Tag: front range

Central City/Black Hawk: Rivals Then, Rivals Now 1

Central City/Black Hawk: Rivals Then, Rivals Now

One hour west of Denver, the historic towns of Central City and Black Hawk still tell the story of Colorado’s roots. The Central City Mining District kicked off Colorado’s first gold rush. John Gregory discovered gold nuggets and flakes in Clear Creek and the event brought nearly 100,000 gold-hungry prospectors across the barren plains and into the Rocky Mountains. The…

Celestial Seasonings: Something’s Brewing in Boulder 3

Celestial Seasonings: Something’s Brewing in Boulder

Visitors to Celestial Seasonings in Boulder can tour the factory and also enjoy original art, shop for tea-related goodies and learn more about this environmentally conscious organization. From its humble beginnings more than 35 years ago when founder Mo Siegel picked herbs somewhere outside Aspen and brewed up tea in his kitchen, the company has grown into a multi-million dollar…

St. Mary’s Glacier: A Hiking Adventure 4

St. Mary’s Glacier: A Hiking Adventure

One of Colorado’s more attractive scenes is St. Mary’s Glacier, located in Clear Creek County, less than an hour’s drive west of Denver. It’s close enough for a day trip, yet far enough away to lose yourself in the quiet mountain serenity. Technically, St. Mary’s Glacier isn’t a glacier because the mass of ice and snow doesn’t flow down the…

Banjo Billy’s: Tour Boulder’s Brewpubs by Bus 5

Banjo Billy’s: Tour Boulder’s Brewpubs by Bus

Boulder is known for many things: The Flatirons, Pearl Street, the University of Colorado Buffaloes. But there is something else that keeps tourists and locals happy: local breweries. All along the Front Range dozens of local breweries are generating the latest and greatest in beers. The only downside is the distance between the breweries and how to travel safely among…

The Wild Animal Sanctuary: Keeping Creatures Safe in Keenesburg 6

The Wild Animal Sanctuary: Keeping Creatures Safe in Keenesburg

Lions and tigers and bears – plus wolves, bobcats, coyotes and other large carnivores – call the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, home. The sanctuary, 30 miles northeast of Denver, provides 320 acres of grassland habitat and shelters to more than 200 animals rescued from horrible living conditions around the world. Visitors can see these animals in their spacious…

Step Back in Time: Loveland’s Sweetheart of a Museum

The tidy city of Loveland is known for its sculpture shows every August. But, make no mistake, this city serves up art year-round — on the streets, in the parks and at the Loveland Museum/Gallery in the heart of downtown. To get a taste of this artful little town about 50 miles north of Denver you don’t have to be…

The Cellar: A Boutique Wine Shop in Fort Collins

Nestled in the charming town of Fort Collins lies a boutique gourmet wine shop called The Cellar. I went to their popular wine tasting event they host every Saturday and, needless to say, I was not disappointed. This charming boutique wine cellar opened in August 2011, and is stocked with over 500 unique wines from all areas of the world…

Ahhhh, Spa! Englewood’s Inverness Feels Like a Retreat 7

Ahhhh, Spa! Englewood’s Inverness Feels Like a Retreat

Driving to a strip mall and clumping my clothes into a corner of the massage room isn’t really my idea of a spa experience. So I am a bit uneasy about visiting a hotel spa located in a business park. As it turns out, the Spa at the Inverness includes none of the drab styling of its namesake hotel. Just…

Scenic Byway: Trail Ridge Road

In an alpine meadow carpeted with lush grasses, newborn white-spotted elk frolic under the watchful eyes of their mothers. Travelers edge their cars onto the shoulder of Trail Ridge Road, opening their windows to gaze at the endearing wildlife “nursery.” Around another bend, snow-mantled Never Summer Range scrapes the sky. Such wondrous sites unfold as this Colorado Scenic and Historic…

Five Boulder Attractions You Can Enjoy for Free

 Boulder, Colorado vacations in the summer provide a wide mix of things to do, many of which center on the outdoors. With weather at its best in the summer months, you can spend much of your time exploring this beautiful community and the nature that surrounds it, all without paying a single cent. And, on the occasional rainy day, you…