Well, my friends, I have accepted it. Summer is over. I was holding out hope. Last year on October 8 (my youngest sis’ bday) I was at the beach in 75 degree weather on a warm 80+ degree day. I had hope that we’d get another warm October day, but it hasn’t happened. So today I moved the bathing suits from their prime spot in the dresser. Sad. I will admit I write this hoping it will cause a warm day to spring up – but looking at the forecast, probably not.
I cannot complain as the fall weather has been beautiful. and I really do love fall weather. Like really do. It is just that accepting fall weather means saying goodbye to summer.
However, during this beautiful weather we have explored a couple Fall Festival events and I figured I’d share the round up.
Shady Brook: As you all know, I am a lover of Shady Brook’s festival field. However, I am not a lover of crowds. I have not been on the weekend as I figure this place is a mad house, but I have taken advantage of the fact that the hayride, pumpkin patch and festival field bounce house madness is open all week long. Since we love being outside, a great post nap activity has been to head over to Shady Brook for some fall fun and bouncing awesomeness. It is much cheaper during the week (I think $8 with the coupon) which is an added bonus!
Solly Brother Farms: I headed here on a Saturday for a little something to do. Solly Brother has amazing Apple Cider Donuts, a cute little shop, picnic tables for snacking, pumpkin patch, hayride, small bounce house, apple picking, etc. We took the hayride ($2) to apple pick($5 for small bucket, $8 for large). You can avoid the hayride and just walk out to the pumpkin patch. For a Saturday, it was really not that crowded and everything was decently priced. You do get stuck paying a few dollars here and there, but overall you can make a nice, decently priced afternoon!
Market at DelVal– This farm atmosphere in Doylestown was a lot of fun on a Friday Night. For $8 ($6 for children) you get access to non-scary corn mazes (there are three of them), a hayride around the grounds, bounce house, live music and place to roast marsh mellows (Bag of marsh mellows + sticks was additional $1, $5 for a whole kit that includes graham crackers). There is also an indoor market that sells food and ice cream. Friday Night is wine night there so there was live music and wine for sale. It was not that crowded and very low key. If you are looking for something that isn’t really as “popular” as the others – this is a great place to check out – open day and night. Just don’t forget your flashlight!