Fall blows in apple-picking season, long sweaters, tall boots and off-the-beaten-path trips. And we’ve been counting down to it since the season came to a close last year. This fall, hike past the popular, overcrowded pumpkin patch for some truly uncottaged adventures. We’re sharing some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path trips, tours and activities to break out of the ordinary with the most unforgettable things fall has to offer.
1. It’s apple-picking season, at last
The air is crisp and the leaves are crunchy — just like the apples that are perfect for the picking. It may be an age-old fall tradition, but we think the outcome of apple-picking season is what makes old wonderfully new again. Instead of your mom’s slow-cooker applesauce, think sliced apples on your salad with grilled chicken, almonds and protein-packed cottage cheese.
2. A fall-foliage train is just the ticket
Everyone takes a drive to experience fall at its finest. Instead, take a train ride to explore the gorgeous colors of autumn from the comfort of a quaint, little club car. The sights will be surpassed only by the sound of your train breezing through the tranquil woods, far away from the nearest roads.
3. It’s time to take a hike, literally
As fate would have it, some of our best off-the-beaten-path trips actually include a path. Before the leaves fall and you lose the scenic views, hike a few trails you’ve never tried and peek around for places that offer horseback riding, canopy walks, and zip line tours through the trees.
4. Take a new spin on pumpkins
We adore carving the annual pumpkin as much as the next fall fanatic. But at some point, the triangle eyes and a sharp, jagged smile seem all too familiar. Think outside the cottage. Carve out a square, hollow your pumpkin, and fill the inside with moss and succulents, making it the perfect fall frame for your favorite plants.
5. An unconventional dinner can be scary fun
No list of off-the-beaten-path trips for fall would be complete without a delicious, haunted dinner. Spooky stories served up at candle-lit tables make the season spectacularly unique. Check your historical society and local restaurants and inns for outdoor, harvest-themed dinners and haunted reenactments.
6. Don’t pass the ball on seasonal sports just yet
Football seems synonymous with fall — if you’re into that sort of thing. More fun by our playbook would be grabbing a group of friends and taking our four-legged companions to the dog park to play a game of (squeaky) football.