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Carrie Underwood is coming to Charlottesville! See the seven-time Grammy Award-winning country superstar on February 24th at John Paul Jones Arena.

The beauty of light and the whimsy of nature intertwine harmoniously at the Boar’s Head Resort Winter Wander Trail of Lights, taking place from November 18th through January 7th.

Virginia residents know that fall in our state is absolutely beautiful! As the weather turns comfortably cool, the leaves become a display of stunning colors, and you don’t need an excuse to take a scenic drive to make special new memories. Enjoy the most beautiful season in Virginia and visit one of the many a-MAZE-ing corn mazes and pumpkin patches near you! Find your perfect maze with these suggestions:

Back Home on the Farm Corn Maze
Harrisonburg’s Adventure Farm stays true to the nature of the “Friendly City” by celebrating fall with a new, community-focused theme each year. This may be the ultimate fall festival, featuring a long list of activities for kids of all ages. Enjoy a pumpkin patch that includes more than 60 pumpkin varietals, pig races, a petting zoo, putt-putt golf, climbing walls, and even a 60-foot slide! Spend an afternoon in the corn maze, and then settle in for a private campfire with family for a perfect autumn outing!

Temple Hill Farm Pumpkin Patch
Come for the GIANT corn maze and bring the whole family for all the wonderful Autumn Extras! Pick your own pumpkin, enjoy a wagon ride, let the kids meet the farmyard animals, and even learn how to rope cattle! There are hill slides, larger-than-life “jumping pillows”, yard games, pumpkin cannons, food trucks, playhouses, and a “cornbox” (like a sandbox, but filled with corn).

Virginia Corn MazeYoder’s Farm Corn Maze
In Virginia, the name Yoder reminds us of yummy foods and handcrafted goodies. Their corn maze is no different, featuring a unique theme and design every year. You can try to complete this challenging maze during the day, or you can take that challenge to the next level after dark. Don’t forget to use their Corn Maze app to find out if you can compete with those on the leaderboard! Hay rides and a pumpkin patch add to the charm of a visit to Yoder’s.

Berkeley Plantation Corn Maze
Just outside of Richmond, the Berkelely Plantation is worth a visit in the fall simply for its beautiful autumn gardens and river shore. The plantation also features a corn maze, and admission includes a free pumpkin to take home! Children can enjoy scavenger and nature hunts that are fun and informative, and this is a prime picnic location. Bring the whole family for a fantastic fall day!

Corn Maze in VirginiaLiberty Hills Farm Corn Maze
The largest corn maze in Virginia covers 34 acres at Liberty Mills Farm in Somerset. The maze offers four rails of varying difficulty, allowing you to choose the level of challenge and the amount of time you would like to spend in the corn maze. Attempt the maze in the daylight or up your game with a nighttime challenge (bring your flashlight!). An eight-acre pumpkin patch features more than 40 different varieties of pumpkins – there is sure to be a pumpkin for everyone!

Great Country Farms Corn Maze
Great Country Farms hosts an outstanding Apple Harvest festival that includes wagon rides, apple picking, award-winning apple cider donuts, and so much more. Sample freshly pressed cider and learn how it is produced, enjoy live music, marshmallow roasting, pig races, and the “Stories from the Stars” corn maze, which will teach you about the constellations of the Zodiac! This is the ultimate Fall Harvest experience.

Virginia Corn MazesCrab Orchard Corn Maze & Pisgah Pumpkin Patch
Southwest Virginia is home to the Crab Orchard Museum, a historic farm that includes a three-acre corn maze (and options for every age). Take a ride in the hay wagon to view the historic property after you finish the maze. On Friday and Saturday evenings, visitors are allowed to wander through the maze in the dark for an extra challenge!

These are just a few of the many opportunities to celebrate the beauty of the season in Virginia! Check out some of these other venues, too:

Parrish Pumpkin Patch (Kenbridge)
Sarah’s Pumpkin Patch (Orange)
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze (Lovingston)
Valley Star Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Luray)
Owen Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Danville)
Lloyd Family Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fall Experience (Rockville)
Pumpkinville Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Toano)
White Fall Farm Pumpkin Patch (Gretna)
Sinkland Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Christiansburg)
Skeeter’s Maze Adventure (Waynesboro)
Pumpkin Patch at Greenbrier Farms (Chesapeake)
Cox Farms Fall Festival (Centreville)
Holly Fork Farm Pumpkin Patch (Barhamsville)
Mulberry Hills Farm Pumpkin Patch (Mount Crawford)

Pumpkin season is here, and we are “pumped” and ready to enjoy all the pumpkin spice flavors that make this the best season for our taste buds. If you have a craving for the taste of fall, try these fun (and yummy) recipes in your Charlottesville apartment:

Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie
Coconut milk is making vegan smoothies more delicious than ever, and its subtle, creamy flavor is a perfect partner to pumpkin. This super simple pumpkin smoothie packs a punch of potassium and oodles of yummy pumpkin spice flavor.
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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin Pie is the original treat that started the entire pumpkin spice craze. That warm, nutty blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice is what keeps us coming back for more. What if you could whip up all that wonderful pumpkin pie deliciousness into a smoothie? I don’t know about you, but I will be having pumpkin pie for breakfast, thank you very much.
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Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie
For something seasonal but a little bit different, try this smoothie that features healthy, exciting ingredients like fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar, and blackstrap molasses. The flavor tastes like a gingerbread cookie smeared with pumpkin pie but is a lot easier to take with you on your morning commute.
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Pumpkin Smoothies to make in your Charlottesville apartmentPumpkin Pecan Pie Smoothie
Why stop at one delicious fall dessert in a smoothie when you can have TWO? Pecans and maple syrup give this smoothie a boost of flavor and texture that will tempt you to skip dinner for a doubly delightful dessert.
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Pumpkin Fig Smoothie
Figs are a wonderful companion to pumpkin, adding texture and a round, warm sweetness that is irresistible. The addition of hemp hearts adds protein and texture to a smoothie that is not just tasty, but hearty enough to start your day and keep you going.
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Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie
If you want a decadent smoothie with tons of yummy pumpkin flavor AND a big health boost, you simply have to try this smoothie. Serving up a healthy dose of greens (that you won’t even know are there) while satisfying your chocolate cravings, this rich, creamy smoothie is perfect for breakfast or even lunch on the go.
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Pumpkin Chai Smoothie
The deliciously spiced scent of Chai spice always makes me think of fall and the vibrant colors of changing leaves. It also complements pumpkin perfectly! Try REBBL’s Ashwagandha Chai Coconut Milk Elixir for a super easy, extra healthy treat.
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Pumpkin Smoothies to make in your Charlottesville apartmentCranberry Pumpkin Smoothie
Cranberry’s crisp, bright flavor pairs beautifully with pumpkin, pear, pecans, and dates in this amazing smoothie that tastes surprisingly like pie! Add flax or chia seeds for extra fiber, or leave them out for a smooth, creamy taste.
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After you have tried these tasty recipes, get some pumpkin puree and start experimenting with your own fun fall smoothies! The best part of making them yourself is that you won’t have to wait until next fall to enjoy them.

Everyone loves that feeling of calm that you get when you visit your favorite spa. Why not recreate that feeling of peace and well-being in your apartment? We shopped Amazon’s best sellers and found some fantastic items to help you make your Charlottesville apartment your personal oasis, even when you don’t have time for the spa.

A Peaceful Glow

A favorite feature of many spas is soft lighting and the warm glow of candles. Candles can be a lot of work and can also be dangerous if left unattended, so warm up your Charlottesville apartment with safer options like flameless candles. Crowd them together on a table or use candle holders to dress them up. Some flameless candles provide their own decorative glass and flickering features to create an authentic glow. You can even use the timer feature to make sure your candles are flickering as your walk in the door after work.

5 Ways to Create Spa Serenity in your Charlottesville ApartmentFind Your Flow

A common feature in many spas is the water fountain. Studies have shown that the sound of moving water can contribute to lower stress levels, improved concentration, and even lower blood pressure. A tabletop fountain is an easy way to enjoy the sound of falling water in your apartment. There are literally thousands of styles to choose from, but the following are a few of our favorites:

Tiering Pots Fountain
3-Tier Modern Textured Bowls Ceramic Indoor Tabletop Fountain
Natural River Rock 3 Tier Tabletop Fountain with LED
Ceramic Tabletop Fountain

Take a Deep Breath

Your “spa” should be as healthy and rejuvenating as it looks, so don’t forget to include an air purifier! HEPA filters and air purifiers can remove dust, pet hair and dander, pollen, and unwanted odors, making your aromatherapy more effective and your air more breathable. A good air purifier can reduce the symptoms of 5 Ways to Create Spa Serenity in your Charlottesville Apartmentallergies, improve your sleep, and help you feel more energetic. Choose a single room purifier, or consider a larger HEPA filter to keep the air in your entire Charlottesville apartment clean and healthy.

The Perfect Scent

When visiting your favorite spa, you probably notice the lovely scent of lavender, citrus, sandalwood, or some other soothing herb that instantly creates a sense of ease and renewal. A home diffuser allows you to create the same aromatic feeling of well-being in your Charlottesville apartment. Try a reed diffuser and experiment with different scents like those from Culture and Nature or Binca Vidou, or use a diffuser that offers premium features like ultrasonic diffusion, humidifiers, or even mood lighting.

Fresh, Fun (and Fake)

To fully achieve the relaxing freshness of the spa, you need plants! However while the fresh green of plant life can instill a feeling of calm and help energize your senses, let’s be honest: houseplants can be a lot of work (which isn’t terribly conducive to relaxation). Rather than burdening yourself with the worries of watering and keeping pets out of living plants, decorate your Charlottesville apartment with fake plants for the look and feel of an oasis without the stress! Modern faux plants look and feel so real, that you’ll never notice the difference (except for how much easier they are to keep alive). Try some of these fun fakes to freshen up your space:

5 Ways to Create Spa Serenity in your Charlottesville ApartmentSet of 5 Succulents Fake Plants
5 Pack Mini Artificial Plants in Ceramics Pots
4 Mini Artificial Potted Plants
Antique Set of 4 Artificial Plants & Flowers
Green Grass in Gray Pot for Home Décor – Set of 3
3 Pack Mini Artificial Plastic Eucalyptus Plants
Fake Tropical Palm Tree

Add those little touches that make your Charlottesville apartment feel special for that personal touch and get ready to relax!