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Best Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants in Fort Collins

With a rising demand for gluten-free alternatives, it can feel like a mission to find great restaurants where you don’t have to ask the server a hundred questions, scour the menu for the one or two things to eat, and eventually make a choice for the only option that won’t make you sick. Fortunately, the number of restaurants that are solving this problem has grown! If you’re around the Fort Collins area, these are the four best gluten-free friendly restaurants you need to check out!

Urban Egg (230 South College Ave)

One of the best places to find gluten-free alternatives and a delicious menu is the Urban Egg. What makes this place special is nearly all of its ingredients come from local producers offering fresh and chemical-free produce and meats. This clean philosophy extends to the gluten-free flour which they use to make savory pancakes, English muffins, and their famous eggs benedict. Their wide variety of gluten-free options makes it a can’t miss for this upcoming summer!

Blue Agave Grill (201 South College Ave)

Hate asking your waiter if something contains gluten every time you go out? At Blue Agave Grill, that is eliminated with their super helpful menu that highlights what is and isn’t gluten-free! Choose from their unique selection of modern Mexican-inspired dishes like the Blue Agave Fish Tacos with tempura-battered tilapia and pan-seared Southwest Pork Medallions.

Restaurant 415 (415 South Mason St)

Earning a reputation as one of Fort Collins’ best restaurants, at Restaurant 415 nearly everything on the menu is designed for those with specialty diets. Whether you are vegan or gluten-free, there are a plethora of amazing dishes to choose from such as pizzas, yummy bruschetta on gluten-free bread, polenta plates, steak, and veggie skewers, and much more.

Beau Jo’s (205 North College Ave)

Can you even call yourself a Coloradan if you’ve never been to Beau Jo’s? If Colorado had a signature pizza, it would be one of their delicious Mountain Pies, which have some of the best gluten-free crusts you can find. Nearly everything on the menu is gluten-free and is a good time for everyone looking to enjoy a Colorado-style pizza!

Finding gluten-free alternatives at a restaurant shouldn’t be a hassle. Fortunately, Fort Collins has several delicious options that will make everyone feel more at home while they dine in. Bon appétit!

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Must-Ski Mountains Near Fort Collins

People come from all over the world to ski in Colorado, and for those who are residents in Northern Colorado, this winter activity is in your backyard. Fort Collins offers skiing and snowboarding mountains just two to three hours from town. Here are the five closest:

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain is just an hour and 45 minutes away from the heart of Fort Collins. Tickets are affordable and the views are amazing! They pride themselves on a welcoming and supportive environment, no matter what level of a skier or snowboarder you are. They’re open seven days a week and they have night skiing on Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Loveland Ski Area

Loveland is about two hours from Fort Collins and it’s 1600 acres of a winter wonderland. Loveland’s average snowfall is 422 inches, which is more than any Front Range resort. They also offer free snowcat skiing to experience the amazing Loveland terrain. They’re open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends.

Seven Utes Mountain

Seven Utes is a little over two hours from the heart of Fort Collins, and it’s specialized for backcountry skiers. The east side of the mountain is most frequently skied because you can see it from Highway 14. This amazing mountain is a part of the Never Summer Mountains, too!

Eldora Mountain

Eldora has 10 lifts with 680 acres of terrain for anyone to explore, with greens, blues, black diamond and double black diamond runs for any level of skier or snowboarder. They’re located about an hour and 45 minutes from Fort Collins. They’re open seven days a week, so check them out!

Arapahoe Basin

Just over two hours from Fort Collins, ‘A-Basin’ as the locals call it, is a great place to ski. Along with snow activities, they’re celebrating their 75th anniversary this spring; they are having a Pride weekend celebration and brewery and dining events. A-Basin has uphill access, too! You definitely don’t want to miss out on “The Legend.”

Colorado offers so many beautiful and scenic mountains to ski and snowboard, you really can’t go wrong with any location. These five mountains are just a short drive from Fort Collins, so visit one or all of them! We hope you enjoy your next ski/snowboarding adventure at any of the gorgeous ski resorts that Colorado has to offer.

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Top 5 Romantic Restaurants in Fort Collins

A romantic date night is a simple yet thoughtful gesture to say thank you to your significant other. If you’re looking to treat them to a nice dinner up north, check out these restaurants in Fort Collins that will have you booking another reservation for your next special occasion.

RARE Italian

RARE Italian showcases cuisine influenced from Italy and American Italian. This welcoming and lively restaurant is well known for their hand-made pastas and dry-aged steaks which are openly displayed in the space. What pairs better with a ricotta ravioli or a beautiful eight-ounce filet? A sophisticated red wine. RARE provides an extensive wine selection from all areas of the world that will elevate your date night to a higher level. Visit RARE Italian in the heart of Old Town at 101 South College Avenue.

Cafe Vino

Cafe Vino is a local CSU alum-owned restaurant located next to the university campus off South College Avenue. This casual-yet-classy setting offers a diverse European-inspired menu crafted with local and organic ingredients. Their simple and concise dinner menu offers something to satisfy every craving, especially their fine in-house desserts. Experience the many tastes of the world with your significant other by sharing a wine flight where any of their 200 wines can be selected for tasting. Or enjoy a signature craft cocktail that will elevate your dining experience.

Sonny Lubick Steakhouse

Treat your loved one to the most iconic steakhouse in Fort Collins, the Sonny Lubick Steakhouse. This steakhouse was named and inspired by the legendary CSU football coach, Sonny Lubick of the late ‘90s and early 2000s. The restaurant has a polished casual atmosphere that serves high-end steaks and seafood accompanied by a warm brick, leather and wood interior. Their menu provides endless combinations of steaks, toppings, sauces and sides to fulfill any craving. The steakhouse is also home to one of the most highly regarded wine cellars in Northern Colorado that will elevate your dinner beyond expectations.

Jay’s Bistro

Jay’s Bistro is a great go-to formal date night location in the heart of Old Town. Jay’s has been serving food in Fort Collins for more than three decades and was voted the best fine dining in Fort Collins in both 2014 and 2015 by Issuu media. Jay’s offers a more intimate experience with live piano and jazz music events on the weekends. This environment paired with entrees of surf and turf to vegetarian lo mein are the keys to a successful romantic date night.

The Still Whiskey Steaks

For the couple looking to enjoy American comfort food that will leave their stomachs satisfied at the end of the night, look no further than The Still Whiskey Steaks. This casual and enjoyable location combines a classic steakhouse with log cabin-inspired décor that is instantly comforting. Their dinner menu does not disappoint. Serving everything from seafood and fried chicken to sustainably-sourced burgers and their famous hand-cut whiskey-marinated steaks. They have an extensive drink list including 80+ whiskeys with 40 from Colorado. The Still Whiskey Steaks is the perfect place to try something new and will make you feel at home. Located at 151 N. College Avenue in the heart of Old Town.

Treat your special someone to a dinner they’ll never forget. With great atmosphere, food and drink, it’s sure to be a night for the books.

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Free Winter Activities in Fort Collins

Who doesn’t love free things? Activities and events don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg to participate in; there are plenty of great activities to explore this season that cost little to nothing. To maximize the fun this winter, here are four free activities you don’t want to miss:

Winter Farmers Market

With 15 prideful years of showcasing and serving local Fort Collin delicacies, the Winter Farmers Market is a must visit. Spend time with your family and friends amongst the lively ambiance and maybe buy a tasty treat or two while you’re there. The farmer’s market occurs every other Saturday; you can find the calendar for specific dates here.

Fort Collins Breweries

Fort Collins is known for its variety of unique breweries in town. If you are a beer-lover, go to any of these popular FoCo breweries to tour their facility, like the popular Odell Brewery. While some breweries like New Belgium Breaking Co Taproom are currently not offering tours, you can still visit their taproom to sample their beers.

*Some tours require reservations.

The Lyric

A local favorite, The Lyric theater hosts free showings of cartoons on weekend mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, with classics like Looney Tunes and Thundercats. This is a fun, family friendly activity that will start your day off on a positive note. A negative COVID test within 72 hours or proof of vaccination is required for those ages 12+. You can find more information about this recurring free event here.

Horsetooth Reservoir and Poudre Canyon

Love the outdoors? Grab your snow boots and hike around the Horsetooth Reservoir and Poudre Canyon. Nothing beats these spectacular Fort Collins views, especially when the mountains have a fresh layer of snow. Explore everything the area has to offer and learn more here.

Whether you love the outdoors, want to spend some quality time with your family or simply want to have a beer with friends, Fort Collins has it all. So make it a date with friends, family or loved ones and explore some of the best that Colorado has to offer.

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The Colorado Luxury Real Estate Market is Thriving in 2021

Written by Gretchen Rosenberg, President and CEO of Kentwood Real Estate

In Colorado’s overheated real estate markets, one notable sector that has benefitted from our current frenzied climate is the luxury sector. Two years ago, homes over $1 million were plentiful and sellers often had to reduce their price to get an offer. Our supply shortage was primarily in the mid-to-low-tier price ranges. At the time, we generally saw 4-6 months of inventory on the high end, providing buyers time to make their decision.

As people today are focusing on a revised set of housing needs, many are turning to the upscale housing sector for the space and features that will fit a new lifestyle. In a recent Luxury Market Report, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) said:

“In a snapshot of 2020, despite the devasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the luxury real estate market has seen one of its strongest years since 2008. In comparison to experts’ predictions in early 2020, it is remarkable how significant demands for property type, location, and amenity preferences have changed amid the pandemic.”

Our Colorado lifestyle has provided those seeking Denver real estate and Fort Collins real estate with a new opportunity to work from home and a growing interest in having extra space for things like virtual school, working out, and a designer kitchen to cook more meals at home. The desire to own a home that can meet these needs continues to increase. Additionally, record-low mortgage rates are creating opportunities for homebuyers to stretch their legs into higher price points or even expand their real estate portfolios. The ILHM report continues to say:

Experts believe that the demand for exclusive residential properties outside the metropolitan areas will continue well into 2021; even with the introduction of vaccines, the pandemic is far from over.

For those who have moved to the suburbs and beyond, moving back to the city full time is unlikely while the work from home trend remains. Many of these affluent homeowners are now making their secondary properties their primary residences for the foreseeable future.”

If you’re interested in buying a home this year, it’s helpful to understand that our Colorado luxury home market is finding buyer interest nearly as intently as our mid-tier market is. Be prepared to put your best foot forward when making an offer. Sellers should look to maximize their pricing by placing effort on the prepping and staging of the residence prior to putting it on the open market.

Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research at realtor.comnotes:

“Interestingly, markets, where new supply is improving the fastest, tend to be higher priced than those that have yet to see improvement, suggesting sellers are more active in the more expensive markets.”

Good to Know

With rates still bouncing along the bottom, it’s good to know that you can buy more by leveraging your purchase. If you’re hoping to buy the luxury home of your dreams, this could be the year you achieve that goal. 

At Kentwood Real Estate we’re especially equipped to handle the purchase and sale of any luxury residence along the Front Range. We stand ready to help guide you through the complexities of our current real estate markets. Search for your next home at Kentwood.com and let us know how we can help!

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Exploring Old Town Fort Collins

Colorado is packed full of beautiful mountain towns, ski resorts and dazzling cities, but it’s important not to miss the many hidden gems, one of them undoubtedly being the historic Old Town Fort Collins. Located in Northern Colorado, Old Town Fort Collins has been growing in popularity as a weekend destination with beautiful scenery, great places to eat and a passion for displaying local art! Read on for a whole day’s worth of food, drinks and incredible socially distanced experiences that you just can’t miss when visiting Old Town.

Breakfast: The Waffle Lab
Calling all waffle lovers! This unique restaurant puts a scientific twist on the classic Belgian Liege waffle. With a variety of fun menu categories such as “The Control Group” and “The Sample Size,” you can choose from a plethora of savory and sweet toppings for your waffle, satisfying any breakfast craving you may have. They also offer patio seating if you opt against indoor dining and want to enjoy the scenic surrounding area. If you’re seeking a breakfast stop on your visit to Old Town that will leave you feeling happier and fuller than ever, The Waffle Lab is a must.

Lunch: La Piadina
La Piadina, a food truck located within Old Town’s outdoor market, The Exchange, specializes in Italian flatbreads with a recipe dating back to 1371 AD! Their classic flatbread includes prosciutto, arugula, a divine cheese sauce and olive oil, and they also offer a variety of vegan plates. This is one of the many prime dining options at The Exchange, so you can enjoy an authentic Italian sandwich while admiring the beautiful views Fort Collins has to offer. 

Happy Hour: The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro
This divine cheese shop and bistro is the ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon enjoying a delicious cheese plate with friends. The Welsh Rabbit is a family-owned business where “Slow Food,” an industry that values health, sustainability and fair pricing, is the top priority. You can customize your own cheese platter and pair it with a flight of beer or glass of wine, making for an excellent happy hour or after-dinner treat with outdoor table options.

Dinner: Big Al’s Burgers & Dogs
Big Al’s takes “local” to a whole new level. Aside from being locally owned and operated, they pride themselves on their strong sense of community within the Old Town area, from collaborating with a nearby company to build all of the tables and chairs, to supporting neighborhood artists and displaying unique and eye-catching pieces throughout the restaurant. They claim to serve the best burgers in Fort Collins, along with delicious vegetarian options and sensational fries topped with Big Al’s signature seasoning that can also be enjoyed at a picnic table outside the restaurant. For an authentic Old Town experience, Big Al’s is the perfect dinner destination.

Experience: Museum of Art
The Museum of Art is an excellent representation of the passion and appreciation for art that radiates through Old Town. You can check out their website for updates on current exhibitions on display, available time slots and ticket options. At just $5.00 for an adult ticket, a walk through the Museum of Art is an excellent way to spend a socially distant afternoon admiring the works of the latest artists.

While there is no shortage of sites to see and places to eat in Old Town Fort Collins, these are just a few of the best that combine for a wonderful day exploring the town square. As an added bonus, every restaurant we discussed is included in the Downtown Gift Card, which can be ordered on the Downtown Fort Collins website. This gift card is the perfect present for a friend or loved one, so you can enjoy a day exploring the area and experiencing all of the amazing dining options Old Town has to offer. 

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The Exchange in Fort Collins: A Collaborative Space for Everyone

photo depicting The Exchange in Fort Collins. There are buildings, patios with games and dining and string lights.

As the first entertainment district in Fort Collins, expectations were high for this little hub. Created as a dog-friendly, open-air entertainment plaza where groups can enjoy their food, desserts, alcoholic beverages and more in an outdoor common area, they seem to have exceeded those expectations. The area is surrounded by string lights and murals as well as community use picnic tables and firepits. According to their website, “The Exchange connects the entrepreneurial spirit of Fort Collins to our love of bikes and the outdoors. Ample bike parking, a bike service station, and connectivity to the Poudre Trail make The Exchange a true bike destination.” Since its inception in 2017, The Exchange has become the central quarter for food, drink and entertainment in the downtown Fort Collins area. 

In preparation for your visit (we recommend it), here are a few of the must-see shops:

FOCO DOCO: Fort Collins Donut Co.

This little donut shop combines the newest technology and freshest ingredients. They make their donuts “Colorado Style,” utilizing the best ingredients the state has to offer. The donuts are made right in front of you with the help of their robot and served hot. 

Chick’nCone

Fried chicken in a waffle cone. Need we say more? With choices of 6 sauces ranging from a sweet Cinna-Maple to a spicy Peri Peri South African chili sauce, there is something for nearly everyone. 

Old Town Putt

Bring out the child in you with this incredible indoor putting range. This place is full of personality and fun. If you’re not a fan of putt-putt golf, they also have ping pong, corn hole, skeeball, shuffleboard and a full arcade. If that still doesn’t interest you, they have weekly drink specials. 

Old Town Churn Ice Cream

As a family member of the Little Man Ice Cream Company, Old Town Churn serves a rotating lineup of handcrafted ice cream along with shakes, malts, sundaes, banana splits and more. Churn serves as the flagship anchor in The Exchange housed at the center in a larger than life 26-foot-tall ice cream churn. 

We could go on and on showcasing the other shops that The Exchange has to offer, but instead, we’ll let you find out for yourself. With 4.5 stars on Yelp, we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy in the heart of downtown Fort Collins.

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How A Kentwood Broker Can Increase A Northern Colorado Home’s Value

Ft. Collins, Longmont, Estes Park, Greeley and other northern Colorado towns continue to experience home price increases. While bidding wars and overnight increases in home prices may not be as prevalent today as they were before, getting top dollar remains the priority – but only if you have the right real estate agent beside you.

Here’s how a Kentwood real estate agent will ensure that you can still get top dollar for your home:

1. Local Experience

The housing market is dynamic and no two communities along the Front Range are the same. From day to day, values could fluctuate based on a myriad of different reasons. Kentwood Real Estate Brokers are on top of Northern Colorado’s market trends and specific neighborhood dynamics, and will ensure your home is perfectly positioned at the best value possible based on strategic local market research.

2. Marketing Your Property

Your Kentwood broker will prepare a custom listing presentation for your home and provide a marketing strategy based on a comprehensive market analysis. With innovative tactics such as 3D camera technology that allows buyers to virtually walk through a property to our e-flyer program, your property’s information will be in the hands of the right buyers in no time.

3. Trusted Network

Kentwood’s affiliations with the prestigious Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio International and Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate provide connections that make Kentwood a national and global company working on your behalf. On a local level, Kentwood agents’ local expertise and deep community roots also will create a market advantage for your home.

4. Trusted Advisor

If you do receive multiple offers, it is important you have someone experienced in negotiating with multiple parties. The most important way to handle multiple offers is to pick the correct strategy to choose the best offer. As no two offers or the same, neither are the circumstances around each buyer’s offer. They may need to move faster than you’d like or they can be patient and work around your scheduled. A skilled Kentwood broker will make this process as efficient and thoughtful as possible.

If you’re looking for the REALTOR® to get the best value for your home in Northern Colorado, contact Kentwood Northern Properties today.

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How To Support Downtown Fort Collins Local Shops During Covid-19

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Do your part to keep Old Town Fort Collins’ stores open

 

As the northern Colorado community continues to abide by social isolation guidelines, Fort Collins’ downtown local businesses are getting creative to keep their doors open. Restaurants are offering special dinner menus for takeout, many of which are including cocktails and drinks to-go, bookstores are encouraging readers to purchase books online for delivery orders, and clothing and chocolatiers have transitioned online by creating Shopify accounts.

 

COVID-19’s pressures on local companies are enormous, particularly with the loss in spring tourism business dimming 2020 revenue forecasts. Despite the seemingly dark times, hope remains as Fort Collins’ Old Town businesses have recently banded together as the Downtown Business Association launched its “Support and Save” campaign.

 

Appealing to regular customers stuck at home and visitors who are unable to travel, the Support and Save campaign allows patrons to donate and receive a voucher for future purchases. To encourage more donations, the voucher’s value incrementally increases if patrons donate more: donate $20 and receive a $25 voucher, donate $40 and a receive $50 voucher, and donate $80 receive a $100 voucher.

 

If a great deal doesn’t excite someone to donate for a good cause, the full list on the Downtown Business Association’s website, linked here, just might. The list of participating stores ranges from footwear, antiques, art and handcraft stores, bars, restaurants, distilleries, breweries, an equestrian store, holistic life coaching, gyms, spices, salons, florists, furniture stores, olive oil companies, smoothie shops, fly fishing shops, soda fountains, and so much more.

 

“Old Town is the heart of Fort Collins and right now the local shops need our help,” says David Powell, managing broker at the Kentwood Real Estate – Northern Properties office. “If you’re a resident or a seasonal visitor, you know how special Old Town is to the city. The shops we enjoy visiting are counting on our support for when they’re able to open their doors to the public again.”

 

“You can’t beat the Old Town experience in Fort Collins. It’s heartbreaking to know many of these shops are struggling with COVID-19 keeping everyone away, but I know the Fort Collins and Colorado communities will pull together to support our local businesses,” says Catherine Rogers, broker associate at Kentwood’s Northern Properties office. Catherine listed a few of her favorite Old Town restaurants and shops: Slyce Pizza, Ginger Baker, Cooper Smiths, Blue Agave, Jay’s Bistro, Jax And Fish, and Emporium In The Elizabeth Hotel.

 

The National Restaurant Association estimates over 3 million industry employees have lost their jobs, and will miss out on $225 billions in estimated sales for 2020. Eventually, COVID-19 will pass but no one expects a large grand opening of American society when it happens. Society will still need to maintain distance as the virus will be marginally present, but locally owned retailers and restaurants will continue to need the community’s support until they’re able to operate a maximum capacity.

 

As Colorado’s top luxury real estate real estate brokerage, Kentwood Real Estate will support our community, clients, brokers, staff, and their families to endure. We’re in this together and we believe we’ll come out on the other side stronger than before.

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7 Reasons We Love Fort Collins

Fort CollinsFort Collins is a unique community with a small-town charm that draws you in hooks you with delicious beer and outdoor adventures. We could go on and on about all the reasons we love Fort Collins, but we’d probably end up rambling. Instead, we’ll give you seven of the greatest things about this community. At least, in our opinion! But don’t take our word for it. We encourage you to go experience Fort Collins for yourself.

Endless Outdoor Activities

For outdoor enthusiasts, Fort Collins is a gold mine of opportunity. FoCo is home to 50 parks, 35 miles of trails, three golf courses, and 40,000 acres of natural areas. And that’s just within city limits! Horsetooth Reservoir sits only minutes outside the city, right up against the foothills. The six and a half miles of water is open year-round, beckoning visitors to come out and play! Surrounded by 1,900 acres of public lands, Horsetooth boasts fishing, boating, SUPing, camping, rock climbing, hiking, and so much more!

The Vibrant Nightlife

As a college town, the nightlife here is bustling to say the least. A night on the town in Fort Collins can feature a vibrant mix of art, culture, dining, craft beverages, and live entertainment. The plethora of bars clustered on the plaza of Old Town are perfect for twenty somethings in search of the hot spots. While the restaurants and bars dotting the surrounding area are well suited for those with a bit more mature taste looking for a low-key vibe. The newly renovated Old Town Square is the perfect place to attend a summer concert, enjoy seasonal events, indulge in ice cream with the family or hunker down on a patio. And you definitely won’t want to miss out on the magic of the holidays.

The Craft Brewery Scene

Northern Colorado has been dubbed by some as the “Napa Valley of Beer” with Fort Collins at its epicenter. With over 20 breweries and counting, even the locals have a hard time keeping up! FoCo serves up everything from the country’s 4th largest craft brewery to a brewery that delivers kegs on tricycles. Craft cideries are also starting to pop up and have been gaining popularity within the community. Locals and tourists alike flock to the craft breweries to enjoy a nice cold beer and some down time. With some truly tongue tingling brews, Fort Collins is a beer lovers mecca.

It’s a Foodie’s Paradise

Sure, Fort Collins is a long-standing hub for craft beer. But in recent years it has also undergone an epicurean evolution. The Fort Collins dining scene has been growing at a record pace for the past several years with no end in sight. Community residents are finally embracing creative dining. The community is exploding with innovative new restaurants. Everything from sushi and farm-to-table, to comfort food and vegetarian spots. The food truck scene is also blossoming, with more than 40 different vendors!

Live Local Music

In recent years, Fort Collins has surpassed Boulder as Colorado’s most vital producer of music outside Denver. Live local music seems to permeate everything in this community. And it’s all thanks to the bands writing and performing original music, along with an arts-friendly city government that nurtures local talent. The annual local music festival, FoCoMX, is the perfect place to get a taste of what these local bands has to offer.

College Town Energy

Founded in 1870 as a Colorado Agriculture College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. With over 33,000 students attending every year, the university brings brainpower and a youthful energy to the Greater Fort Collins area. During the school year, the buzz around town comes from the excitement of university sporting events and concerts, students biking around town and hanging out in the parks, and even working in all the local shops.

Fort Collins Goes Green

Residents here are dedicated to giving back to Mother Earth. They choose to go green in their daily lives by composting, gardening, raising chickens, and lining roofs with solar panels. Meanwhile, the city leaders set and exceed lofty sustainability goals. They have worked hard to make alternative transportation options convenient and safe. Bike paths line the city street and the bus service is continuously expanding. Many commuters are ditching their cars and opting for a bike or bus instead.