It’s finally the first day of fall! I know we’ve all been feeling the fall vibes since the month of September started, but now it’s official. To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with four lovely fellow lifestyle bloggers to bring you the best of the fall season in each of our states! So be sure to check out all of their posts at the end of this one and start planning your fall vacation 😉
I’m also putting a little self care spin on this post to keep my #SelfCareSeptember theme going. You can get in on the self care fun in the following posts!
Fall Activities in Southern California
If you’re a regular here then you know that I live in southern California, so all of my fall vibes have come from my own head haha. It’s been 100 degrees all month, and it’s finally starting to cool off (if you live in SoCal you know that “cool off” means around 80 degrees). However, I think that if you live somewhere where it gets really cold, California is a great place to escape to for warmer weather during the fall and winter months. So what’s there to do down here anyway?
Wine Tasting in Temecula
You know I have to start with my favorite fall activity! Honestly, this is year round, but I feel like Fall is the perfect time because the weather is beautiful and you can spend your time outdoors enjoying the gorgeous views of the vineyards. Now, I know you might be thinking “wait, isn’t northern California known for its wineries?” They are, but we have a TON down here in SoCal as well! Mainly in the city of Temecula which is in my little corner of the state; Riverside county. Orange county also has a few wineries, but I have yet to make a trip to those (definitely on my to do list though!)
Why wine tasting?
Because it’s the perfect activity to do with ANYONE really. I’ve gone wine tasting for a girl’s day out, and also with my boyfriend for our anniversary that was this month! (we also went for valentine’s day last year. I turned him into a wine drinker lol) You can sit and relax, enjoy the view, taste some amazing wine, and have lunch. It’s the ultimate self care day trip. Plus, Groupon always has really good deals on wine tastings down here! Here are some of my favorites wineries to visit.
Because the weather is so beautiful during the Fall here, it’s the perfect time for outdoor activities! You need to get that fresh air as part of your fall season self care routine. Hiking is something that I want to get more into; kind of like a bucket list item. I’ve done a few small hikes that I can talk about but I also found this amazing post about hiking trails all over southern California if you want more ideas!
Irvine Regional Park (Orange County) has a pretty easy hiking trail up in the hills. It’s one of those hiking trails where the path is laid out for you and it’s not SUPER steep. There are some benches and tables at the top so you can bring lunch and enjoy a picnic up there! The park also has horseback riding available if that’s your thing.
Mt. Rubidoux (Riverside County) in the city of Riverside is my little local hiking spot. This is another great trail for beginners (like myself lol). You walk the trail all the way up and around the mountain and the view is beautiful at the top. Some areas are pretty steep so you can definitely get a good workout in (physical self care!) There are no sitting areas on this trail, but there’s a park across the street that you can relax at once you’re finished with your hike.
El Dorado Nature Center (Los Angeles County) in the city of Long Beach is a really low key, often overlooked little hiking trail. It’s not a mountain hike like the previous two trails I mentioned. It’s 2 miles of dirt trails that circle around two lakes, and go through very forested areas. It’s an amazing place to visit if you’re looking to get lost in nature. There’s even a bridge that crosses over one of the lakes. It’s a great place to try if you want to escape the busy-ness of the surrounding city. The ultimate place to practice mindfulness 🙂
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Obviously I’m bias, but southern California has some great pumpkin patches. I used to go every year as a kid, and I’ll definitely take my kids once they exist haha. So this is definitely another option to get outside, and enjoy the fresh air with your friends and family. In addition to the pumpkin picking, all of these locations offer extra activities for kids like face painting, petting zoos, corn mazes, and horse rides.
Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival (Los Angeles County)
Tanaka Farms (Irvine, Orange County)
Irvine Railroad Pumpkin Patch (located in Irvine Regional Park!)
Peltzer Farms (Temecula, Riverside County)
Riley’s Farm (Yucaipa, San Bernardino County) – this one also offers apple picking for the fall! You can even make your own apple cider to take home
List of Fall Season Self Care Activities for ANYWHERE!
I’m sure that the activities mentioned above can be found in other states as well (& if the weather is nice then go for it!) However, I still want to give a list of fall season self care activities that anyone can do wherever they are! Activities that I guarantee will get you into the fall spirit 🙂
- Chill at a local coffee shop
- Enjoy a seasonal fall drink like pumpkin spice, salted caramel, or a cinnamon latte
- pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it at the park with a loved one (I’ve done this with my boyfriend and it’s actually really fun and cute)
- Bake some fall goodies! Like apple pie, pumpkin scones/bread/muffins, snickerdoodles, etc.
- Burn some fall scented candles! Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, caramel, apple pie, etc.
- Do yoga or meditate at the park
- Make some homemade soup & enjoy it on the couch watching your favorite shows
- Write a list of things that make you happy about the fall season
- Carve pumpkins with your kids/siblings/nieces or nephews
- Take a walk and admire the beautiful changing colors of the leaves this time of year!
My favorite part about the fall is that it finally cools down around here haha. I can’t wait to finally put away the sandals, shorts, and crop tops, and take out the sweaters, boots, and flannels. Drinking my morning coffee is also way more enjoyable when it’s not 100 degrees outside like it is in the summer time. The transition into the fall season isn’t as noticeable here in SoCal as it probably is in other states, but you’ll still feel those fall vibes when you visit! Plus, it’ll never get too cold down here (hardly gets below 60 during the day. I know, I’m spoiled). Remember to check out the fall themed blog posts from these lovely ladies as well!
What are your favorite things to do in your home state during the fall season?