By Mandy Sinclair
Fall seems to arrive with a subtle change in temperatures, the leaves suddenly look crisper, and the apples layer the ground beneath the roadside apple trees. Mornings are chillier and evenings call for an extra layer. Mindsets shift from carefree summer loving to autumn routine with a dose of cozy ambiance.
For the second year in a row, I’m spending autumn in Huron County and here’s what I’m looking forward to as the trees put on a spectacular show of colour, nature reminds us to shed that which no longer serves us ahead of the winter months, and pumpkin-spice everything becomes all the rage.
Cozying up next to the fireplace, Huron County
Whether over morning coffee from one of the local roasters, or sipping a full-bodied red (a favourite is the Sinful blend from Dark Horse Estate Winery), rugging up with a big wool blanket (preferably an old Benmiller blanket) is a favourite backdrop for meeting and catching up with friends.
Our Along the Way picnic featuring autumnal flavours - crunchy treats and sharp cheeses with a touch of apple goodness, and cups of seasonal blends – is popular for friends getting together and even those planning an alternative Thanksgiving meal.
Friday night ghost tours, Goderich
When my nephews were younger they loved heading to the Huron Historic Gaol to see the costumed actors telling tales of how they ended up behind bars. Throughout the month of October, the Gaol is offering guided ghost tours on Friday evenings with tales of local crimes and haunting stories shared.
Why not kick off the evening with an afternoon food and cultural tour in Goderich? On our Goderich Tasting Trail we meander through the streets dotted with architectural gems and parks providing sweeping views of landscapes below as we chat architectural heritage and history of the town. In between we step into bakeries, cafes, restaurants and other unexpected stops to sample some favourite eats (some of which have been favourites since childhood) and meet friendly locals along the way.
Photography exhibition at the Huron County Museum
One of my favourite art forms to collect is photography (although still-life and landscapes in oils are up there). So I’m very much looking forward to the Forgotten exhibition kicking off at the Huron County Museum on 27 September 2021. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore images snapped by local photographers of unidentified people and places within Huron County. With an interest in history, this is high on my must-do list.
Joining us for our Goderich Tasting Trail either before or after will further enhance your visit as we chat history and architecture as well as grab some bites to eat at various spots around town.
Soaking up the fall colours along the Maitland River
Crunching leaves under foot, glorious fall colours all around and the sound of the Maitland River gently rushing by make the Lobb Trail a seasonal favourite. Like other trails that follow the Maitland River, the trail is rugged in spots, but with picnic benches and spots for just sitting and wildlife watching on the river, it’s one of my favourite fall hikes.
Autumn days with the warm sun overhead are perfect for laying out a picnic spread. Arrange an Along the Way picnic to accompany your hike and find a spot riverside to spread out.
Seasonal brews, Goderich
It’s not just pumpkin-flavoured lattes and apple ciders we’re sipping these days. The local brewers have jumped on board with local harvest and have created some incredible brews that I’m only too happy to sip on. I’m a huge fan of the Harvest Botanical from East Street Cider and others that include some of the seasonal fruits, still available, but in lesser quantity.
Guests on our Goderich Tasting Trail have the opportunity to sample not only local eats, get a dose of local history and architecture, but also sip local brews (age dependent of course and at their own expense) as part of our half-day walking tour in Goderich.
Country drives, Huron County
Huron County has no shortage of beautiful country roads. With rolling farmland, meandering rivers and streams, and charming villages, the scenery here is second to none.
Hands down Orchard Line is my favourite road in Huron County, regardless of the season. In fall though the tree canopy turns from refreshing greens to fiery oranges and reds while the gentle rolling hills are dotted with farmhouses and acres of cornfields (the wheat has already been harvested). Admiring the long-horned cattle grazing in the field on the corner of Tower Line Road and Orchard Line serves as a reminder to slow down and take the scenic route.
Contact us to find out more about Tasting Huron County’s Along the Way picnic and Breakfast Table delivery or our Goderich Tasting Trail featuring a range of products from producers and suppliers countywide.