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Live Like a Local in Loveland – Deanna Sloat Spotlight

Be a local tourist or live like a local when you visit and be inspired by longtime Lovelander Deanna C. Sloat. 

Deanna has lived in Loveland since 1974 when her family moved her for her father’s job. She works for a community bank and loves helping people achieve their dreams. In Loveland, you will find Deanna everywhere and she always has a smile on her face. 

“I love that Loveland still feels like a small town. It is a very loving community. People are always helping people.”

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

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

For breakfast, I head to The Breakfast Club for a delicious build your own omelet. I build mine with spinach, cheddar cheese, sausage, ham, and bell peppers. YUM! You can’t beat Henry’s Pub on 4th Street in downtown Loveland for lunch. I ALWAYS order the strawberry and spinach salad with grilled chicken. CJ’s Patio Grill is a go-to place for dinner. I love their pot roast with veggies but you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.

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

Head to Betta Gumbo for some swamp water. They carry over 50 different kinds of moonshine. Pick your ‘shine and your mixer for a special, delicious drink. 

Where do you love to shop?

Call me crazy but I shop for a lot of gifts at the Loveland Visitors Center. They carry all things local and Loveland-inspired. 

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

The Flipside pinball arcade downtown is so fun and local. Pinball, skee ball (my favorite) and a wonderful family-friendly atmosphere. 

Where is your favorite place to spend outdoors?

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE to be outdoors and fishing is my addiction. There are a ton of places to fish around Loveland. Boyd Lake State Park right in our own backyard is a great one. But sorry – I cannot tell all of my secrets. 😉 

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

We always take people to the Loveland Museum. We lost our home in the 1976 Big Thompson Flood when we lived just west of town in Drake. The museum has a wonderful display of the river basin that folks that aren’t from here just wouldn’t understand. 

If you are willing to share, what do you think are Loveland’s hidden gems or hot spots?

Colorado Coffee Company – hands down – they have the best cinnamon rolls around. 

Anything else to add that you do to be a tourist in Loveland?

Can you tell I LOVE our sweet town of Loveland? <3 I think one of the most awesome things that I love being part of is the Loveland Valentine Re-mailing Program. I just think it is so unique to our community and we send love all over the world. This world needs more of that. 

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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