Hot Chocolate, Hygge and open fires…
What do you love most about autumn?
The satisfying crunch of golden leaves beneath your feet?
The sound of a crackling log fire on a cold, dark night?
The first sip of a delicious, steaming hot chocolate?
No matter what autumnal moment is your favourite, we’re in for an exciting few months in the Lake District! Summer has drawn to a close, autumn is officially here, and this means it’s time to find your trusty knitted jumper, dust off your favourite walking boots and get ready to make the most of our favourite season of the year!
There is an old Danish and Norwegian word that we’ve come to believe captures the spirit of autumn perfectly – Hygge. Hygge describes a feeling of complete cosiness and is often associated with strong feelings of wellness and contentment.
In order to help introduce ‘Hygge’ to your autumn routine, we’ve put together some top tips for helping you feel cosy this autumn!
1) Redecorate your home
There are plenty of small changes you can make to your home to help capture the spirit and cosiness of autumn.
Firstly, we’d recommend purchasing a range of blankets, throws and pillows to add to your seating area or bedrooms – you can never have too many! This means you’ll stay warm no matter what kind of weather comes your way. Allow the true beauty of nature to inspire you – using the colours of the trees outside to create a truly perfect autumn aesthetic for your home. Deep reds, vibrant oranges and muted yellows will transform your house into a comfortable, cosy oasis – thought it might make it that much harder to get up in the morning!
Next, we’d recommend restocking your bookshelves. Whether you borrow books from a friend or browse the aisles in a charity shop, you’re sure to find some gripping reads. From Halloween inspired mysteries, to epic romances – challenge yourself to spend a little time each day reading. Whether you read in front of the open fire, or when wrapped up under your blanket, it is the perfect cosy autumn activity.
In addition, what is cosier than reading by candlelight? Whether you opt to scatter tea lights throughout your home or find that perfect statement candle for your dining table – they are certain to add that extra cosy touch to your home. If, like us, you are a huge fan of candles, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are hundreds of autumn-inspired scents to choose from – from toffee apple to pumpkin spice – that will leave your home smelling simply swanderful.
2) Visit a pumpkin patch
Another heart-warming autumnal activity for you to indulge in involves heading to a local pumpkin patch. Whether you are searching for the perfect pumpkin to decorate for Halloween, or fancy trying out some pumpkin-inspired recipes (such as pumpkin pie) – a visit to a pumpkin patch is sure to get you in the autumn spirit! Even better, they make for a perfect photo opportunity.
Pumpkin decorating is the perfect cosy activity for the whole family to get involved in. In fact, why not host a competition to see who can design the best pumpkin? We’d love to see your designs!
Believe it or not, there are plenty of pumpkin patches dotted around farms in the Lake District, such as Old Hall Farm in Ulverston, and the sunny weather we’ve experienced so far this year is perfect for pumpkins – meaning they’ve grown bigger and better than ever!
3) Indulge in autumnal food/drink
Another great way to feel cosy this autumn is to treat yourself to a host of home-made autumnal goods. From sticky toffee apples, to delectable roast dinners and creamy hot chocolates – there is no limit to the delicious meals you can try. So, whether you are an experienced baker or a first-time chef, grab your oven mitts and get baking!
Baking is another fun activity for the whole family to get involved in – especially as it makes staying indoors fun!
4) Plan an autumnal escape
We believe that there is no better way to celebrate autumn than with an idyllic and cosy getaway, and we’d love to welcome you and your family to the Swan Hotel & Spa at Newby Bridge.
Whether you chose to go on long walks through the countryside, visiting the neighbouring Grizedale forest and Fell Foot National Park, or take in the beautiful orange-toned lake district landscape from the comfort and warmth of your luxury hotel room or one of our luxury Lake District cottages, you’re sure to experience the true beauty of autumn when staying at the Swan Hotel. We’re situated in the heart of one of the UK’s most beautiful regions, and it never looks prettier than it does in autumn. In fact, autumn is the perfect time to visit the Lakes as it is neither too hot nor too cold meaning you can spend the entire day exploring!
Start your morning off right with a hearty breakfast in front of a crackling, log fire before setting out with your sights set on adventure. We know each and every corner of the area, so be sure to ask for any recommendations – from hiking trails to family-fun autumnal activities (such as ghost walks and adventure trials), there is truly something for everyone to enjoy here in the Lake District. Be sure to wrap up warm!After a busy day of bustling activity, head back to your home-away-from-home for a hearty, delicious meal prepared in the famous Swan inn or Cygneture Brasserie. Be sure to book ahead for your slot in the restaurant, where our team of expert chefs will tantalise your taste buds with the perfect autumn menu! From delicious roast dinners with our renowned gravy and Yorkshire puds, to our mouthwatering desserts, such as our sticky toffee pudding – you’ll be sure to clean your plate every time. If you’re looking to treat yourself even further, who could say no to a delicious glass of sherry?
Even with your bellies full of delicious food, we’re sure you’ll still find room for our signature hot chocolates or warming teas. Whether you enjoy yours in bed with a good book, or in front of the fire, they are the perfect way to unwind after a busy day and will send you off into a delicious, peaceful sleep ready for yet another adventure the following day.
In short, there are plenty of ways to ensure you have a cosy autumn. From indulging in delicious foods, spending time in nature and planning the perfect getaway – use this time to treat yourself! We’ve had a difficult year, so it’s more important than ever that we spend time looking after ourselves and work to find the good in each and every day.
We at the Swan are one of the cosiest spa hotels in the Lake District. Why not unwind in Autumn relaxing in our spa?
Our Hotel is also a highly regarded and sought after Lake District wedding venue. If you’re looking for an autumnal wedding then look no further.