The Agenda: Week of October 3
It’s the first week of October, with snow in the forecast and frost on the ground. That means pumpkins, discounted dinners and spooky cemetery tours as Halloween festivities start to make their appearance on the calendar and the off-season deals really begin to kick into gear.
Kick off your week by checking out the rarefied world of resort fine dining during Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, where you’ll find amazing prix fixe meals at just over $20 at some of the Valley’s best restaurants. This event runs through October 9th with dozens of establishments participating.
Food also takes front row on Oct. 6 at the Eagle River Youth Coalition Valley Tastings fundraiser. Featuring dishes from the area’s top restaurants, a silent auction, live entertainment and more, the event honors outstanding youth and parents and celebrates community collaboration.
While Eagle County’s youth are its future, there’s no lack of interesting historical characters (and even a ghost or two), who make up the area’s past. Learn more during the Eagle County Historical Society’s Sunset View Cemetery Tours. From ranchers to railroaders to rapscallions, Sunset View is the final resting place for many of Eagle County’s most interesting figures. The 90-minue tours ($15 for afternoon tours and $18 for evening tours) start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 and run through 8:30 p.m. that evening. If you’re interested be sure to grab an advance ticket because this one-day event usually sells out.
Finally, wrap up your weekend by searching for the perfect pumpkin at the Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch. Scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9, this fun, family-friendly event is perfect for kids of all ages. With pony rides, pottery classes, face painting and over 400 giant pumpkins, you can make a day out of it and the price ($5 per pumpkin picked), can’t be beat, given that $5 today was worth $157 back in the day of Lizzie A., one of Sunset View's most storied residents.