While the weather in Houston missed the memo, fall has officially begun! This past Saturday, September 22, was the first day of fall. We couldn’t be more excited! There are a lot of reasons to love the autumn season, we’ve narrowed it down to a handful of our favorites.
When you live in a city where temperatures reach triple digits for months on end, cooler weather is definitely the best part of autumn’s arrival. Wrap yourself in that comfy sweater, break out those knee-high boots and layer, layer, layer! Fashion is not the only perk of the lower temperatures. You can finally enjoy the outdoors! The mad dash from your air conditioned home/office to your air conditioned car will soon be a distant memory. Fall is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors. Buffalo Bayou has excellent bike trails or toss the ball for your pooch at the recently reopened Johnny Steele Dog Park. Hit some balls at the Hermann Park Golf Course, catch a show at the Miller Outdoor Theatre or explore one of many activities hosted by Discovery Green. Don’t forget to enjoy the simple pleasures, like sipping your morning coffee on the porch. Fall is also the sweet spot for low utility bills. The AC is not running full blast all day, every day, the lawn will not need to be watered as often and the need for the heater is still a few months away. Open those windows and enjoy the fresh air!
Pumpkin Spice Makes Everything Nice
Pumpkin spice isn’t just for lattes anymore! From Oreo cookies to M&Ms, you’ll find this popular fall flavor on every aisle of the grocery store. Pumpkin spice beer? Sure! Breakfast cereal? Why not? Bagels? Bring it on! Maple, cinnamon and apple are other cool-weather seasonal flavors that can definitely satisfy if pumpkin spice isn’t your jam. Speaking of jam, that’s another thing you can find in pumpkin spice flavor.
College Football Season
Find your jersey, pick up your favorite beer and get ready to cheer on the alma mater! If you’re lucky enough to score tickets, enjoy the game in person and reminisce about your college years. If you dont have tickets, you can still have a blast tailgating on campus. Not a sports fanatic? College football season can be a great excuse to entertain! Put together “game day snacks” like BBQ ribs, stuffed jalapeño and chili con carne and chili are just a few options. It is hard to imagine enjoying chili when it’s 95 outside, but once the fall weather has made its way to Houston, nothing is better. Set up the TV on the patio and enjoying the game outdoors on a crisp fall day.
Heading into the Holidays
It’s already late September, time to start thinking about Halloween costumes. Dressing up is not just for kids anymore, so have fun and go big! Houston has a ton of Halloween events planned for late October. 19th Street will host the 8th Annual Houston Halloween Festival on October 20th (stop by the Circa office for treats). The Houston Zoo will be celebrating Zoo Boo 2018 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the entire month. These are just a few of our favorite events. If you decide to stay-in on All Hallows’ Eve, don’t skip out on the costume! Even if you are just greeting trick-or-treaters. After all the ghosts, goblins and candy fun is over, the holiday season is far from over. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s give plenty of opportunities for vacation, time with family and friends and giving back to those less fortunate.
Houston might not be known as a destination to see the leaves change, but we still have a few varieties of native trees that turn colors in the fall. As an added bonus, once the weather starts to cool and the leaves begin to turn, you’ll also be able to cut back on lawn mowing. Bring a festive fall feel inside with a few home decor accents in autumn colors. A wreath for the front door, centerpiece, or mantel display is the perfect way to get in the mood for fall. Think faux colorful Maple foliage, chrysanthemums, and ALL of the decorative gourds.