Want to enjoy all the fun autumn has to offer like fall colors, ghost tours, pumpkin patches, and more? According to savoredjourneys.com, these are some of the best trips to take this fall. Lucky for you, we’ve got a campground there!
Maine: Make a reservation at Thousand Trails Moody Beach and head to explore Maine this fall. The campground has all kinds of special events planned like the Chili Cook-Off (9/29-10/1) and the Halloween Weekend (10/22-10/22) and Savored Journeys had a few things to check out, as well. Marginal Way, in Ogunquit, is a spectacular winding walk along the cliffs which they find less crowded in the fall! A great way to enjoy the fall weather is to take the 2-hour Old Port “Seafood Lovers” Walking Lunch Tour in Portland, offered through viator.com. Lobster roll, anyone? Another great outdoor adventure is Wells Reserve at Laudholm, a National Estuarine Research Reserve that protects 2,250 acres of coastal habitats. They have plenty of trails for hiking as well as guided tours (wellsreserve.org). Other attractions could include the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the fall color show, which should be in full swing by mid-October. Mt. Agamenticus, with several hiking and biking trails available, is a great place to see the beautiful changing leaves.
Williamsburg, Virginia: The heat of the Virginia summer should be just about gone by September and it’s a great time to explore this historic area. Bring your bike and explore the historic Jamestown Bike Trail. The 3-mile loop takes you along the trail that includes historic sites like Swann’s Tavern and the May-Hartwell House. No bike? Take to the hiking trails instead. Options could include the Powhatan Creek Trail, a 2.5-mile, paved trail that is dog-friendly and crosses over Powhatan Creek on a 696-foot long timber bridge or the longer trek on Jamestown Island Loop, a 5.6-mile loop through the forest with glimpses of wildlife.‘Tis the season as they say, so why not take a ghost tour. The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Walking Tour (viator.com) might be a perfect fall evening adventure. More spooky adventures can be found at Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream event which runs September 8 through October 31 and features 5 haunted houses, escape rooms, scare zones, and more. Colonial Williamsburg’s Arboretum and the Palace Garden should be full of fall colors. For a pumpkin perspective, check out Holly Fork Farms or Pumpkinville.
Napa Valley/Sonoma County, California: Harvest Season in California’s northern wine country runs from August to early November so it’s a great time to visit to be among the festivities related to harvest. Between the Napa Valley and Sonoma County, there are more than 800 wineries and each has something different to offer visitors. So, while we can suggest our favorites to visit, it’s really an individual choice – do you like reds, whites, sparkling, etc.? There’s big operations and little ones – again, an individual choice. The biggest is Trefethen and Beringer is the oldest continually operating winery. Hook and Ladder is a charming small family winery while Domaine Carneros has an awe-inspiring grand chateau. For harvest event information, go to visitnapavalley.com. For outdoor fun, visit the Jack London State Historic Park that offers 29 miles of trails and some pretty awesome views. For some good kayaking, head to Bodega Bay, where Bodega Bay Kayak will set you in the right direction. Don’t miss the village of Bodega, which is where the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, The Birds, was filmed. The schoolhouse and the church featured in the film can be seen while strolling the town.
(Nearest campground is Thousand Trails Russian River in Cloverdale)
Dallas, Texas: One reason fall is so fun here is that it’s State Fair time. The 2023 Texas State Fair is set for September 29-October 22. And like everything else in Texas, it is BIG. There’s a rodeo, a Midway with carnival rides, livestock exhibits, a parade, pig races, horse shows, magic shows, and of course Big Tex, aka the world’s tallest cowboy, the 55-foot tall steel marketing icon that welcomes everyone to the fair. Fair details can be found at bigtex.com. Autumn at the Arboretum is another annual event that draws visitors to Texas come fall and is set for September 16-November 5 this year. Head to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens to see this year’s pumpkin-themed festival entitled, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” which promises more than 100,000 pumpkins, a hay bale maze and fall colors of 150,000 blooming plants. For details, visit dallasarboretum.org. Sipping cider sounds good in fall weather and there are two to check out when visiting the Dallas area: Trinity Cider in the Deep Elum entertainment district and Bishop Cider Company with a tasting room in the city’s Bishop Arts District.
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