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Colorado Day – We Love Our State!

In Japan, “forest bathing” is the concept of immersing one’s soul in nature. Coloradans have embraced this notion, taking advantage of everything Colorado has to offer. Whether you’re taking in the sights from your porch, hiking 14ers, or enjoying happy hour at one of our local breweries – there is something for everyone in our state to leave an indelible mark on your soul and make you feel at home. 

Colorado Day is on August 1st and marks the 145th anniversary of the founding of our great state. We’re proud to be celebrating this milestone with you! As a Colorado-founded company, Kentwood has been serving our extraordinary community for 40 years. 

Below are a few facts and tidbits about our beautiful home in honor of Coloradans everywhere. These are our ideas on what makes Colorado the finest state in the nation. Many locals may have different thoughts and suggestions. It can be hard to narrow down the list in a state like Colorado. 

Brief History of Colorado

The United States acquired the Colorado Territory in 1803 through the Louisiana Purchase and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In 1861, outgoing President James Buchanan established the Colorado Territory with the same borders the state currently has. 

On August 1st, 1876, Ulysses S Grant signed a proclamation admitting what was then known as ‘Colorado’ to become the 38th state in America’s Union, officially becoming the Centennial State in honor of the nation’s 100th anniversary.

Interesting Facts about Colorado

  • Colorado has multiple nicknames, including the Centennial State, the Lead State, the Buffalo Plains State, and the Switzerland of America. 
  • Colorado is home to the largest hot springs pool in the world. 
  • On Mt. Evans is the highest paved highway in the country. 
  • On average, Colorado receives 300 days of sunshine a year, which is more than San Diego or Miami. 
  • Colorado has 75% of the land with an elevation over 10,000 feet in the country. 
  • Colorado has 56 mountains over 14,000 feet. 
  • Colfax Avenue is the longest street in America.
  • The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the US. 
  • The largest indoor rodeo takes place every year in Denver at The National Western Stockshow. 
  • The Great Sand Dunes National Park has the highest sand dune in the country. 
  • Colorado is the only place ever to turn down the Olympics. 

Literary Luminaries 

Colorado has a fascinating literary history and has been home to some incredible writers. Hunter S. Thompson lived at his Owl Farm compound in Woody Creek, outside of Aspen, where he wrote some of his best works. Phillip K. Dick, who wrote dozens of classic science fiction novels, was born in Colorado, and is buried here. Robert Heinlein, author of Starship Troopers, called Colorado Springs home. Jon Krakauer, who wrote the mountaineering classic Into Thin Air, lives in Boulder.

Also, horror master Stephen King is a big fan of our state and has set many of his books here, including The Shining. You can even stay in the hotel where King’s classic takes place if you dare. If you want to learn more about Colorado writers, past and present, stop by the Tattered Cover Bookstore, one of the best independent bookstores in the country.  

Top Quintessentially Colorado Things to Do 

Hot Springs

Colorado has over 200 natural thermal pools that are waiting for your visit! There are countless options, from remote to convenience, and each one offers its own set of benefits. For those looking for an easy access hot spring with therapeutic properties on the side, we recommend Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat – this is a perfect mountain town opportunity if you’re interested in soaking without too much hassle!

Local Breweries 

In the past decade, the popularity of the craft beer movement has helped boost the demand for local breweries. Today, breweries are popping up all over the state, with at least 150 throughout Colorado.

New Belgium Brewing Company, based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative changes to the industry in recent years. Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan founded New Belgium back in 1991 and have watched their small brewery grow into a national powerhouse.

Live Music

The live music scene in Colorado features variety and depth. You’ll find some of the best jazz in the country at Denver’s prestigious Dazzle Club, Boulder’s Jazz on Pearl Street, or Sunday evening’s Jazz in City Park. You’ll also find your favorite bands and artists at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, perhaps the most gorgeous place in the nation to see an outdoor concert.

Originally built in 1906 by John Brisben Walker and his business partner Charles Lippincott, Red Rocks Amphitheater covers 9 acres with natural red sandstone rocks providing a stunning backdrop for the performances. Red Rocks has been a go-to destination for many artists, including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, U2, and the Grateful Dead.

Ghost Towns

The history of ghost towns in Colorado began with gold seekers who discovered gold in 1859, bringing people worldwide to Colorado. As the population grew from 584 settlers at that time, they found themselves faced with difficult conditions and harsh terrain. To this day, you can find a reminder of these struggles all over our beautiful state: Ghost Towns!

One such town is St. Elmo, founded by prospectors looking for silver during the 1880s mining boom near Nathrop (on Highway 50 between Buena Vista and Salida). From its humble beginnings as an ore-processing camp to being abandoned due to flooding issues, visit today for a glimpse into early pioneer life or just stop off on your next road trip.

Hiking

Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking national parks in North America. Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park has endless hikes for all skill levels. There are also numerous hiking trails near Boulder, perfect for families with kids, such as Chautauqua Park. Garden of the Gods is a great place to explore if you are looking for a beautiful and relaxing mountain stroll. Near Durango lies one of Colorado’s most scenic routes – the Continental Divide Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada!

One of the most well-known attractions in Colorado is the 14ers – mountains with summits that are above 14,000 feet high. There are fifty-eight total fourteeners in Colorado, and below you’ll find just a few to get started on your adventure!

Mount Elbert – Located in central Colorado and was once thought to be the tallest mountain in America. Standing at 14,440 feet high, it’s no wonder Mount Elbert is one of the most famous mountains for hikers and climbers to explore.

Mount Massive – Three other peaks surround this mountain over 14,000 feet high: Mount Princeton (14,197), Mount Shavano (14,227), and Mt. Antero (14,197).

Skiing 

Colorado has arguably the best skiing in the world, offering residents and visitors the chance to ski or snowboard in diverse terrain, from challenging steeps to wide-open bowls. There are 26 resorts total, providing Colorado skiing with its unique charm.

For example, Vail Ski Resort has more than 100 runs spanning four mountain peaks, while Winter Park Resort has six mountain peaks that are all expertly groomed daily by their team of snow-makers. Breckenridge Ski Resort is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders, with an average annual snowfall of 200 inches per year. The resort features 92 runs that are perfect for all levels – beginner to expert!

Kayaking

Colorado is a fantastic place for kayakers to get their paddle wet. The Arkansas River offers both fast water and slow-paced paddling trips, which means it’s up to you what kind of experience you want! Whether looking for remote wilderness or picturesque scenery, the Arkansas River has something in store. It’s an adventure not to be missed by any avid kayaker—so grab your gear and head out on this beautiful river today!

Golf

Colorado offers a premier golfing experience with dozens of low-land courses in the Denver metro area to high altitude courses throughout the mountains. The Rockies are the perfect backdrop for an afternoon on the tee boxes. The cool mountain air is refreshing and invigorating and will allow you to enjoy your game even more. Some of our favorite courses in Colorado include Denver Country Club, The Broadmoor, The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, and Grand Elk Golf Course.  

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a sport that’s been increasing in popularity over the years with new technologies and features like suspension or disc brakes on mountain bike tires. Colorado has some of the best trails for this activity, offering natural settings and breathtaking views! There are two main categories of trails you can go down: downhill (faster speeds) or cross country (less steep slopes). But if you’re looking to go fast while going on obstacles-filled courses, then downhill might be your choice!”

Kentwood is proud to be a Colorado company, and we want you to have fun exploring the state as much as we do. Get out and enjoy your day; after all, the mountains aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! 

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Real Estate Northern Colorado Market Trends

Windsor’s Detached Market Skyrockets

In June of 2021, Windsor’s detached closed sales saw a 4,355.88% increase year over year going from 102 in 2020 to 4,545 in 2021, along with a 92.52% year-over-year increase in closed sales volume. The detached housing market in Boulder saw the second-highest increase of closed sales at 53.61% year over year, with a closed sales volume increase of 85.62%.

Berthoud’s detached market closed sales decreased by 21.43% year over year, yet the attached closed sales increased by 800.00% with a 1,385.94% increase in attached closed sales volume year over year.

Days on Market Decrease

Average days on market continues to decline across all of northern Colorado except for Loveland’s attached homes with a year-over-year increase of 7.95%. Attached housing in Timnath was quick to fly off the shelves as it saw the most significant year-over-year decrease of 80.84% with the lowest average days on market at 41. Fort Collins’ detached housing also earned some prominence with the largest year-over-year decrease of 49.15% and the lowest average days on market at 30.

Love for Loveland

Loveland’s average close-to-list price was the highest for attached homes at 104.10% and the second-highest for detached homes at 104.20%. Fort Collins gained some appeal as the average close-to-list price for detached homes snuck ahead at 104.70% and had the highest year-over-year increase of 6.19%. 

Berthoud’s attached market had the highest average close-to-list price increase year over year of 6.40%, following May’s highest year-over-year increase across northern Colorado of 10.92%. As Berthoud’s average close-to-list price continues to climb, be wary of stiff competition in this region.

Sales Prices Rise

Timnath saw the largest year-over-year average sales price increase of 79.87% in the attached market, resulting in a price tag of $715,284. Windsor’s detached housing market had the greatest year-over-year increase in average sales price of 21.84%, resulting in $602,579. 

*Written July 7, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.

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Best Summer Events in Northern Colorado

Colorado has a multitude of fun activities and events to enjoy during the summer months. If you’re new to Colorado, you might be wondering, “Where do I even begin?” When in doubt, head north. There are some fantastic and unique occasions happening in northern Colorado that are more than worth the trip. Here are a couple of events we highly recommend attending! 

Fort Collins Peach Festival

Food, drinks and entertainment—what more could you want? This year the annual Peach Festival in Fort Collins is centered around a bluegrass concert with headliner band Head for the Hills. There will be a beer garden in addition to a variety of food vendors, and of course, lots of peaches! You can head to the Holiday Twin Drive-In at 5:00 pm on August 21, 2021, to get a taste of some Colorado fun. Learn more about the lineup, parking and admission at the link above.

Sculpture in the Park

If you’re an art lover, then this event is right up your alley. The annual Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, Colorado is the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the United States. From August 6-8, 2021, Benson Sculpture Garden is transformed into a giant outdoor exhibit with over 2,000 pieces to admire created by 160 different artists from around the world. With annual sales of over $1 million, be sure to check out the 37th iteration of this annual show. You can learn more about the history of the event and purchase tickets at the link above.

Whether you prefer a pleasant stroll through the sculpture garden or jamming out to bluegrass while eating a slice of peach pie, you’re sure to have a good time at the summer events northern Colorado has to offer. Hope we’ll see you there! 

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Best Colorado 2021 Firework Shows By City. The List.

Maybe you’re a fan of packing your 4th of July weekend to the brim with barbecues, live music, and lawn games. Or perhaps you tend to err more on the side of a casual brewery or winery with good company. One thing’s for sure: it’s not Independence Day weekend without fireworks! From Estes Park to Denver, Glendale to Brighton, all over Colorado, there are celebrations aplenty for our nation’s independence. 

Below is a list of the best places to see fireworks in Colorado (alphabetical order) for casual celebrators and festivity fanatics alike.  Also listed are canceled shows due to city bans on fireworks in the hopes of preventing wildfires.


Avon 

Canceled. What a shame. This annual celebration is typically a dazzling explosion of color and sound.

Boulder

Canceled. Too bad, Fireworks at Folsom Field have been a tradition since 1941.  Hopefully, they’ll be back in 2022.

Breckenridge

Canceled due to an indefinite ban on public and private fireworks.


Brighton

In Brighton, Colorado, you’re in for a treat at Carmichael Park this 4th of July. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., visitors will be delighted to find live entertainment, food, and fireworks galore. Shortly after the event kicks off, DJ Tidal Wave opens up the festivities with upbeat live music at 5 p.m., followed by Anavrin’s Day (a 90’s alternative grunge band) at 7 p.m.

A lovely day outdoors is finished off with fireworks to take place at the end of the concert, a display which is considered one of the region’s largest. Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, water, bug spray, and sunscreen.


Castle Rock

Castle Rock annually sports a stunning display that shoots off of the Santa Fe Quarry Mesa, and this year will be no exception. The show will begin around 9:30 p.m. at sundown, preceded by a three-shot salute 5 minutes before the show, and another three-shot salute 1 minute before the beginning of the display, so you’ll have plenty of warning to hunker down and find a great spot to enjoy.

This display should be visible from most places throughout the I-25 corridor, and if you’re local to Castle Rock, you can simply watch from the comfort of your neighborhood. However, suppose you’re not a local. In that case, a few of the best locations to view from include: Castle Rock Service Center, the lower lot of the Castle Rock Recreation Center, Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course, the south side of Butterfield Crossing Park, Bison Park, and more (the complete list can be found on www.crgov.com).

Also, if you’re planning to light off a few fireworks yourself, be wary of the regulations surrounding fireworks for personal use: only fireworks purchased at stands in Castle Rock are legal to use.  Also, you must use them only on July 4th, and if they leave the ground, explode, or break off into pieces, you are in violation.


Commerce City

The Commerce City 4thFest not only has the state’s largest public fireworks display, but it has plenty of festivities to enjoy leading up to the grand finale fireworks show. This show is coupled with a Colorado Rapids game at DICK’s Sporting Goods Park, making it a dream come true for fans of both 4th of July and soccer.

The pre-match festival begins at 5 p.m. on Burgundy Boulevard. You can find free, family-friendly programming before the game, starting at 7 p.m., where the Colorado Rapids will be playing the Seattle Sounders.


Denver

You can continue the celebration into July 3rd, where you’ll find Larimer Square bustling with activity. The party on the Square starts at noon, and the festivities are complete with portraits by caricaturist artists, foods, live music, and, of course, a bit of shopping along the way.

Feel free to lounge on the many outdoor patios and enjoy world-class food, cocktails, and brews while you listen to the tunes of live musicians, including DJ Al Ur Pal, Dotsero, and Hot Lunch Band. Then, on July 4th, you can journey back to downtown Denver to catch a Coloradan’s firework favorite: the Colorado Rockies Postgame Show –  a massive fireworks display. Even if you’re not in the stadium, be sure to look to the skies for the spectacular display, which can be seen widely across the downtown area.


Durango 

Fireworks were canceled this year.  Too bad.  The annual display at Green Mountain Cemetery was a tradition!


Estes Park

The Estes Park 4th of July Celebration is one you don’t want to miss. Quite a few events precede the concluding fireworks at 9:30 p.m., including a car show and live music. The “Steam-to-Electric” Coolest Car Show features over 100 vehicles to peruse and admire: head over to the Estes Park Events Complex to enjoy the wide variety of cars, ranging from street rods and sports cars to vintage and classic cars.

The Estes Village Band will also be giving a free concert at 7 p.m. Simply mosey to the west end of downtown at the Performance Park Amphitheater to enjoy their free, annual patriotic concert that features songs by John Philip Sousa and others. Then, the Big Bang Concert will offer views of the fireworks show, along with music, food, and local craft beer and wine at the Estes Park Fairgrounds in the Grandstands. Finally, finish the evening off by finding a grassy spot at Stanley Park along the Lake Estes Trail to catch the stunning fireworks show as it glimmers over the beautiful Lake Estes.


Fort Collins 

The past couple of Fourth of July festivities have looked a little different for Northern Colorado residents. Year in and out, tradition has been a massive fireworks celebration over City Parks Shelton Lake in Fort Collins.  Due to Covid, this year will be the second in a row with a drive-in fireworks show at The Ranch. 

The past couple of Fourth of July festivities have looked a little different for Northern Colorado residents. Year in and out, tradition has been a massive fireworks celebration over City Parks Shelton Lake in Fort Collins.  Due to Covid, this year will be the second in a row with a drive-in fireworks show at

The Ranch. Don’t worry about entrance fees, as this celebration is free, with 4,000 parking spaces becoming available at 6 pm. 

Fireworks will begin at 9.15 pm, with food trucks providing snacks and refreshments—music over the loudspeakers playing Big Rob on local radio station 96.1 KISSFM.


Kremmling

Steamboat has officially canceled its annual fireworks celebration, which is too bad because it might have been the best in all of Colorado, especially since it always takes place right after the infamous Howelsen Hill Rodeo. That being said, Kremmling is just a short 30-45 minute drive away from Steamboat and will host its annual “Fire on the Cliffs” display. 

Located in Kremmling Town Square, enjoy a beer tent, live music, and family entertainment before the show. 


Lakewood

If you want to catch a fireworks-only event on July 3rd, then Lakewood is the place to be! Big Boom Bash is a fireworks-only display taking place over Jeffco Stadium at 9:15 p.m. The Big Boom Bash not only includes an incredible array of fireworks but the production will also be choreographed to music. So, if you plan on taking a peek at this incredible display, tune in to 100.3 FM, MIX 100 to get the whole experience.

The show should be visible from Lakewood parks and residences located within a 1.5-mile radius of Jeffco Stadium, but bear in mind that parking will be minimal (so walking, biking, carpooling, or taking public transport is encouraged). Here are some of the best spots to enjoy the show: Creighton Middle School, Trailblazer Parking Lot, Lakewood Park, the west side of O’Kane Park, and more. The complete list of locations can be found on www.lakewood.org.


Steamboat

Canceled, unfortunately. This may be the most epic firework display in all of Colorado.  Check out 2020’s Guinness World Record Biggest Firework, Successful Launch.  Consider cruising over to Kremmling, just a short 30-45 minute drive away, to see their remarkable firework show.  


Vail

Canceled, along with Eagle and Beaver Creek. 


Winter Park 

The annual Winter Park 4th of July Celebration will be held on Sunday from 7 pm – 10 pm at Rendezvous Event Center, a terrific outdoor space in Hideaway Park downtown.  Enjoy a free concert before the firework display by Colorado Native, Buckstein. Take the whole family, roll out a picnic blanket, and watch the sky light up over Grand County.  There will be plenty of entertainment, including a cornhole tournament and bocce ball.  Make sure to get there early to lock down a good viewing spot on the lawn.  They must know, then, that the above-named gentleman whenever he was at leisure (which was mostly all the year round) gave himself up to reading books of chivalry with such ardour and avidity that he almost entirely neglected the pursuit of his field-sports, and even the management of his property; and to such a pitch did his eagerness and infatuation go that he sold many an acre of tillageland to buy books of chivalry to read, and brought home as many of them as he could get.


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Real Estate Northern Colorado Market Trends

The Acceleration and Deceleration of Days on Market

In April of 2021, Berthoud’s attached housing market saw the largest year-over-year decrease in days on market of 83.54 percent, ending at 26 days. In May of 2021, Berthoud saw the largest year-over-year increase in days on market of 97.87 percent, ending at 93 days in 2021. As these factors fluctuate, speak with an experienced broker to ensure you have the most current statistics for an informed decision.

Berthoud’s Disparity in Close-to-List Price

Buyers seeking attached properties in Berthoud had to pay, on average, 105.60 percent of the original list price to secure their home. As the largest average close-to-list price for attached homes across northern Colorado, Berthoud’s close-to-list price also saw the largest year-over-year increase of 10.92 percent! Simultaneously, detached properties in Berthoud saw the lowest average close-to-list price across northern Colorado’s detached market at 103.00 percent and had the smallest increase of only 3.00 percent year over year.

Homebuyers Are Attached to the Attached

Attached homes in Timnath saw a closed sales increase of 250 percent and a closed sales volume increase of 280.51 percent year over year. With the average sales price only increasing by 8.72 percent year over year, homebuyers are open to living in attached properties as they can find opportunities in this market for fewer dollars compared to Timnath’s detached average sales price increase of 41.69 percent.

Berthoud’s attached housing market skyrocketed in 2021, with a closed sales increase of 600.00 percent and a closed sales volume increase of 936.62 percent! This massive shift came with a large dollar sign as the average sales price increased by 48.09 percent year over year.

Windsor and Fort Collins were the only two areas in northern Colorado without a year-over-year closed sales increase of over 100 percent for attached homes, meaning there may be more opportunities to secure housing in these regions.

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Northern Colorado’s Hottest Green Chili Spots

Colorado is famous for the Rocky Mountains, beautiful scenery and high altitude. Someone new to Colorado may discover that this glorious state is just as renowned for its green chili as its other enchanting attributes. In Colorado, this dish, occasionally considered its own food group, has even found its way into burritos, tacos and sometimes beer and cocktails. When on the hunt for green chili, venture to northern Colorado to try the best of the best. Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy green chili in all of its glory. 

Santiago’s

Santiago’s is authentic Mexican food with their most frequently visited location in Loveland. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, all with green chili incorporated in the menu. Santiago’s Authentic Green Chili Sauce with Pork has been the foundation of success for the restaurant chain. Make sure you bring a bottle of their famous sauce home so their green chili is never out of reach! They are currently offering dine-in as well as takeout. We recommend their Carne Asada with extra green chili (you can never have enough)! 

Alberto’s

If you are looking for a relaxed-yet-elegant Mexican dining experience in Greeley, Alberto’s is calling your name. Alberto’s is known for having the hottest green chili in town, plus the best frozen margaritas to cool your mouth down afterward. They begin serving breakfast burritos at 5 am which is the perfect time to devour some green chili. However, if you are not a morning riser, we suggest keeping it simple with a bean and cheese burrito smothered in, you guessed it, green chili.   

CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing

The best of both worlds, CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing contains one brewery and two restaurants, offering indoor and outdoor dining in both their “Pubside” and “Poolside” with food, beverage and green chili. Located in Old Town, Fort Collins, this multifaceted restaurant, an upscale yet casual environment, has catered to guests since 1989 with a passion for their craft beer. As one of Fort Collins’ prominent nightlife locations, it is not a spot to miss when serving their famous Sigda’s Green Chili beer. 

Green chili is not only a sauce but an art form in Colorado. If you are looking to start your tasting journey, search no further! Check out our recommendations and let us know your favorite and if you have any more for us to try. Remember, eat more green chili! 

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The Perfect Father’s Day in Northern Colorado 2021

Sonora Smart spent her summers at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington.  Her mother tragically passed away when she was young, so she and her five siblings were raised by her father, a Civil War veteran.  The year was 1910, and at the time, Mother’s Day was the only holiday in America honoring one’s parents.  Sonora felt this was unjust.  After all, her father was the anchor of their family. Thus, on June 19th, 1910, Sonora organized the first-ever Father’s Day celebration at the very same YMCA she grew up loving.

What is your perfect father’s day? Honor the patriarch of your family by making this upcoming weekend an unforgettable experience.  Below outlines our ideal Father’s Day Weekend in Northern Colorado, starting Friday night thru Sunday evening.  We hope this article inspires you to go above and beyond for your father this upcoming weekend.  Have fun, and, of course, stay safe.


Friday Night – Dinner and Karaoke 

If you haven’t been to Berthoud, then you are missing out. This rural Larimer County town is the perfect place to spend a relaxing summer night.  Head over to Derby Grill and treat dad to live music and Karaoke. The menu is extensive, but every Friday night features the Walleye fish fry or prime rib.

Both are excellent choices! Kick back, drink a cold one, and watch the sunset over the picturesque Rocky Mountains in the background. There is no better way to kick off Father’s Day weekend!


Saturday Morning – Loveland Garden Tour & Art Show

Start the morning off by soaking in the sunshine while also helping a local charity.  The Loveland Garden Tour and Art Show, celebrating its 17th year, is the primary fundraiser for Loveland Youth Gardeners.   You will learn introductory horticulture, sustainability techniques, and best practices for both indoor and outdoor living spaces on this tour. 

Afterward, stick around to meet local artists, many of which focus on sustainability. 


Saturday Brunch and Afternoon Stroll – Downtown Loveland

After the Garden Tour, take dad on a short drive over to downtown Loveland where you will enjoy brunch at town favorite Doug’s Day Diner.  We recommend the Mona Lisa Omelet or Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito. 

While you’re downtown, cruise along Washington and Lincoln Avenue to visit boutique shops and local breweries/wineries.  Don’t forget to stroll the side streets, as this cute Colorado gem is the definition of homely.


Saturday Night – Dinner at The Emporium

Tap off this perfect Saturday with a fantastic dining experience at The Emporium, located in the upscale Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Fort Collins. With a French and American-inspired menu, walk through their open wine display to pick the perfect pairing with your meal. 

The Emporium delivers delicious cuisine, and we recommend the Country Meatloaf or Muscles Mariniere, with a side of Popcorn Polenta.  Following dinner, take dad on a summer night stroll around downtown Fort Collins, also known as Old Town. 


Sunday Morning – Father’s Day 5K

Boost those endorphins with some early morning exercise.  The 24th Annual Father’s Day 5K is a local favorite among Northern Coloradans. Held in Fort Collins, run, jog, or walk alongside your dad down the quaint streets of midtown. This is a pet friendly race, so you can bring your pup if you wish. 

Proceeds from the race go to Adaptive Recreation Opportunities – a government program ensuring anyone, regardless of income or ability, has access to recreation services. 


Sunday Afternoon – Boulder Creek Festival

After your morning run, dad will probably be ready to take a load off and chill.  Boulder is about a 45-minute drive from Fort Collins, just enough time to rest up for the Boulder Creek Festival.  Along Canyon Blvd, from 9th to 14th street, this weekly summer festival brings together the local community with live music, local artists, and great food trucks.

Be sure to get your ticket ahead of time.  If you need a respite from the sun, take a short walk over to the elegant Saint Julien Hotel.  Sit out back, overlook the flatirons while sipping a signature cocktail, or take advantage of their 10,000 square foot spa.  A little R&R never hurt!


Sunday Night – Dinner at Flagstaff House

Not many places in the world, much less America, provide the same dining experience as The Flagstaff House. That’s because this chateau-like restaurant sits 6,000 feet high on a sloped hillside overlooking all of Boulder.  But it’s not just the views that impress, Executive Chef Chris Royster curates the menu daily with seasonal and local ingredients, and with 16,000 bottles in the cellar there is a perfect match for every dish. 

This unparalleled dining experience has made it on Forbes Travel Guide over 40 years in a row. End this amazing Father’s Day weekend sipping wine with the magical golden sun setting over the red flatirons.`


More Colorado Father’s Day Ideas

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Northern Colorado Distilleries

Image of an empty bar at a distillery

Here in Colorado, we love our craft alcoholic beverages. From beer to spirits, we adore them all. If you’re looking for a taste of Colorado craft culture, head to Northern Colorado. The Fort Collins area is full of locally owned and operated distilleries with liquors that will quench your thirst and brighten your spirits.  

Elevation 5003 Distillery
With open indoor and outdoor seating, Elevation 5003 Distillery is perfect for those looking for a fun tasting experience in an elevated atmosphere. They focus on inventive hand-crafted spirits, and every step of the creation process takes place in-house. This innovative distillery started as a passion project but has grown into a prominent pillar of the Fort Collins craft spirits community.

Feisty Spirits Distillery
If you are feeling spunky, speed on down to Feisty Spirits Distillery! Focusing on small-batch American whiskeys, Feisty Spirits is full of feisty and spirited artisans passionate about their craft. This distillery is the perfect place to add a little spice to your day with a handcrafted whisky, bourbon, malt or rye.  

Mobb Mountain Distillery
Are you looking for great rye or gin? Then mosey on over to Mobb Mountain Distillery. Founded on the principles of adventure, sustainability, community and quality, Mobb Mountain is sure to tickle your tastebuds. They have recently reopened their patio, so be sure to stop by for some splendid spirits and sunshine!

Old Town Distilling Co.
The Old Town Distilling Co. is located in the Fort Collins brewing district. As Colorado’s first and only certified organic distillery, Old Town sources its raw ingredients from all over the state. They are proud to adhere to the most sustainable practices when crafting their delicious booze and distribute their spent vodka and whiskey grains to local cattle and hog farmers. 

Coppermuse Distillery
If you’re looking to be inspired, why not try out a new muse? Coppermuse Distillery is the ideal locale for those who want a unique liquor tasting experience. Their tasting room is full of spectacular handcrafted spirits and cocktails, infusions and weekly food specials. So, stop by Coppermuse for some great booze and a tasty bite. 

Old Elk Distillery
Old Elk Distillery is known for its Dry Town™ Gin and Vodka, but their product line doesn’t stop there. As the new kids on the block, Old Elk Distillery has stepped into the Fort Collins craft alcohol scene with a bang. They were even named the Colorado Distillery of the Year at the New York International Spirits Competition. So, if you want to try award-winning locally crafted booze, check out the Reserve Old Elk’s tasting room.  

NOCO Distillery
NOCO Distillery is a craft micro distillery that produces high-quality whisky, gin, rum, vodka and brandy. Focusing on small-batch distilling, NOCO uses handcrafted, American-made copper stills and American and European oak casts in their process. They also source local raw ingredients as much as they can and use Colorado botanicals and fruits in their delicious spirits. So, if you want to get a taste of environmentally conscious Colorado craft spirits, take a trip to NOCO. 


In Colorado, making liquor or beer is more than a process; it is a craft, and the Fort Collins area is home to many spirited savants. So, if you want to step into Colorado craft culture and take a sip of in-house-made liquor Northern Colorado is the place for you. Just be sure to enjoy your alcohol adventure responsibly.   

Colorado Real Estate News

Spring Thaw Hikes in Colorado

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As the snow is melting, spirits are rising. After months of hibernating inside, it may feel like time to explore the ethereal outlooks Colorado has to offer. Check out this list of 5 Colorado hikes for you to embrace the fresh air, warm weather and revitalizing sunshine.

Flagstaff Trailhead
If you’re looking for a leisurely stroll paired with a panorama, the Flagstaff Trailhead in Boulder, CO is for you. With a drive just as gorgeous as the hike, gaze over the Boulder and Denver cityscape freshly sprinkled with greenery. Not only will it satisfy your need for nature, but the infinite sight will also inspire the depths of your imagination. 

High Dune Trail
To explore dreamlike terrain and break a sweat, try the idyllic High Dune Trail. While humanity has not made it to Mars, this trail will most definitely inspire extraterrestrial allure and an elevated heart rate. Hiking up the sandy mounds, you’ll experience a sense of awe with their expansive appearance and a backsplash of Colorado’s foothills. The challenging incline will leave you breathless, literally.

Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Change up morning monotony for a sunrise on Sugarloaf Mountain Trail. Get a taste of pure beauty with views of the Indian Peaks to the West and the Front Range to the East. The 360-degree views will bless your eyes with a rich color palette of beautiful wildflowers. Dogs can use this trail if kept on a leash so you and your four-legged friend can have a sweet start to your day. 

Mills Lake
Are you craving a waterside front? Mills Lake will quench your desire with striking waterfalls, mountains, and a subalpine lake with prime real estate for picnics. Located in Rocky Mountain National Park, hike to this refreshing oasis by starting at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, located on Bear Lake Road. Note that Rocky Mountain National Park charges for daily entrance passes per vehicle or individual if on foot, horse or bike. You can also purchase an annual pass for $70 (here).

Red Rock Canyon
If you’re in the mood to cover terrain that looks like it’s from a prehistoric era, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is for you. While there are no dinosaurs, the angular, copper-colored rocks called “hogbacks” appear to be straight out of the Jurassic period, and for a closer look, there is rock climbing available (permit required). Featuring trails of all levels, an off-leash dog area and fantastic views of Garden of the Gods, walk among the series of parallel red rock ridges with a renewed sense of wonder.

Colorado Real Estate News

Northern Colorado Real Estate Market Trends

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Home Prices Increase Except in Berthoud

The average sales prices across northern Colorado continue to skyrocket for attached and detached homes except in Berthoud, which saw a year-over-year decrease of 0.69 percent in the average sales price of detached houses and a year-over-year decline of 7.49 percent in attached homes. Those looking to buy for cheaper may find opportunities in this area.

The Demand for Boulder

The intimate atmosphere in Boulder is still extremely attractive, as shown by the most significant increase in closed sales and closed sales volume year over year. Since April 2020, detached homes saw a closed sales increase of 144.23 percent and a closed sales volume increase of 316.56 percent, and attached properties experienced a closed sales increase of 120.51 percent and a closed sales volume increase of 142.74 percent. 

Attached Properties in Windsor Are Lacking Love

Windsor saw the largest disparity in sales of detached and attached homes as the closed sales and closed sales volume of detached properties increased by 79.10 percent and 89.47 percent year over year, respectively, while closed sales and closed sales volume of attached homes decreased by 50 percent and 46.94 percent year over year, respectively. Despite the sizable drop in purchases of attached properties, prices haven’t lowered, as the average sales price increased by 6.11 percent and detached homes’ average sales price increased by 5.79 percent.

Homes Are Flying off the Shelves Faster

Berthoud saw the most drastic drop in average days on market with an 83.54 percent reduction for attached properties and decreased to the shortest timeframe for average days on market across northern Colorado at 26 days in April 2021 from 158 days in April 2020. Fort Collins has the lowest average days on market for detached homes, with a 44.78 percent reduction, going from 67 days in April 2020 to 37 days in April 2021. Homebuyers need to make quick decisions to compete in these fast-paced markets.

*Written May 25, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.