We are officially in the season of fall. A time of enjoying the colorful leaves, sipping on pumpkin spice lattes and bringing out your favorite cozy sweaters.
Fall in Madison may look a little different than it normally does, as we are missing the earthquake-inducing Wisconsin Badger football games as well as the beloved Dane County Farmers Market.
However, there is still plenty to do around the area from beautiful hiking spots to pumpkin picking and tasty sweets — Madison has it all.
If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, try visiting the classic Devil’s Lake State Park (www.devilslakewisconsin). This beautiful state park, located in Baraboo, Wis., has several great hiking trails that lead you up into the Wisconsin bluffs.
Once you make it to the top, take a minute to catch your breath as you look out over the lake and see an array of red, orange and yellow tree tops that go on for miles.
The views are simply unmatched and will leave you breathless.
Another staple of fall is, of course, pumpkin picking, and Madison has no shortage of places to do it.
Try Eplegaarden Farm (www.eplegaarden.com), only a 20 minute drive, for this is a great place to pumpkin and apple pick, enjoy fresh apple cider and donuts as well as visit the animals who live on the farm.
They require no reservations, so it is the perfect place for a planned trip or spontaneous adventure.
Next, for a combination of fall activities, try Schuster’s Farm (schustersfarm.com) located in Deerfield, Wis.
They provide an all around fall experience by having an eight acre corn maze, hayrides around the farm, pumpkin picking, farm animals and a haunted forest for you to get lost in.
They promise the __ minute drive will be worth your visit!
Lastly, Madison has great places to get your favorite fall sweets. Try Kilwins(www.kilwins.com/shop/perfect-caramel-apple), a local shop right on State Street next to The Icon that sells all your favorite treats.
They are known for their delicious original caramel apple recipe and have nothing but great reviews! With seven different kinds to choose from, this tasty fall date will no doubt leave you craving more.
While some traditions may be cancelled, that doesn’t have to stop new ones from being made.
Go out and explore the city of Madison, and its surrounding areas, while taking advantage of all things fall.