Slowly the tem­per­a­tures start to drop as the leaves change color and fall to the ground, cre­ating the perfect season for cher­ishing the sun­shine before the snow arrives. The excitement of fall heightens with the end of the blazing summer heat and the antic­i­pation of the coming months of hiber­nation.

Here’s a list of Hillsdale fall must-dos, fully basic and Instagram approved.

Try Rough Draft’s new fall line

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Rough Draft intro­duced a fall line of drinks including a Maple Clove latte. Unlike some of Rough Draft’s sweeter lattes, Maple Clove has more of a savory taste, com­plete with a maple smell and a dusting of clove, with a flavor that is present throughout the whole drink.

Find some pumpkins

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Local Hillsdale busi­nesses will host their annual “Awesome Autumn” cel­e­bration on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 5 – 8 p.m. in Downtown Hillsdale. Shops will be open with special giveaway deals and food samples. Smith Flowers will have free pumpkins until sup­plies last. Grab one and paint or carve it.

Go on a walk

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Hillsdale has numerous paths to explore the orange, red, brown, and green colors of the leaves. Walk along the St. Joseph River, stroll through the Arboretum, or follow a trail at Hayden Park to get outside before the frost comes in.

Eat a donut and drink some cider

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Nothing says “fall” more than drinking apple cider and eating fresh donuts at a local cider mill. Located approx­i­mately 25 minutes outside Hillsdale, Meckley’s flavor fruit farm has a variety of ciders and wines as well as donuts made to per­fection. While they don’t offer apple picking, vis­itors can go on a hayride through the orchard and enjoy weekend con­certs with live music.

Watch the Sunset

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It is starting to get darker earlier and earlier each night, so treasure the time with the sun. Head to the west side of Kendall hall for one of the best sunset-watching spots on campus.

Bake and Read

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Make a pie, bake some cookies or bread, and finish some of that extra English reading you haven’t had time to do. Often, many people resort to the infamous pumpkin obsession, so the pos­si­bil­ities for new recipes are endless.

Have a bonfire

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Grab a group of friends and absorb the smoky smell of a fire from an evening bonfire before the snow comes.

Go horseback riding

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Fall is the perfect time to explore trails on a horse, and take in the beau­tiful changing leaves and cooler weather.

Keep eating ice cream

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You may hes­itate to eat ice cream as the days grow colder, but AJ’s Cafe offers a pumpkin pie flavor com­plete with pie crust and whipped cream that you should try.


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Josephine von Dohlen
Josephine von Dohlen is a senior from Minneapolis, Minnesota who appreciates the communicative power of journalism and the community that it fosters. A graduate of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., she has previously interned with Catholic News Service and the Santa Barbara News-Press. At Hillsdale, she is a member of the Dow Journalism Program and majors in American Studies. Email: