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5 ways to celebrate fall in Langley
Sep 16, 2015
As the crisp air of fall sets into the Fraser Valley, we've scouted out five of the best ways to spend an afternoon or evening in Langley and ring in the change of seasons!
1) Explore Langley's vineyards & wineries.
Langley's many wineries have tasting rooms, patios, and events throughout the year. Click on any of the vineyards below to learn more:
The picturesque vineyards that house Vista D'oro (pictured above) overlook a beautiful part of the Fraser Valley. Large groups can sample and sip in the restored barn, while smaller groups are welcome in the main house which has been converted into a darling tasting room and store. Vista D'oro is known for their walnut dessert wine, many incredible preserves and they are doing some amazing things with the grapes they grow in the vineyard! Bring someone you love and share this special place.
This modern tasting room has plenty of room for a group of friends and serves charcuterie plates along with their award-winning wines. The friendly owners can help you pick out a favourite and there are covered picnic tables outside overlooking the vineyard if you decide to bring your pup along for a visit!
Chaberton is one of the most established vineyards in the area and they serve a variety of whites (grown on their 55 acre Langley estate) and reds, grown at their other BC vineyards. Make a quick stop to the tasting room or make a reservation for lunch or dinner at the attached Zagat rated Bacchus Bistro, serving a french inspired menu overlooking the vineyard.
Township 7 has a huge vineyard in the Okanagan Valley and an adorably quaint location in Langley. The cozy tasting room serves up their reds and whites and the staff is friendly, fun and informative. No matter how much or little you know about wine, you'll leave having learned something new!
Surrounded by cranberry bogs and nestled into the countryside, The Fort Wine Co. is a fruit winery that makes some amazing dessert and table wines with locally grown fruit. The wine labels are sassy and fun and the farm acts as a demonstration farm for the cranberry harvest in October. There are places to sit indoor by the fire or outside under the canopy of vines, whichever way the weather takes you!
2) Buy something warm and cozy.
This alpaca farm is run by a husband and wife team who specialize in garments made of alpaca fleece. The alpacas are shorn each spring and though they are quite shy, you're welcome to watch them in the fields. Step into the new store for a huge variety of beautiful sweaters, vests, socks and yarn. Alpaca wool is free of lanolin, a substance that bothers some people in sheep wool, and is said to be lighter weight. Perfect for our finicky fall weather in the Fraser Valley!
3) Plan a local meal at home.
JD Turkey Farms raises their own turkeys and is run by a wonderful family that call Langley home. If you love to cook from scratch, you can pick up a whole bird or pieces to roast and BBQ. If you'd prefer your food do it's own prep, JD has tons of ready-made or heat-and-serve items to fool your dinner guests. The store also carries a variety of locally made pies, cheese and other great items, so stock up and treat your family or friends to a locally made dinner or lunch they won't soon forget!
The friendly goats at Milner Valley Cheese are reason enough for a visit but the goat cheese is the start at this local farm. Sample a variety of the farm fresh cheese and decide on a few to take home for a fondue, cheese plate, or just to spread on your toast on those chilly mornings! We visited the farm over the summer, check it out.
This market has grown into a true delight for foodies and cooks throughout the Fraser Valley. Housed in the Kwantlen courtyard with plenty of parking, the market showcases the best local produce, meat, seafood, baked goods and artisan crafts in Langley. Stop by on Wednesdays, May 20 - October 14 from 2-6:30pm and grab everything you need to cook up a local dinner, complete with wine and dessert!
4) Let someone else do the cooking.
JD Turkey Farms store has everything you need to cook dinner at home, but they serve up some delicious comfort food for lunch that you won't soon forget! Open faced turkey sandwiches and a cheesy broccoli turkey bake are two popular favourites. Call ahead to learn the specials and don't forget a slice of pie for dessert!
The Milsean Shoppe in Aldergrove is beautiful in the summer with indoor and outdoor seating, but autumn is when you'll fall in love... snuggling into it's conservatory with a bowl of soup and a good book. The Shoppe has a huge variety of gift and speciality items for those memorable hostess gifts, but the butter crunch chocolates and baked goods they are known for are the best ways to treat yourself on a cool day!
5) Plant something beautiful.
Fall is a great time to get those bulbs into the ground and plan out your garden or landscaping for next spring. Our growing season is wonderfully long here on the coast and purchasing locally grown plants is the best way to ensure your plants survive and thrive in our unique climate. Wandering through Cedar Rim's indoor and outdoor gardens could cheer up even the rainiest of days!
(photo courtesy of Milner Village Garden Centre)
Milner Village has a beautiful array of fall plants this time of year including their gorgeous mums, a perennial that grows into a gorgeous ball of flowers, beautiful in any landscape or welcoming guests in containers at your front door! Stop by and let the helpful staff guide you through planning your landscaping or pick up something new to brighten up the fall.
There are 5 Circle Farm Tours to explore:
Tours are self-guided with road maps and detailed descriptions provided on the website and downloadable brochures.
We can't wait to see what you get up to!
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