14 Ways To Celebrate Fall In Huntington Beach
It's pretty obvious that for our beach town, summer is our high point. However, there are a number of cool and tasty ideas to aid our transition into fall. Here are 14 ways to have an awesome autumn in Huntington Beach.
First, head outdoors and enjoy a hike in the beautiful Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Say farewell to the terns and watch the migratory shorebirds and waterbirds in the wetlands. Bolsa Chica is home to 186 regularly occurring species and an ever-changing landscape. This a great place for solitude and to become attuned to the season.
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve // 18000 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-846-1114
There are signs of fall all over town to satiate any appetite, which you're sure to have worked up after your hike! Begin with the rich smell and taste of Stumptown Coffee found at AoSA Coffee. Should you find yourself nodding off with the early sundown, try a shot of Stumptown Cold Brew Nitro, found on-tap and also taken home in a growler.
AoSA Coffee // 16821 Algonquin Street, Suite #107, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 714-377-2672
In case you have a furry four-footed companion in tow, you can both enjoy coffee and company at the Sit Stay Cafe, which is now offering their take on the famous spiced pumpkin latte.
Sit Stay Cafe // 328 11th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-960-0009
The vegan and vegetarian surfers are onto something; check out their Secret Spot. If it's breakfast you're after, we recommend their blueberry mango pancakes. But what brought us here are their fall specials. They're serving up twice-baked butternut squash, homemade black beans, homemade salsa, and avocado—all wrapped in a spinach tortilla, as well as gluten-free pumpkin pancakes, topped with pumpkin butter, apples, and walnuts, and served with a side of potatoes. They can also be made vegan. Good and good for you!
Secret Spot // 3801 Warner Avenue (at PCH), Huntington Beach, CA 92649 // 562-592-4494
Next up, roll into Bruxie on 5th Street for a savory roasted mushroom and goat cheese waffle, followed by their delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake Bruxie (spiced pumpkin cheesecake filling with candied pecans and ginger snap cookie crumble) or a simple and delicious pumpkin spice cake.
Bruxie // 180 5th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 647-215-3559
When autumn is in full swing, SeaLegs Wine Bar recommends a full-bodied red, namely Erzetic Cabernet Sauvignon from Slovenia, paired with their marinated hanger steak (grilled marinated Korean BBQ-style hanger steak with fried fingerling potatoes, mirin-glazed roasted Brussels sprouts and pickled onion). Finish with their special cinnamon bread pudding. Delicious!
SeaLegs Wine Bar // 21022 Beach Boulevard, #105, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-536-5700
For you beer aficionados, autumn will be thoroughly enjoyed with Beach City Brewery pouring Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest, and a Russian Imperial Stout, and Four Sons Brewing pouring "Nightmare on Gothard Street," a chocolate coffee stout.
Beach City Brewery // 7631 Woodwind Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-425-4756
Four Sons Brewing // 18421 Gothard Street, Suite 100, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 323-896-7586
Of course, we think diving into a nice hot steaming bowl of clam, shrimp, and crab chowder offered at Ritter's epitomizes fall. If you're feeling generous, share a nice light pumpkin gelato covered with crushed pecans and dipped in white chocolate with your date.
Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking // 180 5th Street, #130, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-536-7733
Do you have friends or family popping in for a visit? Hopefully they're staying at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, but if they decide to crash on your couch, you can still head over to enjoy the spacious environs of Watertable to experience "comfort food with attitude." They're also hosting winemaker dinners on Thursday, October 30, and Wednesday, November 12.
Watertable // 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-845-4776
Should you find yourself entertaining friends, you can mix up your dessert table with fresh baked goods from Tomgirl Baking Company. This family-owned business offers individual portions of seasonal peach and blueberry fruit crisps, pecan pies, and apple tarts. Give them a call and have them prepare your order to go. We have your back!
Tomgirl Baking Company // 9048 Adams Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92646 // 714-965-1695
Even though you won't be squeezing into your swimsuit for months, it's nice to treat yourself at off the beaten path Haven of Wellness, which will be participating in Spa Week from October 25 through October 31. This means 50 percent off special services. Hot stone massage or hydrating signature facial, anyone?
Haven of Wellness // 315 3rd Street, Suite K, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 714-374-9597
Now a trick for the littles! They will LOVE the kiddie rides and pumpkin selection at Pa's Pumpkin Patch in nearby Long Beach. Don't forget your camera!
Pa's Pumpkin Patch // 6701 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803 // 562-596-7741
You can also attend events at Shipley Nature Center, with its 18 acres of California native habitat. Shipley hosts Parent and Me events on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. with seasonal themes, and the cost is just $3 per parent. They also offer a child's trail guide so you can observe all of nature's changes as you walk through the habitats.
Shipley Nature Center // 17851 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 // 714-842-4772
Finally and thankfully, Nekter Juice Bar, which has two locations in HB, has wowed us with their pumpkin pie smoothie made of pumpkin pulp, dates, banana, cashew nut milk, agave nectar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. We just had to squeeze this in! Enjoy!
Nekter Juice Bar // 126 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 // 949-642-4473 and 7631 Edinger Avenue, Suite 1528, Huntington Beach, CA 92647