Mountain biking // © The Little Nell
The Little Nell in Aspen, Colo., is continuing to offer adventures and value during the fall season, pairing discounted rates with the beauty of fall foliage and Aspen’s “secret season.”
“Fall in Aspen is considered the ‘off season,’ but the label is a bit misleading,” said general manager John Speers. “Sure, there are fewer people in town, but there is still so much to do.”
As the leaves change and the summer crowds dissipate, guests at The Little Nell can still experience a broad array of outdoor adventures, such as guided fly-fishing trips in the hotel’s handcrafted wooden boat. The new “blast and cast” program offers a morning of shotgun shooting instruction followed by an afternoon of fly-fishing as well as a gourmet lunch served on the banks of the river.
“This fall is going to have some of the best fishing that we’ve experienced in Aspen in years,” said David Doerr, director of fly-fishing at The Little Nell. “Due to the wet spring and summer, fall will be a prime time for fishing.”
Cyclists can take advantage of the area’s uncrowded roads to travel to iconic sights such as Ashcroft and the Maroon Bells, which transform during the fall with displays of bright yellow aspen leaves and snowy peaks in October. The hotel’s new fleet of electric bikes allows clients to cycle around the mountains. New GPS units ensure that riders do not get lost, and helmets outfitted with high-definition digital cameras allow guests to capture the beauty.
Cultural pursuits in Aspen don’t end with the summer season either. From the annual Ruggerfest to the Aspen Filmfest and the Saturday Market (which runs through mid-October), there are a variety of ways to spend a weekend.
Fall rates at the property are less than winter and summer, and guests who stay two nights at the property during October or November get the third night free, based on availability.