Despite Phoenix stubbornly refusing to ever give us anything other than year-round green trees and clear skies, I’ve still found ways to feel like I’m living in an autumnal wonderland.
Here are four things to add to your fall 2019 bucket list:
1. Drink spiced apple cold brew from Dark Hall Coffee
As soon as I heard this drink existed and was not just something I dreamed about, I almost immediately raced over to Dark Hall to try it. If you love apple pie and everything the months of October and November represent, I demand you cough up $5 for this beverage. I was also delighted to see that Dark Hall decorated for Halloween and lives up to its name.
2. Go on a date at the Arizona State Fair
Do you want to hear the story about my perfect fall day? The year was 2015. I was 19, and the guy I was dating at the time invited me to the fair to meet his dad and stepmom. I forced myself to wear my favorite sweater and jeans even though it was 85 degrees outside. I got kissed on a ferris wheel, given a stuffed dog and his parents thought I was adorable. I can still smell the optimism and cotton candy to this day. Now that life has hardened me, please take your significant other to the fair in memory of my 19-year-old self.
3. Shamelessly have an Instagram photoshoot at Schnepf Farms
I’ve never actually done this, but I really want to. Roll your eyes if you want to, but you will never be more photogenic than when you’re holding a pumpkin. Or sitting on a pumpkin. Or laughing candidly in a field of pumpkins. Go crazy and do it for the fall-themed ‘gram!
4. Visit some of Phoenix’s most haunted spots
Did you really think I was going to get through this list without mentioning that it’s also spooky season? I’ve written about Phoenix hauntings before, but now is the best time of year to check them out. If you’re in the metro Phoenix area I recommend stopping by the Hotel San Carlos Downtown or Casey Moore’s Oyster House in Tempe.