As the sun sets on another Bermuda summer, fall is slowly but surely making its presence known on island with cooler temperatures and crisp foliage. If you are in search of inspiration for things to do this fall, here is our list of seasonal musts. Can you conquer them all?
- Devour a Lobster
- Coinciding with the change in weather is the start of lobster season in Bermuda, when it is legal to possess, hunt (so long as one has a permit) and consume the sweet meat of the spiny lobster. Between September 1st and March 31st, spiny lobsters are hauled from the ocean floor and prepared a number of ways to the delights of salivating locals and visitors. Get your fix of local lobster from your favourite restaurant, or buy one from a licensed fisherman to take home and prepare to your liking.
- Take a Horse-Back Trail Ride
- Perhaps one of the most memorable and unique ways to see Bermuda’s landscape this fall is by horseback. Watson Performance & Trail Horses offers a variety of tours for riders of all levels of experience, guided by champion rider Mike Watson. For an hour and a half, explore back roads, old railway trails canopied by trees, tribe roads and scenic beach paths. To book a trail ride, visit www.watsonsbermudahorsetrailrides.com
- Pick a Pumpkin
- Although pumpkin patches aren’t exactly plentiful in Bermuda, you can still visit a local farm to get your hands on a Bermuda grown pumpkin to take home and carve ahead of Halloween. Alternatively, if you are looking for a more traditional experience, this year, The Royal Naval Dockyard is hosting its annual Fall Festival on October 22nd. Among the many autumnal themed activities on offer, there will also be a pumpkin patch, where you can handpick the perfect pumpkin!
- Go Beer or Wine Tasting
- As the weather begins to cool, many of us may find ourselves favouring indoor activities, especially if the day brings rain and gloom. The next time you fancy an indoor escape, consider a visit to The Tasting Room to sample a variety of wines from all over the world. If wine is not your preferred tipple, take a trip to the brewery at Bermuda Craft Brewing and try their portfolio of locally brewed beers.
- Get in The Spooky Spirit with a Haunted Tour of Mitchell House
- This October, step back in time and discover the haunting truth of Mitchell House in a guided tour put on by the St. George’s Historical Society Museum. Go for the storytelling, and stay for the spirits – if you dare to encounter them. Tours will commence between 5pm and 7pm on October 28th and 29th. Admission is $2.
- Have a Beach Bonfire
- Nothing quite says fall like cozying up on the beach at sunset around the warmth of a bonfire. However, before you can embark on creating an unforgettable night under the stars, permits need to be procured ahead of time to have a bonfire on a public beach. To eliminate the stress of planning, one can always hire the professional at Bermuda Bonfire to take care of everything for you. All you have to worry about is your guest list, beverages and food!
- Discover Bermuda’s Best Parks & Nature Reserves
- As the autumn air begins to usher out the summer heat, spending time outdoors has never seemed more desirable! This fall, set out to explore Bermuda’s best outdoor spaces with our comprehensive guide to the island’s parks and nature reserves.
Rig Up and Learn to Sail
Looking to challenge yourself and try a new sport? Both RHADC and RBYC offer adult sailing lessons aboard J24 keelboats and 420 dinghies, teaching the basics in small-boat sailing to adults keen to learn. Partake in a learn-to-sail beginners’ course or brush up on existing knowledge with intermediate or advanced training. Call RHADC at 236-2250 or RBYC at 295-2214 to learn more.