Happy Labor Day! It’s official that summer is behind us and it’s time to start the season of pumpkin everything. There are some obvious reasons to love autumn. But living in a state like North Carolina makes it especially amazing. Here are 15 reasons why.
1. Beautiful leaves!
From basking in the beauty of autumn to jumping in a crunchy leaf pile. The changing leaves are especially beautiful in North Carolina...and this means one thing..
2. Long drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway
You don't have to be a tourist to appreciate the immense beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway in fall. Don't worry, we're all 'leafers' come October.
3. Pumpkin patches
Pumpkin patches are fun for children, families, anyone really. Finding the perfect pumpkin or two is a thrilling experience. And plus...
4. Pumpkin everything!
From lattes, to pies, to roasted pumpkin seeds...we make good use of our pumpkins here.
Everyone knows Carowinds gets a scream-worthy makeover come October.
6. Panther football!
Who is ready for Panther football? Fall is the official season of tailgating and yelling 'keep pounding!" from the stadium seats.
7. Well, all football for that matter
From high school, to college, to NFL....fall is the official season of all things football.
8. Fall festivals
There are so many great festivals to choose from coming up this fall. From BBQ, seafood, beer, pottery, apples, and SLAM poetry...North Carolina offers a bit of everything when it comes to the festival circuit.
9. Long hikes in cool weather
When cooler temperatures hit, we can enjoy longer hikes with beautiful views throughout western, NC.
10. Pitching a tent after those long hikes
Nothing like a roaring fire, and some campfire stories (or ghost ones especially) to really ring in the fall season.
11. Figuring out the perfect Halloween costume
If you're like me, Halloween is a favorite holiday. I start wondering about my costume come August, but can publicly announce ideas come September.
Plenty of fresh apples grow abundantly in western NC. Pick some up at your local farmers market, or take a trip yourself to get some fresh apple goodies.
13. Fairs in town!
From the state fair in Raleigh, to the local fair hosted right in your hometown..nothing beats some delicious fried anything and a ferris wheel ride in the cool fall air.
You know what goes great with a cool fall night? A roaring bonfire and some moonshine!
15. Constant beauty
We all know what makes fall oh so special. Yet, I feel it is especially special in North Carolina. Between cool beach days, breathtaking foliage, crisp nights beside a bonfire, and adding pumpkin to literally everything...fall is here!!
What is your favorite thing about fall in North Carolina? Tell us in the comments!