Fall Favorites: Final Week of October

I’m a self-proclaimed, fall fanatic. I’m your stereotypical pumpkin spice latte, all things pumpkin lover at this time of year. Heck, I even hosted a pumpkin beer tasting party I love it so much.

Fall leaves are rapidly fluttering to the ground all around us as October draws to a close. Why not take advantage of what is left of my favorite season before we’re smack dab in the middle of winter?

I’m been busy exploring all things fall this October.  Looking for some inspiration or want to know where the most beautiful colors are? Check out my recommendations below and share where I should hit up this week before all the trees are bare!

Ramseyer Farms: Every year I make a point to check out a local corn maze. While Mapleside Farms in Brunswick is the closer option, we ventured out to Wooster for a maze that I hoped would be worth the drive. For a very reasonable $10 you can try out a maze in the shape of Ohio (with the real highways labeled within) and the mystery maze to figure out what happened to the missing farmer. Not only do you have the mazes, but a variety of other activities and warm apple cider to warm you up after you’ve conquered the mazes. And yes, it was well worth the 50 minute drive.

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Holden Arboretum: While I was a little turned off by the $10 admission to this beautiful park, you can’t argue with the fact that the grounds are immaculate. For an additional $4 you can also enjoy the newly added canopy walk and Emergent Tower. Don’t wait too long though, as they close for the season on November 1. The canopy walk is pretty small, but the tower gives you 360 views of the Cleveland area. Hello beautiful fall colors from above!

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Cleveland Metroparks: Truly any of the Metroparks are going to give you that bit of fall color you’re looking for, but of the few that I’ve visited West Creek, Rocky River and Brecksville Reservation are some of the best.

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Pumpkin Carving: Why not mix a classic holiday tradition with pumpkin ale, served up at Bar Cento on Thursday, October 29? Starting at 5 p.m. purchase any pumpkin beer and get a free pumpkin to carve! Pumpkins will be displayed throughout the weekend at Bar Cento, with patrons voting on their favorites. If yours wins, you’ll receive a dinner for two!

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