Welcome to October! It’s officially autumn, the temperatures are a bit cooler, the leaves are starting to turn, you can smell bonfires in the air every evening and the flavor of everything from coffee to ice cream is pumpkin spice. It’s my favorite time of the year! A few years ago I learned that I love warm apple cider and one of my favorite spots in the fall is the apple orchard where we can pick up apples and warm apple cider. Occasionally we share warm biscuits and apple butter or a serving of warm apple cobbler while we are there, but mostly we grab a warm cider and drink it as we drive and look at the beautiful fall foliage. What is your favorite thing about fall?
Several years ago we build a fire pit in our backyard. It is not uncommon for me to come home from work, change clothes, and as I grill dinner, I build a fire in the pit. Because my husband has always been in retail sales, he has never been home before 9 o’clock in the evenings and many nights he will come home and find me sitting at the fire, just relaxing and watching the flames dance in the darkness of the evening. He will often bring his dinner outside to sit and enjoy the fire with me, eat his reheated dinner (I don’t wait until 9 to eat dinner), and discuss our day.
This week I thought I would share a few places in Indiana where you can get into the fall spirit. Whether it’s a drive to look at fall foliage, a visit to an orchard to pick apples, or buying tickets to an area high school or college football game, fall is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the season while the temperatures are still enjoyable.
This is one of my favorite fall activities. Greenfield is the home of the famous Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley. They have a 4-day festival, a parade, great food and craft booths to visit. This year’s festival is October 5-8, 2017.
Traders Point Creamery
My husband and I found this gem a few years ago. Located in Zionsville, Indiana, they have an Octoberfest scheduled on Saturday, October 10th from 12 noon to 7 pm. They are an organic dairy farm and the festivities will include a polka band, German Biergarten, a pumpkin patch, and hayrides. Be sure to include this day in your fall weekend plans.
There are several apple orchards around the Indianapolis area where you can enjoy picking apples, choosing your pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, drinking apple cider, enjoying an apple cider slush and fall foods including apple cobbler, fried biscuits and apple butter, corn dogs, hot dogs and caramel apples. A few have hayrides and a corn maze. Be sure to schedule at least one trip to the apple orchard and enjoy the fall activities.
The Indianapolis Zoo
The zoo celebrates fall with ZooBoo October 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25. You can dress your children in costume and enjoy the seeing the animals enjoying the fall weather and fall treats. The elephants love smashing and eating pumpkins and the brown bears love eating apples.
The Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie
Conner Prairie is a fun place to visit all year long, but during October, it turns into “Connor Scary”. It is fun to go on the haunted hayride and see the Headless Horseman or visit the craft area. You can visit after 6 pm on October 9-11, 15-18 or 22-25.
Stoneycreek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival
My husband and I spent a day last fall with our son and his family in Noblesville at Stoneycreek. It was fun enjoying lunch outside in the sunshine, taking a hayride to the pumpkin patch to choose our pumpkins and watch the girls participate in activities around the grounds. It’s a great way to spend a fall afternoon.
And finally, it’s fun to simply drive around Indiana, especially in Brown County and Nashville and see the beauty of the fall foliage. We love to drive to Brown County and walk up and down the streets visiting the little shops and driving through Brown County State Park. Last year we stay at the Abe Martin Lodge inside the park and we enjoyed hiking in the park, playing in the water park inside the lodge and just spending time away from our busy and crazy lives. There is something really enjoyable about walking in nature during the fall and hearing the leaves crunch under your footsteps.
I really hope you will take some time to spend with your family and enjoy the beauty of fall.
Have a blessed week!
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