BCAE 2012 Fall Bucket List

Posted by Becky Brackett on Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Fall Bucket List











20 must-do adventures, experiences & projects for the fall of 2012

My favorite season is quickly approaching and this year I’m making sure to be well prepared. As we approach the end of August it’s nice to daydream and plan ahead for chillier days ahead. Fall always seem to come and go in a flash and 2012 is the time to make the most of it. I encourage you to explore, soak up the city and enjoy the season!

Here are the 25 things to do that top my list.

apple picking








1. Go apple picking
A fall tradition! Last year I went picking at Cardigan Mountain Orchard in Alexandria, NH. The trip made for a scenic drive and the farm is beautiful. They offer pick your own McIntosh, Cortland and Macoun apples along with fresh cider, jams and homemade apple pie. Nashoba Valley is another fantastic option. In addition to having an orchard they have a vineyard so you can add a wine tasting to your apple picking excursion.

2. Make a recipe with your fresh apples
Hand-picking is half the fun but tasting and baking the apples is just as wonderful. While it’s nice to make classics like apple pie it’s also fun to experiment. If you’re not sure where to begin, Instructor Dustin Rennells has a recipe for Caramel Apple Cupcakes to get you started.

3. Visit the Tent during Boston Fashion Week
BFW grows more robust every year. This upcoming Boston Fashion Week runs Thursday, September 27 - Saturday, October 6 and has been upgraded from 7 days to 10. Check out the great line up of shows and purchase tickets here. If you can't make it to the Tent there are lots of other great events taking place around the city, starting with Fashion Night Out this Thursday, September 6.

White Mountains

4. Take a hike in the White Mountains
It can be so refreshing to escape the city - and a trip to New Hampshire is just what the doctor ordered. The White Mountains are especially stunning in the fall as the leaves start to change. The Falling Waters trail which takes you up Little Haystack Mountain, along Franconia Ridge and down Mount Lafayette. includes picturesque waterfalls is a Brackett Family favorite. If the White Mountains are a little too extreme for your taste Blue Hills is a great option closer to home. 

5. Attend a Gallery Opening
From Newbury Street to the South End Boston has lots of great galleries. Free First Friday Open Studios in the South End are a nice way to kick off the weekend. The Gallery at the BCAE is also free and open to the public. We'll be hosting two receptions this fall - "UPscale: Boston Goes Big" with photographer Chris Padgett on Friday, September 14th and "Dreaming in Color" with painter and photographer Patrick Maloney on Friday, November 16. To join us RSVP by email to marketing@bcae.org.

6. Mix a pitcher of autumn sangria
Sangria, typically a summer staple, is just as good in the fall. It's easy to mix a large batch and serve to friends and family. This recipe calls for oranges, apples, lemon, triple sec and bourbon. Cheers!  

Brimfield Antique Show









7. Brimfield Antique Show (THIS WEEK!)
Brimfield, the largest antique show in the country happens just three times a year and is a short drive from Boston. For a week, the small town of Brimfield, MA is infiltrated with thousands of dealers and shoppers. Vendors fill the fields along a half mile stretch through the center of town. The show runs through this Saturday, September 9. I reccommend you go prepared with a list of what you're looking for and comfortable walking shoes. Happy Hunting!

8. Cook with a Celebrity Chef
You know and love them. Why not take the opportunity join them in the kitchen? In September & October we're excited to welcome Michael Scelfo of Russell House Tavern, Andy Husbands (to school you on Barbeque), and many more. Here's the full Celebrity Chef line-up.

9. Knit a scarf
Even the most basic knitting projects can be intimidating, but it's such a hand skill to have. I’ve knit a scarf before but am in dire need of a refresher. Here at the BCAE we’ve got a great course called "Learn to Knit" to teach you the basics. I’d love to graduate to giant knitting needles so someday.

Pumpkin Picking

10. PYO {pick your own} pumpkin
Pick your own and then carve your own! As always I'm turning to Martha - the queen of Halloween - for inspiration on carving. She's got great ideas on how to transform your gourd in her Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Guide. If you're looking for a more functional use for your pumpkin you can hollow it out to use it as a vase or bowl for serving soup.

11. Shop at SoWa Open Market
Spend a Saturday or Sunday in the South End shopping at SoWa - "Boston's Original Art and Indie Design Market." Support local artisans and discover unique handmade pieces. Be sure to say hi to Emily of The Fashion Truck and grab a gourmet grilled cheese from the guys at Roxy's. You won't be disappointed.

12. Make Your Own Pasta
Think of the serious bragging rights you'll earn! We'll get you started in "The Art of Pasta Making" on October 4th. You'll learn how to craft ravioli, gnocchi, and tagliatelle along with some simple sauces. Our Instructor Diane is a pro and you'll love being able to replicate what you learned in class at home.


13. Visit a local bookstore
Brattle Book Shop in Downtown Crossing is a great one to explore. They offer used books and their third floor is filled with rare and antiquarian books. Trident Booksellers on Newbury Street combines a bookstore and cafe and is the perfect escape from the fall cold. They have an incredible perpetual breakfast menu, fresh juices, and free WiFi. The Banana & Caramel Stuffed Pancakes are unbelievable. 

14. Create a Fall Playlist
Every season is better with a soundtrack...and for some reason the playlist for fall is always the easiest one to make. I do a new one every year (they're fun to go back and listen to) and this year my go to artists are:  Bon Iver, Ray Lamontagne, Mumford & Sons, David Gray and Ben Howard. Who's on your playlist?

15. Treasure Hunt at a Thrift Store
Update your wardrobe with some "new to you" pieces. Second hand stores like Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill and the Garment District are fun places to find one of a kind pieces and can help you re-invent your wardrobe. Second Time Around (in Beacon Hill and on Newbury Street) is a staff favorite.


16. Spend quality time at a local cafe
Bring a good book or your laptop, get a hot beverage and settle in your own corner. My top reccommendation is L'Aroma at 85 Newbury Street. Boston Common Coffee is another nice coffeehouse and has several locations around the city.

17. Create your own Thanksgiving Centerpiece
With just a few materials you can create a stunning centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner table. You can get crafty in our "Make It & Take It: Thanksgiving Floral Centerpiece" class in November. Laurie Marino will teach you the tricks of professioal floral designers and you'll leave wiht your own long-lasting table decoration. **Registration for this class opens on Monday, September 24.

18. Take a Brewery Tour
A great and inexpensive weekend activity, make a stop at Sam Adams in Jamaica Plain or Harpoon Brewery in Seaport for a tour and a tasting. If you're interested in something a little more personal we have a great series here called Brew & Chew. Our next class is "Brew and Chew with Brooklyn Brewery & Harvest."

rustic table

19. Set a rustic table
If you're having a fall dinner party there's nothing more fun than moving the indoor furniture outside. Use inexpensive materials like burlap or butcher paper for a tablecloth or runner and mix and match your plates and silverware. If it's cold put a wool blanket on each chair so guests can stay warm. {images via Pinterest // photo 1 // photo 2

20. Go for one last stroll on the beach
Pick a warm fall day and take the opporunity to put your toes in the sand one more time. Reflect on your summer and think about all the great things you have already on the calendar for fall!

What are your favorite fall activities? Are there any upcoming events in the city that we should know about? We'd love to hear what's on your list.

Topics: BCAE bucket list, things to do in Boston, fall activities