FALL in Love with LONGMONT

5-Day Itinerary

DAY 1:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Nestled in a Victorian-style house, Lucile’s Creole Café is a Longmont favorite for beignets and a Café au Lait. If you’re looking for something a little heartier, try the Creole Omelet or Cajun Breakfast and Bloody Mary!

Get your fill of all things apple at Ya-Ya Farm & Orchard, a historic, century-old farm that specializes in heirloom apples. You can visit the farm stand which has apples, apple cider donuts, apple pies and more! There are also farm animals including Percheron Draft Horses, chickens, turkeys and peacocks! Take a tractor-drawn hayride or self-guided tour and breathe in the crisp, fall air. There is also a U-Pick section for apples, cherries, pumpkins, veggies and flowers. Reservations are required for fruit picking only. Another great option for picking apples is Rogers Grove Park off of 220 S. Hover St. Apples are free to pick and are first come first serve.

Ya Ya Farm & Orchard. Photo: Sherri O’Hara.

For lunch, try The Post Brewing Co., a Big Red F Restaurant. You can pair their famous fried chicken with beer from the Post Brewing Company. The Post was recently featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.

Spend an afternoon diving into the world of cheese with a cheese making class at the Art of Cheese, located at Haystack Mountain Cheese Education Center. Classes must be reserved in advance. After making cheese, see how Haystack produces their cheese with a tour of the facility. Learn how their cheese is cultured, aged and packaged!

Finish off the day with a stop at Mike O’ Shays Restaurant and Alehouse for some traditional pub favorites. The restaurant has been open since 1981 and it is the longest running, independently-owned restaurant in Longmont. After dinner, take some time to browse the Downtown Creative District.

Just a short walk from downtown, stay at the Thompson House Inn & Tea Room, a quaint B&B and Tea Room. This property is located in a historic home and is a marvelous mix of old world charm and modern conveniences. The unique guest rooms are named after the original family members. The parlor, shaded front porch and garden are available to relax and enjoy.

DAY 2:

Start the day at Ziggi’s Coffee Shop. Choose from a wide variety of coffee and tea beverages along with local pastries and breakfast items. The 1904 building was the old Longmont National Bank and is a historic landmark.

About an hour drive east of town in Keenesburg, is where you can visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is not a zoo and offers a completely different visitor experience. Their rescued animals live in large open habitats that encompass 789 acres. They have an elevated walkway that is more than 1.5 miles long and spans across numerous natural habitats, with plenty of opportunities for guests to get a closer view of the animals. Recommended time spent at the sanctuary is 3-5 hours.

Lion at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Photo: Wild Animal Sanctuary.

After touring the Sanctuary, head back to Longmont for a late lunch at Jefe’s Tacos & Tequila. Combining authentic and modern, Jefe’s menu boasts bright colors, street tacos filled with unique ingredients, and house-made margaritas!

After getting in the fiesta mood, head to the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. Here, you can learn all about Día de los Muertos. Their 2018 exhibition opens October 12 and extends through November 6. Longmont’s annual Catrina Ball and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations are held on Friday, November 2 at 5 pm and Saturday, November 3 from 11 am – 3 pm. These signature events make-up the largest Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado, attracting more than 6,000 people to the exhibit, ball, family event and related programming. The celebration demonstrates how a diverse community can come together to share a common desire – to honor ancestors and keep their memories alive.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration. Photo: Longmont Museum.

Finish off the evening at Samples. A restaurant that combines passion for comfort food and craft drinks along with a desire to provide employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The restaurant brings award-winning food and friendly service to Longmont, all the while supporting a community that is drastically underserved.

DAY 3:

Savor more of the fall harvest at the Longmont Farmers Market. Running from April until the 3rd Saturday in November, this growers-only market features the longest farmers market season in the state! Enjoy local food trucks, farm stands, and artisan booths for gifts and goodies to take with you!

                                          

If you haven’t filled up on goodies at the Farmers Market, a stop at Rosalee’s Pizzeria for lunch is in order. Grab a pie and a beer and snag a seat to people watch downtown. Their cheese is shredded and grated by hand, they make their sauce from the highest quality tomatoes. Their fresh ground pork sausage is a treat you don’t want to miss!

Always a Longmont favorite, the Brewhop Trolley offers hop on and hop off service to all of the Longmont craft breweries, distilleries and cidery. Sample the flavors of fall with the seasonal rotations like Double Dunkel at Wibby or Oktoberfest at Left Hand. Take advantage of the local food trucks that rotate around for a bite to eat. The Longmont Loop runs from 12-9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Brewhop Trolley outside Tasty Weasel.

Now is time to check out a new accommodation, the brand-new Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites. With modern conveniences and finishes, this is the perfect place to finish your Longmont vacation.

DAY 4:

Head off the beaten path to the little town of Hygiene, just west of Longmont. Eat breakfast at Crane Hollow Café, a spot popular with locals and tourists alike. Homemade and hearty meals will fill you up for a day of  activity.

Throughout the month of October, the Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch hosts the Fall Festival that features  carnival fun and the original Pick-a-Pumpkin Pumpkin Patch. The festival is held Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. There is no entry fee to the grounds and parking is free. Weekend activities are offered on a pay-per-activity basis. The festival caters to young children and adults who still want to play and enjoy the beautiful autumn days.

A stop at Cheese Importers for lunch is a must-do! Put on a special coat and head into the largest walk-in cheese cooler in Colorado to browse cheese, charcuteries and more from all over the world! Dine at their bistro with a cheese inspired menu. After lunch, shop through the entire French market!

Cheese Importers Walk-In Cheese Cooler.

Next, test your climbing skills at the Longmont Climbing Collective, Longmont’s only indoor bouldering gym. The gym also offers fitness equipment, yoga and training in the 15,000 square foot climbing facility. There is over 7,000 square feet of indoor bouldering space, perfect for an afternoon of climbing and activity!

For dinner, refuel at Sugarbeet for a memorable dining experience. This modern American restaurant serves upscale, seasonal cuisine and fine wines. This cozy atmosphere is the perfect setting for a fall-inspired meal!

Day 5:

Longmont is the basecamp for adventure. Start your day off with breakfast at Aime’s Love Bakery. This gluten-free bakery offers pastries, muffins and breakfast sandwiches! The bakery is located in the building that housed James Cash “J.C.” Penney’s first business endeavor – a meat market. Step back in time as you enjoy this tasty meal!

Another great fall adventure is Rocky Mountain National Park. Less than an hour from Longmont, take a drive up Hwy 36 through the town of Lyons and enjoy the views and changing colors. As you head through Estes Park and into the Park, the colors get even more incredible with the climb in elevation! The Park offers 415 square miles of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, sledding and wildlife viewing. You can drive your car throughout the park and pull-off at many photo points for spectacular pictures. Be on the lookout for elk, deer, marmots and more!

Fall Color in Rocky Mountain National Park.

After your fall color adventure, head back down into Longmont for a nice, cozy dinner at Dickens Tavern. Stay for the live entertainment at the Dickens Opera house, just upstairs from the tavern. The Opera House was built in 1881 by William H. Dickens, cousin of Charles Dickens, to bring culture and entertainment to Longmont. The Opera House is still filled with options for live music, comedy and variety shows most nights of the week. Ask about the haunted happenings in the restaurant and Opera House while you’re there…if you dare!