2020

Day Trip from Snow Mountain Ranch in Grand County, Colorado. HeidiTown (5)

We’ve been to Snow Mountain Ranch a handful of times and during various seasons. We’ve eaten in the cafeteria and done quite a few of the activities offered. This time, we decided to use our cabin as a place to stay while we explored Grand County. Grand County is downright beautiful. It is home to what I like to think of as “old Colorado.” Time is a bit slower and

Vail, Colorado is Open for Business The Dining Scene. HeidiTown (3)

We visited Vail last weekend and I plan to write about what we did there, but first and foremost you should 1) know that it is open and 2) know that restaurants are open. Let’s face it, I go to Vail to eat all the things. Seriously. We stayed in a one-bedroom, pet-friendly, condo at Antlers at Vail. Fritzi got to go, making this her second trip to Vail and

Why to Bring the Dog to Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado. HeidiTown (1)

This YMCA property, Snow Mountain Ranch, holds a special place in our hearts. Not only is it truly beautiful, our dog Xena was there twice. She loved staying at Yurt Village and the cabin life suited her well. In fact, she was the quintessential Colorado mountain dog that spent her earlier years camping and hiking, so this place was luxurious. We lost her two years ago and this time around,

HeidiTown Loves Craft Beer & Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Breweries are part of the fabric of Colorado. They have played a big part here for many years. However, I have been heading to breweries since my college days in the late 1990s. I spent a lot of Fridays at Boundry Bay Brewery in Bellingham (don’t tell my mom). For more than 20 years, breweries have had a major role in my life and when I became the Mayor of

Loveland Drive-In food truck food HeidiTown.com

When I first heard about the pop-up movie theater in Loveland, I was skeptical. It seemed like it was only for families and I am not a mommy blogger. I don’t even have children (well, not the human variety). However, when I saw the movie lineup for the first weekend, I thought this might not be too bad. I was still wrong—it was great! Loveland is 45 minutes north of

Road Trips are not New 7 Reasons to Take One 3, HeidiTown.com

Road trips have been around since the first accessible car arrived on the scene in 1908. Since then, Americans have loved the open road. I know my family did. We road tripped everywhere: on vacation, to see the grandparents, to go camping.  You will read a lot about road trips this summer. It will be as though car trips have just been discovered and if you’re my age, you will

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For many years, people thought the Mayor (that’s me) lived in the mountains. Breckenridge and Durango were cited most often. A few HeidiTown citizens thought I was from Ouray. Now, 12 years later, the cat’s out of the bag. I am from Loveland. I moved here 17 years ago from Denver. While I have watched changes and a lot of growth in Loveland, a few things remain the same. My

The Mayor Gets Real About Quarantine, Festivals & Travel, HeidiTown.com 1

I try to create the illusion of being happy-go-lucky, but the truth is, I am a little pessimistic. That being said, this hasn’t been an easy quarantine/safe-at-home/safer-at-home/prison or whatever we are calling it these days. My life had already changed drastically due to intense migraines and now I am not traveling anywhere, not even to the local bar. Let’s just say that I haven’t been a super happy camper (just

R is for Road Trip. Sangre Cristos in the San Luis Valley. HeidiTown.com

When we reach the other side of this pandemic, and we will, what will we do? I think people are going to want to move around, but they won’t be lining up at the airport. I predict this will be the summer of the road trip, and this is something I know a lot about. Road trips harken back to my childhood when we buzzed around the West Coast, hitting