A Guide to the Perfect Fall Day
BY ERIN TOBIN '23
As the sound of crunching leaves fills the air and the scent of pumpkin spice wafts through the streets, autumn is upon us once more. It’s important to appreciate fall by partaking in seasonal activities, so let me be your guide to the perfect fall day!
Nothing encapsulates fall quite like pumpkin spice lattes, and with the school year kicking off, we could all use a caffeinated pick-me-up. Starbucks’ legendary pumpkin spice latte is still available, but it also introduced the pumpkin spice cold brew, which puts a modern twist on a seasonal classic. If chain stores aren’t your thing, just up the street sits Acton Coffee House, a local café. Upon entry, its storefront offers an assortment of artisan chocolates accompanied by the delicious aroma of roasted coffee beans. Acton Coffee House is a perfect place to buy a pumpkin spice latte while supporting a local business; plus, they also sell gluten-free treats.
As the day wears on and the lighting approaches peak-golden-hour, it’s imperative to take advantage of beautiful autumnal landscapes as backdrops for your Instagram posts. For those looking for a homey, small-business vibe, Westward Orchards in Harvard is the perfect place to begin. It has everything: apple cider donuts, wooden cut-outs for photo-ops, welcoming staff with the cutest embroidered cat sweaters—even Boston Creme pies, if you’re looking to take a sweet treat home. It’s ideal for giving your page more of an “earthy granola” feel. Next is Concord Center, which is an oasis for those who like to read in public. From its dainty gift shops to perplexingly crooked crosswalks, Concord Center has the cutest stores to take photographs of, and, if you’re looking to take a stroll, just a twenty-minute walk away lies the historic North Bridge, if you’re looking to take a stroll.
Finally, classic fall movies are the perfect conclusion to the perfect day. If you like creepy mansions and Chris Evans in white cable knit sweaters, Knives Out is the movie for you. In the same sense, if Timothée Chalamet running around in sweater vests and oxfords seems appealing, watch Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of Little Women. For film connoisseurs, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and Grand Budapest Hotel are aesthetically pleasing films.
Hopefully, these ideas were able to inspire times of foliage-filled photos and exploration of the pumpkin spice-y possibilities that this beautiful season has to offer!