Fall Must-Haves

It’s officially been fall for a little over a week now and everyone seems to be settling into the fall way of life. As the air changes from humid to crisp, wardrobes shift from sundresses to cozy sweaters and flip flops are packed away in favor of equestrian-inspired leather boots. Fall flavors are making their reappearance and the trees are donning their beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red.

I love early fall in Maine. I may be biased, but I think we’re the prettiest state in the nation this time of year. Everything from the vibrant foliage to the scenic apple orchards and the now quiet coastal villages makes Maine the perfect place to enjoy everything autumn has to offer.

There are certain things I look forward to the most as fall approaches. Here’s my recipe for a perfect fall in Maine.

Kylie’s Fall Must Haves

Flannel

Nothing says fall like flannel. Fleece lined flannel is a double-whammy of cozy fall fashion. My favorite is from L.L. Bean. Boys, they have one for you, too.

Oversized Scarves

Bulky, oversized scarves are my favorite fall accessory. Try knitting your own (it’s not just for grandmothers anymore) or pick up a handmade scarf on Etsy.

Pumpkin Flavored Everything

Cookies, pie, coffee, bread, cinnamon rolls, whoopie pies… I devour all things pumpkin flavored during the fall. If you plan to bake anything pumpkin flavored, I suggest you stock up on One-Pie pumpkin puree ASAP. That stuff gets harder and harder to find the closer we get to Thanksgiving.

Apple Picking

It wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the apple orchard. I love going to Treworgy Orchards and picking apples, playing with the animals, and testing my sense of direction in the corn maze. You can find an apple orchard near you at MaineApples.org.

Hot Tea

Chilly fall days call for a cup of hot tea. I love Tazo Passion Tea. It’s warm and fruity with hints of cinnamon.

Lazy Sunday Afternoons

When the day is kind of gray and all your chores are done, the best way to spend a Sunday is lazing around on the couch with a book, a cup of tea, and something pumpkin flavored to nibble on. No one will blame you if you fall asleep on the couch. That’s what Sunday afternoons in the fall are for.

Soup

It’s finally seasonally appropriate to have a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove. My favorite is my homemade tomato super soup. It’s healthy, hearty and comforting, all the things a fall meal should be.

What do you love about fall in Maine?

Kylie K.