5 Ways to Fall in Love with Aspen
Get your calendar out! It's time to start planning for fall leaf peeping in the Rocky Mountains. After all, there are only so many weekends available to get out and enjoy the foliage before it's gone. Make the most of this spectacular time of year with a trip to Aspen. With summer-like days and crisp autumn nights, the abundant groves of trees surrounding the City of Aspen put on one of the most colorful displays of autumn color there is. And though ski season hasn't started yet, there is still plenty to see and do in Aspen in the Fall. Take a look at some of our favorite fall activities.
TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE
If you are driving to Aspen, consider taking the long way over Independence Pass, the highest paved State Highway in Colorado (Hwy 82). Golden aspen trees give way to brilliant reds and oranges of the alpine tundra and amazing views of Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest mountain. But don’t let the outdoors get all of the attention. The 40th Aspen Film Festival takes place September 23-29, 2019 for new releases, sneak previews, and favorites from the festival circuit. Or, come the first week in October to hobnob with snow industry VIPs at The Meeting, an unforgettable weekend of get-your-snow-stoke-on film, music and partying.
EXPLORE THE FLAVORS OF FALL
Aspen’s wining and dining scene is world-renowned, covering the full spectrum from haute cuisine to old-time saloons and everything in between. With the Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado’s Western Slope nearby, there’s no shortage of craft foods and farm-to-table menus. But if you could pick any weekend to experience fall in Aspen Snowmass, it would have to be September 14-15 for the annual Snowmass Wine Festival. Set amongst the breathtaking scenery of nearby Snowmass Village, the Festival's 3.5 hour Grand Tasting event offers a wide array of the world’s top wines as well as cuisine from the Roaring Fork Valley’s favorite restaurants.
SLOW DOWN AND JUST LISTEN
It’s not enough to just look at golden aspen trees. You need to hear them. That’s right, populous tremuloides, also known as Quaking Aspen or Quakies for short, make a spectacular shivery sound when the wind shakes the dry autumn leaves. For the best effect, hike the Maroon Lake Scenic trail, take a few selfies with the Maroon Bells behind you, and then stand in the midst of a thick grove of aspen trees and have a listen. It’s as soothing as listening to ocean waves.
Fall is the perfect time to treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment and facial – and with any luck, you can find some amazing packages peak season prices. Exfoliating scrubs with cinnamon and brown sugar, or perhaps an organic pumpkin masque might be just the thing to right the wrongs of summer’s fun in the sun. Check out the Rémede Spa, voted #1 Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure, with its steam caves, cold plunges, hot tubs and Confluence waterfall.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN HISTORY
Make time to explore the immaculately preserved ghost town of Ashcroft. Surrounded on all sides by canopies of aspens, this ghost town in the mountains is immaculately preserved. The historical buildings located here, combined with a stunning autumnal backdrop, are well worth photographing. Head up around 9:30am, once the sun has fully illuminated the area, for spectacular fall photos.
With all of these great sensations, you’re going to need a relaxing and comfortable place to stay. And when you book your stay at the Hotel Aspen, you’ll enjoy a wonderful breakfast for free. Our complimentary breakfast isn’t the only thing to love about the Molly Gibson. We are an Aspen pet-friendly hotel that enjoys hosting every member of the family! So bring your four-legged hiking buddies and make some memories that will last a lifetime.