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Live Like a Local in Loveland – Pat Saunders-White Spotlight

Be a local tourist or live like a local when you visit and be inspired by long-time Loveland resident and local artist Pat Saunders-White.

Pat has lived in Loveland for 20 years and is northern Colorado’s premier pet portrait artist.Her body of work primarily consists of animals because our natural affinity towards them can elevate the most profound feelings inside us. Animals can launch the heart in many directions. Her work is licensed and sold online on over 45 retails. Lincoln Gallery represents her work in Loveland Colorado.

One of Pat’s favorite things to do in Loveland is to walk around and explore as well as enjoy its people and diversified art scene.“The variety of architecture and improvements on older homes are very interesting and varied.”

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

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

Doug’s Day Diner downtown is a favorite breakfast spot for me, but I will occasionally head to First Watch which is near 29th Street. El Cielo is my favorite lunch spot. Find it on the west side of Loveland. Bent Fork at the Promenade Shops at Centerra is a great place for dinner. Definitely get a martini.

Where do you love to shop?

I love to visit Loveland’s thrift shops and vintage stores. We have some great ones including Canyon Collectables downtown.

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

Loveland has some great parks and outdoor places. My favorites are Viestenz-Smith Park, which is west of Loveland as you enter Big Thompson Canyon, Mehaffey Park, Lake Loveland and Foote Lagoon. Lake Loveland views at sunset are beautiful and Foote Lagoon is nice with the fountain and sculptures you can view.

Where is your favorite place to spend outdoors?

While it isn’t in Loveland, you need to travel through Loveland to get there. I enjoy hiking the Dunraven Trail in Drake, which is in Big Thompson Canyon.

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

We head to the Loveland Museum, head to the Foote Lagoon summer concerts when they happen each year and picnics anywhere along the Big Thompson River.

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

Boedecker is a great place for kayaking. It is small, but has beautiful views and as a wakeless reservoir, the water is smooth. If you are here and need groceries for picnics, or a longer stay, Eshs Grocery in north Loveland is a great place to stock up on food and produce. Loveland has great dog parks and breweries as well.

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

Try a local church, visit our fantastic Loveland Public Library, hit the lazy river at the Chilson Recreation Center or drop-in for pickleball play at any of the parks.

 

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Visitors – continue to get inspired and plan your trip with our visitors guide, or other local itinerary suggestions.

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