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Should we stay in Dillon or Vail

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Should we stay in Dillon or Vail

My fiance and I are traveling to Colorado for our honeymoon the last week of September. We are hoping to see the fall colors and the aspens. Would Dillon or Vail be a better location and is this a good time of year to see the fall colors in this location.

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1. Re: Should we stay in Dillon or Vail

Dillon and Vail are about 30 miles apart in basically the same area of the state, so the scenic drives accessible as day trips would be pretty much the same from either location. Here's a link to a previous thread talking about some day trips from Dillon. Dillon would be a little closer to Breckenridge, Mount Evans, or Rocky Mountain National Park, and also a little closer to and from Denver. Vail would be a just a little closer to Independence Pass, Maroon Bells, McClure Pass, Aspen, Redstone. Vail, being a ski resort town, will be more upscale in terms of restaurants and lodging.

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As mentioned on your other posts, the last week of September is a good bet for aspen viewing, although the peak dates will vary a little from year to year and may vary a little in different areas. Since Dillon and Vail are your only two choices, just pick the one that has the accomodations you like the best or are most affordable for you. Don't worry, I'm sure you'll be able to find some fall color! (Not sure why Dillon and Vail are the only choices you have left, as you said...must be something about hotel points?)

Edited: 24 February 2012, 22:42
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2. Re: Should we stay in Dillon or Vail

Honeymoon? Vail! Dillon is great but a small town with little lodging options other than chain motels and condos.

At that time of year you can stay at a great place in Vail at really good prices.

Like MissWestslope I question the 2 choices?

Edited: 25 February 2012, 00:33
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3. Re: Should we stay in Dillon or Vail

I agree Dillon is a great little town, but not a Honeymoon destination. Vail will be pretty that time of the year, you might catch Gourmet on Gore and an Oktoberfest celebration depending on the weekend.

Depending on what type of hotel you are looking for you could check out the Sonnenalp, Trivoli, Arabelle, Sebastian, Four Seasons.

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4. Re: Should we stay in Dillon or Vail

Vail. Dillion has the feel of a truck stop by comparison.

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5. Re: Should we stay in Dillon or Vail

Well! Do you want a place conceived by developers, with places manufactured to their marketing plan? That's Vail. Do you want a place that grew up over the decades as a community (or a confluence of communities, with Frisco, Silverthorne, and surroundings)? That's Dillon (putting aside that the original Dillon was relocated when flooded by a dam).

But your choices don't end there. How about Steamboat Springs, which has (to me the best) elements of both Vail and Frisco-Dillon (plus arguably more diverse scenery than both of those places combined)? How about Sylvan Lake camper cabins for a couple of nights of just-the-two-of-you (almost) solitude in a great natural setting? How about the scene around downtown Glenwood Springs (with side trips or overnights in Aspen and other places)? How about driving Independence Pass between Leadville and Aspen - Glenwood Springs? Those that might like Vail, might like Aspen even more (more history, plus more glitz). What about Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road, and Rocky Mountain National Park?

If you rent a car, you might consider the rental agency's policy on taking that car onto unpaved roads. Consider the insurance aspects. Consider contacting your regular car insurance carrier about getting a low cost rider to cover gaps (like charges by a rental agency on "loss of income" if you turn in a car with a damaged underside from unpaved roads) in your normal insurance re. rental cars. Maybe that arrangement could give you some peace of mind, and cost savings, over rental car fine print and waivers.

A final thought. Colorado's fall foliage starts turning first at the highest elevations in the north, and finishes at lowest elevations in the south. That's a very crude generalization. South-facing slopes may change later than north-facing ones. Detailed weather history (will it be a wet, dry, warm, or cool summer?), and situations in September (early freezes?) will also influence things. If you locate yourself well for north-south travel, you can get to the best scenery more conveniently. {At that point, the micro-managing is done - and you can just enjoy your surroundings and the moment.}

Here are a couple of Web pages on fall scenery. Check the info on dates for peak foliage in the first two pages. The other pages are full of suggestions, which might help you to find the magical place(s) you're looking for. Web searching can come up with more such info:

thedenverchannel.com/weather/…detail.html

http://www.mycolorado.org/fall_drives.html

www.colorado.com/Articles.aspx?aid=42023

9news.com/weather/…default.aspx

outtherecolorado.com/201109237885/Wildlife-n…

http://www.denverpost.com/travel/ci_18854558

…about.com/od/…Colorado-Fall-Foliage.htm

…cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/…

Happy honeymoon (and on the run-up to it..)!

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6. Re: Should we stay in Dillon or Vail

Earthling, lots of great info in your post, but Sarah C has posted a couple of questions previous to this thread and has gotten several suggestions about where and when to go for fall color... but has now stated that their only choices are Vail and Dillon, so they are trying to decide between the two.

Edited: 25 February 2012, 07:29
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