Fall 2018: New and Favorite Things to Do in Loveland, Colorado
Breathtaking fall colors, new outdoor areas to explore, delicious fall flavors and spirited fun make for a great season to visit Loveland. If you are looking for new outdoor areas to explore, food and drink options, art and culture, and golf – check out what is new in Loveland this season.
Just 10 minutes south of Loveland in Berthoud, TPC Colorado is the state’s first ground-up golf course development in nearly 10 years. This 18-hole championship golf course and clubhouse features sweeping majestic views of the Rocky Mountains and is nestled alongside the sparkling blue waters of Lonetree, McNeil and Welch Reservoirs. The course is just 10 minutes from three Loveland golf courses, Mariana Butte, The Olde Course and Cattail Creek and 10 minutes from Loveland’s thriving downtown district with award-winning restaurants, breweries, shops and entertainment. More than 1,150 hotel rooms including one of the world’s top-ranked Embassy Suites in the world are just 20 minutes from the course.
Outdoor Recreation + Trails
- On August 18, the Long View Trail opened. This 4.4-mile connection between Sunset Vista Natural Area in Loveland and Cathy Fromme Natural Area in Fort Collins, connects 19 miles of paved Loveland Recreation Trail to 35 miles of existing trail in Fort Collins. Loveland’s complete trail runs through beautiful areas on the west side of town near Wilson Avenue, east along the Big Thompson River corridor, over and under city streets, along irrigation canals, through fields, and north along the west shore of Boyd Lake State Park, then back to the west through prairies and wetlands. Perfect for walking, running or biking.
- Loveland’s Centerra is Colorado’s 1st Community Wildlife Habitat: East Loveland is anchored by urban developments including The Promenade Shops at Centerra, the Marketplace at Centerra as well as other commercial and residential development from Centerra. Among the urban developments lie 107 habitats – 90 of which have been certified as Community Wildlife Habitats in Centerra – the first in the state of Colorado. Chapungu Sculpture Park, one of 10 common areas included in this recognition, was designed with native gardens to attract birds, butterflies and other critters. Chapungu is the only permanent exhibit of Zimbabwean stone sculpture in the U.S.
- Grand re-opening of Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park: The park reopens after several years of repair work, river bed redesign and project planning following the 2013 Big Thompson flood, Located four miles west of the Dam Store on the way to Estes Park on Highway 34, this mountain park holds a special place in the hearts of Loveland residents and for visitors who have stopped on their way to Rocky Mountain National Park. The river itself has been re-routed after Mother Nature made it clear which way the flow should go, and much of the design work isn’t visible to the naked eye. Native grasses and shrubs have been planted, and visitors will notice a new park design.
- The Fall Movie Festival Saturday, Oct. 27 is a new family-friendly movie double feature beginning with Hotel Transylvania followed by Ghostbusters (the original). Kid-friendly and fall activities are available through the Mobile Recreation Trailer.
- Loveland Laser Tag First in U.S. to Debut Gen8 laser tag system: Loveland Laser Tag is home to Colorado’s only three-level laser tag course and now, the center is the first game and laser tag facility in the United States (second in the world) to debut the new Laserforce Gen8 Infinity laser tag system – the most advanced visual laser tag experience ever. Players will experience new gameplay objectives, power-ups, abilities, weapon types, and customization options. They can interact with the game in new ways via a 3.5” capacitive touch phaser screen — the largest in the industry — and an innovative, exclusive 5” chest display.
Art & Culture
- The historic Rialto Theater in downtown Loveland has launched season tickets for its fall and winter concert series. Season ticket holders get preferred seats and single ticket and ticket package discounts. Performances include Jim Brickman, Jim Messina, Richard Marx, Ryan Hamilton and more.
- Colorado Eagles Now AHL Affiliate to Colorado Avalanche: After back-to-back ECHL Hockey league Kelly Cup titles, The Colorado Eagles have officially moved up to the Pacific Division of the American Hockey League (AHL) and now serve as Colorado Avalanche. In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 17th year in a row, more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games across North America in 2017-18.
Food & Drink
- Loveland adds 10th brewery as two new breweries now open: Dratz Brewing Company and Rock Coast Brewery both opened in July 2018. Drätz Brewing Company specializes in American, Belgian and German styles as well as some fun experimental rotations and seasonals. In their first month open, they took second place at the Gnarly Barley Beer Festival. Rock Coast Brewery opened downtown in conjunction with AKA Kitchen and is the first brewery in Loveland to offer freshly brewed beers paired with food. The brewery offers a diverse lineup of American-style ales, a selection of Belgian-style beers, and a carefully curated collection of other favorites. A bonus: All of Rock Coast’s tap handles were created by local Loveland sculptor, Joey Bainer.
- Loveland’s Ale Trail Launches: Loveland’s Are Trail mobile app launched this summer, offering beer, wine and spirit lovers a chance to sip, savor and celebrate Loveland’s beer and spirit scene. Similar to a beer passport, once purchased, take the tap to each location to redeem BOGO offers at eight Loveland’s breweries, Climb Hard Cider and Sweetheart Winery.
- Loveland’s First Downtown Rooftop Bar Opens: Five Tables Cafe will be serving its full menu Friday and Saturday nights from the rooftop patio of Deskchair, a new co-working space recently open in downtown Loveland. The space will be open seasonally, closing for the winter and reopening spring through fall.
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