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Visit Fort Collins

19 Old Town Sq., Suite 137 Fort Collins, CO 80524 970-232-3840, 800-274-3678 (toll free) www.visitfortcollins.com information@ftcollins.com

14 B ase camp Fort Collins Welcome to paradise!

Cynthia Eichler, President & CEO Katy Schneider, Director of Marketing Erik Barstow, Director of Sales Lindsey Rohrbaugh, Group and International Sales Stephanie Freier, Office Manager; Andrew Woerpel, Digital Marketing Manager Cheryl Glanz, Colorado State Welcome Center Manager Autumn Schempp, Visitor Services Manager Kim Palmer Director of Business Development

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Discover Downtown Friendly, fun and full of life

22 A round town Get out…doors that is

24 D ay trippin’ Into the mountains…

Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

225 S. Meldrum St., Fort Collins, CO 80521, 970-482-3746 www.fortcollinschamber.com info@fcchamber.org David May, President & CEO Ann Hutchison, Executive Vice President Kristy Wygmans, Member Engagement Coordinator

26 C alendar Festivals & events

30 P edal power Cruisin’ on two wheels

FEATURES

Cortney Moore, Membership Account Executive Kimberly Medina, Membership Manager Janel Reichard, Finance Director Kevin Jones, Business Advocacy Coordinator Audrey Fraijo, Programming Coordinator

32 L iving Music All live, all the time Rocky Mountain Publishing, Inc.

Scott Titterington, Publisher Kristin Titterington, Editor Kim Sharpe, Contributing Editor Emily Zaynard, Creative Director Greg Hoffman, Advertising Sales Director ©2016, Visit Fort Collins and Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. Reproduction without of all or part of this publication without express written permission of VFC or FCACC prohibited. VFC, FCACC and RMP assume no responsibility or liability for errors, changes or omissions.

58 B ring your wish list

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68  Bring your appetite

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76 Bring your suitcase

B&Bs, hotels & motels, cabins, campgrounds

82 Bring your bucket list

Arts & entertainment, outdoor adventures, tours

38 C heers! …to the craft of beer 42 T he great out there Adventure awaits 46 F ort foodie! Trove of tasty treasure

Mimi Jones, Receptionist & Executive Assistant

825 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521 970-221-9210, www.rmparent.com

FORT COLLINS DIRECTORY

34 L ife elevated to art Art with altitude

36 C reative space Beneath the buzz

49 Welcome to Ram Country Colorado State University at the heart of the community

90 O ur community Snapshot of the essentials

92 M  eetings and events They’re just better here

94 T ransportation Lay of the land

98 M  emory lane Note your favorite experiences

ABOUT THE COVER: Melanie Davidson paddles the clear waters of Horsetooth Reservoir

under sunny skies. Photo by Julieanna Davis, ©JulieannaD Photography.

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DISCOVER THE AREA

Visiting or Relocating to Northern Colorado? Whether you’re a local, visiting, or relocating, THE SOURCE, a hospitality center in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, is a fun and must-see destination for anyone who wants to learn where to LIVE, places to GO, and things to DO. Our friendly Ambassadors provide local information on everything northern Colorado including events, shops and restaurants, directions, and what makes our community unique. High-tech features include walk-up, interactive screens for searching home information and a VR headset to view how homes will be toured in the future using 360 degree cameras. The showpiece of our center is the Google Earth Liquid Galaxy™, a 96” high-resolution screen that allows you to “fly” the area or anywhere in the world. Located at 121 E. Mountain Avenue, THE SOURCE is powered by The Group Real Estate. 10 | VisitFortCollins.com


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BASE CAMP

Fort Collins WELCOME TO PARADISE! Overstating? Well…here in Fort Collins, mountains rise and rivers run…patrons down local brews in the sun. Food is fresh, the music’s sweet…folks smile and greet you on the street. A typical day might go like this... play outside in the sun. Take your choice, something edgy like a Class IV rafting run on the Cache la Poudre River or something mellower like sampling some local brews on a patio. Or poke around the boutique shops downtown and stop in for a bite at a unique eatery. Later check out a bike and pedal around this platinum-rated, bikefanatical city. Here in the winter? Can you say wonderland of lights? And the surrounding mountains glow with the snow. Or snuggle into a warm pub with a hot toddy and later slide into a venue featuring an artist from the hot local Colorado music scene. So come by car, come by plane, come by bus, or even come on your bike! We’d love to show you our town!

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Enjoy Fort Collins patio culture with a locally brewed beer, cider, or cream soda.

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Making your base camp in Fort Collins means that you are only one hour from: A) Denver International Airport B) Denver C) Rocky Mountain National Park D) Red Feather Lakes E) Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center And only a half an hour from: F) Cache la Poudre River Canyon So base camp here. See the sights and come home to Visit Fort Collins.

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PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SMILE and say hello…on the sidewalk, on a patio, at the cash register. You’re just going to have to get used to it. People are happy here and they want you to be happy, too! It’s a pace thing. With all the great eateries and shops and parks and plazas, it’s hard to rush. So don’t be in a hurry. Sit on a blue chair at a blue table in the newly renovated Old Town Square or Oak Street Plaza and just watch the people...adults strolling and kids climbing on the bear and fish sculptures and running through the water playgrounds. You’ll notice the little things: painted electrical boxes and pianos waiting for you to play, cobblestone alleys and strings of twinkling lights.

Sun is up If you’re a shopper, you’ve arrived in paradise…boutiques, one-of-kind shops, foodie stuff and on and on it goes. If you’re not-so-much a shopper, never fear. You have plenty of choices. Want to go for a walk? Head to the Poudre River Trail a few blocks north. Sit on a killer patio? The Rio on Mountain Avenue. Or Coopersmith’s on Old Town Square. Or a dozen other great places. How about bellying up for a beer in Fort Collins oldest bar? The tiny Town Pump awaits you on College Avenue. Stroll back in time with a tour of the historical buildings. The Old Town district is on the National Register of Historic Places and was named a Preserve America City by the White House and is also one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Wow, right? Pick up a brochure at the Visit Fort Collins office at 19 Old Town Square.

Oak Street Plaza

Hosts the Noontime Notes Concerts Thursdays in the summertime.

[ A few highlights over the years ] l 1862 Camp Collins built near mouth of Cache la Poudre River

l 1864 Camp Collins creamed by flood, moved down stream and renamed Fort Collins

l 1 870, Colorado

l 1 877 Colorado Central

Agricultural College founded

Railroad arrived, things start to pick up

THE CITY GETS STARTED COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY TAKES SHAPE BICYCLES ROLL FORWARD BREWING’S FIRST BUBBLES Funny thing about Fort Collins…it wasn’t much of a fort…no walls, no stockade…just some buildings where the soldiers could eat, sleep and store their things. Its original intent was to protect travelers and settlers on the Overland Trail.

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l 1866, First brewery in Fort Collins, Edward Melinger and Company

l 1873 Fort Collins incorporated, it had been growing steadily once the “fort” was established

l 1 879, the future Colorado State University welcomes its first students


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l 1896, Sale of alcohol banned in city limits

l 1 902, First car in Fort Collins, owned by Judge Mack Mills

l 1 898, First bike in Fort Collins, owned by surgeon dentist Suela E. Clark

l 1 957, Colorado State University named, Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts receives a status upgrade

l1  969, Sale of alcohol unbanned in city limits

l 1 970, City begins

l 2013, City receives

bike-friendly construction, Bill & Betty Sears and Ruth Orr petition the city to create bicycle paths

l 1988, Budweiser opens brewery

Platinum Bike Friendly Designation, one of only five cities nationally to share the highest level

l 1989, Coopersmiths Pub & Brewing and Odell Brewing Co. open

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Social

An underground, prohibition-style speakeasy

Sun is down

Winter warmup If you happen to be here in the winter, you’re in for a treat. Think wonderland of lights, cozy coffee shops, pubs, buggy rides under a warm blanket…oh, and Santa’s workshop! You’re going to love this town.

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Then there’s the nightlife…a different energy buzzes here in the evening. Let’s say you catch a performance at the Lincoln Center, but you’re not ready to go straight home. Well, you could slip downstairs to Ace Gillett’s on College Avenue and ask the master bartender to create a cocktail while you enjoy the 3-piece jazz band jamming in the corner. Or try one of the specialty drinks at Social, a speakeasy in the basement off Mountain Avenue. Feel the vitality of CSU students and young professionals out to see what the night might hold. Grab a bite and a beer and shoot some pool or whack a ping pong ball at Coopersmith’s Poolside. Or just drop into the first place that grabs your attention. Want to stay outside? Grab some street-cart food and wander around…maybe stroll down a lamp-lit alley to see where it takes you. DOWNTOWN TO-DOS

Just wandering around downtown is great. There is so much to discover. Here are some ideas: • Take a ride in a horse-drawn buggy • Walk the Poudre River Trail • Play a street piano • Splash in the water parks • Ride the trolley to City Park • Take the self-guided Foodie Walk.


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Out and about… Fort Collins is an active town. People like to play…in the parks, on the trails…running, walking, riding a bike, throwing something. And the town is packed with parks and crisscrossed with nice paved trails. So try one out. u Walk or pedal a trail—try Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area, Spring Creek Trail or the Poudre River Trail. u Throw a disc—choose from two 18-hole courses: Edora or Aggie Greens Disc Golf Course. Or just find a park near you and launch a disc. u Splish, splash—jump into the big, wet playground that is City Park Outdoor Pool or get doused at Spring Canyon and Fossil Creek parks by dancing water spouts. u Picnic at a park—settle into a big open lawn, a grassy wetland, or next to the Cache la Poudre River. u Drive in to—watch a new release on the west edge of town against the foothills. u Visit a garden—stroll through hundreds of labeled pots at the CSU Flower Trial Gardens or wander around the Gardens on Spring Creek. u Golf—If swinging sticks is your thing, you’ve come to the right place! You can golf almost year ‘round, here. Or visit the indoor virtual golf center. www.fcgov.com/golf.

The shop hop Shoppers take your marks…you better get a good night’s sleep because you’re going to need it if you’re serious about this. u Hit the shopping centers—dive into

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Spring Canyon Community Park

Skate, dog, baseball and all-ability park rolled into one!

the newly renovated Foothills Mall or explore the retail of Front Range Village. u Poke around markets—uncover a treasure at a flea market or antique purveyor. u Follow the Resale Trail—tour secondhand stores. www.oldtownresaletrail.com. u Discover specialty shops—find that perfect little place…a wild bird shop, a fly shop, a knitting store, a bakery. They’re tucked in here and there for you to discover. u Jessup Farm Artisan Village—drop in for some eats and shopping at this converted farmstead.

Eat & drink You have to do it. You might as well love it. You can find some of your favorite national restaurants or try out the local fare. u Local food—French creperie, Ethiopian cuisine, Thai, or dining in the largest 80s themed pizzaria-musueum in the country. We’ve got it all. See page 68 for a list of

great places to dine. u Breweries—order a pint or taster flight from one of the many taprooms around town.

MUST LOVE DOGS

Yes, Fort Collins is a dog town. If you brought yours, here are a few things. First, the leash law is in effect and enforced. Second, you’ll see bags available for waste pick up—part of the City’s “Call of Doodie: Brown Ops” plan— use them, please. And finally, let Rover rove at one of the three dog parks in town: Fossil Creek (south end), Spring Canyon (midtown), and Soft Gold (north end).

A playground for all abilities One of the most popular playgrounds in town is at Spring Canyon Park on the west end of Horsetooth Road. Inspiration Playground is made to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and support braces encouraging kids of all abilities to play and interact.


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Cache la Poudre River Canyon and Red Feather Lakes

It’s Wild and Scenic up here…really, it’s Colorado’s only river with that national designation. Turn west up Hwy 14 off Hwy 287 at Ted’s Place. Pick a trail, any trail—get out of the rolling tin can and stretch your legs, free your mind and breathe that pine air! u Mishawaka Inn—Best deck...ever. Grab a bite and a beverage at this idyllic eatery and concert venue, and help celebrate its 100-year anniversary u Cameron Pass area—Inhale, exhale. Go for a hike. Slide over to the west side and check out the Noghu Crags and the Moose Museum. For the next stops, head north up the steep switchbacks on County Road 69 by Rustic toward Red Feather Lakes. Take the quick way back to town down Red Feather Lakes Road toward Livermore. u Shambhala Mountain Center—Follow in the footsteps of the Dalai Lama, who visited here in 2006, to the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. Visitors are welcome. u Red Feather Lakes area—In town, grab an ice cream cone and poke around the shops, then find some mountain fun in Roosevelt National Park. Take Deadman Road to the Deadman Fire lookout to see captivating mountain ranges in all directions.

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RocKy mountain national Park area The true Colorado Rocky Mountain high is just an hour up the hill. Follow the Big Thompson River on Hwy 34 out of Loveland. u Fall Creek Road and Trail Ridge Road—With panoramic 360-degreee views, TRR is the highest paved highway in the country. Pop on over to Grand Lake. Try this: Ascend via Falls Creed Road and come down Trail Ridge Road. u Rocky Mountain National Park—Discover elk, big horn sheep, spectacular peaks, quiet lakes, inviting trails, and more. Several entrances near Estes Park. u Stanley Hotel—Here’s Johnny! Stately “haunted” landmark where Steven King wrote The Shining. Take a ghost tour, admire the view from the front porch, or grab a bite to eat. u Peak-to-Peak highway—Stunning drive south along the Front Range. Grab a bite in Allenspark or in Ned (Nederland) on the south end. Swing into the Indian Peaks near Ward. Return “home” through Boulder. u The big scenic drive-around—Leave early. Drive time is six hours and you’re going to want to stop, stretch and look around…a lot! Drive up Hwy 34 west of Loveland into Rocky Mountain National Park then up and over Trail Ridge Road (open summer to early fall) to Granby. Head north on Hwy 125 to Walden and then turn east on Hwy 14 over Cameron Pass and down the Cache la Poudre Canyon. Can be done in reverse.

Cell phone service can be spotty to downright nonexistent in the canyons. Try loading a map of the area on your phone or tablet and then follow the blue dot. Or visit one of our visitor centers for a map and directions.


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Festivals & Events MARCH

1-14: Great Plates of Downtown Downtown Fort Collins, 970.484.6500 5: Image-ination Presented by the Fort Collins Symphony at the Lincoln Center www.lctix.com, 970.221.6730 12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Fort Collins, 970.484.6500 12, 26: Winter Farmer’s Market Opera Galleria 123 N College Ave, www.nocofoodcluster.com

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Bohemian Nights

A free, 3-day music festival in August

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APRIL

9, 23: Winter Farmer’s Market Opera Galleria 123 N College Ave, www.nocofoodcluster.com 15: Borromeo String Quartet University Center for the Arts, www.lctix.com 22-23: FOCOMX A celebration of Northern Colorado live music at multiple venues around Fort Collins. www.focomx.focoma.org 22-24: Spring Home & Garden Show First National Bank Exhibition Hall at the Larimer County Fairgrounds

23: Earth Day Fort Collins 11:00am-5:00pm at Civic Center Park, www.sustainable livingassociation.org/events

MAY

1: Colorado Marathon Poudre Canyon & Downtown Fort Collins www.coloradomarathon.com 5: Cinco De Mayo Celebration Northside Aztlan Center www.fortcollinscinco demayo.com 13-14: CSU Spring Graduation www.commencement. www.colostate.edu 970.491.1101

21: French Nest Open Air Market Civic Center Park 9:00am-3:00pm www.thefrenchnestmarket.com 28: Old Town Car Show Downtown Fort Collins, 970.484.6500 Free Annual car show featuring hundreds of hot rods, vintage cars, and classic trucks.

JUNE

10-12: Taste of Fort Collins Civic Center Park www.tasteoffortcollins.com Annual family fun event with entertainment, fabulous food, and kid-friendly attractions.


H YEAR ROUND EVENTS First Friday | Old Town Gallery Walk First Friday of every month-downtown. Stroll through Old town and view artwork exhibited in over 14 galleries. Refreshments served. www.Downtownfortcollins.com, 970.484.6500 Fort Collins Foodie Walk Third Friday of every month. A self-guided walk featuring new food presentations, tasting opportunities and themes each month at participating restaurants in Downtown Fort Collins. Downtownfortcollins.com, 970.484.6500 Avery House Tours Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-4:00pm. www.poudrelandmarks.org, 970.221.0533 Contra Dances First, third and fifth Saturdays each month, 8:00-11:00pm at Club Tico in City Park. Contra dancing is a form of American folk dancing. Dances always feature live music. Free one-hour lesson offered before every dance, from 7:00-8:00pm. www.fotd.org, 970.493.8277

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International Night at the Library Second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of every month at the Fort Collins Main Library and Harmony Library. www.poudrelibraries.org, 970.221.6380

H HOLIDAY EVENTS Fort Collins offers a multitude of things to do during the holiday season. Visits with Santa, rides in a horse-drawn carriage, lighting ceremonies, caroling, and many other family-friendly events throughout the community. Please visit our website at www.visitftcollins.com/events for more information.

11: The Big Splash at the Water Works 10:00am-3:00pm poudrelandmarks.org/events, 970.221.0533 18: French Nest Open Air Market Civic Center Park 9:00am-3:00pm www.thefrenchnestmarket.com 24-26: Colorado Brewers’ Festival Downtown Fort Collins 970.484.6500 Great beer, food, music and fun featuring samples of over 50 Colorado beers. www.downtownfortcollins.com

25: Junior League of Fort Collins Annual Terrace and Garden Tour A self-guided tour of selected gardens throughout the city. www.jlfortcollins.org

JULY

4: Fourth of July Celebration Multiple events to celebrate. Fireworks at City Park at dusk. www.fcgov.com 4: Avery House Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Fort Collins Avery House, 10:00a,-2:00pm www.poudrelandmarks.org/ events, 970.221.0533

14-17: Downtown Sidewalk Sales Downtown Fort Collins www.downtownfortcollins.com 970.484.6500 16: French Nest Open Air Market Civic Center Park 9:00am-3:00pm www.thefrenchnestmarket.com 22-31: Cheyenne Frontier Days World’s Largest Rodeo and Western Celebration. www.cfdrodeo.com 31-Aug 4: Larimer County Fair and Rodeo The Larimer County Fairgrounds www.larimercountyfair.org A 130-year-old tradition

offering numerous exhibits, amazing attractions, live entertainment, a carnival and a the PRCA Rodeo.

AUGUST

12-14: 29th Annual Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest Fort Collins’ Largest community festival. This free weekend showcases over 300 arts, crafts, and food booths, a kids carnival, 2 beer gardens and 7 stages of continuous live entertainment with Bohemian Nights music lineup of great musicians. Downtown Fort Collins, 970.484.6500 www.downtownfortcollins.com FortCollinsChamber.com

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SEPTEMBER

17: French Nest Open Air Market Civic Center Park 9:00am-3:00pm www.thefrenchnestmarket.com

TBD: Sustainable Living Fair sustainablelivingassocation. org/the-sustainableliving-fair, 970.224.3247

OCTOBER

TBD: CSU Homecoming www.calendar.colostate.edu

11: 2016 Historic Homes Tour 10:00am-4:00pm www.poudrelandmarks.org/ events, 970.221.0533 17: FORToberfest www.downtownfortcollins.com 970.484.6500

H SUMMER EVENTS Noontime Notes Oak Street Plaza. Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:00pm, June through mid August www.downtownfortcollins.com 970.484.6500 Ben & Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FAC Concert Series Friday nights in Old Town Square, May-August 970.407.0899 Lagoon Concert Series Wednesdays at the CSU Lagoon. www.lagoonseries.com Thursday Night Live Concert Series Old Town Square, June-August www.downtownfortcollins.com, 970.484.6500

TBD: Winter Farmers Market Opera Galleria 123 N College Ave www.nocofoodcluster.com TBD: Treatsylvania The Farm at Lee Martinez Park Kids will get to visit a not-sospooky barn, trick-or-treat at the farm and take a hayride. www.fcgov.com/thefarm, 970.221.6665

Summer Concert Series Front Range Village www.shopfrontrangevillage.com 970.226.9050 Historic Water Works Open House 2005 N. Overland Trail. First Saturday of each month, May-September. www.poudre landmarks.org 970.221.0533 Trolley Rides City Park, Weekends May-September. ww.fortcollinstrolley.org Fort Collins Farmers Market SW Corner of Harmony and Lemay. Sundays, May- October. Wednesdays, June- October. www.larimer.org 970.498.6000

15: French Nest Open Air Market Civic Center Park 9:00am-3:00pm www.thefrenchnestmarket.com

4: Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony 970.484.6500 www.downtownfortcollins.com

28: Tiny Tot Halloween Downtown Fort Collins. Annual parade of children in costume, trick or treating throughout downtown area. 970.484.6500 www.downtownfortcollins.com

19: Santa Arrives in downtown Fort Collins 970.484.6500 www.downtownfortcollins.com

NOVEMBER

TBD: Winter Farmers Market Opera Galleria 123 N College Ave www.nocofoodcluster.com

Larimer County Farmers Market Larimer County Courthouse Parking lot. Saturday mornings, 8:00am-12:00pm, May-October Larimer.org, 970.498.600 Drake Road Farmers Market Parking lot NW Drake and Worthington, Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm, AprilSeptember. www.drakeroad farmersmarket.com, 970.218.5521 Farmers Market at Jessup Farm Thursdays, 1957 Jessup Dr. Baseball with the Fort Collins Foxes City Park, South Field. May-July. The Foxes are a part of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League. www.fortcollinsfoxes.com

The Lagoon Concert Series

Eight weeks of music & activities this summer

WEDNESDAYS AT THE CSU LAGOON

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24: Thanksgiving Day Run Downtown Fort Collins www.fctdayrun.com

DECEMBER

TBD: Avery House Holiday Open House www.poudrelandmarks.org/ events, 970.221.0533 TBD: Winter Farmers Market Opera Galleria 123 N College Ave. www.nocofoodcluster.com TBD: Canyon Concert Ballet: The Nutcracker www.lctix.com, 970.221.6730 2: Carolfest Downtown Fort Collins www.downtownfortcollins.com 970.484.6500 10: TUBA Christmas www.downtownfortcollins.com 970.484.6500 31: First Night Fort Collins 2017 www.downtownfortcollins.com 970.484.6500 Family-friendly celebration with live entertainment in downtown venues and a fireworks display to celebrate the new year.


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FROM A BIKE SADDLE YOU CAN FEEL the breeze on your face and smell the tacos at the food truck you’re passing. It’s easy to wave and ring your bell. It’s super easy to get around in this town on two wheels. It should be, because they’ve been working on making it bike-friendly for decades. Now it’s part of the culture. In fact, so many people ride their bikes here that sometimes you’ll find yourself in a little bicycle traffic jam! Platinum. That is the League of American Bicyclists highest designation for bike-friendly communities. And you know who has that? Fort Collins and only four other towns…in the country! u Colorado Bike Month Even if you’re not a June, variety of bicycle-centered activities. regular bike-rider, you should u Tooth or Consequences Mountain Bike Festival try pedaling out here. Lots of Multiple locations, July 22-24 things make it easy for you— Three-day mountain-bike extravaganza lots of bike lanes and paved featuring the 40 in the Fort Endurance MTB trails, for a start. Race. www.overlandmtb.org. u New Belgium Breweries Tour de Fat You can rent a two-wheeler Civic Center Park, September 3, 9am-4pm for a day or an hour just to see Annual bicycle parade and party. 25,000+ how much fun you can have. pedalers all costumed up riding through downtown. In fact, you can reserve a bike www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat u Tour de Farms online from the Fort Collins August 20, Leisurely 8-mile tour to farms, garBike Library before you even dens and greenhouses with presentations from get here. It’s easy and you can farmers. www.sustainablelivingassociation.org/ choose what style of bike you event/tour-de-farms-2 want—cruiser, commuter, kids bikes, even a cargo bike! www.fcbikelibrary.org And coming soon, the Bike Share pay a small fee and ride away to your program will have bicycles stationed next destination. No excuses now…you around town. Reserve one with the app, have to at least try it out!

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Bike maps & tours So now that you have your bike, where are you going to go? Find three tours all laid out for you on the FC Bike Library website: breweries tour, environmental tour and historical tour. www.fcbikelibrary.org/tours.php. And download your own bike routes map from FC Bikes at the City of Fort Collins. www.fcgov.com/bicycling/bike-maps.php. Go to www.visitfortcollins.com for bike info, too.


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MUSIC IS EVERYWHERE…pianos on the plaza, performers in the park, bands at the bar. And then there are the music festivals! Inside, outside, daytime, nighttime…someone is always pickin’ and grinnin’ around here. And you’ll smile too because it’s just good fun. You can plan your time around a special show or festival or you can just check out whatever’s going on when you’re good to go.

Street Plaza, weekly beginning June 14 until August 9, 11:30am-1pm. u Wednesdays, Lagoon Concert Series, CSU Lory Student Center west lawn, weekly beginning June 15 until August 3, Little Kids Rock at 5:30pm & concert 6-8pm. u Thursdays, Bohemian Nights Thursday Night Live, Old Town Square, weekly beginning June 2 until August 4, evenings.

Music festivals When you want to be immersed in music and all the energy and excitement that comes with it, soak it up right here in Fort Collins. u FoCoMX, Downtown, April 22-23, 20+ venues & 200+ bands. www.focomx.focoma.org u Taste of Fort Collins, Civic Center Park, June 10-12, 20+ bands + local food and drink. www.tasteoffortcollins.com u Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, Downtown, August 12-14, FREE music festival, local bands and national headliners. www.bohemiannights.org

Concert series Bring your lawn chair, your rhythm, and your music-love for these outdoor, summertime performances. They’re like little treats in your day. You get that boogie bounce when you take a moment. Oh, and these are FREE for you and me. u Tuesdays, Noontime Notes, Oak

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u Fridays, Downtown Summer Sessions, Old Town Square, monthly on first Friday beginning June 3 until October 7.

Concert venues Dance ‘til you drop then get up and dance some more. Get close. Grab a craft brew. Mix it up here with the locals. Bands roll in

from all over to play these venues. And the local talent will amaze. Catch a show downtown or for that I-can’t-believe-it moment, head up the Cache la Poudre Canyon to Mishawaka Amphitheater. Plenty of other nightspots feature live music, too. u The Aggie Theatre hosts local and national acts in a converted movie theatre downtown. www.aggietheatre.com u The Armory features an enhanced listening experience pairing local performers with nationally known touring artists. www.bohemiannights.org/armory u Downtown Artery is an innovative, sophisticated space hosting concerts and a variety of other performances. www.downtownartery.com/venue u Avogadro’s Number hosts local and national acts in an intimate venue near CSU campus. www.avogadros.com u Hodi’s Halfnote hosts local and national acts in a tavern setting downtown. www.hodishalfnote.com u Mishawaka Amphitheater showcases local and national acts in an idyllic mountain venue. www.themishawaka.com

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BRONZE CANADA GEESE RISE from a fountain as music from someone playing a piano floats through Old Town Square. Children laugh as they climb the bear sculpture. Up Trimble Court walkway, paintings, jewelry, vases and more shine from the local artisans’ co-op window. Welcome to our vibrant arts culture! Fort Collins is one big gallery waiting for you to discover its bold exhibits and hidden treasures. As you wander around town, drop into a private gallery or the Fort Collins Museum of Art on College Avenue. Or try this: get into the act yourself at Pinot’s Palette where you can sip a glass of wine while you paint with a group.

Performing arts

Downtown Fort Collins

Featuring painted pianos, utility boxes and artistic alleys

Catch a performance at one of the Lincoln Center stages where national and local acts play the main stage and local troupes, such as Open Stage and Debut Theatre, perform in the more intimate theater. Or check out the schedule at Bas Bleu Theatre, which was reclaimed from an historic machine shop. Make a night of it? Midtown Arts Center features musicals along with dinner.

ed by artists and set around town for people to admire and play. You can even watch the artists paint them in Old Town Square.

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On the classical end, we have an opera com­pany, a symphony and a ballet troupe. Catch a performance. Try this: on the last Sunday of each month, sip a bever­age at local-favorite Avagadro’s Number, and watch people sing…opera stuff! Flip to page 32 for concerts, festivals, and venues.

Look around. It’s there…art. Check out www.fcgov.com/artspublic/app-gallery.php for an image gallery.

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Transformer Cabinet Murals This is a double win! Local artists and nonprofits paint the cabinets, which helps reduce graffiti. You can pick up a brochure or go to www.fcgov.com/artspublic/pdf/ artinthealleysmap15-downtown.pdf to get

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Arts and Drafts Find local flimmakers, artists, and musicians at some of the unique venues around town like the Lyric Cinema Cafe or the Downtown Artery. Grab a bite to eat and a local brew or spirit and enjoy some independent, homegrown talent.

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FORT COLLINS HAS THIS BUZZ. You just feel it when you’re here. It’s a sense that something’s going on, that beneath all the beauty and goodness and fun, there’s an energy here that radiates from the core of what the community is all about. People collaborate and innovate here…from the research at CSU that drives innovation to the entrepreneurial spirit in the community to the determination to be the greatest bicycling city in the country. Even the Smithsonian Institute picked up on it. Its Places of Invention interactive exhibit (http://invention.si.edu/ex­plore/places-invention), features Fort Collins as one of six places that “stimulates creative minds and sparks a surge of invention and innovation.” The exhibit showcases how Colorado State University and the community combine energies to create innovative clean-energy solutions. Innovation comes in many flavors here from tech to craft.

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u FoCo Café www.fococafe.org 225 Maple St., 309-368-1659 Try out this innovative eatery concept with volunteer staff and no cashier. Who thinks of that? Drop cash in the box or swipe your plastic. Pay it forward if you can or put in what you can afford today. Oh, and the food is outstanding, too!

NOCO Food Cluster www.nocofoodcluster.com This collaboration that includes support from CSU, the City of Fort Collins, volunteers and local businesses works to create a resilient, local food system and to support and promote local food production, distribution and consumption. Find local food on their website as well as a guide to local farmer’s markets.

u Feisty Spirits www.feistyspirits.com 1708 E. Lincoln Ave., No. 1, 970-444-2386 This hand-crafted, small-batch distillery uses only natural and organic ingredients and sources locally. Drop in for a dram and tour.

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u New Belgium Brewing tour www.newbelgium.com 500 Linden St., 970-221-0524 Find out how New Belgium Brewing is a leader in sustainability, innovation and company-wide ownership, and sample some beer while you’re at it.

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buzz u Nuance Chocolate www.nuancechocolate.com 214 Pine St., 970-484-2330 The founders ethically source cacao beans from around the world then roast and grind them in small batches here in Fort Collins. Taste the results with a flight of chocolate like you’ve never had before. u Ridekick International www.ridekick.com 877-974-4440 At Ridekick they produce compact electric trailers that push your bike up to 19 miles per hour. Hook it up to most any bike...cruisers, recumbents, tandems, mountain bikes and more. u Vortic Watch Company www.vorticwatches.com 1937 Jessup Dr., 855-285-7884 The artisans at Vortic repurpose heirloom pocket watches into one-of-a-kind wristwatches combining traditional craftsmanship with modern 3d printing technology. And the results are timeless. Find them at Jessup Farms Artisans Village.


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EVERY TOWN HAS A CERTAIN SOMETHING that makes it special. For Fort Collins, that’s craft beer and the culture that has grown around it. Fort Collins produces 70 percent of the craft beer made in Colorado, which is ranked 4th in the nation for the number of microbreweries per capita. It’s no wonder that people call Fort Collins “The Craft Beer Capitol of Colorado.” The beer scene has grown rapidly over the past decade with small, specialized breweries popping up

Cheers to the craft of beer Soak up the culture and the suds at a local taproom or brewpub

Soak up the culture and the suds at a local taproom or brewpub

around town. Four breweries opened in 2015 alone—Jessup Farm Barrel House, McClellan’s, Rally King and Soul Squared breweries. Each of the 20, and counting, breweries in Fort Collins offers its own ambiance and a unique experience for your palate. Whether you fancy yourself a seasoned connoisseur or are brand new to sampling craft beer, you’ll find something to suit your tastes. You can explore and experience the breweries in many ways—hop aboard the

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why newcomers might feel lost when looking at a beer menu. Here are some clues that will help you decipher what a beer might taste like. [COLOR] A fair number of beers are named after their color, and you can often make a good guess of a beer’s malt flavor just by knowing its name and seeing it in a glass.

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New Belgium Brewing

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LIGHT/PALE FLAVORS: grainy, bread-like STYLES: blonde ale, helles, Belgian-style


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[SPECIAL INGREDIENTS] Special ingredients range in intensity, but there is usually an expectation that the brewer will aim to strike a balance. FOOD: chocolate, coffee, cereal FRUIT: raspberry, peach, cherry, SPICES: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom

AMBER FLAVORS: toasty, bread crust STYLES: amber ale, amber lager

Situated a few blocks from each other, New Belgium and Odell Breweries are the largest craft breweries in town and both have recently expanded. New Belgium is revamping its tap room, adding an additional 1,600 square feet, and creating a beautiful beer garden, while Odell recently built an incredible patio area that is busy all year round. Both breweries offer tours daily: Odell every hour on the hour from 1-4 p.m. and New Belgium by early reservation. Just a short bike ride down Lincoln Avenue, Fort Collins Brewery and Tavern has grown rapidly in its 12 years and now has a full-service tavern along with a taproom. In 2015, FCB took home gold at the Great American Beer Festival for its Oktoberfest. Another hop, skip and jump away are Snowbank, Funkwerks and Horse and Dragon Breweries. Snowbank is one of the new kids on the block, opening in 2014, and describes itself as non-traditional and passionate for the Colorado lifestyle. Funkwerks has quietly become a power player in the craft beer scene with its nationally

ALES ferment at warmer temperatures and often present more yeast-derived flavors (fruity, sometimes spicy). You can safely anticipate that yeast flavors provide at least some of the flavor profile in an ale. [YEAST] Today’s brewers are using nontraditional yeasts, blending different types of yeast and using traditional yeast in untraditional ways. It’s not quite as cut and dry as ale and lager, but some generalities do exist.

BROWN FLAVORS: toast, roasted nuts, chocolate STYLES: brown ale, Marzen, dopplebock

award-winning saisons and sours. The other new kid on the block, Horse and Dragon, has become a true local favorite after being in town for just over a year. This family-run brewery is constantly playing with the balance of flavors in its beers. Back in Old Town, make a walking tour of Coopersmith’s, Equinox and Pateros Creek Breweries. Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing opened in 1989 and is the longest operating brewery in Fort Collins. Grab some pub fare in the restaurant or a slice of pizza at the pool hall. Equinox makes tasty beers and has an amazing beer garden. And Pateros Creek is a father-and-son venture focused on leisure beers and a laid-back time.

A taste of midtown In the middle swath of Fort Collins, you’ll find several distinct breweries. Off College Avenue near the Mason Street corridor, Black Bottle Brewery prides itself in creating world-class unique ales and lagers and tries to go against the grain of traditional craft breweries. They also have an extensive food menu. To the east lie two of the new breweries in Fort Collins. Rally King is run by two home-brewers who turned their hobby into a business. It has a large tasting room as well as an inviting patio. The Jessup Farm Barrel House is housed in a 133-year-old restored barn in

LAGERS ferment at cooler temperatures and create a much “cleaner” beer, allowing you to taste the malt and hops more explicitly.

[REGIONAL STYLE] There are exceptions, but these geographic terms offer clues about a beer’s character. GERMAN | lager with complex malt character and floral hops BELGIAN | fruity, spicy ales or sour beers ENGLISH | pale ales, porters and stouts with earthy hops AMERICAN | hop-forward beers with pine, citrus and resin flavors BELGO-AMERICAN | fruity/spicy Belgian yeast with American hops

BLACK FLAVORS: burnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso STYLES: dry stout, robust porter, American black ale FortCollinsChamber.com

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the Jessup Farm Artisan Village. At The Barrel House they age beers in barrels used for wine or bourbon and other specialty barrels to create intricate flavors. To the west of the CSU Campus, find C.B. and Potts Big Horn Breweries and McClellan’s. Big Horn offers five standard beers and has won medals from the Great American Beer Festival. McClellan’s focuses on producing creamier, smoother European cask-style ales. These noncarbonated ales are similar to nitrogenfed beer like Guinness. And the first tapping of a new brewery for 2016 is Three Four Beer Co., a bicycle-friendly brewpub west of campus featuring beer from their own barrels and other craft beers.

THE South end Venture down College Avenue toward the south end of town and you’ll find 1933 and Zwei Breweries. Zwei is run by two brothers and offers small-batch creations to go along with its German-style beer. 1933 Brewing Company named itself

based on the year ending of prohibition. They aim to provide quality craft beer in a relaxing atmosphere.

Farm brew Soul Squared is a farm-based brewery in northern Fort Collins. They focus on high-quality, small-batch beer brewed with the freshest and highest-quality local ingredients possible, including hops grown on premises. They have no tasting room but their beers are served in local taverns and available for purchase.

Last but not least, Fort Collins is also home to Anheuser Busch, one of 12 Budweiser facilities across the nation. The Fort Collins location serves as one of the homes to a traveling hitch of Budweiser Clydesdales. If you’re lucky, you can catch the gentle giants at home. See listings starting on page 66 for contact information for the breweries. For more information and a map of breweries, check out www.visitfortcollins.com.

When visiting a brewery many people opt for a beer sampling flight. Often breweries will supply a description sheet for their brews, which allows thirsty visitors to plan their taste journey.

ABV: Alcohol By Volume is a standard percentage measurement of how much alcohol (ethanol) is contained in a volume of liquid (beer). DESCRIPTION: A love-letter from the brewer detailing the subtleties and delights that you can expect from the beer.

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ABSOLUTELY NOTHING REFRESHES mind, body and spirit like some time outdoors. For some, the focus of a whitewater run changes everything. For others, the serenity of a mountain meadow crazy with wildflowers puts it all in perspective. Some like camaraderie, others solitude. A trail runner’s high and an artist’s insight…find it here! Beginner, expert? It doesn’t matter. Need a guide or some instruction or need to rent some gear? Fort Collins area stores and outfitters rent and sell everything you could need.

Fly-fishing Can you tie a fly onsite to match the hatch and then present it oh-so gently? Fish, miles of streams, creeks and high-mountain lakes until you run out of tippet. Plenty of guides can help you learn to wet a fly. Check out the Blue Ribbon water on the Cache la Poudre River and the high lakes farther up.

Horsetooth Resevoir

Climbing, swimming, boating and hiking

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Mountain biking

Hiking and trail running

We got trails…rocky and technical to smooth and flowy. You can even find some sweet mellow roads in the forest for a family outing. It’s up to you. Hammer in the morning, cruise in the afternoon. Head west to Horsetooth Reservoir where you’ll find Lory State Park, Horsetooth Mountain Park, and the Blue Sky Trail. It’s one big playground! Of course, you can find endless terrain in the Cache la Poudre Canyon.

It’s magic all year round here. Do you like loops? summits? forests? meadows? Yes, yes, yes and yes! So for the quick, just want-to-get-out walk or run, pop up to the trails around Horsetooth Reservoir. Want to commit a little more time, get a little higher? Head up Cache la Poudre River Canyon. And for the big day…hit the high trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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FORT COLLINS In the city: You don’t have to leave town to have a wild adventure. Tempt a trout in the Cache la Poudre River, pedal a paved trail along a creek, stroll a nature trail, or simply mellow on the shore of a pond or natural wetland.

HORSETOOTH RESERVOIR AREA: The closest wild playground lies minutes west of town including and surrounding Horsetooth Reservoir. Where to start? The reservoir itself: rent a pontoon boat and putt around, rent some kayaks on the north end or a standup paddleboard…or swim at one of the designated beaches. Around the reservoir, find sandstone crags for world-class bouldering and rock climbing; rolling and gonzo trails for walking, running, and mountain biking. Some places will cost you a little change to visit and some are free. Check out Lory State Park, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, east side trails and crags, Horsetooth Reservoir and the Blue Sky trails to the south.

CACHE LA POUDRE RIVER AND CANYON: So much terrain and so much to do and so close to town in this National Forest region. The first picnic ground is 20 minutes from downtown Fort Collins. After that find mountain trails, a wild river and high peaks. Head out on your own or hire a company for a whitewater or fly-fishing adventure. For a challenge, hike the Grey Rock trail all the way to the top. 42 | VisitFortCollins.com


Camping & Picnicking

Rocky Mountain National Park

Wildlife, recreational trails, camping and scenic lookouts

Brats sizzling on the grill, the river bubbling 20 feet away, the kids tossing lures into that big hole behind a rock, and the sweet pine air…it just doesn’t get any better. Find a campsite or picnic spot as close as Horsetooth Reservoir or head out for a casual adventure up Cache la Poudre River Canyon or near Red Feather Lakes. Camping options range from primitive, hike-in, to maintained and RV-ready. Pick a public or private campground for just the right picnic location.

Rock climbing Stick your hand in a crack or crimp onto a side-pull hold as you ease up the sandstone on the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir. Check out the world-class bouldering at Rotary Park and Piano Boulders or grab a rope for some bolted-anchor, top-rope climbing at Duncan’s Ridge. Ready for bigger stuff? Head up to Lumpy Ridge or even the high peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Wildlife watching Have you ever seen a moose up close? How about a big horn sheep, elk or bald eagle? They’re out there. For big fauna, cruise up the Cache la Poudre Canyon. Explore Laramie River Road or pop over the other side of the pass and visit the State Park Moose Visitor Center complete with a moose sculpture made by the Gueswel family of Poudre Park. And never forget, these are wild animals—not pets, not zoo critters—so don’t approach them, don’t try to feed them and, absolutely, no selfies with them! Continued W

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Spanning from East to West Fort Collins

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We share the land around here; it’s for the public and we use it. But even we can get mixed up on who manages the different natural areas. Basically, four agencies administer public lands in our area—the City of Fort Collins, Larimer County, the State of Colorado and the National Forest Service. They all maintain user-friendly, detailed websites to help you make the most of your time and energy. Definitely check these out before you come!

www.fcgov.com/naturalareas www.co.larimer.co.us/parks W COLORADO STATE PARKS: www.cpw.state.co.us W ROOSEVELT AND ARAPAHOE NATIONAL FOREST: www.fs.usda.gov/main/arp/home W ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? VISIT: www.visitftcollins.com W CITY OF FORT COLLINS NATURAL AREAS: W LARIMER COUNTY AREAS:

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Whitewater SPORTS Mad dog, Pinball, Pineview Falls…just a few of the rapids you can run on Colorado’s only nationally designated Wild & Scenic river. So strap on a PFD (personal Cache la Poudre River flotation device…what they call a life Flowing from the mountains to the plains jacket on the river), buckle up your helmet and grab a paddle for a ride you won’t soon forget. Sign on with a company for a guided rafting trip, rent an inflatable ducky or bring your own boat. The access is easy for these action-packed runs from Class II family-friendly bumps to Class IV drops to Class V creekin’.

Many of our outdoor staples serve double duty as temperatures drop. Hiking trails become snow-shoeing routes and Sheldon Lake at City Park hosts ice fishing and ice skating. Or, zip up to snow country near Cameron Pass and around Red Feather Lakes for a spectacular backcountry adventure. Choose a rolling trail or venture up above treeline for some backcountry bowls. You can even ski or snowshoe into a yurt for a night or two. And you have to try this…lift-served inner-tubing. Beaver Meadows Resort has 11 tubing runs along with traditional pond skating and groomed cross-country ski trails. Some outdoor adventurers might argue that winter is when Fort Collins really shines, but we’re pretty partial to it in all of its seasonal splendour.

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Winter activities

WANNA ROW LIKE A PRO? Keep it Classy! Follow this rating system to know just how much whitewater you are getting into. CLASS I

Riffles. Small waves.

CLASS II

Clear rapids. Medium waves.

CLASS III

Complex rapids. Strong currents.

CLASS IV

Powerful rapids. Large waves.

CLASS V

Violent rapids. Big drops.


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Fresh, tasty and fun fare you can sink your teeth into

IF YOU LOVE FOOD—from growing it to cooking it to eating it—you’ll find Fort Collins to be a trove of tasty treasures. The city is a mouth-watering mecca for foodies where the culinary journey can be guided by your palate or the experience you choose to enjoy.

Palatable pleasures For a place with deep agricultural and ranching roots that’s nestled up against the front range of the Rocky Mountains in the middle of the nation, Fort Collins offers a surprising array of ethnically diverse food, as well as creative fusions of multiple cultural flavors. Quality matters to Fort Collins’ chefs and restaurateurs and many shop at local markets for northern Colorado-grown vegetables and fruits to ensure their offerings feature the freshest produce possible. They also visit local farms to acquire free-range, hormone-free meats, poultry and dairy products. The emphasis on making sure diners have quality food choices carries over to making sure those who are vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free have an abundance of options, too. People with an insatiable sweet tooth will be delirious with the local selection of delectable delights. Fort Collins is a sweet destination—from artisanal chocolate to handmade candies and ice cream to smallbatch pastries and baked goods.

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Experiential eating Take your pick, too, of the dining experience. Most eating establishments are family-friendly, casual and comfortable. A few restaurants are more formal where you can go all dressed up. Patio dining is a favorite way to nosh nearly year round. The spring, summer and fall months are perfect for enjoying a meal outside; some restaurants even offer open-air seating during the winter months when NoCo shines with unseasonably warm weather. It happens! Another fun way to curb your hunger is to check out one of the city’s 50+ roaming food trucks. The variety and quality will tempt you time and time again. Fort Collins’ mobile kitchens roll

out a vast array of satisfying edibles at a price average diners and foodies alike will appreciate. If you want to move while your taste buds groove, Fort Collins’ monthly Foodie Walks will be right up your alley. You can stroll through a self-guided tour of historic downtown and stop at participating shops to sample culinary curiosities and flavorful favorites.

Specialty shops shine Fort Collins also has several specialty shops in which the DIY gourmet can get lost for hours. Find savory olive oils, vinegars, spices and the latest in kitchen gadgetry at any number of the city’s foodie boutiques.


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A taste of Fort Collins A great way to experience the city’s fanciful fare in one place, at one time is to attend the annual Taste of Fort Collins in June. Dozens of local chefs and restauranteurs are on site whipping up their best menu items. The event makes for a tasting opportunity tantamount to a veritable smorgasbord of the most flavorful kind.

Dining in Fort Collins is always a treat. Get your cuisine on, though, with a foodie event or festival. u Great Plates of Downtown, www.downtownfortcollins.com/events, March 1-14, 36 downtown restaurants’ meal deals. u The Taste, www.tastebenefit.org, April 14, 6-9pm, Hilton Fort Collins. The area’s finest chefs compete and collaborate to create tasting menus. u Taste of Fort Collins, www.tasteoffortcollins.com, June 10-12, Civic Center Park and Washington Park, 50 food vendors, 20+ bands, local brews. u Fortified Farm Dinners, www.fortifiedcollaborations.com, monthly farm-to-table dining experiences celebrating local farmers, July until October. FortCollinsChamber.com

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Resale Trail

Find a treasure on the Resale Trail, a cooperation of local consignment, resale, and thrift stores specializing in furniture, home dĂŠcor, clothing, books, one-of-a-kind finds and more. Enjoy the stores here and explore the entire Resale Trail at www.oldtownresaletrail.com.

Find of the Day! 311 S. College Ave., (970) 682-1056

www.findoftheday.co

A first-rate, secondhand store in a quaint house-like setting featuring gently used one-of-a-kind items. Follow our yellow-brick road to the Gold House tucked in the back of our onsite parking lot.

Old Firehouse Books 232 Walnut St., (970) 484-7898

www.oldfirehousebooks.com

Local, independent bookstore selling new and used books. Staff is well read and knowledgeable. We love to help you pick the perfect book and we are proud to be part of both the Fort Collins and independent bookselling communities.

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The French Nest Open-Air Market Civic Center Park (Howes & Laporte)

www.thefrenchnestmarket.com

Vintage, antique and artisan outdoor market featuring handmade and hand-collected goods direct from artisans and collectors. Also, enjoy coffee, pastries, food and music. 3rd Saturdays, May, June, July, Sept, Oct. Admission is free.

Wear It Again Sam 140 S. College Ave., (970) 484-0170

www.oldtowncostumes.com www.wearitagainsamfoco.com

Fine vintage clothing sales and unique costume rentals and accessories for adults for all occasions. Discover our high-quality items and excellent customer service as you experience the joy of make-believe.

Furniture Consignments by Kristynn 3701 S. Mason, (970) 282-1816

www.consignmyfurniture.com

A unique upscale furniture and home dĂŠcor store carrying new and gently used consigned pieces. We strive to maintain the highest standards and to FortCollinsChamber.com | 57 make shopping so favorable that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back and refer your friends.


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Located in historic, downtown Fort Collins

This is no ordinary shopping town! What are you after? Current fashions, western wear? Slip into a downtown boutique or enjoy Foothills Mall or Front Range Village. Souvenirs and gifts? Got ‘em, from rustic ranch to sophisticated show pieces. Sporting goods, specialty foods, antiques…the list goes on and on. [This directory is organized by section of town.]

NORTH FORT COLLINS

SHOPPING

Alpine Arts/ The Colorado Showcase www.alpineartscolorado.com 112 N. College Ave. 970-493-1941 City Drug Old Fashioned Drugstore www.citydrugfortcollins.com 209 N. College Ave., 970-482-1234 Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys www.clothespony.com 111 N. College Ave. 970-224-2866

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CSU Ram Zone www.bookstore.colostate.edu 172 N. College Ave., 970-491-3939 Darvier Jewelry www.darvier.com 172 N. College Ave., Ste. F, 970-472-1318

Every Nook & Cranny www.facebook.com/ allthingscolorado 1 Old Town Square, Ste. 104C, 970-481-5619 Find of the Day www.findoftheday.com 311 S. College Ave., 970-682-1056


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Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary & Clinic www.goldenpoppyherbs.com 212 S. Mason St., 970-682-4373

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JAX Outdoor Gear www.jaxmercantile.com 1200 N. College Ave., 970-221-0544 Ku Cha House of Tea www.kuchatea.com 128 S. College Ave. 970-472-5696 Lee’s Cyclery www.leescyclery.com 202 W. Laurel St., 970-482-6006 Nuance Chocolate www.NuanceChocolate.com 214 Pine St., 970-484-2330

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Old Firehouse Books www.oldfirehousebooks.com 319 N. Pearl St., 970-484-7898

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Old Town Spice Shop www.oldtownspiceshop.com 220 Linden St., 970-493-7206 Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company www.rockymountainoliveoil.com 114 N. College Ave. 970-484-8101

logo, which features a pair of wings, represents Suzanne’s style of always living life to the limit and reaching for the sky. Whether designing a t-shirt or knitting one of her popular beanies in her in-store workshop, Suzanne’s adventurous, athletic spirit shines through. Having lived in a large urban area as well as a rural mountain community, she moved to town six years ago because, “there is a shoplocal push in Fort Collins that welcomes and supports new and small businesses and helps them to thrive. I have found my niche in the active bike community here and love the vibrant feel of Old Town, whether it’s checking out an art show, listening to someone play a piano in the square, having a beer at one of the many local breweries, or watching the photographers do photo shoots under the string lights in the alleys. There’s always a way to feel connected and inspired.”

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Savory Spice Shop www.savoryspiceshop.com 123 N. College Ave., 970-682-2971 Science Toy Magic 11 Old Town Square # 119 970-484-2377 Sense of Place www.facebook.com/Sense-of-Place 160 N. College Ave., 970-224-3987 Specialities www.downtownfortcollins.com/memberdirect.ory/specialities 1 Old Town Square, Ste. 104A, 970-490-2762 Ten Thousand Villages www.tenthousandvillages.com/fortcollins 113 Old Town Square, 970-224-9501 The Craft Beer Cellar www.craftbeercellar.com/fortcollins 122 S. Mason St., 970-482-0665

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Santa Fe Craftsman, Inc. www.santafecraftsman.com 118 N. College Ave. 970-224-1415

The Cupboard www.thecupboard.net 152 S. College Ave., 970-493-8585


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The Metal Forest www.metalforest.com #1 Old Town Square, 970-407-1677 The Perennial Gardener www.facebook.com/ThePerennialGardener 154 N. College Ave., 970-224-3987 The Rams Book Store www.ramsbookstore.com 130 W. Laurel St., 970-482-7917 The Right Card www.facebook.com/ The-Right-Card- 384584200161 17 Old Town Square #135, 970-221-3030 The Welsh Rabbit Bistro www.TheWelshRabbit.com 216 Pine St. 970-232-9521 The Wright Life www.wrightlife.com 200 Linden St., 970-484-6932 Topo Designs www.topodesigns.com 130B S. College Ave., 970-568-8628

SOUTH FORT COLLINS

Trimble Court Artisans/ Artist Coop www.trimblecourt.com 118 Trimble Ct. 970-221-0051 Vom Fass www.fortcollins.vomfassusa.com 123 N. College Ave., 970-232-9155

A & J Antique Mall www.ajantiques.com 6012 S. College Ave., 970-226-6070 Brown’s Shoe Fit Co www.fortcollinsshoes.com 3500 S. College Ave., 970-226-1776

MIDTOWN FORT COLLINS

Foothills Flea Market www.foothillsfleamarket.com 6300 S. College Ave., 970-223-9069

Arc Thrift Stores www.arcthrift.org 2701 S. College Ave., 303-231-9222 x1134

Front Range Village www.shopfrontrangevillage.com 2720 Council Tree Ave., Ste. 160, 970-226-9050

Foothills Mall www.shopfoothills.com 215 E. Foothills Pkwy., 970-226-5555

Lee’s Cyclery www.leescyclery.com 931 E. Harmony Rd., 970-266-6006

Sierra Trading Post www.sierratradingpost.com 3500 S. College Ave., #140, 970-775-8364

Poseidon’s, LLC www.poseidons.fish 925 E. Harmony Rd., Ste. 150, 970-825-5116

Trader Joe’s www.traderjoes.com 3500 S. College Ave., #110, 970-223-3560 Wilbur’s Total Beverage www.wilburstotal beverage.com, 2201 S. College Ave., 970-226-8662

Urban Mattress www.urbanmattress.com 2721 S. College Ave., #1, 970-286-2665

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Inspired Cafe Fare Home Made Breads Amazing Salads Organic and Farm-to-table Fort Collins Best Patio

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cafebluebird. com Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Newsstand and tobacco shop, located at 177 North College Avenue in downtown Fort Collins, has been in the same location for 68 years. When you walk in the unique aroma from the newsprint, fresh popcorn, combined with tobacco creates a moment of pure newsstand nostalgia. Our newsstand also carries bestselling books, regional outdoor guides, postcards, and other unique gifts. Please stop in to visit our staff, grab a bag of popcorn, and browse our vast selection of magazines the next time you are shopping in Old Town Fort Collins.

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Experience a world of flavor with this self-guided tour of Old Town culinary specialty shops. On the third Friday of every month, from 5-8pm, discover new presentations and tasting opportunities. Or just drop into the shops any day of the week for a tasty-treat you will love.

Nuance Chocolate

214 Pine St., (970) 484-2330 www.nuancechocolate.com Nuance Chocolate makes authentic, honest, spirited chocolate. We roast premium cacao beans from ethical sources sourced from around the globe. After grinding, we form the chocolate into a range of delicious treats. Stop by for a sampler flight, a cup of French-style hot chocolate, hand-rolled truffles and more.

The Cupboard

152 S. College Ave., (970) 493-8585 www.thecupboard.net The Cupboard is northern Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest kitchen specialty store, located in downtown Fort Collins since 1972. We carry a large selection of cookware, dinnerware, Japanese and German cutlery, specialty food, coffee, tea, appliances, cookbooks, pottery, unique seasonal merchandise, barware, glassware, 66 | VisitFortCollins.com tablecloths, rugs and kitchen tools galore.

130A S. College Ave., (970) 493-7106 Open the door of Old Town Spice Shop and 180+ spices sweep you across the world through taste and smell. Spend some time tasting and smelling the exotic blends, salts, sugars, peppers and more. Meet the friendly staff and enjoy the adventure in this one-of-a-kind locally owned shop.

Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company

114 N. College Ave., (970) 484-8101 www.rockymountainoliveoil.com Our goal is to provide the freshest Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Aged Balsamic Vinegar, plus an abundance of flavor, knowledge of our products and unsurpassed customer service. We believe our line of products will help others discover a healthier and more flavorful way to enjoy their food.

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Old Town Spice Shop


Happy Lucky’s

Kilwins

The Welsh Rabbit

Blue Skies Winery

236 Walnut St., (970) 689-3417 At Happy Lucky’s Teahouse we infuse a unique shopping experience with expertise, convenience and excitement. Delight your senses with the “Great Wall of Tea.” Our 180 loseleaf tea selection is the largest in Colorado. The knowledgeable and friendly “Leafsters” staff can help you make the right selections. Tea is life!

Vom Fass

123 N. College Ave., (970) 232-9155 www.vomfass.com We offer an old-world tasting experience in the Opera Galleria. Locally owned, Vom Fass features superior products and personalized service. We offer daily tastings and scheduled classes on timely topics. Plus, look for gifts for all occasions or schedule your next event here with tastings designed for your occasion.

216 Pine St. and 200 Walnut St. (970) 232-9521 www.thewelshrabbit.com We are your destination for artisan-crafted cheeses, charcuteries, chocolate, crackers, and cheese accessories. Whether you’re selecting a wedge of cheese to take home, or sitting down to create a cheese plate with a flight of wines, we know you’ll enjoy your experience.

114 S. College Ave., (970) 221-9444 We offer hand-crafted chocolates, made-in-store fudge & caramel apples, original-recipe ice cream, and other confections in a charming shop in the heart of downtown. Sweet in every sense since 1947.

251 Jefferson St. (970) 407-9463 www.blueskieswinery.com Blue Skies Winery is a local, custom winery offering wine by the taste, glass and bottle. We handcraft our wines on premise, and invite you to make your own wine with us. Drop in for daily wine-tasting, no appointment needed.

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Bring Your

Appetite Your greatest challenge might be deciding which great eateries to visit. Cajun breakfast? Oui. Classy dinner? Certainly. Farm-to-table fare? Fresh and tasty! South of the border? Si, gracias. Then there are the breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries. You’re going to have to come back! [This directory is organized by type of cuisine.] Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que $-$$ LD● www.famousdavesbbqco.com 2880 E. Harmony Rd., 970-282-8227 Five Guys Burgers and Fries $ LD● www.fiveguys.com 1335 W. Elizabeth St., 970-204-9140 Island Grill $$-$$$ BLD● www.islandgrillrestaurant.com 2601 S. Lemay Ave., 970-266-0124 Jay’s Bistro $$-$$$ LD● www.jaysbistro.net 135 W. Oak St., 970-482-1876

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Austin’s American Grill $$ BLD● www.austinsamericangrill.com 100 W. Mountain Ave., 970-224-9691 Austin’s American Grill Harmony $$ BLD● www.austinsamericangrill.com 2815 E. Harmony Rd., 970-267-6532

Big Al’s Burgers and Dogs $$ LD● www.bigalsburgersanddogs.com 140 W. Mountain Ave., 970-232-9815 Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar $-$$ LD● www.buffalowildwings.com 150 E. Harmony Rd., Unit 2A, 970-266-9464 Chick-fil-A of Fort Collins $ BLD● www.chick-fil-a.com 3605 S. College Ave., 970-377-9644

Mainline Alehouse $$ LD● www.mainlinefoco.com 125 N. College Ave., 970-449-5601 McDonald’s $ BLD● www.mcstate.com 4424 Denrose Ct., 970-221-3299 McDonald’s $ BLD● www.mcstate.com 1250 W. Elizabeth Ave., 970-221-4578 McDonald’s $ BLD● www.mcstate.com 1675 N. College Ave., 970-221-8550

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit $-$$ LD● www.dickeys.com 2721 S. College Ave., 970-797-2610

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McDonald’s $ BLD● www.mcstate.com 2401 S. College Ave., 970-482-1612 McDonald’s $ BLD● www.mcstate.com 3512 S. Timberline Rd., 970-206-0426

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The Moot House $$,LD● www.themoothouse.com 2626 S. College Ave. 970-226-2121 Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers $ LD● www.raisingcanes.com 2108 S. College Ave., 970-482-1812 Smashburger $ LD● www.smashburger.com 3300 S. College Ave., #110, 970-226-9025 Wendy’s $ LD● www.wendys.com 3710 S. College Ave., 970-223-4399

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The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm 1957 Jessup Drive • farmhousefc.com

ASIAN Young’s Cafe Vietnamese Cuisine $-$$ LD● www.youngscafe.com 3307 S College Ave., #114, 970-223-8000

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Butters AM Eatery $ BL● www.butterscolorado.com 1220 W. Elizabeth St., 970-797-2062 Café Bluebird $-$$ BL● www.cafebluebird.com 524 W. Laurel St. 970-484-7755 PHOTO BY RICHARD HARO

dream would become reality in a 130-year-old farmhouse, complete with its own garden and chicken coop in her college town. Jesse’s preparation for owning and operating The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm included another entrepreneurial endeavor—serving up Colorado-sourced food from her Common-Link food truck—and helping to open restaurants and hospitality properties across the nation. “I have lived in 14-plus cities and out of all of those communities, none can compare to the beauty and charm of Fort Collins. I love its agricultural roots, CSU and its vital role in our city, the outdoors for fun, the incredible beer culture and the laid back warmth you receive from our community members. It’s the perfect location for a restaurant.”

Egg & I Restaurant $ BL● www.theeggandirestaurants.com 2809 S. College Ave., 970-223-5271 Rainbow Restaurant & Catering $-$$ BL● www.rainbowfortcollins.com 212 W. Laurel St., 970-221-2664 Rise! A Breakfast Place $-$$ BL● www.riseabreakfastplace.com 2601 N. Lemay Ave., #31, 970-672-8647 Silver Grill Café $-$$ BL● www.silvergrill.com 218 Walnut St. 970-484-4656 x206 Snooze AM Eatery $-$$ BL● www.snoozeeatery.com 144 W. Mountain Ave., 970-482-9253

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“none can compare to the beauty and charm of Fort Collins”

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The Crooked Cup $ BL●

www.thecrookedcup.com 147 W. Oak St., 970-484-7315


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BREWERIES & CIDERIES 1933 Brewing Company www.1933brewing.com 4025 S. Mason St., Ste. C, 970-377-4107

Mary’s Mountain Cookies $● www.mmcookie.com 123 N. College Ave., 970-482-5655

Anheuser-Busch Tour Center www.budweisertours.com 2351 Busch Dr., 970-490-4691

Prost Brewing Company www.prostbrewing.com 321 Old Firehouse Alley, 303-729-1175

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. $$ L D● www.BJSrestaurants.com 2670 E. Harmony Rd., 970-282-3700

Rally King Brewing www.rallykingbrewing.com 1624 S. Lemay Ave., #4, 970-568-8936

Black Bottle Brewery $-$$ LD● www.blackbottlebrewery.com 1611 S. College Ave., Ste. 1609 970-493-2337

Ramskeller Pub & Grub $ LD● www.facebook.com/pages/Ramskeller/ 154467771231939 8033 Campus Delivery, Lory Student Center, 970-491-3903

C B & Potts Restaurant $-$$ B LD● www.cbpotts.com 1415 W. Elizabeth St., 970-221-1139 Compass Cidery $-$$ LD● www.compasscider.com 216 N. College Ave., 970-372-1350 CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing and Billiards $$ LD● www.coopersmithspub.com 5 Old Town Square, 970-498-0483 Equinox Brewing www.equinoxbrewing.com 133 Remington St., 970-484-1368 Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern $-$$ LD● www.fortcollinsbrewery.com 1020 E. Lincoln Ave., 970-472-1499 Funkwerks www.funkwerks.com 1900 E. Lincoln Ave., 970-482-3865

The Jessup Farm Barrel House www.jessupfarm.com/barrel-house 1921 Jessup Dr., 970-568-8345 McClellan’s Brewing Company $-$$ LD● www.mcclellansbrewingcompany.com 1035 S. Taft Hill Rd., 970-568-8473 New Belgium Brewing Company, Inc. www.newbelgium.com 500 Linden St. 970-221-0524 Odell Brewing Company www.odellbrewing.com 800 E. Lincoln Ave. 970-498-9070

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Vern’s Toffee House, Inc. www.vernstoffee.com 444 S. Link Ln. 970-493-7770 Whole Foods $-$$$ BLD● www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/ fortcollins 2201 S. College Ave., 970-267-9200

DELI’S & DINERS

Snowbank Brewing $-$$ LD● www.facebook.com/SnowbankBrewingCO 225 N. Lemay Ave., Ste. 1, 970-999-5658

Backcountry Provisions $-$$ BLD● www.backcountry-deli.com 140 N. College, 970-482-6913

Soul Squared Brewery www.soulsquaredbrewing.com 326 Smith St., 970-286-7769

Cheba Hut $-$$ LD● www.chebahut.com 104 E. Laurel St., 970-482-7267

Three Four Beer Company $ LD● www.threefourbeerco.com 829 S. Shields St., 970-221-3434

Choice City Butcher & Deli $-$$ BLD● www.choicecitybutcher.com/ 104 W. Olive St., 970-490-2489

Zwei Brewing Company $ LD● www.zweibrewing.com 4612 S Mason St., #120, 970-223-2482

Jason’s Deli $-$$ BLD● www.Jasonsdeli.com 1538 E. Harmony Rd., 970-204-9203

COFFEE & SWEET TREATS

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches $ LD● www.jimmyjohns.com 133 S. College Ave., 970-494-1234

Bean Cycle $ BLD● www.thebeancycle.com 144 N. College Ave., 970-221-2964 Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop www.benjerry.com/FORTCOLLINS #1 Old Town Square, 970-407-0899

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Butter Cream Cupcakery $ ● www.buttercream cupcakery.com 172 N. College Ave., 970-225-1040

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company www.horseanddragonbrewing.com 124 Racquette Dr., 970-631-8038

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The Chocolate Café $-$$ LD● www.chocolatecafefc.com 102 W. Olive St., 970-482-2725

Pateros Creek Brewing Co www.pateroscreekbrewing.com 242 N. College Ave., Unit B, 970-484-7222

Café’ Ardour www.cafeardour.com 255 Linden St., 970-493-9683

$ BL●

Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream $$ ● www.kilwins.com 114 S. College Ave., 970-221-9444 Nuance Chocolate $● www.NuanceChocolate.com 214 Pine St. 970-484-2330

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McAlister’s Deli $ LD● www.mcalistersdeli.com 1120 S. College Ave., 970-493-5700 McAlister’s Deli $ LD● www.mcalistersdeli.com 2550 E. Harmony Rd., Ste. 102, 970-2823733 Panera Bread $ BLD● www.panera-colorado.com 3700 S. College Ave., 970-204-4500 Spoons, Soups, Salads & Sandwiches $ LD● www.espoons.com (5 locations) 172 N. College Ave., Ste. C, 970-493-6800

FARM TO TABLE Cafe Vino $$ LD● www.cafevino.com 1200 S. College Ave., 970-212-3399 Noodles & Company $ LD● www.noodles.com 648 S. College Ave., 970-472-2033

B=Serves Breakfast L=Serves Lunch D=Serves Dinner

● North of Prospect ● Between Prospect & Horsetooth ● South of Drake


Don’t miss a Sound NOW THAT YOU ARE HERE,

WELCOME TO FORT COLLINS AND NORTHERN COLORADO

Susan D. Baker BS, BC-HIS

For the past 17 years I have helped families and friends to hear the unique sound of life here in beautiful, northern Colorado. Fort Collins has a wide variety of sounds to hear, from the music of Old Town to the sounds of nature while hiking one of our many trails. Imagine not being able to hear the birds singing, the roar of the Poudre River, or the voices and of loved ones. You would be missing out on life.

Call today to hear all that Fort Collins has to offer.

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Noodles & Company $ LD● www.noodles.com 3519 S. College Ave., 970-282-9357 4733 S. Timberline Rd., 970-223-2808 Restaurant 415 $ LD● www.thefourfifteen.com 415 S. Mason St., 970-407-0415 The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm $$-$$$ BLD● www.farmhousefc.com 1957 Jessup Dr., 970-631-8041 The Kitchen $$ LD● www.thekitchen.com 100 N. College Ave., 970-568-8869

ITALIAN Bisetti’s Ristorante $$ LD● www.bisettis.com 120 S. College Ave., 970-493-0086 Carrabba’s Italian Grill $-$$$ LD● www.carrabbas.com 1212 Oakridge Dr., 970-225-6800 Enzio’s Italian Kitchen $$ LD● www.enzios.com 126 W. Mountain Ave., 970-484-8466 RARE Italian $$$ D● www.rareitalian.com 101 S. College Ave., 970-294-4544 Panino’s $-$$ LD● www.paninos.com 310 W. Prospect Rd., 970-498-8292

MEXICAN Blue Agave Grill $$ LD● www.blueagavegrillcolorado.com/ 201 S. College Ave., Ste. 100 970-631-8876 Cafe Rio Mexican Grill $-$$ LD● www.caferio.com 4414 S. College Ave., 303-868-7008 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop $ BLD● www.fuzzystacoshop.com/co.html 1335 W. Elizabeth St., Ste. 125 970-407-8226

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Illegal Pete’s $-$$ BLD● www.illegalpetes.com/ fort-collins-old-town 320 Walnut St., 970-999-3051 La Luz Mexican Grill $-$$ BLD● www.laluzgrill.com 200 Walnut St. 970-493-1129

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Maya Cove $-$$ LD● www.mayacove.webs.com 2100 W. Drake Rd., #1, 970-484-0181 Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant www.riograndemexican.com 143 W. Mountain Ave. 970-224-1009 x129

$$ LD●

STEAK & SEAFOOD Charco Broiler $-$$$ BLD● www.charcobroiler.com 1716 E. Mulberry St., 970-482-1472 Fish

$$$ LD●

www.fishmkt.com 150 W. Oak St., 970-214-9907

PIZZA Beau Jo’s Pizza-Fort Collins $$ LD● www.beaujos.com 205 N. College Ave., 970-498-8898

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar $$$ LD● www.jaxfortcollins.com 123 N. College Ave., 970-682-2275

Nick’s Homestyle $-$$ LD● www.nickshomestyle.com 1100 S. College Ave., 970-631-8301 Old Chicago www.oldchicago.com 147 S. College Ave. 970-482-8599

$-$$ LD●

Old Chicago www.oldchicago.com 4709 S. Timberline Rd. 970-207-9456

$-$$ LD●

Pulcinella Pizzeria www.pulcinellapizzeria.com 1119 W. Drake Rd., Ste. C12 970-206-0065

$-$$ LD●

Totally 80’s Pizza www.totally80spizza.com 1717 S. College Ave. 970-482-1099

$-$$ LD●

Uncle’s Pizzeria www.unclespizzeria.com 120 W. Olive St., 970-224-7100

$-$$ LD●

Sonny Lubick Steakhouse $$-$$$ LD● www.sonnylubick steakhouse.com 115 S. College Ave., 970-484-9200 Wabi Sabi Old Town $$ LD● www.wabisabioldtown.com 223 Linden St., Ste #103, 970-482-3734 Suehiro Japanese Restaurant www.suehirofc.com 4431 Corbett Dr., 970-672-8185

Texas Roadhouse $-$$ D● www.texasroadhouse.com 4633 S. Timberline Rd., 970-207-0006

VEGETARIAN Restaurant 415 www.thefourfifteen.com 415 S. Mason St., 970-407-0415

CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery $-$$ LD● www.cbpotts.com 1415 W. Elizabeth St. 970-221-1139

$$ LD●

Avogadro’s Number $-$$ BLD● www.avogadros.com 605 S. Mason St., 970-493-5555 Tasty Harmony www.tastyharmony.com 160 W. Oak St., 970-689-3234

PUBS

$$ LD●

$-$$ LD●

WINERIES & DISTILLERIES

The Crown Pub www.crownpub.net 134 S. College Ave. 970-484-5929

$$ BLD●

Blue Skies Winery www.blueskieswinery.com 251 Jefferson St. 970-407-9463

Mishawaka www.themishawaka.com 13714 Poudre Canyon Hwy. 970-482-3879

$-$$ LD●

CopperMuse Distillery www.coppermuse.com 244 N. College Ave. 970-999-6016

Pappy’s Corner Pub $-$$ LD● www.pappyscornerpub.com 1027 W. Horsetooth Rd., Ste. 111 970-227-3504 The Colorado Room $-$$ LD● www.thecoloradoroom.com 642 S. College Ave.970-682-1163

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Feisty Spirits Distillery www.feistyspirits.com 1708 E. Lincoln Ave., #1, 970-444-2386 Ten Bears Winery www.tenbearswinery.com 5114 N. Co Rd. 23E, 970-566-4043

B=Serves Breakfast L=Serves Lunch D=Serves Dinner

● North of Prospect ● Between Prospect & Horsetooth ● South of Drake


Fortified Farm Dinners

Our farm dinners showcase the very best our region has to offer in locally grown food, culinary creativity and community collaboration. Every dinner raises funds for a local non-profit. Join us for a delicious dinner on the farm! ................

July 17 Heart of Summer Dinner at Happy Heart Farm ................

August 21 3 Forks Progressive Farm Dinner Farms TBD ................

September 4 Mishawaka 100 Year Harvest Dinner at Grant Farms CSA ................

October 8 5th Annual Bounty and Brews Beer Dinner at Jordanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Floral Gardens ................

For tickets and more information, visit:

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Bring Your

Suitcase Lay your head where you like. Accommodations range from charming bed & breakfast inns to modern hotels. Or get your western on at a guest ranch or mountain cabin. You can even camp out at a private or public campground. [This directory is organized by type of accommodation.]

Fort Collins North Wellington KOA $DV c

www.koa.com 4821 E. County Road 70, 970-568-7486 Fort Collins Poudre Canyon KOA $ DVc www.koa.com 6670 N. US Hwy. 287, 970-493-9758 The Inn at Whiskey Belle Ranch $$ c7 www.whiskeybelleranch.com 2030 Cherokee Park Rd., 970-482-0248 Lakeshore Marina Condominiums $$ DV7 www.lakeshoremarinacondos.com 4529 Shoreline Dr. #5, 970-223-0522

The Armstrong Hotel

Located in historic, downtown Fort Collins SEE LISTING PAGE 78

Lone Pine Realty $$$ DVê7 www.lonepinerealty.com PO Box 173, 970-881-2500 Poudre River/Red Feather Lakes Tourist Council www.coloradomountainvacation.com 31635 Poudre Canyon Rd., 970-881-2142

BED & BREAKFASTS Edwards House Inn $$ c www.edwardshouse.com 402 W. Mountain Ave., 970-493-9191

LODGING

Fernweh Inn & Hostel www.fortcollinshostel.com 616 W. Mulberry St., 970-219-9493 Gaia’s Farm and Gardens Shangri-la Inn c www.gaiascsa.com 4328 W. County Road 54G, 970-817-2186

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Solarium International Hostel $ V www.solariumhostel.com 706 E. Stuart St., 970-646-9111

CAMPGROUNDS

CABINS Bighorn Cabins $$ V 7 www.bighorncabins.com 31635 Poudre Canyon, 970-881-2142 Fort Collins KOA Lakeside $ D V cê

www.fclakesidecg.com 1910 Lakeside Resort Lane, 970-484-9880

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Terry Bison Ranch $-$$ D V www.terrybisonranch.com 51 I-25 Service Rd. E., 307-634-4171

$ = $49-$99 Per night $$ = $100-200 Per night $$$ = $200+ Per night

Fort Collins KOA Lakeside $DV c

www.fclakesidecg.com 1910 Lakeside Resort Lane, 970-484-9880 Fort Collins North Wellington KOA $ DVc

www.koa.com 4821 E. County Road 70, 970-568-7486

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Fort Collins Poudre Canyon KOA $ DVc

www.koa.com 6670 N. US Hwy. 287, 970-493-9758 Terry Bison Ranch $-$$ DV www.terrybisonranch.com 51 I-25 Service Rd. E., 307-634-4171

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HOTELS & MOTELS America’s Best Value Inn $ Dc www.americasbestvalueinn.com 1809 N. College Ave. 970-484-2764 America’s Best Value Inn & Suites $-$$ Dcc

www.americasbestvalueinn.com 4333 E. Mulberry St., 970-226-1232

AmericInn Lodge & Suites $-$$ Dccê www.americinn.com 7645 Westgate Dr., 970-226-1232

Alanna Day and Bob West The Inn at Whiskey Belle Ranch 2030 Cherokee Park Road, Livermore, CO

Armstrong Hotel $$ D www.thearmstronghotel.com 259 S. College Ave., 970-484-3883

25 miles NW of Fort Collins • whiskeybelleranch.com

Best Western Kiva Inn $-$$ Dccê www.bestwesternkivainn.com 1638 E. Mulberry St., 970-484-2444 Best Western University Inn $-$$ Dcc

www.bwui.com 914 S. College Ave., 970-484-1984 Budget Host Inn $ c www.budgethost.com 1513 N. College Ave., 970-484-0870

If you love animals, exploring the outdoors and eating good food, then you’ll love hanging out

with Alanna Day and Bob West, the owners of The Inn at Whiskey Belle Ranch. After spending their career years in the worlds of telecom and architecture respectively, Alanna and Bob now spend their time entertaining guests and teaching them about the daily routine of a working cattle ranch complete with Scottish Highland cattle, cutting horses, herding dogs, chickens and barn cats. Bob’s the mastermind of the 1894 farmhouse’s remodel. In the evening, the couple shares a dinner they prepare with their garden vegetables and grass-fed beef as the sun sets behind the foothills. They say the Inn “is a place where we learn about our guests’ interesting stories and backgrounds, and renew our faith in the people from all over the country.” It’s a pure Colorado-style remedy for reconnecting with your wild side.

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Cambria Suites $$ c www.cambriasuites.com 2921 E. Harmony Rd., 970-267-9000 Candlewood Suites-Fort Collins $$ DV

www.ihg.com/candlewood 314 Pavilion Lane, 970-223-0200

Comfort Inn & Suites $ Dcc www.choicehotels.com 601 SW. Frontage Rd., 970-407-0100 Comfort Suites $ Dcc www.choicehotels.com 1415 Oakridge Dr., 970-206-4597 Courtyard by Marriott $-$$ Dc www.marriott.com/ftccy 1200 Oakridge Dr., 970-282-1700 Days Inn $ Dc www.daysinn.com 3625 E. Mulberry St., 970-221-5490


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Econolodge Motel $ Dcc www.econolodge.com 3634 E. Mulberry St., 970-482-1114 Fernweh Inn & Hostel $-$$ DV www.fortcollinshostel.com 616 W. Mulberry St., 970-219-9493 Fort Collins Marriott $$ Dc www.marriott.com 350 E. Horsetooth Rd., 970-226-5200 Hampton Inn $$ Dcc www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com 1620 Oakridge Dr., 970-229-5927 Hilton Fort Collins $$ Dc www3.hilton.com 425 W. Prospect Rd. 970-482-2626

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Collins $$ cê

www.hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com 2821 E. Harmony Rd. 970-225-2900 Holiday Inn Express $-$$ Dccê www.holidayinnexpress.com 1426 Oakridge Dr., 970-225-2200

Quality Inn and Suites $ Dcc www.qualityinnfortcollins.com 4001 S. Mason, 970-282-9047 Remington Flats $$ DV www.remingtonflats.com 813 Remington St., Unit D, 970-699-1189 Residence Inn by Marriott $-$$

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Homewood Suites by Hilton

www.fortcollinsresidenceinn.com 1200 Oakridge Dr., 970-223-5700

$$ DcVcê

www.homewoodsuites3.hilton.com 1521 Oakridge Dr., 970-225-2400 La Quinta $ Dccê www.lq.com 3709 E. Mulberry St., 970-493-7800

Solarium International Hostel $ V www.solariumhostel.com 706 E. Stuart St., 970-646-9111 Super 8 Motel $-$$ Dcê www.Super8.com 409 Centro Way, 970-493-7701

Edwards House Inn

Locally-owned Inn near downtown Fort Collins

PHOTOCOURTESY EDWARD’S HOUSE

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D = Pets welcome c = Breakfast served V = Kitchen available

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PATIO FRIENDS FUN

5 OLD TOWN SQUARE | FORT COLLINS

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Bring Your

Bucket List Break fresh powder to share a crisp winter sunrise with a herd of big-horned sheep. Stand in the shadow of a stupa blessed by the Dalai Lama, himself. Introduce your child to the magic of The Nutcracker Ballet or inspire them with a museum full of wonders! Shoot the churning rapids with the love of your life, a river guide, and six new, furiously-paddling friends. Fort Collins is a great place to check off those bucket list items and you might find that it moves you to add just a couple more.

The Greyrock Trail

Just up the Cache la Poudre Canyon, west of Fort Collins

[This directory is organized by type of activity.]

PHOTO BY SAM COX

Garbage Garage Education Center www.larimer.org/solidwaste/gg/gargar.htm 5887 S. Taft Hill Rd., 970-498-5772

ARTS

ART GALLERIES & MUSEUMS Avery House www.poudrelandmarks. org/avery-house 108 N. Meldrum St., 970-221-4220 Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum www.beefamilyfarm.com 4320 E. County Rd. 58, 970-482-9168

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The Center for Fine Art Photography www.c4fap.org 400 N. College Ave., 970-224-1010 Fort Collins Museum of Art www.ftcma.org 201 S. College Ave. 970-482-2787 Fort Collins Museum of Discovery www.fcmod.org 408 Mason Ct. 970-416-2288

University Art Museum www.artmuseum.colostate.edu 1400 Remington St., 970-491-7634 Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures www.globalvillagemuseum.org 200 W. Mountain Ave., 970-221-4600

ART IN PUBLIC PLACES Downtown Artery www.downtownartery.com 254 Linden St., 970-286-2887 Illustrated Light Gallery www.illustratedlight.com #1 Old Town Square, Ste. #103 970-493-4673 Swetsville Zoo www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10787 4801 E. Harmony Rd., 970-484-9509


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Trimble Court Artisans/Artist Coop www.trimblecourt.com 118 Trimble Ct., 970-221-0051

MUSIC & THEATRES Bas Bleu Theatre Co. www.basbleu.org 401 Pine St., 970-498-8949

PHOTO BY RICHARD HARO

Boomer Music Company www.boomermusiccompany.com 3761 S. Mason St., 970-223-2424 Candlelight Dinner Playhouse www.coloradocandlelight.com 4747 Marketplace Dr. 970-744-3747 Colorado State University School of the Arts www.csuschoolofthearts.com 1779 Campus Delivery, 970-491-5529

William Knudsen

Downtown Artery www.downtownartery.com 254 Linden St., 970-286-2887

Downtown Artery 252 Linden Street • downtownartery.com

Foothills Pops Band www.foothillspopsband.org 204 Elm St., 970-430-2756

writer and musician, he’s lived in several cities and traveled the nation but says there’s no place like home when it comes to Fort Collins. “This is such a rare place. There’s a different attitude here. People are kind and friendly and excited!” As the director of marketing and development for Downtown Artery, William helps other artists develop marketing survival skills. “We’re working on fostering an artistic community in a thriving town and creating a collaborative ecosystem in one building.” His work at The Artery reflects that of others across the city where “everyone wants to keep improving the core structure that makes it great. I love that. It’s a beautiful thing.”

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Lincoln Center www.lincolncenter.org 417 W. Magnolia St. 970-221-6735 PHOTO BY RICHARD HARO

Art has defined Fort Collins native William Knudsen’s entire professional life. As a

Front Range Chamber Players www.frontrangechamberplayers.org PO Box 725, 970-493-0707

Midtown Arts Center www.midtownartscenter.com 3750 S. Mason St., 970-225-2555 OpenStage Theatre & Company www.openstage.com 400 N. College Ave. 970-484-5237

PERFORMING & CULTURAL ARTS Canyon Concert Ballet & Dance Center www.ccballet.org 1031 Conifer St. #3 970-472-4156 Fort Collins Children’s Theatre www.fortcollinschildrenstheatre.org PO Box 442, 970-498-4110

PHOTO BY RICHARD HARO

PHOTO BY RICHARD HARO

Fort Collins Symphony Association www.fcsymphony.org PO Box 1963, 970-482-4823

Midtown Arts Center www.midtownartscenter.com 3750 S. Mason St., 970-225-2555


LET’S TALK TRASH

The Garbage GArage Education Center

Larimer County’s Waste & Recycling Education Center at the Larimer County Landfill 5887 South Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins DROP-IN HOURS: Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10am - 2pm TO SCHEDULE A TOUR, CALL: 970-498-5772

www.larimer.orG/solidwaste

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Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Collindale Golf Course www.fcgov.com/golf/collindale.php 1441 E. Horsetooth Rd., 970-221-6651

A museum for all ages to investigate, learn and play

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Fort Collins Country Club www.fcgolf.org 1920 Country Club Rd., 970-482-1336 Harmony Golf Club www.harmonyclub.info 4176 Club Dr., 970-224-4622 Ptarmigan Country Club www.ptarmigancc.com 5416 Vardon Way, 970-226-8555 Southridge Golf Course www.fcgov.com/golf/southridge.php 5750 S. Lemay Ave., 970-416-2828

GUIDES & OUTFITTERS A Wanderlust Adventure www.awanderlustadventure.com 4120 W. County Rd. 54G, 970-484-1219 A1 Wildwater www.a1wildwater.com 9552 Poudre Canyon Rd., 970-224-3379 Front Range Ride Guides www.frontrangerideguides.com 2821 Canby Way, 720-470-1627 Mountain’ SUP www.mountainsup.com Santanka Cove At Horsetooth, 970-480-7876 Mountain Whitewater Descents www.mountainwhitewater descents.com 1329 N. US Highway 287 970-419-0917

OpenStage Theatre & Company www.openstage.com 400 N. College Ave., 970-484-5237

FISHING St. Peter’s Fly Shop www.stpetes.com 202 Remington St. 970-498-8968

BIKING

ACTIVITI E S

Drake Cyclery www.drakecyclery.com 2100 W. Drake Rd. Ste. 4, 970-631-8326 Front Range Ride Guides www.frontrangerideguides.com 2821 Canby Way, 720-470-1627 Rocky Mountain Recumbents www.rockymountainrecumbents.com 2111 S. College Ave. # G, 970-221-4838 The FC Bike Library www.fcbikelibrary.com 1501 N. College Ave., 970-481-5577

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St. Peter’s Fly Shop - South www.stpetes.com 2008 E. Harmony Rd. 970-377-3785

GOLF City Park Nine www.fcgov.com/golf/city-park-nine.php 411 S. Bryan Ave., 970-221-6650

Mountains and Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service www.mpills.org 155 W. Harvard St. #202, 970-267-3031 Recycled Cycles - CSU Store www.Recycled-Cycles.com 451 Isotope Dr., 970-491-9555 Recycled Cycles- South Store www.Recycled-Cycles.com 4031 S. Mason St., 970-223-1969 Rocky Mountain Adventures www.shoprma.com 1117 US-287, 970-493-4005 St. Peter’s Fly Shop www.stpetes.com 202 Remington St. 970-498-8968


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HIKING Colorado Division of Wildlife, Northeast Region www.fws.gov/northeast/regional_director ate_team.html 317 W. Prospect Rd., 970-472-4300

PHOTO COURTESY FRRG

Larimer County Natural Resources www.larimer.org/naturalresources 1800 S. County Road 31, 970-679-4570

Nick Markiewicz

U.S. Forest Service Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests www.fs.usda.gov/arp 2150 Centre Ave. Building E, 970-295-6770

HORSEBACK RIDING Beaver Meadows Stables www.beavermeadowsstables.com 100 Marmot Dr., Red Feather Lakes, 970-231-1955 High Country Stables www.highcountrystables.biz 2024 N. Whitcomb, 970-493-9428

Front Range Ride Guides frontrangerideguides.com

Inspiration Riding Academy www.inspirationridingacademy.com 3628 N. Taft Hill Rd. 970-402-2536 Sylvandale Guest Ranch www.sylvandale.com 2939 N. Co Rd. 31D, 970-667-3915

PHOTO COURTESY FRRG

HOT AIR BALLOONS Flights of Fancy, LLC www.flightsoffancyllc.com 4152 Avenida Del Sol Dr., 970-581-5042

Markiewicz, it gets you part ownership in Front Range Ride Guides and the title of Senior Guide plus Operations Manager. He says he’s fortunate to be able to share his passion and what he loves with others, especially in northern Colorado. “We are surrounded by such a beautiful landscape that boasts countless outdoor recreational opportunities. You can head out and do just about anything. It just so happens, for me, that means a ton of great mountain biking. Besides that, the Fort is so bike-friendly. You can pedal anywhere! I’ve always felt there is nothing that rivals the feeling of cruising a trail on two-wheels. It’s pure freedom.”

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LAKE BOATING Inlet Bay Marina www.inletbaymarina.com 4314 S. Shoreline Dr., 970-223-0140

STAND UP PADDLING & KAYAKING Mountain’ SUP www.mountainsup.com Santanka Cove At Horsetooth, 970-480-7876 Mountain Whitewater Descents www.mountainwhitewater descents.com 1329 N. US Highway 287 970-419-0917

PHOTO COURTESY FRRG

What does 30-plus years of mountain biking and wrenching on bikes get you? If you’re Nick

PHOTO BY RICHARD HARO

Spirit of Colorado www.spiritofcoloradoballoon.com 719 W. Shore Ct., 970-226-2400


Rocky Mountain Adventures www.shoprma.com 1117 US-287, 970-493-4005

WHITEWATER RAFTING

The Cat-head Fence

Can you spot these unusual pickets? SE CORNER OF MULBERRY AND COLLEGE

A Wanderlust Adventure www.awanderlustadventure.com 4120 W. County Rd. 54G, 970-484-1219 A1 Wildwater www.a1wildwater.com 9552 Poudre Canyon Rd., 970-224-3379 Mountain Whitewater Descents www.mountainwhitewater descents.com 1329 N. US Highway 287 970-419-0917 Rocky Mountain Adventures www.shoprma.com 1117 US-287, 970-493-4005

TOURS-BICYCLE, BREWERY, FOODIE & FARM, HISTORY & GHOST Beer and Bike Tours www.beerandbiketours.com 2414 Stanley Ct., 970-201-1085 Leisurely Pedaling www.leisurelypedaling.com 374 Cajetan St., 970-420-5603 Front Range Ride Guides www.frontrangerideguides.com 2821 Canby Way, 720-470-1627 Bicycle tours The Fort Collins Brewery Guide www.fortcollinsbreweryguide.com PO Box 270966, 970-221-0082 Fort Collins Tours, Inc. www.fortcollinstours.com 19 Old Town Square, Ste. 238, 970-372-1445 Brewery, History & Ghost tours Magic Bus Tours www.themagicbustours.com 2425 Farghee Ct., 970-420-0662 Brewery, Foodie & Farm, History & Ghost tours

Your Home for Wine! • Over 5000 Wines Available • Expert Staff • Free Wine Tastings every Friday 4-7 • Craft Beers , Spirits and Wines at Great Prices mixed case discounts VISIT US DAILY AT: PRINGLESWINE.COM

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OUR COMMUNITY

Snapshot of the essentials THE CITY OF FORT COLLINS ESTIMATES that 161,000 people live here now. You’ll see new building projects, street infrastructure updates, well-kept parks and flower pots, public art and on and on. And you know, downtown is cool….Disney cool. The buildings inspired Disneyland’s Main Street USA.

How’s the weather? Magnificent! Generally, it’s warm in the summer…80s and 90s and sunny with afternoon showers that cool things off. Fall is magical with clear skies and cool (50s to 70s), though it can snow in September. Layers are a must. We have days in February that are 30 with snow and the next day could be 65 with sunshine. Spring is unpredictable. Rain in the morning and clear skies in the afternoon. Who knows? April through June are the wettest months.

The sun Colorado boasts over 300 days of sunshine! Bring sunglasses, sun screen, caps and a big water bottle, or maybe two or three! Heat stroke and exhaustion can happen quickly; so tune in and play it safe.

The elevation We’re right at 5,000 feet above sea level and the further you go west the higher you get. Take it slow the first few days. Plan your active days and your days in high country for after you’ve been here a couple days if you can. If you feel nauseous or have a bad headache in the mountains, go to lower elevation. And stay hydrated!

Health care central It may be that you’re visiting Fort Collins for the cutting-edge, comprehensive health care that we are fortunate to have thriving here. The largest provider is UCHealth, which operates Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies and many

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associated clinics. Banner Health just opened the Fort Collins Medical Center in the southeast corner of town and also operates several outpatient clinics. Kaiser Permante is expanding in the area and recently opened a medical office here.

Senior care and housing Seniors find a continuum of care here from independent living to assisted-living to skilled-nursing facilities. Columbine Health Systems is a locally owned network that provides care through the full spectrum of housing options along with rehabilitative care.

Education A great town needs a great school district and Poudre School District nails it with a combination of high-performing neighborhood schools and a menu of choice programs including bilingual immersion, International Baccalaureate, Expeditionary Learning, STEM and more. Many students opt to continue their education at Front Range Community College Larimer Campus offering nationally accredited classes. Students may earn Associates of Arts or Associates of Science degrees. Colorado State University is consistently ranked as a top tier university in U.S. News and World Reports rankings of “America’s Best Colleges and Universities. It is also one of the core economic and cultural drivers in Fort Collins. Read more about what it offers starting on page 49.

Emergency centers u  Banner Fort Collins Medical Center

4700 Lady Moon Drive, 970-821-4000

u  Medical Center of the Rockies

2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, 970-624-2500

u  Poudre Valley Hospital

1024 South Lemay, 970-495-7000

Urgent care u  Associates in Family Medicine

Urgent Care 3519 Richmond Dr., 970-204-0300

u  Concentra Urgent Care

620 S. Lemay Ave., 970-221-5811

u  Pediatric Urgent Care of

Northern Colorado 1214 Oak Park Dr., 970-494-2626

u  UCHealth Family Medicine Center Walk-in Clinic 1025 Pennock Place, Ste. 121 970-495-8980

u  UCHealth Urgent Care

2127 E. Harmony Rd., Ste. 140 970-297-6250

PET/ANIMAL urgent AND emergency care u  CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Emergency and Urgent Care center 300 W. Drake Rd., 970-297-5000


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POPULATION INFORMATION u  Fort Collins Population: 158,600 (2015) u  Median age: 29.3 years old u  Median household income: $53,359 (American Community Survey, 2009-2012)

u  Completed four or more years of college: 52.3 percent

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Relocation Resources Here’s a list of need-to-know numbers to help answer any questions you may have about living in Fort Collins AmeriGas (propane) 970-484-8140 Building Services 970-221-6760 Centurylink, Internet & Cable 800-475-7526 City of Fort Collins 970-221-6500 Drivers Licensing 970-494-9804 Fort Collins Housing Authority 970-416-2910 Fort Collins Police Department 970-221-6540 Fort Collins-Loveland Airport 970-962-2850 Front Range Internet, Inc. 970-212-0700 970-484-5556 Gallegos Sanitation Inc. Trash Removal & Recycling Hageman Earth Cycle Composting 970-221-7173 Larimer Count Motor Vehicle Dept. Clerk and Recorder 970-498-7878 Larimer Humane Society 970-226-3647 Platte River Power Authority 970-226-4000 Poudre Fire Authority Non-emergency 970-221-6570 Poudre River Public Library District 970-221-6740 Poudre School District 970-482-7420 Poudre Valley Rural Electric outside city limits 970-226-1234 Ram Waste Systems, Inc.Trash removal and recycling 970-226-3396 Recycling 970-221-6600 Social Sustainability Program 970-221-6734 Thompson School District 970-613-5000 Transfort Bus Service 970-221-6620 United States Post Office, 301 S. Howes St. 970-472-4022 Utilities 970-221-6700 970-482-6319 Waste Management Trash Removal & Recycling Xcel Energy Natural Gas 800-895-4999 Xfinity Internet & Cable 800-266-2278

Have fun, know more, and explore Fort Collins with Magic Bus limo, walking and bike tours. TICKETS AND TOUR INFO AT:

TheMagicBusTours.com OR CALL: 970-420-0662

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Important Numbers Fire, Medical, Police Emergency Colorado Road Conditions Colorado State Patrol Fort Collins Police Larimer County Sheriff Poudre Fire Authority Poudre Valley Hospital

9-1-1 303-639-1111 970-224-3027 970-221-6540 970-498-5100 970-221-6570 970-495-7000

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YOUR Event Destination

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A hub for meetings and events.

Meetings and events are just better here

SO YOU’RE PLANNING A MEETING or an event…maybe a wedding, a conference, or a staff retreat. It’s an opportunity to get some work done and spend some good times together. How do you decide where to host it?

Down to BUSINESS Access: Fort Collins is one hour from Denver International Airport. Catch a shuttle or rent a car and make the easy drive yourself. Facilities: Take your pick between intimate settings, small and large meeting

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rooms, banquet rooms, full-service hotels, stages with theater seating or idyllic mountain venues. The perfect facility is here for your group. Lodging: We have it. Boutique hotels, full- and limited-service hotels, B & Bs, and hostels. Check out the Lodging listings on page 76 for specifics.

The extras What sets Fort Collins apart from other meeting destinations? The intangibles— those things that can help make the

whole event a success, those experiences that people will talk about after the conference, or the amenities that are attractive to significant others who might be accompanying participants. Fort Collins is attractive all on its own. It offers activities that help bring people together, good food and entertainment are our specialties and it’s easy to get around!


Oh, the bonding… There’s the express purpose you’re getting together, the real content of the event—two people saying, “I do,” or technical papers being presented, maybe visioning discussions. But a lot of times you’re here for more than just that, right? You can do a lot of bonding or team-building just by hanging out together and having fun. Here are a few other suggestions if you want to take it up a notch.

u  Paddle together—When six or eight people are paddling a raft, if you don’t stroke together, you don’t get down the river. It’s a clear metaphor with very sudden consequences, and a lot of laughter. See the listings under Outfitters on page 86.

u  Escape together—Participants work as a team to “Escape from the Machine” at the Fort Collins Escape Room. This is a fascinating way to build working relationships, problem-solving skills and more. Or just have fun with the people in your party. www.fortcollinsescaperoom.com.

u  Pedal and, well, drink together—And on the silly, but really fun side…up to 16 of you can hire a driver and bartender and literally pedal your way around town on a bicycle bar from My Handle Bar. You’ll stop in at local breweries, cideries and wineries along the way. No experience necessary! www.myhandlebar.com.

u  Paint together—At Pinot’s Palette studio, they have a variety of collaborative painting activities where you get together to paint something under the direction of an artist and the inspiration of a bartender. www/pinotspalette.com/fortcollins/corporate-events.

u  Cook together—Cook up some project-management and communications skills as your team prepares and eats some treats that you whip up under the guidance of a chef at The Cooking Studio. www.the-cooking-studio.com.

Time and time again we hear attendees and meeting planners alike talk about how friendly everyone is to visitors.

Planning support Staff members at Visit Fort Collins are here to help you have the best, most-successful experience you possibly can. You can start with a visit to the website: www.visitfortcollins.com. A visit to the Meeting Planners page should answer all your questions. Contact them to get your event going.

My Handlebar

Bond with your team over beers and pedals.

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A transportation system which moves many

LAND IT’S DIFFICULT TO GET REALLY LOST in Fort Collins. Here’s a clue: the foothills are to the west...always. You can figure it out from there. And the major streets are set up on a grid. College Avenue, Hwy 287, is the main north-south artery, and then every mile to the east and west is another main street. On the east-west vector, same thing, every mile, a main street. Traffic flows pretty well most of the time and you can find parking on the street, in parking lots or parking garages. Check out the maps on the next page.

Public transportation You have to ride the MAX, the northsouth spine of the TransFort system here. It’s cheap and easy, $1.25 a ride or $3 for a day pass and $10 for a week. During the day it stops every 10 minutes at the 14 stops from Downtown to the South Station just south of Harmony and a little less often in the evening. And 20 other bus routes connect with the Max and use the same pass. Let’s say you’re staying at a hotel on Harmony Road and you want to explore Fort Collins. You could drive to the south Max terminal and park there or you could check the app or website (www.ridetrans fort.com) to see where the nearest bus stop is and when the next bus will arrive. The bus will run you right down to that Max station. And one more thing that we think is pretty important: to keep it as clean and

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green as possible, Transfort vehicles run on bio-diesel and compressed natural gas.

Bike and ride And it just gets better. The buses and the Max are designed for you to take your bike with you. So you can go multimodal. Or hop off the Max, and hop on a bike! At many stops, and other locations around town, you can rent a bike with the automated, self-service Bike Share program. Just download the app and you’re good to go. www.fcgov.com/ transportationplanning/bikeshare.php.

Getting out of town Leave the driving to the pros. Hop on the FLEX bus. You’ll be in downtown Boulder in a little over an hour, and you can ex-

plore Loveland and Longmont along the way. Rates are the same as all TransFort buses and your pass works on the FLEX, too. Rolling to downtown Denver for the day? Saddle up on the Bustang. For $10, you can ride from the Downtown or Harmony Transit Centers in Fort Collins to downtown Denver. It takes around an hour and a half. www.ridebustang.com.

To and from the airport Two companies shuttle to and from the Denver International Airport starting at around $30: Green Ride Colorado, www.green rideco.com, and SuperShuttle, www.supershuttle.com/dia. For nonstop service by Supershuttle, go to: http://blog. supershuttle.com/direct-service-comingfort-collins/


the must stop by... restaurant 415!

swordfish skewers charbroiled tofu shrimp and grits 1855 choice ribeye chicken and waffles

415 south mason 970.407.0415 cool beers thoughtful wines locally - sourced

Reservations at :

thefourfifteen.com

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Favorite eVENTS

Favorite ACTIVITIES

Favorite eateries

Favorite local beverages

Favorite PARK

Favorite WILDLIFE SPOTTED Favorite PHOTO OPP

Favorite HIKE Favorite THING FOR NEXT TIME

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