The scorched summer days full of swimming, camping trips, sailing and barbeques drift away towards the beginning of fall. The gradual change of season gives way to a cooler, colorful time, when our whole world looks like a watercolor painting, just for a few weeks. Although a few activities have to wait until next year, there are still so many trips to be had and sights to be seen in the fall. Don’t let the weather fool you, get outside and have fun!
Keep on Boating
The summer may be on its way out, but the fall is rolling in with its beautiful colors, chillier weather, and, yes, the perfect time to continue to boat.
There’s no reason to stop one of your favorite activities this fall, said Forbes, which reports the best boating season is right now. With lots of boaters slowing down after Labor Day, the waterways become clearer and less crowded. Take a solo foliage peeping excursion, or bring the family for a calm and quiet afternoon on the water. If you’re feeling particularly romantic, this can also be a great date idea for an on-the-water picnic. Fall boating lends itself to mini-vacations, said the article, because of the beautiful scenery and the chance to dock-and-dine or choose a hiking or camping destination after your cruise.
Pro-tip: for those date nights, set up dinner in your yacht—try a simple surf and turf meal and don’t forget to make your tabletop stand out with tableware that matches your boat’s décor.
If your heart is still calling out to be near the water, but not in the water, fishing may be the activity for you this fall. According to Hatch Magazine, fall fly fishing is heavenly. The cooler nights of autumn bring the water temperatures down, and the river flows become clear and stable. Trout like the cooler waters and feed longer during the day, unlike the summer, when they are most active during the morning and evening hours, said Hatch.
You don’t have to limit yourself to rivers and lakes, either. Surf fishing is also plentiful during the fall, when the fish are looking to eat for as long as they can, said Fishtalk Mag. Go fishing “whenever and however long you can,” in the fall to double your chances of catching fish, said the magazine.
Check Out Festivals
You don’t have to pick apples or pumpkins if you don’t want to! There’s still lots of activities and entertainment around the water in the fall. In fact, there’s an abundance of events in most states during this time of year. In Cape May, New Jersey, there’s the Higbee Beach Loop Trail, a three-mile walk through the beach and wildlife preserves, or a journey through the wetlands with a kayak, suggests Philadelphia Magazine.
There’s everything from wine tasting to hot air balloons all across the country this time of year, lists Country Magazine. Take a “color cruise” in Grand Ledge, Michigan, to see the fall foliage on a boat, or visit the “harvest on the harbor” in Portland, Maine, where you can find locally sourced ciders, spirits, and eateries.
This fall, take it easy, hop on a boat, drink some cider, or catch some fish (or do all three). Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong this time of year.
Posted on: September 1, 2022