Five Ways to Enjoy Fall in Loveland, Colorado
I grew up in an area of the country where the permanent year-round hue was green. We didn’t get a lot of autumn color in the Pacific Northwest, so since moving to Colorado nearly 20-years-ago, I’ve relished the season.
Leaf peeping season is nearly over in the Rocky Mountains, but Loveland still has some wonderful color. My neighborhood is popping in reds, golds, yellows and greens. Without further ado, here are some activities to do in Loveland this fall.
Enjoy a warm drink at The Coffee Tree
The Coffee Tree is “where good things grow” in Loveland and for eleven years, this coffee shop has been a gathering spot for locals and a favorite of visitors. People sit here and write, work or have meetings with friends or business associates. I have little doubt that many great plans have been made and deals have been struck inside these four walls on 4th Street in downtown Loveland.
If you love a little fall flavor in your coffee, the baristas at The Coffee Tree will hook you up with a pumpkin or maple spiced latte.
Stroll Benson Sculpture Garden
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ll know that I have a deep love of Benson Sculpture Garden. I think it’s one of Loveland’s best-hidden gems, although I think the word has gotten out.
It’s a spectacular place to walk at any time of year, but I especially love taking a stroll here in the fall.
Enjoy a GABF Award Winning Beer
Stop in at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse for a pint of Little Red Cap. This altbier just won a fourth medal at the Great American Beer Festival earlier this month. It’s one of Grimm’s standard taps and is always available in the taproom. You may even be able to find it on a liquor store shelf near you (and if not, ask your store to order it).
Loveland Aleworks also took home a medal at GABF for their Tequila Sour. It was made for their anniversary earlier this year, so you won’t find it in the taproom but stop in any way to enjoy a pint from another one of Loveland’s award-winning breweries.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Osborn Farm is the oldest, continually family-owned farm in the state of Colorado, and it’s right here in Loveland. A stop here during fall is a tradition for many Loveland families, which is understandable. Not only can you pick your own pumpkin in the field, it’s a great place for photo opts. Who doesn’t love a “kid in the pumpkin patch” photo?
Admission to Osborn Farm is free and pumpkins are charged by weight. Start planning your visit at Osborn.Farm.
Root on Your Favorite Team
Catch an NFL game at Pourhouse Bar & Grill in downtown Loveland. With a huge selection of Colorado craft beer on tap and Loveland’s longest happy hour (Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday), you can’t go wrong. Pair your craft beer and football with half-price wings every Sunday.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com. She and her husband, Ryan Schlaefer, have called Loveland home since 2003.