February

13thanniversary snow goose festival pic

A preview of the High Plains Snow Goose Festival,  Feb. 20-22, 2015. This weekend I’m heading to Southeast Colorado for the first time. Why am I heading into the vast and desolate plains you ask? Well, for one thing, this area isn’t desolate – far from it. While the human population may be small, the bird population in Southeast Colorado is large. During this time of year about 30,000 snow

Top 10 places to steal a kiss on Valentine’s Day in Colorado. Dramatic Focal Point Photography

Ryan and I travel all over the state, thanks to my job as Mayor of HeidiTown, and we’ve discovered some of the best places to steal a kiss on Valentine’s Day, or any other day, in Colorado. 1. On the gondola in Telluride, Colorado. If you and your sweetie find yourselves all alone on the gondola, which happens frequently, the 15 trip between Mountain Village and the Town of Telluride

My Big Date, a Valentine's experience in Loveland, Colorado

Valentine’s Day is two weeks away and I’ve got the perfect outing for you and your honey – especially if you like beer and food. Valentine’s Day in Loveland, My Big Date, lets participants experience Loveland, Colorado’s coffee, brewery, distillery and foodie scene. The Brewery & Spirits Tour package sold out quickly, and there are only seats left on our Brunch & Brew Tour. I am one of your My

A fire performer at Telluride Fire Festival. Loveland Fire & Ice, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

The “Sweetheart City” is whooping it up this Valentine’s Day weekend with a brand new festival. Loveland Fire & Ice Festival is an extravaganza of lights, fire, ice and snow that will surely warm up your February. For a handful of years, Loveland has hosted a sanctioned snow sculpting event; the winning team goes on to represent Colorado at the US National Snow Sculpting Competition. That sculpture competition is now

Featured Festival: Loveland Snow Sculpture in the Dark, 2014

I’ve been attending and writing about Snow Sculpture in the Dark since it’s conception in 2010. A grassroots event, it has grown into a sanction snow sculpting competition where the winners go on to represent the State of Colorado at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships. It’s a pretty darn big deal, and the artists who participate take it very seriously. Loveland Snow Sculpture in the Dark This is as

Grand Park Dog Days of Winter 2013 poster

  I’ve been a fan of dog sled racing since I was just a little girl. Growing up in the far northern reaches of Washington State – let’s face it, it was practically Canada – there were quite a few Alaska connections around my community. This meant that throughout my childhood I had roundabout connections to the Iditerod, and therefore I never missed the race on television. Since moving to

Fire Dept Bed Sled Grand Lake Winter Carnival

Next weekend, we’ll be heading down the rabbit’s hole and it will lead us to the Grand Lake Winter Carnival. I love small town festivals. There’s just something so real and so special about a town coming together to enjoy the company of friends, new and old. And while I love the big Colorado ski towns, sometimes it’s nice to get away from the glitz of a resort and simply

beautiful cake made in Colorado HeidiTown

Want to experience an authentic Colorado Valentine’s Day? Here are my tips for infusing a little Rocky Mountain high into your relationship this February. STAY Colorado offers everything from well-appointed historic hotels like the Brown Palace and Hotel Colorado to the shiny and still-fairly-new Ritz-Carlton in downtown Denver to Movie Manor, a motel in Monte Vista offering a drive-in movie with your stay. When it comes to lodging options, this

snow stomping at Snow Sculpture after Dark HeidiTown

Several years ago I was walking through downtown Loveland, Colorado when I ran into a man carving a humongous ice block. We got to talking and I learned that he was helping bring a snow carving competition to Loveland. I knew immediately that this would be the perfect fit for a city already internationally known for art and sculpture, and boasting one of the largest sculpture shows in the country

5 Best Valentine's Day Dates

Read this closely guys, because the planning for this holiday usually falls on your shoulders. Here are a few ideas from the Mayor, and I think any of these date nights will score you big points this Valentine’s Day. 1. Dinner theater – There’s a slight chance all the dinner theater joints are already booked for Valentine’s Day, but it’s worth checking. Dinner theater is an entire evening of fun