history

The Rush Casino & Hotel by HeidiTown

While in Cripple Creek I was incarcerated and lost some money, but I’d still go back. We arrived in Cripple Creek on a cloudy Friday afternoon. I had been invited to be a guest at the brand new Rush Casino, formerly the Gold Rush. The building had been shuttered for three years before the new owners bought it, renovated the place and opened in August 2012. I had never been

HeidiTown.com sign

This week’s radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM covers a bunch of stuff including the new online Masters in Tourism Program at Colorado State University, the Hospitality, Events and Tourism program at Metropolitan State University, my upcoming weekend trip to Cripple Creek, Colorado, a review of my favorite post from this fall season and a little housekeeping. KRFC is asking for your help – if you are a listener, please

2012 Christkindl, Ms. Laura Kantwerk

It seems rather appropriate for the Mayor of a place called HeidiTown to have a connection to the German Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter. Full disclosure: This organization has been advertising their events with HeidiTown for a while now and it’s a match made in heaven. This organization puts together well-organized and top-notch events that I am more than happy to slap my endorsement on. Their Biergarten Festival is

Featured Festival: Gold Camp Christmas in Cripple Creek & Victor, Colorado

The holidays come alive in Cripple Creek and Victor on December 6-9, 2012, during Gold Camp Christmas. One hundred years ago, thousands of people converged on this area of Colorado in search of fortune in the form of gold. The area is rich in mining history and today visitors can explore mines or visit a number of museums that tell the wild story of Cripple Creek’s lively past. Today, people

Greeley Freight Train Museum

Updated: May 7, 2020 As tourists, we take the time to learn the history and hidden secrets of the places we visit, but how many of us know the story of our own town? Earlier this year, I wrote a post entitled, “Become an advocate for your town,” and today’s post has a similar feel, although I fear I’m going to get preachier. In that piece, I gave you five

coffin races Manitou Springs Colorado

Let’s be frank, Manitou Springs is quirky, and sometimes downright weird, but that’s a big part of why I like it. We’ve done several weekend trips to Manitou over the years, and it’s always a memorable experience. In fact, if you follow me on Twitter, the blue-haired lady I use as an avatar is from a photo I took in Manitou of a pinball machine. Located just 15 minutes west

DMNS Pompeii

I am a museum junkie, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is one of my favorites. I love the smell of a museum, the lighting, and the sense that I am learning something new just by being in the building. Ancient history has never had a big draw for me, so I wasn’t particularly overjoyed to hear that the Pompeii exhibition was coming to Denver. But, of course,

DMNS Pompeii

This week’s radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM is full of history and culture. Think you can handle that? Have you ever wanted to party like a Italian in AD 79? Well, find out when and where you can. Wondering about the new Fort Collins Museum of Discovery? Find out the schedule for the opening of this state-of-the-art facility. Are you a bird lover like me? Find out where you

Rose Street B&B Georgetown, Colorado

When I was a child, my family used to vacation each year on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. We always stayed at the same bed and breakfast, and I have wonderful memories of our stays there. As an adult, I continue to choose this style of lodging when I am on vacation, especially when visiting smaller towns around Colorado. Over the years, Ryan and I have stayed at bed

boys dancing at Biergarten Festival

The 16th Annual Biergarten Festival – July 13 & 14, 2012   Last year I was interviewed by Kama, from 99.9 FM in Fort Collins, Colorado. She asked me, “What makes a great festival?” I answered that setting is a huge part of what makes a festival special and authenticity is huge. There are three parts to creating great ambiance at an event and that’s setting, authenticity and layout. The