As the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow, and the air takes on a crisp, invigorating quality, autumn beckons visitors to embrace its unique charm. For those seeking a peaceful getaway amidst natural beauty, St. Ives offers an idyllic destination. Probably best known for its vibrant summers, visiting St. Ives in the autumn reveals a quieter, more introspective side of this picturesque locale. Here are a few reasons why we love the autumn months in St Ives...
While St. Ives is renowned for its sandy beaches, autumn offers a quieter and more tranquil beach experience. Porthminster Beach and Porthmeor Beach, in particular, become serene havens perfect for leisurely strolls, picnics overlooking the sea, or simply listening to the soothing sound of the waves with a warming hot chocolate in hand. The cooler temperatures invite you to wrap up in a cosy sweater and enjoy the fresh sea breeze with fewer crowds.
St. Ives has long been a haven for artists, and the autumn season is no exception. The soft, diffused light and ever-changing coastal scenery have drawn countless painters, sculptors, and photographers to this town. Explore the local art galleries and studios, including the renowned Tate St. Ives, to discover the works inspired by the natural beauty of the region. If you’re a budding artist yourself, why not check out the range of art courses offered by St Ives School of Painting, which is conveniently located just around the corner from our luxury self-catering cottages in St Ives?
Food glorious food
Autumn is a time for indulgence, and St. Ives offers an array of culinary experiences to satisfy your taste buds. Savour hearty Cornish pasties, fresh seafood, and warm, comforting dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Pair your meal with a glass of Cornish cider or a locally brewed ale for the full autumn experience.
The coastal paths around St. Ives are a paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts. During the autumn months, these trails become even more enchanting as they wind through woodlands and open fields adorned with autumn foliage. The crisp air and quieter trails make for a perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and enjoy the breath-taking coastal views.
Dog friendly breaks
If you're a dog owner, you'll be delighted that all beach restrictions are lifted in St Ives from the end of this month, meaning your four-legged friend has full freedom when visiting during the autumn months. The coastal walks and countryside trails that surround St. Ives provide the perfect playground for your dog to frolic and explore. Plus, the town's dog-friendly cafes and pubs mean that you can enjoy a meal or a drink without leaving your beloved pet behind. With so much to see and sniff, St. Ives is not just a holiday destination for you but a tail-wagging treat for your canine companion too. You can view our collection of dog friendly cottages in St Ives here.
Visiting St. Ives in the autumn is a chance to experience this coastal gem in a whole new light. With its breath-taking scenery, artistic roots, and peaceful atmosphere, it's the perfect destination for those seeking a tranquil escape and a deeper connection with nature. So, grab your scarf and camera and embark on an unforgettable journey to St. Ives this autumn, where beauty and inspiration await at every turn.
If you’re looking for a last-minute autumnal escape in St Ives you can view our last-minute offers here.
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