July 2015

Top of the Rockies Ziplines. Photos by Lauren Lunder, Photography with Altitude. HeidiTown.com (4)

I have a serious fear of heights; a knee shaking, nausea-inducing fear. I once nearly hiked seven miles in order to avoid having to descend the shale rock face of a 14er that I’d just climbed. I sat at the top for 30 minutes crying like a baby until my husband helped me down, step by terrifying step. So why do I make myself do stuff like ice climbing and

Buddy, the barn cat at Latigo Ranch in Kremmling, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

As we turned off of US 40 towards Lagito Ranch, civilization began to melt away. As we drove higher the trees thickened and fields of columbines turned their purple and white heads towards us. We had the sense that we going to a very place special and we were right. As we pulled into Latigo, a Colorado dude ranch, a bell was ringing, an honest-to-goodness dinner bell that clanged merrily

Art in the Park poster logo 2015

Loveland, Colorado has long been known as an art town. In fact, it was listed as #8 in the book, “100 Small Best Art Towns in American,” and author, John Villani, says that a visit to Loveland inspired him to write the book. Sculptures line the downtown streets and galleries polka dot the landscape of the city. While it was a mecca for sculptors in the seventies, today, artists of

Steamboat All Arts Festival 2013 (60)

Watching the Tour de France always puts me in the mood for bike racing, and while watching the Tour, I realized that I haven’t written about the USA Pro Challenge since 2012, so I think it’s high time I wrote another post. The inaugural USA Pro Challenge was in 2011, and since then the race has become the largest spectator event in Colorado. New additions to the this year’s race

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. Which Colorado hot spring is right for you. HeidiTown.com

I field more Colorado travel questions about hot springs than any other topic. I get all sorts of questions such as which hot spring is the closest to the Front Range (Indian Hot Springs), which is the most the most family friendly and which would be perfect for a romantic getaway. It’s ironic because I didn’t even know that Colorado had any hot springs before I moved here in 2000.

Six reasons to love Latigo Ranch. HeidiTown.com

We spent three nights at Latigo Ranch outside of Kremmling, Colorado this past June, and we fell madly in love with the place. Here are six reasons to love Latigo Ranch. 1. Horse smell I love the smell of horses. I didn’t grow up with horses, but I grew up around horses. In my area of the country, it seemed like everyone owned one except for me. It’s weird to

Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railroad, Charmed by Chama, Gandy Dancer Inn. Photo by Lucky Brake Photography

Why am I writing about New Mexico, you ask? This is the third installment in a three-part series I have written about my experience on the Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railroad, a train that runs on 64 miles of track between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico. My photographer friend, Alanna Brake, and I boarded in Antonito and rode to Chama (read about our train ride experience here). By the time

Hops & Harley, a fundraiser for National Mill Dog Rescue, #NOPuppyMills

This is the third time that National Mill Dog Rescue has been a recipient of HeidiTown Gives Back  and that’s because every July there’s an NMDR fundraiser held in Berthoud, Colorado that I help out with. Therefore, I choose to give NMDR the July “Gives Back” ad space so that I can also give some love to Hops & Harley. As a NMDR benefit, 100% of the proceeds of Hops

Colorado Brewers Rendezvous 2015 poster

Colorado high country beer festivals Two weeks ago I wrote a post entitled, “Colorado wine festivals not to miss,” so I decided I’d better follow that up with some love for craft beer. During the summer there are two to four beer festivals happening every weekend here in Colorado and I can’t list them all, therefore, I am going to highlight the ones I am most looking forward to this