4 Ways to Experience Fall in San Diego

With mostly warm weather year round, sometimes it can be hard to notice the transition from summer to fall in San Diego. October is usually still warm with temperatures ranging from the low 70s into the 80s, and unlike other places in the country, many residents still find themselves in shorts and tank tops rather than cozy sweaters and warm jackets. While no one is complaining about the wonderful weather, it just means San Diegans have to try a little harder to experience and enjoy fall. Here are four ways to do just that!

  1. Pumpkin Everything

    Pumpkin is everywhere this time of year, and not just the ones delicately carved and decorating front porches. You’ll find pumpkin flavor in lattes, seasonal breakfast cereals, and even in locally brewed craft beer. Pumpkin is the official flavor of fall, so find a way to enjoy it before it retires for another year. Of course, there’s no better way to enjoy pumpkins then hitting your local pumpkin patch and enjoying their fall-themed activities like hayrides and costume contests.

  2. Apple Picking & Cider Tasting

    A very popular family-friendly activity this time of year is apple picking. There are many orchards in San Diego that offer apple picking (and our favorite, cider tasting!) but apple picking in Julian is very popular, and may be the most-beloved location for spending the day plucking produce. Apple Star Orchard, Crosscut Farm & Orchard, and Julian Farm & Orchard are just a few places that offer apple picking plus a variety of activities and events. If you aren’t going to turn your freshly-picked apples into a pie, pick up a delicious baked treat at the iconic Julian Pie Company while you are there.

  3. Sample Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

    Eating seasonally is a great way to celebrate fall flavors, and ensure the produce is at its freshest. Head to one of our local farmer’s markets and pick out something fresh. The cooler weather makes it more enjoyable to eat soups, chilis, and stews, and a variety of roasted vegetables. Look up new recipes and incorporate fall favorites like acorn, butternut, or spaghetti squash, brussels sprouts, persimmons, carrots, pomegranates, beets, and of course- pumpkin!

  4. See the Changing Leaves

    The only downside to living in a beautiful city filled with palm trees? The leaves don’t change color. Don’t worry, it’s just a short drive from San Diego to plenty of places that will allow you to witness this gorgeous seasonal phenomena. Grab some snacks and hit the road to one of these almost local destinations to witness the fall leaves:

    • Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
      There are lots of hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty you can wander while enjoying the fall colors. Taking family photos by Lake Cuyamaca with the trees in the background makes for a wonderful holiday card!
    • Idyllwild
      This adorable mountain town two hours outside of San Diego has an abundance of cottonwood trees that change to deep yellow as summer winds down. Check their local events listings as they often have seasonal activities that will add to the experience.
    • Lake Arrowhead
      Also just a two hour drive from San Diego, this small town in the San Bernardino mountains makes an excellent destination for witnessing fall colors, thanks to its dogwood, oak, and cedar trees.
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