Providence, Rhode Island, delights visitors this fall with plenty of spooky fun for the whole family. With several events canceled last year due to COVID-19, the city brings back favorite annual festivals for 2021. Those visiting this fall may also catch a glimpse of the cast filming Hocus Pocus 2 in Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley!
The annual autumn event at Roger Williams Park Zoo was changed to a drive-through experience in 2020. This fall, the event returns to its walk-through format. Held through Oct. 31, the event features more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. This year’s event celebrates 150 years of music, with pumpkins depicting the greats of ragtime, swing, rock, hip hop and more. View pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, with some weighing up to 2,000 pounds. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance.
Last held in November 2019, WaterFire Providence returns for 2021. The unique festival boasts more than 80 floating bonfires along the rivers of downtown Providence. Check the website for the event schedule, with various celebrations now through December.
See even more of the city with the GoProvidence Pass program. The pass gives $100 gift cards to visitors booking a stay at participating hotels including The Beatrice, Graduate Providence and Hotel Providence. The gift cards may be used throughout the city at restaurants, shops and attractions. The pass is available through the month of December.
Sweet Amalia Oyster Farm is a unique dining destination in Newfield, New Jersey. The aquaculture hand harvests its own oysters on site. In addition to delivering oysters to local restaurants, Sweet Amalia also operates a market and restaurant.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Roller coaster enthusiasts already know America offers a number of exciting thrill rides, and the car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com created a map of the roller coasters with the biggest drops across the country to make it even easier to map out a journey of adrenaline.
Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Nov. 1, to honor and celebrate remembered friends and family who have passed. Observers of this holiday create ofrendas, or altars, containing beverages, food, photos and memorabilia of the departed. For adults, offerings of tequila are placed upon graves as a salute to their time on earth. Give a toast to the continuation of life with these tequila offerings.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
My mom and I recently dined at Mazi, a Greek restaurant in West Reading, Pennsylvania. We were in town for a family event and decided to take advantage of the lovely early fall evening by enjoying dinner outside. The restaurant is popular, so we called right when they opened to make a last-minute reservation. Thankfully, they had availability for outdoor seating.