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Our Editors’ Picks for Fall

from fall activities and beverages to favorite sweaters

It’s officially fall in the DFW area! (Kind of—the weather still hasn’t totally decided if it wants to move on from the summer heat or not.) And the editors here at DFWChild shared their favorite fall places and things—from where to go for fall activities to their favorite go-to sweater. Check it out!


Favorite Place in DFW For Fall Activities

“I always feel like fall begins when we visit The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at Preston Trails Farm in Gunter. You can pick your own pumpkin, plus you can pet farm animals, go through a hay maze, and take a hayride. My kids love it.” –Heather Vance Devers, Creative + Content Director

“It’s a beautiful time to get out in nature. The trails at Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Garland are always lovely, especially the soft-surface trail that starts at the 1787 Holford Road entrance.” –Carrie Steingruber, Executive Editor

“It’s an obvious choice—but it’s hard to beat the Arboretum. I’d actually never been until my son’s class took a field trip there during the pumpkin festival. It was beautiful and the perfect way to usher in the fall season. We are excited to go back.” –Alexis Patterson, Managing Editor

“All the patios. With the summer heat gone it’s so nice to sit outside. Some of my favorites in the fall are HG Sply Co., Ida Claire, Toulouse, The Rustic and Vidorra.” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie, Digital Editor

“The Dallas Arboretum displays are unbeatable. So many pumpkins and themed decor—it’s an autumn girl’s heaven! My birthday is a week after Halloween, so I love going around that time as a treat to myself. I spend a little too much time looking at the trinkets in the gift shop.” –Emily Yearwood, Assistance Editor

Favorite Fall Beverage

“Give me a good London Fog latte from Starbucks or a Cinnamon Chai with a shot of espresso any day.” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie

“Sweet tea is a drink for all seasons, right? But I do love a Starbucks hot chocolate, no whip (and a shot of caramel if I’m feeling indulgent).” –Carrie Steingruber

“Call me basic, but I love to sprinkle a little pumpkin spice in my coffee on chilly mornings.” –Heather Vance Devers

“I can’t stop drinking homemade chai lattes with oat milk. I love frothing my milk, brewing my tea and sipping it while I read. The Trader Joe’s Chai is my favorite.” –Emily Yearwood

“I love a flavored hot tea—mango, peach … and wrapping my hands around the hot mug is just as good as drinking it!” –Alexis Patterson

Go-To Sweater

“My new go-to piece is a lightweight open cardigan I picked up at Target. It’s made of modal and is so comfy. It has thumbholes and is in the activewear section. Since it’s light, it’s great for our Texas-style fall. Go get it!” –Alexis Patterson

“I love any of the sweaters with ‘supersoft’ yarn from J.Crew. They are so incredibly comfy.” –Heather Vance Devers

“L.L.Bean’s cotton sweaters are so comfy and not too heavy for Texas. I particularly love the Textured Cotton Sweater, which is soft and roomy.” –Carrie Steingruber

“I’ve been all about the turtleneck sweater trend. It’s basically all I wear in the cooler months. You can dress them up or down depending on the occasion. I love this one from Kotn. I’ve been into yellow everything these days, so I’ll be picking this up the next chance I get. Plus, all clothing from Kotn is sustainable and helps fund schools in Egypt!” –Emily Yearwood

“For lounging around, I’ll bring out my Comfort Colors sweatshirts. I’ve had a few custom embroidered on Etsy and they’re so comfy. For going out, I love this cowl neck sweater from Anrabess on Amazon. It’s super soft, has great reviews and comes in a bunch of colors. It looks great with jeans, skirts and leggings alike (and those great snakeskin booties that are so trendy right now).” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie

What to Look Forward To During Fall

“Every other year, we take a family trip to warmer climates (read: the beach), away from the busyness of shopping and holiday prep. It’s a time when I can truly relax and get through some of the books on my to-read list.” –Carrie Steingruber

“I most look forward to the cooler temps in the fall. By the end of summer, I am over the heat, and fall feels like a new lease on being outside in Texas.” –Heather Vance Devers

“I graduate from UT Dallas in December, so that’s on the top of my list. But I also can’t wait for the temps to drop below 80! The Texas heat has to go.” –Emily Yearwood

“Usually, I look forward to the many fall events that happen in DFW (Addison Oktoberfest, the Greek Food Festival, the State Fair and so on) and hockey returning in October. Even though those events were a no-go, at least we got lucky and had hockey in the summer! Shoutout to our Western Conference champs—go Stars!” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie

“I love seeing my parents’ house decorated for the holidays. First, it’s Halloween with the giant dinosaur skeleton and other spooky elements. After Halloween, the dinosaur gets a Santa hat and more Christmas decorations come out. My son loves to help, and it’s a great time of the year to be outside.” –Alexis Patterson

Our Fall Goals!

“Our big goal this fall is getting my almost-3-year-old son potty trained. We’ve told him that when he potty trains we can get a dog, and man, I’m excited.” –Heather Vance Devers

“I’m determined to buy enough candy for the trick-or-treaters this year. Thanks to COVID, I don’t know how many we’ll have, but last Halloween—our first in a new neighborhood—we ran out less than halfway through the evening!” –Carrie Steingruber

“This year, my fall goal is to stay healthy! I’ve gotten my flu shot and am ready for a COVID vaccine so we can resume a sense of normalcy. Besides that, I’m enjoying exploring our new neighborhood. We moved to a neighboring city recently, and with the not-so-searing temperatures, we can take walks and meet new friends—from a distance.” –Alexis Patterson

“I have a serious book-buying problem, so I’ve been trying to go through my ‘To Be Read’ pile before I buy any more books. My goal is to read at least half of the pile before I treat myself with new books. Here’s to hoping I can resist a vintage copy of To Kill a Mockingbird until then!” –Emily Yearwood

“A friend and I each have a DFW bucket list that we’re trying to work through—things to do, places to go. Hopefully, we can cross a few of those items off. One of the items on my list is to hike around the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve to see the bicycle burial ground.” –Sydney Blalock Ritchie

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