Although I’d have to say Spring is my absolute favourite season, Autumn comes a close second. Social media is awash with Pumpkin Spiced Lattes (confession time, I’ve never tried a pumpkin, never mind a spiced coffee), chunky knits and autumnal shades. And I have to say, it’s one pretty sight.
Despite Halloween and bonfire night just around the corner, I wanted to share five other ideas of how to spend an autumn weekend, from a little R&R to hosting the ultimate girls night in.
Book a Spa Weekend Away
Getting away for the weekend with either your partner or your best friend is one of life’s biggest pleasures, especially if you’re caught up in the hustle of day-to-day life. Just having some time to relax and unwind can change your whole energy for the rest of the month. With that said I was recently introduced to Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, a gorgeous Georgian hunting lodge nestled in three acers of land in Newmarket in Suffolk.
Not only is the interior of this hotel stunning, but attached is a 5-Bubble rated spa (a Bubble rating is basically like a star rating – do you see what they’ve done there), offering an Autumn Delight Spa break, including a salt & oil scrub, 35 minute Relax and Revive massage, robe and slippers, cheese and biscuit platter, soft drink, access to the spa’s hydrotherapy and heat experience, 3-course dinner in the hotels 2AA Rosette Squires restaurant, overnight stay in the hotel, full English breakfast and full use of the Health & Fitness Club.
Erm, yes please. Imagine being wrapped up in a fluffy robe with the crisp autumn leaves falling outside, champagne in hand. Am I painting a good picture?
Build a Vision Board
I love to treat Autumn, especially with my birthday month being October, as a fresh new start. Forget January, I like to start working on new goals from October onwards and I’ll kick those off with a brand-new vision board.
I’ve written previously about my love for a vision board and this year I’d put on mine that I wanted to go part-time and win two blog awards. I’ve achieved all of those. So take some time to write down three of your key goals for the season ahead, and create either a vision board with magazine snippets, or head to Pinterest where you can create a virtual one.
The only thing you have to do is spend 10 minutes on a morning and 10 minutes on an evening really, really visualising you already have all these things and sooner or later you’ll start to see changes. Even if you’re a cynic, just give it a go – what’s the worst that could happen?
Host a Girl’s Night In
This is probably one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday night, but something I don’t do half as much as I should. Why not gather your friends, order in pizza, fill bowls with Haribo Tangtastics and pop open the Prosecco (or cans of Coke if, like me, don’t really drink alcohol). Have a movie marathon all in your PJ’s, and I’m sorry but you’re never too old to drag all your duvets and pillows into the living room.
My ideal movie night would have to include Step Brother’s, Crazy Stupid Love, ELF if it’s a little closer to December and why not throw in a little Sex and the City in for good measure – even though I really, really dislike Carrie now I’m my thirties and realise what a rubbish friend she was. Team Miranda all the way.
Prepare Your House For Christmas
OK, so this isn’t actually as fun as it may sound. I don’t mean get your decorations up but why not have more of an Autumn clean. No doubt you’ll be having people over throughout December so taking the time to get rid of all your unwanted stuff – including those Christmas presents you got last year and haven’t even opened yet – and sort it for charity shop or in the bin.
Having a mass clear out is incredibly therapeutic. Give the house a deep clean, from the skirting boards to the cupboards, the windows to the cupboard under the stairs and trust me, once you’re done you’ll feel like a (very tired) new person.
Take a Road Trip
Ever since I started driving, I love to just get in the car and drive. Sometimes with no destination in mind. Sometimes with McDonald’s Drive-Thru in mind. This autumn why not take a road trip somewhere you’ve never been before, grab a load of snacks – obviously including sausage rolls and Skips – and drive until you reach the coast or countryside. There’s something to be said for discovering a new town or city you never visited before.
What’s your favourite way to spend an Autumn weekend?
*Post in partnership with Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa.
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