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The Living Farm Cafe

When I travel, my gut gets messed up. It’s happened for years now and I’ve chalked it up to too much eating out. I’ve come to expect it and carry tums as a matter of course. Something interesting happened on our trip to Delta County, Colorado, however. Even after three days on the trip, I felt great.

This is very odd, I thought, but then I realized that almost everything we’d consumed on this trip was organic food that had been grown within miles of where we ate it. There are very few places in Colorado where farm to table is possible, but it’s pretty standard if you visit Delta County.

My happy tummy was no coincidence; eating good food makes you feel good, so I thought I’d share what we ate and where we ate it.

The Living Farm Café

Paonia, Colorado in May is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited. As we drove into town the sound of a crowing rooster greeted us. I was in love.

We were booked for two nights at The Living Farm Café & Inn in downtown. We’d previously been at the Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyard (read about it here). Our room above the café was small, but clean and adorable. The room had two windows and afternoon sunlight fell across the colorful quilt on the bed as we entered. Continue Reading…

Firestone 4th of July Logo

Nothing is better than a small town celebration of the 4th of July, and you’ll find just that in Firestone, Colorado. Firestone is located  30 minutes north of Denver and 40 miles south of Fort Collins, along I25. Founded as a coal mining town in the early 1900s, the town remained tiny until 2000, when folks discovered its charm. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the town grew 431% from 2000 to 2010, with a current population of around 10,000.

Firestone Colorado 4th of July Parade

In a happy twist of calendar fate, the 4th lands on a Friday this year, so the holiday will mark the start of a 3-day weekend for most, and they’re wasting no time getting the party started in Firestone. Start the morning off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and then the Firecracker 5K race (register here).

The 4th of July parade gets underway at 10 a.m. It starts at Thunder Valley K-8, winds through historic Firestone and ends at Miners Park where the rest of the day’s celebrations take place. Continue Reading…

It’s rare to visit a farm and then eat an entire meal grown on the same farm later that day, but that’s just what we did on a May visit to Paonia, Colorado in Delta County.

Strawberries at The Living Farm. HeidiTown.com

“Farm to table” is a trendy phrase, but in reality, there are very few actual farm-to-table restaurants in Colorado, making The Living Farm Café & Inn a true one-of-a-kind. Every day, they serve up food from their farm that’s located just a mile down the road. It doesn’t get fresher than this. Plus, you can stay at the Inn above the restaurant, which is exactly what we did on our visit.

The farm and café are run by the same family, and while the café was open just last year, the farm has been in the family for four generations. Lynn, the matriarch of the family, gave us a tour of the farm late one afternoon. Her love of this place is palpable, especially her love of her sheep. Continue Reading…

The granddaddy of all beer festivals is the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, and for 25 years they’ve been setting the bar for beer fests across the state.

There’s a big change at this year’s Fort Collins’ fest. Admission is now free. General admission hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 2014. Also, there’s no VIP ticket this year and your wristband is good all weekend long.

beer at Colorado Brewers' Fest 2013. HeidiTown.comIt’s about beer

Colorado Brewers’ Fest is first and foremost about beer. More than 50 Colorado breweries will tote their tasty brews to Fort Collins to be sampled by the hundreds of patrons at the fest. This is a chance for folks to “travel” through Colorado’s breweries without leaving the festival’s 7 acre grounds. Continue Reading…

We’ve been visiting the Colorado Renaissance Festival for many, many years. In fact, my husband’s been visiting the realm since he was just a kid. It’s one of our favorite summer excursions. At the end of the day we’re hot, covered in dust and turkey leg grease, but we’re happy.

Colorado Renaissance Festival is an outstanding production and I’ve pointed to this fest as an example that should be followed by other organizations wishing to put together a top notch event. It’s got it all; a well-planned layout, ambiance galore and authenticity. Okay, they aren’t real castles, but it’s as close as you’re get here in Colorado.

Now I know that most of you aren’t going to read any of this… you’re are just going to scroll down to the bottom of the post to figure out how to enter the contest, so I decided to share a bunch of pictures from our escapades at last year’s Colorado Renaissance Festival before telling you how to enter.  :-)

If you like castles and fairies, this is the festival for you.

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Do not give this guy your shoe. You’ve been warned.

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K Days Kremmling Days logoRemember the song Home on the Range? Well, Kremmling, Colorado is where the deer and the antelope play. It’s a destination for those who truly want to get away. There are no malls here, no freeways – just miles of ranch land punctuated by the occasional table top mountain and views of the majestic Rockies. At 7,313 feet above sea level, the town is located in Grand County.

Kremmling may be a dot on the rural part of the Colorado map, but this doesn’t mean it’s boring. The town’s tagline is “Untamed & Untapped” and the citizens enjoy a lifestyle that includes hunting, fishing, rafting, kayaking and any other activities that gets them outside. Visitors to Kremmling love to explore these adventurous undertakings as well and Kremmling Days it the perfect time to experience the area. Continue Reading…

It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes, HeidiTown citizens, Glenn Miller Swingfest is just around the corner. I’ve wanted to attend this festival for a long time and this year, we’re going.

Who doesn’t love big band music? This festival is four straight days dedicated to Glenn Miller and the music he loved.

Glenn Miller spent his high school years in Fort Morgan. You can learn some fascinating stories about him at the Fort Morgan Museum. He went on to be the best-known big band musician, arranger, composer and bandleader of the swing era. He was a best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943. In 1944, while traveling from England to France to entertain U.S. troops, his aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.

Glenn Miller from Wikipedia

Glenn Miller (from Wikipedia)

Glenn Miller Swingfest is a celebration of Glenn Miller’s music and believe me, you know all the songs. The event was started in 1996 and in 2009 it was adopted by The School of Performing Arts as a way to provide scholarships for students. Continue Reading…

For the first time ever, the recipient of this month’s HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign has been previously featured. I don’t make a habit of featuring charities twice, but National Mill Dog Rescue has touched my heart and I have become involved in helping with a NMDR fundraiser that is slated for later this month.

Hops & Harley 2014 logo

For those of you who may be new to this little town, HeidiTown Gives Back is a program I started way back in January of 2012. Every month, I pick a Colorado-based nonprofit to receive a free, one month ad, and a blog post, here on HeidiTown.com.

You can read my original post about NMDR, a Colorado Springs based nonprofit that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes retired commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills, HERE. Continue Reading…

FoodFlickFriday_logo_fullbackgroundThere’s a fun, family-friendly event happening in Firestone over five Fridays this summer, and it’s called Food & Flick Friday. This is an event for everyone, from the new baby in the family to that newly engaged couple who is looking for a romantic night out with Disney.

Food & Flick Friday gets underway on June 6 and runs through August 8, and takes place in Hart Park, with one exception. The July 11 Food & Flick Friday will be held at Settlers Park on Deerfield.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and settle in for an evening of free entertainment. In addition to the movie at 8:30 p.m., there’s free face painting and fitness and family focused games to play from 6 to 8 p.m. There’s also a musical guest at each event. Continue Reading…

If you’ve been a citizen of HeidiTown for long, you know that I’m a soccer nut. I am a longtime season ticket holder of the Colorado Rapids and World Cup is like a month long party at our house. Ryan and I love finding great pubs where we can watch the games live, and being self-employed, we are able to do that, even on week days.

In 2010, I wrote a popular blog post about where to watch World Cup in Northern Colorado. As HeidiTown has expanded to include the entire State of Colorado, I decided to do my homework and find soccer-friendly pubs from Grand Junction to Pueblo.

World Cup starts on June 12 and ends on July 13, 2014.

What time are World Cup matches being shown in Colorado? This year’s World Cup is being held in Brazil, and matches will start at approximately 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. There are some exceptions to these start times. See the schedule here.

Group Stage: USMNT play June 16 at 4 p.m. (v Ghana), June 22 at 4 p.m. (v Portugal) and June 26 at 10 a.m. (v Germany).

If you know a great soccer-friendly bar that isn’t on this list, please feel free to tell us about it in the comment section!  Especially those willing to open early for the first matches of the day.

Where to watch World Cup in Berthoud, Colorado

KJ Wood Distillers, 403 5th Street

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John Wood, the owner of KJ Wood Distillers in the tiny town of Berthoud, Colorado, is one of the biggest soccer fans that I know. He has a big flat screen television in his tasting room, and will open 30 minutes before every match during World Cup. Wood also makes my favorite gin, Jinn Gin, so give it a try when you go!

Where to watch World Cup in Boulder, Colorado

Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub, 1922 13th Street

www.conoroneills.com/boulder

This is the host bar for the new American Outlaws Boulder Chapter, so you can see every USMNT game here, home and away. With Irish pub fare and Guinness on tap, this will be the go-to bar for World Cup 2014 in Boulder.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street

www.bouldertheater.com

All US Matches will be shown here on the big screen.  And yes, they have a bar so you can pound pints while you root on our boys.

Rocky Mountain Soccer, 1933 28th Street

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This store will be showing every World Cup match in their lounge that includes stadium seating. They do not have a bar, but you can BYOB! It’s not uncommon to have 50 soccer fanatics watching a match at this location. Continue Reading…