One of the reasons why I love Seattle is how much it shows up for the fall—we actually get to experience all four seasons. Cue the basic bitch vibes when it comes fall but hey I fully embrace it! Crisp air, ombre swirling leaves that blanket the street, and the energy that shifts into the cozy Northwest vibe perfect for fall frolicking! Not to mention so many different coffee shops to venture out to for that fall latte (sorry, Starbucks).
While this year is a lot different in terms of what you can do due to COVID, not all is lost. Most of fall’s favorite activities include being outdoors, so here’s my roundup of fun fall things to do before winter creeps up.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
There are so many good ones in the area, both up north in Snohomish and further south in Puyallup. Put on your favorite fall outfit and plan a day out with your special someone or family. P.S. The most instagrammable pumpkin patch in the area is hands down Stocker Farms. Heads up there’s alot of kid-related activities and you have to purchase tickets in advance. If you’re looking to just get in and out for a photo shot, I’d check out a different farm, like Carpinito Farms in Kent.
If you’re looking for pet-friendly pumpkin patches (yes, dogs are family members too), check out Mosby Farms in Auburn, Fox Hollow Family Farm in Issaquah, or Picha Farms in Puyallup. Craven Farms is typically not pet-friendly, but they are opening up their patch to all pups this Halloween Oct. 31st!
Plan a Day Hike or Overnight Camping Trip
Nothing beats a crisp fall hike, am I right? Check out Washington Trails Association or this WA Hikers and Climbers Facebook Group. Snoqualmie Falls and Mount Rainier are a couple that come to mind for breathtaking views.
TIP: Once you have a destination in mind, do a location search for it on Instagram and check out the recent photos to see the latest.
Decorate Your Porch or House for Fall
Make it a full fall affair and make some warm apple cider, play some crackling fire noises, and put up that fall decor. Even if that involves a trip or two to Target…
I’m loving this Hearth & Hand wreath and these spooky bat stickers to stick up on your wall, windows, or mirrors. And if you’re looking for the most authentic smelling pumpkin spice candle, look no further than this beeswax one from Etsy!
Can’t go wrong with a visit to the orchard. This is perfect for a family outing or with a friend. Many of these orchards also have pumpkin patches as well. The Farm at Swan’s Trail is by far Seattle’s most popular spot and is super family friendly. Grab yourself an apple cider donut while you’re here!
Plan a Foliage Drive to Leavenworth
If you are seeking fall colors in true PNW fashion, you must take a drive out to Leavenworth to experience the colorful fall foliage set against deep green evergreen trees. Where else can you get a view of that with lakes and snow-capped mountains? Although Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest is not happening this year, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a trip there.
If you plan ahead of time and, depending on which dates, you could book a hotel stay at the Post Hotel. It’s got major European vibes and famous for its spa. Side note: You most likely won’t get a reservation in October/November this season. I wanted to book a local babymoon trip here in November but the entire month is sold out!
Check out this national fall foliage map to help plan your next leaf-peeping adventure.
What will you be planning on doing or have done already?
It doesn’t matter where you live to partake in these fall activities. There’s always a pumpkin patch or two you can visit. I challenge you this season to make the most of what Seattle has to offer (while maintaining safety standards and cautionary practices of COVID of course).