Some of the larger cities and communities in the Northern Colorado area sometimes steal the spotlight from surrounding smaller towns. So we want to make sure we pay special attention to these communities, highlighting their unique qualities, local businesses, and sought-after small-town vibes.
Ault, Colorado is among these underrated NoCo communities. Let’s take a virtual visit to this charming small town and examine some of the features that make it so special!
The name “Ault” is an acronym for “A Unique Little Town”, which describes this place perfectly. Its friendly, country feel makes it unique in character, and its population under 2,000 confirms that it is in fact a “little town”.
Photos courtesy of the Town of Ault
One of the most common reasons to visit Ault is to go on an antique store shopping spree. In fact, Ault has been a destination for antiquing since the ‘70s, drawing residents from Fort Collins and Denver in the present day. As with any successful network, these antique stores support and promote one another rather than competing for attention in this small town.
Head to Ault’s 1st Street to visit these quaint shops, each of which possess their own personality and specialty.
Junk ‘n’ Joe Flea Market & Coffee Shop is an antique shop effortlessly welded with a coffee shop, selling one-of-a-kind pieces for your home. Jen’s Antique Mall offers an overwhelming supply of diverse pieces, ranging in size, style, price and era! Vintage Soul is filled with vintage treasures that will stand alone and make a statement in your home.
J R’s Antiques & Etc. is Ault’s longest-standing antique store, specializing in glassware and pottery. Stop by Faded Rose Antiques for Victorian-era clothing and furniture dating back to 1800s and early 1900s. And don’t miss Blooms & Heirlooms, a flower shop and antique store featuring vintage furniture. Be sure to call Blooms & Heirlooms in advance, as this store is open by appointment only!
Gray’s Cafe is a popular local diner for residents and visitors alike. You’ll truly get a sense of Ault’s unique community within this quaint small-town diner.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a cinnamon roll as large as your face, dig into some delicious biscuits and gravy, and enjoy their homemade chicken fried steak. Whatever you order at Gray’s, you’ll feel like you’re back at grandma’s table enjoying a meal fresh out of the oven.
Photos courtesy of Gray’s Cafe
Liberty Park is the perfect location for a picnic, as it is centrally located, has bright green grass and plenty of covered picnic table areas. Grab a $1 slice of pizza from Pizza Plus down the road and eat it in the park during the summer!
This is also the perfect place for kids to run around and get out all of their energy, playing on the playground or kicking around a soccer ball on the grass.
Annual community events are a sign of a well-connected community. Ault has a few major events that the residents look forward to each year!
The Fall Festival kickstarts the fall season each August, featuring food vendors, beer gardens, fireworks, car shows, a parade and more.
The International Food Fest occurs each September or October, celebrating the ethnic roots of Ault’s residents. About 30 percent of the residents have German ancestors, 11 percent are Irish, and English, Norwegian, and Mexican immigrants contribute to the community’s fabric as well. Enjoy international food booths, a beer garden, live entertainment, lots of prizes, and bounce houses and face painting for the kids!
In February, attend the Sweetheart Lantern Festival with your special someone! Attendees get to partake in releasing lanterns into the sky while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa and a Valentine’s Day cookie for two!
With the hustle and bustle of today’s society, many are looking for a small-town community to raise a family in or retreat to for a peaceful retirement. Ault just may be the area you’re looking for, with its convenient proximity to larger cities and tucked-away feel.
Ault homes take advantage of the abundance of land in the area, ranging in style, lot size, and price. Keep in mind that price tags are a bit more affordable in this area! You’ll find plenty of one-story, newer construction homes, as well as some overlooking lots of land.
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