Travel

Spend St. Patrick’s Day in One of These Colorado Towns 1. HeidiTown

I want to start this post by telling you who it is not for. It is not for those with wee children looking for face painting and parade information. It’s also not for those who think green beer, whiskey shots and a DJ make an excellent St. Patrick’s Day. To me, a good St. Patrick’s Day means old friends and new friends, a bar where talking to new and old

grand lake portrait. HeidiTown.com

Several weekends ago, we headed to Grand Lake, Colorado, for Ryan’s birthday. We were warned that the town would be quiet. Grand Lake had a busy summer, and with the staff shortages owners needed a break, especially restaurant owners who’d been working 7-days a week. Many shut down at the beginning of November, until Thanksgiving, and I don’t blame them. We are not new to Grand Lake or to a

On The Road Again Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. HeidiTown (5)

This was my first official HeidiTown trip since the beginning of October and this was not at all like riding a bike. We were okay at the traveling bit and we enjoyed each experience to the absolute fullest. Turns out, I am out of practice when it comes to this bit, writing as the Mayor.  When I am traveling and writing and traveling and writing, the writing part is pretty

I Want To Get Away How to Get Away Without Leaving Town (6)

I have written multiple times about being a tourist in your own town, but that was before this world-wide pandemic. We’ve all been stuck in our own towns for a year now and I have little doubt that you’re sick of it. Sick of eating food from the same restaurants, sick of staring at the same four-walls—just plain sick and tired of staying put. Thankfully, the world is slowly opening

Road Trip Colorado Scenic Byways. HeidiTown (Blue Mesa Reservoir 2019)

It is likely that 2021 will be another big year for the road trip. With so many unknowns in regarding to vaccines and the airlines, jumping in the car just may be a lot easier. But where will you go? Colorado is not short on beauty and it is best seen during a road trip. Thankfully, there is a website dedicated to some of the most scenic drives in the

The Mayor’s Travel Memories from the Road (Winter Park, Colorado) (3)

Unsurprisingly, one of my most memorable travel memories actually happened at a festival. I have been attending the Winter Park Beer Festival for years, as it is one of the best in the state. While other beer festivals struggle, this one continues to grow into one of the best.  Why do I say this? I see craft breweries there from around Colorado and from surrounding states like Utah and New

Celebrate Al Fresco in Downtown Laramie, Wyoming

This summer, festivals have been canceled, we aren’t allowed to sit at bars, we need to mask up when in crowded public spaces, and we must try to social distance ourselves from strangers at all times. It’s been uncomfortable and anything but normal. However, if you’d like a little festivity this summer, that’s also safe, head to Laramie, Wyoming. I am always impressed with this college town. It has chill

While Not at the Lake in Grand Lake, Colorado Golf. HeidiTown (3)

Everyone visits Grand Lake for the lake. However, there are other ways to spend time in this charming little mountain town. For instance, you may want to hit some balls around at the Grand Lake Golf Course. I have heard this many, many times: “I didn’t know that you golfed!” Sort of. Can ex-golfers say they golf? If so, I do. Throughout high school, I worked at Avalon Golf Club,

2019, A Year I’d Rather Forget, But… HeidiTown (Snowmass, Colorado)

This has been a rough year. I was diagnosed with Atypical Migraines in June after four visits to the emergency room in May. Today, months later, we still haven’t gotten to the bottom of why this is happening although the frequency of full-blown migraines has gone down. The good news is that I have a new appreciation and empathy for anyone suffering from chronic pain.  While this year was marred

Road Trip Tenacity Our Two Day Drive to Vail, Colorado. HeidiTown (10)

Road trips in Colorado require patience. Whether it is summer construction or winter pass closures, it takes a particular kind of composure to drive around this state. However, this road trip required tenacity. We were on our way to Revely Vail, a brand new festival that involves cooking, eating and celebrating the holiday lights in Vail. We’d been looking forward to this one, partly because we were booked at Antlers