Travel

An Impressive Level of Authenticity Hotel de Paris, Georgetown, Colorado. HeidiTown (9)

I am writing an update to my 2014 post, “Hotel de Paris, a gem hidden in plain sight.” As readers will know, I visited Georgetown recently, and of course, I popped into the museum. I can’t visit the town without stopping. After all, Hotel de Paris is my favorite museum, and here’s why.  Ninety percent of the artifacts in the museum date to the time when this was the original

Sweet Easy, Georgetown, Colorado. HeidiTown Featured Image

Let’s face it, one does not visit Georgetown, Colorado, for the nightlife. This charming, 1800s mining town, 45 minutes west of Denver, gets quiet after dark. However, there are a few places that stay open late where visitors can go for a drink and a laugh. We visited Georgetown at the end of July and stayed downtown at Rose Street Bed & Breakfast. We stayed here 11 years ago when

Speak Friend & Enter: Mine Tours in Georgetown, Colorado

The cat is out of the bag—I love Lord of The Rings, and when I think about a mine, I picture dwarfs, but mining is also a big piece of Colorado’s history. Over many years, thousands of people have come here to work in our mountain mines, seeking silver and gold. While in Georgetown, Colorado, we had the opportunity to visit two mines. Remember, Georgetown is just 45 minutes west

An Epic Hamburger, Excellent Pizza & Best Lunch Deal in the Mountains Georgetown, Colorado. HeidiTown (8)

Georgetown is a hidden town with hidden gems. For years, it ran under the radar as it was tucked under Interstate 70. The latter was what helped keep it a secret, despite being just 45 minutes west of Denver. It’s not a secret anymore and these three restaurants definitely shouldn’t be a secret either. Ryan, my plus one on most HeidiTown trips, couldn’t make it up until Saturday, so on

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

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

Where to Drink in Casper, Wyoming. HeidiTown (1)

About two weeks ago, we visited Capser, Wyoming. It’s about four hours from Denver, but only around three from where we live in Northern Colorado. Art, history and kayaking were on the agenda, highlighted by a beer festival, and browsing a rather happening downtown. I’ve already written about the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center and Independence Rock, and kayaking the Fremont Canyon. Today, I want to give you the rest

Kayak Fremont Canyon with Alcova Resort in Wyoming

I didn’t know what to expect when I heard that we were “kayaking down the Fremont Canyon.” I hadn’t even heard of Fremont Canyon. It was a complete mystery, so I immediately looked it up and discovered that there is a lot of water around Casper, Wyoming, where we were staying.  There are two reservoirs to the southwest of Casper: Alcova and Pathfinder. Both are a result of dams on

The Way West Trails and Rocks in Casper, Wyoming. HeidiTown (9)

As most of you know, I have a lifelong love affair with the West. One of my favorite books is Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, and one of his quotes is also a perennial favorite. “It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the

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