Posted on September 19, 2018

How You Can Celebrate Autumn in Colorful North Carolina

autumn in colorful north carolina

There are plenty of people who will agree that the Fall season is their favorite time of year. Residents of (and visitors to) North Carolina love our crisp air, the gorgeous colors of our leaves, and the seasonal things we do to celebrate:

  • Carving or painting pumpkins in celebration of the season
  • Decorating with scented candles as well as autumn leaves, pine cones, & wreaths
  • Displaying colorful shades of mums & yellow sunflowers on your porch & in vases
  • Enjoying Fall dishes with ingredients like apples, pumpkins, and cinnamon spice
  • Gathering around an outdoor fire pit (or savoring a romantically lit fireplace)
  • Preparing for Halloween trick-or-treat guests by stocking up on the best candy
  • Wearing fashionable Fall clothing like light jackets and stylish boots

Big Mill’s Hot, Spiced Apple Cider Recipe (Gluten-free, Vegan, and Vegetarian)

Makes 8 8-ounce servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour


  • 1 Orange (washed)
  • 7 or 8 Whole cloves
  • 2 quarts Apple cider
  • 1/4 cup Light brown sugar
  • 2 sticks Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground ginger
  • 1/2 Lemon (washed and sliced)
  • Brandy (optional, a splash may be added to each cup for an added kick)
  • Garnish with a dried slice of apple, oranges, or star anise (optional)


  1. Stick the cloves into the orange and then slice the orange
  2. Combine the clove-orange pieces, cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon slices
  3. Simmer in a large pot over low heat for at least thirty minutes (a crock pot works will for this)
  4. Serve hot

This recipe came from the multi-talented Chloe Tuttle, Innkeeper at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast in Williamston, North Carolina. Thank you, Chloe!

Please see our related seasonal blog post about 10 Fall Festivals For Fabulous Fun in North Carolina.

Our friendly innkeepers welcome you and look forward to your staying with them. Our inspected member inns meet exceptional standards of hospitality. Guests of North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns can count on having an enjoyable experience.