What You Need to Know for Winter House Hunting

While house hunting in the winter was never really a thing of the past, today’s culture keeps things going year-round – which means finding a home can be done at any time of the year. While exploring in the cold might be your focus or concern, house-hunting in less-than-ideal conditions can show you things you can’t always see on a warm, sunny day. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to find a home before the holidays.

Winter Weather Can Help You See Hidden Flaws

Even if you don’t love the cold and snowy weather, it can help you see household flaws that you may not see in the warmth of summer. Maybe the windows are drafty or there is a major loss in privacy when the trees are bare from the cold. It will also help you to love your home for its’ bones, and only love it more when warmer seasons arrive bringing flowers, grass, and colorful foliage.

Photos Can Help Fill In The Blanks

It can be hard to picture what a poolside oasis looks like when it is covered in snow. This is where photos can save the day. Whether they are listing photos or images from previous owners, seeing certain parts of the home in better weather may check the final box for a home you are falling in love with.

Know How To Handle Features Unavailable In The Winter

If that pool you fell in love with isn’t operational in the winter, you should request that they leave money in escrow or extend the closing time frame so that you can inspect the pool when warm weather returns. Sellers are responsible for remedying any issues unless they provide a disclosure about some part of the pool not working.What y

Visit Fort Collins Itinerary – Water Recreation

Fort Collins has something for just about anyone and conveniently Visit Fort Collins has suggested itineraries to choose from. Whether you’re new to town, have someone visiting or want to rediscover this awesome town, check out the Visit Fort Collins website. See below for their Wet and Wild Recreation itinerary.

Cool off in Fort Collins during the summer with the abundant amount of water recreation available. The nearby Cache la Poudre River, Horsetooth Reservoir and surrounding bodies of water provide plenty of opportunities to kayak, raft, stand-up paddle board, swim, boat and more.

Jump into Horsetooth Reservoir

One of the best places to spend a sunny summer afternoon is on Fort Collins’ own Horsetooth Reservoir, located on the west side of town along the foothills of our local mountains. This popular summer destination offers 6.5 miles of water recreation opportunities from boating to Stand Up Paddling.

Raft the Cache la Poudre River

The Poudre River offers water recreation in a gorgeous mountain setting. This 126-mile-long river is Colorado’s only National Wild and Scenic River and offers excellent views of the surrounding Poudre Canyon and great recreation. While water is high, early in the season, the whitewater rafting is top class and when the water runs low, in the late summer season, Fly Fishing is at its best. Enjoy these two water recreation activities and stay cool all summer long in Fort Collins.

City Park Pool

City Park is one of Fort Collins’ oldest parks and is an iconic part of Fort Collins. It is the perfect place to enjoy a summer day with recreational activities, playgrounds galore, ball parks, a lake and of course a city pool! After a long day playing out in the sun make sure to cool off in the lake or pool!

Dodge Jumping Fountains in Oak Street Plaza

Oak Street Plaza is located in the heart of Downtown Fort Collins and is one of many places where art meets functionality around town. Here you can cool off during the summer in the plaza fountains. Let the kids loose and watch as they run through the shooting water cannons and play on the beautiful interactive art sculptures that spit streams of water. For those not playing in the water, enjoy the art in public places exhibited around the plaza and maybe even a picnic in one of the shaded areas.

Chill Out at the Old Town Splash Pad

The iconic Old Town Square is a great place to bring the kids to cool off. The square features a jumping fountain feature that kids love to run through to cool off. Kids aren’t the only ones having fun, however. Adults and dogs also love to run in between the fountains as gleefully as the little ones.

Spring Canyon Park

Spring Canyon Park features inspiration playground which is an adaptive playground that has proven to be one of the most popular spots in Fort Collins. The water feature lives next to the playground and can be activated by three black touch sensors that are located on the floor of the splash pad. These sensors cause water to jump from spot to spot and shoot into the air; much to the delight of all the kids at play.

Fossil Creek Park

Fossil Creek Park is one of the largest community parks in Fort Collins. The park has so many different amenities, but one of the most popular is the water feature. It has a waterfall for all to splash through, and tons of dancing water spouts. It is located right by the lake at the water’s edge, with large boulders and natural features, making it feel as if it’s a part of the lake.


Visit Fort Collins Itinerary – Family Fun Outdoors

Fort Collins has something for just about anyone and conveniently Visit Fort Collins has suggested itineraries to choose from. Whether you’re new to town, have someone visiting or want to rediscover this awesome town, check out the Visit Fort Collins website. See below for their Family Fun Outdoors itinerary.

Day 1

Breakfast at Silver Grill Cafe

The Silver Grill is the oldest restaurant in Northern Colorado, serving legendary breakfast and lunch dishes daily. Wooden floors, huge windows looking out into Old Town, and famous cinnamon rolls give this charming restaurant a special place in the heart of Fort Collins. A perfect pick to be on the Fort Collins Foodie Itinerary.

218 Walnut St
(970) 484-4656

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park introduces kids to agricultural heritage by letting them meet farm animals up close; ponies are available for rides in the summer.

600 N Sherwood
(970) 221-6665

Horsetooth Reservoir

Spend the afternoon soaking up the sun and cooling off in the water at Horsetooth Reservoir. This 7 mile long body of water offers tons on inlets and coves to explore and recreational fun for the whole family including stand up paddling, kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming and more. Check out the Inlet Bay Marina or Mountain SUP to rent your gear!

Old Town Shopping

Stroll down the streets of Old Town Fort Collins and enjoy the unique boutiques and local stores. Science Toy Magic, Nature’s Own, and Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys are favorites for the younger crowd, featuring toys, gadgets and trinkets for the creative mind.

Dinner at Austin’s American Grill

Austin’s American Grill is the place to go if you want to experience what the taste of Colorado is all about. This local Fort Collins favorite is the “go to” for many when looking for a five-star, superior meal at a reasonable price. Terrific outdoor dining paired with dishes such as Prime rib, rotisserie chicken, ribs, Northwest grilled salmon, garlic mashed potatoes make for a delicious night. Not to mention, they have a great happy hour everyday as well.

Day 2

Breakfast at Vern’s Place

Homestyle food served up in a family-friendly atmosphere since 1946. Known for its world famous cinnamon roll, Vern’s Place is that authentic down-home, family-style type of place.

4120 Co Rd 54G, LaPorte CO
(970) 482-5511

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

This 5,000 sq ft exhibit space marries science and history in a hands-on learning environment for all ages. Housed inside of the museum is the OtterBox Digital Dome which is the most technologically advanced digital dome and exhibit experience in Northern Colorado.

408 Mason Ct
(970) 416-2236

Bike Ride on the Poudre River Trail

The Poudre River Trail is one of Fort Collins’ many paved bike/pedestrian trails that link nature and commuting. This trail meanders along the Poudre River for 10.10 miles from the Western foothills to the Eastern Plains of Fort Collins. Learn how to use Fort Collins’ bike share program Pace to rent a bike.

Grab lunch at Snack Attack for a picnic at City Park

City Park is a beautiful local park that includes a large pond, walking paths, and expansive green grass plots. It is a perfect place to enjoy Fort Collins’ beauty while enjoying a nice picnic lunch.

140 North College Avenue
(970) 482-6913

Enjoy one of Fort Collins’ finest sandwich shops. Snack Attack’s menu is freshly crafted with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, organic produce (where possible) and soft, plump breads! The sandwich shop also offers over 40 local craft brews!

120 W Stuart St
(970) 825-5989

White Water Rafting on the Poudre River
(7 and up)

The Cache la Poudre River is Colorado’s first and only designated national Wild and Scenic River. You get a thrilling whitewater rafting experience in a pristine and protected environment. Your guides and outfitters will go over safety precautions before heading out on the water. Find a list of outfitters here.


Horseback Riding at Beaver Meadow Stables(All Ages)

Enjoy a ride through Red Feather Lakes, just northwest of Fort Collins. Beaver Meadow Stables strives to make their Horse Back Riding experience different from the rest by offering small group rides (sometimes just your family) so that they can accommodate individual riding skills. The thick mountain terrain and beautiful scenery will take your breath away give you a thrilling ride. The little ones can enjoy pony rides at Beaver Meadow Stables as well.

100 Marmot Drive, Unit 15
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
(970) 232-8326

Dinner at Stuft: A Burger Bar

Stuft a Burger Bar is the perfect burger joint for those looking for a limitless amount of toppings. This unique restaurant allows you to become a burger artist where you can choose everything from your type of meat, bun, toppings and sauces. If you’re looking for something a little more daring than build-your-own, try their Chile Relleno Burger, decorated with diced jalapenos, lime cilantro crema, and cheese-filled poblano chiles. Stuft is local to Northern Colorado and was started in Fort Collins by two Colorado State University graduates.

210 S College Ave

Visit Fort Collins Itinerary – Fort Collins History

Fort Collins has something for just about anyone and conveniently Visit Fort Collins has suggested itineraries to choose from. Whether you’re new to town, have someone visiting or want to rediscover this awesome town, check out the Visit Fort Collins website. See below for their Fort Collins History itinerary.

In 1862, Camp Collins was built by the ninth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry to protect travelers and settlers along the Colorado branch of the Overland Trail. A flood in June 1864 sent the soldiers to higher ground near present-day Old Town where a small business district formed.

Later that same year, Elizabeth, “Auntie” Stone arrived at Camp Collins. She and her husband Judge Lewis Stone opened a mess hall for the soldiers. For an entire year, Elizabeth Stone was the only European-American woman in the camp and the soldiers and officers stationed there nicknamed her Auntie Stone. Sadly, Judge Stone passed away only two years later, leaving his widow to run the business by herself.

Auntie Stone was a driving force in building the community of Fort Collins. She expanded the mess hall, creating the first hotel in the city. She also encouraged her niece Elizabeth Parke Keays to move to Fort Collins and start the first school in one of the rooms in Auntie Stone’s cabin. The colony movement helped Fort Collins get its start.

Quick Facts:

  • According to legend, French Fur Trappers gave the Cache La Poudre River its name after being trapped by an awful snowstorm in the 1820s. According to the story, the fur trappers lightened their load by burying their goods, which included large amounts of gunpowder (poudre), in a hiding place (cache) near the mouth of the river along the banks. This is how the river became known as the Cache La Poudre River. Most residents and visitors today refer to the river that runs through downtown Fort Collins as simply “The Poudre.”
  • The Colorado Central Railroad arrived in 1877, and Fort Collins became a thriving agricultural center.
  • The Agricultural College of Colorado was founded in 1870. The school first opened its doors to students in 1879 with President Elijah Edwards and two faculty members. The school was renamed Colorado State University in 1957.

A trip through Fort Collins History


Check in at The Armstrong Hotel

Restored in 2004, it is the last operating historic hotel in downtown Fort Collins. With its charming early 20’s architecture and design it feels as if you’ve taken a trip back in time. Enjoy the comfort and long standing history of the Armstrong Hotel.

259 South College Ave
(970) 484-3883

Take a tour of 1883 Water Works

1883 Water Works is Fort Collins’ first ever public works project. This property is located at the foothills immediately west of Fort Collins where the historic Overland Trail runs right through the middle of the 23-plus acre site.

2005 N Overland Trail
(970) 221-0533

Ghost Sign Self-Guided Tour

Placed throughout Old Town Fort Collins are ghost signs created in the past and preserved into modern day. Pick up a Fort Collins Visitors Guide to find a list of all 10 Old Town Ghost Signs and explore the area while discovering its history through these signs. Historic Walking Tour If you’re looking for ways to explore Old Town but only have a limited amount of time, take the one hour historic walking tour. Visit historic buildings that have been beautifully preserved through the years and learn what their function was in the past. From historic hospitals to the city’s oldest restaurant, this tour will show you a whole new side to Old Town.

Dinner at CooperSmith’s Pub and Grill

As Fort Collins’ first breweries, Coppersmith’s has been serving fine food and fine beer for over 20 years. Enjoy patio dining at its finest and the hustle and bustle of Old Town Square.

5 Old Town Square
(970) 498-0483

Fort Collins Ghost Tour

This Fort Collins Tour will take you on a thrilling trip through Old Town where you will learn the history of Fort Collins and its bone chilling past. The newest tour they offer is the Horse & Buggy Ghost Tour where you will not only learn about the history of Old Town but you will also get a chance to explore the haunted sites around town. If you’re ready for a bone-chilling historic experience, Fort Collins Tours is definitely the way to go.

(970) 372-1445

Drinks at the Town Pump

This bar is Fort Collins’ smallest and oldest bar and even though it has a dive bar feel, it is very popular amongst the locals. The bar has been in existence since February 24, 1909 and has been through a history of bootlegging, prohibition and being the first bar in the world to serve New Belgium’s Fat Tire. Enjoy the history lingering in (and on) the walls of this historic bar.

124 N. College Ave
(970) 493-4404


Breakfast at the Silver Grill Café

The Silver Grill is the oldest restaurant in Northern Colorado, serving legendary breakfast and lunch dishes daily. Wooden floors, huge windows looking out into Old Town, and famous cinnamon rolls give this charming restaurant a special place in the heart of Fort Collins.

218 Walnut St
(970) 484-4656

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

The FCMOD is Fort Collins’ newest museum and it features a fun and interactive environment for all ages. Mixed perfectly within this one large museum is science, discovery and history so that everyone can find something they’re interested in. This museum is a great way to explore the history of Fort Collins and its origins from late pre-historic periods to current day. Find Folsom points found at the Lindenmeier Site near Fort Collins, settler history and more in this hands-on exhibit!

408 Mason Ct
(970) 221-6738

Hike in Soapstone Prairie

This 28-square mile Natural Area is located just north of Fort Collins and is a conservation area for many species and their natural habitat in Northern Colorado. Soapstone Prairie is also home to the famous Lindenmeier Site, a Folsom archeological site. The site contains the most extensive Folsom culture campsite evidence dating back to 8,710 B.C. Visit the arroyo surrounding this historic site during your hike.

(970) 416-2815

Tour Avery House

The Avery House was built in 1879 by Franklin Avery who is responsible for the design of our wide streets around Fort Collins and he also was the founder of our local First National Bank and instrumental in developing many of our early water projects that enable agriculture to flourish in Northern Colorado. This house is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is available to tour on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 pm.

328 W Mountain Ave
(970) 221-0533

Magic Bus Tour

Magic Bus Tours gives fun and educational tours around the Fort Collins area in a large limo bus painted end to end with a colorful collage of our local culture. The comfy climate-controlled bus has a large flat screen TV that allows them to incorporate photographs, audio elements, and videos into the tours. Magic Bus Tours offers several different tours, including the History Tour, Brewery Tour, and Farm Tour.

(970) 420-0662

Visit Fort Collins Itinerary – Winter

Fort Collins has something for just about anyone and conveniently Visit Fort Collins has suggested itineraries to choose from. Whether you’re new to town, have someone visiting or want to rediscover this awesome town, check out the Visit Fort Collins website. See below for their Winter itinerary.

The winter season in Fort Collins is undeniably stunning and is one of the best times of the year to plan a trip. Fort Collins offers plenty of activities during the winter from fat biking and snowshoeing to the ultimate foodie escape, there are so many reasons to visit Fort Collins this winter.


Breakfast at Mugs Coffee Lounge

Mugs is locally owned and operated. The coffee lounge also always tries to locally source when possible. Mugs is rumored to have the best breakfast burritos around and the coffee is superb. They truly believe coffee shops very well may be one of the last remaining daytime social gathering spots in most communities.

306 W Laurel St.
(970) 449-2265

Fat Bike Tour

Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one of the best outdoor recreation sports Fort Collins has to offer…Mountain Biking. Fat Tire bikes allow for you to cycle through the snow on the same trails that you love during the summer. Take a tour with Front Range Ride Guides and leave the stress of research and rentals behind.

Lunch at Choice City Butcher

This local city butcher and deli offers the perfect after-recreation meal with high quality ingredients and tasty craft beer. Enjoy a relaxed lunch after your morning of Fat Tire Biking and get the fuel you’ll need.

104 W Olive St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 490-2489


Visit a local Fort Collins Brewery

Fort Collins is home to over a dozen craft breweries including nationally recognized New Belgium Brewery and Odell Brewing Co. Enjoy an afternoon at one of our local breweries small or large and wind down after your outdoor adventure.
Fort Collins breweries

Explore local Natural Area

Fort Collins is home to around 50 natural areas including 100 miles of trail and over 40,000 acres of preserved and protected habitat. These areas are perfect for your next recreational outing. Enjoy activities such as fishing, mountain biking, hiking and more as you take a step into nature. These Natural Areas are open the public and conveniently located at different areas all over town for that perfect mid-day getaway.

Dinner at Beau Jo’s Pizza

Set in the heart of Old Town, Beau Jo’s is legendary among Colorado outdoor enthusiasts. They have been offering award-winning Colorado Style Pizza for over 30 years. Beau Jo’s is also considered one of the “Top Insider Spots in the U.S.” according to Travelocity.

100 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 498-8898


Drinks at the Forge Publick House

Tucked away in Old Firehouse Alley in Old Town Fort Collins, this cozy bar offers a great environment to relax and sip on some brews. The bar houses 10 rotating taps with beer that never disappoints.

232 Walnut Street
(831) 332-8060


Breakfast at the Rainbow Restaurant

The Rainbow is a family owned restaurant specializing in vegetarian breakfasts, lunch and dinners for the past 38 years. Rainbow guests come for the great fresh taste and personal touches that are the hallmarks of the local establishment. The Rainbow also offers non vegetarian options for guests who prefer to eat chicken, turkey or breakfast meats such as ham, Canadian bacon or bacon.

212 W Laurel Street

Snowshoeing in the Poudre Canyon

The Poudre Canyon offers beautiful views during the winter season. Rent your gear in town and head up the way to a snowshoeing adventure of choice.

Mineral Spring Gulch: Located in the Poudre Canyon this trail is great for a short, mid-winter excursion. It is 4 miles long, an out-and-back trail and great for beginners.
Directions: 149-211 Crown Point Road, Roosevelt National Forest, Bellvue, CO 80512, USA

Little Beaver Creek Trail: Located in the Poudre Canyon this trail is great for early season snow and is moderate in skill level. It is 2 miles long, out-and-back and gains 1,500 ft. in elevation.
Directions: 7311 North County Road 63E, Roosevelt National Forest, Bellvue, CO 80512, USA

Big South Trail: This 6 miles trail is located within the upper reaches of the Poudre Canyon and offers stunning views of frozen waterfalls. It is an out-and-back trail with moderate difficulty and gains 560ft in elevation.
Directions: 48924 Poudre Canyon Highway, Roosevelt National Forest, Bellvue, CO 80512, USA

Green Ridge Road: Located in the upper reaches of the Poudre Canyon, this moderate difficulty trail offers great views from and of several frozen lakes and travels through the rolling forest. At only 3 miles long this snowshoeing trip is perfect for a quick out-and-back trip.
Directions: 51561 Poudre Canyon Highway, Roosevelt National Forest, Bellvue, CO 80512, USA

Blue Lake:  As one of the most popular snowshoeing spots in the upper reaches of Poudre Canyon, this trail offers an easier short, round-trip excursions or a more challenging, all-day adventure. This trail is 4.75 miles one-way and offers beautiful views of Blue Lake surrounded by towering mountains.
Directions: 51561 Poudre Canyon Highway, Roosevelt National Forest, Bellvue, CO 80512, USA

Trap Park: Located in the upper reaches of the Poudre Canyon this moderately difficult trail follows a small canyon for 11.5 miles and offers beautiful views of the Neota Wilderness and beautiful riparian area.
Directions: 51561 Poudre Canyon Highway, Roosevelt National Forest, Bellvue, CO 80512, USA

Pickup gear from JAX Mercantile

JAX Mercantile is a local Fort Collins sportsman shop that sells gear for all your local outdoor adventures. Rent your snowshoeing gear here before you head up the canyon and you’ll be sure  to get expert advice and fitting from the staff.

1200 N. College Ave

Lunch at the Mishawaka in the Poudre Canyon

The Mishawaka is a local’s favorite lunch spot to finish off a day of recreation in the Poudre Canyon. This live music amphitheater by summer is also a cozy mountain restaurant that sits atop the river. During the winter you can get tasty pub foods and hearty dishes to fuel up after your long day of winter recreation.

13714 Poudre Canyon Hwy
Bellvue, CO 80512
(970) 482-4420


Take a Horse and Carriage Ride

Horse and Carriage rides can be booked almost every night in Old Town. This is a chance to take in the beautiful scenery of Historic Old Town Fort Collins in a more intimate setting under the beautiful Holiday Lights, and maybe some light snow fall to make the experience ever more memorable. Envision you and that special someone cuddled up underneath a blanket while rolling along the historic streets of Old Town, soaking up that romantic moment. It doesn’t get much better than that.


The Do’s + Don’ts of Listing Photos

When you’re preparing to put your house on the market, you are probably already aware that most of the first impressions made on potential buyers will be via your listing photos. If you’re working with me, I pay for professional listing photos because they are THAT important. Seriously. It’s well worth the cost, especially when you live in Northern Colorado, aka one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. But, I’ll do you a favor. If you’re still planning on going rogue and doing this yourself, here are some do’s and don’ts to help you make the best of your listing photos and get the attention you want it to have.


  • Make your house look welcoming. A warm entryway and open front door will set the tone for the rest of your images.

  • Consider other perspectives. If you have access to an aerial photographer, having a bird’s eye view photo will help show off your property if you’ve got a great location.

  • Capture the best parts of your home. While you may think skipping certain rooms is the norm, it is better to show off what it is that makes you love your home. Do you have a beautiful garage? Make sure you get great photos of it!

  • Stage your rooms. Make sure potential buyers can see how great your space can be so they can picture themselves in it.

  • Show off the view – if you have one. If you’ve got a beautiful porch where you love to have your morning coffee because of the tree line, make sure you get a photo of that.

  • Take a curb shot. A buyer will want to know what to expect when they pull up to your home, so make sure there aren’t any surprises.


  • Try to get creative with angles. Real estate photography isn’t the time to try out new angles. Your clients will want to know what the home actually looks like, and making it look like there is a landslide with an artsy angle won’t help sell your home.

  • Use a fisheye lens. Extreme fisheye lenses can actually make your home and the rooms inside look smaller, and the distorted images can leave a bad taste in a potential buyer’s mouth.

  • Snag selfies while you’re photographing rooms. Buyers don’t want to see you in listing photos. Make sure you avoid angles that put your full reflection in any photo you use to list your home.

  • Capture the everyday mess of life. While in most cases it is important to show reality, this is the one case where it is key to not capture what your home actually looks like on a day to day basis. Your home should be clean and organized when listing photos are taken because potential buyers may have a hard time picturing themselves living in your home if they can’t look past the mess.

  • Show of your furry children. While there are plenty of pet lovers out there, featuring your pups or kittens will often detract from what your home looks like and lead clients to worry about potential pet damage or smells.

The Best Indoor Trees for Your Home

Artificial plants may never die, but having live plants in your home will make your home look and feel better. Nothing brings life into a home better than well-maintained greenery.  Most indoor trees are easy to take care of and only need adequate water and a spot where they’ll get enough light. You can fill your home with trees or just add enough to a room to beautify empty space. Here are the best indoor plants to add life and coziness to your home.

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig

You probably have a friend who has a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree in their home right now, and for good reason. They only need regular watering and indirect light, and are the perfect size to add a touch of greenery to a room. Be sure not to overwater this tree, as it will drop leaves quickly.

2. Weeping Fig

This tree is one of the most popular indoor trees. It has slightly arching branches and can fill out quite well if taken care of. Like the Fiddle Leaf, it prefers indirect light but it doesn’t like cold drafts or hot, dry air. This tree is best kept away from doors and A/C vents. The Weeping Fig is known to shed less than a quarter of its leaves in the fall and sprout them again in the spring, so keep that in mind when buying one.

3. Areca Palm

If you want to add a beachy vibe to your home, this feathery palm will do just that. It thrives in bright spaces and can grow up to 10 inches in a year, reaching 6-7 feet indoors. In the spring and summer, the Areca Palm likes light, constant moisture. During the winter months, it works best to let it dry out a bit between waterings.

4. Rubber Tree

The Rubber Tree is one of the easiest to grow indoors. If you want a darker-colored plant, consider this tree that only requires moderate light. Occasional pruning will help the tree look its best, but be sure to wear gardening gloves to keep the sap off of your fingers.

5. Ponytail Palm

If remembering to water plants isn’t your forte, this is the plant for you. The Ponytail Palm stores moisture in its base so it will be just fine if you forget a week or two of watering. The plant has long, strappy leaves that add the perfect touch to a contemporary room. It prefers indirect, bright light and is slow-growing.

6. Lacy Leaf Philodendron

If you’re looking for an easy plant that will live long, this is the one for you. With massive glossy leaves, this philodendron can grow up to 6 feet wide, so keep this one in mind if you have a large space to fill. This plant only needs watered when the soil becomes dry and requires moderate light.

Visit Fort Collins Itinerary – Girlfriend Getaway

Fort Collins has something for just about anyone and conveniently Visit Fort Collins has suggested itineraries to choose from. Whether you’re new to town, have someone visiting or want to rediscover this awesome town, check out the Visit Fort Collins website. See below for their Girlfriend Getaway itinerary.

Do you need a Girlfriend Getaway? Fort Collins is the perfect destination to get away with the girls and enjoy outdoor adventure, spa pampering, wine and chocolate and everything else in between.



Hike Arthur’s Rock in Lory State Park

Arthur’s Rock is one of Fort Collins’ most popular hikes and boasts magnificent views of Horsetooth Reservoir and Fort Collins from above. Located in Lory State Park, this 1.7 mile trail is easily accessible from town and puts you in open mountain space within minutes.


Spa Treatment

There’s no better way to relax in Fort Collins than a nice spa treatment after some outdoor recreation. Have a girl’s day at one of our many local spas and enjoy treatments from massages, to pedicures, manicures and anything in between. This relaxing experience will get you set and ready to enjoy the rest of your vacation in Fort Collins, CO.

Cocktails at Coppermuse Distillery

At Coppermuse customers can tour the distillery and sample spirits in the tasting room, choosing from a menu of nearly 20 cocktails (and growing), showcasing Coppermuse Vertueux Vodka, whiskeys, rums and an assortment of infused vodkas – from vanilla to lemon to cucumber. Also enjoy great bites and a great environment in their comfy, lively tasting room.

244 N. College Ave


Dinner at Jax Fish House

Jax Fish House (not to be confused with Jax Mercantile, Co.) brings us fresh seafood with a special knack for oysters and cocktails. Chef de Cuisine, Kevin Grossi has an impressive dedication to quality. This is one of the few (if the only) kitchen staff that I know of taking a field trip to small Fort Collins farms to become familiar with our farmers, produce, community, and incorporating that in an ever changing seasonal menu. You want to support local food? Eat at Jax Fish House.

123 North College Ave 
(970) 682-2275

Dessert at Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream

Offering a variety of handcrafted chocolates, homemade fudge, premium ice cream and many other sweet things in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins.

114 North College Ave
(970) 221-9444



Coffee and light breakfast at Little Bird Bakery

This neighborhood bakery and café is located in the heart of Old Town Square in a historic building. This quaint bakery is known for its decadent breakfasts including homemade quiche and croissants and their always perfect coffees, lattes, cappuccinos and more. Have a leisurely morning at this bakery, soaking in the views of Old Town Sq.

11 Old Town Square
(970) 568-8906

Shopping in Old Town

The inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street USA. Enjoy the ambiance of one of ‘America’s Best Downtowns and home to many Fort Collins local shops, restaurants, art and music. Local boutique shops offer the perfect trinket or gift for that special someone or even for yourself.


Dinner at CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewing

One of Fort Collins’ first breweries, CooperSmith’s serves fine beer and fine food alike. Enjoy patio dining at its finest and the hustle and bustle of Old Town Square.

5 Old Town Square
(970) 498-0483

Nuance Chocolate

Nuance Chocolate is a popular small batch business in Fort Collins, serving in-house crafted chocolate in an ever changing range of flavors to pair with the changing seasons and demands. One of the best ways to experience this fresh chocolate is in a thick, hot chocolate form known as sipping chocolate. This decadent treat is a perfect way to end a winter evening in Old Town or curb that sweet-tooth while sticking with the craft beverage theme.

214 Pine St
(970) 484-2330


Lincoln Center Theatre Performance

As one of Colorado’s largest and most diverse presenters of professional theatre, dance, music, and visual arts, this Theatre Center is a crowned jewel for Fort Collins and the perfect place to spend an evening with your girlfriends. Enjoy Broadway right here in Fort Collins at this magnificent and newly renovated theatre.

417 W Magnolia St
(970) 221-6735

Late Night Drinks at Social

Social is the place in Fort Collins for properly crafted cocktails, sommelier selected wines, and charcuterie. Located underneath an Old Town shop, at the entrance into Old Town Square, Social is designed with a soft modern/industrial decor as to keep the focus on what they are best at…quality food and beverage.

1 Old Town Sq
(970) 449-5606

5 Ways to Fill the Space Above Your Bed

Even if you have a beautiful headboard, the space above your bed can seem empty if left untouched. This space can be tricky to decorate, but that doesn’t mean you should leave it blank. There are plenty of ways to spruce up that space without much work. Here are 5 ways to make the best of that negative space!

1. Add a Set of Shelves

Even if you don’t need the extra storage space, you can use shelves to add small decor that is unique to you. Your favorite books, small planters, or even picture frames are a great way to personalize the shelves.

2. Wallpaper the Wall

If you’re worried about adding anything above your bed, consider creating an accent wall with floral wallpaper. Many places sell peel and stick paper so if you decide you don’t love the style or you’re renting and cannot make a permanent change, you can still try out wallpaper.

3. Make the Room Look Bigger With Mirrors

The best way to make a room look bigger is to strategically place mirrors across from open windows or sources of light. You can also place 2 small mirrors alongside a large central mirror if your bed isn’t across from a light source. This will also make your room appear larger while filling empty space.

4. Consider a Tasteful Tapestry or Wall Hanging

Tapestries aren’t just for college dorm rooms. If you aren’t ready to add shelving fixtures but want something a little more than wallpaper, consider adding a pop of color with a tapestry or a statement yarn wall hanging.

5. Create a Gallery Wall

Whether it is gridded and organized or statement and staggered, a gallery wall is the perfect way to add a little more ‘you’ to your bedroom. Frame your favorite family photos or the landscape photos from your favorite vacation.

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Heating System?

Maybe the heating system in your home has been in place since you moved in and you’re not sure if it is the best option for you, or you’ve recognized that heating your home is putting a hole in your pocket. Here are the different heating system options to help you find out if your current system is best for you, or if it is time for an upgrade so there will be no shivering indoors this season.


Boilers heat the floor, walls, and air by circling heated water through a piping system loop. Electricity, propane, and natural gas can all power a boiler system and can distribute heat in a variety of ways. There are old-school steam radiators, hot water radiators, and hydronic radiant floor heating. Boiler systems are usually more expensive and costly to install, but are typically more quiet than forced air and can be more efficient than forced air systems.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps heat or cool your home by taking advantage of existing outdoors, underwater or underground temperatures. Air-source heat pumps are the most common, followed by the split ductless system and the geothermal system. While heat pumps tend to be more expensive than forced air or central heating and can be noisy, they will save you money in the long run because of just how efficient they are.


Furnaces, commonly referred to as forced air, are the most common system because while inexpensive, they are quite reliable. You may have an older furnace that needs replaced, and based on the current efficiency rating, it may be worth your time and money to invest in a new maximum efficiency furnace. A key factor in saving money with a furnace is making sure it is the right size for your home so it doesn’t overwork itself, costing you more in the end.