Grab a beer at Boulder Beer at DIA
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If you’re waiting for friends or just want to have a beer as soon as you land a cold beverage at Boulder Beer is a must to get in the Colorado spirit. The first craft brewery in Colorado and one of the best free tours in the state, this brewery is worthy of praise. Started by two CU Boulder professors in 1979, issued the 43rd brewing license in the nation, they have given the world such beers as Buffalo Gold and Hazed & Infused Amber Ale. Their free tour of their brewery in Boulder runs at 2 pm on the weekdays and 2 and 4 pm on Saturday.
Welcome to Boulder!
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Located 35 minutes northwest of Denver and 45 minutes from Denver International Airport, Boulder is a captivating community enriched with natural beauty, hip urban culture and a vibrant love of the outdoors. Visit Boulder and experience its distinctive lifestyle overflowing with world-class restaurants, inspired shopping and art, unbeatable people watching, and thousands of acres of wide open spaces.
Hike Starting at the Chautauqua Trailhead
900 Baseline Road / Boulder / 720-564-2010
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Boulder is located where the mountains meet the plains and Chautauqua is located right at the base of the mountains. Here you’ll find Boulder’s iconic Flatirons. Boulder has 18,000 hectares of open space—that’s nearly twice the skiable acres in all of Colorado. Boulderites were the first residents in the country to buy open space land with taxpayer money. The proximity to top-notch outdoor recreation is why Boulder has earned the accolade of the “Fittest City in America,” we love to be outside all year long. From biking to hiking to outdoor yoga classes, Boulderites like to get outside and stay active.
Check-in at the Hotel Boulderado
2115 13th Street / Boulder / 303-442-4344
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Located in the heart of downtown Boulder, the Hotel Boulderado is Boulder’s first luxury hotel. The hotel opened on New Year’s Day, 1909, and it has evolved, ebbed and flowed over its long history. Notable guests include Helen Keller, Robert Frost and Louis Armstrong.
Head to the Farmers Market via Pearl Street
1492 Broadway, Suite 301 / Boulder / 303-449-3774
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The Pearl Street pedestrian mall is the heart and soul of Boulder and the perfect place to see what makes Boulder so unique. The majority of the shops and restaurants you’ll see are independently owned. This is some of the best people watching in the state. The people you will see will be sporting a smile, a shopping bag or two, and it’s almost guaranteed they’ve got a full belly of farm-fresh food. Make sure to check out University Bikes (one block from your hotel on 9th and Pearl St.) and talk to the bike gurus there. Their shop is cyclist heaven.
Boulder Farmers Market 4 PM – 8 PM Wednesdays
13th street in between Walnut and Arapahoe Streets / Boulder
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Farmers from around the county shut down a block in downtown Boulder to sell produce, cooking related products and connect with the local community. The Wednesday market also features a beer garden with local brewers and live music from 4-8 pm.
Peek into the Dushanbe Teahouse – grab an iced tea
1770 13th Street / Boulder / 303-442-4993
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Boulder’s sister city in Dushanbe Tajikistan gifted us a hand-painted, hand-crafted teahouse that is just as beautiful as its tea and food are delicious.
Walk a bit of the Boulder Creek Path
Boulder Creek path is seven miles of paved bike and walking path along the Boulder creek. The world’s largest IRONMAN competition uses the path for the marathon portion of the race due to its even incline and smooth paved path. Not to mention it’s pretty, and I’d want something pretty to distract me while running 26 miles.
Attend Bands on the Bricks
Pearl Street in between 13th and 14th streets / Boulder
Every Wednesday in the summertime the local downtown business improvement district puts on a free live concert with a beer/wine/margarita garden and plenty of grooving. It’s a great photo op and a perfect impression of what life is like as a Boulderite.
Dinner at Oak
1400 Pearl Street / Boulder / 303-444-3622
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Chef/Owner Steven Redzikowski’s seasonally inspired menus are focused around OAK’s one-of-a-kind, oak-fired oven and grill and offer selections from Colorado’s abundant agricultural landscape. OAK is proud to feature locally grown vegetables, locally sourced meats, sustainably raised seafood, and house-made pastas. OAK also offers a variety of creative hand-crafted cocktails and hand-selected artisan wines and beers that are the perfect addition to every element of our cuisine.
Early: Flatirons Photo Shoot
Best time of day to photograph the Flatirons – Erin can pick anyone up if they are interested in a sunrise shoot.
Walk to Breakfast at Cured West
2019 10th Street / Boulder / 720-389-8096 x 2
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The second location for Cured, Cured West, has more of a focus on lunchtime foods than its sister whose focus is on cheese and meats. They have sandwiches, soups and salads, and gourmet chocolates as well as other epicurean pantry treats. Cured is owned by Will Frischkorn and his wife Coral. Will was a pro cyclist before opening his delish shops in Boulder! This shop is only two blocks from your hotel.
Depart for Estes Park
Welcome to Estes Park!
Located only 90 minutes from Denver International Airport, Estes Park is the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the most visited national parks in the US. Featuring incredible vistas and real wildlife, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park offer unparalleled adventures including the longest continuous paved highway in North America, world-class rock climbing and breathtaking hikes. In the winter, ice climbing, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing offer serene and majestic recreation for all ages. Known for its variety of lodging, small-town charm and knowledgeable outfitters, Estes Park also offers access to the national forest where guests can mountain bike, take an off-road 4×4 tour and even camp on the side of a cliff!
Ride the Aerial Tramway
420 East Riverside Drive / Estes Park / 970-586-3675
Welcome to Open Aerial Tramway! Gain a bird’s-eye view of Estes Park without having to hike! The Estes Park Aerial Tram safely whisks you above the treetops to the summit of Prospect Mountain. Operating daily from the end of May to early September, the tram is one of the few European-style cable cars operating in the United States. Instead of using towers to support the wires, the tram, built and designed by Robert Heron, travels across a free span of wires strung between top and bottom stations. Since 1955, it has carried more than 3 million people to the summit, where riders spend as much time as they wish observing and photographing the gorgeous panoramas, hiking family-friendly trails, or sometimes even getting married!
Lunch at the Baldpate Inn
4900 South Highway 7 / Estes Park / 970-586-6151
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The Baldpate Inn, located seven miles south of Estes Park, Colorado, and next to Rocky Mountain National Park, is a classic mountain getaway offering spectacular views, intriguing history, scrumptiously fresh food, caring staff and cozy accommodations. Built in 1917, the Inn has been enchanting travelers for over 98 years. We welcome you to become part of our legacy. From our perch on Twin Sisters Mountain at an elevation of 9,000 feet, Baldpate Inn boasts restful B&B accommodations, award-winning healthy dining, the intriguing world’s largest key collection and delightful live theater entertainment.
Fly Fishing with Kirks Flyshop
230 East Elkhorn Avenue / Estes Park / 970-577-0790
Kirks Fly Shop is located in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado, the Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. They are a family owned and operated full pro-line fly shop, offering the highest quality fly fishing equipment, as well as backpacking and camping gear. Fly Fishing, hiking, backpacking and climbing in the great outdoors and Rocky Mountains are their passions, and they want to share their passion with you and make sure you have the most enjoyable and memorable RMNP experience.
New Brewery Tour
Rock Cut Brewing Company
390 West Riverside Drive in Picadilly Square Shopping Center / Estes Park / 970-586-7300
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Rock Cut Brewing Company is Estes Park’s newest brewery and features a variety of hand-crafted beers, personally made by the two owners who opened after meeting in a local homebrewer’s club.
Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company
531 South Saint Vrain Avenue / Estes Park / 812-201-3836
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Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company brews, distributes and serves delicious beer in an inspired place – an old gas station with a fun beer garden and views of the rocky landscape for which it is named.
Dinner at Poppy’s Pizza and Grill with Optional Beer Pairing
342 East Elkhorn Avenue / Estes Park / 970-586-8282
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Poppy’s offers something for everyone in a great location downtown on Estes Park’s beautiful Riverwalk. From pizza to burgers, salad bar and homemade soups to classic sandwiches and wraps, from a great wine list to one of the most extensive beer menus around, you’ll be sure to find something to love.
Sunset Tour with Rocky Mountain Conservancy
1895 Fall River Road / Estes Park / 970-586-3262
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Founded in 1931, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy is a nonprofit organization supporting Rocky Mountain National Park. They offer a variety of exciting ways to learn right in the middle of the Rockies. Activities include year round Field Institute programs and Bus Tours. The sunset tour takes a group to the top of Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved highway in North America to a scenic, 360-degree overlook to watch the incredible sunsets over the alpine tundra. Along the way, learn about the history of the park, the geology of the mountains and the plants and animals that call this landscape home.
Check-in at YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Road / Estes Park / 970-586-3341
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YMCA of the Rockies offers cabins, lodges & free activities! Surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park, which was recently recognized as the #1 Outdoor & Adventure Destination in the United States, Estes Park Center is a unique mountain community offering more recreational and programming activities than any other area property. In addition to wildlife viewing, activities include individual and guided hiking tours into the park, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, hayrides, a zip line, two performing arts centers, a variety of educational programs and of the finest craft shops in America.
Tour of YMCA
Tour the grounds of this incredible mountain resort with over 800 acres of land featuring trails, a zip line, archery range, horse stables and more! Learn a bit about the history of the largest YMCA in the nation from their knowledgeable staff
Depart the YMCA for some Coffee & Donuts at the Donut Haus
342 Moraine Avenue / Estes Park / 970-586-2988
An Estes Park staple since 1975, the Donut Haus provides thousands of explorers their final carb boost before heading out on the trail or the slopes each year. Ask any climber where they recommend getting a quick breakfast in Estes and the answer is always the same – Donut Haus. While a few trends may make it into the mix, their specialty is being a classic American roadside indulgence!
Welcome to Loveland!
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Whether you are looking for an authentic arts community, brewery and distillery tours, unique shopping districts or world-class recreation, Loveland has everything you love for an adventure that is truly you.
Lunch Ride at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
2939 North County Road 31D / Loveland / 970-667-3915
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Saddle up and enjoy a 2-hour horse ride up the hills at Sylvan Dale. Stop along the way to take in the views and experience an outdoor steak lunch. Sylvan Dale’s cattle are grass-fed and raised on-site. Nestled in the Big Thompson River Valley, Sylvan Dale is a true mountain get-away. You’ll see eagles soar above the red cliffs while mule deer seek the cool shade of the ponderosa forest. The rushing waters of the Big Thompson River, teeming with wild rainbow trout, will instantly relax your spirit.
Brewery Tour and Tastings at Loveland Aleworks
118 West 4th Street / Loveland / 970-619-8726
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Loveland Aleworks is an independent, family-owned brewery located in downtown Loveland that offers a selection of small batch handcrafted beers. Take in a tour of this brewery and enjoy tastings in their tap room.
Tour Benson Sculpture Garden
1125 West 29th Street / Loveland / 970-962-2727
Since 1985, this public garden has provided a beautiful, unique and serene setting for showcasing sculpture. Currently there are 148 pieces of beautiful sculpture on permanent display, each telling a unique story. New pieces are added each year in a variety of materials.
Beer Tastings at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
623 Denver Avenue / Loveland / 970-624-6045
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Grimm Brothers Brewhouse was founded by avid homebrewers captivated by the rich tradition of European beers. Inspired by the stories collected By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, they have crafted their beers to tell not only the story of Craft Brewing, but the harrowing and dark tales handed down through the generations.
Depart for Greeley
Welcome to Greeley!
Visitors to the area can enjoy walking tours through vast areas rich in public art, architecture and enjoy plenty of great attractions. From great festivals and events to fantastic attractions, GREELEY’S GOT IT ALL!
Dinner at Bruce’s Bar
123 First Street / Severance / 970-686-2320
Open since 1957, Bruce’s Bar continues to be a popular hangout for locals, celebrities, and tourists from all over the world. Without a doubt, it is Bruce’s Bar that has helped put Severance on the map serving the famous rocky mountain Oysters since its inception. The fact was reinforced when a sign was erected in the center of town, which bears the slogan “Town of Severance – Where the Geese fly and the Bulls cry.”
600 N 14th Avenue / Greeley / 970-356-7787
The Greeley Stampede is a celebration rich in tradition and heritage dating back to the late 1800’s. This celebration originally started as a community festival to honor local potato farmers and has grown into an internationally acclaimed festival attracting over 250,000 people annually. Touted as “The World’s Largest Fourth of July Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Competition and Festival,” the Greeley Stampede features a kids’ rodeo, country and classic rock concerts, televised July 4th parade and fireworks, demolition derby, carnival midway, western art show, free stage entertainment, food vendors and more.
Lady Antebellum concert
600 N 14th Avenue / Greeley / 970-356-7787
Grammy award winning Lady Antebellum will take the Stampede stage with special guest Jackson Michelson.
Breakfast at the Barnstormer Restaurant
600 Airport Road #A / Greeley / 970-336-3020
The Barnstormer, a unique gem located inside the Greeley Weld County Airport, will allow you to enjoy a delicious breakfast (they are known for their large pancakes!) while watching planes and helicopters landing right outside the window.
Depart for Ft. Collins
Welcome to Fort Collins!
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Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities. A thriving arts and music scene, diverse and inviting shops and restaurants, and more craft beer, craft coffee and craft spirits than nearly any city of its size only heightens the appeal. Home to the state’s only nationally-designated “Wild & Scenic River,” hundreds of miles of biking, hiking and walking paths, year-round bird watching, and the newest nearby residents – a herd of genetically-pure bison, it’s no surprise this northern Colorado gem is wildly appealing to outdoor devotees. Home to Colorado State University and start-ups galore, Fort Collins also is an entrepreneurial hotbed and a tech trade town, furthering the area’s allure.
Locavore Tour Led by Magic Bus Tours
Fort Collins / 970-420-0662
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Fort Collins’ agricultural roots run deep though the hearts of many local growers, ranchers, and artisans who proudly produce tasty food in our own backyard every day. Grab your taste buds and climb aboard for a behind-the-scenes look at small scale food production in Fort Collins! The Magic Bus is essentially Fort Collins’ museum on wheels. Take a journey through town and learn about the history of Fort Collins, see the sights including Horsetooth Reservoir, Old Town, Bingham Hill and more! Magic Bus Tours also offers Walking Tours, Brewery Tours, Farm-to-Table Tours, and even Ghost Tours. All bus tours are inside a comfortable climate-controlled vehicle.
Jessup Farms Tour and Lunch at the Farmhouse
1957 Jessup Drive / Fort Collins / 970-631-8041
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Jessup Farm Artisan Village brings to life the farmstead of one of Fort Collins’ early settlers. Neighbors gather and friends drop by for coffee, a bite to eat, a little shopping, and more. Businesses include: Bindle Coffee (open in the converted 19th century mechanics shop); Clayton Jenkins Photography (located in the old loafing shed); The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm restaurant; HeyDay clothing and home furnishings (located in the old loafing shed); Jessup Farm Barrel House, featuring beer blending and barrel aging; Kennedy’s Lucky 27 Barbershop & Social Club (in the Jessup Farm shop); The Loafing Shed (in the old loafing shed); Vortic Watches (in the old saddle shop) and Reve Fitness by Miramont (in a newly constructed facility).
Bicycle Tour of Fort Collins
Bicycling is a great way to get to know Fort Collins. With relatively flat terrain, wide bike lanes, and trails that follow the Poudre River and Spring Creek, biking is a fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to recreate. Whether you’re exploring Fort Collins’ 285-plus miles of trails or biking in the mountains, climbing and ascending through the awe-inspiring landscape, you’ll understand why Fort Collins has been named a platinum level bike-friendly city (only 1 of 5 in the nation). Take one trip to Downtown or the local breweries and you will most likely see more bikes than cars on the road.
New Belgium Tour
500 Linden Street / Fort Collins / 970-221-0524
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Ticketed tour- must arrive 10 minutes before tour begins
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire -Amber Ale and other Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces seven flagship beers and a variety of seasonal brews.
Depart for Longmont
Welcome to Longmont!
Longmont is a dash of innovation, a splash of culture, and a big slice of fun. Sample the difference. Located just 35 miles from Denver, Longmont features an arts and entertainment district infused with unique shops, world-class dining, & beer!
Check-in at the Courtyard by Marriott
1410 Dry Creek Drive / Longmont / 303-682-1166
Their guest rooms provide the perfect place for you to work, relax and recharge. They feature a clean, modern design, separate seating area and plush bedding.
Dinner at The Roost
526 Main Street / Longmont / 303-827-3380
Enjoy an evening on the rooftop of one of Longmont’s newest restaurants. The Roost features New American food and drink, featuring fresh, local ingredients.
Stroll the Streets of Downtown Longmont
Downtown Longmont has more than a dozen thriving art galleries, along with unique shoppes and boutiques. Don’t miss Scrumptious, an olde time candy store, featuring the best-tasting ice cream on the planet! Numerous bars and breweries host live music nights, featuring local and regional acts.
Breakfast at Lucile’s
518 Kimbark Street / Longmont / 303-774-9814
Sit back and relax on the cozy patio of Lucile’s Creole Café. After 36 years, Lucile’s is still providing the best breakfast you can find. Explore creole cooking at its finest!
Cheesemaking 101 with Kate Johnson from The Art of Cheese, at Stonebridge Farm and Vineyard
5169 Ute Highway / Longmont / 303-823-0975
Do you love cheese and want to make great cheese at home? You can! It’s fun, easy, healthy, and delicious! The Art of Cheese is dedicated to teaching home-cheesemakers how to make GREAT cheese with minimal fuss and equipment. In 30 minutes, you will learn the basics of making tasty ricotta cheese. Stonebridge Farm, now in it’s twenty fifth season, represents the best of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Individuals and families purchase or barter weekly shares of the produce as farm members, sharing the cost of farming, as well as the bounty-or losses-of the land.
Visit to Cheese Importers
103 Main Street / Longmont / 303-772-9599
Cheese Importers is a Colorado family-owned business founded in 1976 by Lyman & Linda White. The store offers natural, organic and imported cheeses, cured meats, specialty oils, spices, olives, chocolate, and other unique specialty foods. “La Fromagerie”, their European Marketplace, open to the public, features the largest walk-in, refrigerated cheese and cured meat cooler in Colorado. Cheese Importers touts an inventory of over 350 cheeses, a broad selection of European housewares, linens, unique children’s items, perfumes and soaps. The authentic French cafe “Bistrot des Artistes”, has become “the destination” for foodies, visiting family and guests looking for a unique shopping experience!
Depart for Denver International Airport
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