If you’re new to the area and are wondering what we love to do around here in the fall, stick around. Richmond celebrates the season in so many festive ways–there’s always guaranteed to be something to do to enjoy the beautiful weather and really get into the spirit of the season, and October is really when things get started. Here are a few of our annual fall bucket list items that we make a point to check off each year.
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Visit the State Fair of Virginia: When the State Fair is in town, you know fall is here. It’s the ultimate harvest festival with barn animals, candy apples, carnival rides, and pumpkin contests. It’s the perfect place to ring in the season. We’re a little late to the game this year, as the fair has already come and gone for 2019, but keep this one in your back pocket as a must-attend when the comes rolls around again.
Go pumpkin picking: Maybe the most quintessential of fall activities is plucking the perfect pumpkin from a patch and taking it home for adorn your porch or carve it into a festive jack-o-lantern with the kids. Living in RVA we’re in luck because we have so many local farms to visit where we can get the full pumpkin patch experience, from the hayride to the field, the hot apple cider, a corn maze, and pumpkin treats. It’s a tradition the entire family enjoys. A few of our favorites are Ashland Berry Farm, Hanover Vegetable Farm, Gallmeyer Farms and Lloyd Family Farms. Be on the lookout for festival weekends at the farms to take full advantage of even more family fun like moon bounces for the kids, face painting, local beer and wine tastings, and live music.
Tailgate at a football game:
Virginia Tech, UVA, JMU, or whatever team you sport colors for this time of year, fall means football for a lot of us. Getting out to a game, tailgating with friends, and cheering on your team in person is a football fan’s perfect Saturday. You bring the cornhole and we’ll bring the eats!
Visit an apple orchard: There’s not many views more gorgeous in the fall than the one from atop Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville. Head on up to see them and pick apples fresh from their orchard, visit their country store, eat a few apple cider donuts (they’re famous for them), and grab a bold rock cider to enjoy the scenery. Then take your apples home and bake a homemade apple pie! It’s one of our absolute favorite traditions come fall.
Wine tasting: We love this year round, but there’s something about autumn that makes Virginia’s wineries magical. It must be the changing leaves among the wipe open spaces of the vineyards and the all-around beauty and crisp air of the harvest season that makes the wine just taste better (if that’s even possible). Virginia wines are celebrated nationwide, and our 200 wineries can be found all over the state, so take full advantage. Here’s a link to a few of The Susan Morris Team’s favorites.Barboursville Vineyard
Enjoy a scenic drive through Shenandoah Valley: The fall foliage is beginning to show off its color and Virginia has some spectacular spots to get the best views of the maroons, reds, oranges, and yellows. Not much beats the Shenandoah Valley for seeing autumn beauty around here and Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which actually connects Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are the highways you want to travel.
We hope this short guide helps you to enjoy all that Richmond has to offer this time of year!