Fall is by far my favorite time of the year. I am lucky to live in a state that has all four seasons, although the weather is sometimes unpredictable. It can go from summer to winter in hours here in Indiana. However, 2015 has been quite a lucky year. When the temperature dropped to the 60s at the end of August, I thought to myself, not another summer straight to winter year. A few days later it climbed back up to the 80s, and Indian Summer commenced. We’ve had absolutely beautiful weather the past few weeks, with cool crisp mornings that turn into warm, sunny afternoons and pleasant evenings. Soon the leaves will begin to change colors and we will have a beautiful landscape of golden corn stalks, red and orange treescapes and Halloween to look forward to.
When autumn hits, everyone around here loves to get out and enjoy the last of the warm weather for the year. Whether we are taking a family trip to the pumpkin patch or sitting by the fire enjoying s’mores, there is plenty to do around these parts. I’d love to include Campbell’s Pumpkin Patch in this compilation, but unfortunately our favorite pumpkin patch is now closed for good. There are many other places to check out, so if you are in the area during the fall season, be sure to stop by!
1. McClure’s Orchard – This family run apple farm is located in Miami County right off of US 31. It’s a great place to bring the kids to enjoy petting the animals and take a trolley tour through the orchard. You can’t miss their delicious apple dumplings and don’t forget to pick out your pumpkins. If you are taking an “adults only” trip, they have a winery where you can try a vast array of hard ciders and wines.
2. Two EE’s Winery – I might be a little biased with this one, but it’s really an amazing place. My cousin and her husband own this flourishing business that is fairly new to the Huntington, Indiana community, but has already established a huge following and isn’t your typical go in and taste a few wines and leave winery. I have been to my fair share of wineries and always wrinkle my nose at a few of the samples, but I honestly love every single wine they make at Two EE’s. I highly recommend trying a wine slushie while you are there. When they aren’t having their weekly Uncorked night full of live music (family friendly…bring your kids!) and food trucks, you can release your inner artist at their Wine and Canvas events, Yoga and Canvas and they even host the Vineyard Trail 5K. Enjoy a glass of wine on the patio with a view of the vineyard. You won’t be disappointed!
3. Kid-O-Rama – I live in Wabash and this event is something we like to attend every fall if we get the chance. We have some really great things going on in Wabash and we actually won the Stellar Community Award in 2014, which is a huge honor. Our downtown has been revitalized over the past few years and the arts are an important sector of our community. This day of fun for the entire family is part of the Honeywell Center Educational Outreach Program and all of the action takes place in the Honeywell Center parking lot downtown. You’ll find bouncy houses, face painting, balloon artists, a deejay spinning kids’ tunes, kiddy rides and much much more. The best part of Kid-O-Rama is that it is totally free and totally family friendly. This year’s Kid-O-Rama takes place on September 19th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4. Farmer’s Market – Northeast Indiana has its fair share of farmer’s markets, especially around Wabash County. We have a lot of rural land and a lot of farmers, which means a lot of delicious fruits, veggies and baked goods. Our local Farmer’s Market, like many others around the area, takes place on Saturday mornings through October from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
5. Soul Takers Acres – If you thrive on haunted houses around Halloween, Soul Takers Acres at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds will not disappoint. If you have teenagers, this is a perfect fall family adventure. Northeast Indiana certainly does not have a shortage of fun haunted adventures, so do a quick search if you are going to be in the area. This is highly recommended!
There is so much more fall fun around these parts, but hopefully these five suggestions will help you if you are visiting the area or if you live in the area and didn’t know about them. What activities do you love doing with your family during the fall?