Telluride Blues & Brews in Review & Gondola Stories

I don’t always write a festival recap, but after returning from an outrageously fun weekend at Telluride Blues & Brews, I thought a review was in order, especially since I know some of my readers have contemplated attending this event, but haven’t done so yet.

Telluride Blues & Brews in Review & Gondola Stories

Ryan and I sailed into Telluride at 4 p.m. on Friday. We checked into Peaks Resort & Spa, my favorite hotel in Telluride, and boarded the gondola. Since we were staying in Mountain Village and Telluride Blues & Brews is in town park, we rode the gondola a lot during our 3-night stay, which resulted in a few stories.

Telluride Gondola Stories

The free gondola runs between Mountain Village and the town of Telluride, and I’m well acquainted with it. I love this gondola ride because 9 out of 10 times, I engage in a fun conversation with other riders. I think this gondola inspires conversation because at 15 minutes in length, it’s just long enough that people start to feel comfortable with the strangers around them.

Telluride Blues & Brews & Gondola Stories

On this trip, we rode with all sorts of people – some were in town for Telluride Blues & Brews, while others were passing through, like a retired couple from Texas Hill Country who told us delightful stories about their travels across the United States.

One memorable ride involved a gal from Utah who was painfully fearful of heights. Everyone in the gondola tried to take her mind off of our dizzying vantage point by telling funny stories. We also met a precocious 3-year-old who, after listening to us chat with her mom about the festival asked, “Mom, why is it called Blues & Boos?”

After midnight, we rode with a guy from the festival’s sound production crew who is in a Denver metal band with a name I can’t recall. He relayed to us that the night before he’d been on the gondola alone and belted out songs in the dark. He said it was an excellent place to practice.

Highlights from Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 2016

I’m not going to write up the entire play-by-play of this year’s Blues & Brews Festival, but I will tell you some of the highlights.

Musically, it’s a blues fest, but don’t expect every musician to be super bluesy. We were happy about this as blues music isn’t our first love.

Jason Isbell played Friday evening and he lived up to our expectations. We’re longtime fans and have all his albums on vinyl.

Telluride Blues & Brews & Gondola Stories. Jason Isbell

On Saturday evening, we caught the end of headliner Gary Clark Jr.’s performance and then stuck around for the late night Juke Joint show on the Blues Stage (a smaller, inside venue on the festival grounds). Catching a juke joint show at Telluride Blues & Brews rounds out the experience because it’s chance to get a more intimate experience with the musicians. These late show take place at various venues around Telluride.

Other musical highlights included Vintage Trouble, who in my opinion, nearly stole the whole show, and the Mick Fleetwood Band featuring Rick Vito. I loved every second of their upbeat set.

Tellluride Blues & Brews in Review & Gondola Stories.

This girl wins BEST Socks at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 2016.

Non-musical highlights at Blues & Brews included spending some time in the VIP section on Sunday. As the Broncos’ biggest fans, we never miss a game, and were pleased to discover that the VIP section included a sports bar area with multiple televisions. That was a win/win for us as it meant we didn’t have to leave the festival to watch the game.

I was super impressed with the food selection at Telluride Blues & Brews, and had a good-enough-to-write-home-about gyro on Saturday. The food selection at Blues & Brews is several steps above county fair festival food, and I think even a confessed foodie would have been happy with the selection.

Tellluride Blues & Brews in Review & Gondola Stories.

This is Vaughn, Laura and Jack. “Baby’s first beer festival.” 🙂

The Grand Tasting beer event on Saturday was crowded, so don’t go to this festival thinking you’re going to get quality time with the brewers, although I did run into a few around town. However, we enjoyed tasting a few craft beers from Arizona, because we seldom see breweries from the Grand Canyon State at Colorado beer festivals.

What We’d Do Differently

While we’re far from being festival newbs, Ryan and I don’t do a lot of 3-day music festivals, so we weren’t properly prepared. Next year, we’ll bring chairs and stake out some festival territory so that we have an area to sit down and eat, etc. Also, while this year’s weather was fantastic – not one raindrop fell – this fest usually comes with a little rain, so we’d pack rain gear. Lastly, I would have packed a heavier jacket instead of sweaters. September nights in Telluride get downright chilly.

Thank you to Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and Telluride Ski Resort for hosting us.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado’s Worst Places to Live List

I recently read an article online where the author highlighted what he claimed were the “10 Worst Places to Live in Colorado.” It was unclear as to whether he had visited all ten towns, and as it appears he resides outside of Colorado, I am skeptical.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Placese to Live List

Trinidad, Colorado

He wrote that he based his article on statistics, although he sprinkled non-statistic based comments throughout the piece.

The word “worst” denotes something very bad, and when the word is used to describe a place, most people would immediately check the place off their visit list. The more I thought about this, the more the article bothered me.

I’ve met the people in these communities and walked the streets of these towns, and I am here to tell you that many of the folks who live in these places are fiercely proud of their towns, and rightly so. Not only are there wonderful reasons to visit each of these Colorado towns, I believe all of them would be a great place to call home.

After some consideration, I decided to highlight some of the best things each of the towns on this “worst” list have to offer. And I have taken the liberty if of putting the following towns in alphabetical order (this is not as they appeared on the original list).

Alamosa, Colorado

I spent a long weekend in Alamosa last winter during Rio Frio Ice Fest, an event that features a 5K race on the frozen Rio Grande River.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Alamosa, Colorado

While there, we ate our way through town, enjoying everything from fresh tortillas to game sausage. There is an abundance of delicious, friendly and family-owned restaurants in Alamosa.

The town is home to the San Luis Brewing Company. Located in downtown Alamosa in a fabulous old bank building, this brewery makes our favorite green chile beer.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Alamosa is located 30 miles from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, a truly magical place.

Cortez, Colorado

Located in the far southwest corner of Colorado. I’ve been to Cortez because it’s 14 miles from Mesa Verde National Park, where there are 5,000 known archeological sites as well as 600 cliff dwellings of Ancestral Pueblo.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Mesa Verde National Park

Along with the vast historical significance of the area, Cortez offers incredible birding opportunities, biking, hiking, rock climbing and star gazing.

I especially remember eating a scrumptious Mexican food meal while visiting Cortez.

Delta, Colorado

Delta is at the confluence of the Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers. The city has a rich history and many buildings are on the local or state historic register. Visitors can tour Fort Uncompahgre, a reconstruction of the original trading post that was build in 1828.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Delta, Colorado, photo provided by Visit Delta County

The city is known as the City of Murals because public art is on display throughout town.

Fantastic recreation destinations surround Delta such as the Dominguez/Escalante National Wilderness areas.

Grand Junction, Colorado

Grand Junction is home to one of my favorite restaurants in the entire state, Bin 707 Foodbar, and any self-described foodie should eat there at least once.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Grand Junction, Colorado

Agritourism opportunities are numerous as the city is surrounded by vineyards and orchards that give tours.

The little known Colorado National Monument is located just minutes from Grand Junction. The rock formations at the park rival much of what I’ve seen in Utah.

The only rockestra west of the Mississippi River calls Grand Junction home. The Grand Junction Rockestra performs rock and roll with a symphonic twist.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Grand Junction, Colorado

The city is covered with public art, which makes downtown Grand Junction pop with color and creativity year round.

Greeley, Colorado

Of all the towns on this list, I know Greeley the best. I’ve covered festivals in town and we usually attend one or two of their Friday Fest events during the summer months.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Greeley, Colorado

Greeley is the only town in Colorado with an open container liquor policy in downtown during Friday Fest. Its Puritan founders are likely turning over in their graves, but I believe Greeley’s “Go Cup” service is one of the most progressive policies in the state.  

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Greeley, Colorado

Greeley is home to the Rocky Mountain region’s longest running orchestra, there’s an array of interesting restaurants such as Rumi’s House of Kabob in town and at least six microbreweries (that I know of) have opened in Greeley, not to mention an excellent small batch distillery serving up spirits made with Colorado ingredients.  

La Junta, Colorado

It may be tiny and rural, but La Junta is situated along the Santa Fe Trail and is home to one of the most famous forts in the west – Bent’s Old Fort.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Old Bent’s Fort

Built in 1833, Bent’s Old Fort stood for 16 years, and was a hub of activity for explorers, adventurers and the US Army.

La Junta means junction, and for many years the town has served as a place where travelers can take a pause from their journey. One reason to pause in the region is this list of festivals that occur annually in Southeast Colorado.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Southeastern Colorado is a photographer dream.

La Junta borders the Comanche National Grassland where visitors can hike, bird watch and even find dinosaur tracks.

Montrose, Colorado

I spent a long weekend in Montrose last fall covering their Oktoberfest and have been through the town many, many times, stopping occasionally for a meal.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Montrose, Colorado

Montrose is home to Colorado Boy, one of our favorite pizza and beer joints in the entire state.

Montrose is also the headquarters of the Colorado Yurt Company, which we have toured. This company sends yurts around the globe. This is probably one of the coolest companies in the entire state.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

In addition, Montrose is 13 miles from the entrance to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, one of the most awe inspiring national parks that I have visited. It’s especially gorgeous in the fall.

Pueblo, Colorado

Pueblo is home of the “slopper.” An epic burger smothered in green chili. Two of Pueblo’s restaurants have been featured on The Food Network because of their famous sloppers.

Pueblo is also the site of the annual Chile & Frijoles Festival every September. Any town that celebrates chile pepper is tops in my book.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Pueblo, Colorado, photo provided by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce

Pueblo has the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk with restaurants, river boats, movie nights and more. Not many towns in Colorado or beyond can boast a riverwalk.

Stratmoor, Colorado

I don’t think I’ve ever been to Stratmoor, Colorado, but I do know that it’s not actually a town, it’s basically a suburb of Colorado Springs. It’s located just 15 minutes from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, my favorite zoo in Colorado, so it really can’t be all that bad.I’d be perfectly content to visit this zoo every day.

Trinidad, Colorado

I was just in Trinidad two weeks ago covering ArtoCade and I can’t wait to write an entire blog post about this fascinating town that has no right being on any Worst Town list.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Trinidad, Colorado

As a major stop along the Santa Fe Trail, the history in Trinidad runs deep and the colorful stories are never ending (Al Capone is even rumored to have come to town).

Nearly every building in the expansive downtown area of Trinidad looks like a wedding cake.

Trinidad is home to Rino’s Italian Restaurant & Steakhouse where they have fabulous singing waiters. And one of the last two skating rinks to boast the original wood floors is also located in town.

The Truth About the Towns on Colorado's Worst Places to Live List

Trinidad, Colorado

I sincerely hope you see Colorado’s worst places to live list in a different light after reading this article.

People write “worst” lists with hits in mind. They know that inflammatory posts with “click bait” style titles will get shared on social media with little regard for anything else.

The towns on this list represent a lot of what I love the most about Colorado – unique beauty, colorful histories and friendly people.

I believe that with a little digging, every town has an interesting story to tell, and honestly, it didn’t require much digging to uncover the gems located in each of these unique Colorado communities.


Featured Festival: NoCo Mini Maker Faire 2016



1. A person or thing that makes or produces something

“A cabinetmaker”

          Synonyms; creator, manufacturer, constructor, builder, producer, fabricator, inventor, architect, designer

         “The makers of fine furniture”

2. God; the Creator


I have a real affinity for makers. After all, my husband designs and builds furniture, so “making stuff” plays an important role in our lives.

A decade ago, the first Maker Faire was held in California. Since then, the movement has grown, and today there are maker faires across the world. A Maker Faire is a celebration of arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset.

The 4th NoCo Mini Maker Faire, held in Loveland, Colorado, continues to grow, and with growth comes change. This year, the event is being held in a new location, inside the First National Bank Building at The Ranch Events Complex.

More than 100 Makers converge on Loveland for this event, which kicks off with an adults-only party on Friday, October 7, called Sparks & Spirits. Cocktails will be provided by local distillers and entertainers include Rubens Tube fire and music, interactive light art from Solid State Depot and Mystica body paint.

Featured Festival NoCo Mini Maker Faire Mystica body paint

One of my favorite gin makers, Golden Moon Distillery, will be there, along with a nice lineup of other Colorado makers of fine spirits such as Syntax Spirits from Greeley. Distiller, Heather Bean, makes small-batch vodka, whiskey and rum from grain-to-glass using all Colorado ingredients.

Featured Festival NoCo Mini Maker Faire Sparks & Spirits fire art

The Noco Mini Maker Faire is an family affair. On Saturday and Sunday, children are more than welcome and in fact, encouraged to attend. A maker faire is an excellent place for a inquisitive child. 

Featured Festival NoCo Mini Makers Faire is for children too

Attendees will be inspired, awed and intrigued. Some makers are students, while others are adults. Exhibits include everything from social robotics from Robauto to creative music makers, Serenity Forge. In addition, there will be several community art projects including a Chalkboard Art Car where guests can give voice to their creative expression. And fresh from Burning Man, no one will be able to miss the 30-foot DaVinci Flying Machine.


Attendees can expect to spend hours strolling through the event, chatting with makers and getting hands on with various projects and games.

A maker event is where the left and right brain merge to create amazing, innovative and beautiful things.

NoCo Mini Maker Faire

October 8-9, 2016

Location: The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, Colorado

Advanced ticket prices $10 adults, $6 child/student

Sparks & Spirits, Friday evening, October 7

Advanced ticket price $50

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From Farms to Wineries, Where to Stay in Delta County, Colorado

Finding a place to stay in Delta County is really fun because there’s such a variety of accommodations in this area of Western Colorado. From farms to bed and breakfasts and everything in between, the only thing you’ll be hard pressed to find is a chain hotel.

Whether you’re heading over for a festival or just to explore, here are some of the interesting places that we’ve stayed during our trips to Delta County. 

Bross Hotel Bed & Breakfast, Paonia, Colorado

Where to Stay in Delta County, Colorado.

We stayed at Bross Hotel in downtown Paonia on our most recent trip to Delta County’s North Fork Valley. This hotel is unique because it was a purpose built hotel and has remained a hotel for 110 years.

The Victorian rooms are cozy and will leave you with the feeling that you’ve traveled back to 1916, except that I expect the plumbing is much better today.

Each room at Bross comes with a delicious homemade breakfast, and don’t miss out on sipping your coffee on the expansive front balcony overlooking Onarga Avenue. I felt a bit like the Colorado version of Scarlett O’Hara on that balcony. As a bonus, Revolution Brewing is just around the corner from Bross Hotel.

Gunnison River Farms, Orchard City, Colorado

Where to Stay in Delta County, Colorado. Gunnison River Farms.

Tucked away in one the most beautiful river valleys in the world, Gunnison River Farms hosts visitors who want to get away from it all, but also want a little adventure.

This 1,000 acre property is a real working farm that grows peaches, grapes, hops, goats and much more. In addition to fruit and veggies, visitors will find petroglyphs located on Gunnison River Farms, which shows just how long humans have been attracted to this lovely river valley.

Guests can stay in one of six cabins on the property. Ours had a large screened patio that overlooked a lush green yard leading down to the Gunnison River. The wide river winds through the property like a deep blue ribbon, and is a prominent feature of any stay at Gunnison River Farms.

Where to Stay in Delta County, Colorado. Gunnison River Farms cabin.

Accommodations come with breakfast in the main lodge and guests can sign up for fishing or raft trips, or farm tours. Guests may even sign up to work on the farm if they want to experience an authentic Colorado farm experience.

This is truly a one-of-a-kind property that includes its own air strip for guests who have private planes.

Leroux Creek Inn & Winery, Hotchkiss, Colorado

Our stay at Leroux Creek Inn & Winery in 2013, was one of the most memorable lodging experiences I’ve had as the Mayor of HeidiTown. It was so wonderful that I wrote an entire blog post about it. Read it here.

Where to Stay in Delta County, Colorado. Leroux Creek Inn & Winery.

If you’ve always dreamt of staying on a vineyard, but don’t want to travel to France or California, Leroux Creek Inn & Winery is for you.

The Living Farm Inn, Paonia, Colorado

We stayed at The Living Farm Inn above The Living Farm Cafe on our 2013 trip to the North Fork Valley of Delta County. The Inn is located in downtown Paonia and features five rooms, three with private baths and two that share a bathroom.

Where to Stay in Delta County, Colorado. The Living Farm Inn.

It’s a comfy inn, and the best part is that breakfast at the cafe downstairs is included in your stay. I can say from experience that breakfast at The Living Farm Cafe is top-notch. Be sure to order the turkey eggs, because this is a rare opportunity to taste them, as I do not foresee Village Inn serving them up any time soon.

Read more about our experience at The Living Farm and The Living Farm Cafe & Inn here.

Other unique accommodations in the North Fork Valley & Delta County:

I have not stayed at these two properties, but they both look rather charming.

Avalanche Cheese Company’s Farm & Dairy Cabin in Paonia, Colorado

Stay on a goat farm!

Stone Cottage Cellars’ Stone Cottage

Stay in a vineyard!

I have stayed at the above-mentioned properties thanks to Visit Delta County.




Art Car Photos, ArtoCade 2016, Trinidad, Colorado

I can’t wait to write about our trip to Trinidad, Colorado. In the meantime, I’m going to share with you ten of my favorite photos from the festival that brought us to town. I was in town to cover ArtoCade, an art car extravaganza that was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.

Nothing could have prepared me for the creativity on display at ArtoCade. In it’s fourth year, ArtoCade brings people together from around the country to Southern Colorado – people who share the love of turning their cars into art pieces.

Without further ado, here are ten of my favorite photos from the ArtoCade, the parade that was held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in downtown Trinidad, Colorado. There were 83 entries, so choosing only a few photos to share was very difficult.

Car #1 kicked things off. It’s, “Reincarnation”  and was created by Fritz A. & Gail M. of Trinidad, Colorado.

Photos from ArtoCade 2016. Reincarnation, Fritz A. & Gail M. (Trinidad, Colorado)

Event organizer, Rodney Wood, created the “EyeVan.” It will see you before you see it. Is this an art car or an art van?

EyeVan at ArtoCade by Rodney Wood of Trinidad

One of the best things about ArtoCade is that everyone is invited to participate. This is in no way an exclusive club. The following “Go Fish” artcar was created by Trinidad resident, Star Galbraith and it had all the right fishy moves.

Photos of ArtoCade 2016. Go Fish by Star Galbraith of Trinidad, Colorado.

Ex-smoker Carolyn Stapleton of Albuquerque, New Mexico created the Stink Bug for ArtoCade. And no, she didn’t smoke all of those cigarettes and said it was quite easy to find more than enough to cover the Volkswagen Bug.

The Stink Bug art car at ArtoCade 2016. By Carolyn Stapleton of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A crowd favorite, Albert Carstein was created by the residents of the Trinidad Correctional Facility. I did say that everyone can participate!


This was one of the creepiest of the creepy art cars at ArtoCade. Chewbaru, by Rex Rosenburg of Holsington, Kansas, was covered in all things related to the subject of dentistry. I’ve never seen so many retainers outside of my 1980s middle school class.


Another crowd favorite, and winner of the Most Creative Award, was Cartoon Apocalypse by C. Wollard from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cartoon Apocalypso-by C. Wollard from Tulsa Oklahoma. ArtoCade 2016


I love that a few kids got in on the fun. This is Mini-Mobile-Madness by Mihelich from Pueblo, Colorado.


Check out the crowd’s reflection in Shattered Vanity by Nicole Strine of Houston, Texas. This art car was one of my favorites on the day.


This award winning art car was created by Reagan High School Art Car Club (teacher, Rebecca Bass) in Houston, Texas. Imagine my surprised when I found that out at the awards ceremony where “Bohemian Rhapsody” took home a top prize.


If you want to see more photos of art cars from ArtoCade, I’ll be uploading a few more to HeidiTown’s Facebook page at a later date. Click here to LIKE HeidiTown on Facebook.

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Featured Festival: Mountain Harvest Festival, Paonia, Colorado

If you’re planning to celebrate the harvest season, why not do it in one of Colorado’s most bountiful areas? Mountain Harvest Festival takes place in the North Fork Valley, an area that is brimming with small family farms and vineyards.


I didn’t know about the North Fork Valley until three years ago, and the region has stolen my heart. It is located in Delta County on Colorado’s Western Slope. It’s 40 minutes east of Delta, which straddles Hwy 50, the road connecting Grand Junction and Ouray.

Farm-to-table has been part of everyday life in the North Fork Valley long before it became trendy. It is made up of three communities; Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford. Mountain Harvest Festival takes place in Paonia, but celebrates the entire region.


This photo courtesy of Mountain Harvest Festival.

The four-day event kicks off on Thursday, September 22, with a variety of activities including a Farm-to-Table dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, The Living Farm Cafe.

Things really get going on Friday afternoon. There’s a pumpkin contest, bike parade, a Drink Locally event at Town Park and live music.


This photo courtesy of Mountain Harvest Festival.

This festival is a celebration of all things local, including food, music and art. After all, the North Fork Valley isn’t only a great growing region, it’s a place where artists flourish as well, and there are a number of area art schools.

On Saturday there’s a smorgasbord of events planned. Don’t miss the Cirque Bike Farm Tours at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. We did a bike to farm tour with Cirque while we were in town earlier this summer (read all about it here).  You can also do self-guided farm and winery tours while in town for the festival.


This photo courtesy of Mountain Harvest Festival.

A festival farmers’ market will take place throughout the weekend and the Drink Locally event in Town Park happens Friday through Sunday. In addition, Mountain Harvest Festival has loads of live music schedule, farm-to-table dinners, yoga, bike Olympics and so much more.

Mountain Harvest Festival is a feast for the eyes, heart and stomach.


This photo courtesy of Mountain Harvest Festival.

And here’s a warning: If this will be your first visit to the North Fork Valley, you may fall in love. Because what’s not to love about a region filled with vineyards, rolling hills dotted with sheep and trees heavy-laden with fruit? In a recent magazine article I dubbed the region “the land of milk and honey,” and that’s not an exaggeration.


If you’d like to experience this Delta County’s North Fork Valley to the fullest, you need to attend Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia, Colorado.

Mountain Harvest Festival

winner of the Governor’s Award for Best Small Community Festival

September 22-25, 2016

Paonia, Colorado

Some events ticketed/Most events are free

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SkyPilot Farm & Creamery, Home of Heidi the Sheep

Sometimes the universe has a funny way of working things out. This is one of those instances. As some of you already know, earlier this year, The Living Farm in Paonia, Colorado named one of their spring lambs after me.

SkyPilot Farm & Creamery, Chloe & Heidi the Sheep.

Chloe Johnson & Heidi the Sheep at SkyPilot Farm & Creamery in Longmont, Colorado.

Longtime readers should be familiar with The Living Farm as I’ve written about it here on

I was very honored by this gesture and was able to meet Heidi during my visit to Delta County at the end of July. She was a big four month old by then, not really a lamb, but more of a sheep, however, she still sat on my lap as if she’d known me her entire life.

Heidi & Heidi the Sheep at The Living Farm.

My visit with my namesake, Heidi the Sheep, at The Living Farm.

Fast forward to two week ago when I got an email from Lynn Gillespie of The Living Farm, informing me that Heidi had been bought by a farm on the Front Range. As fate would have it, Heidi’s new home, SkyPilot Farm & Creamery is just 25 minutes from my home. It seemed written in the stars that Heidi and I should meet again. Continue reading

Fall in Love with Frisco, Colorado This Autumn

The best way to get acquainted with Frisco, Colorado is to spend a weekend in town, and that’s just what Ryan and I did at the end of August with our good friends Karen and Steve.

Fall in love with Frisco, Colorado this autumn. At Frisco Bay Marina.

Like many of you, I’d been to Frisco dozens of times, but had never stayed in the town, and our rental unit, a Summit Mountain Rentals townhouse just off Main Street and directly across the street from the Frisco Bay Marina, was the perfect location for our weekend getaway.

Frisco is a former mining town and today, it’s still a Mecca for adventure seekers; skiers, mountain bikers, snowkiters, kayakers and more. Our agenda was a gentler kind of adventurous weekend – our plan was to hit the lake on a rented pontoon boat. Our second plan was to eat lots of good food and spend time communing with one another in our townhouse hot tub. Continue reading

A Delicious Bike to Farm Tour in the North Fork Valley

As alert readers will have noticed, we’ve been riding bikes a lot this summer. I love riding bikes – not any downhill craziness, mind you – I prefer cruising on country roads or trails. Earlier this summer we did a bike to farm outing in the North Fork Valley, located in Delta County, Colorado. This is the story.

Bike to farm tour in the North Fork Valley. Orchard Valley Farms.

We rented bikes at Cirque Cyclery in downtown Paonia. A destination in and of itself, Cirque Cyclery is one of several awesome small businesses under the same roof.

Cirque Cyclery rents and sells bicycles, plus unique clothing and gifts, Shish KaBikes repairs bikes and Remedy Juice Bar Cafe provides refreshments, including adult beverages. The entire place, which was formerly the Paonia Post Office, has a laid back, neighborly feel. Continue reading

Featured Festival: Telluride Blues & Brews 2016

If you’re looking for great music in a splendid Colorado location, look no further than the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival on September 15-18, 2016.

The Town

Telluride represents the good life no matter how you interpret the phrase. Whether “the good life” means communing with nature, first-rate shopping, high-end dining or simply taking in a indescribably beautiful sunset – you’ll experience it in Telluride.

Downtown Telluride, Telluride Blues & Brews Featured Festival

All photos in this Featured Festival provided by Telluride Blues & Brews & used with permission.

Attending Telluride Blues & Brews represents an opportunity to stay in Telluride for a few days. Many festival-goers camp, but there are lots of hotels to choose from, both in town and in Mountain Village, just a free gondola ride away.  

There are loads of music festivals in Colorado, but very few are held in one of the most beautiful spots on the face of the earth.  It just takes one visit to know why Telluride gets on all the “best small town” lists.

The Music

The festival features internationally renowned musicians as well as national acts. There’s blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances.

Telluride Blues & Brews stage shot. Featured Festival

Do you know Joe Walsh? Maybe you recall his band, The Eagles? I grew up in a household where The Eagles were revered so seeing and hearing Joe Walsh will be a true thrill. He plays the main stage on Friday night (9/16).  I’m also looking forward to Jason Isbell who also plays Friday night of the festival.

Other main stage performers include Gary Clark, Jr., The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito, Anders Osborne and Shakey Graves. See the entire band line up for Telluride Blues & Brews here

Telluride Blues & Brews night shot. Featured Festival

And the music never stops at Telluride Blues & Brews. Check out the late night schedule.

The Beer

World class beer in a world class destination – it just doesn’t get any better. No wonder brewers like to attend this one instead of sending employees to do the beer pouring (I got that bit of info straight from the mouth of a Fort Collins brewery owner).

Telluride Blues & Brews. Brew festival. Featured Festival

Of course, beer will be served throughout the festival, but you don’t want to miss the Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 17 from 12 to 3 p.m. Fifty-six microbreweries will bring along 170 styles of beer. I triple dog dare you to try them all.

Hope to see you there, HeidiTown citizens!

23rd Annual Telluride Blues & Brews

September 15-18, 2016

Telluride, Colorado (click to see festival map)


Tickets to various TBBF16 events range from $20 to $199 for a *3-day pass

*limited availability

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Telluride Blues & Brews festival 2016 poster


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