10. Wear cozy sweaters and take a stroll in the crisp evenings. How lovely it is to be able to wear cozy layers again! Put on those favorite boots while you are at it and enjoy the change in wardrobe.
9. Sit in your hot tub and admire the stars. If you don’t have a hot tub, hit up one of the hot springs. It is finally cool enough to sit In some warm water!
8. Watch Football with your family and have a bbq while you are at it. Even better, go support your local high schools team for one of their games.
7. Schedule your family pictures. Fall is the perfect time of year to catch those outdoor shots for your Christmas cards.
6. Hit up the off season deals at the Telluride restaurants. I love checking out Allreds or Hongas this time of year because they have local off season specials that you cannot beat!
5. Corn Mazes are really popular this time of year. The largest one (which seems to grow larger every year) is the Devries farm corn maze in between Montrose and Olathe. Be careful, you could get lost!
4. Exercise outdoors. Soon the snow will be falling and going for your daily run will not be as enjoyable as the great temperatures fall offers us here. Not to mention the holidays are on the way, so get your metabolism boosted before those Christmas goodies come along.
3. Enjoy schedules. Now that the kids have been back in school for a bit and fall sports and activities are well under way, it seems everyone has fallen into their “groove”. Enjoy living that balance while you have it!
2. Pumpkin Patch time! Like most families, our family looks forward to this tradition every year. Our favorite is the one on Dave Wood Road in Montrose, at the Covered Bridge – they open on Sept 29th and stay open until Oct 29th. One can easily make an afternoon of this event between the hayride, s’mores, haystack tower and picking out pumpkins.
1. The best way (in my humble opinion) to enjoy the fall in the San Juans is to take a drive or a hike to view the majestic colors that these Rocky Mountains display this time of year. We like to head over Owl Creek Pass to view the colors changing in the Cimarron Mountains. No where else in the nation can you experience the dramatic colors and mountains that Colorado offers, so take advantage of it!
Happy Fall Everyone!
About Author Leah Otto
Leah Otto: Leah grew up in Western Colorado. Wife of local business owner and mother of two amazing boys. She is a self proclaimed busy body who goes nonstop. Whether it is a DIY project, a children’s party, a great meal to cook, or a fun craft project with friends you can be sure that Leah will have her hands in at least two at any given time. She plans children’s birthday parties through local company Giggle Tree Events, and blogs on Mommyinthemountains.com. Fun with her kids is always at the top of her agenda and loving the good times that our lovely Colorado life makes possible.