Five Sensational Ways to Fall for Aspen
Get your calendars out and start planning: leaf peeping season in the Rocky Mountains is just around the corner, and there are only so many weekends to get out and enjoy the spectacular autumn foliage. While you can’t go wrong with a beautiful drive up to Aspen, there’s more to do than meets the eye. Here are five fabulous sensations to include on your Aspen getaway.
Sights to See and Be Seen
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.
Sounds Like Fall
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.
It’s More Than a Feeling
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.
Wake Up and Smell the Bakeries
Aspen is home to half a dozen or more extraordinary bakeries. Just wake up early and follow your nose. There’s no better way to take the chill off a crisp autumn morning than with a hot brew and a fresh baked delight. You could spend your entire visit deciding which bakery is best. Will it be the pumpkin muffins at Paradise Bakery or doughnuts at Annette’s Mountain Bakery? Bring your hiking shoes unless you want to pack on a few pounds!
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.
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 Molly Gibson Lodge, 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.