My mom’s favorite time of year was always autumn.  She instilled in me the importance of hanging a fall wreath, and I can still smell the pumpkin bread she’d let me help make as it baked in the oven. I guess that’s why Autumn is my favorite season, too.  Kids going back to school, crisp fall mornings, leaves changing colors and floating to the ground, anticipation of a weekend football game.  I still love this time of year, and 

Washington’s foodie scene really has it going on this fall. 

Not that the cool mornings have begun in Washington yet, but when they do, imagine stopping in at Rachel K’s Bakery for an apple cider latte and a decadent cranberry orange scone. But while it’s still warm out (and you’re longing for that taste of the season,) grab a chilled apple cider frappe at Rachel’s. You’ll be happy you did!  (Always makes my day start on the right note. 😉)

Maybe you’re looking for a taste of autumn at lunch. A quick respite from your workday at Down on Mainstreet enjoying their new ‘When Pigs Fly,’ (pork wings tossed in a secret, spicy sauce served with homemade ranch dressing).    Nothing says ‘football season’ like southern seasoned pork (especially with a craft beer. Maybe not the beer at lunch during a workday. Their sweet tea rocks, too. But I digress.)

Sometimes it’s just great to pick up a pound of mouth-watering eastern NC style BBQ with all the fixings (think sweet, Southern hushpuppies and crisp cole slaw) from Hog Heaven or Boss Hog’s to take home and watch the game there with friends. (Hey, if I’m having friends over to watch football, I don’t want to be in the kitchen, right?)

The finer dining scene in Washington has fresh fall options for your discerning taste buds as well. The Hackney, a farm to table restaurant that serves an innovative modern British/American cuisine based on locally sourced ingredients, has stepped up the culinary game.  Offering new cocktails like the ‘Autumn Bloom’ (gin, spiced rum, spiced apple reduction, brown sugar and ginger beer), and the ‘Down East’ (gin, cardamom-pear syrup, and lemon juice), will make you realize that you’re in for something special with your dining experience. Follow your inspired libation with steamed clams, mussels, or oysters on the half shell dressed with Padrón peppers and local apple & honey mignonette.  These shellfish at The Hackney come from Shellem Seafood Company, female owned and operated out of Wrightsville Beach, NC.  (That alone makes me want to eat there and order those!)

The Bank Bistro is on board with their latest fabulous fall creations, too. Start with bartender Alisa’s fig, tequila, and ginger cocktail; then dive into a salad of local pears, micro greens, mushrooms, kale and goat cheese, followed by delectable beef ribs with sweet bourbon chutney over sweet potato purée.  (Alisa is like a mixology Goddess; everything she mixes is exquisite.)

Finish your autumn evening in Washington with a waffle cone from Scoops on Main Street with their popular Cappuccino crunch or a rich, hot latte. 

Sometimes when that chill hits, it’s just nice to curl up with a good book and a glass of wine. That’s when you should head to Wine and Words..& Gourmet.  Owner Mary can help you select a luscious rose or a heavenly Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany your palate. Round it out with some of her delightful flagship cheddar and artisan crackers (from The Accidental Baker in Asheville), and you have elevated an evening at home to a divine ‘me’ experience.  😊

The temps might not feel ‘fall-ish’ yet, but the tastes of an amazing fall foodie paradise await you in Washington. 

What are you waiting for?