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Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh…

This delightful scene isn’t reserved solely for songs, television commercials and movies, you can make it a reality in Breckenridge, Colorado.

a romantic sleigh ride in Breckenridge Colorado.

Photo by Travis Konkle of Dramatic Focal Point.

Nordic Sleigh Rides is located just outside of Breckenridge, and whether you are looking for a romantic outing or you wish to recreate the “over the river and through the woods ” song with your family, this place has got you covered.

Last month we were treated to an “exclusive ride,” meaning that we went out in a beautiful one-horse open sleigh pulled by a magnificent Percheron named King. These large horses were originally bred as war horses for knights and they must have been very intimidating to unmounted armies during Medieval times.  Continue Reading…

When I visit a town, I really like to get to know it. That’s why I enjoy a three-night stay when visiting a new location; it gives me time to soak in the ambiance and savor the flavor of a place.

How does one really get to know a town? I find that knowing a town’s history is one very effective way to get to know a place, so when I travel, I almost always visit the local history museum.

In January, while attending the Telluride Fire Festival, I spent an afternoon browsing the Telluride Historical Museum. I enjoyed the flow of this museum as I walked through each room the town’s story unfolded, right up to modern day.  Continue Reading…

The burger at the buck snort. The best burger I ever ate in Colorado.

The Forest Fire at The Bucksnort Saloon in Pine, Colorado.

The best burger I ever ate was at The Bucksnort Saloon in Pine, Colorado. I always get the Forest Fire, a buck burger with a thick smear of cream cheese and piled high with jalapenos. It’s the perfect amount of juicy and creamy with just a bit of heat. It pairs nicely with a light lager.

You go here for a burger, but The Bucksnort is a legendary Colorado saloon. The historic building oozes mountain charm. The floor is a little slanted, so that you feel as though you’ve had one-too-many even if you haven’t had any. Literally perched above Elk Creek, if the place was ever quiet enough, which it isn’t, you could probably hear the sounds of splashing water over well-worn river rocks.

The Bucksnort Saloon is located off of Hwy 285 between Denver and Fairplay. Visit their website for directions at

There are two runners up for the “best burger I ever ate in Colorado,” and most recently a burger I devoured in Telluride gets second place.  Continue Reading…

Ryan and I travel all over the state, thanks to my job as Mayor of HeidiTown, and we’ve discovered some of the best places to steal a kiss on Valentine’s Day, or any other day, in Colorado.

Top 10 places to steal a kiss on Valentine’s Day in Colorado. Dramatic Focal Point Photography

At Nordic Sleigh Rides in Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo by Travis Konkle, of Dramatic Focal Point Photography,

1. On the gondola in Telluride, Colorado. If you and your sweetie find yourselves all alone on the gondola, which happens frequently, the 15 trip between Mountain Village and the Town of Telluride can be a very romantic trip.

2. At Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado. Stroll this Northern Colorado gem hand in hand, pausing occasionally to sneak kisses in the shadow of stunning bronze creations.

3. In a hot springs pool. We have so many wonderful hot spring destinations in Colorado. From Pagosa Springs to Ouray to Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs, each has its own unique ambiance.  Continue Reading…

My Big Date logoValentine’s Day is two weeks away and I’ve got the perfect outing for you and your honey – especially if you like beer and food.

Valentine’s Day in Loveland, My Big Date, lets participants experience Loveland, Colorado’s coffee, brewery, distillery and foodie scene. The Brewery & Spirits Tour package sold out quickly, and there are only seats left on our Brunch & Brew Tour. I am one of your My Big Date hosts and I guarantee that it’s like nothing else you have ever experienced.

You and your mate will board the NOCO Short Bus Tours bus at The Promenade Shops at Centerra in East Loveland. The bus will transport you to beautiful downtown Loveland where you will start your morning with a coffee tasting at Loco Artisan Coffeehouse. Owner, Tom Helm, is pairing three of his handcrafted, locally roasted coffees with a savory treat for our guests. Continue Reading…

Loveland Fire & Ice Festival LogoThe “Sweetheart City” is whooping it up this Valentine’s Day weekend with a brand new festival.

Loveland Fire & Ice Festival is an extravaganza of lights, fire, ice and snow that will surely warm up your February.

For a handful of years, Loveland has hosted a sanctioned snow sculpting event; the winning team goes on to represent Colorado at the US National Snow Sculpting Competition. That sculpture competition is now part of Loveland Fire & Ice.

Snow Sculpture in the Dark 26.

This wooly mammoth, by Team Breck, was also a crowd favorite and 3rd place winner overall at Loveland Snow Sculpture 2013.

This year, in addition to the 10 snow sculpting teams from around the state, downtown Loveland will be alive with the sound of music, fireworks and laughter.

UPDATE: Due to unseasonably warm weather along Colorado’s Front Range, the snow sculpture part of this event has been cancelled and replaced with an ice sculpting contest. As of today (Feb. 10, 2015) six of the snow sculpting teams have signed on to carve ice instead of snow.

Music is a big part of the two-day event that kicks off at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 13 and runs late into the evening on Saturday. There will be three stages in downtown, with the Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Main Stage on 4th and Railroad. Musicians include everyone from a techno DJ to singer songwriters to a soul/funk band. There will even be a fire performer who will wow audiences with her fire art talents. The musicians will play throughout the festival, keeping downtown’s ambiance fun and energetic.

A fire performer at Telluride Fire Festival. Loveland Fire & Ice, Colorado.

Fire performing is becoming popular across Colorado. Here’s a performer at Telluride Fire Festival 2015.

Loveland-based business Blazen Illuminations is going to light up downtown’s buildings like Disneyland. The company is responsible for many amazing light displays around Colorado (and beyond), including the Denver City building’s holiday lights.

Blazen’s pyrotechnic team has some other exciting plans up their sleeve, including working with the bands to provide pyrotechnic effects during some of the musical performances.

Blazen Illuminations the denver city building. Loveland Fire & Ice Festival.

The Denver City building lit by Blazen Illuminations.

A fantastic fireworks and light show is scheduled to take place on both nights of the festival. This huge display will be set to music, so bring along the kiddos and get ready to be dazzled.

Be sure to pick up a Loveland Fire & Ice wristband available the clearly marked table inside the festival area. Wear your wristband to get specials at various retail outlets and restaurants on the weekend of the event.

Loveland Fire & Ice Festival 

Valentine’s Day Weekend 2015

February 13 from 3 to 10 p.m. & February 14 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Downtown Loveland, Colorado (along 4th Street & Railroad Avenue)

Admission: FREE

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I have a confession. I’m a bit of a bird nerd.  I’ve always been fascinated in nature and birds are one of my favorite parts of the natural world.

Colorado’s varied landscape is home to more than 450 species of birds making it a great state for birders. There are even 27 designating birding trails, but you don’t need to go to a designated area to spot birds. In my neighborhood, not a day goes by when I don’t see several types of bird species in my yard and at least one raptor.

Hawk at Fossil Creek Resevoir. Birding festivals in Colorado.

If you’d like a guarantee of some birding action, check out one of the state’s many birding festivals. The bird nerd in me decided to research where and when these festivals take place and I’ve compiled a list. I’m sure that I have missed some, so please leave a message if you know of another bird festival that takes place in Colorado and I will add it to this list.


Bald Eagle Festival, Barr Lake State Park, Brighton (early/mid-February)

This event often coincides with Valentine’s Day. See the Barr Lake page for details or follow them here on Facebook.

Lake Pueblo Eagle Days – Pueblo (early Feb)

Includes viewing opportunities, programs, presentations, kid’s activities and a photo contest. Learn more at Lake Pueblo State Park and the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo.

High Plain Snow Goose Festival, Lamar (Feb. 20-22)

This is an opportunity to see thousands of these beautiful birds. The event offers tours, educational programs, presentations, arts and crafts and a banquet. Learn more at Continue Reading…

Telluride, Colorado is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Don’t take my word for it – go and witness the beauty yourself.

Dallas Divide near Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray, Colorado.

Don’t miss this overlook between Ridgway and Telluride, Colorado.

We just returned from Telluride Fire Festival, so without further ado, here is my list of things to do in Telluride, Colorado when you’re not skiing.

Snowshoe in Telluride

What makes snowshoeing in Telluride unique? Your snow shoe excursion will take you to the top of the ski resort. That’s right, the skiers aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the high altitude view, anyone can enjoy these mountain top vistas. Continue Reading…

We take a lot of road trips, and travel doesn’t slow down during the winter months. This weekend we’re off to Telluride Fire Festival, and two weeks after that we’ll be headed to the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge.

Colorado winter driving can be challenging, but when you're prepared it's a breeze.

Colorado winter driving can be challenging, but when you’re prepared it’s a breeze.

In Colorado, winter road trips into the mountains can be a bit of a challenge, but they are well worth it. With winter festivals happening somewhere in the Colorado Rockies just about every weekend, there are lots of reasons to drive. Here are some simple tips that will make your next winter road trip a breeze.

1. Travel during off times. This is where we self-employed folks have it good. If you can, travel on a Saturday morning and head back on a Monday. This will save you the headache of dealing with ski traffic on I70. Another good tip for Colorado Front Range dwellers is to take Hwy 285 as an alternate route to places like Breckenridge or southwest Colorado. Hwy 285 isn’t without its own issues, however. The highway often closes between Kenosha Pass and Fairplay due to blowing snow, so check with CDOT before you go that way. Continue Reading…

Brilliant at Denver Art Museum., ColoradoWhen I heard that the Denver Art Museum was curating a Cartier exhibition, the tune from Pink Panther began playing in my head and it continued to play when we visited.

We arrived at the Denver Art Museum on a busy, snowy Saturday morning. Unbeknownst to us, the museum is free on the first Saturday of every month so the place was filled with families. Please note that special exhibits such as Brilliant are still subject to a fee even on First Saturdays.

I’m not a super girly girl and I’m not one to swoon over sparkly things, but even I had to admit that the jewels on display at Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century were pretty spectacular. However, it wasn’t only the gems that appealed to me, but the story that they told. Continue Reading…