2022

Light up the Holidays Green Chile & Hockey in Loveland, Colorado. HeidiTown (header)

Most longtime citizens of HeidiTown know that I live in Loveland, Colorado. We moved here in 2003 from Denver, and have seen the area undergo a lot of changes. One of the best things that has happened to this region’s holiday season is Loveland Wonder Winterlights. This extravaganza makes this city one of the finest when it comes to holiday happenings, and worth a visit to Loveland. Located at Chapungu

Wyoming Wind, Whiskey & a Birthday to Remember in Saratoga. Featured Photo

When I was growing up, in the Pacific Northwest, Wyoming meant Yellowstone. We spent several summers at this iconic National Park with its geysers and buffalo. However, as an adult, I realized that there was much more to the Cowboy State than just Old Faithful. Years ago, long before the creation of HeidiTown, we visited Saratoga Hot Springs Resort in Saratoga, Wyoming. I’m not sure how it came to our

The Best Block in Colorado, Maybe the World. HeidiTown (8)

There is a block in Pueblo, Colorado, where I could live in the broom closet and be perfectly happy. I am talking about the block on North Main Street between West 3rd Street and the alley to the south.  Here, there are three shops under one roof that satisfy all my needs — coffee, a bar, music and books. All my needs are met in one block. We visited here

15 Years of HeidiTown (1)

Life before 2020 is still a little blurry, but thanks to Linkedin anniversary reminders, I know that HeidiTown turned 15 this month. A lot has changed in 15 years. The face of travel and the festival industry has transformed significantly, especially over the last couple of years. I’ve witnessed a lot, and while Colorado has been on a continual upswing when it comes to festivals and travel, a World Wide

Featured Photo Colorado Uncorked preview on HeidiTown.com

Want to taste the best of the best Colorado wine? Get tickets to Colorado Uncorked at History Colorado on November 4, 2022. I got a sneak peek (or should I write, “sneak taste”) of the Colorado wines that were chosen to be in this collection of 12 wines. An esteemed 19-person panel made up of sommeliers, chefs, writers and wine experts from across the country picked these wines from 270

Why Pueblo, Colorado Beer & Steak. HeidiTown (6)

Here’s the truth. When we tell people we’re going to Pueblo, there is often a short look of confusion followed by the word why. That’s changing, especially among my friends who’ve been listening to me champion Pueblo for the past several years. Pueblo isn’t fancy and doesn’t end up on “best of” lists in trendy travel magazines. However, it is a town full of gems and, to use a cliche,

Downtown Beer Week, HeidiTown (101)

NOTE: This post will continually be updated as more Downtown Beer Week information is revealed. Keep checking in! Beer isn’t just a drink—it means a lot more to many of us—playing a big part in the story of our lives. For instance, during my college days, in the late 1990s, a lot of hours were spent with friends at Boundary Bay Brewing in Bellingham, Washington. As brewery lovers, Ryan and

Featured Festival Barbarian Feast 2022, There Will be Meat, HeidiTown.com, Photo by Jonathan Castner (4)

October 10, 2022: Tickets for the feast are officially SOLD OUT. It is time—time to eat with your hands and a knife, dress in furs and embrace your inner barbarian. Since 2017, the Barbarian Feast, a beer dinner like no other, is a hot ticket, selling out each year. I am married to the man (Ryan Schlaefer) who thought up the Barbarian Feast. It had been in his mind for

Featured Festival Loveland Oktoberfest 2022 HeidiTown (100)

It’s Loveland Oktoberfest at Fairgrounds Park, a time to celebrate the end of summer with good friends, a few pints and a little polka. September 16-17 Friday (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) & Saturday (12 p.m. to 10 p.m.)  Fairgrounds Park 700 S Railroad Avenue, Loveland, Colorado FREE EVENT OktoberfestLoveland.org Loveland Oktoberfest on Facebook Each year, this event gets a little better, and this September is no exception. Loveland is

Puppy Mill Awareness Day Logo 2 2022

If you’ve been a citizen of HeidiTown for any length of time, you know that I love dogs. There is something about a dog that brings out the best in me, in fact, all animals have a positive effect on me, but especially dogs.  I believe that we have a responsibility to ensure the best life for dogs. However, the mass breeding industry that produces puppies at a startling rate