tourism

A stay at Colorado Trail House. Victorian house in Leadville, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

 Colorado Trail House offers something new to the traveler in a home that rings with echoes of the past. Steeped in history, Leadvillle’s lively past is palpable on every visit to the town, and whether a visitor cares a whit about history or not, it’s all around them. I have been visiting Leadville for nearly a decade, and on my most recent trip, I experienced many new Leadville sites and

The Durango Diner, HeidiTown.com

Mayor’s note: I’m going to write a three-part series on Doing Durango. Part one, published on 5/15 was all about beer. Today’s post is all about food and the last post in the series will focus on touristy, fun activities you shouldn’t miss. In Durango you are just as likely to see a man in a cowboy hat as a guy with sleeve tattoos and ear gauges, and you can

Water fountain & sculpture in Old Town Fort Collins HeidiTown.com

So you’ve decided to spend a weekend in Fort Collins – a very good choice, and even better if you plan your stay around Colorado Brewers’ Festival, June 22-23, 2013. In its 24th year, this is one of the first Colorado brew fests and my favorite. With multiple music stages, lots of shade and of course, lots and lots of beer, the Colorado Brewers’ Festival ticks all the right boxes

the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad chugging through the canyon HeidiTown.com

I love trains. If you’ve been a fan of HeidiTown for any length of time you are already aware of my train obsession. I’m not into the technical stuff, but I like the experience of train travel and the nostalgia that comes with it. Train travel forces us to slow down and look around; something we should be doing on a daily basis. While in Durango last month, Ryan and

Ouray, Colorado by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer for HeidiTown.com

Do you seek out adventure? Or would you rather soak in hot springs all day? Does rappelling into a waterfall sound exhilarating? Or would you rather sit on a sun-soaked, rooftop patio drinking a beer? You can do all of these things and more in Ouray, Colorado. Ryan and I visited Ouray in March and we fell in love with the town. I hadn’t been to Ouray since my parents

Go on an adventure - HeidiTown

This week’s a little screwy, but that’s okay. Radio is not an exact science and neither is blogging. This post usually goes up on a Monday, but this week it’s being posted on a Friday, but that’s okay too because most of what I talk about in this segment are festivals in mid-April. As you know, my radio segments on KRFC 88.9 FM are now recorded and aired every other

Frog Prince in Downtown Grand Junction. HeidiTown.com

As you know, Ryan and I did a lot of traveling this winter and every trip has a special place in our hearts. Grand Junction, however, has a special place in our stomachs. If you are a fan of eating and drinking, you’ll want to get out a pen and paper and take notes on this post. We’d driven by Grand Junction and Palisade a number of times over the

Ice climbing in Ouray, not just for the pros

When I told people I was going ice climbing in Ouray, they would say, “I didn’t know you were a climber.” I’m not a climber. I had never even sat in a harness until my first zip lining experience in 2012. However, when I was offered the chance to go ice climbing with San Juan Mountain Guides, for some crazy reason I said yes. On our third day in Ouray,

Colorado National Monument: A gem on the Western Slope

Several weeks ago, Ryan and spent a weekend in Grand Junction. This was a true adventure because we’d never been to Grand Junction before. We’d driven through, but never stopped to smell the roses, or rather, the perfume of wine. I’m going to highlight our foodie and wine adventures in Grand Junction in another post, but here I want to concentrate on our morning at the Colorado National Monument. First,

Berthoud in in the snow HeidiTown

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 is a charming town, and a visit there is a bit