Layering is key and a cozy blanket is the perfect fix for chilly shoulders during morning coffee.
The leaves are months away from falling and the foliage is verdant and lush even as the afternoon light begins to shift ever so subtly into a more muted golden glow.
The days are slowly getting shorter but the still-warm evening air lends itself to lingering at a patio café or a balcony with a view.
The lattes are still iced but seasonal flavors are starting to creep onto the menu. Local farmers markets are phasing out strawberries and focusing on local apples and pears grown in the central valley.
Although everyone is back to the daily grind of work and school, we try to squeeze every last drop out of this magical transition – the beach days continue, the tank tops remain in heavy rotation, and the sunsets, arriving earlier, are as breathtaking as ever.