For all you pumpkin lovers out there, colder days are fast approaching—and so is the end of pumpkin season! But that doesn’t mean you still can’t stay warm with a cup of pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin beer, or pumpkin pie! With the end of pumpkin season right around the corner, now is the time to enjoy our favorite holiday fruit! (Yep—pumpkin is a fruit, not a vegetable. Shocking, we know.)

Here are four unique ways to savor the last of pumpkin season before it’s over. You’re welcome!

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Phase4Studios / Shutterstock

1.) Pumpkin Patches

Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin patch? Whether you’re in the mood to pick up a pumpkin for the dinner table or just want to take the kids out for the day, pumpkin picking is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. There are several different cities to choose from who have pumpkin patches open through November, including The Arboretum Pumpkin Festival in Dallas, Bishops Pumpkin Farm  at Sacramento, and more. Halloween pumpkin carving may be over, but a good pumpkin is a terrible thing to waste!

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2.) Pumpkin Beer

Drink up! During this time, bars will typically serve seasonal drinks, including—you guessed it!—pumpkin beer  There are hundreds of bars around the country claiming to have the best pumpkin ale, but depending on your location, you made need to narrow your search.

If you’re in the Midwest, stop by Great Lakes Brewery Company in Cleveland, OH. The seasonal favorite at this bar is Franklin Castle pumpkin spice ale. If you’re interested in traveling further West, San Diego’s Slater’s 50/50 has a pretty impressive beer and tap list. Their options include, but aren’t limited to, Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Stout and Avery Gored Pumpkin Ale. Yum!

For our beer lovers in the northeast, New York City has tons of options when it comes to dining out, and beers are no exception. Visit The Ginger Man for over 70 drafts including their seasonal pumpkin beer.

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Agnes Kantaruk / ShutterstockPumpkin Décor

3.) Pumpkin Decor

For those of you who are arts and crafts enthusiasts, pumpkins could be the decorative highlight of your home during the fall season! If you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year (like I am in my house—wish me luck!) try picking up a few pumpkins to add a very festive fall look to the occasion. There are many DIY projects that include pumpkin painting, pumpkin flower holders, pumpkin candle holders, and more!

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Maria Shumova / Shutterstock

4.) Pumpkin Recipes

In addition to that tall glass of pumpkin beer, you have to eat! Pumpkin has so many fantastic uses when you’re in the kitchen. For an interesting twist on a Cesar salad, chop up bits of pumpkin with your greens and top if off with lentils and goat cheese. Pumpkin soup is a popular dish as it’s both creamy and hearty depending on the other ingredients. However you incorporate your pumpkin, don’t forget to save those seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds make a great snack. Just add some salt for to enhance their flavor!

Have you enjoyed some pumpkin lately? What are your favorite destinations to enjoy pumpkin-flavored deliciousness? Let us know in the comments!

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Chenea Gordon

Chenea Gordon is the newest addition to our travel writer team! She’s fun, enthusiastic, and has (surprise!) a deep love for travel. The Bronx native has several years of experience working in the travel industry. She’s passionate about understanding travelers’ needs and interests, as well as creating lasting memories.