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Live Like a Local in Loveland – Karen Burbank Spotlight

Be a local tourist or live like a local when you visit and be inspired by Lovelander Karen Burbank.

Karen originally lived in Loveland from 2000 to 2004 during college while working at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. Realizing it’s the only place she wanted to be, Karen moved back to Loveland and has been working at Sylvan Dale since 2011.

“What’s not to love about Loveland? The name in itself gives reason to visit, and live in the land of love. I love its location, locale, local eateries, sculpture parks, and affinity for the arts.”

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

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

For my morning coffee, I frequent Jamoka Joe’s, locally owned and close to the ranch. AKA Kitchen is my favorite spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! For breakfast I order the Champion, the Reuben for lunch, and Chicken Pot Pie for dinner. I also like Door 222 for dinner – Bacon-wrapped Dates, Pretzel Bites, Roasted Beet Salad and Shrimp Linguini are my favorites.

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

If I’m looking to grab a beer with friends, we usually head over to Grimm Brothers Brewhouse or Tilted Barrel Brewpub. For wine and cider, we head over to the Sweet Heart Winery. We love the outdoor patio options!

Where do you love to shop?

I love heading over to the Promenade Shops at Centerra for a wide variety. And for antiques, I enjoy going downtown to Dickens Alley!

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

I love walking through either Benson Sculpture Garden or Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra. And for group fun, horseback riding at Sylvan Dale!

Where is your favorite place to spend outdoors?

Devil’s Backbone offers a great option for views and easy hikes!  Carter Lake for water activities!

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

When visitors are in town, we usually go downtown for the restaurant scene, namely AKA Kitchen, Door 222, and Henry’s Pub.  Then we might hop on over to a brewery or two or three, and the wintery as well. And of course, we also visit Sylvan Dale, as that’s where my visitors all stay for their overnight lodging!

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

A couple of hidden gems I enjoy are the Blue Stone, for your jewelry attractions, the Muse Coffee & Tea for some really great coffee and snacks, and then the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater for their summer concert series.

 

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