9 Fall Celebrations to Add to Your Travel Bucket List
There are lots of perks that come with the onset of autumn: eating all the squash (oh, and do we have fall squash recipes), wearing new scarf trends and, of course (for better or worse), pumpkin spice everything. But some of the best things about fall are all fun festivals and stunning travel experiences that really get you in the spirit of the season. Here are nine fall-inspired destinations to add to your fall travel bucket list RN.
1. Go see the leaves change. If you don’t live in an area where the foliage shows off its gorgeous transition from green to a stunning mashup of gold, red and yellow, then you’ve gotta go see it, for REALS. A few of the best places to enjoy this gorg autumnal display are Aspen (CO), the Catskills (NY), the Berkshires (MA), Green Mountain Byway (VT) and the Great Smoky Mountains (NC). Bring your nice camera — you won’t want to forget these colors.
2. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM: The sky suddenly becomes far more fascinating when Albuquerque’s annual Balloon Fiesta takes flight. From October 1-9, over 500 colorful (and often whimsical) balloons will take to the air in the world’s largest hot air balloon festival. If you don’t have your own hot air balloon (and really, who does), you can join in the fun by hitching a ride with the Rainbow Ryders.
3. 20th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Ketchum to Hailey, ID: Sheep are soooo cute and we really don’t give them enough credit for all they provide to us humans. For a deep appreciation for ranchers and those fluffy Lamb Chop look-a-likes, head to the Trailing of the Sheep Festival from October 5-9. They’ll have lamb cooking demos, a folklife fair and sheep dog competitions, as well as traditional crafts like knitting, weaving and felting. They also offer all sorts of cool workshops and classes, so you can really get your fall creative on. But the big draw is the sheep parade, with 1,500 of them parading down Ketchum’s Main Street. (Photo via Trailing of the Sheep Festival)
4. Go apple picking. Forget heading to your local market and grabbing a bag of apples. Go out to an orchard and pick ’em yourself! From Northern California to New Hampshire there are charming farms and orchards that offer apple picking. Plus there are often fun side activities, like hay mazes, apple cider tasting, hay rides and more. The best part? You end up with a whole bunch of freshly picked, delicious apples. Just think about that intoxicating apple pie smell that’ll be wafting through your apartment.
5. National Apple Harvest Festival, Ardentsville, PA: If you did number five, then you already know you’re into apples. Indulge in some serious apple appreciation at this classic American celebration of the mighty apple in Adams County, PA. Hosting apple-lovers for the 52nd year, the festival runs from October 1-2 and October 8-9. There’ll be apple pancakes, apple syrup, apple art, apple pie and caramel apples. Oh, and lots of bluegrass bands. (Photo via Apple Harvest Festival)
6. Autumn at the Arboretum, Dallas, TX: Every year, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens create gorgeous gourd magic. For their annual Autumn at the Arboretum, they transform 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash into buildings, pathways and seasonal sculptures. To see it for yourself (you really should), head to the Arboretum before November 23. (Photo via Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens)
7. Celebrate Diwali, Jaipur, India: For an unforgettable experience, jet off to Jaipur, India for Diwali, the “Festival of Lights,” and the biggest holiday of the year. Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil and is a time to spend with friends and family during five very festive days. In Rajasthan, to celebrate Diwali, stores string a gazillion lights outside making it like mini Las Vegas. Expect lots of candles and fireworks too. This year, Diwali runs from October 28 to November 1.
8. Circleville Pumpkin Festival, Circleville, OH: From October 19-22, it’s ALLLLLL about the pumpkin at the famous annual pumpkin festival in Circleville, Ohio. The streets are filled with over 10,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash and gourds, complete with pumpkin contests, pumpkin treats and even a Little Miss Pumpkin competition (awww). (Photo via Circleville Pumpkin Festival)
9. Rent a cabin in the woods. The summer can be too hot, the winter too cold and the spring has too much pollen. Fall is the PERFECT time to book a romantic cabin in the woods. You have a slew of choices, from one nestled in the trees near Lake Tahoe to a cozy cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. It really depends on how far you want to travel. Bring your slow cooker, board games and your fave rustic fall fashions to really get into the spirit of the season with your S.O. or your crew.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)