July 2014

Prickly poppies in Northeast Colorado, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer. HeidiTown.com 1

I haven’t spent a great deal of time in Eastern Colorado, but after an early summer trip to Fort Morgan, I will remedy that situation. The towns scattered across the Easter Plains may be small, but they are bursting with Americana and good old fashion charm. We spent just one night in Fort Morgan; we were in town for Glenn Miller SwingFest, a celebration of the town’s most famous son.

The view from the TV Mania Hyper Suite on the 14th Floor of The Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

I haven’t been to hundreds of cities, but I’ve visited enough to know that Denver is my favorite. The city has a laid back vibe; not chill like our Colorado mountain towns, but it’s not uptight or pretentious. I don’t have to worry about my un-manicured nails or that my handbag doesn’t entirely match my outfit. We don’t put on airs in Colorado, and that goes for our capital city

CometoLife Colorado gift pack

CONTEST NOW CLOSED. Did you hear about the #COmetoLife social media campaign early this month? Visit Colorado gave away a bunch of gift packs and then they gave away a trip to Colorado. If you weren’t a winner do not despair, Visit Colorado provided me with a pack to give away to one of my HeidiTown citizens. As a thank you, you should go like Visit Colorado on Facebook. You

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival

There’s something about wine and jazz  – they seem to be a natural fit. Perhaps it’s all the notes; flavor notes and C notes. Okay, so that’s just silly, but these two wonderful things really do pair very nicely. I was first introduced to the wine and jazz combo at Copper Mountain back in 2012, and since then I’ve had my eye out for other wine and jazz festivals that

The view from Trail Ridge Road in early July. Rocky Mountain National Park. HeidiTown.com

I’ve lived in Colorado for 14 years and this was my first trip over Trail Ridge Road. It wasn’t for lack of trying. We’d twice planned to drive the road on my birthday, only to be thwarted by snow closures. It turns out the famous road tends to close for the season either on my birthday, October 10, or a day before. Thankfully, we were invited to a wedding in

Colorado Dinner Theater: Peter Pan flies into Candlelight

For six years, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown has been the place for top-notch dinner theater in Northern Colorado. I enjoy the venue because inside this expansive and luxurious space I am transported to another place and time. Sometimes I’m transported to Bangkok (The King & I) or a steam liner (Anything Goes) or the mighty Mississippi (Big River, the Adventure of Huck Finn). In their newest production, the audience

Trivia at City Star Brewing - HeidiTown.com

When writing about breweries, writers often concentrate on the beers, and while that’s an important topic, sometimes the broader experience is worth writing about. In my travels around Colorado, I get the opportunity to visit a lot of breweries, and there are certain moments that stand out, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you. Winning Trivia Night (twice) at City Star Brewing, Berthoud, Colorado I freelance

HeidiTown Gives Back: People with Compassion for Pets

This July, the recipient of the HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign (free ad space and blog post) is People with Compassion for Pets, my giving circle. Giving circles are groups of individuals who pool their funds in order to give a larger amount to a charity. As part of Change Gangs, our group is rather unique. Here’s how it works. Each month we each donate $25. It’s automatically deducted from my