October is the prettiest time of year in the South—the days are mild, the skies are brilliant blue, and the leaves don their autumn colors as the month winds down. Best of all, pumpkin season is here! Our annual Porches & Pumpkins feature is back with new ideas, and you’ll also find rich-hued floral arrangements, harvest-inspired touches, and tablescapes that freshen classic fall schemes. While seasonal bounty makes for beautiful décor, it’s equally as appetizing in menus that span a leaf-peeping picnic and a heart-warming soup supper, as well as an imaginative roundup of savory squash recipes. Experience the season’s splendor throughout our region along five of the South’s most magnificent chromatic byways, and break from your journey with us on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Roanoke, Virginia, where urban amenities are saturated in Southern hospitality. You won’t want to miss the next stop in our Grand Getaways series: The Umstead Hotel and Spa in North Carolina’s Triangle area, a modern artistic retreat entrenched in wooded wonder. The time is short to behold October’s extravagant display, so relish every moment of its radiance.