Autumn/Fall/Harvest/Autumnal Equinox – whatever you call it – Beauty at the Savage River Lodge

Those few short weeks when the leaves start changing, fires are crackling in the fireplaces, the air is crisp and hot buttered rum by the fire tastes like nothing short of paradise are a favorite time here at the Lodge.

The fall colors: Have you seen the beauty of Western Maryland? In our opinions, it rivals that of anywhere else in the country!

The decorations… and what happens afterwards: It’s a lovely sight with the Lodge all decked out in gourds, hearty mums and pumpkins. But our favorite decoration-related-activity begins at the edge of the dining deck and ends with a chucked, broken pumpkin in the yard – which turns into a delicious meal for the deer.

Fall menu and seasonal foods: Those of you who’ve had our butternut squash soup can attest to the fact that it tastes just like autumn should. A few of our other favorite things from this menu:

Beet and Goat Cheese salad (featuring FireFly Farms Allegheny Chevre)
Bandera Quail with grilled trumpet mushrooms, roasted beet puree and haricot verts
Grilled Trumpet Mushrooms with black beluga lentils, tomato confit and melted leeks (Vegan!)
Seared Halibut with house-made roasted red pepper fettuccine tossed in pesto, artichoke barigoule and fresh tomatoes
Fig and Pistachios, a genoise cake with figs and creme fraiche ice cream, garnished with port wide reduction and pistachios
Dutch Apple Pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake

(And that’s just dinner!)

New fall bar offerings: Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail, Hot Apple Pie and Bourbon Bramble.

Bourbon Bramble
1  oz. St Germain Elderflower Liquor
2 oz. Bourbon
A splash of crème de cassis
A squeeze of lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a rocks glass, sans ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

List your favorites of fall in the comments below!

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