What is it about fall that just gives us all the warm fuzzies? Living in, and working with, Metro DC Real Estate, Washington DC Real Estate, Montgomery County Real Estate, and Northern Virginia Real Estate for as long as we have, allows all of us at The Estridge Group to know our way around this beautiful region come October. From Washington DC’s version of Oktoberfest, to trick-or-treating hot spots, to simply enjoying the fall foliage on your own front door step (with a pumpkin spice latte in hand), you can’t help but fall in love with our neighborhoods. Here are the five things you must do this October in The Washington DC Metro Area.
#1 – Find the Fall Foliage
Remember when you were a little kid and you would collect fallen leaves come autumn? Maybe even put one under a piece of paper and run a crayon over it to trace the leaf pattern? You don’t have to lose that child-like love for fall foliage just because you’re all grown up. And nobody does fall better than the Washington DC Metro area. Here are some of the best spots to fall in love with fall foliage in Washington DC:
And if you’re willing to try out other areas that the Estridge Group specializes in, we also highly recommend exploring Montgomery County and Northern Virginia for their Instagram-worthy color-changing trees. Orange, auburn, and red, oh my!
#2 – Celebrate Oktoberfest – DC Style!
The Washington DC Metro area does Oktoberfest like only they know how — with class. Head over to Navy Yard on October 19th for Capital Brewfest. Not only will you get unlimited tastes of more than 50 seasonal brews from the best local breweries, but they’re also offering more than two dozen wines, crisp ciders, hard sodas, and even gluten-free options. Did we mention a non-stop DJ and college football on the big screen? Here are the details:
- When: Saturday, October 19th
- Where: Navy Yard
- Time: Session 1 is from 1-4 pm; Session 2 is from 5-8 pm.
- Tickets: https://www.brewfestdc.com/tickets
#3 – Trick-or-Treat at the Zoo
Trick-or-treating door to door looks a whole lot different when the residents include the likes of clouded leopards, swamp monkeys, and Andean bears. That’s right, the National Zoo is hosting Halloween once again this year. For all you parents who are a little weary of the old-fashioned way of trick-or-treating, Boo at the Zoo might just be the new way to celebrate Halloween with your kids.
With 40+ treat stations, a dance party and kids’ karaoke, and — wait for it — the chance to meet Frankenpanda and Count Pandula, it’s a guaranteed good night for all. They’re even providing a safe space for children with sensory processing disabilities to take a break from all the trick-or-treating madness. Suggested ages are between 4 and 12. And this should go without saying, but costumes are highly encouraged!
#4 – Find the Perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte
Did you know that the very first Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte originated in Washington DC back in 2003? Starbucks may have been the first to put #PSL on the map, but the Washington DC Metro area has plenty of local shops that offer their own versions of the fall classic that you can’t get anywhere else. Here’s our top three choices:
- Bourbon Coffee: Actually rated by The Daily Meal as the best pumpkin spice latte in all of Washington DC. Need we say more?
- Ebenezers Coffee House: Right around the corner from Union Station, Ebeneezers coffee house is the perfect stop to make before work on a cold day for all things pumpkin — from pumpkin coffee cakes, to pumpkin muffins, to pumpkin chai lattes, and of course, the delicious pumpkin pie latte.
- Buzz Bakeshop: Come for the pumpkin spice lattes, but stay for the cream cheese-filled pumpkin muffins, topped with cream cheese frosting and pumpkin seeds. Drooling yet? The Buzz Bakeshop has two locations, one in Alexandria, Virginia and the other in Arlington, Virginia.
#5 – Create Autumn Curb Appeal
Whether you’re ready to sell this fall, or you’re just thinking about it, it’s never wasted energy to spend some time on making your house a little more appealing to passer-byers. Mums, ornamental kale and cabbage, and even pansies can continue to grow throughout DC’s fall and relatively mild winters. For a little more weather control, plant in flower boxes or pots so they can easily be moved inside if needed. But when that sun is shining, bright yellow mums, vibrant green kale, and happy orange pumpkins on your front steps or along the sidewalk screams “Welcome home!”
If you are looking to sell or buy a Washington DC Metro Area home this fall, make sure that you hire a real estate agency that knows your local area very well.