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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fall is in the air!

Starting this week there has been a nip in the evening air and when I go out to get the paper in the morning. The mums are ready to burst forth in brilliant displays of color and some leaves are starting to turn.

Happily this mean that means fall, my favorite time of year, will be here in just a few weeks.
For me fall means football, fall foliage, festivals and more football! You can’t beat the smells and sounds of fall on a Friday night football game. The freshly cut grass, hot popcorn and the marching band! It doesn’t get much better! Well maybe tailgating before a Saturday afternoon college game closely compares.

I try to package a weekend family football getaway with multiple events. By combining a festival, historic tour, art show and ball game you satisfy varied interests. Gosh how could I forget to add in a round of golf or two?

There are plenty of activities and events within an easy day’s drive that allow you to craft a little mini vacation. I apply the same approach in the winter months but the hotel must have an indoor pool1

For example head over to Parkersburg WVA on September 18th to catch the Harvest Moon Arts & Crafts Festival and tour Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. That evening head across the might Ohio River and attend a Division 3 Ohio Athletic Conference football game between Muskingum University and Marietta College. If you have never been to a D3 game you are in for a treat. These are non scholarship players that are playing for the love of the game.

To get your planning started check with the state’s tourism office then work down to the areas Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and/or Chamber of Commerce’s tourism office for a schedule of events and activities.

Happy travels!