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Downtown Durango, Colorado: The New, The Old, The Historic

I’ve always had a soft spot for Durango. As I wrote in my recent post about our April visit, this was a return to the town after five years. It was good to be back. Since I was there for HeidiTown Consulting at IN THE GAME, a conference by Downtown Colorado, Inc., I was busy hosting luncheons and presenting, but I still wanted to touch on some highlights downtown. We

Ska Brewing & Hot Springs in Durango, Colorado (9)

Five years had passed since we were last in Durango, and that’s a long time not to have visited one of my favorite Colorado towns. This month, it was for IN THE GAME, a conference by Downtown Colorado, Inc. I was hosting a Dine Around Session and speaking at the event, so this was a super professional trip for me. Ryan and Fritzi tagged along as it’s a seven-hour drive

Come for the Party, Stay for the Party: Breckenridge, Colorado

We took a break from visiting Breckenridge because we’d frequented this Colorado mountain town so much that some HeidiTown citizens thought we lived there. So, I didn’t put it on the travel list for a few years (then the pandemic showed up, and before long, it’s been five years). I hadn’t been a judge at Ullr Fest parade for nearly a decade, but they asked me this year. I was

Barbarian Feast Photo

Started in 2017, Barbarian Feast is now the must-have ticket of the season. While we took a brief break during the pandemic, this will be our sixth year of holding the events under the tents at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland, Colorado. Offerings always include axe throwing, a live drummer(s), belly dances by Troupe Sidysaan, a photo booth, and more. These talented people in entertainment donated their time to this

Downtown Beer Week, HeidiTown (101)

NOTE: This post will continually be updated as more Downtown Beer Week information is revealed. Keep checking in! Beer isn’t just a drink—it means a lot more to many of us—playing a big part in the story of our lives. For instance, during my college days, in the late 1990s, a lot of hours were spent with friends at Boundary Bay Brewing in Bellingham, Washington. As brewery lovers, Ryan and

Featured Festival Barbarian Feast 2022, There Will be Meat, HeidiTown.com, Photo by Jonathan Castner (4)

October 10, 2022: Tickets for the feast are officially SOLD OUT. It is time—time to eat with your hands and a knife, dress in furs and embrace your inner barbarian. Since 2017, the Barbarian Feast, a beer dinner like no other, is a hot ticket, selling out each year. I am married to the man (Ryan Schlaefer) who thought up the Barbarian Feast. It had been in his mind for

It’s a Dog’s Day (& Night) at The Eddy Taproom & Hotel in Golden, Colorado. HeidiTown (14)

I admit that Ryan does the heavy lifting when it comes to traveling with the dog. It’s Ryan who takes her on a walk before bedtime and first thing when we get up. He keeps a close eye on her at breweries and handles her as we walk the streets. I sincerely appreciate it because not only does it free up my hands for taking photos, I absolutely love traveling

The Barbarian Feast Fur, Fun, Food and Beer, HeidiTown (12), HeidiTown

It’s that time again, time for the barbarian hordes to take over Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland, Colorado.  Sponsored by Grimm Brothers and benefiting the American Legion, Post 2000, this will be the fourth year of fur, fun and food. The Barbarian Feast is returning to its place of origin, the Grimm Brothers parking lot.  A Weekend of Food & Drink in Idaho Springs, Colorado   Platters of foodstuff will

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