How to Take Advantage of the Fall Aesthetic in Northern Virginia

From inviting décor pieces in warm, saturated colors and twinkling lights galore to that first sip of a pumpkin spice latte or hot apple cider, there’s no mistaking it. Autumn has a certain vibe that is all its own.

So how can you tap into that aesthetic this fall and make sure you get the most out of the season here at NoVA? Follow these simple tips.

Enjoy seasonal delicacies

Many people wait all year for fall to return and bring with it the endless options of fall flavors.

From pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks and creamers to apple cider donuts and pies, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to fall seasonal treats.

Check out the Apple House in Linden, known for its delicious apple cinnamon butter donuts that are really worth a try.

‘Fall’ into the season with your decor

Adding a few decorative pumpkins and a few pops of color to a room can really kick up the vibes and coziness of your space for fall.

Whether you prefer the general vibe of harvest decorations or you like to add Halloween-specific decor touches into the mix, there are plenty of ways to go when it comes to sprucing up your home for the season, both indoors and out. the outside.

And the best places to find festive fall decor for your porch (think real pumpkins and fall flowers) are local farms.

Check out Burke Nursery & Garden Center’s Fall-Themed Market in October, featuring seasonal treats, Halloween decorations, a pumpkin patch and more.

spend some time outdoors

As that first hint of fall freshness begins to make its way into the morning air, you know the best of the season is just around the corner.

And now is the perfect time to soak up those early fall temperatures with a hike.

You know what they say, fall is proof that change is beautiful. So take time to soak in the scenery as the leaves begin to turn from the green of summer to that beautiful variety of deep reds, bright oranges, and deep yellows.

Are you feeling ambitious? Check out the most popular trail in Shenandoah National Park: the Old Rag Loop.

Or if you want to take it easy but still enjoy the fall leaves, you can never go wrong with a lazy morning on your porch.

Grab a cozy blanket, a hot drink, and a good book (fall is the perfect season for a good mystery thriller!) and head out to enjoy your morning surrounded by nature.

Visit one of the fall-themed festivals.

Nothing can really get you into the spirit of fall like a festival dedicated to the season.

And thankfully, NoVA has no shortage of fall-themed festivals.

From the Occoquan Fall Arts & Crafts Show in Occoquan on September 24 and 25 to the Fall Jubilee in Manassas on October 1, these are the perfect events to really immerse yourself in the fall aesthetic and make the most of the season.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your calendar now!

Megan Herr is an editor and writer based in the Shenandoah Valley. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University.

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