Travel

The Cliff House, HeidiTown.com

The Outlets at Loveland are getting into the holiday spirit and encourage you to get in the spirit too. Loveland is just 45 miles north of Denver and 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Outlets at Loveland are a mere minute or two from Interstate 25 and boast big names like Carter, Levi’s and The Workwear Store. There are three ways to Share the Love with the Outlets of

Beyond Colorado 12 Years of HeidiTown. HeidiTown.com (5)

I feel like I’m writing one of these every day. I think it is because time is moving so fast.  I’ve been the Mayor of HeidiTown for 12 years, yes, I started the blog in 2007, and wow, that feels like a long time ago. I don’t think I even know exactly what a blog was in the mid-2000s.  This year has had its challenges. The main one being that

A sleigh ride at snow mountain ranch. Natalie & Rufio. HeidiTown.com

You’ve heard about it in songs and perhaps you’ve seen it in a movie or commercials, but did you know that you can do it right here in Colorado? Several places around Colorado offer horse and sleigh rides, and earlier this winter we got to experience an outing at Snow Mountain Ranch, a beautiful YMCA of the Rockies property in Grand County, Colorado. We arrived at Sombrero Stables a little

Tom Helm talks about his coffee on the 2015 My Big Date Brunch & Brew. (2)

Three years ago I got together for drinks with two good friends, Christine Forster, owner of My Big Day Events and Mechelle Martz-Mayfield, owner of NOCO Short Bus Tours. That’s when we developed My Big Date, the first-ever Valentine’s Day tour packages in Loveland, Colorado. This year, we’re at it again and the My Big Date tours are better than ever. We even have a hotel partner offering discounted rates

1st place Team Lithuania at the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. HeidiTown (1)

Last year I finally got the opportunity to attend the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. I’d known about the event for years and wondered if it would live up to the hype. We were booked at the Village at Breckenridge and our room overlooked the parking lot in which the snow sculpting teams were working on their creations. We were lucky enough to stay for long enough to

Dog sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch. HeidiTown.com

Dog sledding in Colorado? Yes, you can. I’ve done it twice now and our experience this past week at Snow Mountain Ranch was like no other. I was a huge fan of the Iditarod when I was a kid. The race incorporates lots of things I love; dogs, snow and perseverance. Snow Mountain Ranch is part of the YMCA of the Rockies. It is located between Winter Park and Granby,

Top 10 HeidiTown Highlights of 2015. The magic of Crested Butte.

Each year I compile a list of my top ten highlights and each year it gets harder. This year was no exception. From birding festivals to wine festivals to festive Christmas outings, 2015 was chockablock with amazing Colorado experiences. I truly hope you took inspiration from my travels and had a few Colorado festival and travel highlights of your own this year. At the end of this post feel free

Featured Festival Telluride Fire Festival 2016 El Pulpo Mecanico

This was the most unique winter festival we attended last year. It’s a spectacle of creativity and fire and must be experienced to be truly understood. And, the fact that it’s held in Telluride is a big bonus. Part Burning Man, part community party, 2015 was the inaugural year of Telluride Fire Festival. The first thing we witnessed on our first night in town was El Pulpo Mecanico. I’ll admit,

Hotel Colorado sepia by HeidiTown.com

When it comes to ghosts, I’m a skeptic, but I’m a skeptic with an overactive imagination. Therefore scary movies keep me up at night and staying in a haunted hotel can leave me with a racing heart and clammy palms. My most haunting ghost experience actually happened in college while I was living in a huge Victorian mansion in Bellingham, Washington. On three separate occasions, just on the verge of