Like many other New Englanders, fall is my favorite season – and it’s not just because it makes me all mooshy and wistful. Autumn is one of the things that makes living in this area truly special, and its arrival always reminds me why I love it here so much. Here are five of my favorite things about this time of year.
Okay, so foliage might be everyone’s favorite thing about fall in New England. But oh my God, it’s worth mentioning a hundred-thousand times. Look at this tree, guys. I actually get to wake up and see this thing every single day. Is there anything more beautiful in nature? I think not.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always excited to say so long to the summer clothes. I prefer a well-fitting pair of jeans and stylish boots over shorts and flip flops any day. There’s just something wonderful about digging out the cold-weather clothing and pulling on the first comfy sweater of the season. Fall fabrics, textures, styles. I adore them.
The last thing you want to do in triple-digit summer heat and 95% humidity is drink something warm. “Oh, I’m melting and can barely breathe because the air is so wet! Let me pour this 150-degree beverage down my throat,” said nobody ever. But if you ask me, both tea and coffee are so much better when they’re hot. One of my favorite things about fall is actually enjoying my coffee without breaking a sweat.
I love pumpkin, but it has become one of the most polarizing topics in the media recently. (Sad.) Pumpkin spice has made its way into everything from M&Ms to Greek yogurt, and people are all up in arms about it. First world problems. If you’re feeling mad about a flavor, slap yourself upside the head and then channel that negative energy into a well-crafted complaint letter to Starbucks corporate. Their infamous pumpkin spice latte is the root cause of the recent craze. I bet they’ll even send you a gift card. Just make sure you don’t use it to perpetuate all of society’s ills by purchasing a pumpkin-infused menu item.
You know those dry, cool fall mornings where you step outside and you’re instantly hit by the fresh, sweet smell of fallen leaves? I wish I could bottle it up and make a freakin’ air freshener. I’d make a gazillion dollars and never have to work again.