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LOCAL > NEED TO KNOW
LOCAL TIP “Littleton has so
much to offer. My family loves the access to top-quality parks and recreation centers. My kids especially love the pools! My husband and I love walking on Main Street Littleton. So many neat shops and restaurants. Cheese and chocolate at the Melting Pot is a favorite for date night.” – Meredith S.
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HOTLINES National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Colorado Crisis Hotline
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HOSPITALS Littleton Adventist Hospital Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton SCL Health Saint Joseph ER – Littleton Swedish Medical Center – Southwest ER Children’s Hospital Colorado South Campus, Highlands Ranch
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CITY GOVERNMENT City of Littleton (Main Phone) City Manager’s Office City Clerk’s Office
303-795-3700 303-795-3720 303-795-3780
COUNTY GOVERNMENT Arapahoe County (Main Phone) Douglas County (Main Phone) Jefferson County (Main Phone)
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PARKS AND RECREATION South Suburban Parks and Recreation Foothills Park & Recreation District
SCHOOLS Littleton Public Schools Douglas County School District Jeffco Public Schools
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CO N T RIBU TORS
Marketing Manager, Aspen
Kathleen moved to Littleton
Grove Shopping Center
back in 1976 when there was
Allysen is a rooted local,
nothing but pastures, antelope,
having lived in Colorado for
and farmland between County
over 20 years, and tracing
Line Road and Castle Rock.
family back to the exploration
She graduated from Columbine High School and went on to study Journalism at Colorado State University. She considers herself fortunate to “be local” for SHELLY MONTOYA
so many years, and is always
finding new adventures here
Shelly is the Publisher of BeLocal
in Colorado. Her family still
Littleton and also the Red Rocks
resides nearby, and they enjoy
Views magazine in Morrison. She
escaping to the mountains,
earned her bachelor’s degree in
seeing concerts at Red Rocks, or
Business Management from the
attending one of the many local
University of Northern Colorado
events Littleton has to offer.
KELLI NARDE City of Littleton, Director of Communications and Marketing Kelli began her career with the city as Assistant to the City Manager. She serves as the city’s Public Information Officer. Her duties include management of all city communications, special events and citizen engagement. This includes four websites, social media, the print shop and all publications, such as the Littleton Report and the Littleton
and has lived in Littleton over
Calendar and Annual Report. Her
30 years with her husband,
department oversees all event
Mark. They raised their two kids,
permits and the city’s special
Madison and Rylan, here and
events. She works closely with
love everything Littleton has
city council on its outreach
to offer. She enjoys golf, hiking,
program, administers the cable
skiing, biking, exploring new
television franchise, and has
restaurants and any outdoor
negotiated labor contracts for
police and fire.
of the San Luis Valley and coal mining in Louisville. She enjoys networking and creating partnerships to add value for local businesses. As Marketing Manager at Aspen Grove shopping center, she creates programs and events to drive traffic and build community connections. Under her other hat as a metro-Denver mom, she enjoys finding unique activities to do with kids, yoga events, or running along an open-space trail.
She earned a bachelor’s TORY PEARSON
degree in technical journalism
from Colorado State
Specialist, Foothills Park &
University. She is chair of the
Colorado Municipal League
Marketing Specialist, South
Tory has spent years working
Public Information Officers.
Suburban Park and
in community and business
She has been a member of
outreach for parks, recreation,
the Littleton Public Schools
Jamie has been with South
youth and environmental
Foundation Board of Directors
Suburban Parks and Recreation
organizations in Denver
since 2005. She is a Certified
(SSPR) for more than eight
and Jefferson County. She
Public Communicator and
years, and manages marketing,
currently works with Foothills
is a graduate of FEMA’s
media relations and special
Maddy has lived in Littleton
Park and Recreation District,
events. As a resident of SSPR,
for nearly her entire life. She
helping connect businesses
Institute as an All Hazards
she enjoys using many of SSPR’s
is a junior at the University of
to community events and
Public Information Officer.
facilities, trails and parks. SSPR
Missouri in Columbia studying
programs, as well as marketing
journalism and is passionate
Foothills’ many services to
She enjoys skiing, golf,
residents in six cities south of
about telling people’s stories. In
residents. “Growing up in
gardening, quilting and Denver
Denver. SSPR’s mission is to
her free time, she enjoys hiking,
Jefferson County, I couldn’t
foster healthy living through
District serves nearly 155,000
skiing, videography and music.
ask for a better job than
She feels lucky to have grown up
bringing everyone together
parks, trails, and open space
in the Littleton community and
for recreation and fun in this
and by providing recreational
hopes to move back to Colorado
beautiful part of Colorado!”
services and programs.
stewardship of the environment,
after she graduates from MU.
LOCAL > PUBLISHER’S NOTE
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LITTLETON! Congratulations on your new home, and welcome to Littleton! Whether you’ve moved from down the road or across the country, settling into a new area can be both exciting and overwhelming. Within the first few months, you will likely be establishing new routines, getting to know local hotspots, looking into local professionals and influencers, and exploring your new community’s vast resources. With so many nuances and so much on your plate from this new change in your life, it can be a daunting experience to think about everything you need to do to get used to your new surroundings. Enter BeLOCAL Littleton. In your hands, you hold the best of the best of everything Littleton. A true locals’ perspective guide with recommendations, insights and tips for everything from dining and shopping to arts and entertainment. This is your local guide to what you need to know and want to know to call Littleton home. Learn about hidden gems and our exceptional schools; experience our endless parks, open space, trails and recreational facilities; discover spots to take your kids or places to enjoy the live music scene. You’ll want to keep this guide on hand, because you will only receive it once, when you are new to
Littleton! You will also have access to online resources to stay connected while on the go! As you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, you will get acquainted with the heart of the Littleton area, its residents and our sponsors. I have called Littleton home for over 30 years. I love the small-town feel, strong sense of community, never-ending events and year-round outdoor activities. It has been a wonderful place to raise my two children with my husband. I hope you find BeLOCAL useful as you settle into your new home. It is made possible through the support of our advertisers who come recommended and are eager to earn your business as you become part of this amazing community. Once you experience living here yourself, feel free to drop me a note of your “hidden gem” or “local tip,” and I will include it in a future issue of BeLOCAL Littleton. For now, sit back, relax, and enjoy all that Littleton has to offer. Sincerely, Shelly Montoya Publisher BeLOCAL Littleton email@example.com 720.373.6704 2020
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LOCAL > SCHOOLS
Littleton is unique in that we have three school districts: Jefferson County Public Schools, Littleton Public Schools, and Douglas County School District. By Kathleen Hanvey
littleton public schools Littleton Public Schools (LPS) is a premier school district holding the slogan: “Big enough to serve you; small enough to know you,” which they claim is an accurate portrayal of the district’s culture. LPS holds approximately 15,000 students who attend one of the 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, preschools or two charter schools. According to their website, LPS holds National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence awards, as well as offers a credited high-school International Baccalaureate program. More than 20 percent of its students live outside district boundaries and choose to open-enroll at LPS schools. To find more information, visit the Littleton Public Schools website at www.littletonpublicschools.net.
LOCAL > SCHOOLS
jefferson county public schools
LOCAL TIP “Something amazing is
Jefferson County Public Schools (or Jeffco) is the largest school district in Colorado, and has 155 schools and a variety of programs on 168 campuses. According to their website, Jeffco students continue to outperform the state in all grade levels and content areas on state testing. Jeffco goals are guided by the Jeffco Generations Vision, recently developed by new Superintendent Jason Glass. To locate your designated neighborhood school, visit the Jeffco School Finder page on the Jeffco website, and enter your address. Families can also “Choice Enroll” at any Jeffco school, which means you can attend any school in the area if there is space available and your student is accepted through the Choice Enrollment process. Be sure to check out the Enroll Jeffco page on the district’s website for more information. www.jeffcopublicschools.org
happening at Front Range Christian School (FRCS). We are partnering with the Holy Spirit to do kingdom work. Where we’re not enough, God will be. If you want to be part of something innovative and exciting, if you want to partner with a school who will partner with God, then visit FRCS as soon as you can.” – Amanda D., parent of two elementary students at FRCS
douglas county school district Douglas County School District is Colorado’s third-largest school district, serving more than 68,000 students in preschool through 12th grade. Parents can find many different choices through the District, such as open enrollment, charter schools, instruction for gifted and talented students, magnet schools, an International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement courses and other special programs. According to their website, the Douglas County School District vision is to “create responsible citizens who contribute to society.” The District strives to maintain a well-researched, integrated and standards-based curriculum, a rich array of extracurricular offerings and strong community involvement. To find more information, visit www.dcsdk12.org.
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private schools In addition to the three public school districts, there are many private school choices available in Littleton. From Montessori, Catholic, Christian, and specialneeds schools – Littleton has it all. Some of the largest private schools include Front Range Christian School, St. Mary’s Academy, Mullen High School, Montessori Peaks Academy, Denver Christian, and Colorado Academy. To find more information about Littleton private-school options, be sure to check out www.privateschoolreview. com or one of the websites listed below. There are several external websites to evaluate area schools. Check out: www.niche.com www.schooldigger.com www.publicschoolreview.com www.schoolgrades.org
Whether you choose Jeffco, LPS, Douglas County, or private options for your student, rest assured that living in Littleton provides many choices and some of the best education possible in the state of Colorado! 2020
LOCAL > DINING
Th eL it
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L CAL ADELITAS COCINA Y CANTINA Adelitas Cocina y Cantina brings traditional Mexican fare along with tequila and mezcal cocktails to Littleton. A familyowned-and-operated restaurant bringing you a relaxing, comfortable, safe and enjoyable atmosphere. 2609 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 778-1294 www.adelitasco.com THE ALLEY Cool saloon featuring live music and updated casual Mexican fare from a food truck out back. 2420 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 316-8002 www.littletonalley.com ANGELO’S TAVERNA – LITTLETON Casual Italian plates, plus oysters and a full bar, featured in homey surroundings. 6885 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 532-1389 www.angelostaverna.com BACCO TRATTORIA Homey lunch and dinner cafe known for quick Italian entrées, available in familysized portions to go. 10125 W. San Juan Way, Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 979-2665 www.baccodenver.com 14 BeLocal
LOCAL > DINING
LOCAL TIP “One of the things we love the most about living in Littleton is the wonderful sense of community, and specifically the Columbine community. When we moved here almost 20 years ago, I could never imagine how tight-knit it is, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Also, the location couldn’t be better with downtown 20 minutes away, Red Rocks amphitheater 10 minutes, and access to the mountains just a few minutes away. One of our favorite restaurants is Marino’s Pizzeria. It is truly a hidden gem as it is nestled in a residential area. The pizzas are handmade in a wood-fired oven that owner Marino Morra designed and built himself. They taste just like the pizza we have had
THE BOARDROOM SPORTS BAR AND STEAKHOUSE Spacious bar and grill with a comfortable lounge featuring classic American eats and many draft beers. 51 W. Dry Creek Ct. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-2100 www.theboardroomsportsbar.com BOWLES CAFE Homey, modest setting featuring unique Czech-inspired American plates plus breakfast. 5925 S. Zang St., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 972-1385 FARM HOUSE AT BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY Brewery and tasting room serving craft beers, plus an on-site restaurant cooking hearty American fare. 2920 Brewery Ln., Littleton, CO 80120 1 (844) 682-7325 www.breckbrew.com
in Italy, right here in Littleton!” – Kristen M.
LOCAL > DINING
> CONTINUED CAFÉ TERRACOTTA Quaint, classy Victorian house with a garden presenting refined dishes from around the world. 5649 S. Curtice St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 794-6054 www.cafe-terracotta.com DAMASCUS GRILL Humble Middle Eastern mainstay in miniature digs with a menu that includes hummus, gyros and baklava. 1399 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-6666 www.damascusgrill.com GRACEFULL COMMUNITY CAFE Providing a home in the Littleton community where people of all backgrounds can gather, eat well, and be inspired to give back. 5610 S. Curtice St., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 900-5610 www.gracefullcafe.com
HACIENDA COLORADO Contemporary spot featuring Mexican eats with Colorado flair, numerous sauces and over 100 tequilas. 5056 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 932-0272 www.haciendacolorado.com HUNAN DYNASTY ASIAN BISTRO Strip-mall eatery with ample portions of classic Chinese fare plus some Thai and Vietnamese options. 9882 W. Belleview Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 978-1188 www.hunandynastybistro.com LOS DOS POTRILLOS Mexican standards and margaritas in a laid-back, old-world-style setting with outdoor seating. 10065 W. San Juan Way, Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 948-1552 www.los2potrillos.com
LOCAL TIP “The best Mexican restaurant we have found in Littleton is Los Dos Potrillos. The food and the service have never let us down. We won’t go anywhere else for Mexican food.” – Beth B.
LOCAL > DINING
MANNA BAKERY AND DELI Inviting deli serving an array of baked goods, plus breakfast items and lunchtime sandwiches. 6905 S. Broadway, Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-2797 www.mannabakerydeli.com MARINO’S PIZZERIA Down-to-earth restaurant crafting brick-oven pies made with ingredients imported from Italy. 9083 W. Peakview Dr. #7B, Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 955-0373 www.marinospizzeria.us MCKINNERS PIZZA BAR Laid-back eatery and bar with innovative pizzas (some gluten-free), craft beers and more. 2389 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-8500 www.mckinners.com NONO’S CAFE Easygoing joint offering hearty Cajun and Southern eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 3005 W. County Line Rd., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 738-8330 www.nonoscafe.com OLD FASHIONED ITALIAN DELI Come in hungry and choose from over 50 sandwiches, pizza, pasta or calzones. Family owned and operated since 1986, striving to make every customer a returning friend. 395 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 794-1402 www.oldfashioneditaliandeli.com PLATTE RIVER BAR AND GRILL Mex-American chow plus a huge rooftop deck, live music and all kinds of games draw a diverse crowd. 5995 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-9356 www.theplatteriverbarandgrill.com RICE BISTRO AND SUSHI Pan-Asian outpost in an upscale shopping destination with a full bar and earth-toned, modern decor. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr. #410, Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 638-5149 www.ricebistrodenver.com
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LOCAL > DINING> CONTINUED
“When people think of Littleton, they tend to
ROMANO’S PIZZERIA A throwback to red-sauce joints of old, from lasagna and scampi to brick-oven pizza, plus beer and wine. 5666 S. Windermere St. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-4944 www.romanospizzeria.com SMOKIN’ FINS RESTAURANT Regional restaurant concept featuring a unique menu that blends ocean-fresh seafood, sushi, and house-smoked specialties such as prime rib and slowsmoked pork. 2575 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 808-1711 www.smokinfinsrestaurant.com SUSHI BASHO Petite, modest storefront venue dishing out a variety of special rolls and a sushi happy hour. 2700 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 730-9999 www.sushibasholittleton.com THAI BISTRO Big plates of spicy-hot Thai dishes cooked in a relaxed, comfortable stripmall setting. 5924 S. Kipling Pkwy. Littleton, CO 80127 (720) 981-7600 www.thaibistro.net 18 BeLocal
TOAST FINE FOOD AND COFFEE Cozy breakfast place offering specialty pancakes, egg dishes and more, plus sandwiches at lunch. 2700 W. Bowles Ave., Suite B, Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-9543 www.toastygoodness.com VIEWHOUSE LITTLETON A chef-driven, casual eatery, bar and rooftop that delivers a superior, inclusive experience with a locally rooted vibe and fun energy. 2680 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-4829 www.viewhouse.com/location-littleton VIRGILIO’S PIZZERIA AND WINE BAR Sprawling, familial Italian restaurant from Naples native featuring thin-crust pies, pastas and wine. 10025 W. San Juan Way, Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 972-1011 www.ilovepizzapie.com
focus on downtown. But there are hidden gems all over both Littleton proper and the parts of Littleton that are in unincorporated Jefferson County. Our favorite is the family-run Virgilio’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar on Kipling, just north of C470. Having moved to Colorado from New York, where Italian food is a steady part of everyone’s diet, Virgilio’s is as good as we’ve had anywhere. Whether we dine in or take out, the entrées and pizzas are to die for, and they’re incredibly friendly in
WILD GINGER Comfortable, traditional Thai restaurant with dishes that range from mild to fiery. 399 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 794-1115 www.wildgingerrestaurant.wordpress.com
accommodating Kristen’s soy allergy. Visit Virgilio’s!” – Len V.
ZAIKA INDIAN CUISINE Polished Indian dishes, including curries, served in modern, colorful quarters backed by a bar. 151 W. Mineral Ave. #109, Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 328-3038 www.zaikalittleton.com
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Atlas Coffees A community-focused craftÂ coffeeÂ shop with two Littleton locations, created to love and serve our community. 11757 W. Ken Caryl Ave. Littleton, CO 80127 8155 Piney River Ave. Littleton, CO 80125 (303) 948-4600 www.atlascoffees.com
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Bean Fosters Specializing in serving fresh, locally roasted, single-origin craft coffees, traditional espresso beverages, specialty teas, house-made sweets and light eats in a friendly, comfortable environment. 9956 W. Remington Pl. #A-1, Littleton, CO 80128 (303) 948-5040 www.beanfosters.com Cafe du Coco European Tearoom, serving the best High Tea in Colorado, and the most wonderful pastries and sandwiches. Located in a historical building offering a unique atmosphere, a boutique, tea shop and the Art du Coco studio for chalk painting classes and bible studies. 2676 W. Alamo Ave., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 325-5380 www.cafeducoco.com
LOCAL TIP I love Columbine Country Club because it is our escape within the city where we enjoy meeting friends for golf, fine dining and resort activities all in the setting of a magnificent golf course and top notch amenities. We also appreciate the multi generational membership, tradition and service of a refined country club but with a family friendly and health oriented twist. Stephanie I.
LOCAL > COFFEE AND TEA
in-TEA, Historic Downtown Littleton
The Chocolate Therapist All-natural, handcrafted chocolate made onsite and serving gourmet coffee. The shop is 100-percent gluten-free, and the chocolate is also soy-free, and the dark chocolate is dairy-free. Coffee drinks are made with dairy-fresh milk, locally roasted coffee and organic flavoring syrups. 2560 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-7913 www.thechocolatetherapist.com Dirt Coffee Bar A nonprofit coffee shop with a mission to employ and empower individuals with autism through coffee and community. 5767 S. Rapp St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 635-6674 www.dirtcoffee.org Enchanted Grounds Coffee Shop and Gameporium. A friendly neighborhood cafe and game shop all under one roof. 3615 W. Bowles Ave. #5 Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 795-0772 www.enchantedgrounds.com Ground Up Coffee Cafe Proudly serving Kaladi Coffee, air-roasted right here in Colorado. Starting with a great bean ensures a full aroma, full flavor cup of coffee, every time. Delivering your caffeinated passion exactly how you want it. 5035 S. Kipling Pkwy. Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 979-5282 www.grounduplittleton.com
iN-TEA Comfy hangout with a large selection of hot or iced loose-leaf teas, plus beer, wine and tea cocktails. 2440 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 981-2512 www.in-tea.net iVibe Coffee Offering a modern feel, fun environment, fantastic product, and amazing service. Come join the revolution and become part of the iVibe Nation. 5549 S. Broadway, Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 993-4675 www.ivibecoffee.com Lynn’s Tea Shop and Cafe Family-owned business that prides itself on using only the highest-quality ingredients to freshly prepare soups, salads, baked goods and confections, which are made in-house daily. Providing a large selection of loose-leaf tea. 5500 S. Simms St., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 973-0224 www.lynnstea.com Nixon’s Coffee House Inspired by Brad and Caren Nixon’s love affair with both coffee and the community. Their goal is to prepare and serve great coffee and food at reasonable prices, while also providing a comfortable space for people to foster relationships and build community. 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 504-5224 www.nixonscoffeehouse.com
nook Coffee Stylish bright espresso café serving coffee, tea, made to order cold-pressed juice, Trompeau pastries, avocado toast, paninis, sandwiches, salads and other eclectic eats with free Wi-Fi. 2449 W. Main St., Unit B Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 536-5600 www.nookcoffeelittleton.com Oak Coffee And Juice Providing organic, fair-trade coffee and tea, and working with local Colorado suppliers and bakeries to source the freshest, highest-quality offerings. 8361 N. Rampart Range Rd., B104 Littleton, CO 80125 (720) 328-1939 www.oakcoffeeandjuice.com Riize Coffee Co A locally owned coffee shop in Littleton serving quality coffee in a warm, loving atmosphere. 8200 Southpark Cir. Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 383-7372 www.riizecoffee.com Romancing the Bean Quaint train station coffee shop serving specialty java drinks, smoothies and breakfast burritos. 5800 S. Prince St., Littleton 80120 (in the RTD Parking lot at the corner of Prince and Alamo) (303) 797-8257 www.romancingthebeanlittleton.com Solid Grounds Coffee House Roomy cafe with a garden room, lots of wood and leather chairs that pours fairtrade coffee. 6504 S. Broadway, Centennial, CO 80121 (303) 209-7494 www.solidgrounds.org
(L to R) Rob, Mary, Jacob and Rebecca
LONGTIME LITTLETON RESIDENTS By Kathleen Hanvey Photograph by Madison Montoya
Meet longtime Littleton residents the Abbott family! Rob, Mary, and their two children, 14-year-old Jacob and 12-year-old Rebecca, have called their neighborhood in the heart of Littleton home since 1984.
Mary first moved from Texas to Colorado when she was 5 years old, and attended Damon Runyon Elementary, Euclid Middle School, graduating from Heritage High School. Rob also attended Heritage High, moving to Colorado from New Jersey when he was 6 years old. Mary attended college at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, but after a few years back east, the mountains called her home. Mary is now a high school counselor at Heritage High School, receiving her master’s degree from University of Northern Colorado. Rob graduated from Metropolitan State University in Denver, and now works for Arapahoe County. The couple met in Littleton, and even held their rehearsal dinner at one of their favorite spots, The Platte River Grill. “The Platte River Grill is a great place for happy hours, breakfast burritos, and chilling on the huge deck after riding your bike on the Platte River trail,” explains Mary.
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When it came time to decide where we would raise our family, the answer was easy…Littleton! The Abbotts decided to stay in Littleton and raise their family here because of the great schools, parks and recreation programs and the High Line Canal. “When it came time to decide where we would raise our family, the answer was easy … Littleton!” Their two children also attend Littleton schools, and both Jacob and Rebecca have participated in South Suburban Park and Recreation (SSPR) sports every year, starting with gymnastics/tumbling/dance when they were young. Jacob played a few seasons of flag football, then baseball for nine years, and Rebecca is going on her seventh year of softball and fourth year of volleyball. They both run cross country for SSPR and completed the TRY-athlon. “We love living in Littleton and being a part of SSPR, not only for their youth sports but great outdoor pools, and recreation centers.” Mary is also an avid runner, and takes advantage of the great trail system here in Littleton. When not immersed in sports or school, the family loves to take in a Colorado Rockies game downtown. “We are huge Rockies fans and go to as many games a season as we can. Go Rockies!” exclaims Rob. When it comes to getting downtown for games or nightlife, Littleton is only about a 30-minute drive to the local stadiums, and taking the RTD Light Rail is always an option from one of the two Littleton stops. One of the local restaurants the Abbott family frequents is Romano’s Pizzeria – a family-owned Italian restaurant since 1967, located on Windermere and Littleton
Boulevard. “We celebrate family birthdays there every year,” says Mary. The Abbotts also celebrate the first week of summer at the Melting Pot at the west end of Main Street in Littleton, indulging in cheese and chocolate fondue. Main Street in Littleton is also a shopping favorite. “We enjoy walking down Main Street, always making sure to stop by Savory Spice, EVOO Market Place and Littleton’s General Store. Aspen Grove is another great shopping area we frequent,” says Mary. While Littleton is a large Denver suburb, the Abbotts love the smalltown feel it provides, and the local events and attractions help create that atmosphere. One of the Abbott family traditions is “summer adventure days” when each family member gets to pick an activity. “This could be a hike, bike ride, water park, movie, or whatever we want to do for fun as a family. One place we go to every year is Littleton’s Historical Museum to see the animals. It doesn’t matter how many times we go there, the kids still love to visit the school house, blacksmith, and old houses,” explains Mary. In August, Western Welcome Week celebrates all things Littleton with week-long events, concerts, fireworks, fishing derby for kids, and a parade. During the holidays Littleton’s Main Street lights up with decorations and a parade, including Santa Claus! Be sure to say hello to the Abbotts if you happen to see the kids riding their bikes down Main Street, Mary running in the Littleton Stride 5K/10K race that supports Littleton Public Schools, or Rob and Boy Scout Troop 114 in the Western Welcome Week parade! The Abbotts are true Littleton locals and welcome you to their town! BeLocal 23
Grant Family Amphitheater in Clement Park (photo courtesy of Foothills Park and Recreation District)
The Alley Cool saloon featuring live music (often) and updated casual Mexican fare from a food truck out back. 2420 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 316-8002 www.littletonalley.com Bega Park Summer concert series. 2250 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-5131 www.littletonrocks.com/events_venues/bega-park
Breckenridge Brewery Summer concert series 2920 Brewery Ln., Littleton, CO 80120 (844) 682-7325 www.breckbrew.com Clement Park (Robert F.) Foothills Park and Recreation District is proud to offer Concerts in Clement Park. This outdoor series of concerts incorporates community collaborations and grant funded performances which are free, open to the public and family friendly. Performances are held at the Grant Family Amphitheater in Clement Park. 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 409-2600 www.ifoothills.org/events/foothills-entertainment-series
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Dirt Coffee Bar A nonprofit coffee shop with a mission to employ and empower individuals with autism through coffee and community. Featuring live music. 5767 S. Rapp St. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 635-6674 www.dirtcoffee.org Fraco’s Bar Compact concert hall attracting local and national bands, from indie rock to metal and even country (Friday and Saturday, Karaoke Sundays). 5302 S. Federal Cir., Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 795-6877 www.toadtavern.com The Hudson Gardens and Event Center Every summer, the Hudson Gardens and Event Center transforms into one of the Denver area’s only independent venues for live music. Since the first concert over 20 years ago, the Summer Concert Series has attracted international artists and over 750,000 of their biggest fans. Come for the music, and take advantage of free parking, food trucks, affordable beer and wine, and a stunning outdoor atmosphere. 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-8565 www.hudsongardens.org/enjoy/concert-amphitheater/ Jake’s Brew Bar Casual joint offering gourmet coffee and a huge list of craft brews, plus a beer garden and light eats. Live music on Monday (bluegrass) and sometimes Friday, Saturday night. 2530 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 996-1006 www.jakesbrewbar.com
Littleton Museum Summer concert series, living-history farms representing the 1860s and 1890s, plus a museum showcasing local artifacts. 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-3950 www.littletongov.org/city-services/city-departments/museum Ned Kelly’s Irish Pub Basic Irish-style bar in a small brick building offers beer, spirits and a front porch with live music on Saturdays. 5686 S. Sycamore St., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 283-8717 www.nedkellysirishpub.com The Pint Room Airy brewpub on the Platte River featuring tons of tap beers plus a gastropub-caliber menu and live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 2620 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 (720) 283-3200 www.pintroom.com/littleton-colorado Platte River Bar and Grill Mex-American chow plus a huge rooftop deck, live music and all kinds of games draw a diverse crowd. 5995 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-9356 www.theplatteriverbarandgrill.com Q’s Pub and Grille Easygoing, wood-paneled haunt with pub grub, live music and trivia nights, plus a weekend breakfast. Live music Thursday-Saturday. 10133 W. Chatfield Ave. Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 973-2905 www.qspub.com
LOCAL TIP “Have the right car tires, dress in layers, always keep an umbrella in the car, and go to a concert at Red Rocks.” – Kim G.
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52EIGHTY DISTILLING A Colorado distillery founded by three friends and a pledge to use innovative distilling techniques, locally sourced ingredients, and crisp Rocky Mountain water to produce the highest-quality distilled spirits. 10488 W. Centennial Rd., #900 Littleton, CO 80127 (720) 709-4470 www.52eightydistilling.com
BREWERIES, WINERIES AND DISTILLERIES
BLACK ARTS CELLARS A boutique family winery focusing on Rhone style wines. Come by and see how old-world character meets new-world charm. 11616 Shaffer Pl., #S-110 Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 722-0669 www.bacellars.com BLIND FAITH BREWING Blind Faith Brewing committed to brewing Abbey, Trappist and Monastic style Ales. We enjoy a good beer and with good friends. Cheers! 2842 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 420-9112 www.facebook.com/ BlindFaithBrewing BLACKARTS CELLARS, BLUE SPRUCE BREWING Craft brewery with large taproom and deli onsite. 10577 W. Centennial Rd. Littleton, CO 80127 (720) 282-3675 www.bluesprucebrewing.com BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY Brewery and tasting room serving craft beers, plus an on-site restaurant cooking hearty American fare. 2920 Brewery Ln. Littleton, CO 80120 (844) 682-7325 www.breckbrew.com
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“I’ve lived in Littleton for 22 years. Downtown Littleton is without a doubt my favorite local spot. I can grab dinner or drinks at Smokin’ Fins, Rocker Spirits, and Kate’s Wine Bar ... before burning off all my calories at The Ballet Physique! It’s a fantastic barre studio.” – Brittany R.
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CARBOY WINERY Wine and small plates served in a polished industrial tasting room with atmospheric outdoor seating. 6885 S. Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 531-5252 www.carboywinery.com
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COAL MINE AVE BREWING COMPANY A craft brewery tap room with an offleash play yard for dogs. 9719 W. Coal Mine Ave., Unit A Littleton, CO 80123 (720) 504-4866 www.coalmineavebrewing.com GLASS HALF FULL TAPROOM Neighborhood bar built by beer lovers for beer lovers, highlighting the diversity of craft beer with a focus on local breweries. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Suite 850 Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 730-2470 www.glasshalffullbar.com/littleton HIGH PLAINS TAP HOUSE Draft beer, sandwiches and bar bites served in a cool joint with entertainment and an outdoor patio. 8176 S. Wadsworth Blvd. F Littleton, CO 80128 (303) 351-3979 www.bardenver.net
JACKASS HILL BREWERY A great gathering place for beer enthusiasts in Historic Downtown Littleton. American-style ales brewed on site, great outdoor beer garden and variety of food trucks every week. 2409 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 242-7492 www.jackasshillbrewery.com JAKE’S BREW BAR Casual joint offering gourmet coffee and a large list of craft brews, plus a beer garden and light eats. 2530 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 996-1006 www.jakesbrewbar.com KATE’S WINE BAR Intimate spot featuring a sizable wine list, plus a menu of appetizers and sweets in quaint surroundings. 5671 S. Nevada St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 999-2895 www.kateswinebar.wixsite.com/kate-site
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> CONTINUED LIVING THE DREAM BREWING Dog-friendly craft brewery and taproom. 12305 N. Dumont Way, Littleton, CO 80125 (303) 284-9585 www.livingthedreambrewing.com LOCAVORE BEER WORKS Family- and pet-friendly atmosphere with ample seating inside and outside on the patio, which is complete with a fire pit. 5950 S. Platte Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO 80123 (720) 476-4419 www.locavorebeerworks.com THE PINT ROOM Airy brewpub on the Platte River featuring tons of tap beers plus a gastropub-caliber menu. 2620 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 (720) 283-3200 www.pintroom.com/littleton-colorado ROCKER SPIRITS Microdistillery and whiskey bar located inÂ downtown Littleton. 5587 S. Hill St. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-7928 www.rockerspirits.com/welcome
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HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LITTLETON Experience the relaxed ambiance of a different era. Downtown Littleton offers a charming Main Street lined with turn-of-the-century buildings that house some of the metro areaâ€™s most unique, independently owned businesses. There are art galleries, antique shops, specialty shops, clothing boutiques and both trendy and quaint restaurants and bars. www.downtownlittleton.com Historic Downtown Littleton
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Altitude Paddleboards (photo courtesy of City of Littleton)
Altitude Paddleboards Family-owned stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and river surfing company with a retail store located in downtown Littleton and exclusive access and waterfront operation on a private reservoir in Grant Ranch Village. 2690 W. Main St., Unit A Littleton, CO 80120 720-810-4142 www.altitudepaddleboards.com
Angel Concept Fine Gifts A nonprofit job training center to help women become more sufficient members of society. 2510 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 283-8910 www.angelconcept.org
Littleton Flower Shop Florals from roses to tropicals for every day and occasions plus themed toys, balloons and unique gifts. 5728 S. Rapp St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-9311 www.littletonflowershop.com
Colorado Frame and Savvy Stuff Locally made items plus items from all over the world. Jewelry, candles, baby items, frames, wall decor from repurposed wood and much more. 2396 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-0861 www.coloradoframecompany.com/ littleton/
Reinke Brothers Haunted-attraction store selling theatrical outfits and props for sale or rent, magic tricks and more. 5663 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-5006 www.reinkebrothers.com
Details Boutique Cheery, family-run boutique featuring casual women’s apparel, jewelry, handbags and gifts. 2359 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 703-3884 www.detailsboutique.com
Willow – An Artisan’s Market Artisan’s market offering art, jewelry and more from over 200 artists. 2400 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 730-8521 www.willowartisansmarket.com
General Store 45 A new-style old-timey store on historic Main Street with fun Colorado and Littleton-specific products. 2479 W. Main St., A, Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 603-6853 www.facebook.com/generalstore45 “I love Littleton, CO! The
variety of neighborhoods and homes shows the
With over 150 stores and an expansive food court, Southwest Plaza is Littleton’s largest enclosed mall. Here, patrons can shop local and chain retailers, and grab a bite to eat.
diverse character of the people living here. Some have been in their homes for multiple generations, many are new and establishing their forever neighborhood. Many
8501 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, Colorado 80123 (303) 973-5300 www.southwestplaza.com Maker’s Market at Southwest Plaza Showcasing thousands of talented local vendors. Special and unique and offering products you won’t find in big box stores. (303) 522-6926 www.makersmarketco.com
shops, like Destiny’s Paws, Unlisted and Angel Concept, give the opportunity for shopping with people you enjoy and that recognize you when you walk in. Such a wonderful sense of community and belonging.” – Diane J. BeLocal 31
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ASPEN GROVE Pet-friendly and featuring mountain views, Aspen Grove is an outdoor mall where shoppers can find both locally owned and chain retailers along with restaurants, bars and a movie theater. Located along the South Platte River, Aspen Grove is just a short walk from trails, fishing and outdoor recreation. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., #712, Littleton, CO 80120 www.aspengrovecenter.com Evereve Retail chain stocking stylish denim, casualwear and occasion dresses, curated with mothers in mind. Aspen Grove Center (303) 703-4145 www.evereve.com fab’rik Women’s clothing store. Aspen Grove Center (303) 862-8364 www.fabrikstyle.com Good Turn Cycles Nonprofit social enterprise selling eBikes and making cycling accessible to all. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., #342 Littleton, CO 80120 Aspen Grove Center (303) 795-041 www.goodturncycles.org
Kirkland’s Retail chain with a wide assortment of home-decor items and gifts, including pillows, art and bedding. Aspen Grove Center (303) 794-4499 www.kirklands.com Tattered Cover Part of a local chain, this longstanding indie bookstore offers new and used books, plus a newsstand. Aspen Grove Center (303) 470-7050 www.tatteredcover.com
LOCAL TIP “My favorite thing about Littleton is that it’s like a small town. I can’t go anywhere without bumping into people I know.” – Lucille Z.
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THROUGHOUT LITTLETON Littleton is home to hundreds of retailers, many of them locally owned. What can’t be found in the most popular shopping centers can surely be found elsewhere! Anglers All Sizable retailer with rods, apparel, classes, trips, flies, nets, maps, instructional DVD’s and more. 5211 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 794-1104 www.anglersall.com 32 BeLocal
LOCAL > SHOPPING The Bikery at the Brewery Bike sales, service and rentals. 2994 Brewery Ln., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 848-3700 www.thebikery.beer
Destiny’s Paws Natural Pet Market Family-owned pet supply store in Littleton. 5950 S. Platte Canyon Rd., D-5, Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 794-7297 www.destinys-paws-natural-pet-market.business.site Photo courtesy of City of Littleton
The Great Frame Up Custom picture framing services chain, also offering artworks, prints, posters and gifts. 8176 W. Bowles Ave., Unit B, Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 978-9057 www.littleton.thegreatframeup.com Intrigue Jewelers Inc. Veteran jewelry shop specializing in diamond engagement and wedding sets, plus repair services. 9886 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 973-9102 www.intriguejewelers.net
Charisma Boutique Specializing in an eclectic consignment co-op environment supporting Colorado artisans. Inspired collections include an incredible variety of new and old, handcrafted, home decor, jewelry and ladies’ apparel. 9142 W. Ken Caryl Ave., Suite D-2 Littleton, CO 80128 (720) 505-1596 www.charismaco-op.com
Jared’s Nursery Family-owned-and-operated nursery, gift and garden center since 1979 covering 25 acres with a variety of products from flowers, perennials, Koi and gifts, trees, jewelry, and candles. 10500 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton CO 80127 (303) 979-6022 www.jaredsgarden.com St. Nicks Christmas and Collectibles Sprawling, year-round store featuring a wide selection of Christmas decorations since 1976. 5221 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-8087 www.stnicks.com Trendz n’ Trinkets Every body, every budget. Fabulous retail therapy. Trendy clothing without breaking the bank. 10143 W. Chatfield Ave., #14A, Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 972-6615 www.trendzntrinkets.com
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Woofs N Hoofs Natural pet-food store offering numerous healthy options for your dogs, cats and horses. 7620 S. Alkire Pl., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 973-8888 BeLocal 33
LOCAL > FAMILY FUN
Bemis Public Library The Bemis Public Library was named in honor of Edwin A. Bemis, one of Littletonâ€™s most accomplished citizens. 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-3961 www.littletongov.org/city-services/ city-departments/bemis-library
Bounce City Littleton Safe, clean, and interactive environment that will keep kids occupied while allowing them to play independently while parents supervise. 8501 W. Bowles Ave., #2220 Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 993-1100 www.bouncecityllc.com
Bowlero Littleton Long-standing chain of bowling alleys featuring casual grub and pitchers, leagues and party events. 2530 E. County Line Rd. Littleton, CO 80126 (303) 779-5599 www.bowlero.com/location/ bowlero-littleton Chatfield Stables Enjoy a true Colorado trail ride on scenic trails sure to delight any rider. With the Platte River running through, enjoy water features and views of the foothills along the many miles of prairie and forest trails. 11500 Roxborough Park Rd. Littleton, CO 80125 (303) 933-3636 www.chatfieldstables.com
Stern Park Playground (photo courtesy of SSPR)
Clement Park (photo courtesy of FHPR)
Colorado Journey Miniature Golf Two 18-hole courses with seasonal hours, modeled on Colorado landmarks such as Garden of the Gods. 5150 S. Windermere St. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 734-1083 www.ssprd.org/0/Colorado-Journey 2020
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The Ice Ranch NHL-size rink with pro shop and eateries offers skating, curling and Zamboni lessons, plus hockey games. 841 Southpark Dr. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 285-2110 www.theiceranch.com JoJo’s Playground Indoor playground for kids 10 and under, featuring a bike and scooter track, movie theater, birthday parties, classes and more! 10251 W. Bowles Ave., Suite C Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 900-8035 www.jojosplayground.com Columbine Library – Jefferson County Public Library Public Library 7706 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 235-5275 www.jeffcolibrary.org Coventry Farms Coventry Farms offers a wide variety of services for the riding enthusiast including English riding lessons for all levels of riders, showing both locally and nationwide, and an extensive breeding program. 7990 S. Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 794-3052 www.matt_brost.tripod.com/ covnetryfarms/
Escape the Room The masterfully crafted puzzle room escape experience that gives you the opportunity to solve clues to escape the room before time runs out. Each escape room has its own setting, secrets, storyline, and escape route. 8501 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 (Southwest Plaza) (720) 608-9388 www.escapetheroom.com/denver Hot Pots Studio Colorful studio where patrons choose and paint their own mugs, plates and other plaster figures. 2570 W. Main St. #100 Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-5242 www.hotpotsstudio.com
Jungle Quest The first Indoor Zipline Adventure Center for kids located in Littleton. Since opening in 1994, kids 5 to 12 have been exploring the exciting indoor Jungle where Safari Guides instruct and supervise kids as they challenge zip lines, swings, wobbly bridges, and a rock wall. 8000 S. Lincoln St., Littleton, CO 80122 (303) 738-9844 www.junglequest.com K1 Speed Unforgettable experience for friends, families, and businesses featuring fast, electric go-karts, a professionally designed track, state-of-the-art safety barriers, private meeting rooms, an arcade, and an onsite eatery that offers food and drinks. 8034 Midway Dr., Littleton, CO 80125 (720) 726-1264 www.k1speed.com
“One of Littleton’s best-kept secrets is Coventry Farms equestrian center, down a little dirt road just off Mineral and Santa Fe. And one of the best things about Coventry
Farms is The Right Step, a therapeutic riding program for kids and adults who are struggling with physical, emotional, behavioral or cognitive disabilities. There’s just something magical that happens between a rider and a gentle, sweet-natured horse.” – David W.
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Ken Caryl Disc Golf Course This tight nine-hole frisbee course with short holes is appropriate for beginners or advanced players. 7676 S. Continental Divide Rd. Littleton, CO 80127 www.ken-carylranch.org/programsactivities/sports-athletics/disc-golf
Pirate’s Cove Water Park Seasonal outdoor park with leisure and lap pools, 35-foot slide, tubing river and concession stand. 1225 W. Belleview Ave. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 762-2683 www.piratescovecolorado.com
Kids Dig Children’s amusement center. Come play in Colorado’s largest indoor sandbox with over 40 tons of sand! 8601 W. Cross Dr., Unit B6-1 Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 973-8407 www.thekidsdig.com
Round1 Southwest Plaza Arcade and bowling alley. 8501 W. Bowles Ave., Space 1183 Littleton, CO 80123 (720) 643-2745 www.round1usa.com
Mystic Escape Room Many escape rooms are just locks and puzzles, but here you can find a uniquely immersive experience. All games are 60 minutes and can be booked online. 1929, 5776 S. Rapp St. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 862-9666 www.mysticescaperoom.com Normandy Farm and Stables Inc. Premier horse boarding and horseback riding. 5200 W. Coal Mine Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 973-0077 (Denver Equestrians Riding School) www.facebook.com/pages/NormandyFarms-Stables/134272983290558
Sew-it-All A place to sew or learn how to sew. An excellent collection of home arts classes, summer camps and workshops for students ages 5 to 105. 8191 Southwark Ln., # 111 Littleton, CO 80120 (415) 710-1850 www.sew-it-all.com firstname.lastname@example.org Skate City Littleton Popular roller rink offering music nights and birthday parties, plus beginner and speed-skating classes. 5801 S. Lowell Way, Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 795-6109 www.skatecitycolorado.com
“Both my husband and I grew up in Littleton. We decided to stay and raise our family here because of the sense of community, the great downtown area, access to parks and recreation areas, and finally the schools.” – Kathleen A.
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park Large-scale indoor trampoline center hosting open jump, fitness classes, dodgeball and parties. 8196 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 (720) 900-2833 www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/ locations/colorado/Littleton
Path Movement A Parkour gym that is dedicated to the safe and exciting instruction of this amazing sport. Coaches are highly skilled athletes with a genuine desire to teach this amazing set of skills to students. 8000 S. Lincoln St. #2 Littleton, CO 80122 (844) 898-8286 www.pathmovement.com
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“I am truly an accidental resident! We ended up here after a variety of life events; it was, to put it simply, the softest landing. Turns out we love it! People ask me all the time why do I love it? I can sum it up in two answers ... diversity, and proximity to Denver and the mountains! Make that three answers ... schools!” – Kristi O.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Littleton Stylish theater chain for new and classic films features cocktails and creative bites served seat-side. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Unit #850 Littleton, CO 80120 (Aspen Grove Shopping Center) (720) 588-4107 www.drafthouse.com/denver/theater/littleton 38 BeLocal
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AMC Bowles Crossing 12 Movie theater featuring spacious rocking seats to luxury recliners, innovative menus and premium offerings like IMAX, Dolby Cinema, and Prime at AMC. 8035 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 973-2059 (AMC Theaters) www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/ denver/amc-bowles-crossing-12 Colorado Gallery of the Arts The art galleries at Arapahoe Community College showcase juried work by ACC students and faculty as well as community members. 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-5649 www.arapahoe.edu/departments-andprograms/a-z-programs/art/art-galleries Depot Art Gallery Historic gallery and arts center with community spirit. The Gallery is housed in a restored Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad train station originally built in 1888. 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-0781 www.depotartgallery.org
Elvis Cinemas Seven-plex movie theater screening second-run films at a steep discount along with concessions. 6014 S. Kipling Pkwy. Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 948-9461 www.elviscinemas.com The Hudson Gardens and Event Center A nonprofit organization encompassing 30 acres of garden exhibits, trails, natural terrain, and event venues only minutes from downtown Littleton. 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-8565 www.hudsongardens.org
Hudson Gardens (photo courtesy of City of Littleton)
The Steve Adams Gallery 5789 S. Curtice St., Littleton, CO 80120 (720) 609-9779 Ted Garcia Fine Art Gallery Art gallery. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 885-5112 www.tedgarcia.com Town Hall Arts Center Formerly the Littleton Town Hall, this venue is located in downtown Littleton, and has been a local professional theatre, producing comedies, musicals and plays to the Denver metropolitan area for over 30 years. 2450 W. Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 794-2787 www.townhallartscenter.org
Town Hall Arts Center
Littleton Museum Living-history farms representing the 1860s and 1890s, plus a museum showcasing local artifacts. 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-3950 www.littletongov.org/city-services/ city-departments/museum
Littleton Museum Depot Art Gallery
Littleton Museum (photo courtesy of City of Littleton)
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Jackass Hill Park
Jackass Hill Park If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a sunset picnic, walk the dog or photograph the Rocky Mountains, Jackass Hill Park is the place to check out. Located off Prince Street and Jackass Hill Road, this historic open space is open to the public. In 1917 during World War I, an entrepreneur bought up scores of mules, hoping to sell them to the U.S. Army. However, after Germany surrendered, the Army refused to buy the mules. It has been said that the animals were left on the hill to starve, giving the location its unmistakable name. In 1993, Jackass Hill was rezoned for building. Today, a small neighborhood and a 17-acre open space with spectacular views exist on the historical land. From the top of the hill, the views span for miles: from Pikes Peak to Downtown Denver and everything in between. 40 BeLocal
Roxborough State Park, Chatfield Reservoir, Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Boulder Flatirons can all be seen from this Littleton gem. Source: littletongov.org/my-littleton/littleton-history/other-topics/ jackass-hill
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LOCAL TIP I don't know who loves City Bark more, me or my pup Takoda. The staff is like family. I know that when Takoda is at City Bark he is having a great day! Littleton is so blessed to have this incredible business in our community – Littleton pups are the happiest, thanks to City Bark! Debbie B.
Crabapple Route In 2014, Mayor Phil Cernanec called Littleton the Flowering Crabapple Capital of Colorado. His proclamation can be credited in large part to the Crabapple Route, a stretch of homes and city property that is lined with mature crabapple trees. Each spring, the streets of Littleton burst with bright color, and the city smells of flowers as over 7,000 trees come into full bloom. Many of the trees found on this historic route were planted nearly 50 years ago as part of a City beautification program funded by the City Council. This program was inspired in 1969 by then Mayor Vaughn Gardinier. Although the City was in charge of the program, homeowners took it upon themselves to plant additional crabapple trees on their own properties, furthering the mission. Over 40 years later, in 2011, the City of Littleton formalized the route by drawing up a map of a loop winding
through the most colorful streets and neighborhoods. Since, citizen volunteers have come together to form a nonprofit organization called “Littleton Crabapple Route, Inc.” Each year, the organization plants new crabapple trees “to continue and promote the appreciation of the springtime color display of flowering crabapple trees in Littleton.” The organization also promotes events to honor the route’s heritage. The Crabapple Route is best enjoyed during spring and can be accessed by foot, bicycle or vehicle by anyone interested in reveling in its beauty. The seven-mile route is marked by street signs and pink, white and green blooms. To make a tax-deductible donation or volunteer your support, contact the
Littleton Crabapple Route, Inc. at P.O. Box 110, Littleton, CO 80160, send an email to LittletonCrabappleRoute@gmail.com, or call Larry Borger at (303)798-8098.
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FOOTHILLS PARK AND RECREATION DISTRICT
For a complete listing of Foothills Park and Recreation District’s facilities, including parks and trails, visit www.ifoothills.org, or follow on Facebook (@FHPRD), Twitter (@FHPRDnews) and Instagram (#fhprd). 6612 S. Ward St., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 409-2100
Clement Park Playground, splash park, skate park, tennis courts, athletic fields, batting cages, volleyball courts, picnic shelters, trails, amphitheater with free summer concerts and more! 7306 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 409-2600 www.ifoothills.org/clement-park Easton Regional Park Multi-use baseball and softball fields, playground, tennis courts, basketball court, volleyball court, fishing, picnic shelter, horse shoe pits and trails. 12819 W. Coal Mine Ave. Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 409-2300 www.ifoothills.org/easton-regional-park Edge Ice Arena Two NHL-sized rinks, birthday parties, skate rental, performance training center, Penalty Box Bar and Grill and more! 6623 S. Ward St., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 409-2222 www.ifoothills.org/edge-ice-arena 42 BeLocal
Lilley Gulch Recreation Center Playground, indoor pool, gymnastics center, birthday parties, gymnasium, cardio and free weights, racquetball courts, pickle ball and more! 6147 S. Holland Way Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 409-2500 www.ifoothills.org/facilities/ #lilley-gulch Peak Community and Wellness Center Pilates Studio, massage services, dropin child care, cardio and free weights, fitness classes and more. Multi-purpose rooms with access to caterer’s kitchen, outdoor gazebo and patio make a great wedding and reception venue! 6612 S. Ward St., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 409-2200 www.ifoothills.org/facilities/ #peak-community Ridge Recreation Center Playground, three indoor swimming pools, climbing wall, gymnasium, arts and fitness classes, cardio equipment, birthday parties, indoor running track, racquetball courts, pickle ball and more! 6613 S. Ward St., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 409-2333 www.ifoothills.org/facilities/#ridge-cntr
“Check out Deer Creek trail up toward Lockheed Martin. In the late afternoon, you can spot Bighorn Sheep up Waterton Canyon trail.” – Phil D.
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“The Mary Carter Greenway Trail is a great running and biking trail that goes adjacent to Santa Fe from C-470 to 285. Lots of water stops and bathroom breaks. It follows the river with beautiful scenery and is flat the entire way. There
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are also a few places to stop along the way and eat or get coffee.” – Lisa B.
For a complete listing of South Suburban’s facilities, including parks and trails, visit www.ssprd.org, or follow on Facebook (@ssprdco), Twitter (@ssprd) and Instagram (@ssprd). 6631 S. University Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 798-5131 Buck Recreation Center Offering activities and programs for all ages at affordable rates. Swim laps, soothe your muscles in the therapeutic pool, or play in the lazy river. Check out the cardio equipment, hit the indoor track, or take a new class. Watch a theater production, or set out on an adventure with our adult trips and tours program. There’s plenty to enjoy, and it’s all just steps away from downtown Littleton and the Littleton Community Trail. Open to the public. SSPR residents receive District rates. 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-8787 www.sspr.org/Buck-Recreation-Center
Ketring Park Located adjacent to the Littleton Museum and across the street from the Bemis Library. The park offers opportunities to view wildlife and fish in Ketring Lake. Enjoy walking the flat Ketring Park Trail Loop. 6000 Gallup St., Littleton, CO 80120 www.sspr.org/ketring-park
Buck Recreation Center (photo courtesy of SSPR)
Littleton Golf and Tennis Club The 18-hole, par-63 executive Littleton Golf Course is naturally beautiful. It features two par-5’s, four par-4’s, a grass driving range with water targets and a practice putting green. Located adjacent to the South Platte River and the Mary Carter Greenway Trail, just west of downtown Littleton. Open to the public. SSPR residents receive District rates. The Littleton Tennis Bubble is the only public, indoor tennis facility in the area, featuring six indoor courts for year-round play. The “bubble” hosts lessons, in-house leagues, as well as USTA leagues and tournaments that draw tennis players from throughout the area. 5800 S. Federal Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 794-5838 www.sspr.org/Littleton-Golf-and-Tennis-Club
Ketring Lake (photo courtesy of SSPR)
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“A favorite local activity is tubing down the Platte River, as well as many other beautiful rivers in Colorado.” – Cynthia H. South Platte Park
South Platte Park/Mary Carter Greenway Trail
Mary Carter Greenway Trail (MCGT) The flat, dual-trail is a favorite among commuters and those who enjoy walking, biking and running. Choose from a paved trail or a crusher fines trail. The MCGT is an eight-mile, multi-use trail that parallels the South Platte River, from Chatfield State Park north to Englewood. South Suburban hosts several popular races along the MCGT year ‘round (visit www.sspr.org/raceseries). www.sspr.org/Nature 2020
South Platte Park and Carson Nature Center Spanning over 880 acres, this park is a natural oasis featuring 880 acres of open space along the South Platte River and Mary Carter Greenway Trail, offering five lakes for fishing, extensive trails and nature programs. At the Carson Nature Center, re-create the area’s famous 1965 flood at the interactive water table, or observe live animals in the center’s museum. Open Tuesday-Friday, 12-4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays. Free admission. 3000 W. Carson Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 730-1022 www.sspr.org/nature Sterne Park A regional favorite, located close to downtown Littleton. The park features a brand-new playground and restroom, two shelters and a pond. 5800 S. Spotswood St., Littleton, CO 80120 www.sspr.org/sterne-park
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LOCAL TIP “Colorado is known for its outdoor activities, so try and find your new favorite park. One of my favorites is Clement Park. It is perfect for the whole family.” – Lauren S.
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Chatfield State Park State park centered on Chatfield Reservoir, a 1,423-acre surface area lake fed by the South Platte River and two other creeks, including Plum Creek. Offers boating, a full-service marina, campgrounds, horseback riding, a dog off-leash area, model airplane field, picnic areas, trails and a swim beach. 11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton, CO 80125 (303) 791-7275 www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Chatfield Deer Creek Canyon Park This Jeffco Open Space has several trails that hikers and equestrians can have to themselves, including Meadowlark, Homesteader, and Golden Eagle Trails. 13388 Grizzly Dr., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 271-5925 www.jeffco.us/1208/Deer-Creek-Canyon-Park Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms Working farm offering trails and bird-watching spots amid wildflowers, plus seasonal butterfly house. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO 80128 (720) 865-3500 www.botanicgardens.org
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LOCAL > ACTIVE AND OUTDOORS High Line Canal A man-made waterway, used for irrigation and recreation that serves the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area. At 71 miles long, the High Line Canal is one of the longest continuous urban trails in the country, twisting through the most populated area of Colorado while crossing a diverse mosaic of communities and nature. The Canal originates at Waterton Canyon in Douglas County and runs to Green Valley Ranch in Northeast Denver. www.highlinecanal.org
Ken Caryl Sledding Hill This undeveloped park features a large, grassy slope used for sledding in the winter. 9989 W. Ken Caryl Ave., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 409-2100 Littleton Family YMCA The Littleton YMCA is a community resource for individuals, seniors, families and kids. The Littleton Y offers a gym, walking track, swim lessons, swim team, SilverSneakers®, unlimited fitness classes including Yoga, Pilates, cycling and summer day camps. 11 W. Dry Creek Ct., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-9622 www.denverymca.org/littleton Roxborough State Park State Park known for dramatic red sandstone formations. Located in Douglas County, the 3,339-acre park was established in 1975. In 1980 it was recognized as a National Natural Landmark. 4751 E. Roxborough Dr., Littleton, CO 80125 (303) 973-3959 www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Roxborough
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South Valley Park This Jeffco Open Space has dramatic red sandstone spires and stunning views of craggy outcroppings. The trails are well-suited for beginning mountain bikers, and hikers who prefer more level terrain. South Trailhead: 12447 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO 80127 North Trailhead: 8354 South Valley Rd., Littleton, CO 80127 (303) 271-5925 www.jeffco.us/1431/South-Valley-Park Waterton Canyon Home to many different types of wildlife, including the popular Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd. There are also mule deer, black bears, mountain lion(s), elk, lizards and snakes, including the prairie rattlesnake. A winding dirt road trail takes you along the South Platte River and into a canyon. It is an out-and-back hike or bike ride, and you have a lot of options, from a short journey in to have a picnic, all to way to 12.4-mile round-trip adventure to the Strontia Springs Dam. www.denverwater.org/recreation/ waterton-canyon-strontia-springs-resevoir
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The Manor House
THE HISTORIC MANSION – 1914
THE HISTORIC MANSION
OCTOBER 17, 1914 – John Charles Shaffer purchased the first 2,660 acres of what would become the Ken-Caryl Ranch for $100,000. He and his wife, Virginia Conser Shaffer (1850 – 1932), named it Ken-Caryl after their sons, Kent and Carroll. John Charles Shaffer (1852 – 1943) was born in Baltimore. He arrived in Chicago in 1874 where he worked as a grain commission trader. A few years later he purchased his first street railway company, in Richmond, Indiana. From there he purchased street car lines in Indianapolis and Chicago. In 1901 he purchased the Chicago Evening Post newspaper and from there went on to acquire a string of newspapers in the Midwest. After visiting his son, Kent, who was living in Denver, in 1913 Shaffer expanded his empire with the purchase of the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Times, and the Denver Republican newspapers.
to cost approximately $100,000. This building will be situated on the highest portion of the estate and is prophesied to become the nucleus of a colony of summer retreats for millionaires.” He immediately commissioned the architect Edbrooke, famous for his work on the Brown Palace, Oxford Hotel and many other prominent Denver buildings.
The Denver Times reported that “Mr. Shaffer gave instructions for the drawing of plans for a summer home modeled on the colonial style,
The Shaffers had friends in high places. Shaffer supported Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose party, and was
Article and photos, courtesy of The Manor House The Manor House is a Reception Venue in Littleton featuring a majestic setting for your special event. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Ken Caryl Valley, this venue has a colorful 103 year history of entertaining presidents, celebrities and industrial chieftains. The beautiful six acre estate is complete with panoramic views that include a breath-taking look upon Downtown Denver.
The Manor House included over 8,000 square feet of living area, with 20 rooms, six baths and a living room that was 80 feet long with mirrored fireplaces at each end. The dining room featured an enormous picture window overlooking a view so spectacular it was treated as a painting. Special draperies were designed to frame the view without obscuring it.
LOCAL > HISTORY tionship with Roosevelt was so close in 1917 that he carried a letter granting him immediate admittance to the president (this letter currently is on display in the lounge). Presidents were not the only distinguished guests of The Manor House. The Shaffers hosted other industrial chieftans, actors, musicians and other prominent figures from the era.
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friends with presidents William Taft and Warren Harding. Indiana Senator Albert Beveridge was one of his closest and oldest friends. President Theodore Roosevelt was a luncheon guest at the Manor House on October 24, 1916. Shaffer’s rela-
The 110-foot flagpole behind The Manor House has a light at the top that was originally battery operated. The light could be seen from Denver through the saddle of the Dakota Hogback and when lit was an invitation to the social community to come join the Shaffers for a grand celebration. We are proud to continue this tradition of hosting special guests and memorable events at The Historic Manor House.
KENT’S COTTAGE – 1917
John C. Shaffer had two sons, Kent and Carroll, which is how this gorgeous valley came to be named Ken Caryl. John Shaffer decided to build The Manor House in the foothills of Colorado because his son Kent had health issues that the high altitude alleviated. We have recently updated the historic home and it is now available to be rented the night of your special event!
Frequent visitors to The Manor House and guests of Kent’s House included Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, Will Rogers the humorist, as well as stars of the Chicago Opera Company and the entire Denham Stock Company. The house is located directly adjacent to The Manor House and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office, kitchen, and a large living area. It comfortably sleeps six people. We very much look forward to your stay at Historic Kent’s Cottage. BeLocal 51
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“Littleton is just that, a little town! We love downtown Littleton with all the shops, restaurants, and events throughout the year! Western Welcome Week parade and the Christmas tree lighting are not to be missed! We also love Clement Park with a perfect running with a stroller path, playgrounds for specific ages and all the events hosted at the park!” – Rachel K.
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Mardi Gras Celebration March Come to Downtown Littleton to celebrate Mardi Gras. Area restaurants will be serving menus with Cajun flair. There is also live music and “bead bars” where you can purchase your personal Mardi Gras decor. Details can be found on the Downtown Littleton Facebook Event page: www.facebook.com/ events/2200941570225787/
JUN Aspen Grove Paris Street Market (photo courtesy of Aspen Grove Shopping Center)
A Paris Street Market at Aspen Grove Monthly, May through October Open-air market showcasing vintage, antique and artisanal jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor. First Saturday of each month. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 877-9457 www.aparisstreetmarket.com
Farmers’ Market at Aspen Grove Wednesdays, June through September Open-air farmers’ market. Market includes fresh produce from local vendors, onsite knife sharpening, snow cones and more! Watch for our green and sustainable features throughout the season! 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 877-9457 www.AspenGroveCenter.com Downtown Littleton Block Party June The Historic Downtown Littleton Merchant Association invites you to the annual Block Party. Enjoy live music on multiple stages, food, beverages, specialty car show and fireworks! www.downtownlittleton.com/events Irish Festival July Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes and Irish step dancing – and the best Irish rock and classic music this side of the Emerald Isle. Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 973-1209 www.coloradoirishfestival.com
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Red, White and You July Event runs rain or shine. Admission is free! Event includes: A variety of food concessions, beer and wine garden by The Foothills Foundation, community exhibitor booths, free entertainment featuring live music, fireworks, Kid Zone area on the soccer fields including bounce houses (ticketed entry), climbing wall (ticketed entry), performing arts stage featuring youth dancers and actors. Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123 www.ifoothills.org/events/red-white-and-you Chatfield Farms Lavender Festival July The festival includes lavender demonstrations, farm tours, music and kids activities. Lavender products made by local growers and artisans available for purchase. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Littleton, CO 80128 (720) 865-3500
Western Welcome Week August The annual celebration begins on Friday and continues for nine days. Saturday’s Festival Day includes the Littleton Firefighters Children’s Parade, Grand Parade, annual Arts and Crafts Fair and concessions by local civic groups. (303) 794-4870 www.westernwelcomeweek.org
Affordable Arts Festival – Arapahoe Community College August Artists from around the country come to Colorado to offer art patrons the unique opportunity to buy fine art for $100 or less. On the campus of Arapahoe Community College. 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 330-8237 www.affordableartsfestival.com Brews and Views August The City of Littleton and The Hudson Gardens and Event Center are proud to sponsor this top-rated, popular beer festival. At Brews and Views, you’ll enjoy: craft beers from our favorite Colorado breweries, stunning views encompassing landscaped gardens and rustic, opens spaces, fine dining from Colorado food trucks, a lineup of local vendors, music, games, and more! 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-8565 www.hudsongardens.org/enjoy/beer-festival Littleton Twilight Criterium August Held in Downtown Littleton, this cycling race serves as a national event sanctioned by USA Cycling and is part of the National Criterium Calendar. The best competitors from the country will race on a 1.3-km closed-circuit course winding through Downtown Littleton. Racers will reach almost 40 mph on the course! There will be a festival atmosphere, as food, drinks and music will be available on the streets into the evening. www.LittletonRocks.com
End of Summer Sidewalk Sale August Stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Littleton and visit old-time favorites as well as new merchants. Fun for the family and big savings!
Western Welcome Week Parade (photo courtesy of City of Littleton)
Littleton Twilight Criterium (photo courtesy of City of Littleton)
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Roxborough Music Festival September The Roxborough Music Festival is a family-friendly event with entertainment for both kids and adults. All proceeds go to charity. Kids can enjoy games, face painting, activities and a bounce house. Music lovers of all ages can listen to great local talent from variety of genres. Rock and roll, swing, blues, country and folk music can all be found at the festival. Stick around for some great local cuisine and cold drinks, or peruse the local vendors setting up shop in booths around the festival. Roxborough Marketplace (On the corner of West Waterton Road and North Rampart Range Road in Roxborough) www.roxboroughmusicfestival.com
Ladies-Only Sample Tour September Fabulous freebies await you in dozens of stores when you get “lost.” Bring your mother, sister, daughter or girlfriends, and have a fabulous girls’ night out! www.ladiesonlysampletour.com Summerset Festival at Clement September Come out and join us in September for one of the longest-standing, family-fun community events – the Summerset Festival. Summerset Festival is one of South Jeffco’s largest community events to help support our local Foothills Parks and Recreation District. We’re again building a fun and exciting lineup of local food and culture, family fun, business fair, car show, craft beer testing and more. Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 (303) 409-2120 www.summersetfest.com
Chatfield Farms Corn Maze September-October Get lost in our seven-acre corn maze at Chatfield Farms, either during the day or at night. Also enjoy the Dead Zone Scream Park, which includes Corn Stalkers Haunted Maze and After Dark Corn Maze. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Littleton, CO 80128 (720) 865-3500 www.botanicgardens.org/events/ special-events/corn-maze
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Chatfield Farms Pumpkin Festival October Enjoy a day of fall activities at Chatfield Farms. Ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children’s activities. It is recommended to bring a wagon to transport pumpkins. Free pumpkin daycare is available while you enjoy the rest of the festival. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Littleton, CO 80128 (720) 865-3500 www.botanicgardens.org/events/ special-events/pumpkin-festival Goblin Give Out October Hey, kids! Wear your Halloween costumes and trick or treat at participating merchants throughout Downtown Littleton. 12-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association. Harvest Festival at the Littleton Museum October Come one, come all, to the annual Harvest Festival. On our 1860s farm, pick out your Halloween pumpkin, and then enjoy hayrides and other fun activities. There is no cost to get into the museum; however, some activities and refreshments require tickets, which can be purchased the day of the event. Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-3950
Pumpkin Poles and Goat Show October Halloween begins with the creation of Pumpkin Poles by the downtown merchants. They will be on display in October through Halloween (depending on the condition of the pumpkins), and will be located throughout downtown on Main, Alamo and Prince Streets. Visit early in the month! You don’t want to miss these oneof-a-kind creations. Reinke Bros Haunted House October The 50-plus-year-old family tradition continues! Come back and enjoy what families and haunted-house enthusiasts have loved and talked about for years. The Haunted Mansion has even more chills and thrills than ever before. 5663 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 795-5006 www.reinkebrothers.com Zombie Crawl and Pig Roast October Get your zombie on, and join us for the Annual Zombie Crawl. It starts at noon at the Woodlawn Shopping Center (1500 W. Littleton Blvd.). Zombies follow a Dixieland band west on Littleton Boulevard and through downtown Littleton. The crawl ends with a free pig roast for all zombies at Reinke Brothers. Must be zombie to eat pig flesh. No charge to participate – only zombie attire. Sponsored by Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association. (303) 795-5006
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Candlelight Walk November This Littleton tradition is a festive evening of holiday lights and music for the whole family. Sip hot cider, listen to holiday music, and see reindeer! Donations of non-perishable food for Inter-Faith Community Services are accepted during the evening, as well as toys for the Arapahoe Santa Claus Shop. Main Street merchants stay open late for those who want to start their holiday shopping. Santa Claus and his sleigh will start down Main Street magically illuminating more than one million lights in the trees as he passes each block. When he reaches the end of Main Street, Santa throws the switch on the big Christmas tree in the plaza. After that, he will make his way to Town Hall Arts Center for photos and to listen to the first wishes of the season. (303) 795-3863 Small Business Saturday November Local is good! In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses. This day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.
Chatfield Farms Santa’s Village November and December Come to Chatfield Farms to meet Mrs. Claus, Santa and his reindeer while walking through colorful holiday lights that illuminate the night. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s Cinema, or walk under the magical light displays. Stop at Elf Boulevard to drop off your letters to Santa. Let the kids play in a real elf house, and see the elves hard at work. Enter a life-size snow globe. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO 80128 (720) 865-3500 www.botanicgardens.org/events/special-events/ santas-village-chatfield-farms
Santa visit at Aspen Grove (photo courtesy of Aspen Grove Shopping Center)
Visit with Santa at Aspen Grove Weekends, Black Friday through the weekend prior to Christmas Eve Visit with Santa on a carriage ride. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 877-9457 www.AspenGroveCenter.com
Holiday Shopping Event December Downtown Littleton expanded its annual Shopping Night to an all-day event in December! Look for discounts, specials and refreshments provided by the merchants. Santa will be wandering the streets and photos opportunities along with holiday cheer will be all around. Merchants will remain open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy the lighted Main Street while holiday shopping. Holidays Evening at the Museum December Join the Littleton Museum and the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum (FOLM) family for the most festive time of the year at our Holidays Evening event. Take delight in the smell of warm apple cider, cinnamon, cookies, and evergreens, while twinkling luminaries brighten the crisp December night air. Take a hay ride through the fields for a fresh perspective of the farms, while you snuggle with your favorite rosy-cheeked buddy. For more information, call the Littleton Museum at (303) 795-3950
Candlelight Walk (photo courtesy of City of Littleton)
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