Tips & Tricks

The Ultimate Fall Bucket List

First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to the response The Ultimate Eastern Kentucky Bucket List has received. Since I launched my blog in June, it has been viewed 1,073 times, making it my most successful post yet!

With fall break coming up this week for me, I wanted to give you another bucket list: The Ultimate Fall Bucket List! Also, keep your eyes open for a fall giveaway this week. Go ahead and subscribe to email updates from A Tapestry of Me so that you’re notified of when the giveaway goes live.

1) Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Okay, this one is a given! Pumpkin patches are a fun (and mostly inexpensive!) way to spend a sunny Saturday. Often there will be corn mazes, petting zoos, concession stands, and hayrides. Some of my family’s tried and true favorites are Holliday Farm and Garden

If you’re looking for an outfit for the Pumpkin Patch, check out this PumpKentucky shirt from Shop Local KY.

in Hazard, KY and Hillview Stables in London, KY. Up next on our list are both White Oak Pumpkin Patch in West Liberty, KY and Evans Orchard and Cider Mill in Georgetown, KY.

For my non-Kentucky followers, don’t worry! Simply Google “pumpkin patch near me” and plenty of results will show up.

2) Make a Pumpkin Recipe

Pumpkin Quiche, Pumpkin Spice Waffles, Pumpkin Butter, and y’all… even PUMPKIN ALFREDO are all real things. And that’s only the top pins that showed up when I typed “Pumpkin Recipe” into Pinterest. The regular ole pumpkin pie is good, but try something new and totally unusual!

Last year, I tried making pumpkin spice macarons with whipped cream cheese buttercream. It sounded good in theory but the execution wasn’t too successful. I think this year I want to try pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

3) Hike to See the Fall Colors

The view of the fall leaves after a long hike is breathtaking, but sometimes just a simple walk can be just as beautiful. Click on this link to be directed to a list of hikes in the Red River Gorge area. I recommend Chimney Top Rock to anyone and everyone! It’s half paved, short, and almost like a walk in the backyard! The view at the end is breathtaking, too.

The Gorge isn’t the only place you can appreciate the changing of the season. Ask around to see where locals find the prettiest fall colors!

4) Try a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ok, PSL’s are basic. I get it. But they’re basic because THEY’RE GOOD. I tried one at McDonald’s on Black Friday a few years ago and it was love at first sight.

I tried to search and see when McDonald’s PSL release date was, but instead I found something better. If you click this link, not only will you find a list of everywhere you can order a pumpkin spice latte, but it has a list of every restaurant that has pumpkin flavored anything and grocery stores that offer pumpkin flavored items! You’re welcome.

5) Participate in a Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Plenty of communities and organizations have them! And if yours doesn’t, then host one! Pumpkin decorating contests can make for great fundraisers and can allow you to be creative with your design. Carve them, paint them, stack them… reimagine them however you wish! Here are some cool ones I found on Pinterest (of course):


6) Watch a Seasonal Play

Two years ago, on fall break, my family went and watched Something Wicked This Way Comes at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. We all loved it! Many times, theaters will perform Halloween-oriented productions during the season. Find the schedule for your local theatre and check out what plays they’ll be showing during October and November.

For my East KY folks, here are links to schedules for Barter Theatre and Jenny Wiley Theatre.

7) Walk Through a Pumpkin Trail

…That’s really the only way I know how to describe it. And for the record, this is still on my bucket list too! I know that Louisville has one, but I think other states do as well. If you click on this link, you can read all about how they prepare the 5,000 pumpkins along a 1/4 mile trail. The proceeds from the inexpensive tickets benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation.




Well there you go! Hopefully you stay busy this fall, but also make time to stay snuggled up and cozy too ☺️ What is your family’s favorite fall traditions? Let me know in the comments below!