Fall has always been my favorite season. The weather is the best, the changing leaves are beautiful and my birthday is in October. As the temperatures begin to cool down in New York, I’m always excited to be out and about and enjoying the crisp air and all of the fun fall activities that start to fill up my calendar. For this post and collaboration with some lovely blogger gals, I’ve taken some inspiration from Meghan of wit & whimsy, and have come up with my very own Fall Essentials bucket list.
Eat & Drink
This new East Village outpost is a 70s-inspired sensation that will transport you back in time. The four-story space has different hippie decor on each floor and is a totes itself as a club-restaurant, offering a full menu with table side cocktail service, but also has lounge-y areas and a large bar to accommodate the nightlife scene.
This vegetable tapas restaurant opened earlier this summer and I’ve been itching to go. From the owner of beloved cocktail lounge Death & Co., Ladybird has adorable decor an a decadent vegetarian menu featuring the likes of seared peach caprese and saffron risotto. The mouth-watering food and extensive craft cocktail list are a winning combination. Brb, making a reservation as we speak.
Ice & Vice
My parents will be visiting at the end of October and my mom and I have already excitedly discussed that we HAVE to visit Ice & Vice. This Lower East Side outpost has some of the most outrageous ice cream I’ve ever seen and I want nothing more than to get my hands on some. The custom, small-batch ice cream has both unusual flavors–like toasted milk with sea salt and chocolate–and also serve up some crazy toppings, including an ice cream sandwich, on top of your scoop.
Every year, the Lower East Side shuts down a few blocks of Orchard Street to celebrate one of the best foods there is: pickles. This year the event is this coming Sunday, September 25. Vendors come out in full force and offer pickles, pickle-flavored goods (I’ve had popcorn and baked goods) and also non-pickle fare along with live music and a pickling contest. It’s the perfect spot to wander around on a crisp fall afternoon and nom on some snacks.
Shuffleboard at the Royal Palms
This has been on my to-do list for ages, and now that the weather will finally be cooling off and calling for more indoor activities, I think the timing is perfect. With courts reserved for walk-ins, a rotating food truck selection and house-kegged cocktails, the Royal Palms sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Plus who doesn’t love a little shuffleboard?
Oysters + beer + an afternoon outdoors = a Saturday well spent. This year mark your calendar for October 1 as the day to head to the South Street Seaport and slurp your fill of fresh local oysters and drinks served up by local eateries. The finale of the Oyster Week events, OysterFest is a can’t-miss.
Storm King Art Center
Located in the Hudson Valley, Storm King Art Center is the perfect spot to escape the city for a day. The 500-acre sculpture park has over 100 sculptures in a beautiful landscape, making fall the ideal time for a visit. The beautiful sculptures plus changing foliage is bound to be unbeatable.
Halloween Dog Parade
Every year, the East Village is home to this kitschy event. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so wandering around and seeing dogs dressed up in Halloween costumes sounds like an afternoon well spent. I’ve always wanted to go and I think this year is the year.
Rolf’s Christmas decorations
This German restaurant is known through the city for their crazy Christmas decor. I tried to visit with a few friends last year in December, but the unmoving line snaked around the block. This year, I think the move is to visit earlier in the fall – their website doesn’t include the exact date the decor will go up, but I’m not missing my chance this year to witness the Christmas craziness for myself.
Don’t forget to also check out the fall essentials the other gals have rounded up! They’ve got some great fall finds and activities for you to add to your agenda.
Eva of simplyevahxo.com
Eva has amazing style and she is always rocking bold colors and great patterns. Check out her Instagram for some outfit inspiration or follow her on Snapchat for a peak into her daily life.
Alessia of Hauteandhoundstooth.com
Alessia is always rocking amazing looks and trendy color combos. Check out her blog for stellar fashion finds.
Katelyn of Katelynblogs.com
Katelyn covers a big range of lifestyle on her blog, from blog posts about blogging to some wedding planning (she’s engaged!). Her site is full of amazing content but be sure to peep her fall essentials.
Lauren of rosesandrainboots.com
Lauren posts a TON of fashion content and always looks so put together and stylish. Her photography is amazing, and she somehow manages to do it all in addition to being a full time teacher! Props to you, girl.
Ashlee Liz 0f ashleeliz.com
Ashlee blogs about blogging and her tips are always so helpful as a fellow blogger. She also shares beauty tips, life advice and just produces all around good content!
Savannah of thealwaysblog.com
Savannah is a traveler and amazing writer – she’s been to 22 states! She also has an amazing Instagram feed. Check out her blog for tips on college, life, and inside stories from her adventures in nannying.
Charlie & Kimmy of eatlovewear.com
This best friend duo posts amazing outfits, style tricks and amazing food pics on their blog and Instagram. And what could be better than blogging with your best friend?
Chelsea of thecrookedhammer.com
Chelsea writes about books, style, fashion, and posts monthly buckets lists (I drew a little inspo from her for this post!). Don’t forget to head over to her Instagram for some killer photography.