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You know Fall is here with the crispness in the air, changing fall leaves and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! It's time to get out in the open, and appreciate all of this fall foliage that the season has to offer with these three Papilia recommended trails for you to enjoy.
Hessie Trailhead in Nederland, Colorado- Hessie Trailhead is a well worn hiking loop in Roosevelt National Forest and great for hiking lovers of all levels. It is a 40 minute drive from Boulder and shy over an hour from Denver. Hessie Trailhead is a popular 3.6 mile loop trail featuring a lake which also connects with other trails, see here. Dogs are welcome on this trail too! Grab your hiking boots, dab on that sunscreen and bring plenty of water. If you hit this trail since you will be in high altitude, making water your best bet for a sustained good day in nature.
Billie Goat Trail in Washington DC- This 4.7 mile trail is one of the best known trails in Washington DC/Metro area; located in Maryland between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. Regardless of which section you choose (A-C), you are bound to hop over rocks and enjoy amazing views of nature. This map will guide you through all the ins and outs of the trail - so get ready for a relaxing hike filled with so much fun!
Max Patch near Hot Springs, NC- Max Patch is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Hot Springs, North Carolina. You'll notice immediately that Max Patch looks a bit different from the neighboring mountains and that's because it was cleared of trees in the 1800s for sheep and cattle grazing. Its been well maintained in this way so that you can enjoy breathtaking 360 views of Pisgah National Forest. This trail is good for all ages and dogs are welcome. We recommend bringing water, a picnic, or a snack to enjoy at the top.
Asheville is a beautiful city year round with many activities for the nature lover, shopper and foodie.
Raleigh, North Carolina is a capital city with a hometown feel. This city is a budding center of innovation and entrepreneurship; the vibe can be felt through unique farm to table restaurants, local boutique shops, and tech companies popping up throughout the Research Triangle Park (RTP). This area is also surrounded with lakes and hiking trails perfect for the nature lover.
Weather: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter - Raleigh experiences all four seasons. The optimal time to visit Raleigh is in the spring (March - May) and fall (October - November) seasons when the weather is mild and beautiful. Summers tend to be hot and humid, and 1-5 inches snowfall may occur during the winter months.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: Women should pack business casual/formal and/or leisure casual attire depending on the purpose of your trip.Raleigh is typically a driving city, if you are female and driving, high heels are acceptable, however if you are walking in the city center, short pumps or walking shoes are recommended. Men should pack business casual/formal and/or leisure attire depending on the purpose of your trip.
For other suggested activities: pack hiking and workout gear.
Culture: Most people in Raleigh tend to be transplants from all over the United States. Regardless of their origin, their inner Southern charm still comes out.
Shopping: The style in Raleigh is very versatile depending on your trip purpose and the season. Papilia will provide you with shopping recommendations prior to departure.
Some Suggested Activities:
Umstead Park- This park is a gem in the middle of Raleigh. Lush with trees and trails; the Umstead provides visitors with camping grounds, access to fishing, rock climbing and horseback riding.
Find a Festival - You are guaranteed to find a unique festival any time of year. A variety events celebrating international culture, arts, food trucks, craft beer, artisans, and music are guaranteed to stimulate your senses and make you smile.
Art Galleries - Explore over 20 art galleries peppered throughout Downtown Raleigh and its surrounding areas. Appreciate a variety of artistic perspectives, talk with the artists, and take the opportunity to buy a piece that resonates with you.
If you’re a foodie: You are in store for a special treat. Many restaurants offer farm to table creations such as Stanbury. Other restaurants such as Chucks and Beasley's Chicken and Waffles offer a southern twist on your favorite classics. You DO NOT want to miss out on Raleigh's foodie scene.
Safety Tip: Raleigh is a safe place, but be aware of your surroundings and keep your personal belongings within reach.
You will fall in love with Durham, North Carolina for its eclectic indy vibe, farm to table restaurants, and luscious landscape