Visit Loveland

Resolve to Explore Loveland, Colorado

In my extensive travels across Colorado as the Mayor of HeidiTown, I often visit places locals haven’t explored or discover things that locals didn’t know existed. Museums are a great example; we have a tendency to visit museums in other people’s towns, but never step foot into our own town’s museums.

Photo by Lisa Kral, @dancinginmyheadphotography
Downtown Loveland (Photo by Lisa Kral, @dancinginmyheadphotography)

Restaurants are another example. People frequent the same places again and again because the environment is safe and familiar. They fear venturing into new establishments because they’d rather know what to expect than try something new. This isn’t wrong, it’s simply human nature.

In the last several weeks, I’ve been writing a lot about exploration. I want to inspire my readers here and on other platforms, to get out a explore new places in 2017, and I’m not talking about  digging up your passport and boarding a plane.

Slate Italian Eatery, Loveland, Colorado
Photo courtesy of Slate Italian Eatery

Sometimes new and exciting opportunities for discovery are hiding in plain sight. There are things and place to discover in our own backyards, just across the highway, or on the other side of the county.  

It can be as simple as trying a new restaurant or going to community theater. Perhaps you have never explored your county’s museum.

It’s easy to get stuck in a comfortable rut. Why not rock the boat a little in 2017?

Here are some ways to shake up your 2017 (please feel free to apply this to wherever you call home):

Visit a New Restaurant

This may seem simple, but when dealing with more than one personality in the mix, a spouse or kids for instance, it can be hard to convince the family to try a new place. Here in Loveland, we have several restaurants that have opened their doors in the past year.

Slate Italian Eatery opened this past summer in downtown. I’ve dined at Slate for dinner and happy hour and was pleased both times. Their cheese plate is divine and $2 off during happy hour which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

Fresh Plate Catering & Cafe is another new option in downtown Loveland. Open for breakfast and lunch, the Fresh Plate Cafe is an expansion of the Loveland catering company, Fresh Plate Catering.

Fresh Plate Cafe, Loveland, Colorado, photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer
Fresh Plate Cafe, Loveland, Colorado, photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Their deli sandwiches have quickly become an addiction for some downtown Lovelanders.

Visit a Local Museum

There are three museums in Loveland. First, the Loveland Museum Gallery features art and the history of Loveland. Admission is just $5, and whether you grew up in Loveland or are visiting, I bet you’ll learn something new here about the town.


Open during the summer only, Miner-Schwarz House is the oldest brick structure in Larimer County and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This restored house museum is located at 710 S. Railroad Avenue. Learn more here.

The third museum is the Timerlane Farm Museumand it’s one of my favorite places in Loveland. Get a glimpse at what life was like in the early days of Loveland on this authentic farm that includes two homes to tour.

Visit the Visitors Center

When I tell locals that they should visit their town’s Visitors Center they give me a funny look, but I’m not kidding. Locals and tourists alike can learn a lot about a town at the Visitors Center.


Loveland’s Visitors Center is fun to explore. In addition to the traditional maps and rack cards one would expect to find, they have a lot of great merchandise such as brewery t-shirts, original works of art, toys and much more. Plus, the volunteers are a plethora of information – tap into their knowledge to learn something new about Loveland.

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