10 Reasons Why I Can’t Wait for Fall


H a p p y  M o n d a y, lovelies! Last week was an absolute whirlwind, traveling from Richmond to Bristol, VA-Tenn for the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum to New Orleans for the Great American Seafood Cook Off! Happy to be home, sweet home.

Last week, we had unseasonably cool weather in Richmond. It was absolutely gorgeous! However, it gave me fall fever a bit early, and I have autumn on the brain. Here are ten things I simply can’t wait for this fall, after the jump!

1. SEC Football

The #1 best thing about fall is of course, football! For 14 Saturdays and 14 Sundays, you have your entire weekend planned out. I can’t wait to cheer on my Gamecocks this year! And, I’m REALLY excited about the new SEC Network – fingers crossed Verizon FiOS will agree to carry it before the season starts. Click here to see if your provider will carry it!

2. Autumn-inspired cocktails

As soon as the crisper temps roll in, I’m breaking out my favorite fall-inspired cocktail, which I like to call Caroline’s Orchard (wordplay on orchard for apple orchards and the fact that I first made this drink when I lived on Orchard Rd. in Richmond!) Here’s how to make it:


Mix together the vodka, apple juice, and cinnamon sugar. Plop in your ice cube and cinnamon stick, and enjoy! Of course you must sip this out of a Mason jar – is there anything more fall than a Mason jar?!

3. Boots

Unless I’m wearing heels for a business meeting or sneakers at the gym, from September through March, I LIVE in boots. I’m currently saving up for these beauties from Frye ($388, Zappos). Aren’t they amazing?

4. Oysters

Now, we all know that the old “R Month” myth is just that — a myth. You can enjoy fresh oysters year-round thanks to new refrigerated shipping methods and aquaculture. But there’s no denying that oysters are especially delicious in the fall. Virginia is for Oyster Lovers, too — we have SEVEN oyster regions boasting incredible oysters for all tastes. And, we’ve got awesome oyster-centric events all over the Commonwealth. Check them out!

Richmond – Sep. 14 – Shockoe-on-the-Half Shell Festival

Stratford – Sep. 20, 21 – Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival

Williamsburg – Sep. 27 – Annual Virginia Oyster, Wine & Beer Tasting

Etlan – Sep. 27 – Oyster Festival at DuCard

Chincoteague Island – Oct. 11, 10 – Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival

Irvington – Oct. 18 – Community Oyster Roast

Newport News – Oct. 24 – City Center Oyster Roast

Onancock – Oct. 25 – Between the Waters Bike Tour

Wachapreague – Nov. 1 – Island House Oyster Roast

Urbanna – Nov. 7 – 8 – Urbanna Oyster Festival

Machipongo – Nov. 8 – Merroir & Terroir – Oyster Extravaganza

Reedville – Nov. 8 – Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Oyster Roast

Lancaster – Nov. 15 – MBW Museum Oyster Roast: Shuckin’ on the Lancaster Green

Irvington – Nov. 22 – Taste by the Bay: Wine, Food, Arts & Ale

Heathsville – Dec. 6 – “Oysters and Oldies” Christmas Oyster Roast

Yorktown – Dec. 6 – Watermen’s Museum Oyster Roast

5. Fall candles

I love candles any time of year, but there is something about the fall scents that make a house a home. Some of my faves? Yankee Candle Bay Leaf Wreath (new this year!), Seda France Japanese Quince, and Diptyque Paris Figuier.

6. Leaf-peeping

There is no doubt about it: Virginia is, hands down, the best state for fall foliage. I mean, just look at that photo! Virginia is for Lovers is a great resource for leaf-peeping, foliage reports, fall activities and more. Just click here to plan a fun weekend admiring Mother Nature’s art!

7. Food festivals and events

We’ve got some awesome food festivals and food-centric events around Virginia, but this year, I am so freaking excited about Fire, Flour, and Fork in Richmond. It is going to be an incredible weekend highlighting the area’s best culinary offerings. Here’s a blurb from the website:

Fire, Flour & Fork is a four day culinary event, organized by Real Richmond Food Tours and presented by Virginia Tourism Corporation, celebrating the best the Richmond region has to offer: its complex history, its rich artistic community and its established and rising culinary stars. 

What to expect: a highly curated mix of dining events (including an Urban State Fair), demonstrations, talks, food producers, cookbook authors, visiting chefs with Virginia ties, filmmakers, poets, playwrights, culinary historians, craft spirit makers and tableware designers. Beneficiaries include DNA, Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden and culinary scholarships.


8. CrockPot Chili

Everygirl Can Cook: Crock Pot Chili // #recipe #crockpot // Photo and Recipe by Lindsay Kujawa

I love using my CrockPot for just about anything in the colder months, but making chili is always a favorite. Need some inspiration? Check out our favorite chili recipe here.

9. Fall TV Line-Up

After a yawn-inducing summer TV line-up, our favorite shows are BACK this fall! Here’s the premiere schedule for some of my favorites:

  • New Girl (September 19)
  • The Mindy Project (September 19)
  • The Good Wife (September 21)
  • The Black List (September 22)
  • Scandal (September 25)
  • Homeland (October 5)

10. Pumpkin Spice…everything!

Admittedly, the world has gone a little insane over Pumpkin Spice — it is EVERYWHERE. But can you blame us? It’s just so darn delicious.

Only a few more weeks until crisp temperatures, sweater weather, boots, football, and my favorite season of all.

What are some of your favorite things about fall? Leave them in the comments section below?



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