Fall in the Rocky Mountains is spectacular. The aspen leaves turn golden and discounts at hotels and restaurants abound. It is the perfect time for a family getaway.
September in Vail features a trio of Oktoberfests. Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week runs September 30 though October 9, 2016. All restaurant week specials have a $20.19 theme with hotel rates at our favorite family (and pet) friendly hotel, Antlers at Vail, starting at $120.19. Blue Moose Pizza offers Any 18” Specialty Pizza and a Pitcher of Colorado Draft or Pitcher of Soda – $20.16. The Vail Farmers Market runs through October 2, 2016.
Fall is a fabulous time to check out the free bike and skate park at the Frisco Adventure Park outside of Breckenridge. Try your bike on the extensive pump track, pull out the skateboard for some tricks or take a hike on the miles of hiking trails among the aspens. Beaver Run Resort has condos that are great for families. Or check out One Ski Hill Place for more upscale lodgings.
From film, nightlife and marathons Aspen also has plenty to offer in the fall. Stay in a suite at the Limelight Hotel (also pet friendly) or The Gant, the only full service condominium resort in Aspen with an on-site restaurant, Pepperjack’s Cafe.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
There are always lots of fun family activities available in Glenwood Springs, known for its hot springs. In addition to the many hot springs, Glenwood Caverns and Adventure Park is a must do family activity. The bike bath through the canyon runs along the river and is spectacular. While steep, Hanging Lake is a fairly short hike great for older kids with the spectacular payoff at top. Hotel Denver is a unique and historic property with casual dining attached, though our favorite restaurant to take the kids is Smoke Modern BBQ.