Finding Fall in a City Where the Leaves Don’t Change

Beautiful fall foliage in SF
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Mastering San Francisco’s seasonal game can be tricky: we all know what Mark Twain supposedly said about August… And come October, the leaves don’t really change colors—so how are you to know when to pull the boots out to walk through piles of them photogenically? One thing we do know is that fall is one of the most glorious times of year here in the City by the Bay, and we’ve got four ways to honor the season locally.

    1. Skip the crowded pumpkin patches in Half Moon Bay (and the miles of traffic that lead to that corn maze) and head to Flora Grubb Gardens  in Hunter’s Point for seasonal, moody succulents–or the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market for decorative gourds and trendy little white pumpkins you saw all over Instagram last year.
    2. Cozy up to the bar at SOMA’s favorite brewery, 21st Amendment, where you can sample their seasonal beer, “Fireside Chat,” an English-style ale with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices only available October through December.
    3. If there was ever a season to pair well with bluegrass music, it would be fall, right? At the very least it’s an excellent excuse to get that floppy felt hat out. We know you’ve been looking for one. Head to Golden Gate Park for the three-day, free for all, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and don’t forget your picnic blanket and aforementioned English ale.Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

      -Courtesy of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Facebook Page

    4. Stock up on scarves, because let’s be honest: you can always use one in San Francisco—Autumn or not. A trip to Castro’s UNIONMADE should do the trick, where both their men’s and newer women’s boutiques stock the best in cashmere and wool in yummy colors like wine and olive.

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