Anyone else feel like fall came out of nowhere? Labor Day has come and gone, marking the unofficial end to yet another summer and making my heart leap with joy at the thought of boots, jackets, pumpkins, and Hocus Pocus on repeat. Even if it is still in the 80s in Tennessee, I’m busy attempting to wear chunky sweaters and trading boots for sandals. I might be sweating but I look so fresh for fall it doesn’t matter!
If you’re like me and you’re in the spirit of willing fall to arrive despite it dragging it’s feet, why not embrace some fun (basic) fall activities while we wait? I know what you’re thinking, while everyone on Instagram and Pinterest makes their version of fall look perfect, you’re over here just overdosing on pumpkin spice lattes and calling it a day. Even if you tend to fantastically fail at your fall efforts it doesn’t hurt to try, does it? Before you know it, it’ll be Christmas and we’ll wonder where fall went, so start planning now – this is the year you’ll do fall right! Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself….
- Picking and Patching: Find your local pumpkin patch or apple orchard to select fresh seasonal food for your pies, pastries, carving contests, or other more ambitious fall food-related activities. You know you’re pinteresting recipes and researching your best Instagram pose already. Or you could be like me and forget to take a picture, and buy it all, fully intending on taking action, but instead eat the apples whole and draw a permanent marker face on your pumpkin the night before Halloween.
- Shop for fresh seasonal attire: Plaid shirts, cozy boots, fluffy sweaters, overpriced distressed jeans – all of the things! Somehow since last fall all of your seasonal clothes have disappeared (to the back of your closet) or just aren’t cutting it anymore, so it’s the perfect time to shop at your favorite boutique and spend a little too much money so that your layering is on point at the next football game, bonfire, date night…. every night. Hey, even your fall lounge clothes are important, gotta stay looking fresh into winter, it’s cuffing season.
- Nearly Native’s Shop like a Native in Nashville is HERE
- Root for your favorite team: It’s finally prime time for football here in the mid-south and you better believe we love to cheer for, talk about, and sport attire for our favorite teams. You know it’s officially fall when you spend every Saturday and Sunday at a tailgate, in a sports bar, or watching the big game from the comforts of your own home. There’s really no way to fail at this activity, unless your team just ain’t cutting it and you’re embarrassed to rep their colors – don’t be a fair-weather fan! Also, avoid those Fireball shots during the afternoon game, you’ll end up hungover and redrunk by the time your head hits the pillow that night and that’s not a good look.
- Nearly Native’s Guide to Sports Bars in Nashville is HERE
- Get active: Before you give in to your hibernation instincts for the impending cold months of winter, get outside and enjoy the beautiful foliage and milder temperature that we welcome with open arms when fall arrives. Usually short but so so sweet, our beloved fall seems like it only lasts a few short weeks before we’re bundled in our down jackets counting down the days until spring. Don’t let these precious weeks pass you by! Try that hike you’ve had on your list forever, sit out by a lake or river, take in the sunshine on a patio, play hookie on that day when the weather is a perfect 65 degrees and go to that pumpkin or apple orchard. This is one that I always prioritize when I know that winter is coming because when it’s here, I’ll regret that gorgeous fall day I spent inside Netflixing.
- 10 Places to Embrace Patio Season in Nashville is HERE
- Plan a Bonfire: You’ve got to know someone who knows someone with a backyard, even if you live in the city, find a friend that can have a bonfire. Roasting s’mores, playing your favorite tunes, and spiked apple cider around a crackling open fire is hard to beat. As far as fall evening activities go, this has to be one of my favorites – even the smell of firewood in my hair makes me remember fond fall memories. If you fail at this it’s because you didn’t put the fire out when you decided to turn in for the night – Smokey the Bear says only you can prevent forest fires!