We heard from Gabby Mbeki of First and Warren last month when she offered tips on making the most of a small apartment, and now she’s back today to give us some advice on exploring your own city or town this fall. She proves that you don’t have to travel far to have fun! Check out her tips below and get ready to fall in love even more with the place you call home!
October, for some, tends to be a time when people get antsy. They’ve settled into a routine at work and the change of season makes it difficult to dress appropriately. When fall comes, we feel pressured to do all of the typical fall things: apple picking, pumpkin picking and hayrides, to name a few. Yet, it’s not always possible to check off all of the traditional “fall” events, but that’s OK! Here are some ideas that might help you enjoy your own city or town in a way you never thought possible.
- Go to a new restaurant during the week, or better yet go to a classic restaurant. I say during the week because sometimes that is the best time to go. If you plan an early night with a friend in the early half of the week, you are pretty much guaranteed to get a seat at that oh-so popular restaurant that you have been dying to try. Plus, going out midweek breaks up the monotony of the week itself. Also, why not try a restaurant chain? Sometimes, we want to try what’s new and different, but when you were younger you had no problem stepping into a TGI Fridays or a Friendly’s, so why not try it again? It might be a nice walk down memory lane and give you a good laugh at the end of the day. Plus, I guarantee the bill won’t eat its way through your wallet.
- Grab ice cream even when it is cold outside. Something about ice cream immediately screams comfort food, and even though it may start to creep close to parka weather, that does not mean that you should give up on this dessert. Need another reason to visit your local ice cream shop? Most ice cream shops pull out the stops and create really great fall flavors like Miso Caramel Apple or Peach Crisp Tacos this time of year.
- Check out your local movie theater. Catch those awesome features that would not be shown at a chain cinema, like an anniversary special or a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as Halloween creeps closer. Plus, it is such a great way to give back to local business. Another fun perk is that most local theaters are smaller and thus feel cozier for those cold fall nights—perfect for date night.
- Head to the park, and have a fall picnic. Fill a thermos with hot chocolate, grab a few croissants from a local coffee shop and sprawl a blanket out in your nearest park. Just because it is not warm anymore does not mean you cannot enjoy the luxury of being outside. Watch the leaves fall all around you and bring another blanket to curl up with Rupi Kaur’s latest collection of poetry. Try reciting it out loud among your friends and be in the moment.
- Check out your local farmers’ market. If you aren’t able to make it to an apple orchard or pumpkin patch on the weekends, perhaps consider a visit to your local farmers’ market. It is a great way to collect groceries from local sources, and then it gives you a chance to try your hands at that pumpkin pie you’ve been wanting to make, or delicious Mini Caramel Apple Hand Pies.
- Staycation. I never understand the importance of a staycation until I got older, but it is definitely a must. This is a perfect way to explore your city because it encourages you to break away from your routine. Staying in a hotel immediately gives you the impression that you are on vacation even if you only drove (or walked) a mile to stay there. The time before the holiday season tends to be a lull for some hotels, so booking a weekend stay would be wonderful to just get away without all the extra cost. Bonus: Try booking a hotel in a town in your state that you have been wanting to visit, so you can check out all the local attractions.
- Visit an art museums. The collections at art museums are always changing, so why not head to one on the weekend? Sometimes it can be overwhelming to go a museum and take in all the different pieces or exhibits, but take it on like you are on a mission. Choose a piece of work, and really think about what it means to you. What is its relevance to today and what was its relevance when the artist created it? Don’t be shy—jump on a guided tour and lose yourself in the experience of the museum! A nice perk about living close by the museum is you do not have to see everything in one day. You can check it out again another time.