Colorado

close up of wildflowers on trail ridge road, rocky mountain national park, colorado. HeidiTown.com

As I was thinking about my Thanksgiving post, I realized that I had some sparks of insight during this past year that made me grateful for some of the amazing things about Colorado that I’d been taking for granted. And I thought that this was the perfect time to come clean and reveal some of those things that hadn’t properly excited me until this year. Rocky Mountain National Park I

Last minute Colorado summer trip ideas - go boating. HeidiTown.com

We took a random, midweek trip to Grand Lake last week. With Colorado kids heading back to school, the town’s usual busy summer season has lightened up a bit and it’s the perfect time to visit. It is still warm enough to take a dip in the lake and the ice cream lines aren’t very long. We only stayed for one night, but got an opportunity to stay downtown at

Great American Beer Festival 2012. The silence dance floor. HeidiTown.com

Colorado loves beer festivals. They occur year round, but during the summer you could attend one every weekend, should your liver and pocketbook be able to take it. I’m not a beer blogger, so I don’t attend every Colorado beer event, but I do go to my fair share and I’ve learned a thing or two that may help you out. These are my tips in no particular order of

dancing elephant sculpture in Hotchkiss, Colorado.

Happiness to me is exploring a new place, so when I was invited to Delta County in May, I was ready to make some new Colorado memories with my husband, Ryan. Our first stop on the trip was Hotchkiss, where we stayed at the Leroux River Inn & Vineyard, an experience I wrote about here. We got in late, so spent the following day discovering the community. Hotchkiss is a

Trivia at City Star Brewing - HeidiTown.com

When writing about breweries, writers often concentrate on the beers, and while that’s an important topic, sometimes the broader experience is worth writing about. In my travels around Colorado, I get the opportunity to visit a lot of breweries, and there are certain moments that stand out, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you. Winning Trivia Night (twice) at City Star Brewing, Berthoud, Colorado I freelance

Ryan riding the chairlift in Powderhorn Mountain Resort. HeidiTown.com

When you think of Grand Junction what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Wine? Peaches? Biking? All of those things should come to mind, but so should skiing. Powderhorn Mountain Resort is just 45 minutes from Grand Junction (it took us 30 minutes from our hotel that was located at I70 in Grand Junction). We visited on closing weekend last March. The drive to Powderhorn is beautiful, and I

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

Ice climbing in Ouray, not just for the pros

When I told people I was going ice climbing in Ouray, they would say, “I didn’t know you were a climber.” I’m not a climber. I had never even sat in a harness until my first zip lining experience in 2012. However, when I was offered the chance to go ice climbing with San Juan Mountain Guides, for some crazy reason I said yes. On our third day in Ouray,

snowmobilng Grand County HeidiTown.com

On a trip to Grand Lake, Colorado, primarily to attend Winter Carnival, we had the opportunity go snowmobiling thanks to On the Trail Rentals. My first and only snowmobiling experience up until this point had been riding behind my husband on an old sled over some less than ideal terrain. The snowmobile didn’t have any shocks and it left a terrible trail of environmental pollution. Thankfully, On the Trail Rentals

Polar Express arrives at the station Durango

A Note from the Mayor on July 29, 2018: HeidiTown has grown a lot since this article was posted in 2011, but this is still the most popular post. I welcome you to HeidiTown! Please spend some time browsing everything this little town has to offer when it comes to Colorado travel and festivals. I love Colorado during the holiday season. From Denver’s Larimer Street to the Christmas Market in