When most people think of Aspen, Colorado they think of a winter wonderland. The mountain tops are filled with skiers and snowboarders living their adventures and resorts host lovers enjoying a romantic hot cocoa by the fire. But what about the lesser known time of year in Aspen? During the fall season you can experience the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains and watch the leaves turn a glorious shade of yellow, orange and red while enjoying the various festivals and activities this mountain town has to offer.
One of the better known events, Oktoberfest, takes place in Snowmass Village as it is transformed into a Bavarian bazaar of music, food, dancing, shopping, and enjoyment of the harvest season. Pick up a stein full of German beer and grab a knockwurst with kraut and enjoy the festivities and fantastical dancing sensations from around the globe. You’d think you were standing smack dab in the middle of Munich, Germany.
If you are a sports fanatic, take a trip to Aspen during the month of September and watch as the seven time National Champions Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club host the Annual Ruggerfest that attracts close to 50 teams from around the US and Europe.
Colorado is spectacular in the fall. Roam Aspen’s high country or if you are a history buff, visit Heritage Aspen, offering historical tours to the mining ghost towns or Ashcroft and Independence. View amazing fall foliage while catching a glimpse of Aspen’s silver mining era. Learn of Aspen’s many eras such as The Mining Boom which took place from 1879-1893, The Quiet Years from 1893-1936 during which the residents of Aspen experienced their first glimmer of hope for recovery after the Women’s Suffrage began in 1893.
One of my favorite fall activities in Aspen comes in the form of a film festival. A five-day feast of film and fall color that satisfies filmmakers and film lovers alike. The Filmfest offers new features and documentaries, family films, unique presentations as well as tributes to distinguished artists.
And finally, my fondest memory exists in the Aspen Highlands Village. The best moment to be had in this colorful landscape is when you can grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, a few sandwiches to the base of Aspen Highlands Mountain and enjoy a free movie. Probably one of the most romantic settings ever created. Word of advice; if you are looking to propose marriage to the one you love during your vacation, make your way to the Aspen Highlands Village. She wouldn’t be able to say “No” while you kneel down on one knee and announce your eternal love for her upon a green spread mountaintop. It’s just like out of a movie.
Find your touch. It doesn’t matter if the town is not swarming with tourists and visitors looking for their skiing mecca. Aspen has plenty of events to keep you interested and many amazing sights to be seen.