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Fall in Northern Colorado

With a plethora of mature trees across town, fall in Fort Collins is a colorful sea of yellow and orange. The weather is usually mild and it is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful times of year. Head to the pumpkin patch for a picture-perfect day with the whole family, attend a football game to cheer on the CSU Rams or take a cruise along the Poudre River to admire the changing leaves. You will love the cooler temperatures, vibrant colors and seasonal buzz that comes from the return to campus. This is a fun and lively time of year to visit your CSU student and explore Fort Collins in all its' glory!

Here are some of our favorite places to visit and some of the best fall activities in Fort Collins, Colorado:

Shop and Dine in Old Town Fort Collins
Downtown Fort Collins is packed full of fun bars, restaurants and shops. Plus the mature oak trees downtown are truly spectacular when they start changing their colors! Take a stroll through town and be sure to explore the alleyways and side streets - there are tons of hidden gems!

Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Have you visited a pick-your-own pumpkin patch? It is surprising to learn how rare these truly are and we feel so fortunate to have many great options in our area. Head out to Bartel Farms or one of the other great pumpkin patches this fall and get yourself a homegrown pumpkin!

Grab a Bite at Little on Mountain
This quaint neighborhood cafe is known for locally sourced ingredients, their evolving menu and delicious concoctions. Enjoy a fall harvest meal in this intimate space on a gorgeous fall day. They have a fantastic patio with heaters to keep you warm and delicious fare to keep you happy. It is a lovely location, right on Mountain and easily walkable from many of our Fort Collins vacation rentals. You will love this local neighborhood eatery!

Enjoy a Meal at The Still Whiskey Steaks
This downtown restaurant has taken the classic steakhouse and given it a casually Colorado twist! The interior is welcoming with gorgeous wood accents and a cozy rustic flare. They are known for their whiskey and hand-cut steaks but everything on the menu is dripping in flavor and excellence. Warm up with a cup of delicious French onion soup on a crisp fall day!

Have a Bev at Scrumpy’s Hard Cider Bar
This downtown cidery has a unique atmosphere and an incredible selection of hard ciders - from Summit Hard Cider and beyond. This is a great stop for those who do not fancy beer and fall is the perfect time to stop in. Check out their seasonal taps and learn about the innovative growth and sustainable practices that make this a true local legend.
Home of Summit Hard Cider!

Visit a Cocktail Lounge in Old Town
Fort Collins has multiple great cocktail lounges with unique atmospheres and fantastic drink concoctions. One of our favorites is Social - an underground speakeasy-style bar with fantastic drink selections, wonderful staff and an exclusive atmosphere. It is great for date night or just a fun drink in downtown! We also recommend checking out Elliots Martini Bar, The Sunset Lounge, and Ace Gillett's Lounge while visiting Old Town.

Walk or Bike the Poudre River Trail
Walk or bike along the Poudre River Trail and explore the network of trails that make Fort Collins such an appealing city for green living. This trail follows the Poudre River through town and is a great way to admire the changing leaves that mark the changing of the seasons. Enjoy the scenic ride and be sure to stop for a moment and enjoy the peaceful calm of this precious water source.

Visit Stodgy Brewing Company
Relatively new to the local brew scene - Stodgy Brewing Company is everything you could ever want in a hometown brewery. They make great beer, attract great company and have one of the best outdoor areas in all of Fort Collins. Head on over to Stodgy for a delicious beer in their shaded beer garden and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with family and friends. This is the place to be on a Saturday afternoon!

You can easily turn this into a brewery tour and embark on an exploration of local microbreweries. See our recommended breweries here.