As the days get shorter and a chill hits the air, we all feel the urge to retreat into the warmth — and get cozy.

This time of year provides the perfect opportunity to finally make that chewy cookie recipe you’ve been dying to try. Or to snuggle up with a good book and a warm cup of hot cocoa. Or wrap up in a thick coat and get into nature for a long picturesque hike with friends and family.  With this in mind, check out these six ways to take full advantage of what we like to call The Coziest Time of the Year.

1. Retreat into the kitchen

Something about sweets, treats and savory eats taste so much better when the leaves hit the ground. KQED Bay Area Bites has the recipes to inspire.

2. Take in the foliage on a perfect road trip

Sometimes getting on the road and driving to a remote place is the perfect remedy to clear your mind and get back to the basics. Add some stunning scenery, and you’ve got a great day out.

3. Snuggle down with some critters

If there’s anything guaranteed to bring some simply cozy pleasure, , it’s snuggling up and watching adorable animals doing their thing. Talk about the warm and fuzzies.

4. Hiking around the Bay Area

Fall in the Bay Area is a beautiful time to get outside. The air is crisp, the tourists are sparse and the views are just as spectacular now as they are in the summer months. Check out these recommended spots around the Bay Area.

5. Fall into a good book

When life gets crazy, there are few things more comforting as putting your phone on Airplane Mode and curling up indoors with a good book.  (Crackling fire optional).

6. Binge-worthy shows, podcasts and movies

No ‘cozy’ list would be complete without binge watching recommendations. From podcasts to movies, we’ve got so many here that honestly, you may never leave your couch.

6 Ways to Find Your ‘Instant Cozy’ (When the Nights Get Darker) 13 November,2018Ashley Urdang