I used to be a summer person, and I think in much of the country I still would be. But the longer I’ve spent in Northern California the more I’ve fallen in love with the Fall. I get sick of the 90 plus degree weather and long for the 60s and 70s. This year was even worse with it reaching 85 all the way to Halloween. I was lucky enough to have a trip at the beginning of October for a family wedding in Vail, Colorado. I’d never been before and was blown away by its beauty.Fall in the mountains may seem like an off-season to most but since I’m not a snow person, but I don’t ski which makes the Fall the perfect time to visit a spot like Vail.
From just about everywhere we were the views in Vail during the Fall were breathtaking. They also had a different style to them than just about any other I’ve seen. While I’m used to the oranges and reds that come along with a turn in the weather, the beautiful yellows of the Aspen trees stand out in a completely different way.
The view from our rental property was pretty much perfect. We grabbed blankets to sit under out on the porch so we could enjoy it even early in the morning.
Everywhere I turned I found beautiful views. At each place our family was stay, on our drives around, and even at the spot above which was about twenty feet from the gas station. No doubt the best view I’ve seen from one yet.
Wandering the Vail Village you feel out of both place and time. It’s absolutely adorable and feels more like and old European mountain town than being anywhere in the U.S. You’ll find cute shops, tasty places to eat and a good area to just wander.
The entire trip was beautiful. I’d flown in from Las Vegas where it broke 105 degrees the day before. Wandering around Vail, Colorado in the Fall was perfect light sweater weather. It was in the mid-sixties during the days and barely hit fifty at night.
For a California girl getting to pull out sweaters and boots for my birthday (early October) is unheard of and was a great treat.
An Easy Getaway
The drive up to Vail from Denver was an easy trip in the Fall. The weather was nice enough to not slow down traffic. Making the round trip from California to Vail only about 5 hours, including the flight. For when I want to escape our late California summer’s that is well worth it.
While the Fall may be the off-season in the area I loved being able to explore the city before the snow was on the ground and really see the beautiful colors of the foliage before the died for the winter.
Where else do you enjoy visiting the Fall? Where do you take advantage of the off-season to enjoy a perfect getaway?