One of the best parts of renting a vacation home for an autumn mountain vacation is the kitchen. With gorgeous foliage and crisp temperatures, fall also brings with it a taste for warm, comforting meals shared with family and friends. As you drive into town on your fall getaway, stop at a local farmers market on the way to your rental cabin to pick up all the fixin’s for an easy autumn feast. Here are some of our favorite seasonal recipes, from apple-infused breakfasts to warming lunches and fall sweet recipes:
Apple Cider Waffles
This fall breakfast favorite from Add a Pinch is the perfect dish to savor in the morning as the sun rises over the mountains. Grab some fresh apple cider from a local market and use it to infuse your waffles with a taste of fall. Serve them with warm maple syrup and a dollop of butter, and whip up some eggs on the side to fuel your morning hike. Don’t feel like bringing along your waffle maker? Turn them into pancakes instead.
Butternut Squash Chili
What’s says fall more than a warm bowl of chili? This popular autumn recipe from Savory Tooth is easy (it cooks in just 30 minutes on the stove) and delicious, incorporating fall favorites like butternut squash and healthy proteins like quinoa, black beans and pinto beans. Enjoy it for dinner with some fresh bread, or heat up a bowl for lunch before embarking on some afternoon activities.
Creamy Potato Soup
Soup is a staple during the autumn months. This fall favorite from Lil’ Luna is filled with flavor, blending red potatoes, chicken broth, Parmesan cheese, cream and more. A touch of hot sauce brings a little heat to warm you up after a crisp day on the trails. Serving 7-8, it’s the perfect soup to whip up for the whole group.
One Pan Autumn Chicken
When just one pan’s involved, you know your autumn dinner will be a cinch. This one-pan fall chicken recipe from Cooking Classy means less clean up, easy serving and tons of fall flavor. It’s filled with brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, apples, bacon, shallots and chicken seasoned with herbs. Just throw everything together on one pan and let it bake. It’s the perfect meal to make when all you want to do is get it in the oven and snuggle up with the family on the couch.
Apple Pie Bites
Fall sweet recipes are some of the best, in all their warm, comforting glory. If you don’t feel like whipping up an entire apple pie – a fall favorite – make your vacation life easy by trying The Blond Cook’s bite-size version. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll be indulging in tasty, little apple pies. Enjoy them on the balcony with some warm apple cider, or bring a plate over to the couch for a family movie night.
Vanilla Pumpkin Seed Clusters
Synonymous with the season, pumpkin is one flavor with which you can’t go wrong. Bring a sweet fall snack with you on those mountain trails by preparing Wallflower Kitchen’s snack recipe. Take a break on your trek and snap some sweeping photos as you munch on little clusters of pumpkin seeds with a vanilla and honey coating. Don’t forget to bring along some water too.
Start planning your fall mountain vacation by browsing rental homes and cabins in destinations like Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and the Tennessee Smokies.