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Fall in Love with Longmont

(5-DAY ITINERARY)

Cover Photo: Paul Marcotte

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DAY 1:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start your day at Good Eats Grill. Serving up Bowls, Burritos and Omelets or Sweet Treats, there is something for everyone to start their morning!

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.

For lunch, try CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina. CYCLHOPS is committed to using locally-grown and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients. The creative taqueria-inspired menu features unique flavor combinations, authentic taco-makin’ techniques and delicious takes on traditional Mexican food along with Oskar Blues beer and tequila offerings.

Take a sweet tooth pitstop at Robin Chocolates to sample artisan chocolates and confections plus beautiful cakes and pastries.

 

Spend the afternoon taking in a seasonal hike at Hall Ranch Open Space in Lyons, Colorado, just outside of Longmont. With amazing vista and mountain views, an afternoon hike is sure to not disappoint! There are many trail options to choose from that are all hiking and biking friendly. You may even spot some wildlife!

After hiking, head back into town to fuel up with dinner 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 to get a jump on some holiday shopping!

With stunning views of Longs Peak, the Fairfield Inn & Suites is the perfect place to stay on your visit to Longmont. The comfortable, well-appointed hotel is located minutes from shopping, dining and movies at Village at the Peaks. Use the hotel as your base to discover the rest of the Longmont, Colorado area!

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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.

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After touring the Sanctuary, head back to Longmont for a late lunch at Proto's Pizza.  Proto's has been proudly serving East Coast-style pizza to the good folks of Colorado since 1999.

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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 2019 exhibition opens October 11 and extends through November 4. Longmont’s annual Catrina Ball and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations will be held on Saturday, November 2. In 2019, the museum is making their Family Celebration bigger and better than ever by taking it to downtown Longmont. Join us at the Museum for the opening reception and exhibition. Stay tuned for more information. 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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DAY 3:

Savor more of the fall harvest at the Longmont Farmers Market. Running from April through 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!

 

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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 on the weekends!

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.

 

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On weekends 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. There is no entry fee to the grounds and parking is free. The festival caters to young children and adults who still want to play and enjoy the beautiful autumn days.

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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, charcuterie and more from all over the world! Dine at their bistro with a cheese inspired menu. After lunch, shop through the entire French market!

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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 Gondlier's Italian Eatery for a memorable dining experience featuring house-made, seasonal Italian cuisine, pasta and pizza. This cozy atmosphere is the perfect setting for a fall-inspired meal!

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Day 5:

Day 5 starts off at Tangerine on Main Street in downtown Longmont. Tangerine creates innovative takes on traditional morning fare. The menu is rich with natural quality and focused on fresh products, with many vegetarian and gluten free options. It’s American brunch/lunch format with a healthy and Mediterranean twist.

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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!

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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 with great 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!

This rounds out your fall adventure in Longmont! We hope you enjoy your time here in town!

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