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Spend St. Patrick’s Day in One of These Colorado Towns 1. HeidiTown

I want to start this post by telling you who it is not for. It is not for those with wee children looking for face painting and parade information. It’s also not for those who think green beer, whiskey shots and a DJ make an excellent St. Patrick’s Day. To me, a good St. Patrick’s Day means old friends and new friends, a bar where talking to new and old

grand lake portrait. HeidiTown.com

Several weekends ago, we headed to Grand Lake, Colorado, for Ryan’s birthday. We were warned that the town would be quiet. Grand Lake had a busy summer, and with the staff shortages owners needed a break, especially restaurant owners who’d been working 7-days a week. Many shut down at the beginning of November, until Thanksgiving, and I don’t blame them. We are not new to Grand Lake or to a

While Not at the Lake in Grand Lake, Colorado Golf. HeidiTown (3)

Everyone visits Grand Lake for the lake. However, there are other ways to spend time in this charming little mountain town. For instance, you may want to hit some balls around at the Grand Lake Golf Course. I have heard this many, many times: “I didn’t know that you golfed!” Sort of. Can ex-golfers say they golf? If so, I do. Throughout high school, I worked at Avalon Golf Club,

Get in a Kayak on the Lake in Grand Lake, Colorado

I spent a two-day weekend in Grand County last month. We camped on the first night. I should write about it. We used to camp all the time. Heck, we were practically professionals but our dog got old and we got a little soft. Funny, I remembered how to camp right away, but I had forgotten how much dirt gets under the fingernails.  On the second night, I went to

Practice Social Distancing at the 100-Year-Old Grand Lake Lodge. HeidiTown (9)

I spent one night at Grand Lake Lodge in July. I have been to Grand Lake many times but this was only my second stay at the lodge. The first stay was for a wedding six years ago. Since that time, Highway West Vacations bought the property and things have changed. The most visible change is that the cabins have been updated. They managed to keep the old-fashioned ambiance while

Where to Stay in Grand Lake A Penthouse for Me, Please, HeidiTown.com 5

While summer is high season in Grand Lake, for us it’s a year-round destination. In the winter there is snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing or just sitting in front of a fireplace with a good book. In the summer, it’s a playground of lake activities, plus everything Rocky Mountain National Park offers. This lake town, located in Grand County, is about two hours west of Denver, and when Trail Ridge Road

Crested Butte, Colorado, photo by Trent Bona.

A Note from the Mayor: This article first appeared in the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor where I work as a reporter-at-large. The original title was “Explore Colorado.” Colorado is a beautiful state. Even the towns that dot the Eastern Plains have their own sort of nostalgic charm. However, there are a few towns that really sparkle when blanketed with a fresh layer of snow. Here are the towns that I consider to

The perfect day in Grand Lake. lake reflections HeidiTown.com

Ryan and I woke to sunlight flooding in our condo’s bedroom window. Outside, Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake, was so still it appeared that I could walk across the glassy surface. Our search for breakfast didn’t take us far. Blue Water Bakery is mere steps away from Eagles Spirit Condo. We ate eggs and toast at a patio table with lake views while hummingbirds buzzed around us,

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

sled dogs winter park

This week’s radio segment is a little embarrassing. My voice is so husky that I sound like my other job might be at one of those late night phone chat establishments. The truth is that last week I was knocked on my butt with a terrible head cold/flu thing that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Anyway, I’m just about back to normal, whatever normal is, and you should