Falling into Fall- Where to visit for Autumn adventures

Autumn is one hell of a season.

Crisp days, wooly knits and big scarves, falling leaves, pumpkins and spices, roaring fires, mulled cider, fireworks, 50 shades of orange, cosy nights and nature at its absolute finest. What’s not to love.

It has long been my favourite season no matter where I have lived in the world. As summer starts to fade I always get so excited when I start seeing the trees change and the days drawing in earlier. There is always an enchanted earthiness that no other season can replicate and if just feels like Autumn is a huge warm big hug from mother nature. Even writing about it brings a smile to my face and makes me want to go jump in a pile of fallen leaves.

As it’s such a picturesque season I couldn’t have a post of some of the most wondrous places to visit so I’ve asked a few travel bloggers to share their favourite places around the world to visit in the Autumnal months to inspire you to find some new places to explore.

Newark Park, England

England does Autumn amazing!! I think it’s something to do with the woodlands and old country houses. The contrast of the old buildings against the colourful foliage just is the epitome of a thumbs up from the autumn gods.

We had initially planned to visit Westonbirt which is the national arboretum and come autumn is dominating my social media news feeds form others visiting, however, the day we visited it was so busy so we stumbled upon Newark Park and I am so glad we did as it hit the autumn spot! The Cotswolds is easy to find in the south of the country and there is a lot of National Trust properties within this area so you can visit a few over a weekend.

I would recommend Newark Park as not only is the house really interesting to explore it also has a beautiful woodland and grounds that is all the colours of the autumn colour wheel.

We’ve blogged previously about it here if you want more details.

Arashiyama, Japan

Every season is worth a visit to Japan, but in my opinion, fall is the one season you definitely shouldn’t miss. In Japan fall is known for three things:
The leaves turning color
Delicious comfort food
Onsen the Japanese hot springs

Depending on where you are in Japan the leaves will turn color somewhere between October and early December starting in the north in Hokkaido where it gets cold fastest and then makes its way down to the south where it stays warm a little longer.
One of the most beautiful places to visit is called Arashiyama, a part of Kyoto with many temples and gardens, a couple of mountains and overall a lot of nature to offer.
Not only do the Japanese maple turn a bright red color, the ginkgo tree turns bright yellow creating a fantastic contrast.

And after a day of strolling and admiring how beautiful nature is there are only two things that you should do: Take a bath in an onsen (a Japanese hot spring) and afterward eat some of the delicious food in season during fall. Warm hot-pots called Nabe and Oden, and other delicious foods will warm you right up. There are foods made of chestnut and sweet potato that are unbelievable delicious and as a desert why not have some persimmons that are in season during fall.
I don’t know about you, but I think this sounds like a perfect day spent in Japan in fall.

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Norfolk, England

This Autumn, if you are looking for an escape to the seaside, if you are dreaming of long walks on the beach, tasty seafood, and cosy pubs – Norfolk is the place for you!

Norfolk is the perfect balance of British countryside and seaside, and it is a fantastic place for a breath of fresh air. It is about 3-hours’ drive from London, so an accessible destination for a weekend away. Head to Norwich and explore the cobbled streets full of lovely little shops. If you like flea markets make sure to give yourself time to explore St. Gregory’s Centre for the Arts, a paradise for vintage and antique fans. Visit the beautiful village of Burnham Market which is everything you imagine British countryside to look like! Have a long walk on the beach in Wells-next-the-Sea where you will find the famous colourful beach huts of Norfolk. Make sure to have some crab for lunch at one of the food stalls you will find in any seaside villages. Finally, have a digestive stroll in Blakeney to appreciate the local architecture before heading back home!

Stay at the Dabbling Duck, a very charming pub, and B&B, the rooms are cosy and the breakfast delicious! Make sure to have dinner there too, the duck breast is excellent and the banana sticky toffee pudding is to die for, and I don’t even like sticky toffee pudding!

Enjoy a romantic dinner at Stratton’s, the menu only features local and seasonal products.

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Temple of Apollo, Greece

It was In October, fall of 2015 that my husband and I took a week trip to Greece. We rented a car to make sure to visit and explore all sides of Athens and its environs.
The tour that we have prepared ourselves went so well, foods and cultural and architectural buildings in Athens are the most spectacular but on our 3rd day, we went for a trip to Ancient Corinth in the northwest part of Athens in Sparta.
Since it was our first time to go in this strange city we almost got lost and arrived in another place as not expected, but later we found the right way to go to Temple of Apollo.
The place was so special it has this different vibe that I can feel deep in my bones, we went inside the archeological place to have a look at what it resembles from a closer look. There was a bunch of debris and sculpture collection found by archeologist themselves.Couple of ancient vases, objects, and other particular things that ancient people used in their daily lives.

As we go out from the site, I went closer to see this splendid ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The sun was striking in my eyes with about more than 26 C, however, I still manage to adore the glimpse of it. Looking at those big rocks/ruins and the view from Acrocorinth, the mountain that you see behind it. I was stunned and breathless while watching at this perfect scenery of the place never did I expect that fall would be a fabulous season with full of fantastic overviews in Greece.

This would be my greatest Autumn/fall place to visit ever and I will surely go back there anytime.

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New York City, United States of America

While New England might sound like the best destination to go to in the States to see some autumnal foliage, New York City, definitely doesn’t disappoint! To see the leaves, it’s best to go mid-late November, I have visited in October and even late-October is sometimes too early, though this is highly dependent upon the weather.

My favorite place to get a sight of the changing leaves is Central Park. This is because the park was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead and his partner, architect, Calvert Vaux. Olmstead put public parks on the map through his public space designs that served to unite people of all socioeconomic backgrounds in an area they can all enjoy. As a result, Central Park is a joy to explore, with thoroughfares and wide open spaces that delight locals and tourists alike. There are so many trees in Central Park you’re bound to find at least one, if not more, trees with yellow, orange, and red-toned leaves. The Mall walkway leading to the Bethesda Fountain was featured in Maid in Manhattan and is an amazingly beautiful tree-lined pathway throughout the seasons, but most of all, during the fall. Some of the best views in the Central Park are also around Gapstow Bridge by The Pond and by Bethesda Fountain near The Lake.

Other notable areas in the New York City area to see the colors of fall are Washington Square Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Aside from autumn trees, Washington Square Park, in Greenwich Village, is best known for its large stone arch and tables full of chess players. Prospect Park, was also designed by Olmstead and Vaux and offers a mix of green grass and colorful trees throughout the park. Even though these are parks are my top 3 choices, any tree-filled park in New York City would be absolutely gorgeous in the fall.

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Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea is a great Fall destination. We arrived on November 1, and the air was crisp and cool. Jackets were needed! The leaves had started turning weeks earlier, so the trees were a beautiful mix of colors. Many were still green, but there was plenty of yellow, orange, and red all around. We particularly enjoyed exploring the Secret Garden (Huwon) at the Changdeokgung Palace. The palace buildings and grounds themselves are beautiful, but the Secret Garden is spectacular. It’s a large area of forest and flowers and water and small temples that you could wander around for hours. All the beauty Fall has to offer was on full display when we visited.

There are other parks throughout the city where you can experience this, but one spot somewhat hidden among the city streets is the Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road. At the time we visited, the 2016 Tree Hug exhibition was on, which meant all the trees along the road were wrapped in hand-knit sweaters. It was funny and heartwarming and perfectly representative of the season. And one last reason to visit Seoul at this time is to catch the annual Lantern Festival. Beautiful lanterns telling local stories about Seoul and South Korea are set up all along the Cheonggyecheon Stream, which runs through the center of the city. You can walk the entire length of the stream to see hundreds of lanterns, and even set your own small ones afloat. The festival opened the night before we left, and it was a lovely and romantic way to spend our last night in this beautiful city.

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Do you have a favourite place to visit in Autumn? Let us know in the comment below we’d love to hear about it!

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Autumn goals at Newark Park 

Oh I do love autumn 🍁🍂🍃🌾

The other half and I went off in search of finding some pretty autumn colours. It really is such a gorgeous time of the year here. The initial destination was supposed to be Westonbirt Arboretum but it was to busy and we were to impatient to wait for an hour. So we got our trusty TripAdvisor to see what else was in the area and that’s when we found Newark Park.

What a fabulous place to visit. The house, the grounds, the view and the service by the staff that work or volunteer there.

Whilst it offers something different to Westonbirt if you want to see some beautiful autumn views then this is a great alternative that is less busy and far more charming. If you are in the Cotswold do make sure you out this on your list.