While summer is now a distant memory, that doesn’t mean the fun times in the South are.
Fall can be a great time in the region. With a combination of cooler weather (well, somewhat), an abundance of events, and new places and things to discover, it’s easy to “fall” in love with the South.
: It is guaranteed during the fall season there’s never a boring weekend in the South. If you love festivals, you are in the right region. The truth is that we in the South love to throw a festival for nearly anything. So whether you like apples (Georgia Apple Festival
, Unicoi County Apple Festival
), shrimp (National Shrimp Festival
), oysters (Violet Oyster Festival
, NC Oyster Festival
), stew (Brunswick Stew Festival
), mullet (Gautier Mullet and Music Fest
, Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
), BBQ (Kentucky State BBQ Festival
) or chili (Terlingua International Chili Championship
), you are sure to find somewhere celebrating it on a Saturday or over a weekend. It’s also a great time to get a jump-start on holiday gift shopping at such events as Kentuck
, Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
or Caledon Art & Wine Festival
: Football time in the South is something that can’t be put into words, but should be experienced. Whether you’re cheering on the Volunteers or the Commodores in Tennessee, Gators or Seminoles in Florida, or Tigers or Gamecocks in South Carolina, extend your time by turning it into a weekend getaway. Many college towns/cities are great undiscovered destinations.
: Yes, the South has trees with leaves and those leaves do change colors. If you are a leaf-peeper, you can keep up with the latest developments on your favorite (or new) destination. From east Texas
(yes, you read that right) to Alabama
, South Carolina
, North Carolina
, you are sure to see a brilliant display of colors.
Farms and Farmer’s Markets
: Whether you are a browse or a buyer, or just like to explore, fall is an optimal time to head to farms/farmer’s markets
. Discover ones in your backyard or while on a getaway. You never know what you might walk away with or learn.
For some, fall is defined by midway rides, corndogs and cotton candy at county or state fairs. Get your fill and
thrill of excitement at such places as the Louisiana State Fair
, Jackson County Fair
, National Peanut Festival
or South Carolina State Fair
Get outdoors now! Go fishing, kayaking, hiking…the list is endless. Visit a state park or two. Believe it or not, it’s also a great time to head to the beach, and the South is blessed with some beautiful ones. The weather is comfortable and it’s less crowded.
Fall in the South- it’s a special time in the region, and it’s ready for you to discover.
photo credit: The Wild Bunch, flickr, creative commons by pberry.