April 20, 2013

A Whirlwind Weekend in Fort Collins

1. I'd take you out for brunch at Cafe Vino, which is where my husband and I had our first date. You can order whatever you want, but I'd strongly recommend the Chef's Daily Benedict, and their bottomless peach or orange mimosas. Or we could go to The Silver Grill, which has been around since 1933, for their gigantic cinnamon rolls.

2. It's famous for a reason! You shouldn't miss The Avery House, which was built in 1879 and was the family home of Franklin and Sara Avery and their three children. The home was build of sandstone from local quarries and includes a carriage house, large yard, gazebo, and fountain. The Avery House is located on Mountain Avenue in Old Town Fort Collins, and serves as a museum honoring life at the turn of the 20th century.

3. Calories don't count on vacation, so we'll stop in and grab a treat at The Chocolate Cafe. One of their best desserts is the Trifecta which is a layer dessert, the bottom layer being a cake like chocolate, followed by a bittersweet chocolate mousse, and then topped with a white chocolate mousse.

4. The weather is perfect and getting outdoors is a must. We'll take advantage of the gorgeous day at Horsetooth Reservoir. There we could swim in the cold water or hike around and over the mountain to get a good view of the Fort Collins cityscape. We would watch the sun go down and the lights come up over the city as well.

5. You're so fortunate to have a Fort Collins insider showing you around. The locals would stone me if I didn't show you Beau Jo's Pizza because it is located in the old bank, they even kept the vault.

6. You didn't ask, but I'll tell you anyway that a trip to Fort Collins wouldn't be complete without visiting City Park, especially in the summer. It's a great place if you have kids; as there is a giant playground, a train for the kids to ride, the public outdoor pool with lots of fun water features, and paddle boats on the lake.

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  1. I was so excited to see my home town represented here this morning! Awesome job picking some of the bests!

    1. Hi Shelby! I think I actually know you. Isn't your husband's father a pastor at Summitview Community Church? :)

  2. Oooh, Ft. Collins is my hometown! I grew up there and moved away when I was 21, but my parents are still there so I go back to visit frequently. I agree with all your suggestions, but I feel I'd be remiss not to add Big City Burrito and El Burrito to the list of must-eat places. My favorite thing about FoCo is all the delicious locally-owned restaurants in town. I miss all the good food there so much!


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