Well folks, it’s that time of year when many people trade in their colorful tank tops and Slurpees for North Face gear and pumpkin spiced everything.
For many people, this seasonal transition can make you feel pretty salty. Anyone who has ever experienced too much saltiness in his or her life knows that you’ll need some hydration and fast.
Here are some ways to settle your thirst nearby and on campus.
The Pumpkin Spiced Latte Grande with whipped cream from Starbucks is quite popular during this season.
Sidney Bowerman, a barista from the Plymouth Starbucks, says that her store averages between 25-30 sales of these drinks per day, mostly from teen/pre-teen girls and occasionally their moms. On one occasion, her location sold 96 of them in one day.
“They are so popular that people just mindlessly want them,” Bowerman said.
Starbucks are located nationwide, but the closest one for the EMU community is on the second floor of the Student Center.
For those who prefer to go to a local establishment for a cup of caffeine, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, located at 735 W. Cross St. might be your calling.
Besides having the Great Pumpkin Latte, their version of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte, Sweetwaters offers a special fall drink called the Spiced Caramel Apple Chai; a beverage that exudes flavor and autumn comfort.
Along with freshly made drinks, Mary Rose Nieman, a music therapy junior at EMU and the head barista, describes Sweetwaters as an inviting spot for the community.
“It’s a warm and friendly environment where people can come to study and caffeinate,” said Nieman.
As certain as a Detroit Lions loss in the fall, is the sweet nectar known as apple cider, which many Michiganders can’t get enough of.
Wiard’s Orchard, located at 5565 Merritt Rd. in Ypsilanti, makes its own cider.
If you’re on a date night, the 178-year-old orchard also offers Night Terrors, an intense haunted experience from Friday through Sunday nights starting at 7:15 p.m. and they run through early November.
For those over 21, seasonal beers are also quite popular. The Wurst Bar, located at 705 W. Cross St., provides the community with many options.
Bartender, Brian Quinn, recommends the Atwater Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale because of its “fall outdoorsy taste,” while his Wurst Bar coworker, Glenn Enzenauer, prefers Southern Tier Warlock.
Enzenauer says, “It’s a really good dark beer, but not too heavy.”
Ypsilanti has many drink options for people to enjoy during the fall, from coffee, cider, ale or tea and if none of those suit you, try a drinking fountain; the water is free.