It has come to my attention that not all HeidiTown citizens love winter. Apparently sparkling snow doesn’t have a magical effect on some people and in fact, makes them long for hot summer days at the lake.
I don’t have a touchstone with this, as I love the snow and all things snow-related, but as a good Mayor, I shouldn’t ignore this segment of my town. And while I enjoy tromping through freshly fallen snow, I do, occasionally, go indoors during the winter.
Here are a few Colorado outings where it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get a snowball to the face or slip on unseen ice or get your tongue stuck to a frozen pole.
Denver is no cowtown. The Denver Art Museum gets the top shows in the country and I’m thrilled to have such a high caliber museum out my backdoor.
We’re planning to head down soon to see the new Star Wars exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. If you haven’t heard about this exhibit yet, I could accuse you of living under rock, but I won’t. Sometimes these things get past even me.
The Denver Art Museum is fun to visit year round, but we often find ourselves targeting this museum on snowy days.
And speaking of museums, they are a good option for snow days. I have been known to spend an entire day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This is possible because they have an onsite cafe and deli, so one does not have to leave to find food.
I come from a family of museum lovers and have been to a number of famous ones across the United States and I think the DMNS rates among the very best.
Their Mummies exhibit is gone on Feb. 6, so if you love mummies, you’d better get there fast. My husband is super excited for their next show – Vikings: Beyond the Legend, which runs March 10 through August 13, 2017.
I realize this post is starting to sound a little overly cultured, but I think most of you are fairly enlightened folks, so let’s talk symphony. While the Denver Performing Arts Center has wonderful shows year round, the symphony’s season runs fall through winter, making this the perfect time to attend a concert.
For several years we bought Colorado Symphony packages and loved spending a night on the town in Denver on concert evenings. It’s a great excuse to try a new restaurant or a new place for dessert after the show.
If you’ve read HeidiTown for any length of time you already know that I love dinner theater. My two favorite go-to places are Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown and BDT Stage in Boulder, formerly Boulder Dinner Theatre.
Getting dinner and catching a play at either of these venues is surprisingly affordable and makes for a memorable evening.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is on stage in Boulder and “Forever Plaid” is bringing down the house at Candlelight.
Be sure to find out what is playing at your local playhouse as well this winter. I’m a big supporter and fan of community theatre. You may be very surprised at the quality talent that’s in your town.
Okay, you don’t really get wet at the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, and in fact, visiting the aquarium actually makes for a nice escape from a snowy Colorado day.
I haven’t been to the aquarium in years, but a few HeidiTown citizens recently visited and said it was a great place to take the kids. And since this post is lacking in many kid-friendly outings, here it is.
The Downtown Aquarium has dining and a 4-D Theater, which I didn’t know about until I visited their website. What’s a 4-D theater you ask? I had to look it up myself, but apparently it’s a theater that shows 3D movies, but also features things like sensor-equipped motions seats, wind, strobe, fog, rain and scents. So I suppose you might get wet at the Denver Aquarium after all.
Know someone who loves food? Instead of buying them a cookbook or newfangled kitchen item, how about buying them a foodie experience?
Colorado has blossomed with food tours over the last several years, and I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing several of these delicious excursions.
Local Table Tours
This company was started by a Boulder food blogger who has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. Today, Local Table run tours in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins. In Denver, they do a tour at The Source, a Taste of Highlands and in downtown (Taste of LoDo and Union Station).
Their Boulder-based tours including A Taste of Boulder, Cocktail Tours, Coffee & Chocolate Tours and May through October they offer tours at the Boulder Farmers’ Market.
In Fort Collins, tasting tours include a Cocktail Tour, Waffle & Chocolate Tour, Artisans at Scotch Pines Tour and, the one I experienced this past summer, the Jessup Farm Tasting Tour. Continue reading
I started writing for a small Colorado newspaper in 2006. A year later, I started HeidiTown, as well as my magazine writing career. Therefore, I have written dozens of articles and posts about Santa Claus coming to town and Christmas parades.
I realize that it’s important to get the word out about these traditional holiday happenings, however, I’ve grown tired of writing about them. With that in mind, I asked my Facebook friends if they knew of any unique Colorado Christmas events happening over the next month and a half and I got a few fun responses that I shall share here.
First up is Elf Crawl in downtown Littleton, Colorado. If you haven’t been to Littleton’s downtown, it’s adorable. I actually used to live in the area and we’d occasionally catch shows at Town Hall Arts Center. Continue reading
We have 44 days of fall left, but the beautiful fall drives are over, so how do we continue to celebrate this shoulder season? I’ve got a few suggestions.
A Late Fall Getaway in Colorado
November isn’t a big getaway month for most people, but the “shoulder season” is a wonderful time to travel in Colorado. There are less cars on the roads, and unless you’re traveling on Thanksgiving, you’ll find some great hotel deals over the next 44 days.
We have a tradition of doing birthday getaways in our house and since my husband’s birthday is in November, we’ve done quite a bit of fall travel in Colorado. Denver is actually one of my top picks for this time of year because the city dresses up beautifully for the holidays and it’s fun to stroll a brightly lit up downtown. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
$3 children 12 & under (age 5 & under free)
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In the heart of Cherry Creek, you’ll find a hotel where they celebrate the finer things in life on a daily basis. Whether you’re looking for a weekend spa escape or a girls shopping weekend extraordinaire, JW Marriott Denver has got you covered.
This past weekend, Ryan and I needed a place to stay in Denver after Bru Frou, an amazing culinary and craft beer pairing event held annually at Wings over The Rockies Air & Space Museum. JW Marriott Denver, just 4.5 miles from the venue, graciously offered to host us.
This Denver hotel is the very definition of posh, but you don’t have to take my word for it. In 2014, it made Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice list as one of the “Best Hotels in the West.” Continue reading
It’s always about this time of year when Coloradans are lulled into the belief that spring is just around the corner, and then, in comes March, Colorado’s snowiest month.
Have you been wondering how you’re going to make it through the doldrums of winter? Never fear, the Mayor’s here, and I’ve got some suggestions that should put a smile on your face as the last few weeks of winter tick down.
Fantastic March festivals in Colorado
There are two fantastic March festivals that will help alleviate your wintertime woes. First up, Crystal Carnival & Skijoring Weekend in Leadville. We attended for the first time last year (I wrote about our experience here).
Forget the X-Games, if you really want to be wowed by athletes who push the boundaries, you must visit Leadville during the Skijoring Championships, March 5-6, 2016, during Crystal Carnival. Continue reading
This week’s a little screwy, but that’s okay. Radio is not an exact science and neither is blogging. This post usually goes up on a Monday, but this week it’s being posted on a Friday, but that’s okay too because most of what I talk about in this segment are festivals in mid-April.
As you know, my radio segments on KRFC 88.9 FM are now recorded and aired every other week instead of weekly.
In this week’s segment I discuss great events happening in mid-April. In fact, the second week in April is so busy you’ll need a couple clones to do everything. I also share a bit about my trip to Ouray, Colorado.
After a week off, it’s time for another installment of the Mayor on KRFC 88.9 FM, community public radio in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Starting in February, these shows will occur on the 1st and 3rd week of each month. Life is just getting too crazy to do a show each and every week.
Remember, if you’d like to catch the show on the radio, I’m on at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesdays, immediately before Bikes & Beer and on Fridays at 5 p.m.
On this week’s segment I talk about what I’m up to this week – it’s ULLR FESTIVAL – and preview one of my favorite winter festivals in Colorado.
It’s time for another segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.
Please note that there will not be a radio segment next week due to the Mayor’s crazy holiday schedule.
The evolution of the HeidiTown brand over the past year has been amazing, and lots of exciting things are in store for the upcoming year. On this week’s radio show I share with the listeners some of the changes happening around HeidiTown in 2013.
Also, I highlight some of the New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place in Fort Collins and Denver.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and may 2013 by the Best Year yet for all of us!!!