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Ski Towns to Visit in Colorado This Winter

The snow has finally come down in Colorado which means ski season is back! If you’re itching to head to the mountains and hit the slopes, here are some of the best spots to ski and snowboard in Colorado this winter. And if skiing and boarding aren’t your thing, the resorts and nearby towns in the area have plenty of other winter activities and atmospheres to offer for those who are sitting this season out but want to be part of the crowd.

Keystone

Only a 45-minute drive from Denver lies Keystone, a ski resort hosting three mountain peaks that covers roughly 3,148 skiable acres. Known for its winter activities, Keystone provides access to skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and snowmobile tours. Whether you are a beginner on the slopes or an expert looking for treacherous terrain, Keystone welcomes all.

Winter Park

Winter Park is the fourth largest ski resort in all of Colorado with a vertical drop of over 3000 feet. This resort prides itself on one of its three peaks, Mary Jane Mountain. This specific mountain is famous for its natural bumps and world-class tree riding. So if you are looking to find some tree lines this winter, Winter Park is the place to be starting on opening day, November 16th. Winter Park is also well known for its restaurants and shops so there are plenty of options for families.

 Loveland

As one of the highest elevated ski resorts in North America with a summit at just over 13,000 feet, Loveland averages over 400 inches of snowfall a year making it known for some of the best skiing in Colorado. Unlike other Colorado ski resorts, Loveland is made up of two distinct bases; Loveland Valley provides for beginners and Loveland Basin is recognized for its expert terrain. Having opened on Nov 3rd, Loveland awaits skiers and riders of all skill sets to join them on the mountains. If you’re taking the day off, head to the nearby breweries and restaurants in town that will be sure to keep you company until your friend or loved ones get off the slope.

Arapahoe Basin

Commonly called “The Legend” by locals because it attracts so many expert skiers, Arapahoe Basin hosts one of Colorado’s longest and steepest runs, Pallavicini. Overall, the terrain is rated 7% beginner, 20% intermediate, 49% advanced and 24% expert. If you find yourself craving a little extra adrenaline during your ride, or think you’re skilled enough to step up your game, Arapahoe Basin is where you need to be.

Non Skiers should probably sit this one out as there’s not a whole lot around the area to do if you’re waiting on someone to finish their run.

Breckenridge

Home to the highest elevated chairlift in North America, Breckenridge bounds a staggering five peaks to ski or ride. Along with its massive ski area, Breckenridge is also known for its luxury resorts, stunning mountain views, and exceptional Breckenridge Bowl. Welcoming skiers and riders of all types, Breckenridge invites you to join them on their opening day, November 12th. Have a beer or enjoy the food at The Overlook. Located atop Peak 9, The Overlook is easily accessible from either the Beaver Run SuperChair or the Mercury SuperChair and has a stellar view of the mountains.

From green to double black diamond runs, there’s a slope and ski resort for everyone in Colorado. These are our season’s top picks; visit as many as possible to find fresh snow and your relaxing resort this winter!

*Updated November 7, 2022

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Northern Colorado Market Trends

The Northern Colorado market continues to show a seasonal adjustment amidst economic factors.
The data continues to confirm that the Northern Colorado area has shifted to a much-needed and more even playing field. Compared to last August, inventory continues to go up and the northern market continues to see price reductions.

Fort Collins detached homes sale volume decreased by 13.41 percent, keeping with the trend of the last few months.
In comparison to 2021, the decrease went from $126,426,514 to $109,470,816 in September 2022. However, 161 detached homes were sold in September 2022 compared to 215 in 2021, a 25.12 percent decrease. Attached home sales were also significantly down from the previous year, from 88 in September 2021 to 54 this year, a 38.64 percent decrease overall with the sales volume decreasing 25.04 percent from $29,935,459 in 2021 to $22,439,395.

Berthoud, on the other hand, experienced a slight increase in their detached homes price total sales.
At $21,062,909 in September 2022, versus $22,366,438 in September 2021, this was a 6.19 percent decrease. The average sales home price increased significantly as well, at 28.94, from $619,497 last year to $798,801. Attached homes, however, experienced a dramatic decrease in total sales volume from $2,250,000 in 2021 to $434,000 this month due to only one attached sale for the month.

Meanwhile, Timnath saw a substantial increase year-over-year in detached homes sold.
Bucking a month-to-month trend, Timnath’s detached market went from 17 homes sold in September 2021 to 21 homes in September 2022, a 23.53 percent increase. In its attached market, Timnath also experienced a dramatic increase from 0 in 2021 to 8 in September 2022.

Boulder saw a massive increase in detached sales volume year-over-year while seeing a decrease in detached home sales.
In the detached market, the total September sales volume went from $16,590,706 in September 2021 to $111,755,188 in September 2022, an increase of 573.60 percent. However, the attached market saw a decrease in sales again from 80 in September 2021 to 56 this month.

Loveland saw another decrease in detached average home sales.
In Loveland’s detached market, residents saw 168 sales in September 2022 versus 125 in September 2021, a 25.60 percent increase, with the average sales price for a detached home increasing from $564,364 in 2021 to $596,663.

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Football Season is Back!

With football season in full swing, we are five games into the season, with three losses and two wins. Broncos’ fans are hopeful for the season ahead with new quarterback, Russell Wilson, leading the charge. The five scheduled prime-time games, four more than originally planned, shows just how excited Broncos’ country is for the recent changes to the team.

Unfortunately, where we stand today, Javonte Williams, the Broncos’ leader in carries and rushing yards, will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury from the latest game against the Las Vegas Raiders, and starting outside linebacker, Randy Gregory, is also expected to miss at least four games due to a knee injury. Fortunately, Williams and Gregory will be replaced by Mike Boone and Melvin Gordon III in the meantime as they prepare for their upcoming game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The next home game is scheduled for Sunday, October 23, against the New York Jets, leaving fans with five more home games to look forward to.

A staple for the Colorado community, home season Broncos games are a can’t-miss event. From tailgating with friends and family outside the stadium to the infamous Barrel Man, jet fly-overs, great eats, and the musical presence of the Broncos Stampede, you will be sure to enjoy a well-spent Sunday.

We recommend getting to the stadium early as parking will be sure to fill up. Since Uber has become increasingly expensive on game days, RTD offers a light-rail service directly to the game on E and W lines for convenience. If you live in surrounding areas, the RTD also provides bus service directly to Union Station where you can transfer to these lines for easy access to the stadium. You can purchase tickets beforehand through the following link or look for last-minute discounts via the GameTime app! https://www.denverbroncos.com/tickets/singlegametickets

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Fall Events in Northern Colorado

It’s October in our beautiful state and we are in the thick of fall. At the first hint of changing leaves and beanie-wearing temperatures, Coloradans begin their search for autumn adventures. Here are upcoming events you can visit this month in the Northern Colorado area. Plan a weekend around these festivals to celebrate in grand style, or just check out one for the day… and don’t forget to order that pumpkin latte for the car ride!

Poudre Pour in WindsorOctober 15
This October 15, join the Poudre Heritage Alliance at the Windsor History Museum from 1-5 p.m. to learn about the heritage of Cache la Poudre River with live music, beer tastings and food trucks. Kids are also welcome as there will be storytelling, a vintage fire truck ride and interactive exhibits. Beer-tasting tickets are $45, 18+ general admission is $10 and children under 17 are free with a guardian.

Pumpkins on Parade in Fort CollinsOctober 20-23
From 6-9 p.m. on October 20 through October 23, visit the Pumpkins on Parade in Fort Collins to see hundreds of carved pumpkins at the Gardens on Spring Creek. This event also encourages costumes! Tickets are free for ages four and below, $5 for kids ages 5-11 and $12 for any age above.

Northern Colorado Home Show in LovelandOctober 21-23
For a whole weekend, this October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Northern Colorado Home Show will be hosted at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. This show features vendors who specialize in all things outdoor living, in-home decor and even DIY items. This event will be fun and educational for any homeowner looking to add something new to their space in the fall.

Harvest Night Fun Run and Fall Festival in LovelandOctober 29
Are you into running? Enter the two-mile run this October 29 from 2-5 p.m. at North Lake Park in Loveland. With a relaxed and easygoing atmosphere, participants can run (or walk) in the race followed by activities everyone can participate in like a festival featuring food trucks, live music and a costume contest!

Treatsylvania in Fort CollinsOctober 28-30
Each year, Treatsylvania hosts thousands of children and adults for their largest annual fundraiser at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park, Fort Collins. Join the festivities this October 28-30 for an adventure through a make-believe Halloween Town featuring over 40 different stores for children to gather their treats, go on hayrides, eat food and more! Tickets for entry to the event are just $7 for kids and free for adults from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, from 1-3 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. on Sunday.

With events and activities for all ages to enjoy this October, don’t miss out on all of the fun fall activities in these Northern Colorado towns.

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Hidden Gems in Northern Colorado

Think you’ve seen all there is to see in Northern Colorado? Think again! From sculptures to a shoe-making school, experience a few of the following hidden gems from our Northern Colorado bucket list.

Swetsville Zoo – 4801 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80528
Though not a real zoo with live animals, this roadside attraction is filled with over 180 unique and wacky metal sculptures, welded from car parts, scrap metal and farm machinery, by “zookeeper” Bill Swets. Located just off the Poudre River, this is definitely worth the detour. It is free to the public and open during daylight hours, with donations accepted. Learn more about Bill Swets and his legacy, here.

White Pine Fire Lookout – 3745 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Located within the Running Deer Natural Area, this converted wildlife viewing pavilion was
once the top of a fire lookout tower on White Pine Mountain until 1967. As the name suggests, if you make the trip out here, there’s a good chance you could spot some mule deer or whitetail deer during your visit. Be sure to leave your bikes and dogs at home, as they are not permitted in the natural area.

Howling Cow Cafe – 5821 W. Colorado Road 54E, Bellvue, CO 80512
Howling Cow Cafe is located on the Morning Fresh Dairy Farm, home to the famous Noosa Yoghurt. Pop in for an espresso and a bagel sandwich and enjoy it on the patio. When you’re finished, there are paths and green spaces nearby that you can check out as well. The farm also has Halloween tours coming up in October for $10 if you’re looking for a fun, spooky activity for everyone!

Colorado Shoe School – 2829 N. Colorado Road 23, Bellvue, CO 80512
Make your own pair of Chuck Taylor’s at the Colorado Shoe School! This full-day activity takes
you from start to finish through the shoemaking process using vegetable-tanned leather and soles
made from recycled tennis balls. They also offer multiple-day workshops for other types of
footwear like boots! A 50 percent deposit is required to secure your workshop spot on the
Colorado Shoe School website.

Faces Bridge – 700 N. Wilson Ave. Loveland, CO 80537
A collection of more than 25 bronze faces, crafted by Randy Hand, reside under this Loveland
bridge just to the right of Wilson Avenue. Faces range in design, from peculiar and abstract to
those that may very well look like your next-door neighbor. There’s even a face of an alien!
Whether you want to explore more of what Northern Colorado has to offer for just an hour or
two on a Sunday, or plan an all-day adventure, these attractions and activities are
sure to delight.

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Denver Live Music Spots You Cannot Miss

The Mile High City ranks as one of the top locations in the country to visit for its live music scene. Whether you are looking for classic jazz, country, or pop, the city of Denver is home to a variety of music venues. Check out these popular live music spots and mark your calendars for the next live music event. 

Just thirty minutes outside of Denver lies Red Rocks Amphitheater, one of the most monumental venues to experience for both musicians and concert-goers. Many artists consider they have “made it” as a musician when they perform at this amazing outdoor venue. “Film on the Rocks” is also offered during the summer months where some of your favorite movies are being displayed. 

Sit down for dinner and a show! Located in downtown Denver, Dazzle delivers an intimate setting with musicians from all over the world as they perform their own spice of jazz and bring the whole audience together. 

If you are looking for classic country top hits and a hardwood floor perfect for line dancing, grab your boots and head to the Grizzly Rose. The honky-tonk vibe is something to experience whether you are a cowboy at heart or a newcomer looking for something new. They offer dance classes, but if you’re looking for something more adventurous, you might want to think about hopping on their very own mechanical bull. 

Ogden Theatre, located on East Colfax Avenue, is another big hit for concert venues. With their wide range of music, there are shows for everyone. Concert-goers rave about the sound and lighting quality and the theater has also garnered several reviews for its impressive upkeep. 

Nestled in the RiNo Arts District, Mission Ballroom opened its doors in 2019 and has grown tremendously in a short time frame. With music shows ranging from bluegrass to EDM, you can always find amazing musicians passing through Mission Ballroom on the weekends. There is plenty of room for dancing, parking spaces are ample, and the venue has top-notch security. 

Many of Denver’s venues are close to nightlife, restaurants, and in close proximity to one another for a full night of fun. No matter where your tastes lie, there’s a venue to satisfy every music taste. RTD transportation makes it easy to see the live music magic that Denver has to offer. 

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End-of-Summer Festivals

Summertime in Colorado is always a special time of year filled with various festivals, events and outdoor activities for everyone. With fall just around the corner, here we outline the “can’t miss” end-of-summer events for 2022.


The Telluride Jazz Fest, taking place from August 12-14 is known as “America’s Destination Jazz Festival.” The fusion of acclaimed jazz musicians and the beauty of the Telluride Town Park music venue makes this festival a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Throughout the festival, you can find pop-up shows in the town of Telluride while enjoying an array of shopping, great eats and beautiful views.


For spectators and bike enthusiasts alike, the Colorado Leadville 100 Bike Race, taking place on August 13 is a landmark event and the second-oldest of the sought-after 100-mile marathon bike races held in the United States. The race starts and finishes in Leadville, CO passing through 100 miles of extreme terrain throughout the Rocky Mountains. Spectators can enjoy the festival and award ceremony following the race in the quaint town of Leadville.


The third annual Vail Valley Brew ’Au, taking place on August 13 in one of Colorado’s premier destinations, features award-winning beer, ciders, seltzers, live music, food trucks, and of course, activities for children to ensure fun for the whole family.


A festival for peach lovers, the 23rd annual Lafayette Peach Fest on August 20 features delicious food and fun for everyone during this one-day event. With peaches from Colorado’s best orchards, food vendors, crafters, antique dealers and a balloon exhibition, you are sure to enjoy a relaxed Saturday afternoon in the Colorado sun.


The 15th-annual Handmade in Colorado Exposition takes place over three different weekends at three different venues. The first weekend, taking place in Estes Park from August 26-28 will feature unique art pieces with the talented artists that created them. You can also experience the breathtaking views, boutique shopping and live entertainment alongside one of Colorado’s leading festivals for artists.


The Colorado State Fair, hosted in Pueblo from August 26 to September 5, is one of Colorado’s largest summer events. The State Fair has family-friendly events for all age groups, ranging from Craft Brew competitions for the adults to funnel cakes and carnival rides for the kids. Be sure not to miss the exhilarating demolition derby and rodeo events, as they will be sure to pull in a crowd.


We hope the rest of your summer is filled with unforgettable memories with friends and family and you can experience some of these exceptional events put together for our Colorado community.

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Fine Dining In Fort Collins

Picture this: you are searching for an upscale, sit-down restaurant in Northern Colorado, an area unfamiliar to you that you’ve wanted to explore. Casual places to eat lie on every block, and you’re looking for something a notch above. On top of finding a location, looking for fine dining restaurants can be difficult if you are unsure about the type of cuisine you’d like to enjoy as well. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of fine dining restaurants based on each food category to aid you in your search.

STEAKHOUSES
The Still Whiskey Steaks Restaurant, located at 151 N College Ave., is one of the three Fort Collins steakhouses in the city. This restaurant not only has staff that goes above and beyond but also serves extravagant food including whiskey-marinated steaks and sustainably sourced burgers.

If you are looking for a steakhouse that serves high-end steaks and seafood, then Sonny Lubick Steakhouse is the place for you. This warm and homey restaurant located at 115 S College Ave. (Old Town Square) in Fort Collins is the perfect place for a date night or night out with friends. Along with the delicious food, a wide selection of tasty wines are also available.

AMERICAN EATERIES
If you are looking for high-class American dining then The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm is a great place to visit. Located at 1957 Jessup Drive, this rustic restaurant serves seasonal American food with house cocktails and local beers.

The Emporium: An American Brasserie, located in the Elizabeth Hotel, is another American-style cafe that is not to be missed! This is not your typical cafe; you can sit and dine in the restaurant or shop the unique and traditional wines in the wine shop and market.

The third American Eatery restaurant located on 135 W Oak St. in Fort Collins is Jay’s Bistro. This establishment has a swanky atmosphere with American-style food, cool art hanging on the walls and live jazz music.

ITALIAN
Located on 101 S College Ave. in Fort Collins, RARE Italian is a must-visit restaurant. This elegant Italian restaurant serves an amazing selection of wines and pasta. There is both inside and outside seating available as well.

SEAFOOD
Did you ever think you could find good seafood in Colorado? Well, you absolutely can! A popular seafood restaurant that is available in some parts of Colorado is Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. Located at 123 N College Ave. in Fort Collins, this wonderful restaurant serves gourmet seafood dishes and homemade cocktails. This restaurant has a relaxed setting, letting you really enjoy the food and company.

These are just a select few of the more popular fine dining restaurants in Fort Collins. Whether you are more of a seafood lover or like classic American food, then Fort Collins has all the answers for you!

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Sunday Brunch Spots in Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado offers a wide variety of eateries when it comes to brunch that will fuel your day, whether you are searching for a quick bite to eat or a relaxing sit-down with friends and family. We’ve gathered up the best of the best in this blog that will be sure to please even the most discerning of brunch connoisseurs.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Right on Larimer Street in downtown Denver sits Snooze, an AM Eatery, rated 4.7 stars and also opens at 6:30 am for the early risers. Snooze provides nice indoor seating as well as a lovely patio where you can enjoy your meal in the fresh air. This is a Denver favorite. The staff ensures a quality dining experience, a tasty menu to choose from, a bar and even provides a game of corn hole outside the restaurant to entertain those on the waitlist.

The Delectable Egg
If you are looking for friendly service, The Delectable Egg is the place for you. This restaurant has numerous reviews rave about the staff (we also have first-hand experience!) as well as their coffee carafe keeping their guests fully stocked. Those who are last-minute tend to be squeezed in and the atmosphere is perfect for family and friends.

HashTAG
Another egg-serving restaurant plus hash browns and pancakes, along with a cappuccino, lays HashTAG on 29th. The restaurant provides both dine-in and takeout and also offers outdoor seating. A visit to the website and signing up on the online waitlist allows guests who think ahead a quick table!

Olive & Finch
A restaurant that caters to your dietary needs and is a must-visit is Olive & Finch. Providing gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options, Olive & Finch ensures all guests are happy with their meal. They also have an impressive bakery with an array of sweet and savory treats that pair perfectly with a latte.

Sunny’s
If you are looking for something from scratch, homemade chorizo, you’re sure to find yourself at Sunny’s. Many locals are repeat customers and with flavorful options and attentive staff, Sunny’s is at the top of the list.

Stowaway Kitchen
Those who crave a lighter, healthier brunch should pay a visit to Stowaway Kitchen. Meals that include spinach, eggplant, and fresh avocado are a highlight and their “me-mosas” are raved about as well. The extensive coffee menu puts Stowaway aside from others and the diversity of the food served is top-tier.

The brunch spots of Denver are sure to provide the best for their guests including service, dining experience, food and atmosphere. The only complaint about being busy only confirms that brunch is a must when visiting the city. With most places just minutes from the next, there are always open doors and plenty of options for everyone.

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Indoor Activities to Beat the Heat in NoCo

Summer is one of the best times to enjoy the outdoors, hang out with friends and family and travel. But those intense, high temperatures can be exhausting to spend a full day in. If you’re looking for a fun summer experience that doesn’t require being under the sweltering sun, check out these NoCo activities that are sure to keep you cool.

Visit a Brewery / Go on a Tour
There’s a vast, diverse range of breweries that lie in Fort Collins. Gilded Goat Brewery Company, Odell Brewing Company, Black Bottle Brewery, Maxline Brewing and Snowbank Brewing are just a few on the list. One of the top-rated breweries in NoCo with fantastic tours is New Belgium Brewing. This brewery has many tasty beers ranging from IPAs to wood-aged beers. Along with the drinks, New Belgium Brewing also features a food truck with indoor and outdoor seating. Although you have to be 21+ to drink, this is a very kid and dog-friendly place. If you’re an IPA and Pilsner enthusiast, this will be the best way to quench your thirst and beat the heat.

Investigate an Escape Room
Escape rooms have become a global sensation. Each person or group must solve the riddles and collect all the clues in order to open the door and clear the room. The Markey Escape Rooms, Fort Collins Escape Room, Time Emporium Escape Rooms: Fort Collins, Somewhere Secret Escape Room, ConTRAPtions Escape Room and The 47 Seals are the six locations to visit in NoCo if you want to try something new while staying in an air-conditioned space.

Walk Around a Museum
A great way to escape the summer heat in Northern Colorado is to visit a local museum. Fort Collins offers a wide variety of museums, each with its own rich history that lies within the walls. The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, The Museum of Art and Center for Fine Art Photography are all worth a visit. Explore the new “FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats and Prospects” exhibit at the Museum of Discovery and learn about the sources and impacts of the foods we consume in our daily lives. This exhibit is open until September 4, 2022. The other art museums mentioned previously contain multiple forms of art like visual art and contemporary pieces. If you want to walk amongst fine and contemporary art, The Museum of Art and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins are sure to satisfy.

Grab a Bite to Eat
Walking around in the heat all day can take a toll. Fort Collins offers cool restaurants that you do not want to miss out on. Totally 80’s Pizza and Museum doubles as a pizza parlor and museum; this restaurant holds the world’s largest collection of 1980s pop culture artifacts. Other restaurants worth a visit in the area are Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, The Emporium: An American Brasserie, The Colorado Room, Blue Agave Grill, and RARE Italian.

Whether you are looking for something more adventurous or more relaxed to spend your day away from the blistering weather, Northern Colorado has a plethora of activities for everyone to enjoy this summer.