Though it looks like we’ll have a few more weeks of warm weather ahead, autumn is assuredly on its way. Before we know it, leaves will change from a verdant green into shades of yellow, orange, and red (except in Florida, where seasons don’t exist and alligators outnumber people).
I used to fear the cold. Curse its blustery winds and sleeting rain. But that was because I refused to acclimate to it and address what was really happening: my lack of preparedness for chilly weather. So I started investing in warmer gear, better beanies, a larger fire pit for my backyard. Before long, brisk nights became the best excuse to host friends. I’d light the fire up, get the grill going, and pour a few drinks. Now, I embrace autumn. I’ll even drink mulled wine.
Along my personal journey to winterize myself, I’ve come to winterize the things in my orbit, like my backyard. Lo and behold, there are a lot of ways to make your backyard (or patio, fire escape, porch, etc) super comfortable in chilly weather. So, whether you’re looking for a better way to enjoy a casual at-home tailgate this year, or simply looking for a few essentials to keep you comfortable outside year-round, here’s what you’ll need.