Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Fort Collins

 
 

Cinco de Mayo is an exciting American holiday celebrating Mexican culture. This day typically includes authentic Mexican clothing, music, food and drinks! We can’t think of a better lineup for the celebration.

If you haven’t taken part in the Northern Colorado Cinco de Mayo Festival or CSU’s Cinco Cinco 5K, this is your year! And if you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant to spend this holiday at, we’ve got a few ideas. Make the most of the fun events and delicious offerings the community has in store this Cinco de Mayo!

 

Northern Colorado Cinco de Mayo Festival | May 7–8

On the weekend following Cinco de Mayo, the party continues at the Northern Colorado Cinco de Mayo Festival in Old Town Square. Did you know this festival has a history spanning over 20 years? This two-day festival features free live entertainment on the main stage, a beer garden, and a ton of vendors to visit — offering food, arts and crafts, information, and various merchandise.

Check out the long lineup of musicians, bands and performers taking the stage throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

Northern Colorado Cinco de Mayo Festival

The beer garden is a brand-new feature of this year’s festival, where those over 21 can purchase drinks from a variety of vendors. The beer garden is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

This is a traditional event celebrating and honoring the cultural diversity among our communities. Bring your family to this festive weekend packed with activity and fun!

 

The 23rd Annual Cinco Cinco 5K | May 7

Enjoy the beauty of Fort Collins by foot at the 23rd annual Cinco Cinco 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run at Colorado State University. This event is presented by Bachus & Schanker Cares Foundation, and raises scholarship funds for deserving students at CSU as part of the Gil Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship fund.

The course starts and ends on the beautiful CSU Oval, and allows you to enjoy the campus and surrounding areas on this spring morning.

Entry includes a t-shirt and costs $25 for individuals, $22 for students and teams of three or more, and $19 for CSU students living on campus and participants ages 65 and up. The Kids’ Fun Run is for children 8 and under, and is completely free!

Register in advance or for $30 the day of, starting at 7 a.m.

 

Mexican Restaurants in Fort Collins:

 

Blue Agave

While Blue Agave offers a wide variety of cuisine that features burgers, steaks and pasta, they have a number of Mexican dishes and drinks that would be perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Their menu includes primarily contemporary Southwestern cuisine with items made from scratch, and many gluten-free options. Don’t miss Blue Agave’s large margarita selection, house-infused tequilas, and homemade sangria! Enjoy views of the historic art museum in Old Town Fort Collins at their outdoor seating filled with cozy fire pits.

Blue Agave Sacramento

Illegal Pete’s

Illegal Pete’s brand new location in Fort Collins is a lively and festive place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo — especially since their menu includes so many authentic dishes, including burritos, tacos, taquitos, quesadillas, nachos, and plenty of salsa to drizzle on top your dish.

Inca Mexican Restaurant

Inca Mexican Restaurant began with two brothers from a small village in Mexico who had a dream of bringing Mexican and Incan culture to the states. With three locations in Washington state and one in Fort Collins, this authentic restaurant offers unique tastes, impeccable service and a beautiful atmosphere. Enjoy the original recipes and signature Inca Mexican Restaurant creations, such as the Inca Margarita! This is a wonderful place to be immersed in Mexican culture this Cinco de Mayo.

Inca Mexican Restaurant Fort Collins

La Luz Mexican Grill

La Luz Mexican Grill puts a modern twist on age-old Mexican dishes. You’ll find everything from fish tacos to gourmet burritos on their menu — all of which includes made-from-scratch ingredients and only the freshest natural meats, seafood and vegetables. Experience the intense flavor and overall pleasant experience at La Luz this Cinco de Mayo!

Matador Mexican Grill

Since Fort Collins loved Matador Mexican Grill so much, they opened up a second location in Loveland. At both independently owned restaurants you’ll find only the finest and freshest ingredients, the longest happy hour in Northern Colorado (featuring $1.63 bottled beer all day, every day), and an extensive menu packed with flavor. Choose from their selection of mission style burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos, wraps, bowls, soups, and salads this Cinco de Mayo!

Matador Mexican Grill Fort Collins

Pueblo Viejo

Pueblo Viejo hosts a wonderful family atmosphere filled with bright and cheery colors and festive Mexican decor throughout the interior. Choose from their 12 margarita options at their full-service bar, and enjoy complimentary chips and homemade salsa at your table. Don’t miss Pueblo Viejo’s enormous burritos covered in delicious red chili sauce or their soft or crispy chili rellenos!

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant began right here in Fort Collins in 1986 and has since expanded to include seven locations throughout Colorado. Make a toast with their legendary Rio Marg, and dig into a classic dish, such as their Chile Rellenos — delicious in-house roasted green chiles stuffed with cheese and sauteed vegetables, and lightly fried. But you won’t be disappointed with whatever you order off their menu this Cinco de Mayo!

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

 

Cheers, Fort Collins!

Have a fun and safe Cinco de Mayo downtown, at a Mexican restaurant, or with your at-home margarita!

 

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Fort Collins (Brunches, Specials + Activities)

 
 

Mother’s Day is coming up!

While you certainly have the opportunity to spoil your wife, mom or motherly figure with breakfast in bed, cards, flowers, and various gifts, we have a few ways you can go the extra mile this year. That’s why we suggest taking advantage of the many Mother’s Day activities happening in the community in addition to said at-home spoiling.

There are so many ways to ensure that you make the mom in your life feel extra special — from brunch specials, to trolley rides, to concerts and more!

Best Places to Brunch in Fort Collins for Mother’s Day

Take advantage of these specials, deals and all around wonderful brunches offered this Mother’s Day in Fort Collins — because Mother’s Day is practically synonymous with brunch.

 

Jax Fish House

Head to Jax Fish House for an upscale and fancy dinner to celebrate mom as a family. Every mom can enjoy half off all crab, world-class Mimosas, and Cajun-inspired benedicts, among other specials! Jax will be offering their special Mother’s Day deals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 8.

Jax Fish House Fort Collins

Photo Courtesy of Jax Fish House.

 

Enzio’s

Head to Enzio’s on Mother’s Day for a special Mother’s Day Buffet featuring a meat carving station, eggs, grilled salmon, pastas, salad, soup, desserts, and more! Get all of this for $29.95 per person, $10.95 for kids under 12, and $0 for kids under 5.

 

The Stanley Hotel

Since we have examined the spooky side of the Stanley Hotel before, let’s take a walk on the lighter side. The Stanley Hotel is offering their special Mother’s Day menu and buffet for $58 again this year. But this isn’t your average buffet, since everything the hotel provides is fit for royalty.

This is also a great excuse to take a trip to Estes Park on Mother’s Day, because of the many activities you can do as a family in this charming mountain town. So make a day out of it by heading to the Stanley Hotel for brunch then wandering the streets of Estes Park, admiring wildlife at Rocky Mountain National Park, or going on a hike as a family in the surrounding mountainous region!

Stanley Hotel Estes Park, CO

Photo Courtesy of The Stanley Hotel.

 

Austin’s American Grill

Austin’s American Grill is offering a special Mother’s Day Buffet beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 8. For $29.95 per person and $10.95 for kids under 12, you can get traditional brunch favorites, including Eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, carved sirloin, gourmet pastries, desserts and more!

 

Snooze: an AM Eatery

While they don’t necessarily offer a special menu on Mother’s Day, we thought we would direct your attention to Snooze, an AM Eatery. This is one of the best places to grab breakfast or brunch in the city — and perhaps in the entire state of Colorado. This Denver-based eatery believes that “life is worth living and each person and each day is worth celebrating.” So what better place to celebrate the mom in your life?

Take a look at their overwhelming and delicious menu to get prepared for what’s in store during your Mother’s Day brunch at Snooze!

Snooze an AM Eatery, Fort Collins

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Davis Photography via Snooze, an AM Eatery.

The Moot House

The Moot House is serving a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Take your pick from their wonderful options, including a carving station with house-cured ham, roasted round of beef, salmon balsamico, Eggs Benedict, bread pudding, French toast, fresh fruit, shrimp cocktails, and more! Get all of this for $29.95 per person, just $10.95 for kids 12 and under, and free for those 5 and under.

 

Cafe Vino

Cafe Vino may be a wine bar at night, but it is a brunch oasis every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. — and Mother’s Day is no exception! Peruse their brunch menu to know what you can expect — from their specialty brunch cocktails to start the morning right, to their delectable desserts that mom is sure to love. And if you buy an entree, you can purchase bottomless Mimosas as well!

Cafe Vino Mother's Day Brunch

Photos Courtesy of Cafe Vino.

 

Various Mother’s Day Activities in Fort Collins

Sip on a Cup of Tea at Happy Lucky’s Teahouse

Toast to mom with a quintessential Mother’s Day beverage (besides Mimosas at brunch) — a cup of tea! Happy Lucky’s Teahouse and Treasures is offering a special tea time on the afternoon of Mother’s Day at 1 and 3 p.m. You can select from tea sandwiches, scones, desserts, and endless tea from their “Great Wall of Tea.”

The event costs $22.95 for adults and $11.95 for children, and reservations must be made in advance by calling 970-689-3417.

Happy Lucky's Teahouse Fort Collins, CO

Photos Courtesy of Happy Lucky’s Teahouse and Treasures.

 

Mom Can Hop on Board the Trolley for Free!

From 12–5 p.m. this Mother’s Day, moms can ride the Fort Collins trolley for free, with at least one paying fare — because why would you want mom to ride alone? Grab the family, pay a few bucks, and get on board the trolley at its starting location at the City Park tennis courts.

Regular fares cost $2 for adults, and $1 for seniors and children, and children under 3 are free. This is a fun way to see your city from a new perspective for a low price!

Fort Collins Trolley

Photo Courtesy of Fort Collins Municipal Rail Society.

 

Stock Mom’s Spring Plant Inventory at the Gardens on Spring Creek

The Gardens on Spring Creek are celebrating moms and all things floral with their annual Spring Plant Sale happening on Mother’s Day weekend! Stop by their sale on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday, May 8 from 12 to 5 p.m., or get a head start on your spring plant shopping on Friday if you’re a member at The Gardens.

The Gardens’ own horticulturists and students from Colorado State University and Front Range Community College have been preparing for this plant sale since January to get thousands of annuals, herbs, perennials, and vegetables ready for you to choose from this Mother’s Day weekend! Proceeds from the sale will help support various horticulture programs at CSU, FRCC, and the Gardens.

You can expect to see drought-tolerant perennials, rock garden perennials and succulents, many varieties of herbs and ornamental grasses, drought-tolerant annuals, succulents for drought-tolerant containers, and much more!

Tell mom you’re going to plant paradise for the afternoon on Mother’s Day, and she’ll be thrilled.

Gardens on Spring Creek Fort Collins

Photos Courtesy of The Gardens on Spring Creek.

 

Enjoy a Special Mother’s Day Concert Performance

You will not believe that this group of five vocalists and one vocal drummer perform without any instruments. Face is a vocal rock band based out of Boulder taking the short trip to Fort Collins to perform a special Mother’s Day Concert at The Lincoln Center. Tickets cost $35 for center seating and $25 for seats on the side, but you can get four tickets for the price of three for this special concert!

Don’t miss Face’s performance on Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. This is a fun and entertaining way to celebrate with your mom! Don’t believe us? Check out the pure talent these guys have…

 Check out any of Face’s many videos.

 

Happy Mother’s Day, Fort Collins!

What are you doing to celebrate mom? Let us know in the comments!

 

11 Dog-Friendly Hikes Near Fort Collins

 
 

It’s not breaking news that the Fort Collins area has a ridiculous amount of hiking trails. It’s also not surprising that there are a ton of dog owners in this town — perhaps for the very purpose of being able to explore these hiking trails and nearby parks with a fellow adventure-seeking companion.

It would be quite disappointing for us dog owners to embark on a hike with our dog in tow only to find it isn’t very dog-friendly after all. Maybe the incline is too intense, the terrain is rocky or unsafe, the park doesn’t allow dogs, or the hike’s length is just too long for your dog to endure. So to help with this, we found the best dog-friendly hikes near Fort Collins so you can focus your time on taking in the beautiful scenery on your hike.

Arapaho Bend Natural Area

Location
Hiking Distance: 2 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Arapaho Bend Hike

Copyright © 1996-2016, City of Fort Collins

The Arapaho Bend Natural Area is a popular destination for dog walkers because of its close proximity to I-25 and for its ability to make you feel like you’re completely immersed in nature. The loop around the ponds in the natural area is about 2 miles of natural surface trail that follows the perimeter. This makes for the perfect dog-inclusive hike due to its terrain, proximity and level of difficulty.

Arthur’s Rock Trail

Location
Hiking Distance: 1.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Arthur’s Rock Trail

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Head to the trailhead of Arthur’s Rock Trail at Lory State Park for one of the best hikes in Fort Collins — especially for dogs! Thankfully, this hike does not include any extreme changes in elevation, difficult terrain, or a strenuous length. Your leashed dogs are welcome to accompany you on your hike along Arthur’s Rock Trail, but you should consider bringing a collapsible bowl and some fresh water as there is no source of running water near the trail.

Blue Sky Trail

Location
Hiking Distance: 15 miles
Difficulty: Moderate–Difficult

Blue Sky Trail

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Because of the long length of this premiere regional trail, we recommend packing an abundance of water and snacks (for both you and your dog!) during your hike on Blue Sky Trail. While this is a longer hike, you’ll be motivated to endure the extra miles once you see the beautiful surroundings in this area. Keep in mind there is a $6 use fee, dogs must be on a leash less than 6 feet long, and dogs are not permitted in the Rim Rock and Coyote Ridge Natural Area (as indicated on this trail map).

Fossil Creek Trail

Location
Hiking Distance: 5.2 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Fossil Creek Trail

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Fossil Creek Trail is a popular 5-mile paved trail running through Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area along Fossil Creek. With no usage fees, free parking, and a close distance from the heart of Fort Collins, this makes for the perfect place to take your dog for a walk!

Horsetooth Falls Trail

Location
Hiking Distance: 2.35 miles
Difficulty: Easy–Moderate

Horsetooth Falls Trail

Photos Courtesy of ProTrails.com.

It’s no secret that Horsetooth Mountain Open Space has miles and miles of outdoor adventure space, perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. This particular trail only allows hiking though so you won’t have to be on the lookout for bikers or horseback riders during your leisurely 2.35-mile hike. At the end of your journey, you’ll be rewarded with views of the breathtaking Horsetooth Falls! Pay the daily entrance permit for Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, fill your water bottle up at the trailhead, and embark on a rewarding journey through nature with your pup.

Maxwell Natural Area Trail

Location
Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Maxwell Natural Area

Copyright © 1996-2016, City of Fort Collins

The Maxwell Natural Area Trail is part of the 9.6-mile Foothills Trail and features scenic views of the mountains and the city. This is a short yet challenging hike located in the Maxwell Natural Area, so you and your dog can take in the beautiful sights of nature — including the Spotted Towhee bird and Mule Deer. As is custom, make sure you bring water along for your dog during this hike!

North Shields Pond Natural Area

Location
Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy

North Shields Pond Natural Area

Copyright © 1996-2016, City of Fort Collins

This 1.5-mile loop around Shields Pond provides a remote hike for you and your dog — just a few minutes northwest of Fort Collins. This is the perfect hike for water-loving dogs, as the path takes you along the Poudre River, allowing them to swim and splash in the water. Humans can enjoy wildlife sightings, including 30 species of birds that frequent the area, while your dog will enjoy — well, everything!

Poudre Trail

Location
Hiking Distance: 12 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Poudre River Trail

Copyright © 2015 Poudre Trail

The Poudre Trail is one of the most popular trails in the area for humans and dogs alike. It follows the Poudre River for over 12 miles with easy access at several points along the trail. Because of its natural beauty, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere when really you are only a few minutes from downtown Fort Collins. And with its proximity to the Poudre River, there are plenty of swimming opportunities for water-seeking pups!

Power Trail

Location
Hiking Distance: 3.89 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Power Trail

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This well-loved trail is a popular destination for bikers, hikers and dog walkers alike. The trail hosts a combination of dirt and paved trails, and a few smaller hills, which is quite unheard of with most urban trails. Because you are sure to encounter several hikers, bikers and joggers during your hike, be sure to keep your dog close to you and be on the lookout for foot and bike traffic from both directions!

Riverbend Ponds

Location
Hiking Distance: 3 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Riverbend Pond

Copyright © 1996-2016, City of Fort Collins

The flat, soft-surface trails weaving through the Riverbend Ponds Natural Area make this a popular destination for hikers and their dogs. Part of the Poudre River travels through this area and there are seven former gravel mine ponds on the property, all of which provide a serene and enjoyable environment during your hike. Enjoy the various loops around the bodies of water, as you experience a variety of habitats in this beautiful natural area.

Spring Creek Trail

Location
Distance: 6.9 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Spring Creek Trail

Copyright © 2016 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

This paved trail follows Spring Creek and passes through various Fort Collins parks, which make this an enjoyable trail for humans and their four-legged companion(s). This trail is maintained by the city year-round, which makes it a clear path with no usage fee!

Can’t find the time to embark on a hike with your dog?

Don’t worry! Poochy Doos, LLC is a local company serving Fort Collins and Loveland that offers various pet services, including pet sitting, training, dog walking, special services, and for our purposes — dog hiking.

Poochy Doos Fort Collins

Photos courtesy of Poochy Doos, LLC

That’s right! Their experienced and dog-loving trail guides will take your dog on a one-on-one hike, with lots of play time, snacks and treats, swimming opportunities when available, lots of love and affection, and more! Most importantly, your dog will get exceptional exercise and a chance to walk off all of their energy. This is a wonderful alternative for the busy dog owner who wants their dog to experience nature and get lots of exercise!

 

The Best Breweries in Fort Collins [Interactive Map]

 
 

Listing the best breweries in Fort Collins is like listing the best wineries in Napa Valley, the best pizza spots in Chicago, or the best coffee shops in Seattle. In other words, this is an overwhelming feat because Fort Collins knows the subject of craft beer unlike any other city.

Even if you aren’t a Fort Collins resident, it’s likely that you’ve heard of several of the following breweries because they are well-known throughout the nation. And resident or not, you will hopefully learn about a lesser known brewery and be inclined to visit it in the near future as you look over this list.

To further enhance your craft beer experience in Fort Collins, we made an interactive map for you to better track down your brewery of choice. You have two options.

 

1. Find a brewery on the map that is close to your home or favorite neighborhood in town, and then match the letter with the corresponding brewery description below.

 

OR

 

2. Pick your favorite brewery after reading the descriptions and find it on the map, matching it with the corresponding letter beside the brewery name.

 

 

A) Black Bottle Brewery

Black Bottle Brewery has 40 taps, including lots of their own unique brews crafted in the basement just underneath your feet, and several beers from other fine breweries around the world. This is the place to taste quality local libations and hand-selected global favorites all in one inviting and exciting atmosphere.

 

B) C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Brewery

Check out C.B. & Potts’ long list of awards and you’ll immediately understand why they’re on this list. This restaurant and brewery was a classic Fort Collins sports bar when it opened in the ‘70s but in 1996, they began brewing their own beer — and have done so quite successfully.

 

C) CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewery

CooperSmith’s is the longest operating brewery in Fort Collins, and their restaurant in Old Town is considered a Fort Collins landmark. In that case, what better place to grab a beer in town? Sit in their Pubside or Poolside seating areas, which are conveniently located side by side. If you’re looking to up your craft beer game, enroll in CooperSmith’s Brew School, and earn your diploma as you try a different imperial pint during 25 visits. Don’t miss their Poudre Pale Ale, Albert Damm Bitter and Horsetooth Stout, which were available on CooperSmith’s opening day and have been on their beer menu ever since.

CooperSmith's Pub Fort Collins

Photos courtesy of CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing

 

D) Equinox Brewing

Sit right next to the action in Equinox Brewing’s beer garden, which is situated right next to where they brew their wonderful beers. They regularly rotate their beer styles, which are dispensed in a variety of ways. We appreciate Equinox’s ability to seamlessly balance old beer styles with brand new concepts.

 

E) Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern

This family-owned microbrewery is something out-of-towners will certainly recognize, as Fort Collins Brewery bottles can be found all across the U.S. They offer year-round brews, various seasonals, and other exciting beers within their special Savor Series. While it’s nice to enjoy one of their beers in the comfort of your own home, we suggest visiting their modern tavern so you can pair your brew of choice with a delicious menu item made with farm-fresh ingredients!

 

F) Funkwerks

You might have guessed this from the title, but Funkwerks is a truly unique craft beer destination in Fort Collins. This brewery specializes in Belgium’s Saison-style beer, and does everything extremely well. Find out what they’re currently pouring, and take a visit to their fun and upbeat taproom to sample their award-winning brews yourself!

Funkwerks Fort Collins

Photos courtesy of Funkwerks

 

G) Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

Request a tour at Horse & Dragon Brewing Company’s taproom to see how passionate they are about the craft of brewing beer. While several bars and restaurants in Fort Collins (and beyond!) carry H & D’s brews, there’s something special about tasting it on the brewery’s very own soil.

 

H) Jessup Farm Barrel House

After you’ve explored the unique offerings at the Jessup Farm Artisan Village, grab a drink at the Jessup Farm Barrel House. This brewery utilizes tequila, whiskey, rum, bourbon, and wine barrels to age their beers, creating a truly unique yet approachable lineup of beers.

 

I) McClellan’s Brewing Co.

McClellan’s Brewing Co. offers an authentic Celtic experience — from their elegant interior to their handcrafted cask ales brewed in the traditional Celtic style. Pair your brew with an artisan sandwich or charcuterie board off their simple yet satisfying food menu. During your meal, you can observe their brewing process through glass windows from both the interior and exterior of McClellan’s!

McClellan's Brewing Fort Collins

Photos courtesy of McClellan’s Brewing Co.

 

J) New Belgium Brewing Company

If you don’t know about New Belgium Brewing Company, maybe you should start here. But don’t just sample one of their beers from their menu; bring the local craft beer experience to life with a visit to their tasting room or a brewery tour. New Belgium Brewing Company is a source of Fort Collins pride, as their bottles can be found all around the world! Take part in their annual Tour de Fat, which celebrates all things bicycle and beer, to experience Fort Collins culture to the absolute fullest.

 

K) Odell Brewing Co.

Odell Brewing Co. may have a large following within the U.S. — and even across the pond in the U.K. — but it has stuck to its family-owned roots and values their tight-knit relationship with their hometown of Fort Collins. Their brews are built on British styles, where “innovation and creativity meet balance, consistency and quality in each brew.” Try their infamous 90 Shilling Ale, which essentially put them on the map, or expand your taste buds by trying another one of their creations. Not sure what you want? Let their Mood Pairing quiz steer you in the right direction.

 

L) Pateros Creek Brewing Company

Did you know the Poudre River was originally called Pateros Creek by Spanish explorers? Hence the name Pateros Creek Brewing Company, a rustic brewery in the heart of Old Town with beers to fit every style. This brewery focuses on leisure beers created by local history and ideals to present both new and old styles that speak to the community.

Pateros Creek Brewing

Photos courtesy of Pateros Creek Brewing Company

 

M) Rally King Brewing

Ride your bike along the Spring Creek Trail and make a pit stop at Rally King Brewing, where you can reward yourself with a wonderful handcrafted beer as you bask in the sunshine on their outdoor patio. This is a wonderful place to “rally” together with fellow craft beer lovers!

 

N) Snowbank Brewing Company

Snow and beer are such quintessential Colorado elements, and Snowbank Brewing Company is capitalizing on this beautiful combination. They provide “a departure from the traditional” as they focus on innovation and a passion for the Colorado lifestyle. And most importantly, Snowbank has certainly mastered the art of crafting beer!

 

O) Zwei Brewing

You can always trust a German-style brewery, and Zwei Brewing is no exception. This brewery is run by two brothers who are passionate about and possess some serious talent for making small-batch craft beer. Visit their comfortable and casual tap room — either inside at their bar or on their spacious beetle-kill pine wooden tables on their outdoor patio. If it’s your first time, maybe start with Zwei’s classic Dunkel or Helles beers, but you can’t go wrong with any of their award-winning beers!

Zwei Brewery Fort Collins

Photos courtesy of Zwei Brewing

 

P) 1933 Brewing Company

1933 is the year the prohibition era ended in the U.S. with the ratification of the 21st amendment. The 1933 Brewing aims to celebrate the freedom to manufacture and sell alcohol to the public, and provides quality brews with a location convenient for both Fort Collins and Loveland residents. They offer six of their flagship beers on tap year-round in addition to about six taps of specialty and seasonal beers; this combination ensures they have a firm foundation but still rotate their brews for a fresh lineup of flavor.

 

Cheers, Fort Collins!

Get out there and experience the wonders of craft beer in one of the nation’s most popular craft beer hubs.

 

20 Things to Do in Fort Collins and Loveland Under $20

 
 

The Northern Colorado area is a community packed with activity, opportunity and adventure, from the mountaintop views on Longs Peak to the heart of bustling downtown Fort Collins. And frankly, most of these activities don’t cost much — or anything at all.

Whether you don’t budge on your budget or you live in lavish luxury, you have to admit that it’s nice to save a few bucks every once in awhile. Thankfully, there are several things to do in the community that won’t put a major dent in your wallet. If you don’t believe us, here are a few (well, 20!) things you can do that will reduce your spending while simultaneously increasing your level of activity.

 

1. Take a Tour at New Belgium Brewing Co. | FREE

If you haven’t gone on a free tour at New Belgium Brewing Co., you must change that this weekend — or perhaps the following weekend, because this is a very popular attraction and spaces fill up quickly. You can stop by their Fort Collins tasting room for a pint, taster, growler fill or schwag any time between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tours begin at 11:30 a.m. and start every half-hour until 4:30 p.m. To avoid disappoint of major crowds upon arrival, be sure to reserve your space online in advance!

New Belgium Brewery Tour

 

2. Wander Around Cache La Poudre River | FREE

When it comes to outdoor adventure destinations, the Cache La Poudre River is a favorite among FoCo residents for its proximity to the city, and the activities you can do in and around it. You can cast a line in its waters teeming with fish, you can take a dip in the river, or you can tube, kayak or raft down its rushing waves. You might also hike, horseback ride or bike alongside the river on the Cache La Poudre River Trail, enjoying its beauty from the shore. Whatever you do, you won’t have to spend a dime!

3. Tour and Taste at Odell Brewing Co. | FREE

Ah, another brewery tour. Well, we must admit that the only thing better than local craft beer is free local craft beer. And that’s what you’ll get at the Odell Brewing Co. brewery tour! They offer free daily tours lasting 30 minutes at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. You may reserve your spot online up to 24 hours in advance, keeping in mind that there are limited walk-in spots available on the day of the tour. Also, be sure to check in with a tap room associate 20 minutes before your tour time to ensure your spot. But most importantly, be sure to have a blast during your tour, sampling some of the finest craft beer in the region — and the world!

4. Appreciate Local Art at the First Friday Gallery Walk | FREE

We are proud sponsors of Downtown Fort CollinsFirst Friday Gallery Walk, a self-guided walking tour featuring wonderful works of art in local art galleries on the first Friday of every month from 6–9 p.m. This is a great way to get immersed in the vibrant and active local arts community — all for a whopping $0.

5. Take in the Beauty at Benson Sculpture Garden | FREE

Another way to experience works of art in a tangible, up-close-and-personal way is with a visit to the Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland. The park hosts 148 pieces of sculpture on its 10 acres of land, and draws tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. In fact, it has been recognized as “one of the 200 most important modern and contemporary art sites around the world.” And this is right in our backyard! Take advantage of this wonderful artistic experience in Loveland.

Fort Collins Sculpture Park

 

6. Explore Horsetooth Reservoir | FREE

Another way to dive into the natural surroundings in the Northern Colorado region is with a visit to Horsetooth Reservoir. You can partake in just about any activity surrounding this breathtaking piece of real estate. Just take a look at the map to get your bearings, making plans to hike along Inlet Bay Trial or Foothills Trail. What do we love most about hiking? You guessed it — it doesn’t cost a thing. Plus, there’s no need to wait in line!

7. Go Behind the Scenes at Dancing Pines Distillery | FREE

Okay, okay. There are lots of breweries in the area — we get it. But what you may not know is that there is an artisan distillery in town making waves in the world of spirits. Dancing Pines Distillery in Loveland offers free tours, where they serve samples, cocktails and offer a small cheese plate. While the tour is free, you may just want to walk away with a bottle or two of their fine spirits after testing them out. Stop by their Loveland location Wednesday–Friday between 3 and 8 p.m. or Saturday from 1–8 p.m.

8. Ride the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Trolley | $1–$2

It’s almost summer! That means that the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Trolley will be back in action, offering (basically free) rides for everyone. The 3-mile round-trip excursion travels between City Park and Howes Street along Mountain Avenue, lasting about 30 minutes. You can get on board this historic trolley on Saturdays and Sundays May through September between noon and 5 p.m. The trolley boards at the City Park tennis courts, the intersection of Shields Street and Mountain Avenue, Loomis Street and Mountain Avenue, and Howes Street and Mountain Avenue.

9. Tour the Fort Collins Museum of Art | $1-5

Sometimes the grand idea of visiting a local art gallery is squashed by the realization that it will cost a fortune to pay for your entire family’s admission. That is simply not the case at the Fort Collins Museum of Art! You’ll walk away from these exciting art exhibits feeling inspired and moved — and it’s an experience the whole family can enjoy.

10. Catch a Movie at Holiday Twin Drive-In Theater | $5–$7

The return of consistently warmer weather means we can head to the Holiday Twin Drive-In Theater to enjoy major movies in a nostalgic setting for a low price. This historic theater has been serving Fort Collins and the surrounding communities for over 30 years, and is one of only six drive-ins currently operating in Colorado. It hosts two giant screens, which play a double feature every night. Grab a blanket, some snacks, tune your radios to the right station, and enjoy a current movie in an old-fashioned setting.

Holiday Twin Drive In

 

11. Take the Family to Loveland Laser Tag | $5–$19

Take the whole family along for the indoor adventure of a lifetime at Loveland Laser Tag. This massive three-level 5,700-square-foot facility is Northern Colorado’s largest laser tag arena, hosting a wide variety of games and action-packed activities. Try to get through the indoor ropes course, past the laser maze or up the climbing wall. And of course, play a round or two of laser tag!

12. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery | $6–$9.50

Set out to make learning fun for the kids with an educational adventure at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Explore the myriad of exhibits in the museum, ranging from a “Music and Sound Lab” focused on sound physics, technology and music history, to the “Schatz Family Exploration Zone,” providing a hands-on approach to learning scientific concepts.

13. Catch a Concert at Aggie Theatre | $5–$20

You might be surprised to find a concert option in a list of activities under $20. We have become accustomed to forking over anywhere between $50 and $100 for a single show, but that is not necessary with the shows at Aggie Theatre! If you buy a ticket online in advance, you can spend as little as $5 — or $10 if you wait to buy at the door. What a fun and cheap way to discover new music in a lively setting

14. Go on a Fort Collins Tour | $15

Fort Collins Tours has an overwhelming list of tour options to choose from, but some of our favorites include their Ghost Tour, Haunted Pub Tour, and their Speakeasies and Spirits Tour. Each tour costs only $15, and lasts anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours. Who says tours should only be reserved for tourists? Shouldn’t you be aware of all the interesting — and spooky — details of your city’s past? Learn some fascinating facts about Fort Collins in this relaxed and interactive setting!

15. Rent a Bike from the Fort Collins Bike Library | $10–$20

In the days of Uber and Lyft, it’s only appropriate that there is a bike-friendly ride-share option available in town. FC Bikes and Bike Fort Collins came together to make sure no man is without a bike in Fort Collins, allowing you to rent a bike from the Bike Fort Collins Library. It’s pretty simple! You have the option to reserve your bike online for a fee of $10, sign up in advance, and then you also pay $10 per day to rent the bike of your choice.

Fort Collins Bike Library

 

16. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park | About $20

A visit to Rocky Mountain National Park made it on this list, assuming you have a companion coming along for the ride, because admission costs $10 per person and $20 per vehicle, of which you might split amongst your group. All boring financial details aside, this is an incredible experience you won’t soon forget. Once you arrive, you might be overwhelmed by the 415 square miles of opportunity, wondering what you might possibly do in this space. Besides, there truly is so much to do, such as hiking, taking a scenic drive, wildlife viewing, picnicking, camping, fishing, and more!

17. Bowl a Strike at Chipper’s Lanes | Varying (Under $20)

Spice up your normal routine with a night of bowling at Chipper’s Lanes with your significant other or the entire family. Visit their Horsetooth location or College Center location for a night of active fun for an extremely reasonable price. Be sure to check out their various deals and special events to see if you might be able to save a few bucks by bowling during a less crowded time!

18. Grab Coffee and a Pastry at Jessup Farm | Varying (Under $20)

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We love the Jessup Farm Artisan Village. If you haven’t visited this artisan village located at the northern end of the Bucking Horse community, you need to add it to your FoCo “to do” list ASAP. The village is comprised of several different businesses, including a fitness studio and a farm-to-fork restaurant. But for our budgeting purposes, consider a visit to Bindle Coffee and Lovif Bakery for an exceptional latte and delicious bakery treat.

19. Gardens on Spring Creek | Varying (Less than $20)

One of the things we appreciate about the Northern Colorado community is its focus on preserving and celebrating the natural beauty in the area. One tangible way we see Fort Collins doing so is at the Gardens on Spring Creek, a community botanic garden with stunning gardens, adult and youth education programs and lots of community events. You can embark on a group tour for just $25 total, where you’ll learn more about the gardens and the botanical world as a whole. We’ve included it on our list of things to do under $20, assuming you can split the cost amongst members of your group.

20. Eat a Meal at FoCo Cafe | Pay What You Can

The price of this final activity is unknown because of FoCo Cafe’s unique “pay-what-you-can” business model. This concept is quite literal; instead of a cash register on the counter, there is a donation box for guests to donate any amount. They even allow the option for visitors with empty pockets to contribute by offering up their time and talent in exchange for a mouth-watering meal.

In short, “FoCo Cafe’s mission is to build community by providing nutritious and delicious meals to the people of Fort Collins regardless of their ability to pay while using mostly local, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients.”

FoCo Cafe

 

Calling all penny pinchers!

What budget-friendly activities do you enjoy in Fort Collins and Loveland?

 

8 Northern Colorado Homes With amazing Views | Property Spotlight

 
 

So often we look at a home from its exterior. You get an initial feeling and first impression when you pull up to the driveway of a friend’s home, when you visit a potential new home with your realtor, or when you drive through neighborhoods admiring the varying styles of homes in the area.

We admit, the point of view facing inward towards a home is important. However, have you stopped to consider what the residents inside these homes look at from the other side of the window?

Because Northern Colorado is positioned amidst some magnificent mountains where the sun seems to shine every day, there are several homes in the area that take advantage of such views. Some overlook a peaceful lake, some have wide open prairies to admire, while others view a mountain range face-to-face.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view — from within some awesome homes in the Northern Colorado region.

 

Rustic Home Overlooking Private Pond

If you’ve had the opportunity to travel around the world, you’ll recognize that this Fort Collins home looks like it was transplanted straight from Europe to Colorado soil. We particularly admire the majestic ivy covering the exterior, and the views of its private pond from inside. The vast 112 acres that this home rests on means you have unparalleled views of the gorgeous property from nearly every room in the house.

NoCo Homes With a View

 

Modern Home on a Golf Course

We all know that a home on a golf course hosts one of the best views — for the green grass, the peaceful and slow pace of living, and the wide open spaces. This modern and unique home in Loveland overlooks the 6th hole of Mariana Butte Golf Course, which is most visible from the outdoor covered patio with a fireplace, and plenty of space to dine and grill out!

NoCo Homes With a View

 

Castle-esque Home With Water Views

We’ve previously mentioned this inspiring home in Windsor for its overall grand qualities, drawing attention to the breathtaking views visible from the deck, kitchen and dining area. That’s why we decided to bring it up again — for that very same reason! This property overlooks some serene water, which you can easily access from the first story, or simply admire comfortably from the inside.

NoCo Homes With a View

 

Timnath Home With Pond and Mountain Views

The sky just seems to be bluer in Colorado. This stunning home in Timnath takes advantage of that, as it faces an open space with a pond and breathtaking views of Longs Peak. You can see all of the above from both the large patio that meets up with grass on the first floor and the second-story balcony patio — or simply from inside the home in the living or dining rooms.

NoCo Homes With a View

 

Ranch Home Overlooking Long’s Pond

This custom ranch-style home in Fort Collins overlooks Long’s Pond and the Rocky Mountains, all in one picturesque viewpoint from inside the screened porch on the second story. This view will truly take your breath away!

NoCo Homes With a View

 

Old Town Loft With Breathtaking City Views

We don’t want to ignore some wonderful lofts in the area, so take a look at this incredible Old Town loft with panoramic views from high above the city. The benefits of city living is of course the convenient walkability to several restaurants, bars, and shops, but also the ability to see far and wide from high in the sky.

NoCo Homes With a View

 

Impeccable Property Facing the Front Range

You can tell that this is an incredible home just by glancing through some of the photos of its high-quality finishes and features, but it’s not until you see the views from the patio that you’re blown away. But thankfully, this ranch home in Windsor has an open-floor plan, which is perfect for catching a glimpse of the Front Range from the comfort of its interior.

NoCo Homes With a View

 

Tall-Ceiling Home With Expansive Prairie Views

The name of the game for this home in Johnstown is “wide open spaces”. The large windows in this home provide incredible views of the sunset and the vast land surrounding the property. In addition, this home sits on a ridge overlooking the Big Thompson River. This home puts a modern and luxurious twist on rural, country living!

NoCo Homes With a View

 

Which is your favorite view?

Let us know by commenting below which view you like the most!

 

Easter Events Happening in the Fort Collins Area [Interactive Map]

 
 

Easter is happening early this year! And during the days leading up to Easter Sunday, there is a lot to do in and around Northern Colorado.

Because of the abundance of egg hunts for kids (and even one for adults!) we decided to create our own hunt for local Easter events. So we made an interactive map that will assist you in finding the event nearest you or in your favorite community in the area! You may then align the number on the map with the corresponding event below. Or simply skip ahead to the list of events and pick your favorite from the bunch.

Whatever you do, make sure you get out there and participate in the plethora of fun Easter events as a family!

 

Saturday, March 19:

 

A) Easter Terrarium Class — Fort Collins
Saturday, March 19 | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Gully Greenhouse is hosting an Easter Terrarium class the weekend before Easter, giving you the opportunity to create your own miniature Easter world! The cost is $35 per person, but that includes all the supplies needed to make own terrarium. This is a fun event for all ages and lets you have a keepsake of your Easter memory for years to come.

Easter Terrarium

 

Friday, March 25:

 

B) Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt — Milliken
Friday, March 25 | 8–10 p.m.

The Johnstown and Milliken communities are hosting their second annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Mountain View Park in Milliken. This unique hunt is for kids ages 11 through 18 years old, as it’s a little more advanced than your typical sunny-day experience. We say “unique” because it requires flashlights, and no baskets or bags are allowed. Instead, hunters must figure out how to collect the eggs they find, by sticking them in their pockets, hat, or rolling them up in their shirt! This will be a fun and memorable evening filled with Easter fun for the older kids in your family.

 

Saturday, March 26:

 

C) Buckhorn Community Church Easter Egg Hunt —  Masonville

Saturday, March 26 | 10 a.m.

Children of all ages are invited to participate in Buckhorn Community Church’s Easter Egg Hunt in Masonville this Saturday morning. Watch the joy on their faces as they discover candy-filled eggs scattered all along the lawn in front of the church!

 

D) Trinity Lutheran Church Community Easter Egg Hunt —  Fort Collins
Saturday, March 26 | 10–11:30 a.m.

Another free community egg hunt is happening at Trinity Lutheran Church right in the heart of Fort Collins. Kids can pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny, play games, make crafts and of course embark on an Easter egg hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt Fort Collins

 

E) and F) Calvary Bible Church Easter Egg Hunt — Erie + Boulder
Saturday, March 26 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Drop by Calvary Bible Church in either Erie or Boulder any time between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for their annual egg hunt! Kids (toddler through 5th grade) are welcome to this family-friendly Easter event that includes a special craft, food, games and other surprises. Bring baskets and blankets, and get ready to have a blast!

 

G) Optimist Easter Egg Hunt — Windsor
Saturday, March 26 | 10 a.m.

The Optimist Club of Windsor is hosting their annual Optimist Easter Egg Hunt at Main Park in Windsor. Your kids can take part in this fun, carefree (and free!) morning of Easter fun — as long as they bring a basket or sack to store their findings!

 

H) Bunny Hop Skate —  Greeley
Saturday, March 26 | 12–1:30 p.m.

Take a break from the traditional egg hunt at the Bunny Hop Skate at the Greeley Ice Haus. Skate around with friends and family — and even the Easter Bunny. This event costs just $3 and is specifically for your little ones ages 3 and up!

Bunny Hop Skate in Greeley, Colorado

 

I) The 18th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Individuals with Special Needs —  Fort Collins
Saturday, March 26 | 12-2 p.m.

In its 15th year, this Easter Egg hunt at Monfort Quad on the CSU campus is a great event for all ages! There will be games, face painting, pictures with the Easter bunny, food, prizes and of course, an Easter egg hunt. This event is free and open to those with disabilities, as well as siblings, families and caregivers.

To RSVP, send an email to Linda Stoddard at linda.stoddard@colostate.edu with the number of egg hunters in your group.

 

J) Easter Keg Hunt —  Old Town Fort Collins
Saturday, March 26 | 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

It will be a big day at My Big Day’s annual Easter Keg Hunt in Old Town Fort Collins! This event is the perfect marriage between a road rally and a bar crawl, and isn’t like your average egg hunt you take your kids to.

Participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes, coordinate colors by teams, or even adorn themselves in “Rabbit Wear”. Kick-offs take place at both 1 and 2:30 p.m. at Avogrado’s Number, where teams of 7-9 people gather for the 2-4 hour hunt. It is there that they will receive a bag filled with various tools for completing the scavenger hunt.

Teams will then embark on the hunt, solving clues as they travel to various local businesses around town.

Need some motivation? Keep in mind that the winning team receives a large keg trophy, and each team can gather drinks and goodies along the way! And after all is said and done — win or lose — your team can celebrate with food and drinks and swap stories from the scavenger hunt with other teams.

Get your $35 tickets today, because the event will fill up soon!

Easter Keg Hunt Fort Collins


Sunday, March 27:

 

K) Loveland Ski Resort’s Amazing Giant Easter Egg Hunt — Georgetown
Sunday, March 27 | 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

If you’re willing to travel just a bit farther for an Easter Sunday experience your family won’t forget, we’ve got just the thing for you. Loveland’s Amazing Giant Easter Egg Hunt allows skiers to collect giant Easter eggs as they ski down the slopes, browse the Sport Shop and wander the base area. These limited giant eggs can be exchanged for some massive prizes — including skis and snowboards! This hunt begins at 8:30 a.m. sharp at the Basin area.

A hunt specifically designed for kids kicks off at 8:30 as well, off Chair 7 of the Loveland Valley. Make sure you don’t miss the Easter Bunny who will be dropping off more eggs and goodies as he skis down the mountain!

 

L) Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Beach’N Egg Hunt — Keystone
Sunday, March 27 | 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

In case the Amazing Giant Easter Egg Hunt just wasn’t enough, there is another activity happening just down the road from Loveland Ski Area’s festivities on Easter Sunday. And we’ve talked about it before! Arapahoe Basin’s Beach’N Egg Hunt is designed specifically for kids, who can either participate on skis or on foot.

During the Beach’N Egg Hunt, they’ll search for the 5,000 eggs the Easter Bunny left behind on his ski run. Walkers will search at the bottom of Molly Hogan at 10:30 a.m. and skiers will start their search on one of Arapahoe Basin’s beginner trails at Wrangler at 11:30 a.m. All in all, this is a completely free event you won’t want to miss!

 

M) Easter Brunch at the Stanley Hotel — Estes Park
Sunday, March 27 | 11 a.m.

Maybe you don’t have Easter egg-seeking little ones to entertain, or you already got your Easter activity fill during the days leading up to the holiday. So it’s time to unwind, relax and indulge at Stanley Hotel’s Easter Brunch. Their extensive buffet will feature premium carving stations, fresh seasonal vegetables, omelet stations with all the fixings, an artisanal bread selection, and a wonderful dessert station. What a line-up! And above all, you’ll be able to enjoy your meal in the historic and fascinating building that is The Stanley Hotel. You must place a reservation in advance by calling 970-577-4001.

 Easter Brunch at The Stanley Hotel

 

What did we miss?

Our goal is to make the local community aware of fun events happening in the area. That’s why we want to expand our list of Easter events as much as possible! Let us know what Easter activities you’re excited about so we might add it to our list and map.

 

Spring Gardening Tips + Inspiration

 
 

Spring has arrived!

Spring is the season for March Madness, warmer weather, egg hunts, jumping in rain puddles, spring cleaning and blooming flowers.

Speaking of blooming flowers, we are particularly excited about the beautiful blooms that will start emerging all over Fort Collins soil. But most plants don’t do so without assistance! Most of these flowers — unless we’re talking about those of the wild variety — burst from the soil with such beauty and grace due to the caring hands of gardeners. Most have been planted, watered, freed of weeds, and trimmed — and we think the end result is well worth the pain.

If you’re dreading said spring gardening “pain” this season — have no fear! We are here to help ease the process just a bit.

If you’re a seasoned gardener, these tips might just give you a few pointers for improving your annual routine. And if you can barely keep a succulent alive, these may help lay a foundation for how you might master gardening this spring.

 

Get a Lay of the Land

The best starting point for preparing your garden for spring is to fully survey the area. There were definitely some instances of harsh weather in Fort Collins during this winter season, so there may be some debris on the ground, possibly a damaged fence, and some outdoor furniture that might need a little cleaning.

So take a look at what you’re working with and take a day (or more!) to prepare your garden for the restoration it’s about to go through. This may seem like an unnecessary step and you may be eager to get to the fun stuff, but it’s important to start with a clean slate when gardening!

 

The Grass is Always Greener (in Your Yard!)

While your flower beds may be bare and your soil may need a little tender loving care, it’s likely that you still have grass to work with. However, it’s also likely that it may be a bit neglected, when it comes to mowing and watering. The benefit of the ever present Colorado sunshine is the warmth and cheerfulness it supplies, but it often leads to some dry grass if we’re not careful.

So continue that clean-up process into your grass area, raking any debris out of the area and starting with a clean surface. This is also a wonderful opportunity to think about the health of your grass. You should consider what local lawn services you might hire, or set up a regular mowing schedule that you’ll adhere to if you have your own lawnmower. If you’d rather hire someone else to do the dirty work, consider calling Actually Green Landscape and Lawn Care to help you out.

Spring Gardening Tips: Fort Collins Lawn Care

 

Remove Unwanted Components Such as Weeds

So you did a general overview clean up of your backyard area, but it’s time to get more detailed with your efforts. It’s likely that several weeds have sprung up over the last few months, so be sure to remove those to protect future plants from having a lesser chance of survival once planted. Why invest in a bunch of new foliage only to have it eaten alive by these stubborn weeds?

One of the most important things to remember when removing weeds is to make sure to remove them all the way down to their roots. If you fail to do so, they will simply grow right back and continue destructing your garden. So grab a good pair of gardening gloves and use a little bit of force to make sure you’re pulling the weeds straight up and not simply tearing the top part off. You might also loosen the soil around the weeds to give them less surface to grab onto. Trust us, those things can be hard to remove.

 

Prune and Trim Neglected Plants

Most larger plants, bushes and trees that last season to season are likely needing a little attention at this point, as they may have a few dead branches, might be a little overgrown, or are simply growing in weird, unwanted directions. So whip out a set of pruning scissors and trim those plants exactly the way you want them to look. You’ll be surprised at how much better your garden will already start to look, just by your maintaining some preexisting plants and bringing them back to life. And it only gets better from here!

Spring Gardening Tips: Pruning and Trimming

 

Start With Good Soil

An area that many overlook while gardening is the quality of the garden’s very foundation — the soil. And how crazy is that? Oftentimes, it determines the health of the entire system in your backyard.

Just looking at your soil might make you realize it needs a little (or a lot of) attention, since it’s likely that the wintertime has dried out the soil and made it extra packed down. If you’re not sure about your soil’s quality, you can always take a soil test. But whatever your soil looks like, it’s important to sift through it, removing any large rocks or other debris that may be hidden beneath the surface.

You might also consider composting or adding some fertilizer to the soil to bring it back to life. Take a trip to Fort Collins Nursery to check out their fertilizer selection, and ask any soil- or gardening-related questions you might have in the meantime!

 

Add Some Life

And now, the part you may have been waiting for after all this seemingly unnecessary grunt work. We agree — this is oftentimes the most fun part of the process!

Now that you have a fresh and clean garden surface to work with, with some empty soil space and trimmed bushes, you get to add in some new plants, flowers or bushes! Plants recommended for spring include (but are not limited to) pansies, snapdragons, vegetables (such as lettuce, peas and arugula), redbuds, lilacs and tulips. Additionally, K99 has a few recommendations for flowers that do the best in Colorado.

Be sure you check when it’s the best best time to plant each item in your garden as it will vary plant to plant. Colorado’s weather can be a bit unpredictable, so if you’re fearful that snow and frost will ruin your plant’s chances for survival, we suggest starting the process indoors!

You might do so with an indoor professional greenhouse starter kit so you can introduce your plants to the outdoors at just the right time.

Spring Gardening Tips: Planting Flowers

 

Fertilize Naturally

To help these flowers and other plants in your gardenscape do well after they’ve been planted, it’s important to fertilize them throughout the season. While you can certainly cut to the chase with some storebought fertilizer options, you can also create your very own natural fertilizer at home!

As you may have heard, coffee grounds make a wonderful addition to your soil. What wonderful news for all of us coffee drinkers! You can actually incorporate used coffee grounds directly into your garden’s soil instead of putting it through the composting process.

Another way to use kitchen waste to improve your garden’s soil is by dumping used cooking water into the soil, particularly after cooking eggs, spinach, pasta or potatoes. In fact, maybe this whole process will encourage you to cook more spinach! It’s a win-win. But be sure to not use water that has salt in it, as salt is harmful to plants.

There are several other ways to naturally fertilize your garden, but those two stick out as very practical, simple and daily applications.

 

Maintain Throughout the Season

This may seem obvious but we still have to say it. Once you set up your beautiful garden, the work doesn’t stop there! You must check in on it regularly — watering your plants, mowing the lawn, pruning away any unwanted growth, and continuing to remove weeds. This regular maintenance will keep things in check and prevent you from having to rescue your precious plants several months down the road.

 

Looking for Inspiration?

Check out these inspiring outdoor looks for some inspiration to get cleaning, digging and planting! Sometimes it just takes seeing someone else’s gardening success to feel empowered to accomplish the same results.

Inspiring Garden Looks

Inspiring Garden Looks

 

Happy Gardening!

What helpful gardening tips do you have? We’d love to hear from you, no matter your level of gardening experience!

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Actually Green Landscape and Lawn Care, Good Housekeeping, The Nelson Team, Four Seasons GardenThe Garden Glove, Indulgy, Style Estate, Made From Pinterest and Worthminer

 

Where to Experience March Madness in Fort Collins

 
 

It’s that time of year again! And no, we’re not talking about the fall of your New Year’s resolution to work out eight days of the week. We’re talking about March Madness!

This is the time of year when co-workers, family members and friends urge you to fill out a bracket to join in on the camaraderie that exists surrounding the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Maybe you are knowledgeable about the involved teams while filling out your bracket, or maybe you simply choose winning teams based on which team colors you prefer. Whatever your basketball knowledge resume looks like, you have to admit this is a fun time of the year to be paying attention to sports.

The games thrive on a high level of energy throughout the entire tournament. But excitement builds as the teams dwindle down towards the end of the tournament, and you are wondering where you might be able to watch these nail-biting games.

Thankfully, we did some digging and found the five best places to experience March Madness this year in Fort Collins.

 

Buffalo Wild Wings

Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Location: 150 East Harmony Road #2A, Fort Collins, CO 80525

If you’ve visited any Buffalo Wild Wings scattered around the country, you’ll know that they do three things extremely well: beer, wings and sports. With huge screens covering nearly every inch of the restaurant, it’s hard to keep your eyes off the game. And the loud speakers broadcasting major games coupled with rowdy sports fans adds to the excitement.

If a March Madness game lands on a Tuesday or Thursday night, you’ll want to make sure you’re watching it at Buffalo Wild Wings. They celebrate Wing Tuesdays with 70-cent traditional wings and Boneless Thursdays, which means you can get boneless wings for 70 cents each as well!

Buffalo Wild Wings

 

C.B. & Potts

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Location: 1441 East Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525

C.B. & Potts has been a Northern Colorado staple since it first opened its doors in 1974. The flagship location near Colorado State University is closing its doors March 12 and will move to its new location at Foothills Mall towards the end of the month. Because of C.B. & Potts’ popularity and success, they simply outgrew their space and the owners hope this relocation will move them closer to their core guests.

So whether you visit their new space at Foothills Mall or their long-standing space in Collindale, you are sure to experience March Madness to the absolute fullest. C.B. & Potts brews their own beers at their brewery, creating the freshest and most drinkable beers, and earning them over 100 prestigious medals over the years.

Their menu includes the perfect food to accompany your brew of choice, from pretzel sticks with beer cheese dip to big red baby back ribs.

C.B. & Potts

 

The Mayor of Old Town

Hours: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Every Day

Location: 632 South Mason Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524

This locally owned and operated tap house features robust local and international beer lists, and a wonderful environment for enjoying said beers — either inside or on their outdoor patio!

The Mayor of Old Town is hosting a Maibock and Marzen March Madness Special throughout the tournament, where you can get various Maibock and Marzen lagers for just $3, or a Maibock or Marzen in a Maß for $20 — and you get to keep the glass! Visit their event page for dates and more information about their special.

The Mayor of Old Town March Madness

 

Road 34

Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Every Day

Location: 1213 West Elizabeth Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Road 34 has a party going on during all major sports events, such as the Super Bowl, and that definitely includes March Madness. Watch the game on their TV located above a vintage VW van, which perfectly describes the environment at Road 34. But perhaps more noticeably, you’ll see bikes hanging from the ceiling, which makes sense considering that the bar is connected to a bike shop.

Unleash your Fort Collins pride by watching some basketball games in an environment that promotes biking and craft beer. And Road 34 sure knows and loves their beers!

Road 34

 

Ryan’s Sports Grill

Hours: Sunday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Monday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Wednesday & Thursday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Location: 925 East Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525

Whatever game is on the schedule, you can know it’s playing at Ryan’s Sports Grill. Ryan’s covers all the sports-centric basics with their 42 high-definition TVs, premium sports packages, great food and quality beer. They even have a schedule for upcoming games that they’ll be showing, but be sure to call 970-229-0017 in advance to confirm the availability of your game.

They have a robust and delicious food and drink menu, including beer, wine and a few cocktails.

Simply put, Ryan’s is one of the hottest sports bars in the area, so you’ll need to check out the excitement for yourself. And what better time than during March Madness?

Ryan's Sports Grill

 

Taps Sports Bar and Grill

Hours: Monday 2 p.m. – 1 a.m., Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Location: 165 East Boardwalk Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525

The table-to-TV ratio at Taps Sports Bar and Grill is basically 1:1, so even if you weren’t very good at math in school, you know that means there are a lot of TVs in this place. So add in Taps’ beer, wine and cocktail menu and their delicious food made from scratch, and you’ve got the perfect March Madness destination. Choose from one of their 40 beers on tap from all over the country, paying attention to the emphasis on beer from the great state of Colorado.

Mark Spring, a Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University, opened Taps Sports Bar and Grill in 2011 with a vision to combine his love for good beer, quality food, great service and all things sports-related into one of the area’s top gathering places. And we think Spring certainly succeeded!

Taps Sports Bar and Grill

 

Where are you experiencing March Madness this year?

We’d love to know what Fort Collins establishment is your favorite environment for watching sports games!

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: HOT 107.9, C.B. & Potts, The CollegianRoad 34, Coupon Colorado Fort Collins, Yelp and Taps Sports Bar and Grill

 

24 Colorful Couches That Make a Statement | Home Inspiration

 
 

We think it’s valuable and healthy to have boldness and confidence when it comes to your home decor decisions, as it creates a more eye-catching and interesting look. Besides, if you simply stuck to neutrals and a mundane color palette, you’d end up with something that’s safe, but lacks personality and interest.

On the other hand, we also understand that committing to a more bold color, pattern or texture can be quite risky. It’s not something you can decide haphazardly, as a change of heart — well, style — down the road could cost you quite a bit of money. It’s difficult to commit to a more permanent piece of furniture that has a bright color built into its DNA, as opposed to a wall or wooden piece of furniture that can easily be repainted or re-stained.

That’s why we wanted to show you some photos of colorful couches that work extremely well in their respective spaces. We hope these looks might inspire you to consider a similar bold move in your own home. These red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple couches bring their surroundings to life, and we believe they can do the same for you!

 

Red Couches

Red is a deep, romantic color that adds just the right amount of brightness to a room’s color palette without being completely over the top. You can add just about any color — in the form of pillows, throws, lamps, and other room accessories — to surround a red couch.

 

Red Couches

[SOURCES: Apartment Therapy, My Domaine, Urban Outfitters + Apartment Therapy]

 

Orange Couches

Incorporating an orange couch into a room takes a bit more bravery, but we think the end result is well worth the risk. Orange does really well with greens and blues, and makes enough of a statement on its own that you can keep the rest of your decor pretty simple.

 

Orange Couches

[SOURCES: Design Sponge, Better Homes and Gardens, Vintage Revivals + Home & Garden]

 

Yellow Couches

There are so many shades of yellow to choose from, and we think they are all wonderful. Yellow is undeniably a bright and cheerful color that can do nothing but enlighten and enhance your living room landscape.

 

Yellow Couches

[SOURCES: Sarah Le Donne, Homedit, CR Decoration + A Cup of Jo]

 

Green Couches

Green has a natural way of bringing a feeling of warmth and comfort to a space, and what better place for such coziness than a couch? We love the look and feel of green velvet couches, as the texture seems to pair well with a deep and calming green. We also love some of the brighter olive green couches that we’ve seen!

 

Green Couches

[SOURCES: 204 PARK, oh joy!, Domino + POPSUGAR]

 

Blue Couches

Blue is a safer shade than some of the other colors on this list, but it has the potential to be bold at the same time. We love blue’s ability to stand out but also blend well with the rest of the color wheel.

 

Blue Couches

[SOURCES: Annabode + Co., Apartment Therapy + Oh Happy Day]

 

Purple Couches

We love the rich and vibrant feel of a purple couch. It emits a feeling of royalty and luxury, and also proves you’re willing to have some fun with your space. Purple doesn’t have to be inherently feminine, and can instead bring a depth and sophistication to your space that you can’t find with other colors.

 

Purple Couches

[SOURCES: Simon Bevan, Flickr + MSN]

 

Would you ever buy a colorful couch?

Let us know if you’re willing to join the brave who committed to a colorful couch!