Time to cocoon

Changing leaves inspire changing things up. So, we scoured what’s out there and came up with an inspired edit of autumnal items for both the great outdoors and creative cottage cocooning.

by Christy Wright

From possibly the world’s best hiking socks (and a few other fashionable finds), to indoor upgrades like super soft bedding and deliciously scented candles, our fall picks signal a fresh way to start the season.

On-the-Go Espresso

Bring the drive-through to the woods with a Wacaco Minipresso. This ingenious little bullet lets you grind your own beans so you can use your preferred roast or experiment with different blends. Simply add in coffee, hot water and go seek the changing of the leaves. When you’re ready to sip, unlock it from its travel position, give it a few pumps to pressurize, then enjoy the most sophisticated crema in Cottage Country. It’s also super lightweight (less than a pound) so easy to take on a hike or stroll and it comes with a built-in espresso cup and scoop.

$76.90 | Wacaco.com

Opportunity Socks

Fall hikes demand warm and toasty tootsies and J.B. Field’s delivers with its 40 Below Arctic Trail Sock. The Canadian company was originally founded in 1877 in Tavistock, ON, to make socks for the logging industry and it eventually morphed into crafting thermal options for everyone. Each pair is manufactured in Toronto (to ensure quality and support local jobs) using pre-shrunk merino wool, which is odor-resistant, itch-free and has moisture-wicking properties to keep feet dry and help prevent blisters.

$17 per pair | GreatSox.com

Boot Camp

The Cougar Pillow Boot is a national icon (those of a certain demographic will certainly remember how coveted this footwear was in high school). This season, the 1948-founded Canadian company is updating the original tan pillow boot that started it all with a directional new fabrication: patent leather. It has a crinkle finish – we love it in the Stone shade – and quilt-detail stitching so looks great as a fall boot but, as always, is temperature rated to -30C/-22F to stand up to Northern Ontario winters, in waterproof style of course.

$240 | CougarShoes.com

Sweet Slumber

The perfect fall sheet should be warm, but not too warm. That’s we love cotton sateen bedding from Envello the Good Morning! linen company. Designed in Canada and crafted in Portugal using long-staple cotton, these sheets have a smooth, silky finish that imparts just the right amount of warmth for cool autumn nights. The female-founded company offers environmentally-friendly, premium-quality bedding (they spin and weave all of their yarns and hand-cut all of their patterns) at fair prices. A range of soft cotton sateen colours are available but we’re especially drawn to this creamy autumnal shade of Latte.

From $179 | Envello.com

Cozy Glow

Spending more time indoors calls for cranking up the cozy and a beautifully scented candle is a good place to start. Our fragrant fave for fall? The signature candle from Haliburton’s own, The Birchwood Cottage Co. Vibrant yet richly spicy top notes of cardamom and clove set the sensual tone for this wonderfully complex scent (there are also hints of patchouli, smoke and musk). And it’s more than just a pretty scent. Each pure soy wax candle is hand-poured in Prince Edward County at The County Candle Co. and features a cotton wick and natural essential oils. Book a stay at The Birchwood to receive one as part of your welcome, otherwise order these lovelies online.

10oz candle $55 | 26oz $85 | linktr.ee/TheBirchwoodCottageCo

Wrap Star

When it’s scarf weather but not yet cold enough for the woollies, Uncalux bridges the gap in style. This Quebec-based company (one of Canada’s best-kept secrets) designs and handcrafts one-of-a-kind goods including gorgeous scarves, which feature original photographic artwork. There are 12 styles to choose from and we were drawn to this vibrant one: the silk-blend, delicate-fringed edge Graffiti Scarf captures the abandoned beauty of industrial buildings in Montreal’s Old Port. It’s cool, colourful and adds a soupçon of French flair to Cottage Country outings.

$225 | Uncalux.com

Christy Wright is a freelance writer and world traveller. ChristyWrites.ca