It hardly seems possible, but summer is nearly over–bring on sweater weather, I say. Every Northern Colorado locale has its own signature send off to summer and for the German in all of us…raise a stein to Oktoberfest. You’ll have multiple opportunities to tip back a brew or two and don your best dirndl or lederhosen. All those community parties will, hopefully, help ease the transition back into homework, football games, and chillier weather. While the return to a more strict schedule can be an adjustment for everyone involved, it’s a wonderful time of year as well and we wish you all a delightful dive into autumn.
Who else is ready, really ready, for summer? I am itching to take in all the concerts, food, festivals, and farmers markets I can cram into my calendar while the days allow it. For anyone who finds themselves on the same page, we’ve compiled just about everything Northern Colorado has to offer in terms of entertainment. There are the signature event we’ve all come to love, the Independence Day festivities that we may have missed in the past couple of years, and, of course, music. Concerts are back in full force. And what would summer be without the food? Have you ever considered making a special occasion out of a picnic? There’s a local business that will handle that for you. If dining out is more your gig, be sure to check out our dining guide.
Spring has sprung and with it, our desire to shape up our homes. Whether you’re a weekend warrior DIY type or a hire-it-out type, the projects abound. As house prices continue to soar, many homeowners are investing their money in the home they’re in rather than going through the hassle of upgrading. There are your basic everyday maintenance projects that help update your space, and then there’s going one step further and adding a little luxury to your life. The Northern Colorado Home Show is back for 2022, which is great news for anyone with a project in mind. Connect with local pros, and peruse many products to help complete your desired result.
In this edition we celebrate families and the love that defines them. Our readers sent us their cutest photos of their newest born to honor the smallest among us. We’ll talk about some ways to keep kids entertained outdoors, keep them fed and ensure their sleep as well as invest in their futures. And if you just want to celebrate the love that glues your most important relationships together, Loveland is the place. Their Sweetheart Festival encompasses all things love, inviting Norther Coloradans to enjoy their Valentine’s Day as a community.
Holidays are here again and we’re approaching the end of yet another year. It’s amazing how they seem to gain speed as I get older. Many things have changed and many things haven’t, but regardless many of us have gotten used to be in a state of flux as we can see in the slow return of many of our favorite events. The holiday season is no exception. Many of the things we missed last year are back with a renewed appreciation for the relationships we’ve missed out on. Most of us now know to catch up with event requirements in the hours before we go. We’ve provided a rundown on the things you can expect to see this year, throughout northern Colorado, though, as I’ve pointed out, it is always best to check in for changes before you go.
Not many would argue that pets are family as loved as pretty much any blood relative. Whether you have a cat, dog, or something else entirely, the love is real. Because we love our pets so much, we wanted to hear about yours. We asked to see your animal BFFs and you delivered. Now voting is over and the top dogs (and cats, and critters) get their spotlight. We also want you to have all the resources you need to care for them, pamper them, and see how special they really are. So, we talked to a few experts in the area about their products and services in regards to our beloved animals.
Unbelievably, summer is already drawing to a close. School will be starting soon, whether you’re ready or not. We’ve been on the slow road to normal this season and just as we’ve become used to virtual events and school, in-person classes and events have begun to reappear. To that end, we’ve assembled an issue full of events to round out your summer. Music, food, beer and even kites will give you ample opportunities to make a few more memories before kids go back to school and mom and dad head back to the office. Whatever you like to do, you’ll have plenty to choose from in Northern Colorado.
If the pandemic has taught me one thing, it’s an appreciation of restaurants. I have always loved to cook, but knowing that there was no break to be had, even when I needed one, got to me after a while. It becomes just another daily box to tick off my list rather than an exercise in creativity. Of course, I did take-out when possible, but even that leaves dishes to be done and don’t even get me started on the constant kitchen cleaning. I am over it.
So, along with many of you, I’m sure, I am rejoicing at the return of in-person dining. I’m happy to let someone else do all of the cooking and cleaning again, while I truly take a break. Just in case you need ideas or just want to know how your favorite spots are doing, this issue is chock-full.
This spring seems to mark a turning point. It shows the promise of restaurants, retail, events, and even our very lives beginning to open back up. But, while we’re slowly drifting back toward “normal,” whatever that may be, we are so incredibly lucky to live in a spot where the great outdoors are so accessible.
Ubiquitous local natural areas and trails afford us the opportunity to stretch our legs and enjoy the sunshine, with our families and pets in tow. If you’ve found a new love for gardening, let it grow! We’ve talked to local experts about home beekeeping–good for gardens and habitats as a whole. If your volunteerism has been curtailed by the pandemic, find a way to do it outside. The city of Greeley gives residents a great opportunity.
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