1. JUMP INTO A PILE OF LEAVES
Jumping into piles of crisp golden leaves is an autumnal rite of passage that should not be denied to the young and the young at heart. Just make sure that you’ve raked and piled the leaves yourself, so you are more certain the leaves will be free from small branches that can cause scratches!
2. ROAST s’mores
Next to pumpkins, s’mores are a quintessential flavor of fall. If you can’t roast them at home, Balsam Lake Lodge has a large fire pit and s’mores kits available!
3. TAKE A FALL FOLIAGE DRIVE
Foretelling the coming of fall foliage is a tricky endeavor, but well worth the effort if you want to see the colorful dance of stunning reds, yellows, and oranges.
4. THROW A FRIENDSGIVING
Friendsgiving, a growing tradition spawned from the custom of Thanksgiving has been a favorite among many. The mash-up word between “friends” and “thanksgiving” entered the Meriam Webster dictionary in 2020 and it is your typical Thanksgiving meal but just for your closest of friends. Need a place to host? Balsam Lake Lodge has you covered – plus hotel rooms on site for those who want to overindulge and not have to worry about the drive back.
5. CREATE AN AUTUMN INSPIRED COCKTAIL
The flavors of autumn are many, from the taste of a spicy pumpkin latte to apple cider. Fall is also the time for cranberries and figs which pairs to be added to punches and sangria. Plus, it’s a time of hot mulled cider, boozy hot chocolate and apple cider hot toddies (shots) added to a cup of hot water. Take all these traditional flavors and drinks to create your own autumn-inspired cocktail.
6. Watch Football
Time-honored American traditions such as wings & football speak of fall and are enjoyed by all – even those who don’t enjoy football. Grab a few friends to cheer for your team at Balsam Lake Lodge and enjoy many food and drink specials.
- GO APPLE PICKING AT AN ORCHARD
Visits to orchards are a typical fall thing to do, and there’s nothing quite as enjoyable as heading to the outdoors for some apple-picking fun. Colors can range from dark green to orange, bright pink, and even a combination depending on the variety.
- CARVE A PUMPKIN
The fun of scooping out pumpkin guts is as good as it gets as far as fall activities are concerned, but you need to pick the right one. Once you’ve found the right pumpkin, push your creativity to the limits by carving out different designs from the classic face to spooky bats. Add candles or lights on the inside and enjoy the prettiness of the light.