Colorado

Silver Plume is Not a Colorado Ghost Town. HeidiTown (5)

Please note that in 20-years of living in Colorado, I have never exited the freeway at Silver Plume. I have been to the train station, via the Georgetown Loop Railroad, but I have never ventured into town.  When I saw that business actually existed in the town, thanks to Facebook, I began to wonder why we hadn’t visited. I still didn’t have firsthand proof, however, that Silver Plume was a

The Mayor’s First Official Festival in Fifteen Months Keystone HeidiTown (8)

I don’t know if it’s been exactly 15-months since my last festival, but it has a nice ring to it. I know it’s been at least 15-months since I’ve officially been at a festival as the Mayor of HeidiTown. When it comes to festivals, especially festivals in the Colorado mountains, it’s a weird world. It seems that everyone is in the mountains right now and the towns aren’t prepared for

Arvada, Colorado on HeidiTown.com

We have been visiting downtown Arvada for quite some time. I don’t remember how exactly it came on our radar, but we love to play here, especially now that we have friends who moved to the area. It’s a vibrant downtown with interesting places and shops like Scrumptious, a candy shop Ryan must visit every time we are in town. Olde Town Arvada has an open consumption policy that’s sticking

Kayak Lake Dillon From Frisco Bay Marina in Frisco, Colorado. HeidiTown (2)

Whether it’s a lake, river, ocean, or mere pond, I love the water. If the water is in the form of rain, not so much, but that’s a topic for another day. Water has always been part of my life. I was born in a hospital that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest we had lots of water, everywhere, especially the kind that falls out of

Finding Food & Other Fun Stuff in Frisco, Colorado

Earlier this month, we were in Frisco, Colorado. It’s located in Summit County along Interstate 70, just a little over an hour west of Denver. An easy weekend escape for residents of the Front Range, it offers tons of outdoor activity, dining, shopping and best of all? Cooler weather. After all, the town is at 9,000 feet above sea level. Where to Eat With the Dog in Frisco On our

Two Short Scenic Hikes in Summit County, Colorado. HeidiTown (3)

Summit County is a playground for those who love the outdoors. In the winter there are plentiful ski resorts and in the summer, this part of the Rocky Mountains provides every type of outdoor activity from kayaking to hikes. The proximity to the Front Range means trails can get busy, so I recommend getting out early and following all rules. If the sign says leash fido, leash your dog. If

Let’s Go Ride Bikes 3 Easy Bike Paths in Colorado. Animas River Trail in Durango. HeidiTown 1

I’m not one of those gnarly bike riders who tackles rocky trails, downed trees and tall mountains. I will never take a selfie in logoed spandex. I prefer easy bike paths and preferably a destination, whether it be a brewery, farm shop or pretty little park.  So without further ado, I give you three easy bike paths in Western Colorado that provide not only a destination but multiple destinations along

Phoenix Gold Mine Tour in Idaho Springs, Colorado. HeidiTown (2)

If you’d like to see an historic western mountain town, look no further than Idaho Springs, only 30 or so minutes west of Denver. Today, people come to town to soak at Indian Hot Springs, enjoy a beer at a local brewery and otherwise do touristy things. However, at one point, people flowed into Idaho Springs with hopes of striking it rich, or making a little money at a local

A Weekend of Food & Drink in Idaho Springs, Colorado. HeidiTown (10)

This past weekend, we headed to Idaho Springs. We went with the expressed goal of watching the burro race which I have already written about. However, we were interested in exploring a town that is usually just a gas station stop for us. The truth is, we haven’t spent much time in Idaho Springs as we are always passing through to somewhere else. Ryan has eaten pizza at Beau Jo

Burro Racing in Idaho Springs, Colorado Race Your Ass Off. HeidiTown (7)

If you know anything about me, you know I love dogs and tacos, in that order. But close behind are goats, donkeys and lambs. Maybe I was a Mexican shepherdess in my last life. The point is, that a donkey race is something that might not thrill everyone, but it gives me the chills. Full disclosure: I read a book, “Running with Sherman” by Christopher McDougall, and I learned a