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  • Date Night: Bring Your Hiking Boots

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    For this date you don't need to call for a reservation or have your loafers shined. Why not take an afternoon hike at the Holden Arboretum? When all the kids were under one roof, our family went to the Holden Arboretum every Sunday, and enjoyed long hikes in the country followed by snacks in the shelter. You sometimes need an escape from the suburbs and be somewhere tranquil, quiet and beautiful. The Holden Arboretum, located in Willoughby near Kirtland, is the place to be to unwind and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. I recommend going in the afternoon on a Sunday. Tape the Browns game, grab some snacks and bring the family to this gorgeous area. Here are some tips for making this hike great:

    Bring Food:

    You might have had a late brunch, but once your hike is over you will be craving some food. Why not make some soup the day before and store it a thermal? If you want to keep it simple, Costco (yes Costco) has this amazing creamy, basil tomato soup. Simply heat it up in a saucepan and keep it somewhere warm. With the soup, bring some cheese cubes, crackers, apples and lots of water or ginger ale. Nothing like a cold ginger ale in the autumn. Bring the food and go to the shelter, where you can make a fire and enjoy some well-deserved food after your long hike.

    What to wear:

    With it being fall, you don't need a huge coat or gloves, but you still need to be warm. I suggest wearing layers. Comfortable jeans, warm socks, sturdy boots and a warm fleece.

    What to bring:

    If you have a dog, then this is their paradise. Once you start to get into the forest and empty landscape, let them run loose, but bring the leash just in case. You will sure bump into other families with dogs. Along with that, bring your camera! I have always brought my camera, and some of my favorite photos have come from walks in the Holden Arboretum (see picture above).

    Patterson's Fruit Farm:

    After your hike, you will be minutes away from Patterson's Fruit Farm. This market thrives in the autumn, selling their infamous apples, kettle corn and cider. Why not pickup some pumpkins there on the way home?

    So make some plans this weekend to go to the Holden Arboretum. Enjoy the beautiful autumn weather & landscapes, escape the suburbs, and spend some time with the family! For information on events at the Holden Arboretum, visit their site here.


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