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In the High Sierra, it’s not difficult to see why fall is the most romantic season. Winter is about schussing down the slopes or snowshoeing. Summer, you want to get outside and explore the great outdoors via hiking or biking. But in the fall, the High Sierra lets out a big collective sigh and pauses for a moment. The crowds have dwindled to a trickle. There’s a crispness in the air at night to warrant snuggling up next to a fireplace. And of course, mother nature puts on a display of colors that a painter would be envious of. For those looking for more inspiration, here’s a few ideas on how to plan a fall romantic getaway.

Go For A Lazy Stroll

Seven easy walks in & around Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes Horseshoe Lake
Mammoth Lakes Basin features an assortment of lakes to explore – Image appears courtesy: Mammoth Mountain

When you’re trying to think of romantic things to do, a leisurely walk with your better half is most likely on your short list. Instead of one of the more arduous hikes in the Eastern Sierra, try a short easy one such as the Horseshoe Lake Loop. You can truly enjoy each other’s company and get away from any distractions while taking in the rugged beauty around Mammoth Lakes.

Wear An Epic Halloween Couples Costume

Learn More About The Freaker’s Ball & Other Halloween Events

Freakers Ball South Lake Tahoe Halloween in the High Sierra
Image appears courtesy: Tahoe South

For those couples that need to let out their wild side, look no further than the Freaker’s Ball. In its 41st year (you read that right… 41 years!), it’s the ultimate way to mingle with the creatures of the night and enjoy Halloween. Named after the 1972 song written by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show “Freakin at the Freakers Ball”, this event is perfect for those wanting to see a wild four-ring costume circus extravaganza. AND, you can get rewarded for creating the most Epic Halloween Couples Costume by winning the $10,000 costume contest!

Take In The Stars

10 places to see the night sky in Yosemite

Image appears courtesy: Visit Yosemite | Madera County

One positive thing about the nights getting longer is that you can spend time gazing at the heavens above. With the closest major metropolitan city miles away, Yosemite National Park provides the ultimate destination to take in the constellations. Spend the day exploring the attractions in the park, and once the sun sets, enjoy looking at the millions of twinkling stars.

Some say spring is the season of love, but autumn offers a lot for couples too. Instead of getting caught up in the daily routine, it’s time to escape to the High Sierra for a romantic getaway.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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