In October, it’s only fitting that our readers’ favorite story was fall themed. During October, it’s hard to deny the allure of all things autumn, from pumpkin-flavored everything to warm bowls of soup. This month, you most wanted to know about pumpkin patches, but also a cozy and historic hotel on Highway 12 and the local sports scene.

Read on to find out more about your top stories!

1. Pumpkin Patches the Whole Family Will Enjoy

This Parkerosa Pumpkin Patch’s autumn theme is perfect those wanting a taste of fall without Halloween. Photo courtesy: Parkerosa Pumpkin Patch.

Pumpkin patches are a tradition for many and writer Kristina Lotz explored where you can go for fall fun in Lewis County. What better family fun could be had than heading out to a farm to choose your very own pumpkin (or pumpkins!). Maybe enjoy a mug of hot chocolate, apple cider or other goodies. Many pumpkin patches are also paired with corn mazes or even haunted attractions by dark.

2. Adna’s Kleemeyer Continues to Find the Back of the Net

A year after scoring 23 goals and earning All-State honors, Kleemeyer, a senior, has 15 goals through the first 11 games this year. Photo courtesy: Josie Swenson and Doug Pardue.

Devanie Kleemeyer spent her first two years of high school dedicated to becoming one of the state’s best goalkeepers. “Her skill set is amazing,” her head coach states. “She is such an exceptional athlete you could place her anywhere on the field and she’d be successful.” By the time she became a starter, few in the 2B classification were better in net as she capped 2014 by being named second team all-state by the Associated Press – an extraordinary honor made even more spectacular given the relatively short amount of time she had played the position.

3. Historic Hotel Packwood on Highway 12

Hotel Packwood is a historical place to stay during the Packwood Flea Market or a journey to the mountains. Photo courtesy: Hotel Packwood.

When traveling along Highway 12, it is not likely you could miss the rustic and historic Hotel Packwood along your route. Established in 1912, Hotel Packwood continues to be a hot spot for travelers all year long and writer Cassie Miller explore the hotel’s appeal. Located in the heart of the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, this hotel might be the vacation spot you always wish you knew about.

4. Editor’s choice: Art Classes at Book ‘N Brush

Thelma Hauge is a lifelong artist who has been teaching professionally since 2003. Photo credit: Marissa Dykman.

Book N Brush is a bookstore located in Chehalis that’s so much more than a bookstore! The shop offers an array of art classes, too. Writer Marissa Dykman interviews Thelma Hauge, one of the art teachers, and talks paint, inspiration and the fact that anyone can become a great artist.

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