Enjoy these great Fall escapes

(StatePoint) The weather may be changing, but that’s no excuse to hunker in. Many may find themselves fantasizing about a getaway once the weather gets chilly.

Nearby Getaways
Faraway travel may not be in the cards this season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get out of town.

Nearby activities and locations that are new to you can help you feel you are truly getting “away,” without the burden of making complicated arrangements.

From charming bed and breakfasts where you can explore the local countryside and hiking trails, to the art, culture, shopping and nightlife of a neighboring city, there are plenty of ways to make an escape locally. And you can miss the crowds by opting for sites off the beaten path.

Try a Taste of the Bahamas
Nothing is more transporting than a great meal and cocktails. While fall is considered the off season in the Caribbean and many other places, true islanders and true locals know the off season is when real fun starts and the locals let loose.

This fall, you can embrace that “off season” experience at home by toasting to the drink of the islands, during Rumtoberfest, a celebration of rum and fun hosted by Bahama Breeze Island Grille through November 9.

They will be serving up flights of tropical, rum-based cocktails, like the Bahama Mama, with Cruzan Coconut, Bacardi Black and Castillo Silver Rums, Banana Liqueur, and pineapple and orange juices. Aspiring rum aficionados can also taste three types of the liquor straight up.

Try Something New
Be bold and try something new in your own local area. Have you always wanted to learn the Tango? Is art a passion but not a hobby?

Take a cooking class. Attend a lecture at a museum. Don’t put these bucket list items off any longer. Now is the perfect time for a getaway from your comfort zone, explore all that life has to offer, and maybe even discover new hidden talents.

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