Leaves changing colors, a cool breeze blowing, the sky a bit more crisp, pumpkins at the farmers market and the smell of hot apple cider tell me one thing: Fall is here in the Shenandoah Valley!
I can not believe it is already mid September! Summer was fantastic and always goes by quickly but I have to say, I am ready for the change in season. Yes- I may have put up fall decor on September 1st and yes- I may have every pumpkin flavor candle I own burning throughout my home as we speak.- I am proud of it!
In Winchester, we embrace FALL and all that comes with it! This weekend in fact, Winchester will have its annual Apple Harvest Festival to kick off the season. Put on by the Rotary Club of Winchester, this festival will have everything from Artisans and Crafters to a kids zone with face painting- and of course more apple butter than you can dream of! Check it out here:Apple Harvest Festival . Many other Apple harvest celebrations exist throughout September and October at the many different farmers markets around town. To name a few:Marker-Miller Orchards & Richard’s Fruit Market .
Another fun tradition that Winchester now has in October is the Old Town Oktober Fest! Attendees Get to sample German inspired beer, wine and food while listening to fantastic live music surrounded by the gorgeous walking mall! For more info Click here .
Finally, another one of my favorite things to do in my hometown in the fall is simply driving the back roads looking at the changing leaves. I forget that we live in such a gorgeous area and sometimes, just taking a moment to enjoy a ride with the family is the best reminder. I would highly suggest taking a ride through the Skyline Drive. Its actually 105 miles of road that runs through the Shenandoah National Park and along the blue ridge mountains and is in one word: BREATHTAKING! Pack a picnic and some hot cider and stop for lunch at one of the many scenic overlook areas.
After living here for over 30 years, old and new traditions in the area will forever remind me that fall is here. Its a special time for many in the Shenandoah Valley and just taking a minute to appreciate it can do wonders for your soul!
For now, I’m off to show some homes to some fantastic clients, but you can bet I’m wearing fall boots and a sweater, with my hot cider in hand! XO – Steph