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How I almost lost my Colorado Cool Kid Card

I know what you’re thinking, how could the Mayor of HeidiTown ever lose her Colorado Cool Kid Card? Well, there are a few ways to lose this card and one of those is by not attending an event at Red Rocks and another is by not attending a concert The Mishawaka.

How I almost lost my Colorado Cool Kid Card. The Mishawaka concert venue. HeidiTown.com

After living in Colorado for 16 years, I’ve been to Red Rocks a couple of times, but a show at the famed Mishawaka Amphitheater in the Poudre Canyon outside of Fort Collins had alluded me.

I’d driven by about 85 times, and even stopped in once for lunch, but I hadn’t seen a concert there until last Friday night which means my Cool Kid Card is safe and has another Awesome Stamp.

A couple of weeks before, my girlfriend texted me, “Toad the Wet Sprocket and Rusted Root at The Mish. Wanna go?”

As a quintessential child of the 90s – I graduated high school in 1995 – I responded with an emphatic yes. Continue reading

Must-stop Colorado ice cream shops

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already mid summer and I think that calls for a post about ice cream. My husband loves sweets, so if we spot an ice cream shop or a candy store during our travels around Colorado, we always have to pop in. Here are a few of our favorite ice cream shops in Colorado.

Malt Shoppe – Pagosa Springs

What could be better after a long hot day floating on the San Juan River than stopping by the Malt Shoppe for an ice cream cone or a milkshake? Not much.

Must-stop Colorado ice cream shops. Malt Shoppe in Pagosa Springs. HeidiTown.com

This throwback establishment also serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. A $4.99 pita breakfast pocket is just the thing to wolf down before you head out for a day of fun in Pagosa Springs. Continue reading

Going back to golf at the highest course in North America

The title of this blog post may be misleading as I am not entirely sure that I am in fact “going back to golf.” Some of you may be surprised to learn that at one time I was a competent golfer. Of course, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that it was a very long time ago.

Going back to golf. Mount Massive Golf Course, Leadville, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

During high school I worked at Avalon Golf Club (now Avalon Golf Links), which was down the street from my house in Western Washington. I worked in the clubhouse and after work I’d often go and play a round in the twilight hours.

Last month, on a trip to Leadville, Colorado, I was invited to play at Mount Massive Golf Course. There were two reasons I couldn’t say no. First, at 9,680 feet above sea level, this is the highest golf course in North America. Second, it was established in 1939, which means it has to be one of the oldest courses in Colorado.

Going back to golf. The view from the Mount Massive Clubhouse. HeidiTown.com

The view from the Mount Massive Clubhouse.

I was booked for a late afternoon tee time after a busy day, and as I drove to the golf course, just nine minutes outside of Leadville, I was buzzing with anxiety. Continue reading

A stay at Yurt Village at Snow Mountain Ranch

Our first stay at a yurt this winter taught us one thing – we love yurt life, so when we were invited to stay at Yurt Village at Snow Mountain Ranch, a YMCA property located in Granby, Colorado, we said yes.

A stay at Yurt Village at Snow Mountain Ranch. Ryan & Xena. HeidiTown.com

At the end of June we packed up the dog and headed out to Grand County, an area that is bursting with lupine, columbine and other colorful wildflowers during the summer.

We arrived at Yurt Village, a cluster of yurts perched on a sloping hill at Snow Mountain Ranch, in the afternoon.

Each yurt is built on a platform and has its own outdoor space that includes a picnic table, barbecue, fire pit and tent site. Inside, guests will find a queen bed and two bunk beds.

A stay at Yurt Village at Snow Mountain Ranch. Inside the yurt view. HeidiTown.com

All the yurts are wired for electricity and each has a mini fridge and microwave. As we unpacked I looked at my phone and noticed that Yurt Village even has wi-fi. A stay here is not exactly “roughing it,” and in fact, qualifies as “glamping,” aka glamorous camping. Continue reading

Kids bored this summer? Let HeidiTown help

Since the beginning of summer break, I’ve seen dozens of my friends complaining on Facebook about their kids’ boredom and asking about interesting ways to keep them busy this summer.

Kids bored this summer Let HeidiTown help. The living Farm, Paonia, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

The Living Farm, Paonia, Colorado

I’m not a mom, so I’m not going to use this blog post to list arts and crafts projects or fun backyard activities to do with your kids this summer. However, I am going to shed light on a few free and low costs outings that are guaranteed to keep your kids entertained for at least a few hours.

Outdoor concerts

Nearly every town in Colorado seems to have a free concerts series happening this summer. Some cities, such as Loveland, have two (Thursdays and Fridays). See my recent post for Visit Loveland for details. Continue reading

Steamboat Summer Boat List – Challenge Accepted!

Steamboat Springs is an amazing summer destination, and when I was asked to take on the Steamboat Summer Boat List Challenge, I didn’t hesitate.

Steamboat Summer Boat List. Brunch at Hazie's on top of the mountain. HeidiTown.com

The Boat List is 30 different things to do in Steamboat Springs this summer, and Ryan and I headed up in June to see how many items we could accomplish during a two-night stay. Of course, we’ve been visiting Steamboat for more than a decade, so we’d already done some of the things, but those didn’t count because the Steamboat Boat List Challenge is all about the Summer of 2016.

Steamboat Summer Boat List Challenge. Strawberry Park Hot Springs. HeidiTown.com

We arrived on a Friday afternoon and headed straight to Strawberry Park Hot Springs (#14). It had been about eight years since we’d visited this hot springs and in that time it’s become a lot fancier with beautiful landscaping and additional pools. Continue reading

Nine & a half things to do at Colorado Renaissance Festival

Haven’t made it to the Colorado Renaissance Festival this year? Well, what’s stopping you? It’s time to saddle up the pony and head out. While there, I highly recommend doing these nine and a half things.

1. Gnaw on a Turkey Leg

There’s something about gnawing on a turkey leg that’s highly satisfying. Vegetarians, you can gnaw on a roasted artichoke instead, although I guarantee that it’s not nearly as fun.

9 and a half things to do at colorado renaissance Festival. HeidiTown.com

2. Catch a Show

The Colorado Renaissance Show curates their shows carefully and they are all very good. This year, The Washing Well Wenches have moved to the big stage, formerly the home of Puke & Snot. This is a longtime favorite of mine it’s nice to see these funny, irreverent ladies rewarded for their hard work. Continue reading

A stay at Colorado Trail House in Leadville

 Colorado Trail House offers something new to the traveler in a home that rings with echoes of the past.

Steeped in history, Leadvillle’s lively past is palpable on every visit to the town, and whether a visitor cares a whit about history or not, it’s all around them.

A stay at Colorado Trail House in Leadville. HeidiTown.com

I have been visiting Leadville for nearly a decade, and on my most recent trip, I experienced many new Leadville sites and sounds that held echoes of past visits. This is the first in several posts about my latest Leadville adventure.

The first harmonization of the past and present was my booking at Colorado Trail House, a brand new lodging destination in Leadville that’s located in a not so new building. The Victorian home at 127 E. 8th Street has stood for more than 100 years, and while researching Colorado Trail House online before my visit, I realized that I’d been there before. Continue reading

Featured Festival: Annual Biergarten Festival, 2016

Have you noticed that everyone is visiting Germany this year? It’s wildly popular with Millennial travel bloggers in love with Berlin and Colorado brewers looking to immerse themselves in the beer brewing traditions of the old country.

Biergarten Festival, Morrison, Colorado 2015. HeidiTown (14)

If you are anything like me, however, you can’t afford a plane ticket to Germany (today’s summer airfare from Denver to Frankfurt nonstop is $1600/person).

Thankfully, Coloradans don’t have to fly to Germany to experience German culture.

Ryan and I have been attending the Annual Biergarten Festival for the better part of a decade and our secret summer festival is no longer a secret. People love the Biergarten Festival for its beautiful setting, laid back ambiance, friendliness and authenticity.

Biergarten Festival, Morrison, Colorado 2015. HeidiTown (17)

Attending this festival really does feel like going to a summer party in the rolling green hills of Germany (without the travel price tag).

I’ve been writing about this festival for years and I always tell my readers about the wonderful German dancing, outstanding German beer (Paulaner, of course) and delicious German food. This year, I have a couple new items to tell you about.

Biergarten Festival 2015. HeidiTown.com

Festival organizers have added a Stein Hoisting Contest so it’s time to start warming up those brawny arm muscles boys and girls. I hear that doing the Wood Chopper Dance is a great way to practice. This contest of strength takes place Saturday (7/9) at 4 p.m.

Another new event is the 1st Annual Dachshund Race on Sunday at 2 p.m. If you’ve never had the opportunity to watch a dachshund race, you’ve missed out. Come prepared to be amused. 

Want to sign up for the Stein Hoisting or Dachshund Race? Email jacobson@gacc-co.org.

Biergarten Festival, Morrison, Colorado 2015. HeidiTown (21)

Of course, all the usual suspects will be in attendance such as Rick Borger & the Average Band, Peter Kron, the Chalet Dancers, TEV Edelweiss Schuhplattlers and the Rhinelanders.

The beer continuously flows and the music never stops at Biergarten Festival, which is one reason I consider this to be one of the best summer festivals in Colorado. If you’ve been meaning to make it to Biergarten Festival, this is the year to make it happen.

Annual Biergarten Festival

July 8-10, 2016

July 8, 4 to 10 p.m. / July 9, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. / July 10, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

TEV Edelweiss Club

17832 Highway 8, Morrison, Colorado

$5/day adults

$3 children 12 & under (age 5 & under free)

Pets welcome

Biergartenfest.com

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The Mayor of HeidiTown at Biergarten Festival. Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, writer, blogger, small business owner.

I hope to see you at the Annual Biergarten Festival this year! Prost!

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The perfect day in Grand Lake

Ryan and I woke to sunlight flooding in our condo’s bedroom window. Outside, Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake, was so still it appeared that I could walk across the glassy surface.

The perfect day in Grand Lake. lake reflections HeidiTown.com

Our search for breakfast didn’t take us far. Blue Water Bakery is mere steps away from Eagles Spirit Condo. We ate eggs and toast at a patio table with lake views while hummingbirds buzzed around us, and dog walkers passed on their way to the lake.

Refilling our coffee cups, we walked the short distance to the town-owned docks. We sat, enjoying the gentle rocking of the docks as we sipped our coffee.

This would have been the perfect time to try out stand up paddle boarding on Grand Lake, but I already had a full day planned so I’ll save that next time.

We were booked on a 10:30 a.m. boat tour of Grand Lake with Headwaters Marina, a two-minute walk from our Western Riviera condo.   Continue reading

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