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Looking for Some Fun Things to do this Fall?

By Kathie Gonzalez
September 30, 2022
Pumpkin Alley
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Looking for some fun things to do this fall? Check out these events happening in New Orleans, Vermont and the Adirondacks.

Unique ways to enjoy fall foliage. If fall colors are your thing, Stowe, Vt. and the Adirondacks, NY can’t be beat. Take leaf-peeping to new heights on a scenic flight with Adirondack Aviation Academy, traverse a path above the trees on swinging bridges and platforms at The Wild Center, or check out suggested activities and routes with the Adirondack Wayfinder.

Khyber on Owls Head Mountain
Khyber on Owls Head Mountain by Brendan-Wiltse Courtesy of grandadirondack.com

The Adirondack Fall Foliage Report provides real time updates on the leaves turning. High Peaks Resort on the shores of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid is the perfect homebase for exploring the ADKs this fall. Or check out the Grand Adirondack Hotel, which reopened on Aug. 31 following a major renovation and rebranding. Over in Stowe, Vt., Topnotch Resort provides front-and-center viewing of Mount Mansfield’s stunning fall colors.

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Quirky and fun fall festivals. Festival season is far from over in New Orleans, with lots of delicious food, local live music and cool weather. Upcoming favorites include the Fried Chicken Festival (Oct. 1), NOLAxNOLA (through Oct. 9), Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (Oct. 14), Reggae Fest (Oct. 14-16), Krewe of Boo (Oct. 22), Tremé Fall Fest (Oct. 22), Top Taco (Oct. 27), Bayou Bacchanal (Nov. 5), Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (Nov. 6) and Hell Yes Fest (Nov. 8-14). The Great Adirondack Moose Festival (Sept. 24-25) in the Adirondacks includes moose calling and “count the moose scat” contests.

BERGER RESIDENCE - ST. CHARLES AVENUE AND STATE STREET - SKELETONS
Berger Residence by Paul Broussard - Courtesy of neworleans.com


Haunted and spooky destinations. New Orleans goes all out for Halloween, with parades and parties, ghost tours, haunted pub crawl, haunted houses, festivals such as Krewe of Boo!, and fun events like Boo at the Zoo, the Zombie Run, Ghosts in the Oaks. The Adirondacks have their fair share of ghost stories, haunted locations and abandoned towns – check them out on the Haunted Adirondack Trail.

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5 Unique Things to Do in Boston

Boston may be known for its famous clam chowder, the Boston Marathon, the bar from Cheers, baseball (the Red Sox), Fenway Park, its rich history, and that it was the birthplace of the American Revolution. But take some time to go beyond what you know about Boston and discover these 5 unique Boston experiences. 1. Italian Dinner with Tiramisu Finale Cooking Class Italian Cooking Class - Courtesy of Fever Now – January 2023 Thurs - Sun at 19 Kingston StreetDuration: 3 hours Cost: $100 Everyone loves to eat Italian food, but learning how to cook it from scratch is just as much fun! Few are better to teach you and your friends the ins and outs of pasta than Chef Rudy Donalson, who has over 15 years of restaurant experience in the North End, Boston’s Italian district. In this fun-filled cooking class in the heart of downtown Boston, you’ll make a multicourse meal featuring Italian favorites. Saving the best for last, the classic Italian tiramisu will end an unforgettable night filled with laughter, smiles, and good food. Get Tickets for the Italian Dinner Experience 2. Boston Whale Watching Whale watching Boston - Courtesy of Fever NOW – October 13, 2022 at Long Wharf, BostonDuration: 3 hours and 30 minutesCost: $48 - $72 - all ages welcome Boston's ONLY Whale Watch on a high-speed catamaran. They will get you to and from the whales in half the time, which allows you more time to watch the whales! Set sail for the whale watch experience of a lifetime. Destination: Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine creatures. You’ll have a good chance to view several different species of large whales, including humpbacks, finbacks, minkes, pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales. Get Tickets for the Boston Whale Watching Experience 3. North End Pizza Tour Pizza Tour - Courtesy of Fever NOW – End of November, 2022 at Boston Pizza Tours Meeting PointDuration: 2 hours and 30 minutesCost: $49 Easily digestible Boston history and award-winning food? You'll wanna make sure you get a slice of the action. The crew at North End Pizza Tours know that education is worst-served to those with empty stomachs. Enjoy a pizza-powered guided tour around Boston's oldest neighborhood. Visit five history-laden Freedom Trail sites including the oldest home and church in Boston and watch old-world chocolatiers work their tasty magic inside a 300-year-old home. Get Tickets for the North End Pizza Tour Experience 4. Candlelight: A Tribute to Beyoncé Candlelight - Courtesy of Fever November 18, 2022 at Old South ChurchDuration: 60 minutes (doors open 45 mins prior to the start time and late entry is not permitted)Cost: $30 - $60 - 8 years old or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Boston. Get your tickets now to discover the music from Beyoncé by Listeso String Quartet at Old South Church under the gentle glow of candlelight. Get Tickets for the Candlelight: A Tribute to Beyoncé 5. Wicked Wine & Seltzer Fest Wicked Wine & Seltzer Fest - Courtesy of Fever November 12, 2022 at Revere Hotel Boston CommonDuration: depends what time you purchase your ticket for Cost: $35 - $59 - 21+ with valid ID Celebrate the best season in the best city with Boston's Wicked Wine and Seltzer Fest! Ring in the Fall with delicious wines and tasty seltzers. Enjoy music from a live DJ, take part in corn hole and other games, and even enter a tasting contest! There will also be a silent auction to benefit Project Smile! All guests will be entered to win a door prize giveaway with items valued at over $1,000! What better way to spend a Saturday? Get Tickets for the Wicked Wine & Seltzer Fest Note: If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission from our partners - thank you!

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Five Fun, Affordable Fall Adventures in Fort Collins, Colorado

Leaf peeping is a great way to explore Fort Collins, Colorado, and the surrounding Northern Colorado area during its most beautiful season: autumn. Fort Collins proximity to the Cache la Poudre River canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park makes it a leaf-peeping magnet, and the perfect basecamp for fall adventures to Lory State Park, the Roosevelt National Forest, Rocky Mountain National Park and more. While the peak season for fall foliage typically runs from the last week in September to the second week of October, experts anticipate the leaves will peak slightly early this year, perhaps closer to mid-September. Here are five affordable fall adventures in Fort Collins: 1 - Take a Hike Courtesy of Caramie Petrowsky While there are myriad hikes in and around Fort Collins, one stands out as perfect for a sunny fall day paired with a picnic lunch. Greyrock Trail is a 7.1-mile moderate-to-strenuous loop hike that is gorgeous in the fall (and a bit quieter), with sweeping views of Greyrock Mountain and the Poudre Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area. 2 - Drop a line Horsetooth Reservoir Between the Cache La Poudre River and Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins offers paradise found for fishermen and fisherwomen. The Poudre is perfect for fly-fishing, though there are a few spots where you can bait fish. At Horsetooth, try your hand catching smallmouth bass or walleye from the shore or a boat. Fort Collins also has 15 Natural Areas that allow fishing, including Riverbend Ponds, a popular fishing spot with easy access from the trailheads. It’s one of two Natural Areas where gizzard shad (part of the herring family of fish) are found. 3 - Road trip to Red Feather Lakes Who doesn’t love a good road trip? Red Feather Lakes, located an hour drive northwest of Fort Collins, is a secluded, hidden gem that’s less populated than many Colorado outdoor destinations. Surrounded by 612,000 acres of Roosevelt National Forest, the Red Feathers Lakes area is a year-round outdoor playground, but fall is stunning. Hike or fish in one of the eight lakes in the area, four of which are open for public fishing. You may also fish in the nearby Cache La Poudre River, Colorado’s only designated Wild and Scenic River and the area’s best spot for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Nearby Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch offers lodging, fishing, horseback riding and more. 4 - Attend a festival Pumpkins on Parade - Courtesy of Caramie Petrowsky Festival season doesn’t slow down come fall in the Fort; here are three to check out. Tour de Corgi (Oct. 1) brings a sea of cute corgis in costume to one of the most quirky festivals in town. Pumpkins on Parade (Oct. 20 - 23) is a fun-for-all-ages celebration at The Gardens on Spring Creek complete with hundreds of locally grown pumpkins and fun and festive activities for the whole family (tickets are $10 for adults/children 12+; $5 for children 5-11 and free for under age 4). Día De Los Muertos (Oct. 28) includes a spectacular alter, mariachi band and tributes in picturesque Old Town Square. 5 - Celebrate the harvest There is no shortage of local pumpkin patches and farms offering all sorts of fall fun: The Bartel’s Farm – Stop in for a huge selection of pumpkins, corn mazes, and hayrides. The Farm at Lee Martinez Park – Visit the farm animals and take a hayride. There’s also a pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect future jack-o-lantern. Northern Colorado Corn Maze – Jack Lantern’s Corn Maze is a Colorado favorite. Something from the Farm – This family-owned farm features an organic pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, hayrides, a pumpkin catapult, and more. Fritzler Farm Park – Located in nearby LaSalle, attractions at the farm include a corn maze, pumpkin patch, pedal go-carts, barrel train, pumpkin cannons, slide mountain, and more. Spooky’s Pumpkin Patch — Choose from a variety of pumpkins, gourds, carving kits, and even straw bales and corn stalks for your fall decorating needs at this patch, located on South College Avenue. Colorado native Caramie Petrowsky is a former daily newspaper arts and entertainment editor who loves exploring new places with her husband and their two children. As a CSU alum, Fort Collins holds an especially dear place in her heart.

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Things to do in October

North Lake Tahoe, CATahoe City Octoberfest - Courtesy of gotahoenorth.com Tahoe City is holding its Oktoberfest on Sept. 24. The free family-friendly event includes craft beer, live music, food, Bavarian-themed games and a craft village. Kids will be able to paint a free pumpkin, while supplies last. The event goes from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Made in Tahoe Festival is Oct. 8-9 at The Village at Palisades featuring all local artists. The festival will go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and is free to attend. The Kentruckee Derby is Oct. 22 at the Truckee Community Recreation Center from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event is $100 and raises money for Truckee non-profits. The Tahoe Chocolate and Wine Festival is Nov. 6 at the Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $175.Orlando, FloridaDark Arts at Universal Orlando - Courtesy of Universal Orlando DARK ARTS AT HOGWARTS CASTLE -The darker side of magic comes to life this fall in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort with the return of Death Eaters and the breathtaking experience “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” – a sinister spectacle of state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects, lighting and more that brings awe-inspiring moments and creatures from the Harry Potter films to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle. “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will run select nights September 16 through October 31 from dusk until park close in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.Aurora, Colorado - DALÍ ALIVEDalí Alive © 2022 by The Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL and Grande Experiences. Worldwide rights ©Salvador Dalí, Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí. Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, CO is the permanent location of its second U.S. digital art gallery and fourth worldwide, dubbed LUME Colorado. For the grand opening of LUME Colorado, Grande Experiences will present DALÍ ALIVE, an immersive, multi-sensory look into the artist’s life and work, in partnership with The Dalí Museum. The immersive experience will open on October 21, and tickets are available now. In addition to the new LUME Colorado and the world premiere DALÍ ALIVE show, Stanley Marketplace is a collective of 50+ independent, local restaurants, boutique shops, bars and more. To enhance the DALÍ ALIVE experience, many of the businesses will also present Dalí-inspired activations, from cocktails to menu items to books, gifts and more. Maine to Tennessee - Fall Color TrailCourtesy of Spacious Skies Campground Spacious Skies campground has created a 13 stop Fall Color Trail from Maine to Tennessee. They have created a new way for travelers to celebrate the East's famous fall foliage with a campground to campground route called the Fall Color Trail. The Trail showcases where to stay ansd when to move on to follow the months-long progression of fall color. Campers who make a reservation and stay at two or more Spacious Skies Campgrounds just need to refer to the promo code FALL13 to receive the discount.

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Best Under-the-Radar Art Destinations in the US

Cities like Miami, New York and Los Angeles are go-to destinations for art enthusiasts, however, there are tons of other hidden gem cities around the U.S. that people don’t commonly associate with world-class art. Grand Rapids, MI The Jim Henson Exhibition - Courtesy of the GRAM While Detroit typically gets all the street cred for art in Michigan, Grand Rapids boasts some of the coolest museums for art lovers, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, with 6,000 permanent objects including work from Andy Warhol and Picasso, and the picturesque Frederik Meier Gardens & Sculpture Park. Plus, the hotels in the city’s Hotel District boast over-the-top collections as well, like the historic Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton, which was named in Historic Hotels of America’s top 25 most magnificent art collections list for 2022 for its “America at Work” collection by artist Paul Collins. The city also hosts the annual ArtPrize, an independent international art competition that celebrates artists working in all mediums from across the world, every fall (the next one is Sept.15-Oct. 2). Fort Worth, TX Cufflink Art Gallery While Fort Worth’s Cultural District is home to world-renowned art museums like The Modern, The Kimbell and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, this Texas city also has a burgeoning underground art scene, with cool new galleries showcasing local artists and powerful street art, like that in the Foundry District's Inspiration Alley. In Polytechnic, a predominately Black and Latinx neighborhood, Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby recently opened Kinfolk House, a collaborative art space that serves to uplift the diverse community’s beauty, talent and culture through collaborative exhibitions, events and educational opportunities. Hotels like Hotel Dryce put guests within walking distance of the Cultural District and boast some local art of their own—Hotel Dryce has a partnership with local art gallery Art Tooth for its art in the rooms and public spaces. The latest newcomer to Fort Worth’s art scene is Cufflink Art, a gallery in the trendy Near Southside that focuses on contemporary artists from the 20th and 21st century. St. Petersburg, FL The dalí museum While Miami is known as Florida’s art-centric city for hosting Art Basel Miami every December, St. Pete has an under-the-radar yet thriving art scene with a vibe much different than Florida’s more frenetic east coast art city, from renowned museums like The Dali and the Chihuly Collection to the walkable galleries and vibrant murals splashed around downtown. For those looking to stay in the heart of it all, The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is within walking distance to the city’s top art spots, and its Navigator can coordinate the perfect creative itinerary. Plus, the hotel is an artistic masterpiece in itself, with a photogenic pink exterior and Mediterranean Revival design from the 1920s.

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