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Here’s How to Celebrate Fall in Hoboken

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Hoboken does fall best and the season formally arrived on September 22nd. In honor of everyone’s favorite season, we’ve rounded up 10 local activities to help you get in the fall frame of mind! From candle shopping to cocktails – we’ve got you covered. 

Go Candle Shopping Around Town 

(Photo credit: @wickedscentshoboken)

Adding a new scent to your space is a guaranteed way to get in the fall spirit. Uptown Hoboken shoppers can stop in at The Margo Market, for autumn candles in seasonal scents including spiced pumpkin, apple harvest, campfire, and more. The sustainable shop also has great non-toxic nail polish in multiple colors ideal for the season. 

Try New Fall Menu Items at Your Favorite Restaurants 

Monroe’s

^ Monroe’s fall cocktail

There is something about a seasonal cocktail that just hits differently. Sorellina, Grand Vin, Saku, and other Hoboken go-to spots are launching fall menu items and specialty cocktails in the coming weeks. Yin Matos, General Manager of Monroe’s Sushi & Cocktail Bar tells Hoboken Girl, “We are introducing a collection of something old, something new, and something spicy this fall.” Guests can expect a holiday spiced hot chocolate cocktail called Cuckoo for Cocoa; a Pear With Me drink with notes of cinnamon; and the Pumpkin Up the Jam, which is the team’s take on an espresso martini and inspired by the pumpkin spiced latte. The fall menu will debut in October and see a full list of festive cocktails in town here

Cleanse Out Negative Energy 

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Cleanse out unwanted energy with sage this spooky season. Smudging or saging is a tradition for purifying one’s space, mind, body, and spirit. One place to pick some up is Wicked Scents. Hoboken Girl spoke to the candle shop’s owner, Miguel Goncalves, about why it is important to have a cleansing practice at the start of a new season. Goncalves had some advice, “When saging yourself or your space, I’d recommend using a feather to circulate the smoke. It is very important to keep the window open, this way the negative energy can be released outside to be purified and renewed.” Wicked Scents carries a fall soy candle collection as well including smart scents like Ghosted Again and Hexes For Exes. Other places to pick up sage are The Co., UNJUMBOLD, and The Washington General Store. Check out this list for all of the shops that carry it. PS – The Co. also does tarot card readings!

Read More: A Guide to Fall Festivals Happening in North Jersey 

Partake in Football Sundays 

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Bar hopping on football Sunday is a quintessential fall activity. Bars like Wicked Wolf, Green Rock, Madd Hatter, The Shannon, and others embody the full downtown Hoboken experience. There are endless bars and restaurants in Hoboken that celebrate football season – from unique wings to curated drink menus to wall-to-wall TV setups, Hoboken has all of the best football season vibes. See the full guide to local bars with outdoor TV setups here, great for football Sundays.  

Head to a Sunflower Farm

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There are so many unique Sunflower Farms to visit within an hour or so of Hudson County. Guests at Holland Ridge Farms can pick their own sunflowers and create their own bouquets. “We think U-Pick sunflower events are special because it’s a once-a-year floral experience. Just as the season changes, it provides the perfect opportunity to fill your camera roll with colorful fall photos. It’s a fun experience that people of all ages can enjoy,” said Nick Uster, Holland Ridge Farms team member. Tickets are on sale now and the interactive experience begins Friday, September 24th. Be sure to follow @hollandridgefarms to keep up with the farm and book event tickets. 

Sign Up For An Outdoor Fitness Class

jane do JC outdoor class

Refresh your Fall Fitness routine with an outdoor class. Jane Do offers multiple cardio and strength training classes in the courtyard outside of the studio at the Monroe Center. It is a great way to make the most out of crisp autumn weather and changing leaves while breaking a sweat. Follow the fitness center @janedo for more updates and the season’s full schedule. See a list of other Hoboken gyms offering fitness classes here.

Plan a Day Trip to Go Apple + Pumpkin Picking

pumpkin picking north jersey

Planning day trips with friends and family is an autumn must-do. Apple and pumpkin picking at Battleview Orchards is a popular trip and is about an hour out from Hudson County. The apple cider donuts line can get crowded so arrive early. The country store also offers pies, bread, pastries, and more. See here for the ultimate guide to apple and pumpkin picking.

See More: Festival Fall Cocktails to Try in Hoboken + Jersey City This Season

Redecorate Your Home 

Washington General

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Elevate your space with some new fall décor from local boutiques like Luna Rose Home, Washington General, UNJUMBOLD, and Creative Interiors. With pampas grass, pumpkin décor, and more you can choose to go dark and sleek or light and festive. See here for a list of businesses that offer furniture and home accessories.

Spend the Morning at a Cafe

the hive

^ The Hive’s fall coffee specials

(Photo credit: @hellofromthehive)

Pumpkin coffee will always signal the start of the fall season. Revitalize your morning routine and workday by spending time at a neighborhood café. Cafe Vista for one is updating its October hours and is expanding outdoor and indoor seating spaces. See the full guide to local pumpkin coffee shops here and cafes that are perfect for WFH here.

Vamp Up Your Wardrobe + Go Sweater Shopping

Mint Market

(Photo credit: @mintmarket)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, sweater weather season! Check out wool sweaters and super-soft matching sets at Peper and Parlor or other styles at local favs like Mint Market, Vintage on First, Revival Vintage. But these aren’t the only shops that carry clothing in town – see this guide for a full list of local boutiques.

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Gabrielle has called the Mile Square home for over six years. She has been a publicist and event planner in the fashion industry and even a consultant at Kleinfeld Bridal – she loves everything weddings! When she isn’t working or scouring Zola to plan her own wedding, Gabi can be found enjoying an espresso martini at her favorite spot Sorellina or heading to a trampoline class at Jane Do.