There are many reasons to love the 11th month. It’s the kick-off to the holiday season and a whole host of merriness. As we pull out our best fisherman sweaters and cozy layers, try out some hearty recipes and get ready for weeks of family visits and entertaining ahead, we’re also looking forward to some high notes on the culture scene.

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1, The Inn at Little Washington image, photo courtesy of the inn; 3, fall squash soup, photographed by Noa Griffel; 4, Frank Stella’s Harran II, 1967 (polymer and fluorescent polymer paint on canvas,120 × 240 in), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; gift, Mr. Irving Blum, 1982. (C) 2015 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York via; 7, hot toddy ingredients, photographed by Paige Russel via Instructables; 9, still of Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl, photographed by Focus Features; 10, pies, photographed by Amy Berger via Instagram