Autumn is the crunch of red leaves under new boots, the smell of apple pie baking at Grandma’s house, and the feeling of wearing your favorite over-sized sweater on the first cold day of the year. If you love this time of year as much as I do, then you’re in luck—Addison has many parks and other spots to enjoy a beautiful fall day. So order your Pumpkin Spice Latte to go, and check out one of these cozy spots around town.
Before the trees light up for the holidays during Vitruvian Nights, they are all sporting leaves in gorgeous autumn hues. Bring a blanket and picnic near the creek, taking in the serene environment surrounding you. Afterward, lace up your tennis shoes and walk around the almost ¾-mile trail, breathing in the cool fall air while working up a sweat.
Take a date to Winnwood Park, one of the most romantic spots in Addison. Take pictures with your love inside the gazebo that sits over a pond, which features a collection of lush trees in the background. Or find a quiet park bench tucked away from traffic for some quiet one-on-one time in nature.
One of life’s most peaceful experiences is doing yoga poses in the park on a clear fall day—except when goats are involved. Visit the Addison Athletic Club from 8-9:30 a.m. Oct. 20 to participate in GYR Goat Yoga! While you pose on yoga mats, a tribe of pet goats will wander around, graze on surrounding grass, jump on you and look irresistibly cute. It’ll be a unique experience that you never knew you needed.
On a particularly cold or rainy autumn day, warm up by the fire on the patio at Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar inside Village on the Parkway. The large campfire will remind you of good memories from your old school bonfires, except this time, you can drink adult beverages by the fire! Also, don’t leave without trying the seasonal Apple-Huckleberry Open Face Pie, made with wild huckleberries, apples, cinnamon, sugar and salted caramel sauce, served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. You can warm up your hands and stomach at the same time!