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5 Best Bets For Fall

Fall is at our doorstep. There are so many ways to celebrate the season that it can be hard to figure out how to divvy up your weekends between now and Halloween. Don’t worry, we got you. This is a short list of all the best experiences in our neck of the woods. Everything here is a short day trip from Seattle. Enjoy!

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1. Float in a hot air balloon

Have you ever seen the Pacific Northwest from 3,000 feet? Ever seen the sun go down over evergreen trees and cornfields? 

Fall is a special time to climb into the sky and see vistas filled with brilliant leaves. A balloon ride at sunset pairs well with a wine tasting. 

Here are your best bets for local balloon vendors.

Snohomish Balloon Ride 

Balloon Depot 

Over the Rainbow

Ballooning Snohomish

2. Party on a bicycle, Victorian Era-style

The annual Tweed Ride takes the Snohomish vintage aesthetic and puts it on wheels. Dozens of riders in Victorian garb (jodhpurs and shirtwaists, anyone?) depart from the Machias Trailhead on the Centennial Trail. Riders take a break at the historic Carnegie Library in Downtown Snohomish to enjoy period-appropriate tea and refreshments from local vendors. 

This jolly time for all is definitely fodder for Instagram, if not the perfect opportunity for your next profile picture. Reserve your ticket here.

3. Wholesome kid- and pup-friendly fun

Craven Farms is the most family-friendly of local pumpkin patches. They don’t do zombies, ghosts, or haunted anything. Instead, you can expect old-fashioned scarecrows, rubber duck races, and kid-friendly educational corn mazes. They even have a special weekend designed for dogs in the pumpkin patch.

Now that’s wholesome.

Some families who go to Craven have been visiting annually for several generations. Get out there and make some memories.

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4. Cider it up

Apple harvesting season is in full swing. If you fancy golden nectar, you’ll want to see what local cideries have on draft. What’s your pleasure -- dry, crisp, semi-sweet? These local taphouses have got you covered. Cheers!

Soundbite Hard Cider - Everett

Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse - Snohomish 

Elemental Hard Cider - Arlington

The Independent Beer Bar - Everett

5. Blast a gourd from a cannon/Selfie with Sunflowers

Pumpkin farms offer so much more than pumpkins. 

Pumpkin cannons are exactly what they sound like. “Punkin chunkin” is a process in which compressed air launches a gourd at high speeds through the air or at a target -- with a big splat. This seasonal thrill is worth a try at least once. Check out the pumpkin cannon at Carleton Farms in Lake Stevens.

Stocker Farms in Snohomish specializes in fields of sunflowers. Row after row of brilliant yellow petals make for the perfect Instagram selfie. Hurry and reserve your spot today -- the flowers begin to wilt come early October.

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