Washington State is not in HeidiTown’s region, however, I do travel outside of the HeidiTown sphere occasionally, and when I do, I write about it here.
Also, rather excitingly, the mountains regions of Washington and Oregon are now in The Heidi Guide’s region (my travel column for Mountain Living magazine), so my recent trip there was for work and pleasure.
I am not unbiased when it comes to writing a travel article about Bellingham, Washington. I grew up nearby and I attended Western Washington University during my sophomore and senior years of college in the late nineties. I met my husband, Ryan, in Bellingham, and I have many good memories of the town.
If you are unfamiliar with the area, Bellingham is about an hour and a half north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of the border crossing into British Columbia, Canada. It’s where the mountains meet the sea and each year this connection is celebrated in a one-of-a-kind race called Ski to Sea. It’s the kind of event I’d cover if there was a HeidiTown, Washington. Continue reading
What comes to mind when you think of Cheyenne, Wyoming? Cowboy hats and big trucks? Trains? Those are all accurate descriptions of Cheyenne. It’s a historic train town with a lot of cowboys, cowgirls and big trucks. Today, however, Cheyenne is so much more.
We spent a weekend in Cheyenne earlier this month. We were there to attend the Celtic Festival and Rock the Block, as well as explore a town that we’d only ever passed through.
I’m going to write several posts about this trip, including some of the fun touristy things you can do here like the trolley tour, botanic garden and museums, but in this post, I want to concentrate on some of the surprising things we discovered in Cheyenne.
First of all, did you know that there are three breweries in Cheyenne, Wyoming? True story.
We visited two of the three, stopping first at Accomplice Beer Company where guests pour their own beer. Yes, you read that right. Accomplice has self-pour taps, and they have a lot of them. After a brief explanation of how it works from the bartender, we were off. They use an electronic card system to track how much you pour, so you can’t drink here all day long.
We also got lunch at this brewpub, sliders for Ryan and chicken tenders for me. The tenders were some of the best I’ve had, although the ranch dressing could be a bit thicker. While it’s a bit gimmicky, Accomplice is centrally located in the famous depot building and a must-visit when in Cheyenne.
Freedom’s Edge Brewing Co. is just a couple blocks from Cheyenne’s downtown plaza. They have a traditional taproom with a nice contemporary feel and really good beer. We’ll definitely be back to Freedom’s Edge on our next visit to Cheyenne.
We didn’t make it to Danielmark’s Brewing Co. on E. 18th Street, but this is Cheyenne’s newest brewery and is located in a renovated historic home. They have an outdoor patio and feature food trucks.
And speaking of food trucks, there’s a delightful pizza place in Cheyenne that got its start as a food truck. Bella Fuoco Wood Fire Pizza gets top marks from both Ryan and I, and we recommend the jalapeno popper and the NY Blue. Just thinking about these pizzas makes my mouth water.
Everyone knows about the Wrangler (Boot Barn) in Cheyenne, and I did purchase a hat there while I was in town, but we found a real gem of a shop next to Freedom’s Edge Brewery.
Mid Mod Etc. is a terrific store that’s worth the drive if you love mid modern clothing, furniture, decor and even cars. You can track their inventory by following their Facebook page. And here’s the best part, their prices beat anything you’ll find at the mid-modern stores in Denver.
Ryan was excited to discover two stores selling vinyl in Cheyenne. There’s Ernie November and Phoenix Books & Music.
In addition, Ryan was overjoyed to discover that Cheyenne has an arcade bar. Located in downtown, Flippers Family Arcade is good for families, but also fun for adults because not only do they have a large selection of arcade games and pinball, they have a bar serving beer and wine. It’s a great place to kill an hour or two.
So there you have it — did you know Cheyenne was so hip and happening? I didn’t. Keep an eye on HeidiTown.com for more posts about where we stayed and what we did in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Thank you to Visit Cheyenne for hosting us on this trip.
While on magazine assignment in Steamboat Springs earlier this spring, we got a taste of Steamboat’s growing beer scene and we liked it – a lot.
It had been several years since we’d spent time in Steamboat and lots have changes have taken place in that short period of time. The town is now home to two breweries with a third on the way (Mountain Tap Brewery). And Yampa Valley Brewing Co. is now open in Hayden, just a short drive away.
There’s also a brand new beer bar that’s outstanding, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Continue reading
Here in Colorado, certain things just go together – bikes and beer, hikes and beer, climbing and beer, rafting and beer, skiing and beer, snowboarding and beer, sledding and beer, and dogs and beer. This might explain why the Great American Beer Festival, grand-daddy of all beer festivals, is held yearly in Denver.
The GABF starts this Thursday and runs through Saturday, October 1. In honor of this enormous beer festival featuring 450 breweries and over 2,200 different beers – more than any other beer festival in the world – I’m going to do a giveaway.
No, I didn’t manage to snag tickets, because the event has been sold out for months, but I am going to give one lucky HeidiTown citizen a signed copy of The BrewDogs of Colorado. This book is a beautiful tribute to the brewers of Colorado and the dogs who love them.
With a forward by former brewery owner and now Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, the book covers breweries from all across the state, including anecdotes about the dogs that have played a significant part in the brewers’ lives and notes about each brewery’s most famous beer, including medals and honors they have received.
From Whiskey, the Gore Range Brewery‘s golden retriever that once ate a cell phone to Milka, Oscar and Nanaimo, three best friends that call Shamrock Brewing Company home, dog lovers will adore this book.
To win a copy of The BrewDogs of Colorado, just tell me your favorite breed of dog, and if you feel inspired, tell me why that is your favorite breed – and yes, “mixed” is a breed. My “forever” dog, as I used to call him, was a “mixed” breed. I got him when I was five-year-old and he passed away during my first year of college. He was one of the most special dogs I’ve ever owned.
The winner will be chosen at noon on Friday, September 30. Good luck!
Note: If you were lucky enough to secure a ticket to GABF, look for The BrewDogs booth – they have some great merchandise!
My husband and I attended this event last year and ate ourselves silly – it was so much fun!
This event has not been well advertised. In fact, I’ve been watching their website for date information and it was only recently updated with the date of the event which is next Thursday, April 7, 2011.
The Taste of Loveland is held at Embassy Suites and features multiple restaurants from around the area, as well as beer and wine vendors. Once you’ve paid your entry fee of $35, you can simply wander around and eat and drink from any of the vendors. It’s delightfully indulgent and slightly gluttonous.
I wasn’t able to get in touch with anyone about the details of this year’s event, but I do know that one of my favorite breweries will be there, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse of Loveland.
For more information on this event, read my review from last year’s event here.
You can purchase tickets to the 6th Annual Taste of Loveland at Thompson Valley Liquors, House of Spirits, Rowe’s or at the Foothills Service League website.
If you know a dog lover, beer lover, Colorado fan or all three, this book will make a great Christmas present!
Their tag line is “Dogs, Beer, Colorado, it doesn’t get much better.” And it really doesn’t get much more Coloradoan than dogs and beer.
“Brew Dogs of Colorado” is a beautiful and unique book featuring over 100 Colorado breweries, the brewers and their dogs. Over 200 color photographs introduce the reader to 70 Colorado brew dogs and their owners. Learn about the beer, the brewers and the dogs who inspire them.
With a forward by true beer man, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, it just doesn’t get more Colorado than “Brew Dogs of Colorado.”
When you order a book in December you will receive a free Brew Dog t-shirt while supplies last. Free shipping is also available through Christmas.
Click on the right hand side of this page to order!
The hills are alive with the smell of beer…
If you are a fan of the nectar of the gods, this is the weekend for you!
Coloradoans likes beer. We have a lot of breweries. In fact, we produce more beer here than in any other state. Not surprisingly towns across Colorado embrace Oktoberfest.
The real Oktoberfest is held each year in Munich, Germany, where Germans and tourist alike consume 1.5 million gallons of beer during the 16-day event. The event starts in September and usually last into the first part of October.
The tradition was started in 1810, to celebrate the October 12th marriage of a royal German couple. This festival was focused around a horse race, not beer. Each year the anniversary of the original event was celebrated and each year it got a little bigger.
Eventually the start date of the festival was moved forward to September in order to provide better weather for the partygoers. The introduction of beer to the festival started sometime in the late 1800s when the city began allowing beer stands on festival grounds. These small white tents under eventually evolved into the large white tents we associate with Oktoberfest in Munich today.
During the month of September, Coloradoans have quite a few Oktoberfest festivals to choose from. The two largest are the Breckenridge Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest Denver.
The year’s Breckenridge Oktoberfest runs September 19-20. It’s the town’s 15th annual Oktoberfest. The picturesque mountain community shuts down Main Street for the event, which includes German food, polka music, dancing, and of course, lots and lots of beer. For more information visit GoBreck.
Oktoberfest Denver occupies two weekends in September, 18-20 and 25-27. It is one of the city’s longest running festivals, 40 years, and also one of the largest Oktoberfests in the country. To learn more visit www.OktoberfestDenver.com.
Many smaller communities across the state are also celebrating.
Greeley is celebrating their 38th Annual Oktoberfest on September 26, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Historic Lincoln Park.
Fort Collins will celebrate the same day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Civic Center Park.
Longmont will celebrate September 11-13 at Roosevelt Park.
I’m sure there are many Oktoberfest around the state I haven’t mentioned. If your town has an Oktoberfest, tell HeidiTown all about it!
And last, but not least, all these festivals are free!