fall inspired vacation

Fall Inspired Travel | From Foliage to Comfort Food

Fall is right around the corner and we all know what that means: pumpkin pie, hot apple cider, cozy sweaters and breath-taking views of fall foliage. Join us as we go through fun fall travel ideas: where to find some of the best places to enjoy tasty fall foods; fall festivals that everyone is sure to enjoy; and where to capture beautiful views of fall foliage. 

Learn how to harvest delicious cranberries this fall! 

What comes to mind when you think of food in the fall? Most folks will usually say hot apple cider, spicy butternut squash soup, or pumpkin spice everything. But food festivals across the country have a lot more to offer. Food fairs are a great way to enjoy the best of fall before the days get shorter and the temperatures drop and can be  a great excuse for fall inspired travel. Head out to one of these fall food festivals for delicious fall comfort foods.  

  • The Arkansas Cornbread Festival – Taking place on October 26, 2019, this festival is packed with a range of vendors, live entertainment and plenty of activities for kids to enjoy. Want to join in on the fun? Enter your cornbread recipe by October 21st for your chance to win $1,000!
  • Eagle River Cranberry Festival – If Thanksgiving cranberry sauce is not enough cranberry to get you through the year, then Eagle River Cranberry Fest is just what you need. Organizers estimate that they sell approximately 10,000 pounds of cranberries during the event. Enjoy some cranberry brats, cranberry baked goods, cranberry beer, and (of course) a slice of the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake. The cranberry fest is October 5-6, 2019 in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
  • Chokecherry Festival in Montana – The Lewistown Chokecherry Festival is an annual event (this year it’ll be taking place on September 7th) that’s been running for nearly 30 years. Interesting fact; the twigs and leaves of a black or wild cherry tree are actually poisonous, and the berry itself reportedly gets its name from the sharp, tart taste. The best (and safest) way to eat chokecherries is cooked into syrups, jams, and wine. 
Plan a fall trip the whole family will enjoy! 

Of course, there is more to fall than just tasty treats! No matter where you go, you can find smething fun to do. Whether you are looking to stay close to home or want to branch out, we rounded up a few of the best fall festivals happening across America. 

  • The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze – Taking place from September 28th – November 24th, this festival displays more than 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins that light up the grounds of the Van Cortlandt Manor, a historic estate just outside New York City. To purchase tickets for this event, visit hudsonvalley.org.
  • Leavenworth Oktoberfest – Throughout the month of October, this quaint, Bavarian-style small town in Washington offers Oktoberfest activities, food, and live music. It’s a place you can go to just once and know that you’ll have a great time. For event dates or to purchase tickets, visit leavenworthoktoberfest.com.
  • Scarecrow Harvest – The scarecrow is a big hit in this Atlanta suburb when more than 120 of the most colorful, life-size strawmen line the downtown streets. Pose with your favorite scarecrow, created by local students, businesses, and families. Afterwards, enjoy a little live country music, chow down on barbecue, and let the kids enjoy the hayrides, bouncy houses, face painting, and storytelling. 
See some of nature’s incredible work. 

Fall festivals are great fun. Now picture yourself at a fall festival surrounded by acres and acres of warm, colorful autumn trees. Looking for a more affordable fall getaway? Skip the festival and head straight for the hills. Enjoy a hike through the woods or up a mountain to capture beautiful, scenic fall foliage. 

  • Ellicottville Fall Festival – Timed perfectly to western New York’s peak foliage, this festival, which also features food, live entertainment, and carnival rides, is the perfect excuse for fall inspired travel. Find out when this festival takes place here.
  • Color Cruise and Island Festival – It doesn’t get any better than leaf-peeping from a boat. Visitors to this longstanding festival in Grand Ledge, MI can enjoy scenic fall foliage while riding up and down the Grand River, or hang out on the mainland while enjoying live folk music and delicious food.
  • Fall Foliage Sightings – If you are looking for more of a relaxing trip and are interested in just the views, read up on our blog of best vacations to see fall colors. Grab your hiking shoes, bring your camera, and be ready to be amazed. 

Now that you have a list of fun, fall inspired travel ideas, pack your bags and hit the road. When planning your fall vacation, reach out to us at VitalChek and we’ll be able to get you any vital records you may need quickly and securely. 

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