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Featured Festival: Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, Feb. 10-12, 2017

This fest has fireworks and fire arts, ice sculptures and light shows, bands and singers and so much more. No wonder Loveland Fire & Ice Festival won the Downtown Colorado, Inc. Governor’s Best Festival Award 2016.

Featured Festival Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, courtesy photo

Courtesy of Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

The amount of things to do at the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival will make your head spin. It truly has a little something for everyone. Whether you like live music or are looking for entertainment for the kids — toddler or teens — this festival has got you covered.

In addition to the festival’s fireworks show that occurs every evening throughout the three day festival, and ice sculptures that dot the downtown landscape, there is a new event happening at this year’s Loveland Fire & Ice Festival.

It’s the brand new Brewing & Distilling Arts event. In addition to a carved ice bar that will be on display, local craft beers, ciders, wines, sangria and specialty moonshine will be available to taste via a token system.

The Brewing & Distillery Arts events, which happens daily throughout the event, is sure to liven up this already joyous festival. Check here for specific times and token sale information.

At its core, Loveland Fire & Ice is a family festival. Children will enjoy a carousel and carnival games. There are also carriage rides available to both families and sweethearts.  

Featured Festival Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, ice sculpture, courtesy photo

Photo courtesy of Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

If you love live music, you won’t want to miss this festival.

The musical lineup on the event’s Main Stage is filled with bands that will keep festival attendees dancing in the streets of Loveland to the sounds of classic rock, blues and pop.

There will be three more places to listen to music over the weekend including the Cleveland Performance Stage, Lincoln Performance Stage and Jefferson Performance Stage. The festival’s website has a complete lineup of performers on each stage on their Attractions page.

Visitors can also shop at Loveland Fire & Ice Festival in the event’s Marketplace featuring multiple vendors and exhibitors.

Loveland Fire & Ice Festival 2015. HeidiTown.com (9)

Should all this excitement make you hungry, visit the Food Truck Food Court which will host 13 different vendors selling everything from coffee to waffles.

Loveland Fire & Ice Festival is an extravaganza of fun and an affordable way to entertain the entire family.

Featured Festival Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, fire performer, courtesy photo

Photo courtesy of Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

Loveland is located just 52 miles north of Denver, 58 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is just minutes from Fort Collins. It’s easy to join in the free fun in downtown Loveland this February.

 

Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

February 10-12, 2017

Loveland, Colorado (downtown)

Admission: FREE

(with the exception of some ticketed events)

LovelandFireandIce.com

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A tour of the Timberlane Farm Museum in Loveland, Colorado

Belgian Horse at Timberlane Farm Museum HeidiTown

Funny picture because I caught this horse in mid-chew.

Collections at museums often represent snapshots from different places and different people. To find a collection of historical artifacts from one family is rare. To find them at the farm where the family lived for more than 100 years is even rarer.

This is what makes Timberlane Farm Museum in Loveland, Colorado so special.

The farm has been in the same family since 1860, when Judge W.B. Osborn and his wife Margaret acquired a 160 acre homestead in the Thompson Valley. Over the years the farm grew, but today just 17 acres remain, but also remaining are thousands of stories and hundreds of genuine artifacts from one of the first families of Loveland.

The farm brand at Timberlane Farm Museum HeidiTown

The farm brand was a T. Pictured here.

A visit to Timberlane Farm Museum brings Loveland history and Larimer County history alive – literally. I was greeted by the moo of cows as I exited my car at the farm on a snowy April day.

Located at 1st Avenue and Denver Avenue, hundreds of Lovelanders drive by Timberlane Farm every day, but few know much about the place. The museum was established six years ago as a nonprofit by Louise Osborn Gardels, the great granddaughter of Judge W.B. Osborn. Now 90-years-old, Gardels lives in Loveland and plays a vital role at the museum.

This living history museum truly breathes life into Loveland’s history from the mid-1800s to the 1940s. I’m not going to give everything about the farm away in this post because you should go on a tour and get the real story. I will, however, share with you a few of my favorite things from my tour.   Continue reading

A stay at the Berthoud Inn in Berthoud, Colorado

I’ve been writing for the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor for 7 years, so I’ve had a long relationship with the town of Berthoud, Colorado. I’ve known about the Berthoud Inn, the only local bed and breakfast, but had never had the opportunity to stay there until I started helping out the owner, Mark Chaffee, with the Inn’s Facebook page.

Berthoud Inn in the snow HeidiTown

Berthoud is a charming town, and a visit there is a bit like going back in time. It’s a town where everyone still comes out to high school football games and the Homecoming Parade is one of the biggest events of the year.

The Berthoud Inn & Events is located on a huge lot of land, just east of downtown. Built in 1888, the house is magnificent. In 1904, a local newspaper said of the home, “It has always been considered one of the most beautiful in the vicinity.” And more than 100 years later, it still is.

Berthoud is situated between Longmont and Loveland, about 45 minutes north of Denver and just 35 miles from Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. The Inn is within walking distance of everything the small town has to offer including restaurants, several day spas and a bit of shopping.

There’s also a brewery and that’s why we were there on a Wednesday. We were planning to defend our title as champions at Trivia Night at City Star Brewing.

We arrived at the Inn around 5:30 p.m. and a tour reveals seven themed rooms suited for a variety of guests. The Egyptian Room, in the basement, is probably the most interesting. It includes a tub the size of a small swimming pool, and some Egyptian costumes for those who may want to play a dress up.

The French Room at the Berthoud Inn HeidiTown

We stayed in the bright & cheery French Room at the Berthoud Inn.

The Inn also has a gigantic backyard that includes two stages and is home to the two tallest trees in Berthoud. Appropriate since the town’s nickname is “The Garden Spot.”  Small weddings are welcome here, and the space is pretty, even in the winter. I can easily visualize sitting on the wrap around patio during the summer with a glass of wine at my elbow and a book in my hands.

The sun setting on the Berthoud Inn HeidiTown

The sun setting at the Berthoud Inn.

After the tour we set out for City Star on foot, with a brief stop at the Brick Oven to order pizza. City Star lets visitors bring in food, and some places in downtown Berthoud will deliver your food directly to the brewery.

Trivia night has become popular and the brewery was packed. No problem for our team; we soundly beat everyone anyway. It probably helped that we had a team of nine very smart, very good looking people.

Breakfast at the Inn was a smorgasbord of culinary delights. Chaffee has owned the Berthoud Inn for 12 years, but before that he was the owner of multiple restaurants in Denver. There’s little doubt in my mind that his abilities as a chef is what truly sets the Berthoud Inn apart.

Our breakfast started with coffee and fruit in cream, and from there it just got better and better. Chaffee says he takes breakfast and “elevates it.” You may dine on strata with shrimp or poached salmon with a tropical fruit medley. He always serves eggs alongside, but your main dish may be more gourmet than you were expecting. It’s not unusual to have pork medallions with a savory sauce as your breakfast entrée – and be warned that portion sizes may have you skipping lunch.

Our breakfast concluded with cinnamon rolls served with a side of ice cream, so perhaps not surprisingly the dining experiences at the Berthoud Inn is what is most often referenced in their reviews on Trip Advisor.

Breakfast at the Berthoud Inn HeidiTown

Breakfast at the Berthoud Inn is a meal to remember.

The Berthoud Inn offers seven rooms in the main house, but also has a fully equipped, two bedroom apartment available for families, extended stay guests, business travelers, or those traveling with their canine companion. Since we were staying in the main house, we left our dog at Happy Tails Dog Ranch. Just five minutes from the Inn, I highly recommend Happy Tails. We’ve been utilizing their dog boarding services for a number of years. Learn more here.

To those of you who may have hesitations about staying at a bed and breakfast, please read my post, Dispelling Myths about Staying at a Bed & Breakfast. Bed and breakfasts are one of my favorite lodging options when I travel, and I think you’ll love it too if you give it a try.

The Berthoud Inn & Events is located at 444 1st Street in Berthoud, Colorado. Find them online at BerthoudInn.com or join their brand new Facebook page here.

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Please note: I am assisting the Berthoud Inn with their new Facebook page. Therefore, I received a free stay to experience firsthand everything the Inn has to offer.  

Featured Festival: Snow Sculpture in the Dark (Loveland, Colorado Feb. 5-10, 2013)

2013 Snow Sculpture HEIDITOWNSeveral years ago I was walking through downtown Loveland, Colorado when I ran into a man carving a humongous ice block. We got to talking and I learned that he was helping bring a snow carving competition to Loveland.

I knew immediately that this would be the perfect fit for a city already internationally known for art and sculpture, and boasting one of the largest sculpture shows in the country every summer.

In a short amount of time I’ve watched Snow Sculpture in the Dark grow from a small snow carving festival into what is now a sanctioned snow sculpture event where the winners will go on to compete as Team Colorado in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition.

Ten talented teams from across Colorado will converge on Loveland on February 5th to start working on their unique snow creations. They will work every day of the week, weather permitting, until 10 p.m.

While this event has become big time, the festival is a community party that has been embraced by the residents of Loveland. It starts with snow stomping at the beginning of the week. Local businesses put together teams of at least three people to stomp the snow in preparation for the sculptors. I’m very excited for this part of the week because this year I have a HeidiTown snow stomping team. If you’d like to put a team together go here to sign up.

snow stomping at Snow Sculpture after Dark HeidiTown

Stomping snow at the 2012 Snow Sculpture in the Dark. Photo courtesy of E.L. Events.

The main event for the public gets underway on Friday, February 8, 2013. This is also the evening of Loveland’s monthly Night on the Town, art walk. In addition to art walk, downtown has put together lots of activities surrounding the snow sculpture event, such as a luminary walk, Valentine’s Day oriented fun at the Loveland Museum Gallery, entertainment at the Rialto Theater, an artisan show at The Majestic, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Loveland’s first-ever Still Parade.

What’s a Still Parade? Instead of the parade moving, the spectators move. The Still Parade, featuring floats, dance troupes, bands and more, will be held along Railroad Avenue from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

team of snow sculptors at Snow Sculpture after Dark in Loveland Colorado HeidiTown

A team of excited snow sculptors at Snow Sculpture in the Dark in Loveland in 2012. Photo courtesy E.L. Events.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 is going to be the perfect day to bring your kiddos to Loveland, Colorado to see the sculptures and participate in all sorts of family-friendly activities. There will be ice bowling, face painting, carriage rides, train rides, ice tick tack toe and more. You can also cast a vote for your favorite snow sculpture in the People’s Choice Awards. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Insider’s tip: While in town, be sure to check out the 25 Ford Model A cars that will be parked in the lot north of 4th street and just east of Railroad Avenue.

I’m very excited to be a part of this unique Colorado event, and I hope that you will join me!

Snow Sculpture in the Dark

Loveland, Colorado

February 5-10, 2013

10 sculpture on 4th Street + a party in downtown

See map here

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Please join Loveland Snow Sculpture on Facebook to win fun prizes!

To learn more about Snow Sculpture in the Dark, or to keep tabs on all the fun events happening in Loveland, Colorado, go to www.e-l-events.org. You can join EL Events on Facebook here.

 

Featured Festival: First Night, take an Enchanted Voyage in Fort Collins, Colorado

First Night Fort Collins 2012-13 largeThis year is the 17th Annual First Night in Fort Collins. This a New Year’s Eve celebration for the entire family.

This is a non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve party with entertainment galore. This year’s theme is Enchanted Voyage, and the night will not disappoint.

First Night events take place in 12 different venues around the city, from Lincoln Center to Old Town Square, and festivities get under way  at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 31st.
The schedule is jam packed with storytelling, history, interactive craft projects, street performers, international dance acts, comedy, theater, magicians and so much more it would take me too long to list them all here.

The evening’s headliner is  Popovich Comedy Pet Theater  from Las Vegas, Nevada. The Comedy Pet Theater features 16 dogs and other animal performers – all are rescue animals. Gregory Popovich has been featured on the Tonight Show and was named Entertainer of the Year by the American Circus Association. His unusual theater troupe has even been featured on Animal Planet.

The 45-minute Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is being held at Lincoln Center at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. This show is included with your First Night Button.

What’s a First Night Button? It’s your $12 ticket to every event that’s happening on the evening of the 31st.

Buy your First Night Button  HERE!  Kids under 5 are free.

For more information on First Night and other events happening in Fort Collins go to  DowntownFortCollins.com.

What’s happening in Colorado this weekend,June 1-3, 2012, & beyond (HeidiTown on the Radio)

It’s the first weekend in June and the following is the transcript from my radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM.  Find out what’s happening around Colorado this weekend, plus a look ahead at the busy month of June.

If you’d rather listen to the show CLICK HERE.

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Colorado

Proud to be writing about Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about festivals, events and destinations around Colorado.

In just a couple weeks I’m heading up to TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers. This year the event is being held right here in Keystone, Colorado and writers from around Sydney, Australia to Paris, France are attending. I’m excited to be representing Colorado at this event. Tourism is one of the most important industries in our state, and I’m proud to have carved out my little niche in this dynamic industry.

Now… on to the show.

Here’s the lineup for June 1 through June 3, 2012.

It’s First Friday Art Walk across the state this weekend, and I recommend using this as an excuse for a date night!

This Saturday, here in Fort Collins check out Global Village Museum’s World Rhythms in Old Town Square. Seven bands will perform live World Music from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.. Dance to the beat of African drums, swing your hips to some Latin tunes and tap your toes to Celtic jams. Enjoy craft beer, international vendors booth, and new this year, the Rio Patio featuring margs and salsa. For more information on this events and other fun happenings in Fort Collins go to DowntownFortCollins.com.

Berthoud Day Parade, Berthoud, Colorado

The Berthoud Day Parade attracts thousands of spectators. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Also on Saturday it’s the 58th Annual Berthoud Day in Berthoud, Colorado. I am excited to announce to the KRFC listeners that I will be emceeing this event. The day starts with a huge parade at 11 am that winds through this charming small town, followed by a big celebration in Berthoud Park with several stages, a pizza eating contest, a beer garden and lots more. Bring the entire family out to enjoy Berthoud Day. Go to BerthoudColorado.com to keep tabs on this event and this town.

Looking for a foot-stomping good time? Look no further than the third annual Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival. The event will be held at Parrish Ranch just west of Berthoud, Colorado on June 1 through 3rd, and the ranch will be alive with the sounds of fiddle, banjo, guitar, washboards and more. If you love old-time music you won’t to miss this musical event. For info go to the Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association website at TheCROMA.org, that’s TheCROMA.org.

Lots of stuff is happening in Denver this weekend, here are the highlights… the long awaited Toyota Elephant Passage is opening at the Denver Zoo. The 41st People’s Fair is taking place in Civic Center Park. This is a laid back event where I enjoy listening to the many different bands, doing a little shopping, a little drinking and a little people watching.

While in Denver, check out the Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square. I have not yet had the opportunity to experience this event, but I’ve been told it’s really amazing. You can check out some of the past chalk paintings at DenverChalkArt.com or follow them on Facebook.

I want to mention that Film on the Rocks starts Monday, June 4 at Red Rocks. If you’ve never been to this event, it’s a good time. This year’s movie lineup includes one of my personal favorites, Office Space, and other films such as Bridesmaids and Wayne’s World. For everything happening at this iconic Colorado venue this summer go to RedRocksOnline.com.

1940s WWII ball

Party goers check out a WWII era plane at the 1940s Ball in Boulder, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Lots of other stuff is going on this weekend, but I’m going to take this opportunity to look ahead at some June events that should be on your calendar, including one of my favorite events of the entire year, the 1940s WWII Era Ball. This year’s ball takes place on June 16 at the Boulder Airport. Watch for a write up about this one-of-a-kind event on HeidiTown.com on June 1st.

Also, I hope you’ve already marked June 23 and 24th on your calendar. It’s the 23rd Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival in Fort Collins at Civic Center Park. This is one of the most highly anticipated beer events in the State, and for good reason. More than 40 Colorado breweries will be represented this year, and there is also a reunion show scheduled for 12 Cents for Marvin. More at DowntownFortCollins.com.

I’m running out of time, so I have to wrap up, but for more be sure to visit the blog at HeidiTown.com and join the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB.

You can also follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown where I tweet tons of event and festival info or circle the town on Google Plus.

Thanks for listening! I hope to see you at a festival this weekend!  Happy 1st weekend of June!

Mead Roubaix Festival will be fun for entire family

Little girl on pony.

Mead Roubaix Festival (Photo courtesy of the Mead Area Chamber of Commerce).

I really enjoy sharing events like the Mead Roubaix Festival with my readers. Small town festivals are at the heart of what this blog is all about. There is just something extra charming about festivals held in little communities around Colorado.

The first Mead Roubaix Festival was held last year, and it is a combination of bike race and community fest. The bike race attracted 600 participants who made their way to Mead, Colorado, a town of about 3,000 that is one mile west of I25 and approximately 36 miles north of Denver.

Not being a cyclist, I had to look up what the word roubaix meant. It turns out it is derived from the French word rubble and has come to refer to a bike race where the riders ride a route that has paved and unpaved sections. The Mead Roubaix bike race is a 12.5-mile loop on a mixture of hard packed dirt and paved roads around the town.

Because this festival occurs in conjunction with a bike race, even if you aren’t racing you should bring along your bike because a Longmont bike shop, Bike-N-Hike, will be giving free tune ups at this event.

The day starts out at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and at 9:30 there’s a “Who Let the Dogs Out” doggie dash being sponsored by the business where I board my dog, Happy Tails Dog Ranch in Berthoud, Colorado. The dash includes a two-mile walk with bandanas for the dogs and goodie bags and prizes for participants. You can find info on  the doggie dash here.

Mead Roubaix 2011 racers

Mead Roubaix race 2011. Courtesy photograph.

The festival has a large Kids’ Zone where children can play all day for just $5. There’s a bungee trampoline, bounce house, obstacle course, pony rides and more. And while the kids play, mom and dad can browse local vendors’ booths and partake in refreshments in the beer garden.

I think the Mead Roubaix Festival will be a great opportunity to get the family out and start working on those summer tan lines – mine usually involve stripy feet from wearing a variety of sandals.

The Mead Roubaix Festival takes place Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Mead Town Park, 441 Third Street, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration for the bike race is currently underway at CyclingEvents.com/MeadRoubaix.

 

Up, up & away at the Sweetheart Balloon Rally in Loveland, Colorado

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Read all about this fabulous Loveland, Colorado event on August 27-28, 2011 HERE.



Corn Roast Festival, a Loveland, Colorado event, announces entertainment lineup!

Old Fashion Corn Roast Festival in Loveland, ColoradoCorn Roast Festival runs August 26-27, 2011, in Loveland, Colorado.

This event is still nearly two month away, but today the entertainment line-up for this corny community festival is being released on Facebook.

I thought it was the ideal time to direct my readers to  the Mayor of HeidiTown’s article on this long-running festival –> read article here.

Get the low down on this year’s festival entertainment on Loveland’s Official Corn Roast Festival Fan Page at 9 a.m. today, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

Win tickets and meet the headless horseman at Hearts & Horses’ haunted house in Loveland

Hearts & Horses haunted house is haunted for real! Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.

It’s our last giveaway of the Halloween season. This time around the Mayor of HeidiTown bought two tickets to Hearts & Horses’ haunted house in Loveland.

I’ve written about this organization for a local newspaper and it holds a special place in my heart. Hearts & Horses is a non-profit that promotes the emotional and social well-being of people with special needs through equine therapy. I have witnessed first hand how this organization truly changes lives.

Hearts & Horses has one of the scariest haunted attractions in Northern Colorado. Long before the house was transformed into a Halloween haunted house, the large home on the property was investigated four times by various paranormal investigators.

A large staff of volunteers starts working on the haunted house in the summer. I had the chance to tour this property; there are life-sized statues, a headless horseman, a cemetery and much more. Nestled in the foothills of west Loveland at 163 N. Carter Lake Road, Hearts & Horses’ haunted house is truly scary place.

Watch our for Death... he lurks around this haunted house. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.

For two tickets to this terrifying haunted house, let me know that you were here by leaving a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at 9 a.m..

Hearts & Horses haunted house was open this past weekend and will be open October 28-30.

Note from the Mayor: Please take the time to check out Hearts & Horses Web site at www.heartsandhorses.org.

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