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Lyons

Discover Lyons, Colorado

In the shadows of Longs Peak lies the town of Lyons.  Due to its location at the intersection of State Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 36 which lead to Rocky Mountain National Park, it is referred to as The Double Gateway to the Rockies.  Home to approximately 2,000 people, Lyons sits an elevation of 5,374 feet and is surrounded by large red sandstone mountains.

Active on historic preservation, Lyons has a designated Historic District with fifteen sandstone structures which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  These were all constructed of native stone between the early 1870s and 1917.

Noted for it’s art galleries and antique shops, Lyons attracts art enthusiasts and antique collectors form near and far.  Music lovers are also drawn to Lyons for the annual Rockygrass Bluegrass festival and Folks Festival.  With nationally-known lineups and a breathtaking setting, these festivals gather people from all over the nation.  The festival grounds are located at the base of a red sandstone mountain and the St. Vrain River, offering a relaxed and beautiful natural setting.  General seating is spread out throughout the open grassy and treed grounds.  In addition to these two well-known festival, community concerts and dances continue throughout the year, including weekly summer concerts in Sandstone Park.

If you’re looking for more adventure, check out some of the nearby rivers and trails.  Mountain biking, hiking, camping, fly fishing, climbing and excellent class II-V whitewater kayaking are just a few of the popular activities that take place in Lyons.

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Longmont

Experience Longmont, Colorado

Longmont makes its mark along the Front Range as a fast-growing city with deep rural roots and a welcoming hometown feel.  An appreciation of the past and a clear, ambitious vision for the future blend seamlessly in this charming Northern Colorado city. With a passion for top-notch quality of life and community togetherness, it’s no wonder Longmont was named an “All-American City” in 2006 and was listed among Money Magazine’s Top 100 Best Places to Live. Receiving the recognition twice, Money Magazine gave an honorable nod to Longmont’s enviable mix of “good jobs, low crime, quality schools, plenty of open space, comparable home prices and lots to do.”

The city is nestled against a spectacular Rocky Mountain backdrop crowned with snow-capped Longs Peak, along with skiing, fly fishing, boating, rock climbing, and hiking adventures beckoning nearby.

Longmont’s agricultural and rural heritage is very much alive and thrives in the city’s many retail stores. Treasures can be found at the Quilt Show in Longmont, the Agricultural Heritage Museum, Callahan House, and the properties of the St. Vrain Historical Society.

Longmont Economy

The local economy is strong and growing, providing a comfortable home for large high-tech and biotech employers such as IBM, Seagate, Amgen, and numerous small independent businesses.

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Longmont a Diverse Friendly City

A diverse, safe, and family-friendly city, Longmont features a long list of activities for all ages. Local recreation centers offer swimming, games, wall climbing, and first-rate gym facilities. The city boasts 1,500 acres of parks and open space, including Sandstone Ranch, an award-winning sports and play park facility. Downtown is brimming with unique shops and restaurants, and the historic east and west neighborhoods are a delight. Several major festivals and events highlight the regional calendar, including the popular downtown Festival on Main, Rhythm on the River, the Boulder Country Fair, and Lyons’ RockyGrass bluegrass festival, which draws big-name headliners and music lovers nationwide.

Denver is a convenient 45 minutes south and offers metropolitan fun and entertainment year-round. Explore the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the lovely Denver Botanic Gardens. Denver’s Center for the Performing Arts has a varied and unique repertoire of exhibitions and events. Home to the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, and Denver Nuggets, not to mention the Colorado Rapids, winner of the Major League Soccer Cup, the city is full of non-stop pro sports action. Travel north to check out the Eagles, a semi-pro hockey team that plays at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. A must-see, the city of Boulder and the amazing Flatiron rock formations are a mere 20 minutes away from Longmont.

Arts & Culture

The city has a vibrant arts and cultural scene with more than a handful of engaging art galleries, The Longmont Theatre, The Old Firehouse Art Center and The Longmont Symphony – one of the finest community orchestras in the state.

Galleries. Public artwork. Theatre. Exhibits. Classes. Paint your own pottery. Music. Kids’ arts programs. Photography. Creative bicycle racks painted by local kids. Murals. Studio Tours. Artwalk. Sculpture.

These are just a taste of the many arts that bring the downtown area and beyond to life during the day and evenings with the many venues and events around the arts. Longmont appreciates and celebrates nearly all forms of the arts, and the local calendars, coffee shops, and galleries offer things for everyone.

The Performing Arts

Is musical production or theatre your interest this weekend? Enjoy dinner at a downtown restaurant and then choose from the Longmont Theatre Productions, Jesters Dinner Theatre, or a handful of productions offered by one of the talented middle or high school groups.

The Longmont Symphony may be most known to all in Longmont for their free concert on July 4th, but this symphony provides selections for those with diverse musical interests to audiences of mixed ages and musical awareness. Visit their downtown office or website for a complete listing.

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Longmont Art Galleries

Interested in seeing what the local artists are up to? A stroll down Main Street (meandering east or west periodically) exhibits the talents and creativity of the many artists in Longmont and beyond, between Carlos Healing Arts Gallery, Old Firehouse Arts Center, the Muse Gallery, the Great Frame Up, Rapid Rabits, K.C. Willis Studio & Gallery as well as the many coffee shops that frequently change out the exhibits with new and interesting and affordable works of art.

The Old Firehouse Art Center is a 501(c) 3 organization that offers two galleries, programs, and so much more in this historic old firehouse on the corner of 4th & Coffman streets. Stop by the gallery for a glimpse of frequent and rotating exhibits.

The Muse Gallery, operated by the Longmont Council for the Arts, is where local artists hang!  The gallery features three spaces: the WESTend, which provides particular exhibition space for local, regional, and national artists. The Main Gallery is dedicated to resident artists, and the community space to catch glimpses of budding young artists.

Artwalk is when this city truly celebrates all forms of art at once. On the third Friday of May, July, and September, art forms of all types are displayed, celebrated, performed, created, and appreciated by the thousands participating!

Longmont Museum

The Longmont Museum, located on the south side of town (400 Quail Road) offers three permanent exhibits featuring the history of the Front Range and Longmont with two additional galleries with rotating exhibits for those with diverse interests. The museum offers a summer concert series, various exhibit-related programs as well as the FREE “Discovery Days” for the youngsters!

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Golden

Explore Golden, Colorado

Golden began developing as a center for commerce, business development, and intellectual inspiration when it was founded in the mid-1800s. Its location is fundamental to the area’s commerce and business types. The city is tucked in against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, slightly west of Denver and just 400’ higher than Denver. Golden has always been a  gateway to the Rockies.

Things to do in Golden

Golden is a place where Rocky Mountain adventure meets intellectual inspiration. Its location means quick access to mountain activities and minutes from cultural attractions such as Red Rocks, Foothills Art Center, the 12th Street Historic District, and more. Golden offers rich culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people. Today, Golden has an eclectic business district with hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor opportunities just around the corner. Plus, the world’s largest single-site brewery, the Coors Brewery Company, sign up for a tour of the brewery. Golden is worth a visit, as no other small town in Colorado has such an intense cultural integration.

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Ski Resorts Nearby Golden

Golden resides within the I-70 corridor, making it on the way to Colorado’s world-class ski resorts. In less than an hour’s drive, skiers and riders can access resorts such as Loveland, Eldora, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Winter Park. Head west on US Hwy 6, and in 40 minutes, you will arrive in Central City, renowned for its casinos.

Golden’s History

Golden’s origins are from the mid-1800s Pikes Peak Gold Rush era. Gold was discovered along Clear Creek west of Denver. The city is named after Thomas L. Golden, an early prospector, not golden as in gold strike. Gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-1800s. The city quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking fortunes in the adjacent mountainous regions. Due to its central geographical location, it ultimately became a trade center between the gold fields to the west and settlements to the east. Known as the “Lowell of the West,” that boasted at various times three flour mils, five smelters, the first railroad into the mountains of Colorado, Coors Brewery, brickworks, the only paper mill west of the Missouri, clay mineral deposits, coal mines, and more.

Golden, a Leader in Progress

  • During the 1870s, it became home to three higher education institutions, of which the Colorado School of Mines remains today.
  • In 1993 the Golden High School building was converted into the American Mountaineering Center. Making Golden a research and education hub for mountaineering.
  • The Coors Brewery Company was founded in 1873 and became the largest single-site brewery in the world.
  • CoorsTek, a manufacturer of technical ceramics for aerospace, automotive, chemical, electronics, and more. This is a renowned business worldwide.
  • Golden is home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). A federally funded research and development center. Home to the National Center for Photovoltaics, the National Bioenergy Center, and the National Wind Technology Center.

 

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Florence

Things to Do in Florence, Colorado

Find it all in Florence… The Antique Capital of Colorado

Named after the daughter of pioneer and settler James McCandless, Florence is a little town with a bi heart.  The friendly community is conveniently situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and next to the Arkansas River.  Many of the town’s original historic buildings and homes still remain.  Numerous downtown merchants are located in Florence’s historic district.

An antique-lover’s paradise, the town features more than a dozen antique shops and co-ops and has become a favorite weekend destination for many Coloradans and out-of-state visitors looking to go treasure hunting.  You’ll find plenty of dining here as well.  Everything from hearty down-home breakfasts, bakeries and hand-tossed pizzas to fine dining, authentic Mexican restaurants and unique, inviting venues perfect for that special occasion.  Florence is also home to several art galleries and working artists studios where you can watch potters work their potter’s wheels, and painters creating on fresh canvases.  We invite you to find it all in Florence!

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Grand Lake

Vacation in Grand Lake, Colorado

Nestled on the shores of Colorado’s largest natural lake surrounded by the Arapahoe National Forest and at the western entrance to majestic Rocky Mountain National Park sits the Historic Village of Grand Lake. One of the last unspoiled resort communities in the state, Grand Lake offers both the charm and tranquility of bygone days while at the same time offering amenities that surprise first-time visitors to this mountain town.

Things To Do in Grand Lake

With more recreational water than any other region in Colorado. The opportunities for water sports are extensive at Grand Lake.

Boating on Grand Lake

Small sailcraft, lake kayaking, and paddle boarding are popular at Grand Lake. The boating season begins in May and ends in September. Swimming and fishing are also popular at this lake. However, Grand County has more lake experiences just around the corner, such as Shadow Mountain Lake, Lake Granby, Williams Fork Reservoir, and Wolford Mountain Reservoir. 

Classic Mountain Activities

Hiking, backpacking and mountain biking are popular in this area. The Fraser Valley Trail Map details 12 hiking and biking trails originating from Winter park and Fraser.

Snowmobile Capitol of Colorado

If snowmobiling is your passion, Grand Lake is a must-visit place. With over 1,000 miles of designated snowmobile trails and an average of 146 inches of annual snowfall, it’s a favorite playground. You can find maps of approved snowmobile routes through the Grand County Geographic Information System Department. If you are new to the sport, no problem, there are several outfitters and service shops in the area that provide guided snowmobile tours.

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Avon

Visit Avon, Colorado

The Town of Avon is more than a mountain town or a resort destination. It is a vibrant and diverse year-round, resort community defined by its spectacular surroundings and genuine local character. The small-town setting is inclusive and family-oriented, and also the gateway to world-renowned Beaver Creek Resort. It is a town that connects the shared values of both its residents and visitors, creating a one-of-a-kind place to visit, work, grow a business, raise a family, and play in a spectacular outdoor setting.

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Avon’s Pavilion and Parks

Throughout the year, Avon offers events and festivals with an expansive mix of music and cultural events at the Harry A. Nottingham Pavilion and on the Main Street Mall. Nottingham Park and the spectacular Avon Pavilion are prominent gathering centers for both everyday enjoyment and major outdoor events. Avon’s uniquely wonderful lake and beach are consistent draws to the park, where SUP and peddle boat rentals are available daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Lacrosse tournaments, Saturday yoga at the Pavilion, the open swim and Dunk-N-Dash series, plus Disc Dogs Competition and triathlon stagings, all bring vibrant participant and spectator occasions to the park.

Concerts and Music festivals 

Free concerts, including pop-up performances by string quartets, Spanish guitars and a mixed trio, take place throughout the summer and on various evenings, featuring both classical and contemporary music compositions. The Avon Live! Concert series offers four exceptional evenings of free live music, conversation, food and beverages, in the park during July and August. For more information about Special Events, visit www.avon.org/events.

Avon’s Mountain Community

Fed by the adventure found on the slopes of its neighboring ski resorts, at the edges of its sparkling rivers, and in the boundless open spaces that surround the town, Avon’s residents boast a lifestyle that most only dream of. The Town’s vision is unifying–a focus on strengthening its businesses, retail and service offerings, but it’s also a focus on connecting its neighborhoods with nature–bringing them all together on pathways and in gathering spaces that invite both visitors and residents to celebrate their surroundings. Residents here grow roots that sprout families and mountain lifestyle community pride.

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Cripple Creek

Discover Cripple Creek, Colorado

On the back side of Pikes Peak, snugged onto the hillsides of a once-rollicking and wildly rich gold camp, sits today’s Cripple Creek, a limited-stakes gaming town that draws visitors from around the world.

Like many of Colorado’s mountain towns, it was first home to the Ute tribe, which moved through the high country with the seasons, living off the abundance of game and fish.

When settlers discovered gold, the landscape changed dramatically. It was Bob Womack, who had searched in vain along the southwest slope of Pikes Peak for more than a decade before hitting paydirt in 1890. Ironically, his riches were found in a place known as Poverty Gulch, which eventually became Cripple Creek.

Thousands of prospectors and the ancillary businesses of merchants and ladies of the night came to the region, and between the time of Womack’s discovery and 1910, the region was hailed as the “World’s Greatest Gold Camp.” If you were assign a 21st century value to the 22.4 million ounces of gold extracted from more than 500 mines during Cripple Creek’s heyday, you’d have yourselves more than $11 billion.

Gambling Strike in 1991

Although gold production declined dramatically in a relatively short period of time, Cripple Creek hit it big again in 1991 with legalized gambling. Many of the historic buildings became refurbished casinos and hotels, and new edifices were erected where others once stood.

In 1995 an open-pit gold mine was opened at the site of the old Cresson Mine, and it continues to produce today.

Now for many the draw is the glitter of the casino and the sounds of the electric slots and the murmur of gamers at the tables. But for history buffs, the Cripple Creek Historic District, a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, offers a wonderful glimpse into times gone by.

Many shops maintain the rustic ambience of old-time mining days, and the Cripple Creek Heritage Center offers hands-on displays that bring the past alive. Today, visitors to the area can experience the rich Cripple Creek, Colorado history through its shops, attractions and museums.

You can also tour 1,000 feet underground in the historic Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, and the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad provides another perspective on the area’s past.

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Colorado Springs

Things to Do in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Against a spectacular backdrop courtesy of Mother Nature and Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs is an enchanting melding of historical treasures and cutting-edge 21st century.

 

Stunning Colorado Springs

To be appreciated for their sheer magnificence in architecture and detail are of course The Broadmoor, Glen Eyrie, Colorado College, McAllister House and Air Force Academy Chapel. But not to be outdone, Mother Nature offers the spectacular height and breadth of Pikes Peak, which stands sentinel over the Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, and down the road south a piece, Royal Gorge in Cañon City. You can also take a ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or perhaps hike the Manitou Incline.

Penrose, The Broadmoor, and Colorado Springs

Civil War hero Gen. William J. Palmer is credited with the official founding when the Colorado Springs Co. laid out the new city in 1871, and philanthropist Spencer Penrose and his wife, Julie, added immeasurably to the culture and refinement of “Little London” at the turn of the 20th century with the timelessly elegant Broadmoor. The Penrose’s also financed the Will Rogers Shrine and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and Julie Penrose founded the Central City Opera and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Shopping and dining? Endless!

Downtown Colorado Springs has a varied collection of shops, eateries, pubs, and clubs, and Old Colorado City provides another several blocks of artisans shops, galleries, boutiques, coffee houses, pastry shops, fine restaurants, family settings, parks, and… well, that’s a good start, and when you visit, you’ll see the vista unfold.

In quaint Manitou Springs, funkadelic visits amicably with yesteryear’s finery in shops and antique stores. You can grab a bag of caramel corn or a hank of cotton candy and wander the historic Penny Arcade, and you can sip from the famed mineral springs fountains.

Lodging is fantastic

Choose from Five Star hotels, B&Bs, cozy cabins, extended stays, and mom n’ pop – Colorado Springs and its sister communities are memories waiting to be made!

Colorado Springs History

For centuries home to the Ute, Arapahoe and Cheyenne peoples, the area was part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and, after various settlements along the way, established as a mining camp during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in 1859.

With such a rich history, much of it stemming from the treasures brought in from the nearby gold and silver camps of Cripple Creek and Victor as well as Central City and Black Hawk, Colorado Springs might have rested on its laurels comfortably. Instead, it moved with the times and became home to the United States Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, Ent Air Force Base, North American Aerospace Defense Command and even the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

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Boulder, Colorado

Boulder

Things to Do in Boulder, Colorado

If just one word were allowed to describe the Centennial State’s free-spiritedness, we’d choose “Boulder!” for any number of reasons.

University of Colorado Boulder

First, it’s home to the University of Colorado, where academics are lofty, football is passionate, and chillin’ is mandatory. The Hill and Pearl Street Mall are famed for their colorful shops, eateries, and galleries, and people-watching is unparalleled.
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Boulder Culture

Culturally, this town is the motherlode. For museum lovers, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) features contemporary fare, and the Leanin’ Tree Museum & Sculpture Garden of Western Art is a stroll through all things Western. More than just the past comes alive at the Boulder History Museum with exhibits that range from tofu to rock music, and CU itself houses the University of Colorado Heritage Center in its Old Main building. The college also is home to the University of Colorado Natural History Museum.

Shopping and Dining

If you’re a shopper, this is your place. Boutiques, designer names, thrift, and thrills await. And dining is, to say the very least, a culinary adventure. We’re hard-pressed to think of a cuisine not represented in our town, and you’ll even have the opportunity to visit the farm of origin for some of the freshest fare around.

And don’t forget the breweries. Just sayin’…

Mountain Recreation

Outdoor recreation is limitless. In addition to having Eldora Mountain Ski Resort nearby, America’s #1 Sports town also gives you the chance to experience, in no particular order, hot air ballooning, kayaking, rock climbing, tubing, fly fishing, bike riding, golfing, cross-country skiing and/or snowshoeing. The beauty is you can do many of these things – yes, even skiing – all in the same day. That’s Boulder for you! Ahhhh!

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Twin Lakes

Enjoy Twin Lakes, Colorado

Welcome to Beautiful Twin Lakes! Just 15 minutes from Leadville you’ll find the charming and historic village of Twin Lakes and its geological namesake, Colorado’s largest glacial lakes. Shimmering in the sun more than 300 days of the year, the lake waters reflect soaring mountaintops and provide a splendid gateway for fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, biking in the warm weather months, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter — or just soaking in the peace of the Rockies. While you’re visiting our slice of heaven, be sure to take note of our rich history, too. Twin Lakes was once a bustling hub that connected Aspen and Leadville during the Gold Rush of the 1800s, and the Red Rooster Tavern and Brothel now serves as the Twin Lakes Visitors Center. The famed Interlaken Hotel, favored by well-heeled 1880s travelers, is accessible by trail or boat. Also, the general store, hotel, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, and miners’ homes are on the National Historic Register. Lodging, shopping, dining and browsing – Twin Lakes has it all, all the time!

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