The only thing I love more than fall is talking about how much I love fall. Each October 1st, I do a happy dance, because that means it’s time for the most wonderful time of the year: my birthday, Halloween, apple cider, crunchy leaves, sweater weather. Ugh. I love it. Always have.
I know spring is technically the season for rebirth, but the fall always feels so raw and promising and full of opportunity. Spring can have rebirth; call fall my reawakening.
I thought my love for fall couldn’t grow anymore. Then I got to college. There’s something so distinctly collegiate feeling about traipsing across a quad with gorgeous orange leaves, a scarf around your neck, a textbook under your arm. It’s so idyllic and maybe even cliche, but there’s nothing like it.
Hopkins does fall right.
Case in point:
Hoptoberfest There’s an organization on campus completely dedicated to throwing an annual fall fest. Seriously. Think pumpkin patches, cider and mulled wine tastings (for those of age!!), pumpkin patches, live music, giveaways, and s’mores cookouts. It’s an incredibly fun week where the campus comes alive in the spirit of fall.
Foliage Like I said, fall is quintessential college. And Hopkins looks darn good in shades of orange. Walking to class and seeing the changing leaves really makes me feel like a student.
Farms galore Seriously, what is fall without a visit to a pumpkin patch/orchard? There are tons of local farms just a quick drive from campus. Each year, I’ve found it incredible easy to satisfy the voice inside my head demanding hay rides and pumpkin picking.
Drinks Hopkins has two Starbucks within a two block radius. You could bang-bang PSLs. Also, Carma’s Cafe has the best hot cider. Bible.
Fall Foods The Waverly Farmer’s Market is the best in the fall. I got a funky lookin’ gourd for $1! Also guaranteed to see lots of squash, pumpkin pie, pumpkins, and other fall favorites. All for pretty cheap, just a few blocks away from campus. Carma’s also has amazing pumpkin oatmeal cookies and pumpkin coffee cake. Just go to Carma’s.
~Spooky~ Lore Baltimore is an old, old city, which means that there’s been plenty of time for the city to acquire all kinds of spooky history and stories. Did you know that Edgar Allen Poe died in Baltimore? A mysterious person has left a bottle of cognac at his grave for almost eighty years. Baltimore especially embraces its creepy history in the fall, when Fells Point ghosts tours seem particularly appropriate.
Halloween Fells Point is the place to be for the best holiday. The main square becomes packed with people wearing some of the most elaborate costumes you’ve ever seen. Fells goes all out.
Friends who embrace my love of fall My friends totally encourage me to bellow “I LOVE FALL!” whenever I step outside. Or at least they don’t laugh. And they attend live productions of Rocky Horror with me. And Emelynn is 100% gung-ho for year round Halloween decorations.
Thesis: I love fall, and Hopkins has treated me to the best four autumns ever.