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New Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge is a town we know well and many of my readers do too. So on our last trip, we decided to do some things in Breckenridge that we’d never done before. That included the fat bike tour that I wrote about earlier this month.

New Things to do in Breckenridge, Colorado. free bus in Breckenridge. HeidiTown.com

When we weren’t biking or walking, we got our Breckenridge via the free bus service. It goes everywhere you want to be!

New Hotel in Breckenridge

It also included staying at a brand new hotel, the Residence Inn by Marriott. It’s not only new to us, this hotel is new to Breckenridge, having opened this winter on the south side of downtown. Its location is ideal for easy exploration of Breckenridge on foot.

New Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado. Residence Inn by Marriot wall art. HeidiTown.com

Fun wall art at Residence Inn by Marriott, Breckenridge.

The Residence Inn has cool, contemporary interior design, but retains mountain touches and odes to Breckenridge’s past. The best part of this hotel, for me, was the pool. If there were a “Best View from a Mountain Pool” award, this one would surely win.

You be the judge.

New Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado. View from Residence Inn pool. HeidiTown.com

Saloon Tour in Breckenridge

As part of our “new” look at Breckenridge trip, we went on the Behind the Swinging Doors Saloon Tour with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. While we’d been into nearly all the bars on this tour, we’d never heard the many stories associated with the town when it was a rough and tumble mining community in the 1800s.

New Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado. historic saloon tour. HeidiTown.com

Our tour guide, Kathy, had a rather fantastic hat.

One interesting fact about Breckenridge is that many of the original buildings are not located in their original locations. Through the years, buildings were moved around in order to suit the needs of the community as they arose.

New Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado. Gold Pan Saloon. HeidiTown.com

Inside the historic Gold Pan Saloon. One of a few bars that claims to be the longest continuously running bar in the Rocky Mountains.

The saloon tour involves stops at various downtown watering holes that are still popular today. It also includes entertaining stories and time for those taking the tour to imbibe a drink or two along the way. The tour is for adults only (21+), and at just $15, is a fun way to expand your knowledge about Breckenridge and Colorado history while enjoying a cold beer or whiskey shot.

Breckenridge Distillery Tour

While in town, we toured the new Breckenridge Distillery location on the north side of town (we accessed the area via our fat bike tour). While the distillery has been around for quite some time, we’d never been on the tour, which features tasters of their booze and a behind-the-scenes look at this big operation.

New Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado. Breckenridge Distillery tour. HeidiTown.com

Tours are free, but please tip your tour guide.

During this weekend trip, we also ate at the brand new Breckenridge Distillery restaurant, a dining experience I wrote about in its entirety here on The Heidi Guide.

Back at the Residence Inn after an exhausting first day, we ordered wings at the hotel bar, Base Camp Lounge. They were delicious and the bar menu is full of great Colorado craft beer as well.

New Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado. wings at Residence Inn. HeidiTown.com

On our two night stay, we ate breakfast at the hotel every morning; not because it was free, but because it was so good. It’s one of the best complimentary breakfast buffets we’ve encountered in our vast travels around Colorado.

We didn’t bring our dog Xena, but we could have because the Residence Inn is a dog-friendly hotel property in Breckenridge.

Thank you to GoBreck and the Residence Inn by Marriott in Breckenridge for hosting us on this weekend trip.

Featured Festival: Governor’s Art Show, Loveland, Colorado

I’ll never forget the first time Ryan and I attended the Governor’s Art Show & Sale in Loveland, Colorado. We love art and art galleries and visit many during our travels and to say that we were impressed by this show would be an understatement. The collection of artwork curated for this juried show is truly a cut above.

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All photos courtesy of Governor’s Art Show & Sale.

Loveland, Colorado has been known for art since the 1970s when three bronze foundries called the town home. Over the years, the city’s reputation has grown beyond sculpture and many different types of artists have been drawn to this Northern Colorado community.

It’s appropriate that for the past quarter of a decade Loveland has hosted the largest juried art show to feature only Colorado artists. The 26th annual Governor’s Art Show will kick off on April 28 with a Preview Party and Gala and the show will run through May 28. 

Governor's Art Show & Sale 2016

Hundreds entered, but only twenty percent of the artwork submitted, a total of 56 artists, were chosen for this year’s show and more than half of those artists are new to the Governor’s Art Show. Artworks of various mediums, techniques and styles will be represented. See list of selected artists here.

On May 20, the Plein Air Festival, in association with the Governor’s Art Show, will take place in various locations around Loveland. This event is your opportunity to see more the 50 painters from across Colorado at work in downtown Loveland, at Sweetheart City Wines and beyond. See a list of locations here. The festival is followed by an auction held at the Rialto Theater.  

Governor's Art Show & Sale Plein Air Festival

While exhibit admission to the Governor’s Art Show is just $5, there is free admission to the show during Loveland’s second Friday art walk, Night on the Town, Friday, March 12, 6 to 9 p.m. and the last day of the show, May 28.

If you go to one art show this year, this should be it. At just $5, you’ve got no excuse not to visit.

Governor’s Art Show & Sale

GovernorArtShow.org

GALA – April 28, 2017

Purchase Gala tickets here

SHOW – April 29 to May 28, 2017

Admission $5 (tickets available at the door)

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Loveland Museum Gallery

(show hours are museum gallery hours)

503 N. Lincoln Avenue

Loveland, CO 80537

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The Governor’s Art Show is presented by Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs, directed by Pam Osborn and endorsed by the Governor of Colorado. It requires year-round planning, a budget exceeding $100k and many hours of volunteerism. All proceeds will benefit Rotary-sponsored charitable projects and causes, including scholarships for local art students.

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A Staycation at Hilton Denver Inverness in the Denver Tech Center

Why would one staycation at the Denver Tech Center? Hilton Denver Inverness, that’s why. This resort hotel has everything you need for the perfect getaway and you’ll never need to leave the building unless of course, you want to golf their pristine, 18-hole park-like course.

A staycation at the Hilton Denver Inverness in the Denver Tech Center. Golf Course shot

Photo courtesy of Hilton Denver Inverness

This is part two of my three-part series on great staycation resort hotels around Colorado’s Front Range, and Hilton Denver Inverness, formerly The Inverness, is indeed a truly great staycation spot south of Denver.

Hilton Denver Inverness is undergoing a multi-phase remodel and the new contemporary look and feel of the place suit my tastes perfectly. It also suits the architecture of the hotel which was built by a Scandinavian hotel company in 1989. Continue reading

Beer, Bourbon & Fat Bikes in Breckenridge, Colorado

I love riding bikes. I know this because at the end of a ride my teeth are covered in bugs and grit from smiling widely during my outing, but that’s okay – totally worth it. Riding a bike is one of the last things that genuinely makes me feel like a kid again.

Beer, Bourbon & Fat Bikes in Breckenridge, Colorado. HeidiTown (2)

This past weekend, I got to experience the best of both worlds during a fat bike tour with Ridden – I rode a bike that made me feel ten again and I took full advantage of being an adult because our bike ride destination was Breckenridge Distillery and Broken Compass Brewery.

We met up with our tour guide, Ashley Mahs at Ridden, a cool downtown sports shop selling new and used gear and providing rentals. Ridden started offering guided fat bike tours this winter, and participants get to ride brand new Borealis fat bikes that are made in Colorado Springs. Continue reading

Six Reasons to Visit Steamboat Springs this Summer

Most of you don’t need a reason to visit Steamboat Springs, Colorado, but I’m going to give you six great reasons to visit anyway because you never know what new things you may discover. I thought I knew this town well, but last summer .

  1. Yampa River Botanic Park

We’d been visiting Steamboat Springs for more than a decade before stumbling across this fantastic park last summer during a bike ride.

Six Reasons to Visit Steamboat Springs, Yampa River Botanic Park, HeidiTown.com

Yampa River Botanic Park

Located alongside the Yampa River Core, #5 on this list, this park is a true hidden gem. I did not inherit my mother’s gardening gene, so the fact that the gardeners can make stuff grow at 6,880 feet above sea level, is sort of like magic to me.

The gardens here are absolutely stunning and feature meandering stone paths, ponds and waterfalls and colorful perennials.

The peaceful space is used for yoga classes, weddings, theater and is also home to Music on the Green each summer. The park is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk May 1 through October 31.

  1. Taco Cabo

Located on the west side of downtown, Taco Cabo has become a must-stop for us when we visit Steamboat Springs. Continue reading

Viking Helmets Never Had Horns & Other Things You’ll Learn at the New Vikings Exhibit in Denver

So you think you know about the Vikings, but did you know that the word “viking” isn’t a noun? That’s right, it’s actually a verb. You’ll learn tidbits like this and a lot more at the new Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Viking Helmets Never Had Horns & Other Things You'll Learn at the New Vikings Exhibit in Denver, HeidiTown.com 1

This guy appears to have lost his entire crew. Photo: HeidiTown.com

My husband was ecstatic about this exhibit because he’s a history nerd and loves anything to do with Vikings, Barbarians, Romans, etc. If they carried swords, he’s into it. So we set up a tour of the new exhibit with curator Steve Nash. When you’d visit, I’d encourage you to pick up the audio guide before going through this exhibit. This is akin to a tour with a curator.

I’m not going to tell you all the things we learned while going through this exhibit, because I need to leave a few mysteries for you to discover for yourself. However, one fascinating tidbit is the meaning of the word “viking.” While it’s frequently used to define a group of people as in, “the Vikings.” In actuality, the people we call Vikings would “go on a viking.” It’s a verb used to describe the act of going on a journey (most likely a raid). Continue reading

Staycation at Omni Interlocken, Broomfield, Colorado

Want to get away, but don’t have a lot of extra money or extra time? There are a few hotels located on Colorado’s Front Range that will give you a resort experience close to home.

Whether you plan to take the kids along, want a romantic weekend with your sweetheart or are looking for a place to party with the girlfriends, these hotels have got your covered.

Staycation at Omni Interlocken, Broomfield, Colorado, pool overview

Photo courtesy of the Omni Interlocken

Over the next month or so, I’m going to share with you some of the Front Range’s best staycation hotels starting with the Omni Interlocken in Broomfield, Colorado.

The Omni is an expansive resort property that features a spa, multiple swimming pools, kids club and semi-private champion 27-hole golf course that can’t be topped when it comes to views. In fact, the course offers up such spectacular scenes of the Flatirons and the Rocky Mountains that couples occasionally book a wedding on the course. Continue reading

14 Years of Anniversary Road Trips | 5 States, 2 Countries

Five years before I started HeidiTown, Ryan and I got married in in Golden, Colorado in May 2002. After honeymooning in England, we made a pact to spend each anniversary in a different state. That lasted a number of years until HeidiTown was in full swing and we were traveling nearly exclusively in Colorado.

14 Anniversary Trips. Arches National Park, Moab, Utah. HeidiTown.com

Corona Arch in Moab, Utah.

Now that HeidiTown has annexed six new states, I’m excited to start exploring the states surrounding Colorado again once again.

Since we’ve been taking a road trip on every anniversary for the last 14 years, I thought I’d share with you the 14 places we’ve visited in nearly 15 years of marriage.

On our first anniversary in 2003, we traveled to a small bed and breakfast at the foot of the Snowy Range near Centennial, Wyoming. We hiked on their expansive alpaca ranch, soaked in the hot tub and went on a horseback ride at a nearby ranch.

Unfortunately that bed and breakfast no longers exists, but this anniversary was a true getaway and one reason I think we both still associate trips to Wyoming with serenity.

In 2004, on our second anniversary, we went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a city we both love and had previously visited. In fact, we visited Santa Fe a number of times before HeidiTown was established. Continue reading

The Wild Game Longmont, Not Just for Kids

One of the perks of being in my line of work is that occasionally I am invited to check out a new place. I don’t always accept these invites, but when The Wild Game in Longmont asked if I’d be willing to check them out on the house, I knew Ryan would be disappointed if I turned them down – the guy loves games.

The Wild Game Longmont, not just for kids. bocce ball. HeidiTown.com

The second The Wild Game opened recently in Longmont on Ken Pratt Boulevard. The first is located in Evergreen, Colorado.

While we enjoy entertainment centers such as this one, they are often filled with children and there’s no place for adults to escape. After munching on awesome happy hour pretzels at The Wild Game’s downstairs bar, we headed to The Loft, the 21 and older second-floor bar. We sipped beer and I crushed Ryan at shuffleboard. The Loft also features pool, darts and a patio for sunset watching. Continue reading

Don’t Be a Hangry Travel Buddy: Tried & True Road Trip Rules To Live By

I am, without a doubt, the Road Trip Queen. I put tens of thousands of miles on my car every year checking out festivals and exploring new destinations, and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way.

Road Trip Planning 101. San Luis Valley, HeidiTown.com

Hwy 285 near Villa Grove, Colorado in the San Luis Valley.

With spring a few days away, and summer just around the corner, here are some tried and trued ways to make your next road trip the best experience possible.

Check Your Fluids

My first piece of advice is boring, but important. Before heading out on the highway, make sure your car is in good working order. Make sure the tires have the correct pressure and the oil isn’t overdue for a change. Also, check to make sure that your window washer fluid is full. Take it from me, you don’t want to be stuck on a slushy pass without it.

Don’t be Hangry

Pack snacks and water or plan to make pit stops for food along the way. There’s a gas station in Walden, Colorado with free popcorn and I hear there’s a gas station in Fairplay, Colorado with great hot dogs. Continue reading

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