September is upon us, and summer’s heat will soon give way to the cooler temperatures and colorful foliage of autumn. Many people take advantage of this time of year to travel to the northeast where landscapes are painted with the oranges, reds, yellows, and browns of deciduous trees. This is the time when bed and breakfasts in Maine and New Hampshire are booming, and so are their nightly rates. Here, on Florida’s Emerald Coast, the peak vacation time has passed, and with it the crowds of beachgoers, making our little paradise quieter…and less expensive.
Soon, there will be an influx of “snowbirds”, people who live in colder, northern, climates seeking warmth and refuge from impending snow and bone chilling temperatures. Many of these people will spend the entire winter in Florida – or some other warm locale.
Granted, we don’t have the same fall colors as the northeast, but we’ve got something just as good, or perhaps even better. Our white sand and blue-green water are constant, and so are shorts and flip flops. We’ve written a lot of blogs about different cities, citing the temperature as a reason for travel during different times of the year. Well, even in December, January, and February – our coldest months – temperatures still make it into the 60s most afternoons around here.
The weather is great this time of year for camping too. The Florida panhandle is chock full of parks and campgrounds with facilities capable of accommodating campers from primitive to posh. Some even have rental cabins with all of the amenities of home. These are where you’ll find our other fall colors. For those among us who love the outdoors, not much can top time spent fireside, sipping coffee, and looking at the colors of nature.
Any time is a good time to visit us here in northwest Florida, but if you’re into quiet time with nature, whether at the beach or in the woods, it’s time to make your reservations and pack your bags. No matter where you are, you can get here from there…and we’ll be glad to have you.