Best Places to Live

Snohomish , WA

Population: 9,437

Why It’s an Amazing Fall Destination: Snohomish is home to some of the best pumpkin patches in Washington StateStocker Farms (hay rides!), Carleton Farms (a pumpkin cannon!) and The Farm at Swan’s Trail (pig races!). A personal favorite is Craven Farm, which offers over 50 varieties of pumpkins and squash, a 15-acre corn maze, firepits and dozens of activities, including ... human foosball?!

Where to Spot the Best Fall Colors: For an especially memorable view, take a hot air balloon ride with Over the Rainbow, Balloon Depot or Snohomish Balloon Ride (yes, there are multiple hot air balloon companies to choose from here) so you can catch a glimpse of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges and, on especially clear days, the Seattle skyline.

What to Eat and Drink: Have the best breakfast of your life at the bustling Maltby Cafe — think smoked salmon eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise and fresh-out-of-the-oven cinnamon rolls as big as your face. It won’t be easy, but try to save room for dessert, too — their hot apple strudel pie with cheddar cheese is a dream come true.

And While You’re There…: After strolling along First Street in the historic downtown district for prime antiquing at Antique Station in Victoria Village and gift shopping at The Cin~a~mon Stik (and great pie at Cabbage Patch), grab a drink at The Oxford Saloon, which was built in 1900 and is said to be haunted by three ghosts.