I used to call this annual post “Top 10 HeidiTown Highlights,” but I’m going to change it up this year because everyone loves a “Best Of” list, right? It’s a hard post for me to compose because every year seems to bring with it many incredible Colorado experiences. This makes it hard to boil an entire year down to ten major highlights, but every year I do it.
This was a big year. I turned forty and we traveled a lot – to every corner of the state and the middle parts too. One of the major highlights was visiting Trinidad, Colorado (1) for ArtoCade, an art car extravaganza. This town blew us away. I love being surprised (in a good way) about a new place and I’m truly excited about the future of this friendly, quirky community.
Another standout experience was staying at a Never Summer (2) yurt near Cameron Pass last winter with our old dog, Xena. We’d never stayed in a yurt, let alone during winter and it was terrific. I loved the smell of the wood burning stove and the feeling of total peace as I snuggled into our yurt’s queen bed. I didn’t even mind having to use the outhouse, something I usually hate with a fierce passion. Continue reading
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
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 Continue reading
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.
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
Ryan and I have been intrigued with the tiny home movement for many years. It stems from Ryan’s ability as a master craftsman to build one himself, after all, he could build one in his shop.
Several weeks ago, we had the opportunity to stay at WeeCasa, a tiny home hotel in Lyons, Colorado.
Tiny homes are defined as houses under 400 square feet (some folks say under 600), and the “tiny house movement” is a description of the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes.
While living simply interests me to a degree, I’m more fascinated with the mobility of tiny homes and their small price tag when compared to standard home prices in Colorado.
Each of WeeCasa’s 17 tiny homes can be rented as “hotel rooms” per night or longer, and each is uniquely designed. If, like us, you’ve ever wondered about owning a tiny home, you’ll definitely want to experience a stay at WeeCasa. However, you don’t need to be a tiny home lover to utilize this place. Continue reading
On our last trip to Colorado Springs, we experienced two very unique lodging properties – an historic hotel and an historic vacation home – and we enjoyed both.
Lodging in Manitou Springs, Colorado – The Cliff House at Pikes Peak
On our first night we were booked at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, one of the region’s most distinguished and historic hotels.
We’d stayed at The Cliff House many years ago, and since that stay, my husband has always named The Cliff House as one of his favorite Colorado hotels.
We arrived in town near lunch time so our first stop was at Manitou Brewing Company. This brewery not only serves up noteworthy craft beer, but also gourmet food. I daresay this is the most foodie brewery I have ever visited. Continue reading
I’ve been writing for the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor for 7 years, so I’ve had a long relationship with the town of Berthoud, Colorado. I’ve known about the Berthoud Inn, the only local bed and breakfast, but had never had the opportunity to stay there until I started helping out the owner, Mark Chaffee, with the Inn’s Facebook page.
Berthoud is a charming town, and a visit there is a bit like going back in time. It’s a town where everyone still comes out to high school football games and the Homecoming Parade is one of the biggest events of the year.
The Berthoud Inn & Events is located on a huge lot of land, just east of downtown. Built in 1888, the house is magnificent. In 1904, a local newspaper said of the home, “It has always been considered one of the most beautiful in the vicinity.” And more than 100 years later, it still is.
Berthoud is situated between Longmont and Loveland, about 45 minutes north of Denver and just 35 miles from Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. The Inn is within walking distance of everything the small town has to offer including restaurants, several day spas and a bit of shopping.
There’s also a brewery and that’s why we were there on a Wednesday. We were planning to defend our title as champions at Trivia Night at City Star Brewing.
We arrived at the Inn around 5:30 p.m. and a tour reveals seven themed rooms suited for a variety of guests. The Egyptian Room, in the basement, is probably the most interesting. It includes a tub the size of a small swimming pool, and some Egyptian costumes for those who may want to play a dress up.
The Inn also has a gigantic backyard that includes two stages and is home to the two tallest trees in Berthoud. Appropriate since the town’s nickname is “The Garden Spot.” Small weddings are welcome here, and the space is pretty, even in the winter. I can easily visualize sitting on the wrap around patio during the summer with a glass of wine at my elbow and a book in my hands.
After the tour we set out for City Star on foot, with a brief stop at the Brick Oven to order pizza. City Star lets visitors bring in food, and some places in downtown Berthoud will deliver your food directly to the brewery.
Trivia night has become popular and the brewery was packed. No problem for our team; we soundly beat everyone anyway. It probably helped that we had a team of nine very smart, very good looking people.
Breakfast at the Inn was a smorgasbord of culinary delights. Chaffee has owned the Berthoud Inn for 12 years, but before that he was the owner of multiple restaurants in Denver. There’s little doubt in my mind that his abilities as a chef is what truly sets the Berthoud Inn apart.
Our breakfast started with coffee and fruit in cream, and from there it just got better and better. Chaffee says he takes breakfast and “elevates it.” You may dine on strata with shrimp or poached salmon with a tropical fruit medley. He always serves eggs alongside, but your main dish may be more gourmet than you were expecting. It’s not unusual to have pork medallions with a savory sauce as your breakfast entrÃ©e – and be warned that portion sizes may have you skipping lunch.
Our breakfast concluded with cinnamon rolls served with a side of ice cream, so perhaps not surprisingly the dining experiences at the Berthoud Inn is what is most often referenced in their reviews on Trip Advisor.
The Berthoud Inn offers seven rooms in the main house, but also has a fully equipped, two bedroom apartment available for families, extended stay guests, business travelers, or those traveling with their canine companion. Since we were staying in the main house, we left our dog at Happy Tails Dog Ranch. Just five minutes from the Inn, I highly recommend Happy Tails. We’ve been utilizing their dog boarding services for a number of years. Learn more here.
To those of you who may have hesitations about staying at a bed and breakfast, please read my post, Dispelling Myths about Staying at a Bed & Breakfast. Bed and breakfasts are one of my favorite lodging options when I travel, and I think you’ll love it too if you give it a try.
Please note: I am assisting the Berthoud Inn with their new Facebook page. Therefore, I received a free stay to experience firsthand everything the Inn has to offer.
I don’t believe in ghosts, but I have seen them.
It’s almost Halloween, and this compelled me to tell some of my own ghost stories in this week’s segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.
Find out when and where my ghostly encounters took place, and maybe you can travel to these haunted Colorado locations to seek our your own paranormal experience.
Listen to this week’s radio show HERE.
Have you ever gone on vacation and then felt as though you needed another one when you got home? This has happened to me many times, but vacations shouldn’t be work. If you want to experience a true escape from all of life’s stresses, you’ll want to read this post.
I’ve stayed in many types of accommodations around Colorado over the years, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, rented homes and campgrounds, but last week I stepped it up – way up.
While attending the Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference in Steamboat Springs, I was the guest of Moving Mountains, and stayed at Diamond Peak Penthouse at One Steamboat Place.
This isn’t your average vacation rental – Diamond Peak is 2800 square feet of luxury living in the middle of one of the most spectacular ski resorts in North America.
Moving Mountains was established 15 years ago by husband/wife team, Robin and Heather Craigen. Their goal was to make European style holidays available in Steamboat Springs; this meant high end, catered chalets where their guests’ most stressful decision of the day would be picking the perfect ski run. The catered chalet option available at Moving Mountains properties includes a personal chef and staff.
Today Moving Mountains has many fabulous properties in their repertoire, including private homes and condominiums. All have easy access to the ski slopes and any can be fully catered.
Upon our arrival at One Steamboat Place, we were escorted to the sixth floor where our penthouse awaited. This four bedroom, five bath home has a comfortable, open plan living space that includes a gourmet kitchen.
In the kitchen we discovered a little “welcome to Steamboat gift” of homemade granola and beef jerky from Sweetwood Cattle Co. I’ll admit that I was probably more excited about the beef jerky than most, because it’s my number one weakness in life. I love beef jerky more than cake.
My favorite room in the house was the master bath, located in the master suite wing of the home. It includes an Olympic-size bathtub and huge freestanding shower. I spent a lot of time in this room getting ready in the mornings and even managed to squeeze in a soak between conference sessions. I also made good use of the home’s office that featured a computer with high speed internet, and I never even opened my laptop.
While I was networking and conferencing, my husband was enjoying the amenities at One Steamboat Place. He lounged in the pool and relaxed in the hot tub. Other offerings include an adult game room and a children’s play room. We didn’t book a treatment at the private spa, but it was tempting. There’s also a locker room for your boots and skis, because One Steamboat Place is a true ski in/ski out accommodation located right next to the gondola. This would be perfect for me because I hate walking in ski boots.
Another one of the benefits of staying at One Steamboat Place is the shuttle service. All catered packages through Moving Mountains also include private shuttle services within the Steamboat area. This is a big deal for people like me who enjoy having a few glasses of wine with dinner.
A stay at a Moving Mountains Chalets’ property is not a cheap experience, but it’s not out of reach. If you want a relaxing holiday in one of my favorite towns in the world, it is well worth it. Also, if you stay with a group, lodging expenses can be shared. Moving Mountains’ properties are the perfect option for a family reunion, a vacation with friends or a corporate get away.
It’s October and that means Halloween. It just so happens that I am a big scaredy cat, however, I do love a good ghost tour and I share some Colorado ghost tour information in this week’s radio segment. There’s also a nod to dead people and zombies in this show – you have been warned!
So without further ado, LISTEN HERE if you dare.
Note: Each Monday I upload my KRFC 88.9 FM segment to HeidiTown. You can here it on the radio on Wednesdays at noonish and Fridays at 5:30 p.m.
It’s time for another segment of HeidiTown on the radio. If your curious about when these air, you can hear me at noonish on Wednesdays and during your drive home on Fridays around 5:30 p.m. on KRFC 88.9 FM.
Some of the info in this week’s segment will seem like old news to my avid readers, because I’ve already written about Berthoud Oktoberfest on previous occasions, but it will be new information for my radio audience.
This radio show also has some advice on traveling in Colorado during the fall. Both my birthday and my husband’s birthday are in the fall, and we tend to do weekend getaways to celebrate, so we’ve learned a lot about traveling the state during this time of year.
Listen to this week’s segment HERE.