Experience Loveland, Colorado this Autumn
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, a region that has two seasons – rainy and not rainy. I think this is why I have a true appreciation for our four seasons here in Colorado. And while the Northeast is well-known for their spectacular autumn colors, Colorado is no slouch when it comes to fall scenery.
Leaf peeping is a wonderful way to experience autumn in Loveland, Colorado and one unique place to take in the changing colors is via horseback at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. Just west of Loveland, Sylvan Dale offers horseback rides for guests and non guests throughout the year. Want a little more excitement? Experienced riders can sign up to help Sylvan Dale round up their cattle in the autumn. See website for details.
The scenery around Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is breathtaking year round, but on a brisk fall day, there’s no better place to be.
Another leaf peeping destination is Benson Sculpture Garden near Lake Loveland. With its many trees and shrubberies and 148 permanent sculptures by world renowned artists, there’s no other place quite like it. A fall stroll here is a tradition for many locals.
Autumn is harvest season and what better way to celebrate the harvest than at a local farm. Osborn Farm, family owned since 1861, is a picturesque property in southeast Loveland. They’ve got it all, even a picture-perfect red barn.
Visitors can buy pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks and haybales. Venture into the field and pick your own pumpkin or choose one from the “market” at the farm. There are also weekend hayrides for just $2. Make sure your phone is fully charged because you’ll want to take lots of photos of the kids posing in the picturesque pumpkin patch.
The Timberlane Farm Museum, just a stone’s throw from Osborn Farm, is a working farm museum with livestock, two historic homes and outbuildings. The farm is a delightful way to experience Loveland’s agricultural history this autumn.
Several local festivals happen in Loveland during September. First up, Pastels on 5th is a sidewalk chalk art festival that highlights the city’s art culture. The arts have been a strong part of Loveland’s heritage for decades. Pastels on 5th takes place on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
Loveland Oktoberfest, September 16-17, 2016, is held at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. The event features beer from Loveland’s seven craft breweries and cuisine from local food trucks. This is a family-friendly event with activities for everyone including a dirndl and lederhosen best dressed contest. Don’t miss Neue Polka Colorado from Colorado State University on Friday night. They kick off the event at 6 p.m. Admission to Loveland Oktoberfest is free.
When you visit Loveland this fall, be sure to drop in at Jake’s Market on East Hwy 34, north of Mountain View High School, and grab a bag of freshly roasted green chiles. I’ve been buying Jake’s chiles for 16 years and they are, without a doubt, the best roasted green chiles in Northern Colorado.