Is there a person who doesn’t love autumn? Sure, the wonky temperatures keep us on our toes (layering is oh so key), and apparently here in Pennsylvania it plans to rain for the season’s entirety, but there are so many things to get geeked about.
From new television programming to squash overload (butternut, pumpkin, acorn, oh my!), those beautiful changing leaves that so much of our country misses out on to the nationally embraced sport of football. Plus, nothing is comfier than jeans, boots and a sweater.
Here are some of the best ways to celebrate fall in Pennsylvania:
- Fall Foliage Cruises aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna – The Pride recently extended its season – high water caused a late start and a stagnant few weeks in September. During the first four Sundays in October, enjoy an autumn-inspired dinner on the Pride, while cruising the Susquehanna for views of changing leaves. Enjoy a full dinner perpared by Premier Catering (including carrot cake for dessert!) – plus live music from Tony Anacom. Cruises run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Buy tickets online here.
- Fall Pumpkin Treatments at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey – Available only in October and November, upgrade your already upscale spa experience with the seasonal aromas and ingredients found in The Spa’s fall-themed treatments. Try the Pumpkin Spice Scrub ($65), Pumpkin Body Cream Wrap ($125) or The Very A-Peeling Pumpkin Facial ($125). Combine all three for 20% off, or any two for a 10% discount. Call 717-520-5888 to reserve your appointment.
- All Aboard for Fall Foliage – Explore Pennsylvania’s countryside with any of these train tours and you’ll take in more than just a ride.
- Road Trip It – You also can check out any of Pennsylvania’s “scenic byways”on VisitPA.com for ideas. The Patriot-News also has local driving routes and hiking trails to check out the changing leaves.
- Head to the PA Wilds -If you really want to get into it, check out the PA Wilds and visit the Elk Country Visitors Center and the elk viewing areas.
- National Apple Harvest Festival – Located just down 15 South in Biglerville, Adams County (just outside of Gettysburg), the 47th annual National Apple Harvest Festival is going on this weekend and next, Oct. 1-2 and 8-9. Check out this guide to Pennsylvania’s apples.
- Sip & Savor – Take a lazy fall day and tour the newly renamed Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, featuring more than a dozen Pennsylvania wineries. Note: Hauser Estate Winery has some truly excellent cider (the fizzy, alcoholic kind), and is worth a stop.
- Cozy Coffee Drinks – The world goes bananas each year when Starbucks releases its Pumpkin Spice Latte, but Cornerstone Coffeehouse offers a Salted Caramel Lover’s Latte (sound familiar?) and Cafe di Luna is brewing all kinds of exotic beans daily. Meanwhile, Midtown Scholar’s Famous Reading Cafe has Maple Lattes (with organic milk – who knew?) And what beats a cup of coffee on a rainy fall afternoon?