As I sit here with my warm cup of hazelnut coffee on this rainy late August afternoon, all I can think about is how September is right around the corner. Knowing Autumn is near puts me in such a great, festive mood. It’s truly a magical time of year. The months of September – December are my prime-time for blogging because they never fail to spark inspiration and ideas. I have many ideas in mind already for the upcoming season. Of course there will be plenty of recipes but I’d like to post more DIY projects and things for the home. I already have two posts in the making…stay tuned!
I’m also lucky enough to be heading back home to Massachusetts next month with my boyfriend to visit for a week to spend time with my family, and soak up Autumn in all of it’s glory. Unfortunately, the Northeast is experiencing a severe drought right now and it could effect the foliage this year…which New England is known for. People come from all over the country to take scenic drives around the region during peak foliage times. It’s an incredible sight to see, the trees seem to set ablaze with the colors of red, orange, and yellow.
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything burst with it’s last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
– Lauren DeStefano
Every September in our neighboring city of West Springfield, MA the Eastern States Exposition holds a huge fair called The Big E. It’s a pretty big deal up there, with over one million visitors passing through their gates every year during their 17 day run.They are celebrating 100 years of the fair this year, so I didn’t want to miss it! 100 years ago, it started as a way to promote local agriculture. Today, it still stays true to it’s roots with educational displays and livestock attractions. Aside from that, the fair is filled with over 200 food vendors, typical and not so typical fair rides, performances and concerts, parades, crafts, shopping (you can buy everything from clothing, to kitchen tools, even a hot tub! lol), you name it.
My favorite is the Avenue of States. The avenue features replicas of each state building of
all 6 New England states. Each building showcases local products and vendors from their state. For example, the Vermont building has apple cider, cheese, maple products and even a Ben & Jerry’s stand…clearly, Vermont is my favorite building 😉 I’d love to do a post showing the different products each state has to offer. Perhaps I could make it a series.
Other than the fair, there are so many other regional activities to do up there during the Fall. Pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, hay rides, farmers markets. Many different things to get you outside and enjoying the weather. I’m not quite sure what we’ll do this year, we don’t really have an agenda. Just going to go with the flow, I suppose 🙂 I’ll definitely be posting our adventures on Instagram.
What is your favorite season and how do you celebrate it? 🙂