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October is the glorious month that officially marks the beginning of fall—and unofficially marks the rush towards the end of the year. Even blinking feels like too long not to pay attention, with it so near, perhaps explaining the excitement in the air that autumn brings. The air is crisp with energy from so many upcoming holidays that it’s hard to sit still. From this point on, the days until Christmas get shorter and shorter—with New Year’s seated right behind. The weather is chilly, the summer storms are gone, and the food is plentiful. With so much on the brink, October is the perfect month to travel. We’ve come up with ten reasons, so grab your favorite old sweater and hit the road, because:

  • The changing of the leaves has started.

Fall Travel - Fall Foliage - Best Places to Retire - Tennessee - Cherohala SkywayTrees are shifting from green to ocher and ruby and brown the color of deer’s fur. Even in the southern most communities, the season’s change is felt. A need to see different color erupt in familiar, and unfamiliar, landscapes is the perfect excuse to take a few days off.

  • Amusement Parks.

The summer crowds have emptied out at last. With children in school on a regular basis, the middle of the week is prime time to escape the heaviest of amusement park lines. Besides, now that it’s not molten-lava hot outside, line waiting is almost enjoyable.

  • Food!

Finally the fall foods are in! In the grocery stores, in the restaurants, with the street vendors, in gas stations—fall food is available. Apples, pumpkins, squashes, sweet potatoes, artichokes, brussel sprouts, egg-plants, grapes, cabbage are all in the local farmer’s market to be enjoyed during the chillier months. (And let’s not forget the pumpkin-spiced everything that has seeped into mass-consumption.)

  • Alcohol

Best Places to Retire - Autumn - Pumpkin BeerBars have begun serving their special fall brews: pumpkin beers, apple shots, butterscotch rums and millions of combinations dedicated to the season. And while wine season is at its end, the fun is not over—many vineyards going strong until mid-October.

  • Football

October is arguably the most fun time to be an American with football season in full-swing. Whether attending an adrenaline-pumping NFL game, or purchasing the less-expensive football tickets for your local high-school team—the all-American classic will always get fans out of their seats.

  • Camping

The bugs have finally (at last!) retired to their coves for the winter, with the first freezes chasing away all of the mosquitos. What a better time to go camping? The nights are cold enough to need a campfire (read: S’mores) and thus, campfire songs; however, the nights are not so cold as to need thermal gear to make it through the night. Tents are the perfect alcove.

  • It’s the last minute chance to fit in those New Year’s goals

If you had sight-seeing goals for 2014, the last chance is fast approaching. (And what a great time to do it alongside 1.) The Changing of the Leaves.) Knocking a few items of your bucket list is always a fun, exciting, fulfilling thing to do—so why wait?

  • Halloween

There’s so much that falls under this category. Hayrides, Haunted houses, corn mazes, ghost walks, scary stories are all reasons to go out and experience the spookiest holiday. Every city is doing something different, so go explore!

  • It’s the last chance before things get very, very cold

As a southerner, I prefer to stay indoors in the frigid months. The roads are icy, and the wind is sharp. October marks the beginning of the end for pleasant weather.

If the normal needs to travel aren’t enough—the ten extra pulls to the road in October should get you moving.

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Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Kimball, Tennessee

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Playa Bonita Beach Residences

Playa Bonita Beach Residences

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

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Red Ledges Utah

Red Ledges Utah

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Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

Waleska, Georgia

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Retire Tennessee Program Communities - TN Gated Communities

Retire Tennessee Program Communities - TN Gated Communities

Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee's rolling hills and invigorating mountains invite you to tune up your bicycle, dust off your golf clubs and take a deep breath. The most active years of your life await. Their beautiful climate and stunning scenery set the perfect state for chasing your passions. So come on outside and stretch your legs. Tennessee's got plenty of room to roam.
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Keowee Key - South Carolina Lake Community

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Salem, South Carolina

Maintenance-free lifestyle, condos, town homes, cottages. Choose a lakefront home with private dock or use 5 community docks with 324 boat slips.. kayak rentals, and a supply store.
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Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow, Washington

Port Ludlow is a resort-style community located on the shores of the Puget Sound, just a 30-minute ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington. Port Ludlow is close enough to the city, but far enough to enjoy an active and tranquil lifestyle. With views of the Olympic Mountains, a bustling social life, waterfront inn, and myriad of recreational amenities, the community has regularly been ranked as one of the top ten neighborhoods in the U.S.
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Black Creek Chattanooga

Black Creek Chattanooga

Chattanooga,

At Black Creek, we are building a community that embraces all that has been forgotten about what defines a life well-lived. Imagine access to 1000s of acres of protected land just footsteps from your door while living just 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, where shopping, dining, entertainment as well as top hospitals are quickly within reach.
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Vista at Blacksmith Run

Vista at Blacksmith Run

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Nestled between Historic Hendersonville and Lake Lure's picturesque coves is Vista at Blacksmith Run-an exclusive Western North Carolina mountain property designed for residential development. Blacksmith Run's secluded mountain lifestyle and four season climate turns an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience. With convenient access to all of Western North Carolina's treasures, this quiet mountain gated community was developed for those who appreciate the best that life has to offer.
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Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade, Tennessee

If you are looking for spectacular mountain beauty...look no further than Fairfield Glade. This well appointed community is located high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau at 2,000 feet elevation, which accounts for the near perfect seasonal changes with very comfortable summers and mild winters.
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David Weekley Homes - Victory at Verrado

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Hot Springs Village - Arkansas Retirement Communities

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

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Rarity Bay

Rarity Bay

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Ladera San Jose

Ladera San Jose

San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur Los Cabos, Mexico

Ladera San Jose is a planned community located in the tourist corridor of San Jose del Cabo, the more family and arts oriented town in the Los Cabos area. The project was designed by renowned Mexican architect Agustin Landa, who was inspired by the strong natural sense of the land and the ocean and mountain views.
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Cullowhee River Club on the Tuckasegee

Cullowhee River Club on the Tuckasegee

Sylva, North Carolina

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