Last weekend I went to Green Bluff, which is nearby Gonzaga, with my friend Courtney. We had a blast picking out pumpkins, petting ponies and eating sweets! Below is the article I wrote for The Gonzaga Bulletin this week. You can also view it on the link below, but I wanted to lay out the pictures for you so you get the same effect as the print version!
Fall is the perfect season for cozy sweaters, hot cocoa and family traditions. Unfortunately for most college students, fulfilling family traditions during the school year is not really plausible. But that’s why you start new traditions with your new extended family: your friends.
I made the hour drive to Green Bluff with my friend Courtney Fisher on Sunday to engage in much needed fall fun. The air was crisp, the sun was shining and the colors of autumn washed over the countryside as we inched (literally, because the traffic was so thick) toward Green Bluff.
Here are my top five things to do at Green Bluff — to make the most of your Founder’s Day weekend.
take in the scenery
You’ll surprisingly do a lot of sitting in your car on the way there, because everyone and their brother will be traveling on the two-lane country road. The 48 farms at Green Bluff are set among the cascading beauty of Mt. Spokane. No matter which farm you choose to go to, the scenery alone will make for perfect Instagram pictures. Bring your camera, a cute outfit and some patience because the cell service in this area is slim to none.
eat something pumpkin flavored
Harvest House & Orchard has pumpkin donuts, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake and even pumpkin cupcakes among other baked goods. When Courtney and I visited, the line for the pumpkin donuts was almost as long as the one for Kraziness in the Kennel. So instead we satisfied our pumpkin craving with cheesecake. The filling was light and fluffy with a complementing crumbly crust. This sweet treat was the highlight of our day.
be a kid again
These family farms have something to offer for every age, from pony rides to corn mazes. Harvest House & Orchard had an inflatable bouncing platform and a corn maze in which you could get lost. Some of the jolly jumpers on the bouncy platform were definitely past their childhood years, so no need to feel self-conscious of joining in on the fun. Knapp Farms has a pumpkin launcher that blasts pumpkins into the sky. Fisher and I watched one fly above our heads while picking pumpkins – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a pumpkin.
make a furry friend
I’m not much of an animal person, but the ponies and donkeys at Knapp Farm were too adorable not to pet. Courtney bonded with one of the brown ponies claiming, “We’re both brunettes!” Knapp Farm even had a rock formation housing some mountain goats sleeping in the sunlight. If you can get past the smell, these animals will be happy you say hi.
take some nature home with you
You can’t go to a farm without taking a piece of it with you. Depending on what farm you go to, you can pick fresh apples, buy pumpkins or get apple cider. If you don’t feel like carving a pumpkin in your dorm room (which probably is not a good idea to begin with), you can buy a tiny pumpkin for under a dollar each at Knapp Farms and then draw a face or design on it with a Sharpie and toss it in the garbage by Thanksgiving break.
Although I miss going to my hometown farm with my family, Green Bluff is a great place to get that fall feeling without buying a $250 plane ticket home. So, if you’re in need of a brief change of scenery, grab your friends and pile into a car headed to Green Bluff this weekend.