TSC Autumn Highlights
The end of summer can be hard on many people, especially here in New England. With September comes the cooler weather, which means we’re that much closer to a long snowy winter. As time goes on though and years go by, I think it becomes that much more important to slow down, press pause, and live for the season of life that we’re in. Summer is often a season of go, go, go. There’s parties and cookouts, beach visits and picnics. Sometimes the pressure to do it all and embrace the warm weather before it slips through our fingers is too much. I’m excited for fall to come in and force a bit of a slow down. So rather than mourning fall, I’m going to embrace September and October as a time of recovery, rejuvenation and preparation between the busyness of summer and the holiday season. Here’s a few ways how.
DRINK. Fall is the perfect season for a cold refreshing beverage during the day, replaced at night with something warm and cozy. My go-to’s are a local craft beer for the warm days and a hot apple cider for the chilly nights. We have two new breweries in our town — Bad Dream Brewing (now open) and Housatonic River Brewing (soft opening September 21st!). And Averill Farm is one of my favorite spots to go for apple cider. Grab a gallon to heat up on the stove for these crisp fall nights.
HOST some friends for an outdoor dinner. Just because summer is gone, doesn’t mean the days of outdoor dining are over too! Light up the table with candles and bring out a few cozy blankets. Add a couple of bottles of red wine and your night is set!
ATTEND the Downtown Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 6th. With live German music, a biergarten, German and local craft beers, Oktoberfest games, kids activities, dancing and more, this annual event is the perfect day out. There’s so many other fun events in the fall. If you’re not in the New Milford area, check your local communities social media pages and website. You’re bound to find something you love.
LIGHT a new fall candle in the early mornings, hot coffee in hand, to ease yourself into the day.
VISIT the ocean. Something about the brisk autumn air whipping over the warmed ocean is so, so good for the soul.
TREAT your body kindly. Summer is a busy season of go, go, go. After months of being wearing yourself out in the hot sun, it’s time to hit the reset button. Enjoy warm baths at night with bath salts or essential oils to refresh your sun-kissed skin. Drink a smoothie in the warm afternoons. Sleep a little later on a rainy Saturday morning. Do nothing for one whole weekend.
GO OUTSIDE. Nature in the fall in New England? Speaks for itself.