STAY: For an authentic Basalt river getaway, relax in a cabin at the Dallenbach Ranch on the Fryingpan River.
PLAY: Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) on Ruedi Reservoir; either rent from Shaboomee or buy from Bristlecone Mountain Sports. Leaf peeping is prime in the fall from mid-September to mid-October and the relaxing drive up the Fryingpan River from downtown offers many views of the changing colors. Keep a lookout for the pumpkins hidden along the drive. Enjoy a twilight float-fishing trip on the Roaring Fork River with Taylor Creek Fly Shops.
EAT: For a farm-to-table dining experience, try Free Range Kitchen where the ambience is all Colorado and the patrons are seldom children. Pick up a bottle of wine from Jimbo’s Liquors. It has a great selection of beer, wines, and spirits, and is easily found in the heart of Downtown.