As October graces the South again, appreciate the blessings of autumn all around. One of the most splendid gifts the season gives us is the wealth of natural treasures just waiting to be harvested and used to bedeck tables, entryways, mantels, and more, and we’ve filled these pages with ample inspiration for doing so. Our annual Porches and Pumpkins feature is back, and you’ll also find rich-hued floral displays and tablescapes that enhance classic fall schemes with fresh, unexpected colors. Cooler temperatures beckon us to gather amid the comforts of home, so invite those near and dear for a robust meal in the open air or an intimate porch supper—both brimming with hearty menus that take advantage of autumn’s bounty. Experience the season’s splendor throughout our region, and journey with us to Asheville, North Carolina, for the latest stop on our Southern Literary Trail, or spend a weekend away in the charming town of Bardstown, Kentucky. As the world comes alive in resplendent color, relish the grandeur of it captured across this issue.