Although we have had a couple of 80-degree days thrown into October’s midst, and we’re still at the point that if you cozy up into a sweater in the morning you regret your very heated existence by afternoon, fall is in full swing. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the currency of the season, Ugg sightings are on the rise, and if you haven’t gotten surprisingly tipsy from a spiked apple cider yet, it’s probably only a matter of time. For many, Fall is a favorite season – an enjoyable in-between that celebrates the goodbye of Summer’s sweltering, yet still lets you enjoy life before Winter creeps in, you eat too many holiday cookies, and then you can’t even muster the energy to care about things beyond the comforting expanse of your couch. That being said, the season should be celebrated – we should all be chugging Pumpkin Spice Lattes with reckless abandon and carving pumpkins like there’s no tomorrow. Here are some of the ways you can get in the spirit of the season in and around the District:
- Eat up those DC Fall flavors
DC’s inventive food scene doesn’t shy away from flavors like pumpkin, apple, and caramel – the things we all use to train for Fall’s ultimate feast, Thanksgiving. In fact, chefs sprinkled throughout the city continue to come up with new ways to treat our tastebuds every year. Some places where you can pop in and sample the season’s best include Georgetown Cupcake (guest appearances from Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Caramel Apple, and more happening throughout October and November), Ice Cream Jubilee (seasonal offerings include Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookie, Chocolate Barley Beer, Maple Rye Pecan, and Sweet Potato Molasses Candy), and District Doughnut ( Pumpkin Spice, Brown Butter, Pumpkin Crème Brulee, Maple Butter Pecan, Sweet Potato Pie).
- How about pickin’ them apples?!
Is it even October if you haven’t taken your loved ones to an orchard to pick more apples than could ever be useful to you? No, not it’s not. There are plenty of classic apple picking adventures to be had surrounding the city, with options such as Milburn Orchards, Weber’s Farm, Homestead Farm, and Great Country Farms being so close within reach.
- Get Spooked
For some, Fall means facing their ultimate fears: whether that’s dolls with eyes that follow you everywhere you turn, clowns, giant spiders, or commitment, you can get goosebumps right here in Washington. Although there are plenty of places to creep you out and make you scream in and around the city, Gravensteen Haunted Productions “Legends of Halloween” is ranked the scariest and best haunted attraction in the DMV, taking place in an abandoned building. The screams will start Friday, October 13th – prepaid tickets will run you $10, but it might be worth it to skip the line for $35.
There is little more festive than a Fall festival, and our little slice of Fall heaven has no shortage of those. One of the most popular, perhaps, is Great Country Farms’ Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival, which runs throughout all of October on their farm in Bluemont, Virginia. Family friendly, here you can pick pumpkins, cheer on pig races, meander through the corn maze, meet a pumpkin princess, and maybe (okay certainly) most important of all, chow down on apple cider donuts.