Time to stop living in denial and flip flops and accept that the Summer is officially over: today marks the first day of Fall. We don’t know about you, but this fact bums us out more than the Redskins’ opener. But just like their second game, we’ll turn it all around: here’s our list of reasons to be excited for the upcoming change in scenery.
Pumpkin Spice everything
Hang on to your Uggs because Pumpkin Spice season is back! But Starbucks isn’t the only one in the pumkin parade, so branch out a little and try something new. Our favorites include M&M’s new pumpkin spice flavored chocatate, Krispy Kreme’s dangerously delicious doughnut version of the classic fall treat, and DC’s Hellbender Brewery’s Pitchfork Pumpkin Ale.
Change in Scenery
When we said “change in scenery” we meant it. Literally. The change in colors in all of the gorgeous public parks throughout DC are enough to make anyone happy that Autumn is here. We suggest going for a brisk walk around the National Mall, in Rock Creek Park, or the Georgetown Waterfront before the psycho DMV weather decides to suddenly dump 8ft of snow on us. The real bonus here: it’s a totally free activity.
We’ve already made a whole list of our favorite shows coming up in the next few months, and it is incredible. The Fall music scene is LEGIT. If you missed that one, you can check it out here.
“What! No way! I love Summer weather!” LIAR. You and anyone else who has walked more than 50 feet through the district this Summer have been secretly-but-definitely dying for the heat to take it a bit easier on you. No more sweaty Metro seats, no more confusing outfits that have to somehow accommodate both 100 degree outside weather and -30 degree full-blast indoor AC, and no more cars you can bake cookies in after leaving it in the sun for an hour. Rejoice.
Football is back
F*** YES. Who ISN’T excited about this? It may have technically started a few weeks ago, but we’re super excited because it’s now officially in full swing everywhere. Get your fantasy team in order or set your Terp tailgate up: Fall means it’s officially football season and we could not be happier.
Costumes, candy, crazy parties – you can’t ask for a better combination. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays because it gives you an excuse to party ALL WEEKEND without judgement of any kind – especially this year when it falls on a Saturday. Break out your best slutty [insert occupation], lamest pun, or awesome face paint: the best part about Halloween is the prizes, so start planning now and bring your A-game wherever you decide to go.
It’s the time to gather with friends and/or family to show the love and gratitude they’ve shown you over the years (while simultaneously downing a plate and a half of everything on the table in front of you). And remember to go out the night before – it’s the biggest drinking night of the year next to New Year’s, so don’t miss out. Reunions galore.
We just missed them a lot, and it’s finally cool enough out that we can wear them again.
Apple cider based drinks (and other warm cocktails)
If you haven’t jumped on the hot-cocktail train, now is the perfect chance to try something new. Try a Hot Hard Apple Cider on H St at The Pug, A warm Bourbon Cider at Garden District on 14th, or a classic Irish Coffee from Tryst in Adams Morgan – they’ll warm you up from the inside out.
If you don’t host or attend at least one bonfire this Fall, you will be severely disappointed. There’s nothing like keeping warm next to a fire while roasting marshmallows and throwing a few back, so gather your friends and build a pit. It not only makes for a cheap night of drinking, but a really fun one.
We’re THISMANYDAYS closer to Christmas
As of the start of Fall, there are only 92 days until everyone’s favorite holiday. That means decorations are going to start taking over aisles everywhere, awesome deals at your favorite stores will start popping up, and your neighbor’s lights from last year are basically back in season. School breaks, time off from work, and the promise of a New Year – the countdown begins!
See? Fall’s not so bad.