Ah, Autumn, the time of year when the leaves start to burst with color and there is a chill in the air. Visions of steamy mugs of hot chocolate and pumpkin patches spring forth as we enter this time of year. I’ve always enjoyed the diversity of foliage and activities available in this region because there is truly something for every interest, from spooky to family-friendly here are a few of the Fall attractions that will keep you having a blast throughout the season.
Tanglewood Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides
A sense of tradition and adventure await you at the annual Tanglewood Hayrides. Make reservations early and enjoy a 45-60 minute tractor-pulled hayride of Tanglewood Park, with a special stop at the pumpkin patch where each guest gets to pick and take home their very own pumpkin! Family-friendly filled with fall foliage and laughter, making this part of your Autumn tradition is an easy choice to make.
- 2015 DATES: Entire month of October, call for reservations
Kersey Valley Spooky Woods, Zipline, & Maize Adventure
For one of the spookiest and intense Halloween experiences in the region, take a short drive to Kersey Valley in Archdale where their Spooky Woods attraction will thrill adults with a mix of thrills and chills. For those younger in age or who are less excited about getting scared, there is a zipline, high ropes course, and outdoor laser tag.
- 2015 DATES: Thursday-Sunday in October; November 6, 7, & 13
Carolina Renaissance Festival
The town of Huntersville comes alive each weekend through October and into November as one of the largest Renaissance festivals on the east coast is hosted. In the true Renaissance tradition, the festival closes at dusk, but during the day visitors can watch live jousting matches, experience human-powered rides, and take in entertainment like falconry and contortionists. Between taking in entertainment, feast on medieval fare, try your hand at knife throwing and archery, and then browse shops filled with unique crafts and opportunities to truly get in the spirit. Visitors are welcome either in period costumes or modern clothing. Take in a taste of years gone by, you’ll be glad you did.
- 2015 DATES: Saturdays & Sundays, October 3 – November 22
32nd Annual Lexington BBQ Festival
Lexington is the barbecue capital of the world, so what better place to have an annual festival celebrating all things BBQ! Over the years, the festival has grown to include live entertainment and music, a lumberjack sports show, rock climbing walls, a pig sand sculpture competition, bike stunt shows, pig races, and a juried arts and crafts show. Between those mainstays, take time out to contribute to the annual blood drive or take in the magnificent details at the car show. Of course, don’t forget to take time to sample BBQ from a variety of vendors with sauces and preparations for all tastes. Truly a taste of the region, this is an event essential to the culture of North Carolina.
- 2015 DATE: Saturday, October 24th 2015
52nd Annual Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair
Hosted at the Benson Convention Center in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, this year’s event will display more than 120 of the finest artisans from across the southeastern United States. Goods touch the range of craftsmanship and talents, including wares likes home goods, wearables, jewelry, furniture, and decorative items across a range of media. Whether you appreciate clay, wood, fabrics, metal working, glass, leather, paper, mixed media, or printmaking, there is truly something for everyone to appreciate and sample at this fascinating collection of artisan talent.
- 2015 DATES: Saturday & Sunday, November 21 and 22
Lots to Do in Winston-Salem this Fall
Between these amazing events, take a break to consider the real estate opportunities that our region offers. There are all types of homes and neighborhoods, suited to the kind of lifestyle you’d like to lead. From tight-knit neighborhoods where Trick-or-Treating takes over the streets on Halloween to upscale modern communities with less children and more singles or seniors, giving me a call at 336-575-7249 will get you started exploring all the opportunities and finding the best fit for you and your family.