November 2012

Featured Festival: Gold Camp Christmas in Cripple Creek & Victor, Colorado

The holidays come alive in Cripple Creek and Victor on December 6-9, 2012, during Gold Camp Christmas. One hundred years ago, thousands of people converged on this area of Colorado in search of fortune in the form of gold. The area is rich in mining history and today visitors can explore mines or visit a number of museums that tell the wild story of Cripple Creek’s lively past. Today, people

hunters moon mou co and crabtree beer

In the weeks leading up to Christmas I always put out a top 5 list of some sort, and this year I decided to share with you my picks for the top 5 made in Colorado gifts for 2012. The prerequisite for making my list was that the product made by each company had to be manufactured IN Colorado. This list is in no particular order. 1. MouCo Cheese Co.

brown palace coffee & tea co.

Some people love the holidays, but there are many of us who find the season a bit stressful. Family obligations, travel and high expectations can make an otherwise merry time of year downright  excruciating. There’s no way to avoid the holidays, but you can find ways to make them a little less hectic. In this week’s segment on KRFC 88.9 FM, I outline some activities that will slow you down

me & xena in the snow

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and that means means people are driving, flying, cooking and visiting and most likely two or three of you will actually read this post today. So I’ve put off writing about the Colorado Railroad Museum, and instead I’m going to write a kitschy Thanksgiving post. I am going to share with you a few random things I’m really thankful for starting with books on tape.

First 14er Mt. Democrat

This Thursday is Thanksgiving,  so of course, on this week’s radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM, I’m sharing with listeners the things I’m most thankful for, and of course, I’ve added a Colorado twist. I’m also sharing with my radio listeners some of the exciting changes that are happening around HeidiTown, and that includes more emphasis on Colorado travel. Listen to the show HERE. Happy Thanksgiving, citizens!    

Dave & Busters sign

Birthdays are a big deal in our house and the milestone birthdays are an even bigger deal. A birthday usually involves a weekend away, but since my husband, Ryan, was turning 40 this month I asked whether he preferred a party. He informed me that he wanted a party, but “didn’t want to just meet up for beers with friends like we do all the time.” So I had to

HeidiTown on the Radio - Getting ready for a Colorado Christmas

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are almost upon us, and while you may have been ignoring this fact, many have not. Last December’s post entitled “Top 5 Colorado Christmas Towns” has been trending here for nearly two months already. Apparently, many people are planning a Colorado Christmas this year. I hope that this week’s segment on KRFC 88.9 FM will help you get in the spirit. I’ve found

denver city & county building holiday lights

As much as I love small towns, during the holidays I love taking a trip to the big city. One of my fondest Christmas memories is walking under the canopy of lights on Larimer in downtown Denver. We were checking out all the window decorations and that year they were all ski scenes. Some were very elaborate with skiers moving up and down paper mache mountains and ice skaters twirling

Veterans Day Loveland lamp post

Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11, 2012. This post is a day late because on the first Monday of the month I always reveal the recipient of the HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign. This week’s segment on KRFC 88.9 FM is dedicated entirely to all the veterans who have served our country with honor. This week’s radio show includes the different ways you can honor our Colorado veterans this weekend from

brother and sister puppies at Denkai

Each month I introduce my readers to a nonprofit of my choice and that organization receives free ad space on HeidiTown, plus Facebook posts and tweets about the nonprofit for the entire month. November’s recipient of the HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign is Denkai Animal Sanctuary  with locations in Greeley and Grover, Colorado. If you’ve been reading HeidiTown for any length of time, you know that I’m an animal-person. Years ago,