looking for something?

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Denver's Best Fall Activities & Events 2021

Fall is upon us y'all! And what better way to celebrate the season than by picking apples, choosing pumpkins, going on fall drives, walking through groves of golden leaves and snacking on cinnamon goodies? Below I've got a list of all my favorites (plus more I've been wanting to go to) and a map at the bottom for you to see what's closest to you. Denver is alive with fall vibes, so get out there! — xoxo darling, Hayden
Ault, Currently Open Wed.–Sun.
Located in northeastern Colorado, this one is your best bet for apple picking near Denver. Each weekend they open for picking, but you need to check Facebook to see what they have up for grabs. You also need to get there early or they will be picked over. The country store sells a bunch of goodies as well. 
Longmont, Sept. & Oct. Tue.–Sat. 10am–3pm Sun. 10am–6pm & Nov. Tue.–Sun. 10am–3pm
Ya Ya has amazing apple cider donuts, a cute farm store and a little hay ride that is fun if you want to reminisce on your childhood. They also have a petting zoo that my friend Jess loved.
Penrose, Open 10am–5pm
The best apple cider I've ever had in Colorado was from Jenkins! Down in Penrose (which there are two pumpkin patches you should hit while down there), this one has that true family-run feel. Check website for details on actual apple picking.

Walks, Hikes & Drives

This is one of my all-time favorite walks in the Denver-area. If you go during golden hour the light hits the marigold-colored leaves in the most amazing way.

Get up early for this park that's just outside of Morrison. The parking lot will fill up and the trail can get crowded, but after you can reward yourself with a pumpkin latte from Morrison Joe! 

Downtown Littleton

The antique shops along Alamo Ave. do it up for the fall season. Pumpkins, skeletons, bats, cob webs and more will delight you on any given afternoon. If you want photos, of what I like to call our little Stars Hollow, go early on a Sunday morning.
My absolute favorite fall drive — I've been doing this one for three years. I like to get up at about 5:30am on a Sunday and make my way along 285 to this pass. The aspens are truly in their most perfect state and if you get to the trailhead early enough you'll get parking. A short brisk walk after the hour+ drive is reviving.
A daily pass is $10 but I think it's worth it just to drive around the park and enjoy the falling leaves. They have tons of hike options but lack for parking so go early because I went in the afternoon and had to circle for half an hour.

Festivals & Events

Lakewood, Saturday Oct. 2–Sunday Oct. 3
This weekend! I'm going on Sunday and can't wait to try all the apple products — think apple pressing, apple cider and apple baked goods. 

Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Four Mile Park

Denver, Oct. 1 (5-8pm), Oct. 2 (9am–8pm), Oct. 3 (9am–5pm)
Also this weekend, there are some really cool VIP experiences I think are worth the extra price. Think s'mores station, axe throwing and things from The Inventing Room (an insane dessert shop).
Littleton, Oct. 9 10am-3pm
 Pick a pumpkin and go for a hayride at the living history museum not to far from Sterne Park. Say hi to the donkey — I always see him on my walk.
Denver, Oct. 19–24
I have never been to the Botanic Gardens at Halloween but I have been at Christmas and it was magical so I can only imagine what they do for the spooky season. 
Littleton, Oct. 1–Oct. 30
 Okay, for sure want to go to this glowing Halloween magic. Apparently there are 5,000+ hand-carved jack-o-lanterns just waiting to be discovered. 

Fall Fest — Boulder, September (already happened)
Morrison Ciderfest — September (already happened)
Pumpkin Nights — October, canceled this year

Pumpkin Patches

Penrose, Aug. 27
Usually Third Street is my favorite apple-picking spot but this year they are going all in on the pumpkins. This one is amazing for the Instagram photos — my friends truly loved it when we visited. 

Penrose, Thur.–Sun. 9am–4:30pm
If you are looking to make a day of fall activities a trip to Penrose is worth it. As you've read above they have apple picking and pumpkin patches but Happy Apple just goes above and beyond. They make some of the best apple cider donuts in Colorado, dish up bbq and give you all the fall feels.
Erie, Sept. 22–Oct. 31, hours vary based on day
A corn maze, pumpkin patch, pumpkin canon and private campfire sites make Anderson Farms a joy to visit.

Littleton, Sept. 17–Oct. 31 9am–5pm
 Seven acres of corn make this quite the affair! My roommate and I went a few years ago and somehow made our way out but there was a lot of walking so if you're into getting your steps buy a ticket to this activity.

Longmont, Oct. 1–31, 9am–5pm
Okay, you've entered one of the most aesthetically pleasing patches I've ever seen! They have a giant pumpkin — a la Halloweentown — gourds of all shapes and sizes, and tons of activities. I will be making a pilgrimage this year.

Fritzler Farm Park 

 LaSalle, Sept. 19–Oct. 31, Fridays: 4pm–10pm, Saturdays: 11am–10pm, Sundays: 12pm–5pm
This one has a house made out of pumpkins that would be *chef's kiss* for a 'gram photo with your pals. They also have a scary event that I will not be taking part in, but it is there if that's your thing.
 Lafayette, Sept. 25–Oct. 31, 10am–6pm
 Get your $5 ticket before you get to this pumpkin patch and corn maze extravaganza. 
 Broomfield, Oct. 1–31, 9am–6pm
 U-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, decor and baked goods make this worth the drive up to Broomfield.
Thornton,  Now–Oct. 31, Monday–Thursday: 12pm–7pm, Friday–Sunday: 9am–7pm 
Maize in the City has the cheapest pumpkins of the patches I've been to thus far. And they have so many! It's also dog friendly, so that's a big plus as well.
 Brighton, October, Saturdays & Sundays 10am–6pm
There are 35 activities to run around and do at this farm. The u-pick pumpkin patch and corn maze are probably the biggest highlights. But they also have punkin' chunkin' sling shots...so...
 Aurora, Oct. Mon.–Sat. 8am-–6pm, Sun. 9am–5pm
Nick's does it up for the spoopy season and I'm definitely going to pop by. Also, is this how I know I'm getting older? I'm genuinely looking forward to going to a garden center?
 Thornton, October, Monday–Saturday: 10am–6pm, Sunday: 10am–5pm
Admission is free and they grow all the pumpkins — yes, there are different kinds — ones for pie, little ones, gourds, jumbo for jack-o-lanterns, etc. Plus, they have decorations to make your home aggressively fall themed.
Boulder, Monday–Sunday: 9am–6pm
This Boulder farm has quite a few Instagramable corners with plenty of seasonal gourds and pumpkins available for purchase.
Parker, Sept. 25–Oct. 3,  Thur.–Sun. 10am–6pm
Get your pumpkins, corn stalks, straw bales and gourds at this festival. Admission is $16.
Loveland, Monday–Sunday: 10am–6pm
This farm is the only one I've found that lists mums for purchase (THE flower of fall)! They also have pumpkins, gourds, corn, straw bales and hay rides.
Milliken, Oct. 1–31, Monday–Friday 1pm–6pm, Saturday–Sunday: 10am–6pm
Snack on a homemade pickle while you pick a pumpkin, squash, straw bale and corn stalk. Or go later in the day to enjoy the haunted houses.
Hudson, Oct. 1–31, Saturday–Sunday: 10am–5pm
For $14 you can enjoy a corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and a working farm. Also, a fun activity they offer (for $40) is make-your-own-scarecrow, which sounds incredibly fun!
Johnstown, Oct. 2–31, Saturdays: 11am–5pm, Sundays: 12pm–5pm
This place has blue pumpkins and you know a fall-obsessed person loves that! They also offer a corn maze.
 Greeley, Now–Mid-Oct., Thursday–Sunday: 10am–6pm
15 acres of pick-your-own pumpkin paradise. ALSO, PINK PUMPKINS — a purchase of which gives money to breast cancer research. Count me in!

Mile High Farms 

Bennett, Oct. 2nd–31, Saturdays & Sundays 10am–6pm
This one is aesthetically pleasing — think crumbling wood structure surrounded by hay bales and pumpkins. They have two corn mazes, a petting zoo, corn pits and, of course, a pumpkin patch!
 Littleton, Now–Oct. 31, Monday–Friday: 9am–6pm, Saturday–Sunday: 9am–5pm
Another garden center that offers up giant pumpkins without the hassle of driving all the way to a farm.
Longmont, Opening: Oct. 2
Get some perfectly round, bright orange pumpkins up at this quaint farm in Longmont. 
Mueller's Little Farm — Littleton (closed this season)


Pumpkin Spice Soft Serve — Hamburger Stand

Yep. That's all you need to know. 

Dushanbe is my favorite restaurant in Boulder and their chai is truly my favorite. They sell it in jugs and I buy two whenever I'm up there. It feels like fall the instant it hits your palate. 

Pumpkin Spice Donut — LaMar's Donuts & Coffee

Need I say more? Hello fall! 

Pumpkin Chip Ice Cream — Little Man Ice Cream


Find Your Favorite


Monday, September 27, 2021

Monday Links

Happy Monday & welcome back. We've had some issues with Haute Table...in case you couldn't tell! But we're working on it and in a few months time you won't even realize things have changed.

Ok, v into Target's latest designer collabs.

Vanilla chai pumpkin cream cold brew? Sign me up!

Every book you should read this fall and then all the things you should clean after.

I realize the Met Gala was a while ago now but here are 29 people that actually got the theme. Also, these photos behind-the-scenes at the gala are so cool.

I'm cackling at Colin Nissan's take on fall's decorations.

Mesa Verde National Park is my favorite in Colorado & I'm excited it's getting its due.

Moving to the South as a Black person — I thought this was such an interesting take.

Denver people: Very excited for this fashion donation to the Denver Art Museum. Can't wait to try this new bbq restaurant!

50 literary cameos in early 2000s movies
— I forgot about these! 

16 Disney+ movies to watch this fall...I honestly think Twitches is my favorite.

Y'all ready for the new season of Stranger Things?

Feeling desperate to go to western North Carolina during fall.

Maybe forest green should be my color of fall.

On visiting a book store in real life and the joy it brings.

The fall items at Trader Joe's are back! What is your favorite?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


Hey y'all! So I am working through some technical difficulties...that are 100 percent my fault! So as you will see, some stuff looks weird around here! But we shall get working on a solution and be back on track in a few weeks. Hope y'all are well — xoxo darling, Hayden.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Week Re-Cap

Is summer really over? 
Got to try Wing Wok and it was so saucy! 
Tiramisu topped black tea from Like Tea.
Stuboy's BBQ near Park Meadows
Friday night at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Rice krispies ice cream from Liks
Strawberry croissant from Southlands Farmers Market
Saturday at Berry Patch Farms
Butter flight at Bella la Crema in Lyons
Saturday in downtown Lyons
Vanilla & chocolate swirl at Lyons Dairy Bar
Banana cocktail from Retrograde
Quiet night at Union Station

Monday, September 6, 2021

Monday Links

Please donate to Planned Parenthood because this SB8 law makes me want to scream.

These bags have the best resale value...I think I might want a Jackie bag??

This Boston, members-only social club looks amazing.

Learn about the history of the obelisk — such a cool architectural piece.

Billie Jean King is quite the inspiration. 

Denver Friends: Historic Denver announced 50 actions for 50 of the city's beloved buildings — I have big hopes for Lakeside Amusement Park.

Ooo, I'm a big fan of this dress.

Very interested to see what happens with cupcakes and cashmere, this was the first blog I started reading back in like 2011...and I've read it every morning since. 

Some last-of-the-summer inspiration.

Books to read this fall because it's not like your TBR isn't long enough...

This site has incredible vintage finds.

Fall recipes to get ya in the mood, because it is September y'all! 

Loved this f-word laden op-ed about the vaccine. 

Adding these new Austin restaurants to my must-visit list. 

Love Courtney

Friday, September 3, 2021

Summer To Do List Update

This is the last update before the wrap up so I only have a little bit of time to get the last few things done— xoxo darling, Hayden.

Newly Completed/Partially Completed:

Find a new pair of sunglasses — Completed this when I bought these cute heart-shaped glasses for the blog's ninth birthday shoot

Go on a Girls Trip — I've done two of these now! Liz and I went to Camp Amache while Jess and I went to Vail. Both were so much fun! 

Make s'mores — I finally bought the supplies and made breakfast s'mores...t'was a great decision.
Go on three day-trip roadtrips — I've now done more than three with my trip to Camp Amache and another trip I'll be posting about soon! 

Drink rose & read an entire book outside — Finished A Rogue of One's Own in an afternoon and I loved it so much! 

Better your frozen drink game — I have finally perfect my frose and the trick is to freeze your juice into ice cubes — so grapefruit juice, watermelon juice, strawberry juice, etc. 

Ride a carousel — Woo! 

Try all the farmers markets — I have three left! 

Taste-test all the ice cream parlors — I think I have like two left in the Denver area. 

Visit the botanical garden — Going tonight! 

Pick some flowers — Going tomorrow! 

Read some beach reads — I'm planning on reading all day on Monday.

Already Completed:

Make popsicles
Go to a fair
Try on a nap dress 
Find a "Beer of the Summer" 
Splash in a pool
See a traveling exhibit 

Up Next:

Have patio drinks with friends
Eat ice cream in a park
Go for a campus walk
Visit a new park

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Monthly Inspiration No. 23

Can y'all believe it is September?  I certainly can't! I'm shook that college football season is upon us this weekend. But I am thrilled. I'm ready for the weather to get chillier, I'm ready for sweaters and I'm ready to enjoy some pumpkin spice...I won't lie. I've also felt like the end of August/beginning of September is kind of a restart...maybe it's the idea of people going back to school? I just kind of feel like a refresh is in sight. How are y'all? — xoxo darling, Hayden

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Week Re-Cap

 Meet Amelia — the newest member of my family!!
It's been quite a stressful time recently...job stuff, life stuff, etc...but at the same time it has also been a blast. I ate a lot of amazing food last week and got to see amazing friends. I'm excited for the long weekend though, I have a bunch of stuff to do and then I want at least one day of relaxation. How are y'all? — xoxo darling, Hayden

Tried the new Yum Yum Ice Cream and loved the "movie snacks" flavor.

Esters has a pizza with potatoes on it and I'm in love.
Sunday was a beautiful day for a soccer game.
Banomanom is the best food truck in Denver.

Austin bought the cutest basket at the market.
Brunch at Grind Kitchen
Such good cookies from The Urban Cookie
Vegan breakfast sandwich
Dinner at Bungalow

So Radish vegan tacos

It was my third anniversary of moving to Denver so I got a cute lil pumpkin cake.

My parents sent me The Bagel Factory bagels and I was so excited.