The weather is cooler, leaves are starting to change, and all things pumpkin have found their way to shelves and restaurants — it's finally fall! Besides digging out your flannels and boots, here are 10 easy ways to full embrace the fall in Northern Colorado.
Switch Your Coffee with a Seasonal Blend
Instead of going with your usual dark roast, switch it up by brewing something a bit more seasonal, like a pumpkin flavored blend. You can never have too many pumpkin spice lattes during these next few months either...
Add Some Fall Fashion to Your Pet's Wardrobe
As you pull out your warmest sweaters to wear this season, don't forget about fall fashion for your pet too. Little coats really do help to keep smaller dogs warm on cold morning walks.
Savor Seasonally Flavored Foods
Tons of restaurants and bakeries offer special menu items that are exclusive to fall, such as hearty breads, salads stocked with squash and nuts, and sandwiches featuring turkey and cranberries. Or, you can make a recipe at home, like pumpkin soup.
Spice up the Season with a Fall Beer
There's no shortage of beer flowing around Colorado, and during fall, many breweries find unique ways to integrate pumpkin and other seasonal flavors into their brews. Here are some local picks.
Go Apple Picking
Nothing says fall like hand-picking your own apples from a tree! Besides a variety of different kinds of apples, Masonville Orchards in Ault has also pears and plums to self-pick, plus pumpkins, locally produced agricultural products, as well as a do-it-yourself cider press.
Serve Chili on a Chilly Night
Warm up on a chilly night with a bowl of chili. It's a great feeling to throw everything in the crock-pot in the morning and come home to a meal that's all ready to go.
Become a Football Fan
Fall and football season go hand in hand. If you're already a fan, celebrate your love of the sport by spending a whole day doing nothing but sitting on the couch taking in all the glory of the game. If watching on TV isn't your thing, head out to one of the local high school games or check out CSU or UNC when they're at home.
Sip on Some Apple Cider
Apple cider is a fall staple and lots of local coffee shops have it on the menu. Whether you guzzle down a cup cold or heat it up to warm you on a brisk day, the subtle spice and savory apple flavors will make it seem like you just stepped straight out of the orchard.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Living in Northern Colorado, we are so lucky to have the abundance of corn mazes all around us. This is something fun to do with family or friends. Here are some local options.
Walk Through a Park to Witness the Colorful Colorado Leaves
Witness the changing of the seasons happening right before your eyes by walking through one of Colorado's gorgeous parks. From vibrant yellows to radiant oranges, the trees have started to show their fall colors and it's beautiful! You could take a drive through the Poudre Canyon or head up to Rocky Mountain National Park for stunning views.