Denver Area Fall Festivals and Fairs – Fall is officially here and so are all the things that make it a great time of year. Cozy sweaters, colorful trees, leaves crunching under your feet, hot apple cider, pumpkin pie and a briskness in the air. Denver offers many wonderful and unique Festivals to help you enjoy the Fall Season.
Great American Beer Festival – October 2-4, 5:30 pm – 10 pm
The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. This is a huge event for beer lovers and aficionados covering over 188,000 sq. ft. at the Colorado Convention Center. Participants get to enjoy 1 oz. beer samples from both local and national breweries. Many of the brewer’s staff the booths at the festival providing participants opportunities to ask questions and get the latest information on brewing techniques. Enjoy samplings of diverse beers created from all over the United States.
Pumpkin Harvest Festival – October 4-5, 10 am – 4 pm
Head over to Four Mile Historic Park to pick out your very own pumpkin from the patch, build a scarecrow, dance to live music, play pioneer games, make a craft, and try your luck at county fair amusements. Love dessert? Try your hand at the pie-eating and cakewalk contests. Enjoy tours of the Museum and learn what it was like for our pioneer ancestors to live in the 1800’s. Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides and refreshments such as kettle corn, apple cider, and caramel apples.
Fall Horseshoe Market – October 4th, 9am – 4pm
Located in the parking lot behind Olinger at 46th and Tennyson, find that perfect up-cycled or handcrafted piece of furniture or clothing item for your home or get a head start on your holiday shopping. The Horseshoe Market features handcrafted clothing, body products or vintage treasures from over 120 local vendors. Visit a number of local food trucks when you are ready for a break from shopping. For more information click here.
Festival of Scarecrows – October 11th, 10am – 2pm
Head over to Olde Town Square at 57th St. in Arvada for a variety of fun family-friendly activities. You can purchase pumpkins, participate in a kids costume parade, pie eating or pumpkin seed spitting contests, or enjoy hay rides and wander through a corn maze. For more information please click here.
Pumpkin Fest – October 10-12, 9am – 5pm each day
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield comes alive with PUMPKINS! Thousands of pumpkins will be ripe for the picking in Chatfield’s 10-acre patch, so bring your wagon and pick away. Enjoy live music, face painting, pumpkin carving demonstrations, pony rides and carnival games. This festival is sure to have something for everyone. Come enjoy the beautiful scenery at Chatfield and get a taste of fall.
Flatirons Food Film Festival – October 15-19th,
“Feast on reel food”, this annual multi-day feast celebrates culinary cinema from various nations. The Festival takes place in Boulder,CO and is part of the International Film Series at the University Colorado at Boulder. All films screen on the CU-Boulder campus. The festival includes film showings, discussions and food and beverage events. If you enjoy food, are passionate about local natural foods, and want to learn from some of Colorado’s great chefs and food experts, then this is the event for you. For information on festival schedule and ticketing, click here.
Choctoberfest Colorado – October 17th from 4pm – 10pm and October 18th from 10am – 9pm
The Denver Marriott Tech Center will be transformed into a 15,000 sq. ft. Chocolate Heaven. Chocolate Lovers can experience pure decadence as they wind through booths featuring chocolate of every kind. Sample everything from dark and pure to rich and milky. Experience chocolate infused with tea and alcohol or baked into brownies or wrapped into rich truffles. Learn tricks of the trade with cooking demonstrations or just enjoy smelling the richness around you while listening to entertainment. This event is sure to please your sweet tooth. For more information click here.
Denver Arts Week: November 7-15, Nigh at the Museums – November 8
Denver’s Arts Week celebrates the Mile High City’s vibrant arts and culture scene. The week kicks off with the well know First Friday Art Walk, where art galleries in neighborhood art districts throughout Denver open their doors and host exhibits complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres. This is a great opportunity to meet artists, curators and see new noteworthy collections.
Saturday, November 8th is Night at the Museums, where a number of Denver Museums offer free admission, provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the museums, and have extended hours til 10 pm. What an amazing opportunity to get access to a number of premier museums.
There will be many deals and discounts for participants of Denver Arts week. Hotel discounts will also be offered for those from out of town or locals looking to make an occasion out of the week. For a list of events held each day during Denver Arts Week, Click here.
Starz Denver Film Festival – November 12-23
For all film buffs and artists alike, the Starz Denver Film Festival is sure to have something for everyone. The dates have been set, but the details are still being worked out. Please visit the website: http://www.denverfilm.org/festival/ to get more information on films and showtimes.
Denver International Wine Festival – November 20-22, Omni Interlocken Resort
The 10th Annual Denver International Wine Festival is the premier wine and food festival in the Rocky Mountains. Come sample over 400 wines, beers and spirits, explore food and wine pairing demonstrations and educational seminars. For information on the schedule and ticket pricing, please click here.
We at Vintage Homes of Denver hope you enjoy all the magic of the season! If you have any real estate questions, please feel free to contact Jesse Sehlmeyer at 303-564-2245.
Englewood Colorado Real Estate – New Listing at 3935 S. Clarkson St.
3935 S. Clarkson St.
This amazing Craftsman style home located at 3935 S. Clarkson St. was just listed. It has been owned for the past 10 years and meticulously restored by an award-winning remodeling contractor. This iconic Englewood home is as stunning inside as it is outside and features 3,500 finished square feet with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. The main floor features refinished hardwood floors throughout, a large custom kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a walk-in pantry, and a large peninsula eating bar, a dining area, large open living room with fireplace and full separate laundry room. Custom built-ins throughout, include a butler’s pantry, a desk area, bookshelves, and assorted cabinetry.
The second floor is accessible by stairs or a custom Elevator lift. The second floor is ADA compliant and offers a walk-in shower. This level has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The master bedroom provides a nice retreat and offers separate his and hers master bathrooms and closets as well as a fireplace for those cold winter nights.
The finished basement can be used as a mother-in-law apartment with its own entrance. It is complete with kitchen area, living area, bedroom and bathroom.
The house offers a beautiful front porch, back patio and landscaping. There are many places to entertain or just enjoy your morning coffee. Off the backyard is a 3 bay garage with a workshop and second floor for storage.
Well-located, this home is near three of Denver’s top hospitals, Cherry Hills Country Club, the Highline Canal, RTD Light Rail, and numerous parks. Access to I-25, CO 285, and Santa Fe insure quick access to all of the Denver metro area. Having recently won a sizable levy from Englewood voters, the construction of a new state-of-the- art high school, leadership academy, and high school of choice are currently underway and within walking distance.
This wonderful home offers many opportunities. Please feel free to contact Jesse Sehlmeyer with any questions or to schedule a showing at 303-564-2245.
Old Town Littleton Events are family friendly and offer something for everyone. Here is a list of fun events you will not want to miss this Fall Season.
3rd Annual Historic Downtown Littleton Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, September 13 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Presented by Historic Littleton Inc. as a way to raise awareness and excitement of Historic Downtown Littleton. Participants will meet at the Town Hall Arts Center at 10am where they will receive a Scavenger Hunt Ballot, clue list and map. Participants will search for architectural details which can be located on buildings of various downtown merchants. Characters dressed in period costumes will be at various locations along the way to help with clues. All ballots must be returned to the Town Hall Arts Center before 3pm. At 3pm ballots with correct answers will be entered in a drawing to win up to $500.00. You must be present to win. Enjoy live music at the end of the day for a hunt well done. For more information please visit: http://www.hlinc.org/site/Scavenger-Hunt-2014/.
Yoga in the Yard – Saturday, September 20 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Enjoy Yoga in the Yard at Aspen Grove every Saturday morning at 8AM and 9AM (except the first Saturdays of every month). All skill levels welcome and the classes are free for both kids and adults, all you have to bring is your yoga mat! September 27th is the last session. Visit ShopAspenGrove.com for dates and details.
Oktoberfest – Friday, September 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Held at Adventures in Dance, 1500 W Littleton Blvd #207, Littleton, CO 80120. Join in for a night of German DJ music, mixers, and refreshments. Have a good time and don’t forget to dress in your fall or German attire for the occasion! $15 per person in advance, $20 per person at the door.
4th Annual Zombie Crawl & Pig Roast – Saturday, October 4 – Noon
Calling all Zombies! The 4th Annual Zombie Crawl will start at Noon at the Woodlawn Shopping Center, 1500 W Littleton Blvd. Zombies will follow a Dixieland Band west on Littleton Blvd. through downtown Littleton. The Crawl will end with a free Pig Roast at Reinke Brothers. No charge to participate – only zombie attire allowed. For more information call 303.795.5006.
Reinke Brothers – Littleton Zombie Crawl
Pumpkin Follies & Goat Show – Friday and Saturday, October 10 & 11
Hurry to the big tent in the Reinke Brother’s parking lot to witness performances by The Pumpkin Follies and other entertainers. This is a show not to be missed- a talent show, spoof of Littleton events, and one of a kind acts that make for a very fun evening. Admission is $5, drinks and food will be available for purchase.
Downtown Merchants will create 10 pumpkin poles which will be on display Oct 10 through Halloween (depending on the condition of the pumpkins) and will be located throughout downtown Littleton. Be sure to visit early in the month – you don’t want to miss these one of a kind creations. For more information call 303.795.5006
Goblin Give Out – Saturday, October 25
A fun and safe Halloween Event for Kids! Wear your Halloween Costumes and Trick or Treat at participating merchants throughout Downtown Littleton from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield’s 8-acre Corn Maze!
Denver Botanic Gardens @ Chatfield
Wind your way through eight acres of corn, in the shape of a butterfly, and help Farmer Green find his lost animals. View life-size animal cutouts hidden throughout the maze and stop for fun photo opportunities. The maze can be viewed from two, 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. A mini-maze is available for visitors under the age of 10. Tickets include a hayride and unlimited jumping on a giant pillow. Pony and train rides are available for an additional fee. It is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 19 through November 1, 2014. After dark in October, the maze transforms into a magical Glow Maze, complete with 3-foot glow sticks and black lights. For ticket pricing and hours of operation please visit: http://www.botanicgardens.org/corn-maze/admission.
Enjoy all that Littleton has to offer this Fall season. If you are interested in learning about real estate or investment opportunities in Littleton, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer of Vintage Homes of Denver at 303-564-2245.
Denver Area Home Tours fill the calendar this September. Whether you are an architectural enthusiast, someone looking to move and want to get a feel for a particular neighborhood, or are a closeted decorator looking for inspiration, Home Tours offer a little bit for everyone. Here is a list of the Denver Metro Home tours featured this month:
3117 Stout – Courtesy of Historic Denver Inc.
Curtis Park Home Tour – Saturday & Sunday, September 13th & 14th – 10 am – 4 pm.
Join Historic Denver Inc. and the Curtis Park Neighbors for the Curtis Park Home and Community Tour, where 14 of the finest homes in this historic neighborhood will be open to the public. Attend the tour and view a wide range of housing styles from modest cottages, row homes and single story duplexes to grand Victorian mansions, Italianate, and Queen Anne style houses. Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will give a lecture on Saturday, September 13 and guided walking and biking tours will be available both days. Tickets are $15 per person, and $12 for members of Historic Denver and the Molly Brown House Museum. Click HERE for tickets.
Jewels of Highlands Home Tour – Sunday, September 21st – 11 am – 3 pm.
This home tour will feature 8 lovely and unique homes in the West Highlands neighborhood. All ticket proceeds will benefit Brown International Academy, a Denver Public School located in the Sloan’s Lake Neighborhood. Take a tour of this neighborhood rich with culture and varying styles of architecture ranging from the English Tudor to the Victorian Mansion to newer urban Modern architecture. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
36th Annual Park Hill Home Tour and Street Fair – Sunday, September 28th – 11 am – 5 pm.
Come Celebrate and enjoy 120 Years of Architecture within 12 Blocks! Step through the doors of 5 unique homes ranging from a 1920’s Tudor Revival, to a Mid Century Modern home featuring a butterfly roof and geo-thermal heating and cooling, and a turn of the century farmhouse. The tour also features a walk through the Historic Smiley campus, which will be the new home of McAuliffe International School this fall. Fun, music, food and local fair will be featured at the street fair on Forest Parkway between Montview Blvd. and 17th Avenue. Come see all that this beautiful and historical neighborhood has to offer. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Seniors and $5 for children 6-12 years. Children under 5 are free. To purchase tickets online, click HERE. Tickets may also be purchased from local merchants. If you buy your tickets in advance, save $5 at the following locations: Modern Bungalow, Park Hill Community Bookstore, Spinelli’s Market, Cake Crumbs and Park Hill Library.
Image courtesy of Park Hill Home Tour.org
Home tours are a great opportunity to explore new neighborhoods, get ideas for your own home, or to just be a part of a community event for the day. If you are looking to buy or sell a home or have questions about investment opportunities, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer of Vintage Homes of Denver at 303-564-2245.
Modern Wash Park Condo – 188 S. Logan St. #301
Just Listed – This wonderful 2 bedroom/1 bath Wash Park Condo is on the top floor of a renovated building with Modern Architecture. The building was completely renovated in 2006 by Modo Developers. This condo features hardwood floors, modern kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless appliances, open floor plan, and renovated bath with custom tile. The two bedrooms are good sized rooms with newer carpet.
Take in the views from the third floor dedicated west facing balcony that is accessible from the living room and main bedroom. If you are looking to entertain a larger group, the community roof top deck is the perfect place. The building is managed by an HOA and the fees are inclusive of heat, water, trash, sewer, internet and building maintenance. There is one parking space deeded with the property.
This condo is within walking distance to Washington Park, Lucile’s, Cafe Bar, Carmine’s, Alameda light rail station and all that South Broadway has to offer. For more information on this property or for questions regarding Denver Real Estate, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer at 303-564-2245.
There is a chill in the air, the days are getting shorter, the light is changing and inevitably, Fall is quickly approaching. Living in Colorado, we have some spectacular places to view the golden aspens and other colorful Fall foliage. Get a head start and plan your leisurely day trip or a longer relaxing weekend getaway with Vintage Homes of Denver’s Fall Foliage Guide.
Weather.com predicts that the best time to view the colors in Colorado is from mid September to early October. Click here to see a map for peak viewing times. You can also call the U.S. Forest Service Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-354-4595. It is hard to predict when the leaves will change and for how long they will last, so it is a good idea to keep checking local websites for good times to go.
Don’t forget to pack your camera, good driving tunes, cold weather gear (coats, hats and gloves), a warm cozy blanket, a picnic and thermos of hot apple cider. Now that you are packed and ready to go, you can choose from a variety of scenic routes to take in all that Fall and Colorado has to offer.
Courtesy of Colorado Guy at Cottonwood Pass.net
Close to Denver Fall Foliage Routes:
The Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway – This diverse and lovely drive starts in one Historical town, Black Hawk, CO and ends in another, Estes Park, CO. It covers approximately 60 miles and takes about an hour and a half, depending on how many times you stop. I guarantee you will want to stop and take in the breathtaking views and enjoy the vintage charm of Historic towns along the way. If you are feeling Lucky, you can try your hand at striking it rich in one of the many casinos in Black Hawk, or if gambling is not your thing, you can take a little detour and head to Nevadaville, a small and forgotten mining ghost town just minutes from Central City. To start your tour of the Peak-to-Peak, from Black Hawk you will head north on Hwy. 119 passing by Golden Gate Canyon State Park and through Rollinsville (the Stage Stop Restaurant is a fun place to visit for lunch). Once in Nederland, you will take a left onto CO-72 until in the town of Raymond then you will proceed on CO 7 past the 14,755 foot Long’s Peak into the town of Estes Park, CO. Estes Park, nestled in the Rocky Mountain National Park, is best known for the Historic Stanley Hotel that was featured in the infamous Jack Nicholson movie, The Shining. Estes Park is also a popular summer destination with many options for camping, hiking, biking, rafting and other outdoor activities
Guanella Pass Scenic Byway – This scenic byway starts in the charming and Historic town of Georgetown, located an hour west of Denver. Take I-70 west to exit 228 and take a left at the round about, once in the Georgetown Historic District, look for the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway signs and follow those until you get to Clear Creek County Road 381. This newly paved road will take you through a thriving alpine environment, winding switchbacks and will crest below the 14,060 ft. Mount Bierstadt. As you start your descent watch for waterfalls surrounded by golden Aspens, wildlife such as bighorn sheep and moose. The byway ends at U.S. Hwy. 285, from here you can choose to head east back to Denver or head west to Kenosha Pass, an additional 15 minute drive.
Kenosha Pass – Can be reached by taking U.S. Hwy. 285 about 50 miles west of Denver. The pass starts near the town of Grant and winds up to the summit where there is a scenic overlook to the west offering a panoramic view of the town of South Park. Golden aspen thrive on the slopes that surround the town. The pass ends near the town of Jefferson. From here you can head to Fairplay and continue on Hwy. 285 to Buena Vista or head to Alma/Hoosier Pass along CO State Hwy. 9 and end in Breckenridge.
Cottonwood Pass – From Buena Vista, you will head west at the only stop light in town and follow Chaffee County Rd. 306 or Cottonwood Pass Rd., 60 miles to the town of Almont near Gunnison. Near the 12,126 foot Summit, the road name changes to Gunnison County Rd. 209. The pass is paved on the west and is a gravel road to the east. It is surrounded by many of the majestic 14-er Collegiate Mountains where peaks rise to greet the clouds and sky. The Taylor River follows the pass and once past the summit guides you down to the Taylor Park, Taylor River Canyon and Taylor Park Reservoir, a popular destination for fly fishing. This drive will provide you with breathtaking mountain views and a valley full of rich fall colors.
Buffalo Pass – This dirt road just west of Steamboat Springs winds 8 miles up toward the Continental Divide. It is lined with rows of golden aspen groves. During peak viewing times, locals recomend hiking up the Zirkel Wilderness Area’s Three Island Lake Trail.
Gold Camp Road from Colorado Springs to Victor then Colorado 67 through Cripple Creek and North to Divide.
Colorado 14 through Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins to the top of Cameron Pass.
Fall River Road from I-70 (Exit 238) to St. Mary’s Glacier
Routes Farther from Denver:
Maroon Bells – The most photographed mountains in Colorado are located 10 miles from Aspen, CO up Maroon Creek Road. These iconic 14,000 foot peaks are surrounded by pristine National Forest Land and are mirrored by the Maroon Lake below. Access to Maroon Bells is limited to bus tours or non-motorized transportation. Some exceptions are made for cars. Please click here for more information.
Maroon Bells Photo – Courtesy of Snowmass Hospitality
LaVeta Pass – If you would like to take a weekend trip to the Southern part of Colorado you can start by taking I-25 south to the Walsenburg exit and take State Hwy. 160 over La Veta Pass towards Durango. La Veta Pass peaking at an elevation of 9,400 feet and nestled in the San Luis Valley is surrounded by the Spanish Peaks and Sangra de Christo Mountains, making a beautiful backdrop for the fall foliage that lines the pass. From here, head through Alamosa, Monte Vista, Del Norte (check out the Organic Peddler and Piece of Art Cafe– a great place for lunch and coffee) and climb over the spectacular Wolf Creek Pass with a wonderful scenic overlook, and onto Pagosa Springs and finally into Durango. This is a 7 hour drive, but beautiful and worth it! Plus you get to visit many charming historic towns along the way.
San Juan Skyway – This byway is a real jewel of a drive taking you on a 236 mile loop through the majestic San Juan mountains and towns rich with history. You will start in Durango, a well preserved descendant of the Old West, and head up U.S.Hwy. 550 toward Silverton and on to Ouray. Both of these towns are true victorian gems and showcase many well preserved homes and buildings. Ouray also features many natural Hot Springs. The stretch between Silverton and Ouray is called the “Million Dollar Highway” – a drive likened to that of a Roller Coaster Ride due to its narrow lanes, winding roads, steep drop-offs, and lack of guard rails. For experienced mountain drivers, this ride is a thrill, for others I would suggest taking it nice and slow. The views along this drive are amazing and worth the time to savor. From Ouray you will head to Ridgway and then on to Placerville where you will head southeast on CO 145 to Telluride. Telluride is known for its world-class skiing and its Film, Jazz and music festivals. From here you will head to Dolores then west to Mancos Rd. (CO 184), you can stop and discover how our ancestors lived at Mesa Verde National Park. Continue east to U.S. Hwy. 550 and take that back into Durango. You have completed the loop and are filled with a sense of awe and wonder. You have gained knowledge and insight and are that much richer for the experience. It is recommended that you take two days to complete the loop so you can enjoy the many wonders of this drive.
Map Courtesy of The Colorado Vacation DIrectory
Dallas Divide – The Dallas Divide is saddled between the San Juan Mountains and the Uncompahgre Plateau and represents an epic fall Colorado drive. Starting near Ridgway, on Colorado Hwy. 62, visitors can get an amazing view of Mount Sneffels, one of Colorado’s 14ers, and the expansive Sneffels Wilderness Area, which is popular for camping, hiking and biking. The route eventually connects with Hwy. 45 and Lizard Head Pass, which offers views of Wilson Peak, the very mountain that inspired the iconic Coors logo. From here you can head onto Telluride or swing back around for another go. If you want some adventure and a sampling of all the landscapes the San Juans have to offer, you can look for signs off Colorado Hwy. 62 for the Last Dollar Road, and take a left off the Highway until you reach a fork in the road. At the fork you take a right into the town of Sawpit.
Kebler Pass – Just outside Crested Butte is one of the world’s best places to see golden aspens in the fall. It boasts one of the largest Aspen Groves in North America. It is supposedly the largest living organism on the planet, all sharing the same root system. Colorado Photographer, John Fielder, has visited and photographed this site many times. Mid September is the usual peak time for viewing the fall colors. Kebler is not as scary as some reviewers mention, though taking the Ohio Pass fork can be a bit scary. From Crested Butte take County Road 12 and from Carbondale take Route 133 and then jump on to County Road 12 near Paonia State Park.
Kebler Pass – Courtesy of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Assoc.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad Fall Photographer’s Train – Sept. 27th and 28th, 2014. Click here for more information.
Telluride Gondola Ride – This incredible 13-minute ride traveling from Telluride to the Mountain Village, offers 365 degree views of the San Juan Mountains and is the first public transportation system of this kind in the U.S. For more information visit: http://www.telluride.com/gondola.
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park – This natural wonder was formed when the rushing waters of Canyon Creek eroded a deep and narrow box canyon through fault weakened limestone. Walk a bridge to get deep into the canyon and feel the water mist your skin. For more information visit: http://www.ouraycolorado.com/listing/boxcanyon
Viewing the Fall Colors by Hot Air Balloon: Located just outside Ouray in the valley near Ridway, CO, San Jaun Balloons offers a unique experience – viewing the changing Fall colors and majestic mountains from the air.
We at Vintage Homes of Denver hope you have a wonderful Fall Season and are able to get out an enjoy the beautiful Fall Colors in the Rocky Mountains. For any information or questions regarding Denver Real Estate or Investment Opportunities, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer of Vintage Homes of Denver at 303-564-2245.