Whether you are photographing food, nature, or taking selfies with friends… Fort Collins is a beautiful town that deserves to be shown off in all of its Instagram glory! While exploring town, we have come across several of the most “Instagrammable” spots that you will want to visit!
The Oval is a staple in the Fort Collins and the Colorado State University community. The Oval is an iconic part of that RAMs and community member alike love! The Oval is an open space on campus with several concrete paths running through the grass. Is has giant willow trees all around that make the perfect backdrop for photos.
The buildings surrounding the Oval are some of the oldest buildings on campus that are absolutely beautiful! The Oval provides the perfect photo op for anyone passing through! If you are looking for a photo that screams CSU make sure to take a picture in front of one of the many ram statues on campus!
This brick-covered alleyway is a historic landmark in Old Town, Fort Collins that is located right next to the Elizabeth Hotel. Old Firehose Alley provides the perfect Instagram moment for those of you who like an antique feel and look! The alleyway has lights strung from the rooftops across the walkways and tall light posts that will create unique lighting for your photos. During spring and summer there is also a lot of greenery such as hanging baskets filled with eye catching flowers. You can also find a painted piano in the alley, which is a great prop for your photos in the alley. If you are a piano player we recommend sharing a live story of you playing on the uniquely painted piano!
Horsetooth falls is full of stunning views the entire hike up! Once your reach the top, there is a beautiful waterfall that will leave your Instagram followers wanting more. Be warned that the waterfall flow is the heaviest in the spring! This hike is also fairly easy so you can be ready for a flawless photo once you reach the top!
Jessup Farm Artisan Village is a picturesque, quaint farm “town”. Jessup Farm features a barbershop, coffee shop, brewery, and a delicious restaurant. Jessup Farms recognizes the beauty of their courtyard and encourage you to do photoshoots here that you are welcome to share online! We recommend you take your photos outside by the fairly lights at night for an adorable photo!
We hope you enjoy seeing some of our favorite most Instagrammable spots in Fort Collins!
Get Out of FOCO: A Day Trip to Denver, CO
Get Out of FOCO: A Day Trip to Denver, CO
If you’re looking to spend a day in the city that has it all, Denver is your destination. Being the capital of Colorado, Denver is the hub for all things Colorado. Known as the “Mile High City”, Denver is located exactly one mile above sea level. With one of the most walkable downtowns in the nation, Denver is an attractive tourist destination, with lots of fun attractions easily accessible for visitors. With 300 days of sunshine, it’s almost always walkable weather! Denver also is one of few cities to have 7 professional sports teams, so whatever your sport of choice, Denver probably has a team you can cheer on!
The Denver Art Museum is located in the Civic Center in Denver and is one of the largest museums between Coast and Chicago. With rotating exhibitions, there are always new pieces of art to see. The current exhibitions include Degas: A Passion for Perfection (02.11.18-05.20.18), Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie (12.03.17-07.08.18), Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard (03.25.18-08.05.18), Past the Tangled Present (10.15.17-09.09.18), Ganesha: The Playful Protector (10.01.17-01.13.19) and Stampede: Animals in Art (09.10.17-05.19.19). Along with their exhibitions, the Denver Art Museum has a wide variety of collections that permanently stay. The collections include various cultural art pieces from around the world such as American Indian Art and Spanish Colonial Art.
Admission for Colorado Residents is as follows: adults-$10; senior (65+)/ military- $8; college students- $8; kids (18 and younger)- FREE. Admission for out-of-state visitors is as follows: adults- $13; senior (65+)/ military- $10; college students- $10; kid (18 and younger)- FREE.
When you purchase an admission ticket, you can roam the museum freely and look at the different exhibitions and collections. People generally spend about 2-3 hours walking around the museum, but there is no limitation or a certain way you are supposed to experience the museum.
Once you have completed your tour, you can head to the gift shop cafe where you can grab a quick snack or a cup of coffee or purchase gifts for yourself or a loved one.
One of the coolest things to do in Denver is going to a Rockies game at Coors Field. It is one of the newest stadiums in the country because the team itself is so young. You will find plenty of food and drinks to suit any taste. They also have a unique outfield where they have a waterfall and some trees that are very Coloradoesque. If you can’t make it too a game, there offer stadium tours.
Above right-field, they have rooftop bars where you can get some drinks and watch the games with the skyline and the Rocky Mountains in the background. If you are looking for cheap tickets, the Rockpile in center field has tickets for as little as $10 per person. One of the best desserts at Coors Field is a strawberry and banana or strawberry and brownie kabob that is smothered in dark or white chocolate. These can be found at stands, or they have people who walk down the stairs.
If you are looking for a way to relax and stroll around, the Denver Botanical Gardens are a great option for your day trip. The gardens feature 24 acres of beautiful flowers and plants from every corner of the world. The next few weeks will be prime time to visit the gardens with spring approaching. In the next couple weeks, all of the flowers will begin to bloom and the gardens will transform into a bust of colors.
They feature different types of gardens that you can explore from internationally inspired, shady greens, ornamental, and water gardens. As you stroll around, be sure to take in the beauty as well as the amazing smell of fresh plants and flowers. The gardens offer various drinks and food items that you can enjoy as well while you walk around. In addition, if you want to stop for lunch and sit down, visit the Hive Garden Bistro. It is a contemporary restaurant with sandwiches, burgers, and salads.
If you are going down on a weekend make sure to check out their daily events calendar. On the weekends they teach yoga classes, plant education classes,
and give tours through the gardens. In addition, starting at the beginning of June, they feature summer concert series on certain evenings in the gardens as well.
They are located on 1007 York St. in Denver and are open right now from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m., but the hours get longer in the summer.
Postino is a trendy restaurant in the heart of the highlands that features a wine list from places all over the world and fresh, delicious food options. The best time to go is before 5:00 pm because every day of the week, they feature a deal called “$5 before 5”. This means that you can get any glass of wine or champagne on their list for only $5 as well as a pitcher of any of their draft beers for only $5 as well. In addition to having great, cheap drink options, they feature a unique selection of healthier food options.
Postino’s claim to fame is their bruschetta boards. On their menu, they have a list of 10-12 different kinds of bruschetta and when you order a board, you pick four different kinds to try.
Two must-haves on the list are the Warm Artichoke Spread bruschetta and the more classic, Fresh Mozzarella with Tomato and Basil. The bruschetta comes piled high on delicious grain bread and each piece of bruschetta comes pre-cut into four slices, so they are perfect for sharing!
If bruschetta isn’t your thing, they also have several other options including paninis, soups, salads, and charcuterie boards. If you go to Postino on a nice day, be sure to ask about seating on the porch, they boast one of the best patios in the highlands.
Postino opens up at 11:00 am on the weekdays and 9:00 am on the weekends where they offer a special brunch menu until 1:00.
Blue Moon Brewery:
The Blue Moon Brewery is located at 3750 Chestnut Place in Denver, Colorado. The brewery is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm and on Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm. You can make tour reservations online for the brewery on their website: https://www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com/rino-brewery-page
Blue Moon Beer originated in Denver Colorado in 1995 at the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field. The New Brewery features 20+ rotating beers on tap, including classics that are loved by all as well as new up and coming beers that are new to try!
Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
If you happen to be strolling into Denver on a nice sunny day, make sure to stop by Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar on Blake Street or Cherry Creek. The menu is a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures that gives great Japanese fundamentals that makes you feel right at home. The lunch/dinner menu has a wide variety of sushi rolls, sashimi, salads, soups, and other Japanese cuisine that is very affordable. The happy hour menu includes hapa sashimi, traditional and hapa starters, and of course the sushi rolls.
If sushi is not your thing, do not be afraid to go to the Sake Bar and get a taste of the drinks that they offer. Early happy hour is everyday from 2:30pm-6:00pm, and Night owl happy hour is Thursday 10:00pm-11:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 10:00pm-midnight. If you are on Blake Street, it is only one block away from the 16th street mall and within walking distance to Coors Field. With that in mind, you should stop into Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar and then go catch a Rockies game at Coors Field.
Hapa is open on Monday – Wednesday 11:00am – 10:00pm, Thursday 11am – 11pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – Midnight, and Sunday 12:00 Noon – 10pm.
Even with the confusion of Colorado’s April weather their are still some amazing opportunities to attend some fun events here at Colorado State University!
With a wind symphony concert that is bound to have you in a state of imagination, a creative and elegant performance by the Dance Department at Colorado State University, a chance to take a spin in an electric car, and a unforgettable at the skellar, their are plenty of things to do at CSU this week!
Wind Symphony Concert: State of Imagination
With Guests Madeline Harvey, Dance; Tim Burns, Piano; James David, Composer; Dan Goble, Saxophone; Peter Sommer, Saxophone; and Will Swindler, Saxophone
The 2017-2018 Wind Symphony season highlights CSU’s commitment to collaboration, community, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals clearly connect to music, and the ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Phillips and guest graduate conductor Kevin Poelking, concludes their season by highlighting works of Imagination. Each piece celebrates the amazing contributions of music, theatre, and dance as we approach the tenth anniversary of the University Center for the Arts.
Come join CSU’s Music Theatre and Dance department for the 2018 Spring Dance Concert! This will be an exceptional performance created by CSU’s incredible faculty and students that will not only capture your mind, spirit, and soul, but will also inspire you to stand up and dance along!
With a new take by our assistant professor of dance, Madeline Harvey, of a dance that engulfs the spirit of Japanese sunlight set to Max Bruch’s Kol Neidri, this choreography is bound to pull at your heartstrings with its themes of loss and hope inspired by members of the national Organization of Parents of Murdered Children.
This beautiful performance accompanied by the ambient and decadent sounds from CSU’s staff pianist David Mcarthur along with the amazing choreography of Amber Mazurana, IMPACT Dance Company, and CSU faculty members, is bound to have you experiencing an array of emotions that is simply breathtaking.
This incredible spring dance will also include faculty members Madeline and Mathew Harvey’s premiere an original contemporary performance of Pas de Deux, as well as performances by the contemporary Repertory Ensemble Class, under the direction and choreography of Judy Bejarano.
For a preview of some of the talent at Colorado State University’s dance department check out the elegant video below!
Cost: No Charge/CSU students, $8/youth (under 18), $16/senior (62+), $18/adult
Earth Day Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive
Celebrate Earth Day right by taking a spin in some alternative fuel vehicles. Brought to you in part by Northern Colorado Clean Cities, there will be up to six modern tech, alternative fuel vehicles to hop in and cruise. It will be a great way to dip your toes into green vehicles and get behind the wheel of Earth Day celebrations.
Check out live music at the Ramskeller as FoCoMX10 gets kicked off here at CSU! Experience live music on the campus of Colorado State University as they get ready to kick off FoCoMX music festival, two nights, over 30 venues and over 300 bands!
Come for the music and stay for the beer, this kick off to this incredible concert series is bound to have you smiling from ear to ear as you here the ambient tones of some of Fort Collins best musicians!
With the national touring group Slow Caves headlining and a ton of others this concert is one you don’t want to miss.
Students will receive a special discount to Colorado State University Students with wrist bands that normally go for $35 being sold for $15! Free wrist bands are also available for volunteering a couple hours for this incredible festival. For more information on volunteering for this wonderful event click here.
Cost: $15 for students at the door; Free if you volunteer!
APRES SEND: Best Places in FOCO after a Mountain Bike Ride.
You were out on the trail at daybreak, rode 30 miles and are ready for some grub, or maybe you just rolled out of bed hungover and confused and are looking for a place to meet your bros at before a quick afternoon ride. You don’t have to look far as Fort Collins has a variety of great restaurants, bars, and breweries to choose from. Below we have listed just a few of our favorites, all of which offer great atmosphere, food, and drink.
Hours: Mon- Wed 7 AM – 12 AM | Thur- Fri 7 AM – 2:30 AM | Sat 9 AM – 2:30 AM | Sun 9 AM – 12 AM
Illegal Pete’s, also known as illegally delicious is a great place to hang out after a ride. They serve Mexican style food, and are known for their burritos. For $8 you can get a huge burrito loaded with great ingredients. They have a good atmosphere with a bar and an upper patio overlooking Old town Fort Collins. Illegal Pete’s is a popular place to grab a bite to eat or hang out any day of the week.
Now that you and the bros have finished your ride it’s time to grab some grub to replenish that delicate body of yours. Fort Collins has some of the best restaurants to sit back, enjoy a good meal, and talk about your most recent shred. Lucky Joe’s, located in Old Town Fort Collins offers a great selection of food and beverages, along with a great atmosphere. Lucky Joe’s offers a variety of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees that will fill up your hungry belly, not to mention all the free peanuts you want.
Along with a great selection of grub Lucky Joe’s offers drink specials almost everyday, so if your looking to fuel up, kick back and maybe get a little drunk Lucky Joe’s is the destination for you and the bros. Weekly specials include:
Hours: Deli & Tavern Open everyday 11 AM – 2 AM | Bike Shop Open Mon- Sat 10 AM – 7 PM | Sun 11 AM – 6 PM
You just finished a great ride, and are ready for some food and a drink, unfortunately though one of your bros broke his bike and you’re supposed to get sendy again tomorrow morning, big bummer bro. Not a problem, at Road 34 you can get your bike fixed while relaxing, enjoying a great sandwich and some great beer. Perhaps you’ll enjoy the Naked Homeless Man and a Montucky Cold Snack, or maybe you’d prefer a Richard in the Dirt and an Odells IPA, either way Road34 has a great selection of oddly named sandwiches, and great beer that will make the grumpiest of bros smile again. And dudes, they even have a pretty cool Volkswagen bus.
Besides having a great selection of food, beer, and bike service Road34 has a laid back atmosphere with friendly staff and a great selection of seating. Enjoy a game of pool with your bros, or sit outside and enjoy the fantastic Fort Collins weather. It’s close to the CSU campus so it’s a great spot to grab lunch between classes, or meet up before a big ride.
Breweries in Fort Collins
Sometimes after a long and sendy ride you just want to sit back and drink a beer or two, or twelve. Lucky for you Fort Collins has some of the worlds best breweries, big and small, that come with great atmospheres making them a great place to unwind with your boys after a ride. Here’s a list of a few Breweries to check out after a ride in Fort Collins.
Fort Collins has an endless amount of mountain biking trails, but its number of Micro-Breweries rivals it. On the top of the list of Micro-Breweries is New Belgium Brewery. With 14 year-around beers and multiple seasonal beers on tap, it always has something for everyone. It has a large number of seating both inside and outside, but if its a nice day expect it to be crowded. New Belgium has a great tap room and a great outdoor seating area with fire pits and yard games.
You can go on a brewery tour and see how they make their finely crafted brews, there’s no cost for the brewery tour, just reserve a spot on their website. Food trucks are available daily on the patio, so you can grub after your ride. If you brought your 4-legged friend along with you on your ride, New Belgium is dog friendly, so you can pound brewskis with your 4-legged friend.
Hours: Sun – Tues 11 AM – 6 PM | Wed – Sat 11 AM – 8 PM
Odell Brewery is located right down the street from New Belgium and rivals them for the top microbreweries in Fort Collins. Odell is another great kick back spot with your bros to pound some brews after a hard-sendy ride.
With 11 beers on tap and more seasonal beers, there’s something for every bros taste pallet. Even for that one dude who rides cycle cross and never shuts up about it! With both great sitting inside and outside and added fire pits to keep warm outside. Odell’s creates a great environment to relax and enjoy your beer with your buds. Odell also has daily food trucks located on their patio letting you grub after a ride. Brewery tours are avialbe allowing you to see first hand how they make their beer so bomb.
If the corporate overlords of New Belgium and Odells are too much for you and you’re looking for an environment that is more local and cares about the art of fermentation more than profit margins and shareholders then be sure to hit up Equinox, or Horse and Dragon after your ride. Both of these laid-back breweries are conveniently located near Old Town Fort Collins and are a leisurely ride from Horsetooth, although you could drive your car, but come on, really bro?
Horse and Dragon is a family run brewery whose tap room is open daily from 12-6 PM. This brewery is best known for their Sad Panda Coffee Stout which can be found in many chill restaurants around Fort Collins. Horse and Dragon is located just outside of Old Town and is definitely worth a visit from any chiller who is scared of the word “synergy”.
Equinox Brewing claims to focus on “the social aspect of beer”, and promises an environment where you can turn up with your boys, pound some sick crafty brews, and enjoy some dope convos in their laid-back brewery. Bros looking to watch the game may be disappointed because Equinox is so focused on being a welcoming cradle of conversational nurturing that it has tossed out the TV’s and replaced them with free live music every Friday and Saturday to keep you entertained while you try each of their 18 brews on tap.
If you’re a fan of long pointless meetings, suits and ties, and corporate agendas, then be sure to check out New Belgium or Odells after you tear up the trails. But, if you are looking for a chill local spot to kick back with your bros and enjoy some crafty brewskis then Equinox and Horse and Dragon are some must visits.
And there you have it bros, these are some of the best spots to grab some grub and a drink after a hard day on the trail ripping those radical lines. Enjoy the upcoming summer as we know it will bring lots of laughs, crashes, maybe a few broken collarbones, but countless priceless memories. Be sure to take lots of pictures, because your bro might not remember after he hits his head on a rock, or drinks too many, and who doesn’t like the great “bro pose”?
If you missed last weeks blog on basic trail maintenance and first aid click here.
Cost-Friendly Date Day in Fort Collins
If you are having a hard time thinking of fun and creative things to do on your next date, we have the perfect day planned out for you! This is perfect for a romantic partner or a friend date! We hope you enjoy!
*Pro tip before the start of the date!
Pack a lunch to bring up to Horsetooth for you and your date. Not only does this save money, but it is fun and will show your date that you put thought and effort into the day!
Start out your day at one of the most scenic places in Fort Collins, Horsetooth Rock. Horstooth Rock offers stunning trails and perfect trails, this hike is bound to be amazing! Not only is this a great way to get some some exercise in, but it is also free of charge! You might even see some wildlife along the way. If you have energy left after hiking Horsetooth Rock we recommend hiking to Horsetooth Falls, which has a beautiful waterfall at many times of the year!
2:00: Paddle-boarding at the Santanka Cove
Address: Santanka Cove At Horsetooth, Fort Collins, CO 80526
After your like, it’s time to cool off with some paddle-boarding! Paddle-boarding is a fun andrelaxing activity, and is a great way to catch your breath while still having fun. The other benefit of paddle-boarding is that you can get into the water as much or as little at you want! If you don’t have a paddle-board of your own, you can rent one right at Horsetooth Reservoir. You can rent stand-up paddle-boards at Mountain’ Sup. Mountain’ Sup is located on the north shore of Horsetooth Reservoir at a place called Santanka Cove. Mountain’ Sup also offers kayak rentals if you or your date prefer kayaking over paddle-boarding!
7:00: Dinner at Simply Thai
Simply Thai is the perfect restaurant for date night. It offers great food, friendly service, in a fun yet laid-back setting. There is a huge variety of options that offer huge portions at a reasonable price! If you like Boba Tea, they have 10 different flavors to chose from and are known for having the best Boba Tea in town.
What to order: Start off with the Crab Delight, then split a generous portion of Chicken Pad Thai. Compliment your dinner with strawberry or mango Boba Tea!
Once you have finished eating dinner, grab dessert at Walrus Ice Cream! Walrus Ice Cream is 100% natural and locally owned. They offer a wide variety of ice cream flavors as well as other sweet treats. Walrus Ice Cream has tables inside and outside if you want to stay there and sit down while enjoying your ice cream!
What to order: If you are having a hard time deciding which flavor to chose, we recommend the raspberry chip ice cream or the cappuccino chip! Walrus Ice Cream will always leave you wanting more!
To end your perfect date day we recommend taking your date to City Park for some stargazing! Bring a blanket so that youand your date have a surface to lay on other than the grass. City Park is large and spread out, so you can be sure to find a private place perfect to looking at the stars. Not only is this relaxing and free, it is also a very romantic way to end the date. If you haven’t been able to get that first kiss yet, this might be the perfect place to plant one on them!
We hope you enjoy this perfect date day in beautiful Fort Collins!
Get Out of FOCO: A Day Trip to Boulder, CO
Get Out of FOCO: A Day Trip to Boulder, CO
Boulder, Colorado is one of the most well known cities in Colorado, and for good reason. Tucked against the Flatirons, this city has a unique beauty like no other. Home to CSU’s rival, the University of Colorado, Boulder is located approximately just 50 minutes from Fort Collins. Boulder is known for its many outdoor activities and famous Pearl Street, where you can find amazing live street shows and entertainment, great shopping, and amazing local spots to eat.
Chautauqua Park in Boulder is a popular tourist destination and for good reason. The Chautauqua Trail hike is a 1.2 mile hike that takes you through fields of wildflowers and wraps up into the Flatirons giving you an amazing view of Boulder.
The best months to use the trail are March through November depending on weather, as the trail can be muddy. The hike is good for all levels of hikers and is a great quick hike to add to your fun-filled day in Boulder! Parking for the hike includes access to a parking lot which can fill up depending on the timing as well as neighborhood street parking in all blocks around the trailhead. And the best part? The hike is completely FREE!
The Boulder County Farmers Market is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The mission of this farmers market is to support, promote and expand local agriculture. This market offers a fun twist on a traditional event. They have live music every weekand artisan shows every second Saturday of the month.
A variety of vendors are in attendance every week in categories including: Farmer, Rancher, Apiary, Farm Crafter, Packaged, Prepared, Community Group and Brewery. Foods that are in season right now: beef, beets, bison, carrots, celeriac, cheese, chicken, eggs, garlic, goat, honey, kale, lamb, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, pork, potatoes, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, and winter squash!
The market is open Saturdays from 8 AM – 2 PM on 13th Street between Canyon & Arapahoe, April 7-November 17.
Avery Brewing Company:
Avery Brewing Company is a family owned brewery that serves comfort food, a variety of beers and ales. They are located in a large facility that includes a lively restaurant upstairs that complements its bar food with the extensive selection of brews, and on the bottom level is the tap room with a chalkboard that shows the day selection of over 30 beers on tap. The Avery Brewery Tour is something that is unique to the city of Boulder.
There are two different type of tours that you can be a part of. For a small fee of $15, you can take part of the Exclusive Brewery Tour and Tasting that will last 1.5 hours or the Free Guided Brewery Tour that will last an hour. The tours are available all year, so don’t worry if you cannot make it one weekend. If you are looking to bring friends, you can book up to 15 for the exclusive tour and up to 20 for the free guided tour. Avery Brewery Company is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. If you are looking for someone to park, the east lost as ample space with overflow on the street.
Village Shopping Center/29th St:
For some fun, outdoor shopping in Boulder, visit the Village Shopping Center. There are a variety of stores that encompass thisshopping center. From outdoor-orientated stores like REI and Christy Ski to health- oriented restaurants like Modern Market and Mad Greens, this shopping center has it all. You can complete all of the shopping you need to do in one place. They provide a small play area for kids to visit while accompanying their parents on their day of shopping. The mall provides street-side parking as well as a parking garage, both of which are free.
This Mediterranean restaurant is a quick dining spot located at 1314 Pearl Street right in downtown Boulder. Falafel king was founded in 1980 at the original Pearl Street Location.There is now a second restaurant in Denver, Colorado, as a response to popular demand increased.
This is a perfect healthy organic spot to stop for a quick lunch that you can eat in house, or take on the go with you as you walk around Boulder’s famous Pearl Street. This delicious restaurant offers Gyros, falafels, shawarma, hummus, rice bowls, Greek combo plates, and just about any other Mediterranean combo you can think of. Falafel King even offers a select few authentic Mediterranean dessert options! Link to Menu: http://falafelkingfoods.com/menu.php
Centro Mexican Kitchen:
If you are looking for an exciting atmosphere in the heart of downtown Boulder with authentic Mexican cuisine, then Centro is the place for you. Centro Mexican Kitchen has creative Mexican dishes from all across Mexico. The head chef, Johnny Curiel, was born and raised in Jalisco and gets most of his food inspiration from there as well as Baja, Chihuahua, Veracruz, and Oaxaca.
If you are planning on visiting Centro on the weekend, Sunday is the day to go! They have happy hour on weekends from 2:30-5:00 and feature a live band every Sunday during the same time slot! On their happy hour, they feature a list of about 12 food items at discounted prices as well as discounted drinks as well. The Queso Fundido is a must have on their happy hour list. It is a bowl of rich, creamy queso filled with chipotles and other spices and comes with chips and warm flour tortillas for dipping.
If happy hour isn’t your thing, they feature an amazing dinner menu as well and a pretty reasonable price.
Most dishes are between $13 and $18 and the portion sizes are really big. Another cool thing about their menu is that they have a list of street tacos for $3.75 each and you can mix and match different kinds.
When you go, be sure to check out their outdoor patio as well. It looks out over the beautiful flatirons in Boulder and you can people watch on Pearl Street.
If you are in the mood for a heartier and more classic meal, Pasta Jay’s is a great option for you! Pasta Jay’s is a staple in Boulder for Italian food. The inside of their restaurant makes you feel like you just teleported right to Italy. On the inside, you will see that the walls are made of old stone and there are classic red and white checkered table clothes on each table. The authentic Italian decoration is not the best part of the restaurant, however.
At Pasta Jay’s, you will be served your meal is a steaming hot skillet fresh out of the oven. Most of their dishes are cooked in cast iron skillets and all the flavors blend together and make for a delicious meal. You can choose from one of Pasta Jay’s carefully crafted dishes like the Pasta Margherita, or you can create your own pasta dish by picking your favorite noodles, sauce, and toppings. If you are not in the mood for pasta, make sure you look at their amazing pizzas. Pasta Jay’s makes their own marinara sauce in house and it makes their pizzas 10 times better.
Pasta Jay’s also has a wrap around porch that has bar style seating outside, so if it is a nice day out, ask the host if you can snag a spot outside!
WIPEOUT! A Guide to on Trail First Aid and Repairs
If you’re sending it as hard as you should be, you’ve probably had some gnarly crashes that have left both you and your mountain bike with some serious injury. While this obviously isn’t very fun, its bound to happen at some point, and being prepared with basic first aid knowledge and basic trail maintenance will help you get home in time to catch the game and enjoy a cold one with the bros.
Packing a Kit
If you don’t come back from a ride bloodied and physically/mentally broken then you probably weren’t sending it hard enough. However, sending comes at a price, and if you’re not prepared you could end up in some less than chill situations. In order to perform any first aid on the trail in the event of an epic wipeout it would be a pretty smart idea to pack a well thought out first aid kit into your riding bag. Putting together a small first aid kit doesn’t require your whole paycheck or a whole lot of time, so there’s no excuse to not bring one along dude!
According to people who deal with a lot of the shredders you see splattered all over the trail, most mountain biking accidents are what they call “soft-tissue” injuries with the occasional broken arm or collarbone. Of course if you wash out and get a scrape or something you should just stop being a lil baby and rub some dirt in it and get back on the bike.
If your injury is in excess of what we described above, then having the following supplies would come in handy:
1 x 1 size ambulance dressing (not ranch)
1 x 2 size ambulance dressing
2+ isopropyl alcohol swabs or liquid (sterile solution for cleaning out gnarly wounds)
1 emergency aluminium blanket (in case you really beef’d and need to cozy up while you wait to get rescued)
2+ triangular bandages
Assessing the Injured Rider
Preparing Your Mountain Bike Saddle Bag
Being prepared with the right tools can really make or break your shred. It’s a good idea to carry a saddle bag with a few basic supplies so your not stuck 10 miles from your truck while your bros are at the bar downing some draughts. A good saddle bag should consist of a few essential items, unfortunately though bros, one of them is not a beer. Those items are:
Tube: Having a spare tube that properly fits your tire will save you from having to hike out, or trying to fill your tire with grass (yes bros this does supposedly work).
Tire levers: We know you and your bros are probably strong enough to get the tire off with your hands but tire levers make your job much easier and take up very little space. A good idea is to wrap a set of tire levers in duct tape to hold them together. The tape can be useful for a variety of issues that might arise out on the trail.
Multi-tool (with chain breaker tool): A good multi-tool acts as the Swiss Army knife of a bros bike bag. Most good multi-tools consist of several screwdrivers, multiple common bolt adjusters, and a chain breaker tool, which is essential for fixing a broken chain.
Extra chain links: These take up almost no room and are valuable to have if your chain gives out on you during a gnarly ride.
Patch kit: In some cases you might experience multiple flats during a ride, or your bro packed a beer in his saddle and doesn’t have a spare. Having a patch kit will allow you to shred back to the truck on two wheels instead of walking back with you bike over your back.
Hand Pump or Air Cartridge: A hand pump allows for use over an extended period of time, while air cartridges usually fill up about one tire. Both are rather small and are a valuable tool to have in your bag.
Cash: Having some spare cash can be useful for a variety of reasons. Using cash to reinforce a sidewall blowout will help you ride back to the truck instead of walking, and once you’ve finished your ride that cash should be able to buy a few brews at the local bar.
Identification: You wrecked hard and are laying on the side of the trail missing your front tooth, and unconscious, big bummer bro. Having an identification card with your name, an emergency contact, and other pertinent information will help you make it to your next ride bruised, but with a nice new smile.
Quick Mountain Bike Crash Checklist
After you have checked that you are okay and ready to continue to ride, now check out your bike. Here’s a quick checklist to see if your bike is still ride able.
Bike Frame: Check out the frame of the bike. See if there’s any dents or cracks, if anything seems badly damage have a professional look at it.
Handlebars: Check the alignment of your handlebars. If they became out of align, then it can very difficult to ride. For a quick fix, loosen the bolts by the headset and realigning the handle bars.
Tires: Check the pressure of your tires. If they are flat or losing air, you’ll have to change the tire. Look at the how to guide below to fix it.
Check your wheels: Spin your wheels to make sure they are still true. Inspects the spokes too, lose spokes can cause the wheel to become untrue.
Brake: Check the brakes. Make sure they still are working correctly, and no air bubble or cable were damaged.
Chain: Check your chain. Make sure your chain is still attached and working correctly.
Everything Else: Check out all other components on your bike. Make sure that your crank or your rear-derailleur is not bent. If they are you’ll probably have to bike hike out of the trail.
This video by Global Mountain Bike Network, shows more things to check on your bike after a crash and how to fix them.
Basic Mountain Bike Trail Fixes
So you just crashed you bike shredding down a gnarly trail, big bummer bro, but the real question is what are you going to do? Is your bike ok? Can you finish your ride or are you going to have to hike out? After you crash it’s important to check over your bike and make sure its still in riding condition. If it’s damaged though you might have a chance of fixing it on the trail. Here are a few on trail fixes that could save you a long hike out.
Fixing A Flat
While out shredding the most common issue you and your bros will run into is a flat tire, and without the proper knowledge and equipment you could be stuck hiking out, another big bummer for you and the bros. The main steps in repairing a flat are:
Remove the bike wheel
Remove the tube
Find the cause of the leak
Repair or replace the tube
Reinstall bike wheel
Pump up tire with hand pump, or air cartridge
To make your life easier make sure you always carry a spare tube that fits your tire, tire levers so you can easily get your tire off the rim, a patch kit to fix smaller leaks, and either a hand pump or air cartridge to easily inflate your fixed tire. Should you experience a sidewall leak or tear, your options are much more limited and you will most likely need a new tire. As a quick fix you can take a energy bar wrapper or a dollar bill and put it between the tube and tire to act as a tire boot. By inflating the tire you will help seal off the damaged tire, allowing you to ride back out where you can then properly fix your tire.
This video by Global Mountain Biking Network shows you step by step how to fix your a flat.
When You’ve Just Had Enough
You’ve probably been there, broken down on the side of the trail fixing your tire or chain, not very fun right? You should be shredding or grabbing a drink, well you’re in luck because your tire can be used to open a refreshing beer. Just flip the bike over, crank your pedal, and place the beer into the tire tread. Now you have a neat new party trick, and a refreshing drink to help ease the pain of your broken bike.
Now that you have a basic understanding of first aid and on trail bike maintenance it’s time to get out and get sendy. That’s right, we want you to hurt yourself because scares are cool bros. Now have fun, but not too much fun because we don’t want you come home in a body bag.
To view our previous blog on great local Fort Collins mountain bike trails click here!
Internship Opportunity with Vortic Watch Company
A great opportunity has just arrived on our doorstep with an internship as an Operations Associate at Vortic Watch Company.
This company specializes in revitalizing old pocket watches into aesthetic time pieces. For a taste of what Vortic Watch company is all about check out the vimeo video below or check out vortic watches website.
This position will have the potential to be a full time job starting off with a minimum of 20 hours a week. Pay will include $12 an hour plus commission and will also count as an internship at Colorado State University.
Below are some of the skills required to apply for this position and some of the additional skills and passions that are not required, but preferred.
Customer Service Skills: Phone, Email, Web chat, etc
Financial Understanding:Accounting/ Book Keeping Skills
Organizational Excellence: Execute Admin Tasks
Social Media: Post Management/Planning
Branding:Maintain/Strengthen Brand Image
Marketing Skills: Increase Exposure
Interest in watches: Just as passionate as the founders
Rainbow Cafe is the perfect way to kickstart the day! They have a variety of delicious options, and an environment that the kids will love. Be sure to snag a table outside so you can kick off your day by taking in the beautiful weather while enjoying your food.
Food Pick: Ultimate sweet potato latkes are our pick for the parents, and fruit crepes and squeezed carrot juice is our pick for the kiddos!
The fort Collins Museum of Discover is a fun and educational experience for the entire family! The museum has an interactive music exhibit, as well as several other animal science and historical exhibits. The Museum of Discover is also proud to have a dome theater that shows movies related to the exhibits!
12:00: Spring Canyon Community Park With Picnic Lunch
This park is the perfect place for the little ones. It features baseball fields, an extravagant playground, waterpark features, and even a dog park! After your kids have had their fun on the on the playground and have cooled off in the splash zone, find the perfect spot to have your picnic lunch! We recommend finding a place to sit in the grassy area, or snagging a picnic table in the shade!
Fort fun is the perfect spot for stimulating indoor entrainment. They have a large variety of activities including bumper boats, mini gold, laser tag, go carts, arcade games and more! The wide variety of activities will insure that everyone has a great time!
The Holiday Twin Twin Drive-In is the perfect way to wind down for the evening. The Holiday Twin Drive-In has two screens that each feature two movies per night. Usually one or more of these movies are kid friendly! We recommend picking up a pizza on the way, but the drive-in also offers a wide variety of snacks if you would prefer to eat there. You can check showtimes and buy tickets here!
We hope you and the kids enjoy this fun filled day!
Get Out of FOCO: Day Trip to Golden, Colorado
Get Out of FOCO: Day Trip to Golden, Colorado
Golden, Colorado is just over an hour away from Fort Collins and is a hidden gem nestled between the suburbs of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Named the “Golden City” after miners discovered gold in the river in the 19th century, you will find that the town is still filled with rich history, yet has a modern twist. It is home to the brewery of one of Colorado’s most famous beverages, Coors beer. In addition, it is surrounded by the beautiful foothills that are home to Lookout Mountain and the world famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.
The Coors Brewery Tour is one unlike any other. This is a must do during your time in Golden, Colorado. The Coors Tour is the largest single-site brewery in the world. This 30-minute tour takes you through the same brewery that was founded by Adolph Coors in 1873. The tour takes you through the entire beer making process including the malting, brewing and packaging processes. The tour ends with free samples of the beer and opportunities to enter raffles with your own personal “Golden” ticket! The best part about the tour is that it is completely FREE! You must pick up a free tour ticket from the 13th & Ford parking lot. The tour then begins at this location and takes you through Golden by bus to the brewery. Since the tour is free, there may be some wait time, unfortunately, so make sure to plan accordingly!
Hours of Operation: The tours run Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. There are no tours running Tuesday or Wednesday.
Backpacks and large items such as strollers and book bags are not allowed on the tour but checking of these items is available to guests. Coors TAKES RESERVATIONS for large groups (typically 15+) so call ahead for large groups to avoid wait times!
While you are visiting Golden, you can’t help but notice the mountain face to the West that features a giant “M” on the front of it. If you didn’t know already, Golden is home to the School of Mines, a small but world-renowned engineering school. This mountain is called Lookout Mountain and is a great activity for a beautiful Spring day. As you drive up Lookout Mountain Road, towards the “M” at the top, you will be lead around winding roads on the edge of the mountain that gain elevation very quickly. As you drive up, you will see beautiful views of the Golden Valley and Coors off in the distance. As you near the top, there are plenty of places to pull off and enjoy the view. Both sides have great views but you will find that the view on the backside of lookout mountain, is the one worth making the trek.
At the very top of Lookout Mountain, you will find the gravesite of “Buffalo Bill”. In addition, there is a restaurant and
museum to accompany the grave in order to preserve his memory. Here you will find a large parking lot and several lookout points of both sides with giant telescopes to help you explore.
While you’re at the top feel free to head into the Buffalo Bill Cafe and grab a quick snack and a cup of coffee for the road as you head back down the winding roads and back into the bustling small town of Golden.
GPS Address: Lookout Mountain, Colorado 80401
If you want to go to a concert at one of the best venues in the country, Red Rocks is the place for you. The rocks surrounding the stage creating a natural acoustic sound that is unlike anywhere else. While many concert venues will try to create great acoustics, Red Rocks has it all on its own. You could be in the very back row and have the same experience as someone much closer. As you are standing during the concert you can look out at a great view of southern Denver and some suburbs.
If there aren’t any concerts when you will be in Golden, Red Rocks is an awesome place to just visit. It is free and offers great views and a unique experience. If you are looking for a work out while visiting Golden, Red Rocks is a great place to workout. You can go on your own and run the stairs or you can participate in organized activities, like Yoga on the Rocks. Red Rocks is at 6,400 feet, which can add intensity to your workout. If you want to see a movie like never before, you could attend Film on The Rocks. Film on the Rocks is put on by the Denver Film Society and Denver Arts and Venues. For $15 you get general admission for a concert followed by a movie.
Bob’s Atomic Burgers is quaint, family-oriented burger joint that serves some of the best food in Colorado. They pride themselves on providing the freshest, high quality food and service they can for a reasonable price. Bob’s is located right across the street from the Coors Brewery in Golden, making a great place to grab lunch after a brewery tour!
While they are most well known for their burgers, Bob’s Atomic Burgers serves a variety of meals including grilled and fried chicken sandwiches, quinoa burgers, and hot dogs. Each meal is set up in a “build-it-yourself” fashion where you can choose which toppings you want to add. They offer gluten-free buns for those with a gluten sensitivity or allergy.
Pair your sandwich with an order of french fries or onion strings and top it off with a milkshake or malt to make your meal complete!
They are located at 1314 Ford Street Golden, CO 80401. They are open from 11:00-8:00 pm every day.
If you are exploring the streets of downtown Golden and start to get hungry, make sure you stop by the critically acclaimed local favorite, D-Deli. D-Deli has been around and popular since 2000 when a Dutch couple created the deli, and their Dutch accents pronouncing the phrase “the deli” as “d’deli”. This is where the deli’s name comes from. D-Deli is located in the heart of Golden and is a small “hole-in-the-wall” style sandwich shop with an extensive menu. This old-fashioned deli offers over 120 locally grown and sourced ingredients used in all sandwiches.
Make sure you take the time to explore their menu when you’re there. They have your typical deli subs, but they also get very creative with some of their selections. So if you are feeling brave check out one of their “Wild Side” sandwiches.
The deli is located at 1207 Washington Ave, in Golden, CO.
The deli is open every day from 11 AM to 5 PM. For questions and take out orders you can call (303) 279-8020.
Woody’s pizza is a local Golden, Colorado staple established in 1993. They are located right in the heart of downtown at 1305 Washington Avenue, in Golden CO. Woody’s is located exactly 1 block west of the Coors Brewery parking lot, making it the perfect stop for lunch or dinner! They are known for their famous pizza, featuring their semolina-and-honey crust, beer & a salad-bar buffet They have all you can eat pizza, with access to all their famous classics in the window, ready for you to take a slice and try them all! Woody’s offers all you can eat pizza, soup, and salad for $12.99 every day! As far as appetizers go, Woody’s is very well known for their famous beer cheese soup, and is a perfect start to your meal! It’s a great location to come on a sports-filled day, to enjoy some amazing food and keep up to date on what’s happening in the sports world through their 16 TVs.
Woody’s has many popular deals, but one of the most popular is their “solar-powered happy-hour” which is available daily Monday-Friday from 3-6pm. Woody’s also has a full-service bar available featuring 14 local Colorado beers.
Woody’s is open every day from 11 AM-12 AM. They are located at 1305 Washington Ave, Golden CO 80401.