Want to get away, but don’t have a lot of extra money or extra time? There are a few hotels located on Colorado’s Front Range that will give you a resort experience close to home.
Whether you plan to take the kids along, want a romantic weekend with your sweetheart or are looking for a place to party with the girlfriends, these hotels have got your covered.
Over the next month or so, I’m going to share with you some of the Front Range’s best staycation hotels starting with the Omni Interlocken in Broomfield, Colorado.
The Omni is an expansive resort property that features a spa, multiple swimming pools, kids club and semi-private champion 27-hole golf course that can’t be topped when it comes to views. In fact, the course offers up such spectacular scenes of the Flatirons and the Rocky Mountains that couples occasionally book a wedding on the course. Continue reading
For most residents of the United States, Cinco de Mayo means heading to the nearest Mexican restaurant and indulging in multiple margaritas. However, the 5th of May celebration is much more than just tortilla chips and margs.
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday commemorating the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is not, as many people think, Mexican Independence Day – that’s September 16.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a regional celebration with most festivities happening in the state of Puebla.
Of course, that’s all good and dandy, but here in Colorado we like to dance, drink and party it up on Cinco de Mayo, and here’s where to go for all the festivities and to get a taste of Mexican culture.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Denver, CO – Civic Park
This two-day event starts on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. and runs through Sunday. With over 300 vendors, music, dancing and lots of food, this is Colorado’s largest 5th of May celebration.
Cinco de Mayo with Fiesta, Broomfield, CO – Broomfield Auditorium
This is the final program in the Culture-Feast free concert series. Come and celebration traditional Cinco de Mayo with the one of the premier dance companies in Colorado. This production is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Fort Collins, CO – Civic Center Park
This family event includes food, crafts and lots of music. Bring a lawn chair and settle in to enjoy the fun. This event is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011.
27th Annual Cinco de Mayo, Greeley, CO – Island Grove Regional Park
The Latino Chamber of Northern Colorado is putting on this fiesta that includes everything from a parade to a jalapeño-eating contest, food vendors, 75 shopping booths , a petting zoo and even rapper E.M.P. Greeley is serious about Cinco de Mayo, so this should be a great event.
Cinco de Mayo, Longmont, CO – Roosevelt Park
This free, family-friendly festival will be held Saturday, May 7 and features food, shopping, a car show, a Chihuahua contest and entertainment.
Cinco de Mayo, Loveland, CO – Foote Lagoon
The City of Loveland is putting together this free event scheduled for May 7, from 12 to 5 p.m. This small festival includes music, performers, food and fun for the kiddos.
Cinco de Mayo at the Mile High Marketplace, Henderson, CO
On Sunday, May 1, the Mile High Marketplace and Estrella TV will host a Cinco de Mayo party from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Admission $3, with free for children under 12.
Note from the Mayor: There are many, many more Cinco de Mayo festivities across Colorado. I have no doubt that you can find one near you!
As promised here’s a list of weekend events that caught the Mayor’s eye. Again, this is not a calendar of event, just stuff the Mayor thought was worth mentioning.
I’m sure there are lots of other fun events happening this weekend. If you know of something, please share it in the comment section.
First Friday Art Walks – An art walk is just the thing to light your creative fire. Both Fort Collins and Pueblo have art walks tonight (10/1/10). For information on Fort Collins’ art walk go to www.fortcollinsarts.org, and for Pueblo visit www.pueblopag.org.
Estes Park, CO – Elk Fest
Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bond Park (FREE)
What: Wapiti is the Cree word for elk, and this festival is all about the majestic creature that is common in the Estes Park area at this time of year. From seminars to Native American dancing and storytelling, this two-day event is quite the extravaganza. It includes a Mountain Man Rendezvous, an elk bugling contest and even elk-viewing tours. There’s so much scheduled during the Elk Fest that I’d recommend visiting www.estesnet.com to check out the entire line up.
Lakewood, CO – Cider Days
Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakewood’s Heritage Center in Belmar Park (Adults $6, Children, 3-12, $3)
What: Last weekend Morrison, Colorado celebrated cider and now Lakewood. This is the city’s 35th Annual Cider Days, and it’s one of those perfect family festivals. You can bring your own apples or purchase Colorado-grown apples at the event and watch them being made into cider using the Heritage Center’s vintage cider press. There is a laundry list of activities for the kids, including mule-drawn wagon rides, face painting and more. Adults will find shopping and historic demonstrations. There is also a petting zoo and tractor pull. For the entire lineup of events visit www.Lakewood.org.
September 30 thru October 3 (Tickets Required)
What: Dust off your cowboy hat and polish up your boots. This is an event where cowboy poets and musicians gather to share their songs and stories. The Durango Cowboy Gathering, Inc. is a non-profit working to preserve and perpetuate the tradition of working ranch people in the American West. To learn more visit www.DurangoCowboyGathering.org.
Fort Collins, CO – Picture yourself with a Budweiser Clydesdale
Thursday thru Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch (FREE)
What: Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a Budweiser Clydesdale? If you live in Northern Colorado, it’s easy and it’s free. You can even get your picture taken with one of these amazing, celebrity animals. Free brewery tours are also available. Beermaster tours require a reservation and occur at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. For more information visit www.budweisertours.com.
If you haven’t made it out to a local Oktoberfest, you still have a chance to hit one this weekend.
Niwot, CO – Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. in Cottonwood Square. This will be Niwot’s second annual Oktoberfest complete with German music, German dancing, German food and beer from Left Hand Brewery. Learn more about this small town Oktoberfest here.
Loveland, CO – Grimm Brothers Brewery, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The brewery will be introducing their Oktoberfest beer, The Farmer’s Daughter. In addition there will be live music and BBQ from Bottlecap. For more information visit them here on Facebook.
Also celebrating Oktoberfest (click on the town name for more info):
La Veta, CO
Cañon City, CO