One of my favorite things about our new Pandemic way of life is that it challenges us to be creative with entertaining. Gone are the days of simply making a dinner reservation and calling it a day. Instead, we are all exploring the many outdoor activities available.
This past weekend, I met a very dear friend for a day of apple picking and a picnic. The day was rather overcast, but we decided to see the bright side of it and enjoyed the opportunity to pull out our favorite fall outerwear.
Because the opportunity to move inside is more limited these days, I’ve found that I have three fall outerwear items that I take everywhere with me. First, is appropriate footwear. These Sorel boots stand up so well to wind, rain, and mud and I was very grateful to have them with me as we walked around the apple orchard. Designed to look like riding boots, they also bring a stylish look to practical boots and are neutral in color so that they go with any outfit.
Second, is my fall Woolrich coat. Woolrich products are made to stand up to the weather extremes of the country and I love that it is such an iconic all American brand. I bought this gray and white buffalo check a few seasons ago, but this season’s version is equally cute. You can never go wrong with a plaid wool coat in the fall. I also love that it is roomy enough for a sweater and has oversized pockets for all your things.
Last is this amazing Apolis Market Bag. It is deceptively light, but strong enough to carry everything you need or purchase throughout the day. It has leather handles that are super comfortable to hold and a spill-proof inner lining that allows me not to worry when I fill it with drinks or apples. Best of all, you can have your own message printed on the bag before it ships.
Armed in my favorite fall outerwear, I headed to McHenry County to meet my friend and her family. All Seasons Orchard is so large, we were able to safely social distance while apple picking despite the crowds. The kids loved the wagon ride and we timed our trip right to pick bagfuls of Honeycrisp apples. There really is no better way to spend a fall day than wandering through an orchard snacking on crisp, sweet apples.
Once we had more apples than we knew what to do with, we hit up the store for supplies for our picnic. A trip to the apple orchard is never complete without apple cider and donuts. I also found this loaf of apple bread and local honey which were so delicious and a little less rich. To make the day more special, I brought these etched glass champagne coupes for our apple cider. It was a fun elegant note to end the day on. Although I inherited this set, there is a very similar version here.