The weather app on my phone's pedicting 70 and 80 degree temps thru the end of the week, so all my friends who live for Summer are probably doing their (best) happy dances right now. Everyone else who couldn't wait for Fall is most likely bummed, but still out buying beaucoup harvest and/or Halloween decorations for their front lawns, and pumpkin flavored everything at the market.
With that in mind, here are four fall-tastic things you can enjoy whether the temps are hot and humid or a bit chilly and brrrrrrr (Translation? Bring out all the long sleeves), that I bet you'll also be seeing in your news feeds soon enough.
"I'm really excited about natural wine. Natural wines are generally biodynamic & organic ones that have been produced with very little intervention on the vineyard, in the cellar and during bottling, i.e., low-to-zero additives or sulfites. Think purity, personality and terroir. Campus Fine Wines has a great natural wine selection as does Grapes & Gourmet in Jamestown. A few bottles to try: Morphos Petillant Naturel (from Maine) or Royaz Sparkling Wine (from Slovenia). You will find both at Grapes & Gourmet. Taste Domaine du Mortier Graviers 2013 (Loire Valley, France) & Chemins de Bassac Isa White 2014 (Languedoc-Roussillon). Not sure if your local wine store stocks natural wine? Ask! And yee shall receive." (Mixologist, Bartender, Writer & Singer, Willa Van Nostrand of Little Bitte Cocktails)
Spectacular Pumpkin (#Yum)
"Pumpkin Ravioli at Venda Ravioli - It's fried to perfection with a crispy exterior, smothered in cinnamon and sugar, and served with a mascarpone dipping sauce. Pick these up in the freezer section and make them at home for the yummiest dessert." (Insta Celeb & All Around Awesome Individual, Lindsay R.)
Day Tripping Done Right
Block Island in September and early October. Several restaurants are still open for business and you won’t encounter masses of tourists. Even if it isn’t warm enough for swimming, explore by bicycle or enjoy a wonderful hike around all the undeveloped land. (Author of the "Secret PVD", and "10,000 Things PVD", Rebecca Keister)
Also, just found out, via the ppl over at Block Island Organics (organic, non-toxic sunscreen and skincare), that there's this secret labyrinth right off Corn Neck Road you might want to check out too. If you're feeling adventurous.
"The Veiled Crow is seriously a gem. Loren May is a gifted psychic medium offering tarot card readings, her own line of bath and body products, essential oil blends & more (all handmade by Loren). Remember the movie "Practical Magic" with Sandra Bullock? Her shop reminds me of the one in the movie. Whatever you need, she's got something to help!" (The Wax Queen, Alexandra Lepore)
**Recommendations originally appeared as part of the My RI Life series on this blog.**