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A Girl’s Guide to Fall in Winona: 22 Must-Do’s

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Winona chapter.

Happy fall, ladies!


In honor of the first day of fall, Sept. 22, here’s a bucket list of 22 fun things you can do this season around the city of Winona and the Winona State University campus.

blue college hat room
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1.  Get decked out for a WSU home football game (Sept. 30 vs. Upper Iowa Falls, Oct. 21 vs. Wayne State, and Nov. 9 vs. Augustana).

2.  Bring your favorite scarf and have a fall photoshoot with your besties. Candid “cheesin’”s and tossing leaves up in the air may be cliche, but the pics will, for sure, attract your Insta followers.

3.  Take a foggy morning walk around the beautiful Lake Winona.

4.  Got a sweet tooth? Head over to Bloedow’s Bakery and try one of their delicious cinnamon rolls and donuts!

Rainbow Sprinkle Donuts Close Up
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5.  Wear your go-to pair of leggings to class multiple days in a row just because you can.

6.  Check out the Garvin Heights lookout in the afternoon and snap an artsy pic of the autumn scenery… Insta-worthy? I think yes!

7.  Up for a road trip? Go apple picking at Hoch Orchard & Garden in La Crescent, which is about a half hour from WSU.

Apple Orchard Girl Picking Apples
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8.  Grab a couple friends and find your way through Tews Corn Maze, which is 20 minutes away from campus. Pick up a cute pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, too!

9.  Decorate your pumpkin by carving or painting it. Have a sudden shortage of creativity? Scroll through Pinterest for some awesome inspiration.

Small Pumpkin In Hand
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10.  Rock a dark shade of nail polish or lipstick… or both!

11.  Still craving some sweets? I don’t blame you. Adventure over to Winona Bread & Bagel, which is a 15-minute walk from WSU. Order an apple cinnamon muffin, cinnamon sticks or a caramel pecan roll… or all three. That’s fine, too.

Anna Schultz-Cinnamon Rolls Driping With Icing
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12.  Break out your pair of Uggs and strut around campus with them on.

13.  Be even more basic and walk into a nearby Starbucks or Caribou Coffee with your Uggs on and order a pumpkin spice latte.

14.  If lattes or coffee aren’t your thing, then order a nice cup of hot chocolate

The Lalaholding Coffee Mug
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15.  Hit up Netflix with your bestie or beau and host a scary movie marathon.

16.  Pig out on Halloween candy and popcorn… the possibilities are endless!

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17.  Hunker down with a fuzzy blanket and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. (This one’s a personal tradition.)

18.  Go to a Halloween party and coordinate killer group costumes with your roomies.

Two jack-o-lanterns
Beth Teutschmann
19.  Feel like baking? Go to Target, Hy-Vee or Walmart and pick up one of Betty Crocker’s amazing boxes of pumpkin bread mix. Don’t forget a can of cream cheese frosting!

20.  Cozy up next to a bonfire and roast s’mores.

21.  Stuff yourself at Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t worry, food babies are totally acceptable.

22.  Finally, write a list of people you’re thankful for and share it with them to show your appreciation.

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These are just a few suggestions, but have fun this season before winter comesyou won’t regret it!

| 2018-20 Club President/Campus Correspondent | Hailey Seipel is a senior at Winona State University who is studying Applied & Professional Writing and Journalism. She has been passionate about writing ever since she was little, and a dream of hers is to author poetry, sci-fi and romance novels. Until then, she is interested in working as a creative/blog writer, technical editor or project coordinator after graduating. In her free time, Hailey enjoys listening to music and reading leisurely.
Hi I'm Emily and I'm from Appleton, Wisconsin! I'm a Mass Communication- Advertising student, with a minor in Art History at WSU. I like concerts, hockey, cooking, and dancing in the car. I also enjoy guacamole, french fries, and caramel iced coffees from Dunkin' Donuts. All I really want to do is travel the world, move to a big city, and spend my weekends on a lake. IG & Twitter @esheptoski