Fall Getaways in the U.S.A. - Where you Should Go
One thing that you will notice as we head farther away from summer and closer into fall, is that I am not the biggest fan of the cooler weather. In fact, I actually dread any day when the temperature is under 65 degrees - and that's the absolute minimum! I am 110% a summer girl & one day it is my hope to live somewhere that has warmer weather for at least 9 months out of the year. With that being said, I need anything and everything to help me to look forward to the cooler weather. If any of you are like me, you are going through the same thing right now...so, I decided to share some of my fav fall getaway ideas with you. These fall getaways are all located in the good ol' U.S. of A - making some of them perfect for a quick weekend getaway - something that I love to do in the fall!
Fall Getaway Idea: New York City, NY
Cider Week - This year from October 21st through October 30th, some of NYC's favorite shops & restaurants will be participating in Cider Week - you can stop by Murray's Cheese Bar, ABC Cocina, and Astor Wine & Spirits for free tastings of some of the best ciders (and spiked ciders!) that NYC has to offer. If you really want to dive into cider week, you can feast on a five-course dinner at The Farm on Adderley in Brooklyn.
New York City Wine & Food Festival - From October 13th through October 18th, foodies & winos will unite at this festival. The choices are literally endless, you can choose from rooftop events, destination dining, intimate dinners, family dinners, tastings, and brunches. There is definitely something for every palette & you pay per event, so you aren't paying for a whole day and only enjoying one of the events. If you wanted to take this time to learn more about the foods & wines featured, there are classes & seminars to teach you all there is to know. This is definitely something that The Sophisticato will be attending!
American Ballet Theater - The fall season can be enjoyed from October 19th through October 30th. This year at the David H. Koch Theater, choreography from Jessica Lane as well as Company Premiere of Benjamin Millepied's interpretation of Ravel's Daphnis & Chloe are both featured. Be sure to use this as a great excuse to dress up & enjoy all of the talent that the American Ballet Theater has to offer.
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade - As you read through my recommendations, you will notice that most of the events and activities are meant for humans (which, well, totally makes sense - since this blog is for humans. LOL!) - well, this event is for woman (or man's) best friend. On October 22nd, this doggie parade will certainly mean bring the cuteness overload. There is no need to register your pup in advance to compete in the runway show, just show up & let your dog strut its stuff!
New York Comedy Festival - From November 1st through November 6th, you will have the opportunity to laugh with some of the best comedians that NYC has to offer. This year, Tracey Morgan is back after his near fatal accident, along with Chris D'Elia, Dane Cooke, Trevor Noah, and so many more of your favorites. The festival is featured at NYC's top theaters, including the Beacon Theater, Carnegie Hall, Carolines on Broadway, NYU Skirball Center, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, and The Town Hall.
Fall Getaway IDea: Chicago, IL
Chicago International Film Festival - During this festival, you will have the opportunity to watch over 150 indies, foreign films, and documentaries, along with official U.S. premieres. It is located at the AMC River East 21 and passes cost anywhere from $100-$250 - the festival spans from October 13th through October 27th.
Museum Week - If you are a fan of history and/or art, this is definitely something that you should partake in! Chicago's first museum week's participants are: The Adler Planetarium, The Art Institute, Chicago History Musem, The DuSabel Museum of African American History, The Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, The National Museum of Mexican Art, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. If you visit these museums during October 13-23, you will also be able to enjoy any special events that the museums have planned. As a special gift for Illinois residents, a discount or free entry is applicable on specific days during the city's first museum week.
Chicago Botanic Garden - Located in the suburbs of Chicago, there are over 27 landscapes to stroll through at the Chicago Botanic Garden. These gardens feature a Japanese Garden, green year round, and the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Be sure to bring your family & friends to enjoy hanging out in the woods or by the Skokie River. It is free to get into the gardens, but parking ranges from $25-$30 - the gardens are open from 8AM to sunset (how romantic would watching the sunset be here?!).
Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest Party - Join fellow Oktoberfest guest party goers on September 23rd and September 24th at the Revolution Brewing Tap Room. Your $10 admission gets you a half-liter stein of beer and then you can purchase tickets to refill your beer as well as for food. While you enjoy your craft beer and pretzel, there will be live music playing to keep you in the mood (cover bands for all generations!).
Fall getaway idea: San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Jazz Festival - This jazz festival is a little bit different than the one that is in Savannah, GA (read about it below!), this festival is treated like a season, so it starts in the beginning of September and goes through the end of the year. On September 8th you can enjoy the opening night's events with Pat Metheny. There is a schedule of incredible jazz artists that is sure to intrigue any jazz aficionado! The shows are all at the San Francisco Jazz Center in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood.
Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival - I have been a chocolate lover since day one, so I definitely wanted to share this event with you! Taking place on September 10th and 11th from 12PM-5PM, you can't miss this! You will need to get tickets ahead of time, but all of the profits are donated to a charity called Project Open Hand that provides meals for senior citizens and the critically ill. At this festival, you can sip carefully selected wines while you enjoy your chocolate, watch (or take part!) in the ice cream eating contest, or watch chefs put together chocolatey creations!
San Francisco Fringe Festival - The Fringe Festival features over 150 performances by 35 Indie Theater companies. With an array of shows to choose from, you can enjoy this festival from September 9th through September 24th. There is a show for everyone including cabarets, comedies, and dramas - with startling reviews, you are sure to enjoy yourself! Tickets are less than $15, so be sure to peruse through the list of shows to find one that suits your interests.
Dia de los Muertos - San Francisco locals celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, more seriously than they do Halloween. It takes place on November 1st and lasts through the night into November 2nd. A must see during this event is in Oakland, CA (just 24 minutes from San Francisco), a restaurant by the name of Calavera, transforms into a Dia de los Muertos altar! On November 2nd, one of the biggest events takes place, the Day of the Dead Procession. From 4PM-11PM, you can rock your best face paint, veils, black lace, and floral headbands to celebrate those who have passed before us. The celebration continues on November 7th, when there will be two chances to watch Lila Downs perform a tribute to Dia de los Muertos at the San Francisco Symphony.
Fall getaway idea: Savannah, GA
The Savannah Jazz Festival - If you are one to love the sounds of jazz music, this festival is definitely for you! Taking place from September 18-26 at different locations through Savannah, you will have the chance to listen to the tunes in both parks & restaurants. The festival is sponsored by the City of Savannah, which makes it free and open to anyone who wants to relax and listen to some soft jazz music.
Oktoberfest - Most cities in October hold an Oktoberfest at some point, making it a fall tradition almost all over the world and Savannah no different. This year, Savannah's celebrations take place from October 7th through October 9th at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. There is Wiener Dog Racing, Bratwurst Tasting, and Oompah Dancing along with a Biergarten and food booths featuring German cuisine.
Savannah Greek Festival - The Greek festival is another event that takes place in Savannah during the weekend of October 6th. This annual festival features Greek foods, desserts, dancing, a live band, and so much more. This is your chance to immerse yourself in Greek culture and is free for everyone on Thursday & Friday until 4PM - after that there is just a $2 fee. This all takes place at 14 West Anderson Street right in the heart of Savannah.
Shalom Y'all Jewish Food Festival - Taking place on the last Sunday of every October, this Jewish food festival is located in Forsyth Park, right in Savannah. You can join in all of the food glory from 11AM-3PM on October 30th. All of your favorite traditional Jewish delicacies are at your fingertips, including potato latkes, deli sandwiches, kugel, challah, and so much more - don't forget the sweets made by the sisterhood of the temple.
fall getaway idea: Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway - There are over 30,000 acres of scenic byway to enjoy. You will have the chance to horseback ride, hike, bicycle, camp, hunt, and so much more! There are also warm-water lakes, state parks, and state wildlife areas which serve as perfect areas to have a picnic or to just sit back and enjoy the scenery. In addition, the Arkansas and Timpas Rivers flow through this area, providing opportunities to bask in the river banks. This is a must-see during your stay in Santa Fe - make a day of it and spend some time in the communities that are along the byway.
Santa Fe Fiesta - This fiesta takes place during the beginning of September from September 2-11. Immerse yourself in Santa Fe's culture by taking part in the shows, the food, and the markets. During this almost week and a half long event, there are shows featuring some of the most popular mariachi groups in Santa Fe along with craft & food markets that will be sure to catch your attention. Most of the events take place at the historic Santa Fe Plaza located in downtown Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta - Whether you're in California, Italy, or even Santa Fe; experiencing the different wines at certain regions is always something that is enjoyable. This fiesta starts on September 18th and runs through September 25th - during this time there are wine receptions before carefully selected movies, wine dinners at top restaurants, and events at some of the best wineries in the Santa Fe area. Tickets cost $30 per day & are 100% worth every penny.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - This doesn't take place in Santa Fe, but it is definitely worth the trip. Due to the crowds at this event, it is recommended to take the New Mexico Rail Runner Express (get off at the Los Ranchos/Journal Center station and there will be a bus that will take you to the balloon fiesta), but you can also drive the one hour over the Albuquerque. For Saturday & Sunday dates during the fiesta, you can get a combo Rail Runner & Balloon Fiesta ticket. Now, more about the world's largest ballooning event. In addition to daily events that run from morning till nightfall on most days, there is also a chance to take a ride to a surprise location in one of the balloons. It only costs $10 to get into the Balloon Fiesta (per day), which makes it a perfect day trip while staying in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Film Festival - The film festival is not necessarily in the prime of the fall season, but nonetheless, it is a great event during the fall to participate in. It takes place from December 7-11 and is located in multiple theaters. The film festival features local, national, and world films & documentaries. There are "New Mexico" made movies along with USA premiers. The festival also honors everyone that works behind the scenes - bringing recognition to everyone that is a part of the making of a film.
Are there any events in your area during the fall that you are looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!
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