Things I Love: Fall Favorites

My perfect date: Sunday Funday
My perfect date: Sunday Funday at Shake Shack in Chestnut Hill.

Fall is, by far, one of the best times to be a city girl. Between tasty food, fall fairs and days that still remind me of the best parts of summer with the addition of cozy clothes, there is still a ton to see and do when its a bit chillier.

Fall is perfect for trying out new recipes for the holidays, coffee dates downtown and sampling some of the best pumpkin beers the area has to offer. And what better way to spend the upcoming Monday holidays than touring local breweries, ordering warm cocktails at venues like the Ritz or enjoying sports like Fall Ball. In case you’re fresh out of ideas to spice up your life, here is a list of a few of the things I have done, places I have been and other fall favorites!

The best New England city that exists.
The best New England city that exists.

When it comes to celebrating anything (a friend’s birthday, change in the weather or simply the fact that it’s Friday), heading into Boston is always a good idea. Fall is also an especially great time to rendezvous with friends who make the trip into the area for sports games and other cosmopolitan adventures while the weather is still mild. To kick off my list, here’s one of my most favorite places to meet for a cozy cup of coffee, chai, espresso or a smoothie: Zume’s!

Get your buzz on.
Get your buzz on in Charlestown!

My next favorite spot is up north in Salem, Mass. While this season makes Salem especially noteworthy for it’s wicked tourist attractions, make sure you add Milk & Honey Green Grocer to your travel itinerary, even if its just for one of their famous sandwiches! While this spot is “for people who care about the environment, community, and sustainability” its also a great spot to pick up yummy treats and housewarming gifts!

Something fresh and organic this way comes!
Something fresh and organic this way comes!

If you’re looking for a place to stay when you visit this season, look no further than the Omni Parker House downtown. The views are amazing, the location is perfect and rumor has it that the place is haunted! You’ll feel like a million bucks, waking up from a good night’s sleep here and the historic decor will have you feeling festive for fall in no time!

Here's just one of the amazing views of the city (Old State House) that you can see from the Omni Parker House!
Here’s just one of the amazing views of the city (Old City Hall) that you can see from the Omni Parker House!

The ultimate romantic (and cheap) date idea is a stroll through the Boston Public Garden. Anyone who doesn’t agree clearly hasn’t seen the adorable Make Way For Ducklings statues that often dress-up for game days or had a picnic in the fallen leaves before the grounds are manicured. As America’s first public park, its more than just historic and scenic. A “must see” on your Boston bucket list if you haven’t already!

Take a stroll through the Public Gardens while the weather is nice and crisp!
Take a stroll through the Public Gardens while the weather is nice and crisp!

What are some of your favorite things to do in the city during the fall? Are there specific bars that serve up particularly toasty cocktails? Share your favorite places for sweets and treats below, on Facebook or with me via e-mail. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

xo, Vanessa

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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