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The 5 Best Things in 2020 HeidiTown.com

I started writing my annual year in review post and then stopped. It was depressing, I mean, really depressing. No one wants to read that. We all know that 2020 had more than its fair share of heartaches. So I stalled a bit, thinking about a way I could present 2020 in a better light. I decided to use the five senses to describe the good things about 2020 since

How to Drink Beer Outside & Save Small Businesses. HeidiTown (6)

Most of us don’t milk cows or forage for our own food as we once did. We shop in warm grocery stores and sleep under down comforters. We’ll aprés-ski outdoors at a ski slope around a roaring fire pit to look cool with our friends but otherwise, let’s face it, we are delicate. When dining and drinking beer was forced outside due to COVID-19 mandates, many of us were worried.

Schlaefer Beer Tasting 1-001

Originally published in “Christmas in Berthoud” for the Berthoud Surveyor.  Colorado is the land of beer festivals. On any given summer weekend, during a non-pandemic year, there are at least three beer events occurring somewhere in the state. Coloradans have become accustomed to this and that is why, this tradition, started by my husband years ago, is perfect for a pandemic Christmas. If you can’t attend a beer festival create

4 Reasons to Visit Fairplay, Colorado. HeidiTown (6)

I’ve been visiting the South Park region of Colorado for nearly 20 years. You see, there’s a family cabin there so we “escape” the Front Range occasionally and head for the hills. While we spend a lot of time relaxing at the cabin, we do venture into town sometimes and I’ve become well acquainted with Fairplay, Colorado. Located in Park County, it’s about 40 minutes directly south of Breckenridge via

The Mayor’s Travel Memories from the Road (Dog Sledding!) Durango Dog Ranch. HeidiTown

Right now, I’m not traveling thanks to the pandemic, and I’ve been writing about various travel memories I have made on the road. Of course, anything involving animals is a bright spot, like feeding a baby yak in Crawford, watching the horse drive in Maybell, and cuddling lambs at The Living Farm.   Personally, I think dogs are the best beings on the planet. They are better than people and yes,

The Mayor’s Travel Memories from the Road (Winter Park, Colorado) (3)

Unsurprisingly, one of my most memorable travel memories actually happened at a festival. I have been attending the Winter Park Beer Festival for years, as it is one of the best in the state. While other beer festivals struggle, this one continues to grow into one of the best.  Why do I say this? I see craft breweries there from around Colorado and from surrounding states like Utah and New

The Mayor's Travel Memories from the Road (Bluegrass Pick in Lyons, CO)

I have been trying to write a HeidiTown blog post for weeks. Let’s face it, this year has been a punch in the gut. I’m not traveling right now and with everything else that’s happening—pandemic, forest fires, nasty politics, continued event cancellations—any creativity that I may have had has left the building (along with my sanity). This website has been neglected since I did the road trip campaign to Southern

A Road Trip in Southern Colorado, Day Three, Salida A Dog-friendly Town. HeidiTown (7)

Day Three: Salida, Colorado On day three of our Southern Colorado road trip, we rose well-rested from our slumber at Mellow Moon Lodge. It was time for coffee, a brief dog walk and breakfast. The first item on the schedule today was a soak at Joyful Journey Hot Springs in Moffat, a tiny town in the San Luis Valley located on our way to Salida. We drove to Saguache, about

A Road Trip in Southern Colorado Day Two, San Luis Valley Relish Remote Relaxation. HeidiTown (7)

Day Two: San Luis Valley I think this will come as a surprise to those of you who have moved to Colorado recently, however, this state is the largest producer of potatoes second only to Idaho. This is, thanks in big part, to the San Luis Valley. Potato farming is a big business here and almost everyone is connected to the industry in some way.  While agriculture is a way