Enjoying fall in Burlington

I think one of the reasons I love fall so much is the fact that it’s so fleeting. It seems like that perfect period of time when the weather is still comfortable and the trees are still vibrant with colour goes by in the blink of an eye. So I’m trying to soak up autumn as much as I can. Here’s how I’m enjoying fall in Burlington right now:

Apple picking at Applevale Orchards

A few weekends ago I dragged JZ to go apple picking with me at a local orchard because it’s one of my favourite fall activities. I like Applevale because it’s not an entertainment farm that charges up the wazoo to just enter its property. It’s simple and to the point: just pay for your desired size of bag, and go pick apples. We picked a huge bag of Macintosh apples that have been great for snacking on. I’m also hoping to go back soon to get some Golden Delicious apples for applesauce and apple crisp!

Enjoying fall in Burlington - Applevale orchards

Hiking at Dundas Valley Conservation Area

Fall is the ideal time for hiking in my opinion. The temperatures are just right, and you really can’t beat the views! Dundas Valley is just a short drive away from Burlington, so my friend Andrea and I decided to check it out one afternoon. We hiked the Main Loop, which took us about 1.5 hours (including a 10 minute period where we got lost). But you could seriously stay there and hike all day on its various trails while taking in its gorgeous views:

Enjoying fall in Burlington - Dundas Valley Conservation Area hiking

Fall treats at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

Before our hike we stopped for a treat at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, which always has amazing fall goodies (and nut free too!). I went for their ginger molasses cookie since it was one I’d never tried before. I’ve also had their pumpkin chocolate chip muffin and pumpkin scone which are both delicious.

Enjoying fall in Burlington - Kellys Bake Shoppe ginger molasses cookie

Comfort food at West Plains Bistro

As soon as fall hits, I’m hit with cravings for comfort food! Which is why my home cooked dinners lately have consisted of casseroles, risotto, pasta, and stew. I also recently had a fantastic beef bourguignon at West Plains Bistro with the most tender beef! Served over shallot infused mashed potatoes and enjoyed with a glass of Merlot, it was comfort food at its finest.

Enjoying fall in Burlington - West Plains Bistro beef bourguignon

Lattes at Tamp Coffee Co

This is my and JZ’s favourite coffee shop! There’s a little seating nook there that’s the best place to hang out for a few hours on a chilly fall day with one of Tamp’s pumpkin lattes (which, FYI, are eons better than the pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks!).

Enjoying fall in Burlington - Tamp Coffee Co latte

Fall produce at the Burlington Mall farmers market

Fall to me means one thing: squash! I go nuts for all the great squash at the farmers market. A few years ago you could mostly just find butternut, buttercup, and acorn squash but these days I’m finding all sorts of different varieties like delicata, hubbard, kabocha. It’s awesome! I also love the Brussels sprouts, leeks, potatoes, parsnips, and carrots this time of year too. They’re perfect for using in all my comfort food cooking. Oh, and let’s not forget The Cheese Man’s stand – because comfort food requires cheese, am I right?

Enjoying fall in Burlington - Burlington Mall farmers market

Speaking of comfort food, I’ll be busy cooking, eating, and enjoying Thanksgiving this weekend, so I won’t be posting again until mid next week. Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!

How are you enjoying fall where you live?

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13 Responses to Enjoying fall in Burlington

  1. Wow – you really have been embracing all things fall!! I loved reading about all of your adventures! :) Mac and I are heading up to Haliburton next weekend and I’m hoping for a fall-coloured drive. Oh, and also, all things pumpkin (and sweet potato… and b-nut squash. Obviously. haha)

  2. I hate the fact that fall is so fleeting… and that it leads to 6 months of winter :( I’ve been trying to make the most of it by spending as much time outside as possible, especially in our huge river valley which makes you feel like you’re not even in the city anymore. That and I really love spending cozy evenings at home now that it’s not bright out till 10 anymore :lol:

  3. I am doing my best to enjoy the fall weather! It’s gotten colder than I would like already, but there’s been a lot of dog walks and I went for a trail run the other morning. I’m hoping that the drive when I move will be pretty with all the leaves changing!

  4. You got lost for 10 minutes? That’s impressive. The last time I got lost in a big park (key word- big- it was pretty small ) was for over an hour and I was still in the car park.

    No fall here, but I’ll pretend it is when I’m up there. Or Winter.

  5. Hey, if you ever visit Toronto let me know! That’s where I’m livin at :)

  6. Fall may be my favourite seasons! I love soups and warm comfort food, I love nature walks and photographing the changing leaves, and I love the produce at farmer’s markets. I agree with you, Starbucks PSL are mediocre so I’ll have to venture to Tampa. I do love that fall also brings squash, apples and ginger back into daily eats/ bakes.

  7. Ah as much as I adore living in Mumbai, I wish fall existed here…it almost sounds magical :)! Love that JZ came apple picking with you! For me, October means the hottest month of the year so that involves plenty of air conditioning, pool time, smoothies and shorts!

  8. loooove apple picking!

  9. Hell yes comfort food requires cheese. This is all ideal, including the mashed potatoes in the merlot sauce. I love the farmers market goodies. Seeing those hauls always make me happy.

    I’m hoping on the Hubby’s next school break we’ll be able to get a good hike in and see all the leaves changing. I’ve been looking forward to it so I hope the weather, the timing and the leaves cooperate.

    • Chelsea

      That brief period of time when the trees are colourful is seriously the best time for hiking! I hope the timing works out for you guys.

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