Three ways to preserve your summer

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Take advantage of the last few warm weekends by going on a camping trip. Plus, most fire bans are over so you can have a campfire.

Summer is a most highly anticipated season -- which is probably why it flies by before you know it. But you don't have to give up all the things you love best about summer just because the weather's cooling off. Even if the calendar tells us we're inching toward fall, there are plenty of summer activities that can help you transition to the cooler weather -- activities that allow you to make the most of the remaining sunshine.

Here are three of our favorite ways to preserve your summer, even as fall moves in.

Eat outdoors.

One of the best things about summer is the freedom to dine outdoors, whether you're barbecuing or picnicking. Cooler weather doesn't have to put a damper on your al fresco dining plans. Even if you've put the grill away, you can bring your dinner out to the patio and enjoy it under the stars.

Worried about being a little chilly? Invest in a fire pit for your yard to help keep you toasty when those late summer/early fall temperatures get a little cooler than you'd like. You can also save the outdoor dining for lunchtime when you've got the warm sun to remind you of summer.
 
Take a weekend trip.

Summer is probably the most popular time to take a vacation. But you can keep the fun summer vibe going by planning a small trip in early fall. Instead of a weeklong holiday, aim for a weekend trip that gets you away from the house and out to see some interesting sights. Choose a destination that's just a few hours away in order to minimize stress. You can check out foliage, go apple picking, or take a vineyard tour. Instead of the usual hotels, try a bed and breakfast or smaller inn to keep the trip low-key and relaxed.
 
Invest in fresh flowers.

In the summer, there always seems to be an abundance of beautiful flowers and lush greenery outdoors. When the cooler weather comes around, the plants in your yard or local park may not look quite as impressive.

That's why it can be nice to buy some fresh flowers when you're at the farmer's market or even the local grocery store. Arrange them in a vase beside your front door, so you'll see them every time you come in and out. It will help keep that summer vibe going.
 

Saying goodbye to summer is always tough, but if you ease into fall with some of your favorite summer activities, the transition can be a little smoother.

 

Jennifer Blair is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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