Fall is my favorite season. I love the sight of golden and red leaves covering trees, the cool crisp air in the morning, big pumpkins decorating house porches and pumpkin spice in my coffee, and of course, multiple street festivals that many cities have to offer. This fall, we decided to visit Vail for an Oktoberfest. We drove for less than two hours through windy roads that took us up the green and golden mountains into a magical little town that won my heart a long time ago.
The weather decided to show us how wonderful a fall day can be by offering bright sun, comfortably cool air and immensely blue skies. Matt and I tried to wear somewhat of a German attire; me – by braiding my hair, him – wearing suspenders, and both of us – wearing hats. Gisela was just being her cutie self 🙂
After we arrived to Vail, we immediately let our noses guide us to one of our favorite German restaurants in Vail “Pepi’s” at the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer.
I ordered homemade spätzle drenched in shredded Swiss and Gruyere cheese and topped with crispy fried onions. So cheesy!
Matt ordered pork bratwurst with yukon gold mashed potatoes, red cabbage, sauerkraut all swimming in rich brown gravy.
Perfect german lunch to celebrate Oktoberfest complete with hot apple cider and a pint of beer. Gisela wanted to have some Oktoberfest attire too and kept playing with Matt’s hat.
After filling our bellies with delicious german food, we went on to explore the fest. I could not resist this dessert stand and ended up getting a plum cake.
We walked through beautiful streets of Vail forgetting that we are in US and imagining that we are in some small German town.
Every street in Vail opens to a breathtaking view of mountains. You can see yellow colors starting to take over, fall is here.
Gisela took a nap after lunch, she loves to sleep in a carrier.
We found a quaint children’s playground where Gisela let her little footsie run around after her nap. She loves to interact with little kids now. She watches and studies them and always gifts her pretty smiles.
Off we went to rest at our hotel just when the sun was setting down.
The next morning we woke up bright and early thanks to Gisela who is a little morning bird. Gisela and I took some time getting ready while Matt sipped his coffee on the balcony soaking in this view. How gorgeous is this?
After grabbing a quick breakfast consisting of crepes, we went for a walk around Vail and stumbled upon, oh Glory, a local farmer’s market! Peaches, plums, apples, pears, tomatoes, cucumbers – all from local farmers, freshly picked and organically grown. I get giddy with excitement.
The rest of the morning we spent enjoying green grass, tall mountains and blue skies of Vail.