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The Mayor’s Travel Memories from the Road (Winter Park, Colorado) (3)

Unsurprisingly, one of my most memorable travel memories actually happened at a festival. I have been attending the Winter Park Beer Festival for years, as it is one of the best in the state. While other beer festivals struggle, this one continues to grow into one of the best.  Why do I say this? I see craft breweries there from around Colorado and from surrounding states like Utah and New

Why Do Snowdown, a Winter Festival, in Durango, Colorado. HeidiTown (10)

Last winter, we attended the 41st Snowdown, Durango, Colorado’s winter festival. To write that we had fun is an understatement. We lived it up from Human Foosball at Animas Brewing Co. to slopeside shenanigans at Purgatory Resort.  The 42nd Snowdown runs from January 29 through February 2, and here’s why you should go.  Embrace the Theme This year, the festival theme is Rock & Roll and you can bet the

Dogs & Beer in Berthoud, Colorado: 7th Annual Hops & Harley

Today’s featured festival is a nonprofit event I’ve been involved with since the beginning. You see, the event incorporates two of my favorite things—dogs and beer—and 100% of the proceeds of this festival go to Harley’s Dream. Harley had a dream of ridding the world of puppy mills, and I was lucky to have met him during his lifetime. An effective spokesdog against puppy mills, he made a big difference.

What to do in Colorado on Valentine's Day (aka Stuff I Like), HeidiTown, Lisa Kral

When you’ve been doing this as long as I have, the holidays seem to occur at a faster rate every year. For instance, before I can take two breaths, I’m writing about Christmas again. Now it’s nearly February and I’ve already been writing Romance in the Rockies posts for The Heidi Guide. Of course, I believe we should celebrate love year round, but it’s nice to have one day to

Firework Snowdown 08 Claude Steelman©

I love winter festivals. It’s a party in the snow and I don’t think it gets much better than that, especially in Colorado. Here’s a lineup of Colorado winter festivals that should be on your radar this year. Here are six Colorado winter festivals with a little something for every taste. Whether you’re looking for a raging party of wholesome family-fun, Colorado’s got your festival needs covered. Ullr – Breckenridge,

Featured Festival Rio Frio Ice Fest & the Rio Frio on Ice 5K. HeidiTown.com

Where can you watch a fire and ice bonfire, run a 5K on a frozen river, celebrate a 167-year-old mountain expedition, take a polar plunge and so much more? At the Rio Frio Ice Fest in Alamosa, Colorado in the beautiful San Luis Valley. A lot of HeidiTown stories came from our 2016 trip to Rio Frio Ice Fest, and I guarantee if you attend, you’ll have more than a

Photos from ArtoCade 2016. Reincarnation, Fritz A. & Gail M. (Trinidad, Colorado) HeidiTown.com

I can’t wait to write about our trip to Trinidad, Colorado. In the meantime, I’m going to share with you ten of my favorite photos from the festival that brought us to town. I was in town to cover ArtoCade, an art car extravaganza that was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Nothing could have prepared me for the creativity on display at ArtoCade. In it’s fourth year, ArtoCade brings

Spend Christmas in Ouray, photo by Dan Navakowski

There are still 144 days until Christmas, so please don’t panic, however, it’s never too soon to plan holiday travel. And after this summer heatwave we’ve been experiencing, a cool down in the beautiful village of Ouray, Colorado sounds heavenly. Imagine spending a wintry weekend surrounded by snowy peaks in Ouray, Colorado. Snowshoe on a local trail, enjoy a delicious meal or cozy up with a warm whiskey drink at

Beer at Breckenridge Brewery. HeidiTown.com

I was asked recently to write a “tips for attending winter festivals” post. Well, I had already written that post way back in 2014. Since it has some great winter festival survival tips I decided I’d re-post the original article.   The following post originally appeared on HeidiTown.com on February 7, 2014. ***   I was prompted to write this post after an experience I had last month during Breckenridge’s

Featured Festival Telluride Fire Festival 2016 El Pulpo Mecanico

This was the most unique winter festival we attended last year. It’s a spectacle of creativity and fire and must be experienced to be truly understood. And, the fact that it’s held in Telluride is a big bonus. Part Burning Man, part community party, 2015 was the inaugural year of Telluride Fire Festival. The first thing we witnessed on our first night in town was El Pulpo Mecanico. I’ll admit,