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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.

Have you been trying to decide what to make for your Thanksgiving meal? Maybe you’re ready to move on from the “usual suspects” and want to try a more creative menu. Or perhaps you want to make the meal easy and cheap so that you can spend time with your guests (rather than spending money and time in the kitchen). No matter what kind of Thanksgiving you are hosting, we can help you find the perfect menu!

23 Thanksgiving Menu Ideas to Suit Any and All Taste Preferences (Better Homes & Gardens)
Thank you, BG&H, for making it easy to make every guest feel special with lots of different options! Soul food, Cajun, Mexican, and Chinese feasts can either replace your entire menu or add a spicy dish to your standard traditional fare. We especially love the International Menu as a yummy and inclusive alternative to “tried-and-true”.

Thanksgiving Every Way (Epicurious)
So this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving? No problem! So your sister-in-law is a vegetarian? No problem! Uncle Anthony has gone gluten-free? NO PROBLEM! Epicurious has a delicious menu to help you navigate any challenge. They even provide a tasty menu for those who want to celebrate solo.

Food Network’s Favorite Thanksgiving Menus (Food Network)
Of course, the Food Network has great menus to inspire your inner chef! Choose from Classic, Southern-Style, Budget-Friendly, and Quick and Easy menus, or channel the stars with a celebrity menu from Bobby Flay or The Barefoot Contessa.

Thanksgiving Menus to Create in Your Charlottesville Apartment

40 Best Thanksgiving Menu Ideas for Planning the Feast from Start to Finish (The Pioneer Woman)
If you like to try something new every year, this list of menus will keep you busy for quite a while! Lots of delicious options (some of which are VERY specific, like our favorite, the Cheese Lover’s Menu) will keep things interesting for many years to come. If you attend more than one potluck this season, this is the place to find ideas that will make your dish stand out!

31 Thanksgiving Dinner Menus for the Perfect Feast (Country Living)
Let’s face it – there are as many ways to make Thanksgiving perfect as there are people! Find unique menus for the grill lover, the vegan, and the Chinese food lover, in addition to several options for traditional Thanksgiving fare. We love the “make ahead” options that allow us to spend more time with family.

Mix it Up

If you’re the type of chef who wants to mix and match recipes to create your own menu, you can use these sites to collect some proven winners for your feast:

31 Thanksgiving Menu Ideas That Are Solid Holiday Gold (bon appétit)
35 Traditional Dishes You Need For The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu (delish)
40 Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas for the Ultimate Turkey Day Menu (Good Housekeeping)

A Delicious End

Thanksgiving Menus to Enjoy in Your Charlottesville Apartment

Our favorite part of Thanksgiving is the dessert! Food Network has conveniently created a list of 125 delicious creations, from simple to super, to make you come back for seconds (and thirds):

125 Thanksgiving Desserts Everyone Will Gobble Up (Food Network)
We love the “Every Flavor Thanksgiving Pie Bars” that allow you to enjoy pecan, apple, and pumpkin pie all in one bite!

Create your very own menu and enjoy a holiday to be thankful for!

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

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!

Liberty 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!

Virginia Corn Mazes

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).

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 Mazes

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!

Yoder’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.

Virginia Corn Mazes

Crab 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:

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

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

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 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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8 Pumpkin Smoothies You Can Make 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 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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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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8 Pumpkin Smoothies You Can Make in Your Charlottesville Apartment

Cranberry 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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Try these tasty recipes, and then 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.