dining

Snow Mountain Ranch, A Home Base for Exploring Dining in Grand County

There’s a lot to love about Grand County, especially Snow Mountain Ranch. We’ve become well-acquainted with this YMCA property over the years. We’ve stayed in nearly every accommodation, including the lodge. On our June trip, we stayed in a cabin named Wildrose that overlooked a green meadow. Several times a day, a line of horses from the Snow Mountain Ranch Stables would plod by, happy visitors on their backs. Our

Liven Things Up This Winter with Food & Festival Fun. HeidiTown (3)

‘Tis the season when winter sets in, and not in a good way. Here on Colorado’s Front Range, we are experiencing a dreary day. No snow is falling and it looks like Seattle-weather (something I am all too familiar with from childhood). So what’s on tap to bring joy to this gray, wintry world?  If I am planning, I am happy. A plan means something to look forward to, and

Dine in Estes Park BBQ, Buffets & Pizza, Pizza, Pizza. HeidiTown (12)

Food is probably the last thing on your mind on the day after Thanksgiving. However, it might be that you’d rather not hear about turkey or mashed potatoes, so I will avoid those subjects. Finding a restaurant in Estes Park isn’t hard, but finding a place with good food and service is another matter. This is, after all, a touristy village and good staff members are hard to find in

Eating Our Way through Craig, Colorado in Moffat County HeidiTown (4)

Wherever we travel, food is always a big part of the experience. Even when we’re in a non-foodie town, we make a point to find great spots to eat and we find them everywhere. Craig is located in Northwest Colorado. It is east of Dinosaur National Monument and 50 minutes west of Steamboat Springs. In this small town, cows outnumber humans and that’s the way most people like it. This

A Grand Island, Nebraska Getaway Beer, History & Coney Dogs (4) HeidiTown

Ryan knew he had familial ties to Nebraska, he just didn’t realize how deep. When we returned from a recent trip to Grand Island and Kearney, we discovered that Ryan’s great-grandparents had come from Germany to farm outside of Omaha. Eventually, Ryan’s grandma married his grandfather who was also from Nebraska and they moved to Oregon, eventually settling in Colorado. It’s not a rare story. During our trip, we ran

Full-service at The Sebastian & Luxury Dining at Leonora in Vail 4. HeidiTown.com

We ate our way through Taste of Vail, but the delicious food didn’t stop at the festival. We were lucky to be staying at The Sebastian, a full-service resort property at the edge of Vail Village. The hotel offers the quintessential Vail experience with a gorgeous spa, fitness center, pool and hot tub area, ski valet, kids’ camp and more. We arrived on a Thursday afternoon, and after the valet

Road Trip Travel How to Find Great Food Along the Way. 4th Street Diner, Sagauche. HeidiTown.com

It’s easy to find great food in a big city where numerous articles have been written about the hottest new restaurants. However, when on a road trip it can be difficult to know what restaurant has good food, especially when you’re in a small town and Trip Advisor claims the best breakfast is at Perkins. I’m not saying that Perkins doesn’t make a decent breakfast, but if you’re like me,

Dining & Drinking A Stay in Arvada, Colorado, Part 2 (1)

Read Part One: Rich History, Colorful Present: A Stay in Arvada After visiting Unbound: Sculptures in a Field at the Arvada Center, I met Ryan at Odyssey Beerwerks, which is just three miles down the road. This is the only brewery we visited on our getaway to Arvada although there are several more in the town. Beer Me in Arvada We ordered a taster tray and the beer is solid.

Dining in Durango Pozole to Pho, It Never Gets Boring 8. HeidiTown.com

Some days I wish I were one of those svelte folks who treat food as fuel, but I probably wouldn’t be doing this job. If I were one of those people, I’d be climbing mountains in the Himalayas, but alas, I love food; the taste, the texture and the regional differences. So, therefore, I am not climbing mountains but I am covering festivals around the Rocky Mountain West and finding

A New Restaurant in Leadville, Colorado & Old Favorites 13, HeidiTown.com

We’ve been spending time in Leadville for the good part of two decades and we’ve seen this town go through some changes. However, it’s never lost that Wild West charm that makes it an authentic slice of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. We visited Leadville in December and it was frigid. Even with gloves on my fingers were stiff and nearly frozen as we walked around town. Leadville should be