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Live Like a Local in Loveland – Celeste Smith Spotlight

Be a local tourist or live like a local when you visit and be inspired by Loveland local Celeste Smith.

If you’re out and about in the community, you’ll likely bump into Celeste. She spearheads the marketing and community engagement for McWhinney and Centerra as Senior Marketing Director. She moved to Loveland from Chicago in 2005. Her husband grew up in Loveland and brought her to this great city, and she immediately embraced the lifestyle in Northern Colorado when she landed. Celeste loves to bike, hike, enjoys community events, is passionate about collaborating with local businesses and supporting non-profits. She admires the natural outdoor spaces with the beautiful mountain backdrop.

“There’s so much to love and discover in Loveland…the friendly community vibe, outdoor art, miles of trails and community activations make this city a highly desired place to live and work.”

Check out Celeste’s tips for a perfect 24 hours in Loveland. 

Where are your favorite places to eat and what do you order?

Start your morning off with a visit to Colorado Coffee to inhale one of the best cinnamon rolls and chai in town. For lunch, Fresh Plate Cafe in downtown Loveland is the perfect location to meet up with a friend. They have freshly prepared tasty meals that are healthy and full of flavor. For dinner, you can spot me on the patio of Fork The Grill, overlooking the water fountains, enjoying my favorite salmon BLT sandwich.

When it is time for some liquid art or liquid therapy, where do you go?

Depending on the day of the week, I enjoy a good outdoor patio, Colorado sunshine and a glass of beer from Verboten Brewing or Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. Both are great local options. Of course you can’t leave wine off the list, so head towards the foothills to enjoy a glass of wine at Sweet Heart Winery on the west side of town.

Where do you love to shop?

Both the Centerra Marketplace and Promenade Shops at Centerra are convenient and have so much to offer. You can find a nice variety of options from boutiques to name brand stores. And don’t forget to hit 4th Street in downtown too, to round out your Loveland shopping experience. We are fortunate to have so many retail and dining options available.

When it is time to have fun, where do you go?

I love getting away to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. It’s on the west side of town but you feel like you are so far from any city. Saddle up for a memorable horseback riding experience or relax alongside the flowing Thompson River, all experiential treats you can find while visiting the family owned and operated Ranch.

Where is your favorite place to spend outdoors?

During the summer, you can find me on the water. Boating and paddle boarding with my family are my go-to outdoor activities. Loveland has many great open water options, but I really enjoy spending time relaxing and unwinding at Boyd Lake. The easy access, wide open environment and the views are great. A hidden gem in Loveland is High Plains Environmental Center, a 275-acre living laboratory in Centerra. There are miles of trails to explore, monthly education events and activities, volunteer opportunities and an abundance of native plants and wildlife to enjoy and learn about.

When you have visitors in town, where do you take them?

Sylvan Dale is always a top choice. Friends and family visiting from out of state are always surprised to learn they can experience both town and country authentic experiences in Loveland. A drive up the Big Thompson Canyon is a must with guests to soak in the beautiful scenery and be on the lookout for bighorn sheep and elk as you make your way into Rocky Mountain National Park. Less than an hour drive from Loveland, these two destinations are a must see and easily accessible.

Locals – want to share how you are a tourist in your own town? Find out how with our toolkit.
Visitors – continue to get inspired and plan your trip with our visitors guide, or other local itinerary suggestions.

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