I have been meaning to share with you some highlights from my visit to Fort Collins, Colorado a few weeks ago. Fort Collins is located north of Denver and is a wonderful city to visit or call home. I could see the snow blanketing the mountain from the airplane before we arrived.
Once we landed in Denver, which I still have not explored yet, we headed to Fort Collins in our rental car. Quite a change in weather for this Southern California girl, but I loved seeing all the snow.
We stayed with family so I was looking forward to enjoying our time with them. It was so nice to wake up to snow in the neighborhood, because this never happens at home.
We enjoyed the indoors, but also explored downtown Fort Collins during this trip. Did you know that some of the buildings in downtown were inspiration for the buildings on Disneyland's Main Street? One of the original designers of Main Street grew up in Fort Collins and designed the buildings based on what he saw here growing up.
Several of the buildings also have ghost signs of what the buildings used to be. There is a really cool walking tour you can take and see many buildings from the 1800's. They have left the buildings in great shape and you can see nuances from life there over a century ago.
There were so many wonderful places to eat, drink and shop. I seriously needed more time to explore, but I made the best of what time I had.
One of my favorite stores downtown was The Cupboard, a kitchen specialty store that had so many fun things for the home. Cookware, bakeware, cupcake accessories galore, dishes and these cute colorful teapots.
There was also a huge selection of cookbooks upstairs and an entire section devoted to gift ideas for the cook or baker including recipe cards, recipe keepers and books and journals - Squeeeee!
I could have stayed there longer, but then I got the "aren't you done yet" eye from my husband so we moved on.
If you are a home cook or foodie, I suggest you check out the Savory Spice shop. While I have been to the smaller location at the OC Mix, here in Orange County, this location was much bigger and offered a larger selection.
They had so many wonderful herb and spice blends and you could sample them before you buy.
I bought a few fun spice blends from the shop.
We had a nice lunch at Coopersmiths Pub and of course, since Fort Collins is also home to many awesome breweries, we had to visit a few. We checked out Zwei Bruder Brewery while we were there since it is just a few minutes from downtown. I really enjoyed the Vienna Lager that they have on tap there.
There are so many things to do there including bike trails, brewery tours, hiking, fishing and the city is very self-sustaining. I hope to get back there soon when the weather is a bit warmer. It was a high of 7 the day we left.
Fort Collins is simply magical at night too!
Downtown Fort Collins is beautiful day or night, but especially magical during winter evenings.
Downtown Fort Collins Travel Tips
- Put on your walking shoes and explore downtown's cafes, shops and bars.
- Renting a bike is a great way to see the downtown area.
- Check into the Fort Collins visitor bureau for tips and tours.
- Colorado State University is nearby and hosts a number of activities throughout the year.
- If you love beer, you will love the many brewery options in Fort Collins.
- Consider taking a day trip to Boulder, Colorado.
- Whitewater Rafting and Boating activities are also available in Fort Collins.
It was a fun quick trip and I cannot wait to go back. Have you ever visited Fort Collins?