Why visit the valley when summer is over? The end of summer means some of the best months of the year are right around the corner. Fall in Vail is a truly magical time to vacation in the mountains, before winter arrives. Come to Vail in autumn for the events and weather, stay for the amazing scenery. With so many things to do in Vail Village this fall, take a look at our reasons for why this is an amazing time to visit!
1. The foliage: Leaf peepers rejoice. There is a reason why Vail is always mentioned in the top places in the United States to see fall foliage. Vail Mountain comes alive with vibrant gold and yellow colors as the aspen trees prepare for winter. This is complemented with beautiful wildflower fields that make one think of being in 'The Sound of Music'. Enjoy the gorgeous autumn scenery from your balcony, restaurant patio, hiking, biking, or strolling through the village. Make sure to bring a camera because you're going to want to bring these memories back home.
2. The weather: The weather in autumn is perfect with comfortable temperatures. Escape the 90+ degree in Denver and make the easy drive up for a relaxing Vail family vacation. Traffic significantly decreases in autumn, making this an easy getaway. Vail is the perfect fall road trip destination to come explore the mountains before snow hits the ground.
3. Fall events: The fantastic Vail programming does not end with summer. Two of Vail's signature events are happening in September: Vail Oktoberfest and the Taste of Vail Fall Food & Wine Classic. Oktoberfest takes place over two weekends in Vail Village and Lionshead. This can't-miss event features Bavarian music, dancing, yodeling, beer, and more. Restaurants around the valley come together for the Taste of Vail Fall Food and Wine Classic offering dinner and wine tastings at different locations in Vail. This is a true foodie paradise.
4. Autumn activities: The wonderful fall foliage paves the way for excellent hiking and biking on Vail Mountain as well as beautiful walks through the villages. The Whistle Pig Vail concerts series continues into September with Bon Iver, Gary Clark Jr. and Jason Isabell & The 400 Unit. Tickets for these shows can be purchased on the Whistle Pig website. In addition to live music,the Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show continues every Sunday in Vail Village. Stop by the largest farmers' market in the mountains for some local cuisine, home-made products, and art pieces.
5. Peace, quiet, and relaxation: All schools are now back in session, meaning less crowds to contend with in the villages and hiking trails. Additionally, many restaurants and spas offer fall specials for visitors. Come treat yourself to a massage, dinner, and enjoy Vail all to yourself.