May 2015


What happens when you combine chili, beer and bands in one of the most beautiful places on earth? I believe it’s called magic, but I’m going to find out for myself this June. Snowmass Mammoth Festival is three days of fun for everyone on June 12-14, 2015. The event kicks off with “Free Friday” on June 12. Bring the kids and bring your appetite to the festival’s “Chili Showcase Day”

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, mayor of HeidiTown touring the Bachelor-Syracuse Mine in Ouray, Colorado as part of HeidiTown Fest. Photo by Ryan Schlaefer

The fog was rolling through the minty green aspen trees as we bumped up the road towards the Bachelor-Syracuse Mine above Ouray. It was the day after HeidiTown Fest and folks would be returning home, but first, a handful of festival goers were going to embark on one of Colorado’s most unique experiences, an outside, camp-style breakfast followed by a tour of a historic mine. The Bachelor-Syracuse Mine on Gold

Colorado Medieval Festival LOGO

Calling all Lords & Ladies, Hear ye, hear ye! The Colorado Medieval Festival is back and better than ever. Presented by The Savage Woods, the event will be held under the trees in west Loveland, Colorado. The minstrels will sing, the bees will buzz happily around the mead and beer and the sound of sword play will echo throughout the Northern Colorado’s forests and glades. Merriment will be had by

Ray Martinez, conductor of the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. HeidiTown, photo by Alanna Brake

Part One: The train Do you like trains? Do you like history? Do you like beautiful scenery? Do you like the movies? If you answered yes to any of these you’ll enjoy the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you love this scenic railroad. The Cumbres & Toltec really is the most authentic scenic railroad you’ll find in the United


One of Northern Colorado’s best – if not the best –  beer festival is just around the corner. Front Range Rally is in its third year and it just keeps getting better. This craft beer and food truck rally is held as a benefit for the Food Bank for Larimer County, so you can be happy in the knowledge that you are drinking and eating for a good cause. What

Sailing on Boyd Lake, Colorado.

For folks living in Colorado, it is vital to have a parks pass. After all, there are 42 state parks to explore and whether you boat, fish, horseback ride, ATV, camp or just like to day hike, you’ll need a Colorado parks pass in order to access all this fun. A trip to a state park doesn’t have to be a big ordeal, in fact, parks such as Boyd Lake

Second Chance Humane Society logo

This month’s recipient of HeidiTown Gives Back is Second Chance Humane Society in Ridgway, Colorado, just next door to Ouray. In fact, Second Chance not only serves Ouray and Ridgway, but the tri-county area of Ouray County, San Miguel County and Montrose County. I started the HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign in January 2012. Each month, a Colorado nonprofit of my choosing gets a free ad space here on and

HeidiTown FEst 2015 logo

It’s that time, time to featured HeidiTown Fest here on the blog.  I hope that you’ve already heard about this brand new festival that I’m hosting in Ouray, Colorado over Memorial Day weekend. I’ve been thinking about throwing a HeidiTown Fest for a couple years, and I finally took the plunge. I’m both scared and excited about this year’s festival because first year events are always a bit stressful for

This is a chicken standing on a goat at the Mountain Goat Lodge.

What’s better than staying at a lovely Colorado bed and breakfast? Staying at a lovely Colorado bed and breakfast that’s also a goat farm and you can do just that at the Mountain Goat Lodge in Salida. Despite a late spring snowstorm that threatened to thwart our plans, my friend Kerri and I arrived at the Mountain Goat Lodge much later than we expected on a Sunday evening. We first

Colorado Rockies.

Last week I was invited to Snowbank Brewing in Fort Collins to check out a Gociety get together. When I looked into Gociety I thought my readers may be interested, after all, citizens of HeidiTown are festival goers and adventure seekers. What is Gociety? Gociety is a social media platform for active people; people who may be looking for trip reports or something more. Perhaps they are seeking friendship or