Officially Fall in Boston

Believe it or not apple picking season is winding down and the corn mazes only have a few weekends left. Even though we are approaching the end of October it only recently began to feel like fall. I’m still waiting for a series of crisp fall sweater weather days.

In Boston proper, if you look closely you see that autumn is in full swing with golden and red highlights where the city’s green spaces have turned golden.

If you drive out of the city, through Lexington, Bedford, Burlington and Concord you fall in love with New England all over again. It takes my breathe away when I see the gorgeous trees in reds, rusts, orange, and gold. The grounds are carpeted with a fall confetti mix. The air smells of cider donuts and caramel apples (especially if you are over by Wilson Farms in Lexington).

How can you make the most of this season in Boston? Get outside. Go for a hike. Take your camera and walk around your neighbourhood. There is so much to photograph from Halloween decorations to fall flowers. Meet a friend somewhere for a cozy fall lunch. Go apple picking– there is still time for that and a corn maze adventure.

Eat a cider donut. You don’t even have to leave the city for that. Head out on the water while the sun is still strong and the air is above freezing. Take a cruise with Classic Harbor Line Cruises and see the foliage from the water.

Bake a pie. Update a room in the house. Gather around a fire. Take advantage of special rates and escape on a local getaway.

Some of my favourite spots to go this time of year are Portland at The Francis or Nantucket at The White Elephant. Staycations at The Taj have you covered with a fireplace too! If you need to get some fall and winter shopping done, then plan your staycation at The Archer or The Row Hotel. If boutique shopping is more your thing, then shop Charles Street, Newbury Street and the South End and stay at newcomer The Whitney.

To get your pumpkin fix head out to the farm stands to buy pumpkins of all colours, shapes and sizes. My favourites are: Wilson Farms, Verill Farm, and Volante Farms. There is also Codman Farm, Land’s Sake Farm and many more. If it is a PSL you are after then stop in for my favourite not-just-pumpkin-spice but pumpkin jam latte at Sofra. Craving more pumpkin? Then you have to go to Helmand and try their meat sauce and pumpkin. It is heavenly.

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