I adore fall in New York City - it's truly the best season here. Last fall will be hard to beat: we were newlyweds, spent a long weekend in scenic Hudson, New York and made an impromptu trip to cheer on my Cleveland Indians in the World Series. This year, however, it's fun to take advantage of fall fun with our puppy in tow. Watching her chase the first fallen leaves and triumphantly parade them around on our morning walks has renewed my appreciation for the firs signs of the season turning.
Here's what I'm daydreaming about doing in the coming weeks:
- Hand Out Candy for Trick-or-Treat. I'm not a huge Halloween person (some years I dress up, many years I don't bother) but we live in a building with lots of young families which has inspired me to get into the spirit this year.
- Check out the Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival and perhaps the Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest too. It's supposed to be a big to-do and worth seeing.
- Dress Up Foster in a Halloween Costume??? Not for the contest (way too intimidating), just for fun. And Instagram. We'll see if Foster's game to rock a costume... If I bribe her with enough treats we can probably reach a compromise.
- See the Night of 1,000 Jack O'Lanterns on Governors Island - For someone who "isn't really into Halloween (see above!) I'm really leaning into it this year.
- Take a fall hike with Foster. One of the reasons we were excited to get an athletic dog was to have her join us for hikes. Now I just need to find some pup-friendly hikes near NYC. Let me know if you have any recommendations!
- Perfect a Pear Tart. If you've been following my Instastories, you might have noticed that I'm getting a LOT of pears in my CSA recently. We're talking at least a half peck (aka one bag) per week. So far I've made a simple butter cake topped with gently sautéed pears and this week I plan to make roast pears (I'm thinking something like this). My next goal is to bake a pear tart that's as beautiful as it is delicious. All of this has thinking that pears are unsung for fall baking, with pumpkins and apples stealing the spotlight.
- Visit a Long Island Farm Stand. I want to pick up cheese pumpkins (strange name but they're awesome for baking pies) and all the apple cider donuts. We might even visit the farm on L.I. that supplies our CSA!
- Decorate Our Apartment for Fall. I'm usually pretty understated with seasonal decor due to the space constraints of living in an apartment with no good spot to store this stuff in the off season. This season, I picked up two gold pumpkins from Target that are perfect to mix into a fall centerpiece. You can find them here and here - they look great in person and are such a steal!
- Visit Prospect Park for Peak Foliage
- Take a Fall Beach Outing with Foster - The beaches in Connecticut allow dogs in the off season, and we loved going with my brother and sister-in-law and their beautiful Golden Retriever last fall. This year, I can't wait to see Foster tear across the beach.