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Visit Fort Collins Itinerary – Pet-Friendly

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 Pet-Friendly itinerary.

Pets deserve vacations too, and their dream destination is probably Fort Collins. Our pets are hard at work giving us all the attention we could ever want after long days at work, so why not plan for some good ole’ relaxation, just you and your best bud. There are pet friendly options abound so plan your pet-cation to Fort Collins soon, and don’t miss out on all the great attractions for both humans pets!

Pick Your Pet-Friendly Hotel

First thing’s first, a nice place to stay is the first thing you’ll need in any destination and it sets Fort Collins apart for our furry friends because we offer so many accommodation options that are pet-friendly. The Fort Collins Marriott, The Hilton Fort Collins, Quality Inn and Suites, The Armstrong, The Elizabeth and Best Western University Inn are just a snippet of pet-friendly hotels in town offering a great atmosphere for both you and your pet. Find all your pet-friendly Fort Collins hotels here.

Explore an Off-Leash Dog Park

Although Fort Collins does have a leash law in place; they offer multiple different off-leash dog parks so your companion can get some much needed free time. These parks are conveniently placed all over town and provide for great recreation for both you and your dog. Spring Canyon Park is the most popular in Fort Collins. It offers two huge gated areas with dog water, tunnel obstacles, shared tennis balls and even has a doggy pond for some swimming. On top of that, the park is situated directly against the Fort Collins foothills and offers some of the town’s best recreation. After your dog is finished playing, take him for a walk on one of the many trails in the area.

Hike Arthur’s Rock Trail

Horsetooth Rock’s little brother known as Arthur’s Rock is the most popular hike in the park and it boasts magnificent views of Horsetooth Reservoir and Fort Collins from above. This hike is dog friendly but you have to make sure your four-legged friend is leashed at all times. On a day that you’re looking for a challenging hike but don’t want to spend your whole day doing it, Arthur’s Rock is your trail. Located in Lory State Park, this 1.7 mile trail is easily accessible from town and puts you in open mountain space within minutes. Enjoy the multiple overlooks at each switchback until you reach the top of Arthur’s Rock sticking out over the trees, which provides for the perfect view of the Reservoir and city.

Hang out with your pet at the Breweries

You can’t miss out on the breweries during your pet vacation in Fort Collins; just because they can’t sip the suds doesn’t mean they won’t love them just as much as you. The two big breweries, New Belgium and Odell allow your furry friends to come inside, so even on those chilly fall days you both can stay warm. However, the backyards at both places are where you will want to play if it’s warm. Relax by the outdoor fire pit at Odell Brewing Co. or play Rolle Bolle on the back porch at New Belgium. Either way, your pet will find friends and fun at the breweries. The town’s smaller breweries such as Horse and Dragon and Zwei will allow doggies on their patio and are happy to provide water bowls so they can quench their thirst as well.

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. And, with 3 patios to choose from, your pet will have a great time hanging out with your while you dine al fresco.

5 Old Town Square
(970) 498-0483
www.Coopersmithspub.com

Visit Wagz Pet Market

Shopping in Old Town is a must do for both you and your pet. Stroll the cobbled streets of Old Town and enjoy local and unique stores. Along the streets you will find water bowls (and sometimes even treats) for your furry friend. Don’t pass up Wagz Pet Market on College Ave. near Trimble Court for all your pet needs. Let your shopping partner pick out a toy of their own or maybe a new leash for that hike you are about to go on. Wagz loves to see your pets, so bring them in for some extra love and attention.

Say hello to Annie the Railroad Dog

While you’re strolling through Downtown Fort Collins make sure to stop by the Downtown Transit Center to visit the resting site of Annie the Railroad Dog. Annie is a historic figure in Fort Collins known for her friendly presence at the Mason St. train station here in town. Annie was adopted by railroad men in the 1930’s and became quite a local celebrity as she greeted each person disembarking from their train ride to Fort Collins throughout the decade. You can also visit her bronze statue at the Old Town Library at 201 Peterson Street or take a stroll along Annie’s walk at Library Park.

Get a pupsicle from Revolution Artisan Pops

Revolution Artisan Pops offers fresh and locally sourced gourmet popsicles. This hip new addition to the foodie scene in Fort Collins is sure to surprise and tantalize your taste buds. From succulent strawberry to cranked-up coffee and cream, Revolution offers a fun, wholesome treat both you and your pet will enjoy.

208 S College Ave
970-217-6029
revolutionartisanpops.com

10 Chores to do Annually

Sing me some graces, there is such a thing as over-cleaning! Here are ten chores around the home that you really only need to do annually, minus special circumstances. Let’s dive in!

1. Curtains & Drapes

Unfortunately, we don’t mean the dusting part. You’ll want to dust at least once a month, but when it actually comes time to getting them cleaned, you only really need to do that once a year. You can take them in to get dry cleaned or follow the instructions on their tags if you choose to wash them at home.

2. House Gutters

Gutter guards can be a great investment, especially if you live around trees that shed all year long. These can keep your gutter cleanings minimal, generally about once per year. You’ll want to do this in the autumn when all of the leaves from the trees have already fallen.

3. Fireplace & Chimney

After the winter, you’ll want to give your fireplace a thorough cleaning. You can use a shop vacuum to clean up the embers. Make sure to wash down the fireplace tools as well. Go an extra step further and schedule an appointment with a chimney sweeper.

4. Carpets

We wish we meant vacuuming, but that’s pretty much a weekly or biweekly task for most households. In this case, we mean a deep clean. The best time to get this taken care of is right after summer.

5. Outdoor Furniture

The best time to clean outdoor furniture is when you bring them out of storage for Spring. Of course, if messes happen while you’re using them, you want to clean the spots right away to you avoid an accumulation of stains in a short period.

6. Mattress

Mattresses have improved through the years but they still need a little bit of attention. At least once a year, give your mattress a thorough cleaning and change the position of it.

7. Kitchen Cabinets & Pantry

Early November is a great time to clean out kitchen cabinets, drawers, and the food pantry to get ready for the holidays. Do a section of cabinets at a time and empty them out completely. Wipe down the shelves and reline with shelf paper if needed.

8. Linen Closet

Just once a year, empty out your linen closet and give it a thorough cleaning. Take time to vacuum away dust and spiderwebs and reline any shelves.

9. Garage, Basement, & Attic

No one is expecting you to have a perfect garage, basement, or attic. However, a good cleaning at least once a year can help you keep an eye on things, such as moisture or insect problems. It can also feel good to get rid of junk that tends to accumulate in these hidden spaces.

If you’re in the market to sell your home, you can always give me a call. And if you mention this blog post, your house cleaning is on me!

Durable Kitchen Floor Options

Kitchen floors get put through quite a lot! Between all of the dropped utensils, the spills and drips, and everything in between – your kitchen is often one of the most used rooms in a home. Your kitchen floors need to handle kitchen hazards and look good doing it. A large variety of floor materials won’t be an ideal fit for the kitchen because of this. Below, I’m listing my favorite kitchen floors that will help keep them low maintenance while keeping a balance between style and functionality.

CERAMIC TILES

Ceramic tiles can be a great fit for the kitchen because they are resilient, hard, and impervious to stains and water. It also helps that they are resilient to heat and breakage, under normal conditions. They come in a variety of colors and even faux finishes to add a beautiful, yet smart, addition to your kitchen.

DURABLE CONCRETE

Concrete is a great option for ground level kitchens and is a long-lasting option for homeowners. Sometimes, concrete slabs may have already been placed beneath your existing flooring. The surface of concrete can be polished or stained to provide a stylish look for your kitchen.

NATURAL STONE

Natural stone is a hard rock which allows it to remain durable and long-lasting. The only drawback to stone is that it is porous, which makes it susceptible to water and liquid stains. This can be avoided with an annual application of chemical stone sealer, which simply provides an invisible coat of protection.

HARDWOOD

Hardwood can be tough to work within a kitchen because the material is porous and relatively soft. However, if you like the look of hardwood in a kitchen, you’ll just want to have it treated with a quality polyurethane-based finish. Keep in mind that it will, overtime, take on a more aged look. If you find character and personality in imperfections, then hardwood will work great for you.

BAMBOO

Bamboo has a similar look and feel to hardwood, and can be a great alternative. It is a harder and more durable material which helps it to be more resistant towards moisture and water damage. The only drawback? It’s tough to refinish because there is no direction to the natural grain.

LINOLEUM

Made popular about 50 years ago, linoleum seems to be making a comeback. Linoleum is made from all natural linseed oil, which makes it pretty environmentally friendly. These floors also pretty easy to clean and maintain. If it is properly cared for, it can generally have a lifespan for upwards of 40 or so years. However, if it is immersed in water, it is highly susceptible to damage. Be sure to avoid basement-quality linoleum in your kitchen or it may begin to curl when faced with humidity.

VINYL

Vinyl is a great and affordable kitchen flooring option. The lifespan of vinyl generally tends to run from 7 to 10 years before it starts showing significant signs of wear and fade. Vinyl is man-made and is nearly impervious to water issues, stains, and other damage. It is also very easy to clean!

Don’t want to replace your flooring? You can always give me a call and we’ll find you a house with the type of kitchen flooring that you love!

Tips to Beautify Rooms in Your Home

There’s no place like home, so why not make home the most beautiful and cozy place you can stay in? Let’s dive into some techniques that can help you showcase the best features of every room in your house. Just a touch of color, texture, and personality can transform your home into something new. Here’s a few tips that aren’t a lot of hassle:

ADD SOME COLOR

Sticking with a neutral scheme can never go wrong, but if you’re feeling like your room is a little drab, don’t be afraid to go with a bold color. You can do an accent wall that compliments the current color scheme or use your furniture or accent pieces to bring a touch of color. Color doesn’t have to mean clutter – you can keep the rest of the room simple and add the dramatic touch with a few elements.

USE SOME MIRRORS

Bringing in some mirrors can add light and room to your space. Using mirrors in staging is known to help the room look like it’s much bigger than it is. Add a few accent mirrors, preferably right across the room from a window, to brighten up your space and keep it from feeling too tight and small.

PLAY WITH ACCESSORIES

We get it, furniture can get expensive, but there is so much you can do with a room by just getting creative with accessories. Get some unique decorative pieces and let your room tell a story through them. Hop down to your closest antique store and grab some pieces that are bold. You can also head into Hobby Lobby or TJ Maxx, where they have beautiful and unique decorative pieces that are incredibly affordable.

ADD SOME GREEN

Nothing gives a space some life like some life, literally. Add some plants to your rooms, lots of green ones that are easy to keep alive, to add a unique touch to the room. You’d be surprised how much a room looks “finished” when you add a beautiful tree to the corner of a room.

EMBRACE THE LIGHT

The natural light, we mean. Don’t block out your windows with heavy drapes or hide them behind furniture. Decorate your room in a way that compliments the windows and brings the natural light in.

ADD TEXTURE

Use fur throws or pillows, use patterns in your fabrics, etc. Don’t be afraid to add unique textures throughout the home. It gives your eyes something to land on as they are looking around the room. You can even use metallics! Don’t over-do it, because then it can get overwhelming. Just get a few textures that compliment each other and put them in clever places around your room.

REMOVE CLUTTER

A tip you’ll hear often is that nothing brings the best out in a room better than getting rid of all the clutter and junk. If you have a hard time walking around your room or finding things, it may be time to get a few boxes and start cleaning out the things that don’t really belong.

Just a touch of color, texture, and personality can transform your home into something new. Here’s a few tips that aren’t a lot of hassle:

ADD SOME COLOR

Sticking with a neutral scheme can never go wrong, but if you’re feeling like your room is a little drab, don’t be afraid to go with a bold color. You can do an accent wall that compliments the current color scheme or use your furniture or accent pieces to bring a touch of color. Color doesn’t have to mean clutter – you can keep the rest of the room simple and add the dramatic touch with a few elements

USE SOME MIRRORS

Bringing in some mirrors can add light and room to your space. Using mirrors in staging is known to help the room look like it’s much bigger than it is. Add a few accent mirrors, preferably right across the room from a window, to brighten up your space and keep it from feeling too tight and small.

PLAY WITH ACCESSORIES

We get it, furniture can get expensive, but there is so much you can do with a room by just getting creative with accessories. Get some unique decorative pieces and let your room tell a story through them. Hop down to your closest antique store and grab some pieces that are bold. You can also head into Hobby Lobby or TJ Maxx, where they have beautiful and unique decorative pieces that are incredibly affordable.

ADD SOME GREEN

Nothing gives a space some life like some life, literally. Add some plants to your rooms, lots of green ones that are easy to keep alive, to add a unique touch to the room. You’d be surprised how much a room looks “finished” when you add a beautiful tree to the corner of a room.

EMBRACE THE LIGHT

The natural light, we mean. Don’t block out your windows with heavy drapes or hide them behind furniture. Decorate your room in a way that compliments the windows and brings the natural light in.

ADD TEXTURE

Use fur throws or pillows, use patterns in your fabrics, etc. Don’t be afraid to add unique textures throughout the home. It gives your eyes something to land on as they are looking around the room. You can even use metallics! Don’t over-do it, because then it can get overwhelming. Just get a few textures that compliment each other and put them in clever places around your room.

REMOVE CLUTTER

A tip you’ll hear often is that nothing brings the best out in a room better than getting rid of all the clutter and junk. If you have a hard time walking around your room or finding things, it may be time to get a few boxes and start cleaning out the things that don’t really belong.

Tips to Get Settled Into Your New Home

Moving into a new home? I know how exciting it can be! I’ve compiled a list of a few things you can do after your move to make sure your experience is comfortable. The hardest part of a move is getting settled in, after that, you’ll just need to handle a few loose ends that sometimes get forgotten about until the last minute.

CHECK MAJOR APPLIANCES

Be sure to check all the appliances to ensure everything is still in working order after the move. You want to make sure nothing was broken in the move or stopped working suddenly. Look at things such as your stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer, refrigerator, and microwave. If you brought any appliances yourself and you used movers, you’ll want to make sure everything still works as soon as possible, since mover’s insurance companies give a limited timeframe for when you can make a claim.

CHECK ALL OF YOUR BOXES & FURNITURE

Be sure to go over all your boxes and furniture to make sure nothing got damaged during the move. Be sure that everything has arrived and nothing got lost in the process. If you notice something is missing a month later, it may be too late to file a claim with the moving company. Even if you don’t plan on unpacking everything as soon as you move in, just do a quick review and inventory everything you brought to protect yourself and your belongings.

SET UP UTILITIES

Did you remember to set up your utilities before moving in? There’s nothing more frustrating than moving into your home to realize the lights don’t work. Make sure you’ve gotten with all of the necessary utility companies to have everything turned on in time for your move.

REGISTER INTO A GOOD SCHOOL

You may have already known to look for a school for your kids prior to your move, but if you haven’t yet found one, be sure to research all the schools local to you to find the right fit for your family. The sooner you can find the right school and register, the easier and less stressful it will be to get them in and settle.

REGISTER YOUR CAR

If you’ve moved to a new state or country, you’ll want to make sure to register your car in your new hometown and update your driver’s license, tags, and plates.

CONNECT TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Join sites like Nextdoor.com or get a subscription to your local magazine/newspaper to stay in touch with what’s going on in your neighborhood. Be sure to also join local community Facebook groups. You can find out about events or concerns relating to your community.

GETTING YOUR MAIL

Have you updated your address for all the people you’ll be expecting to get mail from? Like your bank, friends, family, and services you still pay for after your move. Check with the post office to have things redirected to your new address while you work to update your info with everyone else.

 

FIND THE RIGHT PROFESSIONALS

If you’re moving far from your last home, you’ll want to have the right connections. Find a new doctor, dentist, vet, handyman, plumber, etc. Add them into a contact book that’s easily accessible.

EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST

If you’re moving to a new country, 911 won’t be the local emergency number. Make sure you have all the correct numbers in the case of an emergency. This can also include doctors, the local police station, a vet, etc.

INSURANCE COMPANIES

More than likely, you handled home insurance and home warranty during the purchasing process. If you haven’t, be sure to get those taken care of right away. You’ll also want to get your auto, health, and any other necessary household insurances sorted for your move.

Using Paint to Enhance the Size of a Room

Paint colors can drastically affect the feeling of a room. It can make it enjoyable to be in, or leave you feeling uncomfortable. It can alter the perception of the room’s shape and size and add to, or take away from, the atmosphere you’re trying to portray in your space. The paint you use in your house can make or break its aesthetics.

COLOR TIPS

Dark Colors:
+ Adds coziness to a room.
+ Used to make a large room feel smaller.
+ Advances the color in the room.

Light Colors:
+ Used to make small rooms feel bigger.
+ Recedes the color in a room.
+ Light colors help a space feel more airy.

Lighter colors tend to recede, which makes it appear farther away, therefore making the room feel bigger. Darker colors tend to advance, which makes them seem closer, in turn making the room feel smaller. You can use colors to completely modify the size of a room by perception. You can use this concept to minimize unattractive features in your house or highlight focal points.

If your room is too large and doesn’t make the space feel cozy, you can paint your ceiling a darker color than the walls, to help them feel a little lower. Conversely, if your ceilings are too low and makes you feel claustrophobic, you can paint them a lighter shade to help them feel higher.

Visit Fort Collins Itinerary – Arts & Culture

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 Arts & Culture itinerary.

Fort Collins breathes life into the arts in the form of theatre, musical performances, dance, public art, galleries, photography and more. From the innovative to the classic, explore the unique and diverse cultural arts scene Fort Collins has become accustomed to.

Day 1:

Fort Collins Museum of Art

Housed in the old Post Office of Fort Collins this art museum is in and of itself, a piece of art. They present a diverse series of exhibitions, community events, publications and educational programs. The Fort Collins Museum of art works to enrich the cultural life of the region and create a greater appreciation for the visual arts.

201 South College Ave
(970) 482-2787
moafc.org

Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising

Through exhibitions, courses, and programs, the Avenir museum’s collection of 20,000 historically an culturally significant artifacts tell global stories of people and their textiles, dress, and interior furnishings- how they are made and what they mean to everyone.

216 E. Lake St.
970-491-1983
www.avenir.colostate.edu

Bas Bleu Gallery

Gallery Bleu, housed in the historic Giddings Building and home to the Bas Bleu Theatre Company at 401 Pine Street in Fort Collins, hosts six visual art exhibits a year, featuring local and regional artists. Each art show features an opening reception and runs for two months concurrent with the Theatre Company’s main stage productions. Art is for sale during the First Friday Art Walk

401 Pine St.
(970) 498-8498
www.basbleu.org/gallery

Dinner at Blue Agave Grill

This local restaurant serves contemporary southwestern cuisine in a unique setting. Enjoy their large, house made margarita selection; house infused tequilas, and homemade sangria along with a made-from-scratch kitchen serving fresh cuisine for dinner and lunch. Enjoy their outdoor patio accompanied by fire pits which surrounds the historic art museum in Old Town Fort Collins.

201 S. College Ave.
(970) 631-8076
Blueagavegrillcolorado.com

Museum of Discovery

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery blends science, history and culture into an interactive and engaging museum that literally offers the best of all worlds! With hands-on exhibits, a 42-foot long plesiosaur, a state-of-the-art Digital Dome that immerses you into the action, and a nationally recognized interactive music experience that lets you create and play music, the Museum is an experience not to be missed.

408 Mason Court
970-221-6738
fcmod.org

First Friday Art Walk (Only available on the 1st Friday of each month)

Enjoy Downtown Fort Collins’ thriving gallery scene! Fiber Arts, Visual Arts, Ceramics, Metal Smithing, Sculpture, Glass Art and Photography are ever present in the nearly 20 galleries located all within walking distance in historic Downtown Fort Collins.

Day 2:

Art in Public Places

Stroll the streets of Old Town Fort Collins. Experience the local arts on every street corner and stop by the many art stores in the area. Stop by Trimble Court to talk to a local artist and views pieces from the Fort Collins area. http://www.fcgov.com/artspublic/pdf/small-map.pdf

Global Village of Museum of Arts & Culture

The Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures strives to become an internationally renowned center for the celebration and preservation of world arts and cultures.  Guided by this vision, the Museum’s mission is to foster and celebrate international connections between Northern Colorado and the world through exhibits of folk art, fine arts, and artifacts from around the globe and to provide international resources and educational opportunities.

200 W. Mountain Ave.
(970) 221-4600

www.globalvillagemuseum.org

Lincoln Center

This center is named one of Colorado’s largest and most diverse centers of the performing arts, offering two performing art spaces (a 1,180-seat performance hall and a 220-seat theatre), three galleries, an outdoor terrace/performance garden and two special event/conference rooms available for rent. It is a leader in the cultural experience and an essential piece of the Fort Collins community.

417 W. Magnolia St
(970) 221-6735

www.fcgov.com/lctix/

Dinner at Jays Bistro

If you’re looking for the total package, Jay’s Bistro is the ticket to dining in the glow of Historic Downtown Fort Collins. An award-winning dining destination inspired by Jay Witlen and his wife, Jacki, the Bistro comes alive with artfully prepared cuisine presented by a welcoming staff. And, with live jazz by the talented and well-renowned Mark Sloniker, Jay’s Bistro has it all!

135 West Oak Street
(970) 482-1876

www.jaysbistro.net

Drinks at the 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
www.socialfortcollins.com