Get Pumpkins! And More Ways to Make the Most of This Weekend

Take care of your trees (or plant one), linger over breakfast, refresh your planters, get ready for wet weather and more

By Laura Gaskill | Courtesy of 

The leaves are turning, the pumpkins are ripening on the vine, and the apple cider is fresh and cold — it must really be fall! Make the most of your weekend with a mix of good-to-dos (care for your trees) and pure fall bliss (take a leaf peeping drive). Peruse these seven weekend ideas, and then share what you’re up to in the Comments.


1. Put tree care on the schedule. If you have mature trees on your property, take a moment this weekend to make an appointment with an arborist to inspect them — it’s important to have any dead or damaged limbs removed before storm season. Depending on your region, fall may be a good time to plant new trees too. Check with knowledgeable nursery staff to find out whether fall or spring is better where you live.


2. Linger over breakfast. A leisurely morning around the breakfast table (pajamas welcome) is a wonderful way to make the weekend feel notably different from the usual weekday morning rush. Pull out all the stops and make your family’s favorites, whether that’s soft boiled eggs and toast soldiers or waffles and bacon.

  Photo by David Dashiell   

Photo by David Dashiell

3. Tour a great home or take a leaf-peeping drive. Why not go on a little adventure this weekend in search of fall color? Tour a famous home or garden (like The Mount, writer Edith Wharton’s estate in the Berkshires, shown here), or just hop in the car and head for somewhere woodsy.


4. Give your porch planters a fall update. Mums in rich fall hues are a classic choice for porch flowerpots, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, consider ornamental grassesinstead. These feathery fronds give planters a lush look and bring fall color to your porch all season long.

5. Warm up your kitchen floor with a rug. Swapping out a tired old kitchen rug for a new plush one in a warm hue is a quick and easy way to update your kitchen for fall. Plus, it will keep your toes toasty on chilly mornings while you wait for your coffee to brew.


6. Get the entry ready for wet weather. Outfit your main entryway with sturdy, nonslip flooring or mats, a place to stow mucky boots and a stash of towels for mopping up tracked-in rainwater (or wet dogs). When the first rain comes, you’ll be prepared!


7. Visit the pumpkin patch.Whether you head to a pumpkin patch in town or trek to a pick-your-own pumpkin farm in the country, this weekend is a good time to hunt for that perfect jack-o’-lantern. And if fresh-pressed cider or apple cider doughnuts are involved, so much the better.