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Live Like a Local – Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer Spotlight

Be a local tourist or live like a local when you visit and be inspired by Loveland resident and Colorado travel blogger Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer. 

Heidi is founder of HeidiTown.com, a blog about festivals and travel. In addition, she is a festival and travel freelance writer and co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc. Heidi and her husband Ryan lived in the Denver area and found Loveland in the book, “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America.” The book was inspired by Loveland’s sculpture scene and also inspired their move to the city. They have lived in Loveland for 17 years. 

“I absolutely love the view of the mountains from here. I think the city is perfectly situated on the Front Range to see the beauty of Colorado.” 

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

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

For breakfast, we like Village Inn because it’s always solidly good food and they open early. For lunch, I recommend tacos or tortas at Taqueria Rancho Alegre. Hands down the best in town. For dinner, I adore the bacon-wrapped dates at Door 222, but we also love Black Steer for the pepper steak. 

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

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is our go-to spot for adult beverages. They’ve been making great craft beer for nearly a decade and Loveland’s so lucky to have them. 

Where do you love to shop?

The Loveland Garden Center & Nursery. They always have healthy plants whether we are buying flowers or veggies plants. 

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

I like Loveland’s Recreation Trail. It is nearly 19 miles but so green during the spring. I love it when it hugs the stream around Wilson Avenue and 1st Avenue.

Where is your favorite place to spend outdoors?

This is a city, not a town, but I can still find pockets of peace. Our neighborhood has large trees and lawns are manicured. We are close to several lakes, so really, I like to spend outdoors right here near my Loveland home. 

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

Benson Sculpture Garden really shows off the flavor of this art town. We also take people downtown to show them how the city has grown and changed over the years. 

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

I like to walk through the gardens behind High Plains Environmental Center in east Loveland. It’s a beautiful and serene place and I always take photos of the veggies and flowers.

Anything else you want to share?

It can be busy, but the Devil’s Backbone is a great place to hike or bikes. Also, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch offers an opportunity for locals to go horseback riding, which does not exist in most towns. That place is a gem in this town. 

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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