Favorite Fall Fun Activities that Dont Cost You a Dime

Fall is my favorite season. It’s not only a beautiful time of year with the changing leaves, but there are so many fun things you can do. I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you today. The best thing about all of these is that they don’t cost you a dime.

1. Enjoy a spectacular fall sunset

Do you have a porch with an amazing view? Do you have an amazing view? Then go outside, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or an iced tea, and enjoy the beautiful sunset. North Carolina truly has some amazing sunsets- I try to pause and enjoy it every so often.

2. Make a fire and roast some marshmallows

Your fire pit doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a ring of rocks will do. My kids love to make s’mores and they look forward to this every year.

3. Go hiking or trail running

My favorite running buddy and I love to hit a trail when the weather cools off. Even if you aren’t a runner, you still may enjoy taking a brisk walk on a trail. Either way, a trail walk or run doesn’t cost a thing!!

4. Check out the pretty fall foliage

The leaves burst into some beautiful colors this time of year. Take a walk or take a drive and enjoy the beauty.

5. Visit a pumpkin patch

This one may or may not cost money. If you know someone who has a pumpkin farm, you may get to choose your pumpkin for free, but local farms and pumpkin patches will likely charge admission. The good news is farms that charge admission often offer other activities, such as hayrides, corn mazes, or foods.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Five Friday Favorites!! Have a wonderful weekend.

Socially distanced fun: Weekend Hikes North Carolina State Parks

We found ourselves with a three-day weekend and nowhere to go. Usually, we would go visit family but due to the pandemic, we haven’t. Instead, we have been searching for fun, socially distant ways to get out of the house. And hiking has proven a great way to keep the kids entertained, get moving, and have fun, while staying safe from Covid.

Jordan Lake State Park is only a short drive away. We needed a short trail, so we chose the Pond Trail at the Seaforth entrance. The trail is 1.4 miles.
Portions of the trail have wood walkways.
These two had a blast walking on the trail (and throwing rocks into the water).

The trail winds its way around the lake shore and two ponds. You will also see an osprey nest.

The trail also crosses the road and goes past the boat ramp, picnic shelters and ends at the beach and playground. Since it’s cold, we didn’t picnic, play, or swim. We did let the girls play in the sand for a bit.

All in all, we have decided to explore a few more state parks in our area. Hiking trails are a good way to get out of the house, get some fresh air and get moving, without the worry of getting sick.

Have a wonderful Wednesday! I can’t wait to show you where we go next week.

What can you do in Tryon, NC?

What can you do in Tryon, NC?

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Last month, my husband and I visited the towns of Landrum, South Carolina; Saluda, NC, and Tryon, NC. I’ve already briefly written about our trip once, but wanted to write a little more detailed post for you about our experience.

Tryon is a small town, but there is a lot you can do. There are a number of stores, galleries and shops downtown you can visit.

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Photo via The Laurel of Asheville

There are also some truly wonderful restaurants you can try. Our favorite was Harper Eatery and Pub, where we had a delightful dinner of maple bacon meatloaf and potatoes.

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We also visited a cute coffee shop and a bookstore where I would have happily spent all day.

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Photo courtesy of Tryon Bookshelf

Tryon and Polk County are famous for being horse country.

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You can also visit the famous Tryon International Equestrian Center.

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Photo via Romantic Asheville

And of course, you can make the short drive to Pearson Falls for a lovely hike that ends at a 100 foot waterfall.

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