10 Ways To Ring In Fall In The Bay

The entrance of fall in the Bay Area usually comes with a heavy dose of rain, barring the appearance of a few sunshine-filled days leftover from our much-applauded summer in September. It also marks the beginning of the autumn-inspired, heart-warming festivities that are synonymous with this time of year.
If you’ve stashed your swimsuit and are ready to take part in this sensational season, stat — take note of these 10 ways to get out and experience fall in the Bay. Whether you’re looking to feast your eyes on orange- and yellow-hued foliage, slip your tootsies in wool socks and toast them in front of the fire in a coastal lodge, or peruse the pumpkin patch in search of a canvas for your creative carving — we’ve got your fall weekend plans on lock.
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Photo: Courtesy of Manka's Inverness
Bunker Down In A Cozy Coastal Lodge
Head out west, check into a coastal accommodation, and let the fog-entrenched Pacific Coast surround you as you slip on some wool socks, stick your nose in a book, and toast yourself by a wood fire. You will stumble upon our fave, Manka’s Inverness Lodge, en route to Point Reyes as you pass through the sleepy town of Inverness. If beachfront property is more your scene, keep going a bit further to Nick’s Cove and get a cottage right on the water. If you get bored with the lax lodge life, venture out and savor the local bounty (oysters, yum!) as well as the golden beauty of fall on the coast.

Manka's Inverness Lodge, 30 Callender Way (at Argyle Street) Inverness; 415-669-1034.
Nick's Cove, 23240 Highway 1, Marshall; 415-663-1033.
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Hit Up A Football Game
Member of Raider Nation? Niners' fan for life? Well, then you know that our city has not only one but two professional football teams to spend your Sunday with — at either The Stick or over in Oakland. For a real fall treat, go out and show our banner college teams, the Cal Bears or Stanford Cardinal, some local love. Grab a handful of friends, a BBQ, some beers, and tear up a tailgate before the game!

San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park, 490 Jamestown Avenue (between Harney Way and Gilman Avenue); 415-656-4949.
Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way (between Hegenberger Road and 66th Avenue) Oakland; 510-569-2121.
Cal Bears, Stadium Rim Way (at Centennial Drive) Berkeley; 800-462-3277.
Stanford Cardinals, Galvez Street (at El Camino Real), Palo Alto.
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Sip On Some Hot Drinks
Something about fall just warms your soul, whether it's the family focus, preparing for holidays or just throwing on more layers. And, nothing completes that feeling better than a piping-hot beverage in your hands with kicks of frothy fall flavors. Visit Outerlands to enjoy a cup of Lemon Ginger Hot Cider or hit up Mission bakery du jour Craftsman and Wolves's specialty drink with warm caramel, salted butter, and croissant shavings — dessert in a cup, don’t mind if we do!

Outerlands, 4001 Judah Street (between 45th and 46th avenues); 415-661-6140.
Craftsman and Wolves, 746 Valencia Street (between 19th and 18th streets); 415-913-7713.
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Apple Picking
Nothing will get you in the fall spirit faster than throwing on a chunky-knit sweater and visiting a Northern California apple orchard for some DIY fruit grazing. Go ahead, hop in the car, and motor up north to check out the Twin Hill Ranch in Sebastopol. If you’re looking to make a weekend of it, the Philo Apple Farm in Anderson Valley has some uber-cute cottages available for rent that come with a cooking class where you can learn more about eating local while you communally cook with the family that owns the farm!

Twin Hill Ranch, 1689 Pleasant Hill Road (at Elphick Road), Sebastopol; 707-823-2815.
Philo Apple Farm, 18501 Greenwood Road (between Hendy Woods State Park and Route 128), Philo; 707-895-2333.
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Start A Book Club
When the summer winds die down and the fun after-work activities come to a screeching halt, the fall season is the perfect time to get invested in a new page-turner. Enlist five to 10 pals and start a book club, planning to meet weekly — somewhere cozy with a fireplace like Sugarlump or Riptide. If you’re pressed for time (like us!), go with an "article club" and pick one person a week who will share a newsworthy op-ed or feature with everyone via email and meet each week for a discussion around the topic.

Sugarlump Coffee Lounge, 2862 24th Street (between Florida and Bryant streets); 415-826-5867.
Riptide, 3639 Taraval Street (between 46th and 47th avenues); 415-681-8433.
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Bake (Or Just Eat!) A Pie
October signals the official start to the holiday season (Halloween counts, no?), so we pretty much give you the go ahead to start consuming sweets en mass! And, what could be more sweetly synonymous with the season than a flaky fan favorite — pie! If you’re looking to get your hands in the dough, Three Babes Bakeshops offers the pie-making maestro classes at Good Eggs the first three Saturdays in October. Into scarfing pie more that actually baking it? No problem! Pick up some of its delicious pies at Good Eggs, Off The Grid on Sunday, or the Ferry Plaza’s Farmers' Market on Saturday.

Three Babes Bakeshop at Good Eggs, 2128 Folsom Street (between 17th and 18th streets), San Francisco; 415-617-9774.
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Photo: Courtesy of Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hang In A Pumpkin Patch (And Explore A Corn Maze!)
Whether you just want to bask in the bright-orange environment or take home a winner to carve, the Bay Area has no shortage of pumpkin patches to please the gourd lover in everyone. If you’re looking for a family-friendly spot outside the city, peep Arata (they have hayrides!) in Half Moon Bay, Marin Country Mart’s Organic Pumpkin Patch, or go big and hit up the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch that comes equipped with a four-acre corn maze as well! If you'd prefer to stay in the city, Clancy’s in the Inner Sunset is a neighborhood fave.

Arata Pumpkin Farm,185 Verde Drive, Half Moon Bay; 650-726-7548.
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze, 550 Stony Point Road (between Pepper and Rainsville roads), Petaluma; 707-781-3132.
Marin Country Mart Organic Pumpkin Patch, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle (at Lincoln Village Circle), Larkspur; 415-461-9900.
Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch, 1620 7th Avenue (between Lawton and Moraga streets); 415-309-9667.
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Low Profile Coastal Wine Tasting
While summer sees most of the wine-tasting action (hello tourists!) local wine lovers know that the fall is when harvest goes down and is one of the best, most chill times to please your palate with that sweet Northern California grape drank. This season, take the road less traveled outside of Napa and Sonoma and duck into Monterey to scope out River Road (aka the Wine Trail), which houses more than 20 under-the-radar vineyards tucked into the mountains of Salinas.

River Road Wine Trail, River Road, Monterey.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ferry Plaza's Farmer's Market
The Farmers' Market At Ferry Plaza
The easiest, tell-tale way to notice fall in the food-driven Bay Area is through the change in fare both at the markets and in the restaurants. Sweet treats of summer (peaches, plums, and nectarines) are switched out for autumn faves like pears, honey-crisp apples, butternut squash, and brussels sprouts. Take a weekend stroll through the Ferry Plaza's farmers' market, chat up the local vendors on what’s in season, and get their thoughts on how they think you should prepare it.

Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building (between Mission and Washington streets); 415-983-8030.
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Take In Some Fall Foliage
You can peep fall’s multi-faceted effects all across the Bay from wine country, where the vineyard leaves turn gorgeous shades of orange and yellow, to the 'burbs of the South Bay. But, if you’re interested in a serious Technicolor tree explosion that rivals Vermont, make your way to Ukiah in Mendocino County and take in the autumn glory with a small-town, hippie vibe.

Ukiah, California
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