Seasonal September 09, 2015
12 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Season in Utah
Fall in Utah is…brief. Some years it doesn’t seem as though we even HAVE a fall here; the weather goes from scorching hot to bitter cold seemingly overnight, putting a thick layer of frost on the still-green leaves on our trees. Even if our autumn is short, there’s still several reasons to celebrate it as the best season. Here are a dozen.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1) Beautiful Autumn Leaves
Some years we get a stunning display of fall foliage. Other years, not so much. Keep a close eye on the mountains. When you start to see color, head for the hills and take some beautiful pics —don’t wait for the next weekend, or you might find yourself photographing the first snow.
2) College Football (and the Food that Accompanies the Game)
If you love college football, you’re in heaven here in Utah during the fall. If you don’t love college football, you can always go for the tailgate, where people grill delicious food and enjoy a host of beverages (responsibly, of course).
3) Corn Mazes
We grow plenty of corn in Utah, and by the end of September, fields turn into mazes, making them a LOT more fun.
4) A Variety of Outfits
Utah’s fall means wearing summer shirts and shorts to Oktoberfest at Snowbird during the day and a coat and gloves at the Utes game after the sun goes down later that night. You get to enjoy clothes from both parts of your wardrobe, which means that for a few short weeks you have twice as many clothes!
5) Kids are Back in School
Now you might enjoy a clean house for at least six hours every day. You don’t have to hear “I’m BORED” and you get new artwork to grace the refrigerator.
6) Kids are Back in School (For Non-Parents)
You don’t have to have kids of your own to appreciate this. Now you can enjoy a business lunch with fewer children at the restaurant. Same situation at Target, the mall, Costco, the grocery store and any other place you frequent between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.. The toddlers and small babies are present, but at least the sheer volume of kids is lower, overall.
7) A Bountiful Harvest
September in Utah is a delight for your tastebuds. The tomatoes, corn, squash, zucchini and just about every kind of Utah-grown produce is ripe for the picking. It doesn’t get better than this, right now. If you don’t have a garden, get yourself to a Farmer’s Market ASAP.
8) Hunting Season is Right Around the Corner
I’m still not entirely convinced that men who hunt deer do so because they just LOVE venison. I think it’s really a conspiracy to ditch the women, stop showering and shaving for three days and sit around the campfire with beers.
9) Hunting Season is Right Around the Corner (Part 2)
Plenty of women LOVE hunting season. You’ve surely heard of “Deer Widows?” These are the wives who wait with bated breath for their husbands to pull that truck and trailer out of the driveway, then grab their purses and head out the door. We might be on our way to City Creek, the spa, or Vegas. We plan on spending the next three days relaxing, preparing and eating food that WE like and sitting around with a glass of wine (or that delicious smoothie they serve at the spa).
10) Apple Picking
September in Utah is apple season! Head for your nearest pick-your-own orchard (Paradise Valley Orchards is pictured here). Spend a Saturday afternoon picking your own apples, then head home and bake an apple crisp or dip some caramel apples.
11) Boot Season
Female readers will get it; men probably won’t (unless you guys think boots are sexy…). Fall means time to get your boots out of storage. Or buy some new ones. Or both.
12) Fall Season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
The fall season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival means several new shows and nice, cool Cedar City weather. Visit through October.
There’s so much to love about fall in Utah! What else would you add to this list?