Top 10 highlights of 2014, from the Mayor of HeidiTown, Colorado

It’s been another amazing year here at HeidiTown. My job as the Mayor of HeidiTown, and as a freelance writer, has taken me on many Colorado adventures, and it’s been my pleasure to share them with you here and on social media. I hope that through my posts, tweets and photographs you were inspired to get out and explore more of Colorado in 2014. We met some truly amazing people

City Star Brewing swag

In general, I’m a planner, but every year Christmas sneaks up on me and I’m always floundering to find the perfect gift at the last moment. I know that you enjoy buying Colorado-related gifts, because we live in the most awesome state in the union, and keeping it local is what we’re all about around here. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Colorado things that would

Denver Christkindl Market Heidi selling schnapps under the holiday tent.

I visited downtown Denver during the holidays for the first time 14 years ago.  I  had just moved to Littleton from Washington State with my then boyfriend, now husband, who had grown up in Colorado. We visited Larimer Street, and with its canopy of lights and dressed up storefronts I fell in love with Denver during the Christmas season. We have made it a tradition to do at least one

Breckenridge, Colorado decorated for the holidays. HeidiTown.com

Breckenridge, is one of the Colorado ski towns with which I am most familiar, and it’s a personal favorite. It is a unique ski town because the ski area and the town blend together making it easy for skiers and non-skiers to enjoy the offerings of downtown Breck. Breckenridge Arts While in town, visit the Breckenridge Arts District (see map of all locations here). Be sure to stop by the

Pit bull puppy from Coloradogs on Facebook

Before I introduce you to this month’s recipient of HeidiTown Gives Back, I want tell you a story. When I was a little girl we lived in a rural area of southern Oregon. Our house and our neighbor’s house were the only homes on a quiet, dead end street. My little brother and I spent our days exploring the nearby sand dunes (probably a sand pit) and playing in our

Denver Christkindl Market at night

The Denver Christkindl Market is underway at Skyline Park in downtown Denver and this lively European style Christmas market has become a tradition in our house and something we eagerly look forward to every holiday season. Why do we love it? Truly Unique Shopping Tired of strolling the mall for the perfect gift? The Christkindl Market has vendors selling goods that you won’t find anywhere else. I’m not much of

Ice rink Vail Village. HeidiTown.com

As some of you know, I have retired from skiing. My career was short and not very sweet. I learned as an adult and despite having amazing instructors at several Colorado resorts, I could never learn to get off the chairlift without falling. This little chairlift problem kept me up at night for weeks before I had a scheduled ski trip. I wanted to love the sport of skiing –

close up of wildflowers on trail ridge road, rocky mountain national park, colorado. HeidiTown.com

As I was thinking about my Thanksgiving post, I realized that I had some sparks of insight during this past year that made me grateful for some of the amazing things about Colorado that I’d been taking for granted. And I thought that this was the perfect time to come clean and reveal some of those things that hadn’t properly excited me until this year. Rocky Mountain National Park I

Featured Festival: Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival in Ouray

There are few things I love more than wine, chocolate and cheese and I am not alone. That’s why you should get yourself to Ouray, Colorado for this annual December affair. The event was founded by Faith Parry who has a passion for Colorado-owned businesses. She, along with Jennifer Loshaw, saw Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival as a way to support small Colorado wine and food businesses as well as