodger’s Farm. They have a hay ride, corn maze, pumpkin patch and farm animals and are located right in Greenspring Valley.

Corn Maze – Nothing will compete with the Taylor Swift Corn Maze at Summers Farm. Don’t bother going anywhere else 🙂

Pumpkin Patch – Visit Gaver Farm on the weekend and take a free hayride to a pick your own pumpkin patch. Or drive a little further out 70 to Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch which also has a petting zoo.

Dates – May we suggest the Blue Moon Cafe that recently opened a location in Federal Hill because nothing says fall like Captain Crunch French Toast. Or go for dinner at the always delicious Woodberry Kitchen which has a delicious seasonal menu. Speaking of fall foods, we went to Wine Market for my birthday last week and my filet came with the most amazing butternut squash bread pudding. Let me repeat that, butternut squash bread pudding. It was so freaking good I can’t even describe it.

Pies – Sure you could bake a pie, or you could stop by Dangerously Delicious Pies in Canton and grab a slice for your self. Pecan, sweet potato, apple, pumpkin – oh my!

Fancy Coffee Drinks – Head to Artifact Coffee in Hampden, Spoons  or the just opened 3 Bean Coffee in Federal Hill, or the Daily Grind in Fells Point. Or just go to Starbucks for a PSL and call it a day.

pgkin spice

Which of these bucket list activities do you plan on doing this fall? 

October 3

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Friday Five (Favorite Falltivities)

It’s that time of the year! Leaves are changing color, temperatures are cooler and anything and everything is flavored with pumpkin. Let’s cut to the chase and get to my favorite activities for autumn:

Celebrate my birthday! I turn 28 today and will be celebrating all weekend long. I’m a bit biased but I think late September is the BEST time of the year. We’ll be celebrating tonight with a nice dinner and celebrating more tomorrow at a winery.

fall football ravens

Watch Football. Cheering on the Terps and Gamecocks on Saturdays and the Ravens on Sundays. Setting my fantasy lineup and trash talking my opponents. Making snacks for game day like zucchini pizza bites. Tailgating. Homecoming. Wine bras and grilling in the parking lot. In our house, fall means football and football means fall.

tailgating

Visit the Maryland Renaissance Festival. I mentioned this in an earlier post, but it deserves another mention. Held in Crownsville (outside Annapolis) every weekend from now until October 25, tickets are $19 for the first couple of weekends and $24 a person after that. Take in the sights and sounds of a medieval village while enjoying a fall beer (or hot spiced mead!) and a sweet potato pie. Or a turkey leg. Or cheesecake on a stick. Plus, there’s jousting which oddly enough is the state sport of Maryland.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Eat apple cider donuts. From the Apple House in Linden, Virginia. My family used to drive out to the country every fall and stop at the Apple House for their amazingly flavorful donuts. These babies are served warm with a delightful coating of cinnamon and sugar.  Go there. Go there now.

Pick a pumpkin. Fall is not complete without a trip to a pumpkin patch and we may even have to visit Maryland’s Taylor Swift corn maze. Expect a roundup soon of all the great options in the area, but for now I leave you with these enormous pumpkins!

pumpkins

Linking up with Courtney, Mar and Cynthia for Friday Five and Heather for Friday Favorites. Check out the other fall faves out there on the interwebz!