With such splendor unfurling all around, this issue is a love letter to October’s grand arrival. Take advantage of the spectacular natural milieu with garden parties and patio gatherings that highlight the best of fall, from harvest flavors to tablescapes enriched by earthy hues and bold florals. Charming gourds of every variety are given due prominence, starring in decorative vignettes and the inviting outdoor spaces of our annual feature “Porches & Pumpkins.” Revel in autumn’s color show at the Buffalo National River in Arkansas, as well as Chattanooga, Tennessee, where chic hotels and lively downtown businesses lend the mountain metro fresh esprit. We tour a renovated farmhouse swathed in blue and white, share creative ways to use vintage gravy boats, and present recipes inspired by persimmons at their peak. From your own cozy corner of the South, we hope you relish the golden possibilities this month brings.