Best in autumn’s show

. October 22, 2014.

Linus’ sincerest pumpkin patch  

The Trabbic family has thoughtfully developed their Pumpkin Fall Festival over the last 24 years with an emphasis on staying true to the farm. Creating a really wonderful experience for families to delight in the  season while picking out pumpkins, the patch is a perfect place for little ones to navigate the kid-friendly maze, pet the farm animals and ride the pumpkin train. 

10am-7pm Monday-Sunday through October 31.
Trabbic Family Farm, 1560 E. Sterns Rd., Erie MI between Lewis and Summit. 

Fall fruits 

Apples grown at the 150-year-old Keeney Miller Orchard and Farm are spectacular.  It’s worth the short drive over the state line (go before or after visiting the Trabbic Farm—just a 5 minute drive). Varieties of apples include Grimes, Northern Spy, Matsu, Ida Reds, Fuji, Courtland’s and, my favorite, the hard-to-find Winesap. 

Open 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday,
10347 S. Dixie Hwy Erie, MI. 

A birds-eye view

Revel in the beautiful sight of downtown Toledo in all its fall finery from the Main Library’s Civic Plaza Rooftop. The panoramic, 360-degree view embraces a sun-drenched blue sky and colorful, leafy trees both an accentuating the architecture of the buildings and church steeples that comprise the downtown skyline. The rooftop is a great place to sit, read a book, take photos or eat lunch. Don’t miss the Art Gallery across from the south Plaza entrance (now showing Prizm’s award-winning artists). 

Visit the Main Library (419-259-5207 at 325 N. Michigan St.

The Plaza is open during regular library hours.

The soul of autumn

The Sisters of St. Francis have created a landscape of beauty and spiritual peace within an 89-acre area which includes the Lourdes University Campus. The place to walk this fall to tune into the mellow cadence of the season,  the trees burst in jewel-tone colors, and the autumn sun caresses the sculpted shrines and detailed, handmade clay tiles which tell of the life of St. Francis of Assisi.  The campus reflects his belief that the earth and all its inhabitants are interconnected and should be equally cared for and respected.  

6832 Convent Blvd, Sylvania OH open daily dawn until dusk. Follow signs to the All Good Things Gift Shop open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am – 2pm Saturday. Visit or call 419-824-3258.