The Heidi Guide on MountainLiving.com

I have been remiss in telling you about a development that took place late this summer. As of August, I’m the new Western Destinations Blogger for Mountain Living Magazine’s online site. The title of my blog is The Heidi Guide. Mountain Living is the magazine for mountain living, homes, design, furniture, travel, architecture and more. In The Heidi Guide I have the opportunity to explore the mountains of Colorado and

baby elk at The Rustic Acre in Estes Park, Colorado, for adult getaways too. HeidiTown.com

Estes Park, Colorado has long been touted as a great place for families – and it is, but it’s also a great place for couples looking for a romantic escape or just a fun, adult-oriented weekend. Ryan and I first visited Estes Park in the late 1990s, a year before we moved to Colorado. We spent a romantic, wintry weekend soaking in our lodge’s hot tub while snowflakes fell gently

Best Pizza I ever ate in Colorado. Poppy's Pizza & Grill, Rocky Mountain Pizza. HeidiTown.com

Nothing gets people more excited than soliciting their opinions about where to find the best pizza. I asked the question on Twitter and got five immediate responses. Responses were still trickling in a day later. The fact is that we all have very different opinions about what makes a great pizza and I think a lot of this depends on the region where we grew up. With that in mind,

Denver skyline from the Holiday Inn in Stapleton. HeidiTown (1)

Note from the Mayor: I rarely participate in sponsored posts, but when Holiday Inn hotels approached me, I said yes. I really like the Holiday Inn brand and feel that it is a good fit for HeidiTown citizens, so without further ado, the following post has been sponsored. I was set to cover Country Beer Fest (formerly Epic Beer Fest) in Denver on the same Saturday as my friend Zea’s

Holiday happenings in the Mile High City HeidiTown.com Holiday Extravaganza at Denver Botanic Gardens

I’m a small town girl at heart, but I love visiting cities during Christmastime and Denver is a great Christmas city. A stroll through downtown Denver during November and December is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. In addition to the lights and horse and carriage rides, Denver has two wonderful Christmas traditions; the Denver Christkindl Market and the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park. It’s easy to

Good road trip books The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve written about books here on HeidiTown, which is odd because I read a lot of books… but perhaps I should rephrase that – I listen to a lot of books. Ryan and I are both Audible addicts. I listen when I’m exercising and of course, I listen any time I’m in my car. It’s especially fun to listen on road trips because

Fox Theater in Montrose, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

One of the best parts of my job as the Mayor of HeidiTown is visiting a town that I’ve never stayed in before. So I was overjoyed when the folks in Montrose contacted me and asked if I’d like to cover their Oktoberfest. Ryan and I arrived to town on a late Friday afternoon and after checking into the Hampton Inn we headed downtown. While the population of Montrose is

Black Canyon Gunnison, HeidiTown.com

Have you ever visited a place where the birds don’t soar above you, but below? Welcome to Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We have driven by this National Park many times and once we stopped briefly on the north end to peer into the abyss. However, we’d never had the time to go into the park. When I booked our trip to Montrose to cover Oktoberfest, I

Fall Back Beer Festival LOGO

Have you ever wondered what craft beer pairs best with candy corn? You can find out this Halloween at Fall Back Beer Fest in Estes Park, Colorado. The event falls on All Hallows’ Eve this year and therefore a Halloween candy/beer pairing is on the festival agenda. We attended Fall Back Beer Fest last year and we had a blast. In fact, it was one of two truly stand-out beer

A fall visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens. HeidiTown (3)

Despite the fact that it’s October, lots of things are still blooming at the Denver Botanic Gardens. My husband took me there on Saturday, October 10 as part of my Denver birthday celebration. It was glorious. I have never spent a Colorado birthday walking around in flip flops snapping photos of flowers and butterflies. It’s usually cold and threatening snow. Fall is an excellent time to visit the garden, because