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The Durango Diner, HeidiTown.com

Mayor’s note: I’m going to write a three-part series on Doing Durango. Part one, published on 5/15 was all about beer. Today’s post is all about food and the last post in the series will focus on touristy, fun activities you shouldn’t miss. In Durango you are just as likely to see a man in a cowboy hat as a guy with sleeve tattoos and ear gauges, and you can

Ska Brewing Tasters HeidiTown

Mayor’s note: I’m writing a three-part series on DOing Durango. Part one, focuses on the Durango brewery scene. Part two will focus on food. Part three will focus on touristy, fun activities you shouldn’t miss. If I had to use just one word to describe Durango, Colorado, it would be “chill.” People are friendly and the pace of life is a few clicks slower than along the Front Range of

Fort Collins DBA St. Patrick's Day Logo

Full disclosure: As a redhead with an Irish grandmother, I’m a big fan of St. Patrick’s Day. BIG. Last year I finally attended the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Fort Collins, Colorado, and it’s a heck of a good time. This is one of Fort Collins’ biggest parties of the year, with half the town coming out to witness the huge parade and after party in Old Town

Winter Park Resort Sign Feb 2013 HeidiTown.com

Each Colorado ski town has its own unique feel, and Winter Park feels comfortable. For many Coloradans, it’s comfy because they’ve been skiing there since childhood, but even for the Winter Park newbie, the town has a relaxed vibe. Maybe it’s a Grand County thing. Winter Park, Granby and Grand Lake are towns that make visitors feel welcome. No need for fancy clothes, the most recent ski gear or a

Welcome to Historic Grand Lake sign HeidiTown.com

We arrived in Grand Lake on a snowy Friday. The area had received three straight days of heavy snow, which made our first stop at On the Trail Rentals, even more fantastic. I previously wrote about this experience. We were booked at the Western  Riviera  Lakeside Lodging & Events, soon to be world famous because on March 25, they will be featured on the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible. Much to

NED WOMEN Frozen Dead Guy Days

  Behold the Frozen! Frozen Dead Guy Days is hardly a secret anymore. In just 12 years they’ve managed to put this fest on the map. It’s been written up in magazines around the world, blogged about and even featured on national television (more than once). Apparently, when you design a festival around a frozen dead guy, it’s a recipe for media attention. If, for some reason, this festival is

PHOTO of the DAY 2.15.13 Dog Sledding Winter Park HeidiTown

Throughout childhood I watched the Iditarod with pure excitement. I remember watching the late Susan Butcher dominate the race during the late 80s and early 90s. It was a sport that crossed gender lines and pitted human nature against Mother Nature, and Mother Nature sometimes won. I was also a fan of the Iditarod because growing up in the Pacific Northwest I had several connections to people who ran the

Leadville Skijoring poster 2013

One of my favorite memories is waking up to six inches of fresh snow on my birthday, October 10, 2007. We were staying in Leadville, Colorado the highest town in the United States at 10,000 feet above sea level. This small town provides a uniquely Colorado experience for several reasons. First, there’s no place like Leadville and when I say it’s one-of-a-kind, I mean it. Colorful characters, both past and

1st zip at Top of the Rockies HeidiTown.com

On our trip to Breckenridge for  Ullr Festival earlier this month, Ryan and I were invited to go ziplining at Top of the Rockies Zip Line. Up until this point my one zipline experience involved zipping across the small lake at the village in Copper, so the thought of a fast, long zip was exhilarating and rather frightening. We took the free shuttle from Breckenridge along with a group of

Ryan Ziplining HeidiTown 2013

It’s time for another HeidiTown segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. As a reminder, I’ve decided to cut down on these radio shows because I create entirely new content for each segment and it’s too much  to keep up with on a weekly basis. So, the HeidiTown show can be heard now twice a month on the radio. This week’s show includes a preview of a couple upcoming winter carnivals and