September is here and it is starting to feel like Fall in Minnesota (yay!) Even though I love my time at the lake in the summer, fall is by far my favorite season. It can be short-lived here in MN, so we have to soak up every second before the sub-zero temps and snow hit!
This year, I decided to put together a bucket list of all of the things I want to do this fall. Nate and I always have the best intentions to do some of these things – but run out of time at the end of the weekend before he heads back to work.
Fall Bucket List
The fall colors in Duluth, Minnesota are said to be some of the best around. There is so much to do, both inside and out, and fall is the perfect time to do it.
Some things to do in Duluth, according to the visit Duluth website:
- Hike, bike or walk one of the many trails
- Cruise down the North Shore Scenic Drive
- Tour the Glensheen Mansion
- Stop in at one of the many Fall Themed Events
Hopefully Nate and I can find time to make it up for the weekend! This is high on my list! 🙂
Pick My Own Apples | Fairhaven Farms
I came across Fairhaven Farms at a small town farmers market near our house. They had delicious raspberries and apples, and the most beautiful flower bouquets. I immediately decided I had to go visit.
Fairhaven Farms is located in Fairhaven, MN. It is a small town about 65 miles away from Minneapolis with a population of under 400. During the week, you pay using the honor system and on weekends, they offer U-PICK apples. One of the things I have to include on the bucket list this fall is going to an apple orchard and picking my own apples.
Make Apple Crisp
This bucket list item is directly related to the one above. As much as I would love to be, I am just not a Pumpkin Spice girl.. Apple is the flavor of fall for me and I LOVE apple crisp. I can’t wait to pick my own apples and turn them into an amazing dessert!
Go to a Football Game
Nate is so excited that football is finally here! I think his face is permanently glued to his Fantasy Football App. This fall, I really want to make it to a football game. One of the colleges near our town just set the record for the most points ever scored in a D3 game (read about it here). I would also love to head out and watch the dance team I used to coach perform at half-time.
Take a Fall Hike
The college I was talking about earlier, St. John’s University, has a beautiful nature trail called The Chapel Trail. It is a 3 mile round-trip hike and in the fall, it features some beautiful colors. On October 1st, they host an event called Collegeville Colors, where you can walk the trail, enjoy live music, play lawn games and more. I hope we can find the time to make it out to the trail, whether it is for the event or not!
Go on a Hayride
Our town does an awesome haunted hayride. Even as an adult, the hayride and haunted houses are terrifying.. Maybe it’s just me! Another nice thing is that the hayride is actually on the same grounds as a bar – so you can get a little liquid courage beforehand. Most orchards also host a hayride. If you know of an awesome – not haunted – hayride, let me know!
Pick a Pumpkin and Carve it
This is one of those things that Nate and I always say we are going to do – and then somehow it never gets done. Now that we live in our own home, have a cute entryway to decorate and candy to pass out to the kids, I am hoping we can actually follow through on the carving!
Take Fall Family Photos
I always love seeing everyone’s fall family photos. It also gives you a head start on Christmas cards. Nate and I have been down to the wire on Christmas cards and I would love to actually be able to mail them this year instead of having them printed the day I head to our family get-togethers and having 50 leftover in a drawer. We also have one photo of the two of us and Nellie, and it is from the week after we got her!
Have a Bonfire
Fall bonfires are a classic in Minnesota. Nate and I have been at our house for almost a year, have a shed full of wood and have yet to have a fire of our own. I can’t wait to curl up with a blanket and enjoy a quiet night by the fire.
This bucket list item may have stemmed from watching the whole series of Friends – again. We try to spend as much time with our friends as possible, but getting together and enjoying Friendsgiving with each other sounds like an awesome idea to me. I will get to cook my first turkey (scary) and spend quality time with people that we love. I am hoping we will be able to make it an annual thing and just like in Friends, I will be able to compete with myself every year to make it better than the last! 😉
If you have a fall tradition that didn’t make the list – let me know! I am always looking for more adventures.
We have our last wedding of the year this weekend! I am so excited for two of my good friends to finally tie the knot! Keeping our fingers crossed for good weather. Also – is anyone else obsessing over fall decor? I have a good portion of ours out and ready to go. I can’t get enough. If you follow along on Instagram – you will know that Nate thinks we have enough decor for two houses! 🙂