October

NOCO Mini Maker Faire photo 1

Artists, techies, authors, scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, free thinkers – MAKERS are all these things and more. The first official Maker Faire was held in the bay area of California in 2006. It included more than 100 exhibiting makers. The maker movement quickly grew. Today there are maker faires across the world, including right here in Colorado. There will be more than 130 makers at the NOCO Mini Maker Faire in

Featured Festival Montrose Oktoberfest, October 3, 2015. HeidiTown.com 2

Meet me in Montrose this October for the… If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably driven through Montrose on your way to somewhere else. The fact is, Montrose is smack dab in the middle of a lot of cool stuff and there are a lot of good reasons to stop here for a few nights. The Black Canyon National Park is a mere 21 minutes away. There are three museums

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Gothic Mountain photo by Doug Beezley

I learned recently that Colorado Parks & Wildlife is involved in many nature festivals throughout the state. From birding excursions to festivals celebrating elk, these events take place all year and in every corner of Colorado. Here are a few events happening this summer and fall that I think should be on your radar. Make sure that you have updated your state’s park pass before going; you wouldn’t want to

Dean Russel Thompson artist Loveland Art Studio Tour

Loveland has been a Mecca for art and artists since the 1970s, and while sculpture has been the traditional medium of choice in the town, a shift towards other art mediums has occurred over the last several years. This isn’t to say that Loveland’s sculpture community is going way – that practice has deep, strong roots, but today, Loveland is a place where many different sorts of artists to hone

baby lambs at the living farm in Paonia Colorado. HeidiTown.com

I love fall, and I adore fall in Colorado. We may not have the reputation of places like New England or Wisconsin, but autumn in Colorado is quite grand, and perhaps it’s been overlooked for too long. The usual way to celebrate fall in Colorado is to go leaf peeping. Every online and print publication has articles about it; I published my 3-part Colorado fall travel series  earlier this month.

Hotel Colorado sepia by HeidiTown.com

When it comes to ghosts, I’m a skeptic, but I’m a skeptic with an overactive imagination. Therefore scary movies keep me up at night and staying in a haunted hotel can leave me with a racing heart and clammy palms. My most haunting ghost experience actually happened in college while I was living in a huge Victorian mansion in Bellingham, Washington. On three separate occasions, just on the verge of

a wooden grave marker in the Leadville Cemetery, HeidiTown.com

I love a good ghost story, despite the fact that the really good ones keep me up at night. I didn’t have a chance to take Roger Pretti’s ghost tour while I was in Leadville, but I did go on his cemetery tour and learned a lot of stories that included ghosts. We arrived at the 147 acre Leadville Cemetery at 5:30 p.m. on a warm fall day.  The shadows

Magic in the Rockies logo

Here’s a little secret about the Mayor of HeidiTown – I love magic. If you are a magician or a comedian I’m the gal you want in your audience. I simply love the feeling of being astounded. Maybe it’s because some days it feels like there just isn’t enough enchantment left in the world.   Maybe it’s because I’m a kid at heart. Whatever the reason, I am super excited

coffin races Manitou Springs Colorado

Let’s be frank, Manitou Springs is quirky, and sometimes downright weird, but that’s a big part of why I like it. We’ve done several weekend trips to Manitou over the years, and it’s always a memorable experience. In fact, if you follow me on Twitter, the blue-haired lady I use as an avatar is from a photo I took in Manitou of a pinball machine. Located just 15 minutes west

The still in Dancing Pines Distillery in Loveland, Colorado

Colorado is already known for beer, but the craft distillery business is making their mark in the rocky mountain state. Colorado is fourth in number of distilleries around the country, falling behind California, Michigan and Oregon. Nationally the number of distilleries is around 150, and is growing by 20% every year. While distilling liquor may make you think of moonshine, bootleggers and prohibition, today, distilling liquor is a true artisan