I love road trips and I love Americana, and Cortez has more “Americana” architecture on Main Street than I’ve seen in any other Colorado town. From the Cork n’ Bottle liquor store to the Retro Inn, vintage signs are standard fare around town. It gives this part of Colorado a “Route 66” type of feel even though that famous road is well south of the area.
It had been years since Ryan and I visited the Mesa Verde area of Colorado. We weren’t sure what to expect when we sailed into the region earlier this month.
The Anasazi Heritage Center – A Must Stop
Our first official stop was the Anasazi Heritage Center, 15 minutes out of Cortez. I really like this museum because a walkthrough gives the visitor an easy to comprehend history lesson on the area. I encourage everyone to make this their first stop when visiting Mesa Verde Country. Continue reading
Find out what’s going on in Colorado this weekend, September 16-18, 2011. From Oktoberfests to art festivals, you can always find something interesting to do this in colorful Colorado.
As promised here’s a list of weekend events that caught the Mayor’s eye. Again, this is not a calendar of event, just stuff the Mayor thought was worth mentioning.
I’m sure there are lots of other fun events happening this weekend. If you know of something, please share it in the comment section.
First Friday Art Walks – An art walk is just the thing to light your creative fire. Both Fort Collins and Pueblo have art walks tonight (10/1/10). For information on Fort Collins’ art walk go to www.fortcollinsarts.org, and for Pueblo visit www.pueblopag.org.
Estes Park, CO – Elk Fest
Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bond Park (FREE)
What: Wapiti is the Cree word for elk, and this festival is all about the majestic creature that is common in the Estes Park area at this time of year. From seminars to Native American dancing and storytelling, this two-day event is quite the extravaganza. It includes a Mountain Man Rendezvous, an elk bugling contest and even elk-viewing tours. There’s so much scheduled during the Elk Fest that I’d recommend visiting www.estesnet.com to check out the entire line up.
Lakewood, CO – Cider Days
Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakewood’s Heritage Center in Belmar Park (Adults $6, Children, 3-12, $3)
What: Last weekend Morrison, Colorado celebrated cider and now Lakewood. This is the city’s 35th Annual Cider Days, and it’s one of those perfect family festivals. You can bring your own apples or purchase Colorado-grown apples at the event and watch them being made into cider using the Heritage Center’s vintage cider press. There is a laundry list of activities for the kids, including mule-drawn wagon rides, face painting and more. Adults will find shopping and historic demonstrations. There is also a petting zoo and tractor pull. For the entire lineup of events visit www.Lakewood.org.
September 30 thru October 3 (Tickets Required)
What: Dust off your cowboy hat and polish up your boots. This is an event where cowboy poets and musicians gather to share their songs and stories. The Durango Cowboy Gathering, Inc. is a non-profit working to preserve and perpetuate the tradition of working ranch people in the American West. To learn more visit www.DurangoCowboyGathering.org.
Fort Collins, CO – Picture yourself with a Budweiser Clydesdale
Thursday thru Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch (FREE)
What: Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a Budweiser Clydesdale? If you live in Northern Colorado, it’s easy and it’s free. You can even get your picture taken with one of these amazing, celebrity animals. Free brewery tours are also available. Beermaster tours require a reservation and occur at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. For more information visit www.budweisertours.com.
If you haven’t made it out to a local Oktoberfest, you still have a chance to hit one this weekend.
Niwot, CO – Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. in Cottonwood Square. This will be Niwot’s second annual Oktoberfest complete with German music, German dancing, German food and beer from Left Hand Brewery. Learn more about this small town Oktoberfest here.
Loveland, CO – Grimm Brothers Brewery, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The brewery will be introducing their Oktoberfest beer, The Farmer’s Daughter. In addition there will be live music and BBQ from Bottlecap. For more information visit them here on Facebook.
Also celebrating Oktoberfest (click on the town name for more info):
La Veta, CO
Cañon City, CO