A Proper Fall Guide from Skyvue Pittsburgh Apartments
October 4th, 2016 by Ryan Sundling
The brand new SkyVue apartments in Pittsburgh are spectacular, but that’s not why you’ve been seeing people with their cameras out all over town. No, those people are more than likely here to take in the beautiful colors of the fall that bless Pennsylvania with their presence every year.
While your friends in the southern half of the country are probably focused more on football than foliage, we’d like to take some time to be thankful for the changing of the seasons. As Pittsburgh residents head back to school or dig in for a busy couple months at work, the changing leaves and chill in the air serve as reminders that summer is over and a new season is upon us. Fall can be a welcome sight for those of us who have more responsibilities than we did all summer, but perhaps lack the internal motivation to dive back into the books. How they make this transition in the South without the natural signals there to remind them is truly a mystery.
Yes, fall can be a busy time for us all, but it’s important to take advantage of the areas of Pennsylvania that come alive in October. We’re referring to the wooded hiking trails, the horseback riding hills and the orchards full of apples ripe for the picking. Here is quick rundown of some of the best ways to unwind after a busy week at work or school, from the team at SkyVue Apartments Pittsburgh.
Soergel Orchards is about 20 minutes north of SkyVue, making it the perfect spot for a quick day trip with friends or a date. You really can’t go wrong with a date to the apple orchard. There are plenty of activities to keep the conversation flowing, and everyone looks good in flannel or a vest. Pick your favorite fall attire and head out to Soergel for a whole lot more than just apples. The pumpkin patch is the perfect place to find your next Jack-O-Lantern, and the hot cider and hot chocolate will keep you and your date toasty on even the chilliest fall day. The pick-your-own apple orchard is open Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Autumnfest is not your typical small-town fall festival. Seven Springs Mountain Resort is about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, and the site of 4 different fall festivals in the month of October. Our personal favorite is the Chocolate and Chili Weekend on October 15th and 16th.
Okay, maybe those two things sound horrible together, but if you indulge responsibly by eating the chili first then the chocolate, we promise you’ll have a good time. The chili is provided by chefs competing in a chili cook-off on-site, and the chocolate comes from some of the best chocolatiers from all of Pennsylvania. Seven Springs is a beautiful, serene setting for the festival as well. They even offer gondola rides so you can see the beautiful colors of fall from high above the hills.
Whoever can pronounce this correctly on the first try can consider themselves a true Pittsburgher: Ohiopyle State Park. Whether you’ve been in town forever or Pittsburgh is your new home, you have got to check out the majestic white water rapids and wooded hiking trails down at Ohiopyle. Located about an hour and a half south of Pittsburgh, Ohiopyle offers beginner, intermediate and expert level hiking trails with panoramic views of the Youghiogheny River Gorge. The park is open year round from sun up to sun down, so there’s no excuse not to see the amazing natural beauty of Pennsylvania.