7 Delightful Ways an Empty Nester Can Celebrate Fall This Year

September 1, 2016

7 Delightful Ways an Empty Nester Can Celebrate Fall This Year
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Fall is in the air! Can you feel it yet? I certainly can … while we are still sitting at temps in the 90s, the humidity is down, the mornings and evenings are cool enough to enjoy a cup of coffee or an adult libation on the porch. The late Summer rains also bring the fresh scent of the pine trees drifting happily through the cooler air.

While for most folks, especially those with children and grand-children, Fall is a time for festivals, hayrides, apple picking and face painting. However, what does it bring to those of us whose children have grown and have yet to produce grand-children? It seems without those little factors, Fall is just Fall. No face painting, no Boo at the Zoo, Halloween parties and haunted houses seem a bit over the top for us empty nesters with no grandchildren, don’t you think?

While I love everything about Fall, the turning leaves, cooler temps, warm soups and bonfires … it always seems when it comes to Fall celebrations they are focused on the children and family fun. Those of us who have no little one to tag around with seem to be at a loss as to what Fall celebrations should be about. Well, this is where I come in … I’m sharing with you my Fall Celebration List for Empty Nesters. While my celebration list will highlight things to do in South Carolina, I’m sure if you did a little bit of digging you can come up with a Celebration List centering around your neck of the woods too.

Here are two more Fall destinations you may enjoy How to Create the Best Charleston Daycation in the World and Wonderful Burnsville NC It’s Blissful

I’m going to begin my celebration list with a few things Mr. R and I haven’t done in years … and I do mean years …

  • The Corn Maze Quest  at The Clinton Sease Farm in Lexington, SC sounds like a wonderful way to spent an afternoon or early evening. Every year they host a life-size 8 acre corn maze with clues, pictures and games to help you find your way to the other side. This year’s corn maze theme is Sherman’s March through South Carolina. The Clinton Sease Farm’s Corn Maze Quest will begin September 18th through November 15th. They have an admission price of $12.00 per person which includes admission to The Pumpkin Patch where you can pick your own pumpkins for Fall décor, recipes and, of course, a Jack O’ Lantern. I’m loving this one because I love a good corn maze and I love pumpkins lol … I think I might even challenge Mr. R into a little Pumpkin Carving game this year. They would look so awesome all lit up while we sit on the porch.

Pumpkin Display Riverbanks Zoo Columbia SC

  • Zipline Canopy Tour at The Riverbanks Zoo is something we have been interested in doing since it opened. However, with a price point of $80 per person I felt it was a bit steep for what they were offering. However, this Fall they are offering a 40% off special on Fridays! That means Mr. R and I can Zip the Zoo for a total price of $96 which blows out the full price of $160.00. If you are interested in Zipping the Zoo I highly suggest mid-September to mid-October as the weather will be mild but not chilly.
  • A Beautiful Fall Daycation in Greenville, SC – or you can make it a relaxing weekend, which ever you pleasure. Greenville is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of my favorite spots to visit is Falls Park on the Reedy. It’s a gorgeous 32 acre park in downtown Greenville featuring the Liberty Bridge which is a 355 foot suspension bridge with unobstructed views of the falls on the Reedy River. We have visited this park in the Spring and Summer, however, we have not seen the beautiful foliage in the Fall and I bet it’s spectacular! There is a wide array of shops, restaurants and museums to choose from. One thing that I love about Greenville are its array of choices for organic and farm to table restaurants there is definitely something for everyone. Greenville is also known for its many festivals, street performers and artsy vibe. It’s just a lovely place to visit!

Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville SC

  • September Harvest Dinner at City Roots Farm – I’ve been wanting to attend this event for the last 3 years. For some reason one thing or another seemed to put this on the back burner. I guess maybe if I put it on my celebration list I’ll finally get the chance to attend lol … The September Harvest Dinner is hosted at City Root Farm. Executive Chef Frank Bradley from Bourbon and Farm to Table Resident Chef Drew Thompson prepare a family style four course farm to table dinner featuring wine pairings and a complimentary cocktail. This event takes place on September 19th from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Tickets are $75.00 per person. If you’re not able to make the September Harvest Dinner there are 3 other Harvest Dinners you may be interested in attending this year.
  •  South Carolina Oyster Festival – is South Carolina’s largest oyster roast and is scheduled at the peak of oyster season, November 20th. Admission is only $10.00 however food and drinks are not included. It’s a fun all day festival which features music on two stages, buckets of oysters, oyster shooters and even oyster gumbo is available. If you’re not an oyster lover there are other food vendors with many delicious food choices.  They also have a wine garden and ice cold beer too! It’s really a fun time for all the family. Just bring your ID, a blanket, a chair and enjoy a beautiful Fall festival.

South Carolina Oyster Festival Columbia SC

  • South Carolina State Fair – This has always been an anticipated annual event for all South Carolinians, however, Mr. R and I have not attended in quite a few years. This year that will change. I love going to the fair! There is something that just screams happiness when I see the flashing lights, hear the carnies calling out and of course, the awesome exhibits and totally guilt ridden food choices. I’m not much into the rides these days but I know Mr. R will go on a few of his favs. This is a great event to get out and enjoy the fresh fall air, visit the exhibits and throw all the dieting out the window, even if for just one day or evening.
  • Gervais Street Bridge Dinner – I know this is a long shot on my fall celebration list but I do want to include it here. This dinner sounds totally amazing! The historic Gervais Street Bridge is closed down for an evening of entertainment, cocktails and a multi-course dinner prepared by the finest chefs in Columbia. Not only is it a fancy evening out in the beautiful setting of this historic bridge, it is also a charity event for four non-profit organizations that are vital to the area. Last year, this event made a tremendous impact on donations to the area’s 1,000 Year Flood Victims and will continue to make an even better impact this year. Tickets are limited to 1,000 people and the general ticket price is $150 per person. A price tag of $300 for an evening of  entertainment is a pretty hard pill for Mr. R to swallow especially since he tends to shy away for the hoity toity, foodie scene but I can put it on my list. Maybe one day he’ll cave in and schedule this dinner one Fall. This event takes place on October 23rd from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Do you see the general theme of my celebration list? Yep … you’re right food, food and more food! I can’t help it I’m a huge foodie and it is always the focal point to my fun adventures lol. But, alas, even though we aren’t centered around our children and have no grand-children it doesn’t mean we are limited in Fall celebrations!

Are you an empty nester with no grandchildren? What do you do to celebrate Fall? I’d love to know!

See you in the comments,

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