Spending autumn in the Okoboji area is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have in this truly stunning part of Iowa. It's the perfect time of year, when the heat and bugs of summer have been toned down, along with the crowds that are synonymous with the state's top vacation destination. Fall in Okoboji represents the idyllic window of time between the blistering months of summer and the chilly months of winter, both of which also offer unique and appealing draws to the region. However, it's easy to see why autumn is a favorite among those who call Okoboji their seasonal home. Scenic, temperate, comfortable, cozy, and full of festive glow, this time of year is rich with activities and you're bound to make fabulous memories that will last a lifetime. If you're not sure how you want to fill up your autumn calendar in this picturesque locale, here are six exceptional ideas to help you get started!
Go On A Scenic Hike
Hiking may often be considered a summer activity, but fall hiking in the Okoboji area is an experience all of its own. In fact, waiting until autumn to explore the trails and wilderness in the region has many advantages. You can also discover trails time and time again in different seasons here, and each time they will have something unique to offer. The fall foliage is absolutely stunning, displaying striking mosaics of red, gold, green, copper, and yellow. Stroll along the pristine lakeshore for a truly unforgettable autumn morning, afternoon, or evening.
Pamper Yourself And Rejuvenate
Fall is the perfect time of year to restore and rejuvenate everything from your skin to your mind. As the weather turns cooler, allow your body and mind to adjust to the change in seasons and help yourself ease into the colder months by treating yourself to one of the incredible Okoboji spa experiences. For a lovely miniature outing, opt for one of the charming day spas that are scattered throughout the Great Lakes region. For a plusher overnight experience, consider staying at Village West Resort and Hotel, which is equipped with a bakery, boathouse, tennis courts, restaurants, a beautiful indoor swimming pool, and much more.
Plan A Stargazing Night
There's nothing more joyous than stargazing with friends and family on a crisp, clear autumn night in the Okoboji area. Although the weather will be chillier than in the summer, this is the optimal time to make an event out of it. Grab some blankets, thermoses of hot chocolate, and your favorite fall sweatshirt and head out into the countryside to see some truly spectacular celestial displays.
Discover Fall Cooking In Your Okoboji Home
Okoboji's gorgeous lakefront and town properties are equipped with incredible dining and cooking spaces, and the region is rich with produce that makes world-class fall cuisine possible. The Lakes Area Farmer's Market extends into October and is a fantastic place to gather fresh, locally grown seasonal produce that you can use to make outstanding seasonal dishes for yourself, your family, or your community!
If you're in the mood for a cozier, indoors-only day, your options are still extensive. Explore local art galleries and venues such as Pearson Lakes Art Center, Blue Water Studios, Art on 16th, Expressions of Okoboji, or even Wine Bar & Art Gallery in Arnolds Park. There is also a wealth of museums that you can pop into to learn about everything from local history to rock n' roll to boat crafting.
Make Some Art Of Your Own
If there's one word that can describe autumn in Okoboji, it's "inspiring". The fall landscapes can provide sublime inspiration for amazing painting, photography, or sculpture as the work of the many talented artists already living here can attest to. Grab a kayak and paddle out or simply walk around to be delighted and inspired by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country.
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