“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” –Chad Sugg
As we get older, there are fewer and fewer things we can think of that bring us more elation than fall. It is the perfect time to reflect and watch the world change around you, and it’s the start of a beautiful holiday season.
In the northern hemisphere, fall officially starts on September 23rd, at 4:23 am. Most Americans, however, will be celebrating the last few months of the year starting on labor day. Regardless of when you start celebrating fall, it’s on the way.
Fall is quite fascinating for a number of reasons, most notably the change in weather, and the change in nature. All around the country nothing is more visible, or visceral than watching our country naturally change.
The foods that we grow, even our trees, everything down to what we wear will soon change. And while it seems new, we’ve all experienced fall before. What’s new this year, will be our mindset. We’ve aged another year, experienced life in ways that are anew and fresh, and we are all looking forward to something tangibly different.
Fall is a reminder that change happens, it’s also a reminder that change is good. We wanted to take a moment and highlight our three favorite things about Fall 2015, and how you can embrace the change.
- The Great Outdoors
“Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” — J.R.R. Tolkien
New Jersey is a melting pot, within driving distance of some of the most beautiful parts of the country.
National Geographic put together a list of the best adventure towns, and we couldn’t think of a better time to hit the road, than Fall in New Jersey. Use this year as a chance to explore uncharted territory.
What We Recommend:
We know, everyone’s got a GPS. Hold off on the phone, hit up National Geographic for some fresh outdoor spots, and hit the open road for the weekend. Pack some snacks, preferably Italian food and a few great bottles of wine, and leave the technology behind. Just don’t forget your camera.
Nights out on the town
New Jersey is no exception to great nightlife, and when fall hits, you’ll be able to wrap up in something warm and plan special events out with friends. Whether it’s a birthday or just a random adventure, we recommend bi-weekly trips out to your favorite restaurant or late night hang to break up the work week.
Fall is a constant reminder that even though everything is changing, it is best experienced while it is happening.
Buzzfeed recently put together a list of the best-hidden coffee shops around America. These spots are great, because they are off the beaten path, and taking the time to slow down is one of the beauties of fall.
What We Recommend:
- Monthly get-togethers
Call up your best friends, you know, the people that are great hosts, and excellent planners. Put together a party and pull out all the stops. Clever fall-themed cocktails, delicious snacks, and catchy sweaters.
Make a day of it. Create a list of some places that are within driving distance, or even make it a two-day trip. Going out doesn’t have to be a chore. Try someplace new. We promise you won’t be let down.
- Fall Festivals
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons”. ~Jim Bishop
There isn’t a better time to be outside, than the Fall. From concerts in the park to fresh markets, Fall is the perfect time to hit the festivals.
Music Festival Junkies will have you covered with your favorite Fall music festivals from around the country. If you’re looking for some excellent food festivals, Coastal Living can point you in the right direction.
What We Recommend:
- Put together a list of some of your favorite bands you want to see, and some fall foods you’ve been dying to try, then visit our lists above and start mapping out a fall to remember.
We’ve got our own Food and Wine Week we can’t wait to share with you coming up at the end of September!
In the meantime, spend the next couple weeks creating an excellent fall worth keeping in your memories for a lifetime.
This is the perfect year to start adventuring and getting out of your comfort zone!
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