The first day of fall just passed—Wednesday, September 23, to be exact—and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the season. There’s nothing like fall in Fairfax County.
Whether or not the Vienna weather accepts the fact that summer’s over, fall has arrived. It’s time to switch back to hot lattes, warm sweaters, yummy comfort foods, and everything pumpkin spice. It’s time to gather with family and friends, and to be thankful for the fact that we live in beautiful Fairfax County, Virginia.
Here are some ways you can celebrate official pumpkin season around Fairfax County this year.
1. Attend the annual Vienna Halloween Parade.
We all go through that phase in teenagerhood where we’re “too cool to wear costumes” on Halloween. Then, you become an adult and dress up anyway! The 69th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade is happening (rain or shine) on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7pm. Head to Maple Avenue (see the parade map here) early, and claim your spot to watch themed floats, cars, and spooky costumed citizens of Vienna parade down the street. It’s one of our favorite Vienna events—don’t miss it.
2. Let your pup roll in the crunchy leaves.
Because why not? There should be plenty of leaves around your apartment at the Halstead. You might be tempted to jump in, too! Alternative option for feline fans: cuddle with your adorable cat. By the way—if you’re not allowed to house pets in your apartment, now’s the time to move to a pet-friendly apartment in Vienna, VA. Life’s too short not to have a furry bff.
3. Embrace fall comfort foods and warm drinks.
Finally, diet season is over! Now that none of us are concerned about what we look like in our bathing suits, it’s time to down the best of fall’s comfort foods and beverages. Spiced cider, pumpkin pie, persimmon cookies, and apple pie—the list goes on and on.
4. See what’s happening at the Wolf Trap.
The Wolf Trap’s all about quality shows, no matter what the season. And we’ll be heading there as long as we can before winter makes us hibernate! Enjoy upcoming acts including the Old Dominion, Megan Hilty, and Sam Bush. Don’t know who they are? All the more reason to be at Wolf Trap this fall.
5. Eat local at the seasonally-named Maple Avenue restaurant.
Maple Avenue is located at—where else—147 Maple Avenue in Vienna, VA. This Vienna lunch, brunch, and dinner hotspot was featured as one of Washingtonian’s “100 Very Best Restaurants 2014,” and we have no doubt they’ll have even more press attention in the future. The menu is seasonal, local, and prepared from scratch. You can bet they’re going to have some to-die-for seasonal offerings showcasing fall’s finest gourds.
Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm, then reopens at 5 pm for dinner. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, if that’s what you fancy.
6. Take a scenic nature hike with friends or family.
If you’re looking for the best camping in Virginia, look no further than Great Falls National Park located in Northern Fairfax County. You can bike, climb, fish, hike, horseback ride, bird watch, or picnic—basically, everything but camp.
If the weather’s nice, leave early. The long line of vehicles to enter the park begins around 10:30 or 11 am, according to the website, and wait time can extend up to an hour. Before you go, purchase a vehicle permit for $10, or get in for free on November 11 for Veterans Day. (Active military personnel and dependents can get in free all the time! Check the site for your pass.)
7. Have a cheese-and-wine picnic at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.
Is there anything better than a good wine and salty cheese pairing enjoyed al fresco? Well, very few. Head to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens when the leaves begin to turn and take your average picnic to a whole new level.
8. Attend the Oktoberfest festival.
If you’re new to Vienna, you may not have heard about our Oktoberfest celebration. Well, we take it pretty seriously. Head to Historic Church Street on Saturday, October 3 from 11 am to 7 pm, and enjoy beer (duh), wine, food, music, yummy street food, and FREE admission. That’s right, folks. This year, you don’t have to travel far for one of the most fun German holidays.
9. Host “Friendsgiving” this year.
When you have two different Thanksgivings to attend in two different relatives’ hometowns, you don’t have time for much else. Sometimes, good friends get lost in the holiday shuffle. We have an idea to solve that—host a “Friendsgiving” at your home this year, and enjoy a drama-free holiday with good friends and good food. Cook it all up effortlessly in your gorgeous state-of-the-art kitchen at Halstead Square.
We know, you want to get out and enjoy every bit of fall this very minute! But before you go, if you’re looking for an apartment in Fairfax County, and want to move in before the holidays, get in touch with us today. We’ve got the perfect pet-friendly, amenity-packed apartment for you, and we’d love to meet you!