Travel

grand lake portrait. HeidiTown.com

Several weekends ago, we headed to Grand Lake, Colorado, for Ryan’s birthday. We were warned that the town would be quiet. Grand Lake had a busy summer, and with the staff shortages owners needed a break, especially restaurant owners who’d been working 7-days a week. Many shut down at the beginning of November, until Thanksgiving, and I don’t blame them. We are not new to Grand Lake or to a

Aurora, Colorado Stay at the Hyatt Regency & Eat Everything. HeidiTown (10)

I have been going to the eye center at UCHealth at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora quarterly for more than a decade. I have a lifetime of eye issues involving lots of specialists and surgeries. Thus, I watched, with rather bad eyes, this Hyatt Regency being built across from the hospital. Open since 2016, the area is different than it was four years ago. By this I mean, it

What's New in Steamboat Springs + OktoberWest Fun. HeidiTown (2)

I should disclose that I have been to Steamboat Springs more than once. Okay, a lot of times. One of my best friends lives there and so I’ve been going long before HeidiTown was a thing.   That being said, I always experience something new on each visit. And, I always make sure to take a photo of the Yampa River from the bridge across from Mountain Tap Brewery. I even

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