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Light up the Holidays Green Chile & Hockey in Loveland, Colorado. HeidiTown (header)

Most longtime citizens of HeidiTown know that I live in Loveland, Colorado. We moved here in 2003 from Denver, and have seen the area undergo a lot of changes. One of the best things that has happened to this region’s holiday season is Loveland Wonder Winterlights. This extravaganza makes this city one of the finest when it comes to holiday happenings, and worth a visit to Loveland. Located at Chapungu

Downtown Beer Week, HeidiTown (101)

NOTE: This post will continually be updated as more Downtown Beer Week information is revealed. Keep checking in! Beer isn’t just a drink—it means a lot more to many of us—playing a big part in the story of our lives. For instance, during my college days, in the late 1990s, a lot of hours were spent with friends at Boundary Bay Brewing in Bellingham, Washington. As brewery lovers, Ryan and

Featured Festival Barbarian Feast 2022, There Will be Meat, HeidiTown.com, Photo by Jonathan Castner (4)

October 10, 2022: Tickets for the feast are officially SOLD OUT. It is time—time to eat with your hands and a knife, dress in furs and embrace your inner barbarian. Since 2017, the Barbarian Feast, a beer dinner like no other, is a hot ticket, selling out each year. I am married to the man (Ryan Schlaefer) who thought up the Barbarian Feast. It had been in his mind for

Ticket Giveaway, 4 concerts, Rialto Theater, Loveland, Colorado

This summer, Rialto Theater, Loveland’s 102 year old, downtown jewel, will present the Trailhead Sessions. This will be a new series of four concerts featuring soulful harmonies, toe tapping blues and throw back vibes. By the way, Rialto Theater is one reason we live in Loveland. When we first drove through, we were so pleased to see an historic theater still open in downtown. When Rialto Theater staff asked me

What the World Needs Now Sweetheart Festival, Loveland, Colorado 2

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” -Hal David, 1965 After the last couple of years, we could use a festival dedicated to love. That’s what the Sweetheart Festival is all about. I am excited about the event. Not only is it here in my town of Loveland, but it’s also something for me to anxiously anticipate, and I love anticipation.  Love is defined as “an intense feeling

The Barbarian Feast Fur, Fun, Food and Beer, HeidiTown (12), HeidiTown

It’s that time again, time for the barbarian hordes to take over Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland, Colorado.  Sponsored by Grimm Brothers and benefiting the American Legion, Post 2000, this will be the fourth year of fur, fun and food. The Barbarian Feast is returning to its place of origin, the Grimm Brothers parking lot.  A Weekend of Food & Drink in Idaho Springs, Colorado   Platters of foodstuff will

A Date Day, Loveland, Colorado-Style. HeidiTown (5)

I am sick and tired of the phrases “unprecedented times” and “new normal.” however, I do know why writers use them and it’s not just because we’re being lazy. It gets written because it’s true. Times are bizarre, uncommon, unparalleled… I think you get the picture. And because it’s weird, we forget about the normal things we need, like date nights or in this case a date day. I’m not

HeidiTown Loves Craft Beer & Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Breweries are part of the fabric of Colorado. They have played a big part here for many years. However, I have been heading to breweries since my college days in the late 1990s. I spent a lot of Fridays at Boundry Bay Brewery in Bellingham (don’t tell my mom). For more than 20 years, breweries have had a major role in my life and when I became the Mayor of

Loveland Drive-In food truck food HeidiTown.com

When I first heard about the pop-up movie theater in Loveland, I was skeptical. It seemed like it was only for families and I am not a mommy blogger. I don’t even have children (well, not the human variety). However, when I saw the movie lineup for the first weekend, I thought this might not be too bad. I was still wrong—it was great! Loveland is 45 minutes north of

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For many years, people thought the Mayor (that’s me) lived in the mountains. Breckenridge and Durango were cited most often. A few HeidiTown citizens thought I was from Ouray. Now, 12 years later, the cat’s out of the bag. I am from Loveland. I moved here 17 years ago from Denver. While I have watched changes and a lot of growth in Loveland, a few things remain the same. My