Fall is just around the corner, bringing cozy sweaters, crisp air, and the yearly display of colorful autumn leaves. As you get ready for fun times going on hay rides, carving pumpkins, and jumping into leaf piles, there are easy ways you can get your home ready for the season’s cooler weather.
Everyone loves a good fire when the nights get cold. Checking that your fireplace works when the weather first starts to turn cooler ensures that you can have a nice and cozy fire when you want one. If you are using a gas fireplace for the first time, run it for at least an hour. If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, verify that the flue is clear and that the chimney isn’t clogged. Before it gets cold, you should also check that your heater works, so it isn’t broken when you need it. Testing your home heating devices before you need them saves you time, effort, and stress while giving you and your family an excuse to relax by a crackling fire.
Everyone’s least favorite part about fall is the endless raking of fallen leaves. While you can’t eliminate the need for frequent raking before winter sets in, you can make the chore a little easier. Clear all debris off your lawn, so you don’t trip or snag your rake, and mow your grass low late in the season. The last step in the raking process is the most important: once you have a pile of leaves, leap in!
People love fall because the season’s pleasantly chilly weather is perfect for spending time the great outdoors during crisp days, and for curling up by a warm fire in the cool evenings. By taking a few simple precautions, your home will be a comfortable, cozy oasis, ready for harvest wreaths and jack-o-lanterns.
At Sublime Homes, we love our communities located in St. John, Indiana. We honor and show appreciation for the area by building quality custom homes that reflect the area’s beauty. We want everyone who lives in a Sublime home to love their city as much as we do. Explore our top 10 reasons why we love St. John:
1. Voted Safest City to Live
St. John has been recognized as one of the safest places to live in Indiana and the safest city to live in Lake County. This makes St. John a great choice to invest in a new home and raise a family without having to worry about the environment your children are living in.
2. Outdoor Fun
If you love to explore new places, spend time on sparkling lakes, or go on hikes, you will love taking trips to the Indiana Dunes situated only about 30 miles away.
3. Quick & Easy Commuting
If you work in Chicago, or love visiting its fantastic attractions, St. John is close to the city allowing for easy access, while still providing you with a peaceful place to call home.
4. Apple Picking
Pick your own apples and host fun family events and parties at the charming County Line Orchard!
5. Delicious Eats
St. John has amazing restaurants that serve everything from classic American diner food at The Scrambled Diner, to authentic Mexican food at Ruben’s Mexican Grill, to mouthwatering Italian food at places like Pepino’s Restaurant. You are sure to find your new favorite place to eat here in St. John!
6. The Shrine of Christ’s Passion
The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is a beautiful Romanesque complex, which features a multi-media trail where visitors can experience the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. Walk through the trail and reflect as you listen to an audio guide explaining the stunning paintings and sculptures on display.
7. Fair Oaks Farm
Featuring a modern dairy farm, Fair Oaks Farm is a great place to visit with family and friends. Located just west of I-65 South and Winamac/SR 14, Fair Oaks Farm is perfect for a weekend trip, escape to the country. With Dairy, Pig and Crop adventures--you'll soon learn about how milk is made and how their entire facility runs on cow & pig manure.
8. Zig-E’s Funland
If you want to have a day of exciting fun, head over to Zig-E’s Funland for mini golf, a retro style arcade, batting cages, go carts, and for the daring, a bungie jump! Anyone in the mood for family fun can’t go wrong when they go to Zig-E’s Funland.
9. Cedar Lake
Looking to spend the day outdoors? Visit Cedar Lake where you can walk and bike through winding trails surrounding the lake. Boasting beautiful views, end the day at the charming Lighthouse Restaurant for a delicious meal.
10. The Sandhill Crane Migration
In the fall, tens of thousands of beautiful Sandhill Cranes make a stopover in the Goose Pasture - a 300 acre wetland and wildlife preserve - as they migrate down to Florida for the winter. Bring a pair of binoculars and watch these majestic birds with up to five foot wingspans go through mating rituals and fly free from the platforms telescope.
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Author: The Sublime Team