Travel

Snow Mountain Ranch, A Home Base for Exploring Dining in Grand County

There’s a lot to love about Grand County, especially Snow Mountain Ranch. We’ve become well-acquainted with this YMCA property over the years. We’ve stayed in nearly every accommodation, including the lodge. On our June trip, we stayed in a cabin named Wildrose that overlooked a green meadow. Several times a day, a line of horses from the Snow Mountain Ranch Stables would plod by, happy visitors on their backs. Our

Day Trip from Snow Mountain Ranch in Grand County, Colorado. HeidiTown (5)

We’ve been to Snow Mountain Ranch a handful of times and during various seasons. We’ve eaten in the cafeteria and done quite a few of the activities offered. This time, we decided to use our cabin as a place to stay while we explored Grand County. Grand County is downright beautiful. It is home to what I like to think of as “old Colorado.” Time is a bit slower and

Why to Bring the Dog to Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado. HeidiTown (1)

This YMCA property, Snow Mountain Ranch, holds a special place in our hearts. Not only is it truly beautiful, our dog Xena was there twice. She loved staying at Yurt Village and the cabin life suited her well. In fact, she was the quintessential Colorado mountain dog that spent her earlier years camping and hiking, so this place was luxurious. We lost her two years ago and this time around,

Road Trips are not New 7 Reasons to Take One 3, HeidiTown.com

Road trips have been around since the first accessible car arrived on the scene in 1908. Since then, Americans have loved the open road. I know my family did. We road tripped everywhere: on vacation, to see the grandparents, to go camping.  You will read a lot about road trips this summer. It will be as though car trips have just been discovered and if you’re my age, you will

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For many years, people thought the Mayor (that’s me) lived in the mountains. Breckenridge and Durango were cited most often. A few HeidiTown citizens thought I was from Ouray. Now, 12 years later, the cat’s out of the bag. I am from Loveland. I moved here 17 years ago from Denver. While I have watched changes and a lot of growth in Loveland, a few things remain the same. My

The Mayor Gets Real About Quarantine, Festivals & Travel, HeidiTown.com 1

I try to create the illusion of being happy-go-lucky, but the truth is, I am a little pessimistic. That being said, this hasn’t been an easy quarantine/safe-at-home/safer-at-home/prison or whatever we are calling it these days. My life had already changed drastically due to intense migraines and now I am not traveling anywhere, not even to the local bar. Let’s just say that I haven’t been a super happy camper (just

R is for Road Trip. Sangre Cristos in the San Luis Valley. HeidiTown.com

When we reach the other side of this pandemic, and we will, what will we do? I think people are going to want to move around, but they won’t be lining up at the airport. I predict this will be the summer of the road trip, and this is something I know a lot about. Road trips harken back to my childhood when we buzzed around the West Coast, hitting

San Luis Valley, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

I work from home and go for days wearing only yoga pants and a sweatshirt. However, when I need social interaction, I head to the tea shop or bar. Coronavirus means that those businesses have been closed and I miss them, I mean, I really, really miss them.  At times like this, my inner rebel wants to come out. Just know, if Colorado’s governor issues a 7 p.m. curfew you