Fall is typically the period between when Summer ends and Winter begins but ask any native Coloradoan when Fall falls and they’ll laugh and say “that depends”. Defining Fall is not so cut and dry for us because we can experience winter conditions as early as the end of September or as late as February (for serious). So for Natives like DUG, Fall is marked by when the days shorten, the nights are cool and crisp and the days are sunny and warm.
Which leads to reason number one why Fall is the best time of year in Colorado…
The Weather Is Unbeatable!
We are HUGE fans of hot daytime temperatures but man-oh-man when you couple them with chilly nights…Colorado is like nowhere else in the United States. Our average daytime temperatures in Fall stay between 70-90° but the typical night is a perfect 50°. This means one can enjoy all of the many summer activities such as hiking or biking along the Pourde River Trail or climb Arthurs Rock without sweating your ass off AND put on your favorite light sweater and comfy jeans and enjoy an evening around a fire-pit like those you’ll find on the patio of Odell’s or add our new Fireside S’Mores Package to your stay and enjoy a private evening on our garden patio with fire-pit.
Ahhhh… The Aspen Trees
Yes yes, the Aspen’s turn the Colorado landscape into a virtual polka dot patchwork of bright yellow and orange against dark blue evergreens. Fort Collins is a haven for Nature Artist this time of year and why Fall, not summer, is the best time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s the time of year where you’ll find huge herds of Elk, Deer, Mountain Goats and the occasional Bear roaming the sides of mountains or along the hundreds of nearby trails along the Big Thomson or Poudre rivers.
Top “Leafing” Spots around Fort Collins
Beer, Glorious Beer
Fall Seasonal beers start to fill every tap in town and if you’re a beer enthusiast, you’ll appreciate the many different local breweries who step up their game this time of year. Many of these special brews can be sampled at one of the last outdoor festivals of the year, Fortober Fest. A fun weekend of music, beer, and community. Or if you can’t make it that weekend, try an exclusive Remington Flats Beer and Bike Tour!
For a full list of Fort Collins Breweries click here.
There’s Some Really Cool Stuff Going On
Fort Collins is the cultural hub of northern Colorado and we’re quickly gaining notoriety for our local music scene. If you’re looking for a concert check out the amazing line-ups at these local venues: Washington's, the Mishawaka Amphitheater, Hodi’s Half Note, the Aggie Theater, Avogadro’s Number, the Downtown Artery to name a few.
But if music isn’t your jam, try something outrageous like a Ghost Tour, navigate a Corn Maze, test out your team-working skills at the Escape Room or spend an evening with friends at Old Town Putt-Putt.
Finally, our favorite Fall event is the Holiday Lighting Ceremony in Old Town Square. If THIS doesn’t get you in the mood for the holidays then frankly, you’re a Scrooge.
Honestly, It’s Affordable
Airlines, hotels, restaurants, and tour companies all reduce their rates this time of year and we’re no exception. This year, because we have a new booking system we will be offering special discounted packages EXCLUSIVELY for our previous guests and Social Media Followers (who says all that time you spend on Face Book is a waste?!) so don’t hit “delete” when you get an email from us! Our first offering will be our “Fall Group Get Away”. If you book all four studio’s for two or more nights you get one FREE. Yep. The fourth studio is FREE. Did I mention, it’s FREE?