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How We Ended up in Minturn, Colorado & Why You Might Want to Go

Sometimes the best part of traveling is when something unexpected occurs. Even getting stuck on Vail Pass in a snowstorm can result in a nice long soak at Glenwood Hot Springs, which is what happened to us in 2014.

It wasn’t a snowstorm that brought us unexpectedly to Minturn last month – it was Record Store Day. If you are an avid collector of vinyl, like my husband, Ryan, you know that this is an important day. It only happens once a year and vinyl nerds do not miss it.

How we ended up in Minturn, Colorado & Why You Might Want to Go. HeidiTown (6)

However, having been laid out flat with the flu for the week leading up to our Vail trip, Ryan had forgotten that Record Store Day was the Saturday we’d be 150 miles away from his hometown record store.

Thankfully, while browsing the Vail Daily over a beer at Vail Brewing on a Friday afternoon, Ryan realized the Record Store Day was the following day. Where in the world could he participate in Record Store in the Vail Valley? Continue reading

New Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge is a town we know well and many of my readers do too. So on our last trip, we decided to do some things in Breckenridge that we’d never done before. That included the fat bike tour that I wrote about earlier this month.

New Things to do in Breckenridge, Colorado. free bus in Breckenridge. HeidiTown.com

When we weren’t biking or walking, we got our Breckenridge via the free bus service. It goes everywhere you want to be!

New Hotel in Breckenridge

It also included staying at a brand new hotel, the Residence Inn by Marriott. It’s not only new to us, this hotel is new to Breckenridge, having opened this winter on the south side of downtown. Its location is ideal for easy exploration of Breckenridge on foot.

New Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado. Residence Inn by Marriot wall art. HeidiTown.com

Fun wall art at Residence Inn by Marriott, Breckenridge.

The Residence Inn has cool, contemporary interior design, but retains mountain touches and odes to Breckenridge’s past. The best part of this hotel, for me, was the pool. If there were a “Best View from a Mountain Pool” award, this one would surely win. Continue reading

Making New Traditions in the Familiar Town of Winter Park

Winter Park fits Ryan and I like an old glove. I think this is true for many Coloradans; especially Coloradans like Ryan who grew up skiing at Winter Park Resort.

I’ve been visiting for 16 years, and the town’s got a comfortable, familiar ambiance that I love.

Downtown Winter Park in the summer. HeidiTown.com

If you haven’t visited Winter Park, Colorado in the summer, the town pops with colorful flowers.

However, if you’re anything like us, when you get comfortable with a destination you tend to visit the same places on each visit. For instance, for us, a trip to Winter Park isn’t complete without a visit to Hernando’s Pizza Pub. That’s why, on our most recent trip to this well-loved Colorado resort town, we decided to mix things up a bit and add some new locations and activities to our agenda. Continue reading

HeidiTown Rant: Serving breakfast, open at 8 a.m.?

Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961).

I have a major complaint. If a restaurant wants to get in on breakfast service they need to open at least by 7 a.m., maybe earlier. Most people work. Yep, it’s true. And most working people need to be at work by 8 a.m.

My husband and I love going out for breakfast on a weekday, especially a Monday. We are business owners, so it gives us some time to sit and discuss the upcoming week. Time and time again, especially in Loveland, Colorado, we run into restaurants that proclaim to serve breakfast, but don’t open soon enough for us to partake.

This past week we drove down to Sofia’s Bistro located at 1120 N. Lincoln. I’d been there for lunch and was quite happy with my food. I’d recently heard their breakfast was very good too, so we were excited to give it a try.

As we pulled into the empty parking lot at 7 a.m., my heart sank. Sure enough Sofia’s doesn’t open for breakfast until 8 a.m. We ended up at Widow McCoy’s Restaurant & Lounge located at 1101 E. Eisenhower.   McCoy’s serves up a good standard breakfast, although their coffee leaves much to be desired.

Sofia’s lost out on our business and will continue to lose out on our business unless they open their doors at an appropriate breakfast hour. And I’m quite sure we aren’t the only ones.

If you have a favorite Northern Colorado breakfast joint, please let me know!

Mad about Mandolin Cafe

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Stoll Vaughan at Mandolin Cafe in Loveland, Colorado on February 11, 2010. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

I recently discovered Mandolin Cafe  at 210 East 4th Street in Loveland, Colorado.   This relatively new addition to downtown, is a funky coffee shop  with a musical soul.

Last Thursday evening,  Stoll Vaughan, a singer/songwriter and stellar guitarist  played a free show  at Mandolin Cafe. Vaughan had approached owner Alex Zoll about playing at the  coffee shop  after Vaughan opened for The Elders at The Rialto Theater in Loveland, back in January.

Vaughan, equipped with a mic, speaker, harmonica  and a couple guitars, played songs off his “Love Like a Mule” and “The Weatherman” CDs,  as well as  a few  other tunes.   He also spent time chatting with the audience.

Mandolin Cafe is a great venue for true music lovers  because it’s an intimate setting –  the  audience really feels the music and the musician  is able to  interact with the audience.

The cafe also has a wide variety of coffee, smoothies and shakes,  as well as breakfast items, sandwiches, salads and even a kids menu. Our table ordered the Chicken Pesto Panini ($5.99) and Italian Panini ($5.99). Both were delicious.

We will definitely be back to Mandolin Cafe – for the music and the food.

See  Mandolin Cafe’s  entire musical line up at www.mandolincafeloveland.com  or find them on Facebook.

Listen to Stoll Vaughan at www.StollVaughan.com.

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