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The changing colors of the leaves, temperate weather and a range of events make September the perfect month to visit the Gunnison, Colo., area. Known as September Splendor in the Rockies, event highlights include the Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cookoff, the Vintok Fall Harvest Festival, gypsy jazz and more. Associated with these events are a selection of September Splendor vacation deals from various hotels and tour operators.
Run with the Salmon, Three Rivers Resort, Almont Clients can experience a kokanee salmon run from late August to October at the Three Rivers Resort in Almont, Colo. When purchasing any all-day guided fishing trip in September and October, clients receive a 20 percent discount on lodging accommodations of two nights or more. This offer applies for stays Sunday through Thursday and Labor Day weekend is excluded.www.3riversresort.comAutumn Expedition on Horseback, Fantasy Ranch Horseback AdventuresFor some of the best views of fall foliage, clients can take a three- or five-hour trail ride w Horse Ranch Park with Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures. The outfitter also offers 1½-hour and three-hour rides on Snodgrass Mountain. Costs range from $55 per person for a 1½-hour ride to $120 for a five-hour ride. Overnight pack trips also are available. www.fantasyranchoutfitters.comWine Down from the Summer, The Ruby of Crested Butte, Crested ButteAutumn is the perfect time to combine a weekend getaway with the enjoyment of hands-on wine-making in an idyllic mountain setting. During a three-night stay at The Ruby of Crested Butte bed and breakfast, clients can learn the basics of personal wine-making while sampling varietals from different Western Slope wineries. Enjoy dinner with wine pairings at Timberline Restaurant and the opportunity to bottle wine made exclusively for The Ruby and take home a bottle to open later.This package is available September through October and starts at $475 per person. www.therubyofcrestedbutte.comEscape and Save, Crested Butte Retreat, Mt. Crested ButteFall is a great time to see the colors and escape to the luxurious Crested Butte Retreat. Finely and individually appointed deluxe or suite rooms, roomy public spaces, spectacular views and continental breakfast are included in value rates that start at $145. A two-night minimum is required. Rates are valid now through Oct. 5.www.crestedbutteretreat.comWeekend & Midweek Getaway Specials, Gunnison Inn, GunnisonReward yourself with a two-night, three-day stay in Gunnison Country. The Gunnison Inn’s weekend package costs $119.99 and includes accommodations for two nights at Gunnison Inn beginning Friday or Saturday. The midweek special for $99.99 is valid for Sunday through Thursday and also includes two nights. All rates are based on double occupancy and are available from Sept. 1 to Oct 1. www.gunnisoninn.comSeptember Splendor Packages, Crested Butte Mtn. Resort Properties, Mt. Crested ButteClients staying at any Crested Butte Mountain Resort property (Elevation Hotel & Spa, Lodge at Mountaineer Square, Grand Lodge Hotel and Suites and CBMR Properties condos) this September and October can save 25 percent. They can also save on horseback riding and other activities when they are included with a lodging reservation (not valid at the Grand Lodge September 14-17). www.skicb.com