Energizer Bunny Itinerary

Thanks to some dear friends of ours who came for a fabulous four-day expedited adventure trip, we now have an itinerary that we know works. If you love the outdoors, this is the plan for you from late May to the end of July!

Arrival: Wednesday mid-morning to noon

12 – 1 p.m. Boesen High-Level Tour – sit back and enjoy a scenic short road trip and visit Horsetooth Reservoir, a bit of Old Town and wind up at the New Belgium Brewery for lunch at the best food truck in Fort Collins, La Piadina.

2-5 p.m. -Drop your duds off, have a map orientation session and head out to the foothills on Spring Creek Trail.

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7p.m. – Head over to Social for a cocktail and out for dinner or head on over to Ace Gillette’s for cocktails and dinner. Both are great!

Thursday 

8 – 12 p.m. – Join Mike for 18 holes of golf at Southridge Golf Course that offers great views of the mountains.

Lunch –

1 – 6 p.m. – White water rafting on the Poudre.

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8 p.m. – Walk over to the Fox and Crow for wine, beer and wonderful meat and cheese boards designed by YOU!

Friday

8 – 11 a.m. – Hike to Horsetooth Rock or the Falls – or both!

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11a a.m.  – 1 p.m. – Pack up snacks and a cooler and go for a pontoon boat ride on the reservoir. Pull over to a cove and take a dip in the 70-degree weather. It’s guaranteed to make you feel crispy and wonderful!

Lunch – Choice City Deli. You can’t go wrong with their buffalo Reuben sandwich. The best Reuben ever!

4 p.m. – Bike or drive over to Maxline Brewery for a tasting and some relaxation.

6 p.m. – Go to dinner at one of our local restaurants or head over to Loveland for a nice drive  – Himalayan Bistro, Bizetti’s and Jax for FoCo or Door 222 and Origins in Loveland.

Saturday

8-12 p.m. – Let’s load up the bikes and head over to the Poudre River Trail from Windsor to Greeley. We can design an activity from 25-40 miles depending on how much you want to ride. Of course, we will end up at Weldworks Brewery in Greeley, winner of the 2016 Best New Brewery in America Award!

3-5 p.m. – Distillery tasting at Feisty Spirits -a distillery that brews pretty much everything in a box of Kashi cereal. Really cool stuff!

6 p.m.- Dinner on the patio with a pre-dinner or post-dinner walk.

Sunday

8-11 a.m. – This is a great day to bike to Old Town via the Poudre River Trail, look at old houses, admire architecture and have brunch at Silver Grill Cafe, Snooze or Choice City Deli. Or head back to the Boesens for pancakes or waffles!

Noon – Lunch at CB Potts Brewery at Collindale Golf Course.

Depart back to your prior life via Green Ride, Super Shuttle or Boesen Shuttle to DAI. 🙂

Extra credit: walk or cycle to your FoCo destinations of choice!

 

 

 

 

 

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Baseball

Summer Baseball

Going to Coors Field may be on your itinerary, but if not, you can enjoy up close and personal baseball in Fort Collins during the summer!

The Fort Collins Foxes  are a member club of the Centennial State League, a wooden bat summer collegiate baseball league based in Northern Colorado.  The Foxes feature top collegiate baseball players from around the country, and just like Minor League Baseball, provide fun family entertainment.  A tremendous entertainment value with free parking, $6 admission, $5 Culver’s Butter Burgers (chips included), and $1 drinks or peanuts.

The summer evenings are cool and dry, the sunsets are spectacular, and you may see an eagle fly overhead! We did!

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Mike won a cinnamon roll!
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Evening at the Foxes

Bicycle Trails

Fort Collins has several trails for biking, walking, jogging, or skating. The trails are about 10 feet wide concrete and have very few street level crossings.  They are maintained year round and snow is removed from the trails during the winter months. Trails serve as commuter routes for many students and residents as well. The beautiful scenery that can be enjoyed along the system often makes one forget that they are in urban Fort Collins.  Here is a condensed listing of the trails in the Fort Collins area.

The Power Trail runs north and south and access is less than a quarter mile from the Waterford Inn.  About 1.5 miles to the north is Edora Park and the connection to Spring Creek Trail.  Going south, it follows the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad past two golf courses to Trilby Road.  From there it can connect with Fossil Creek Trail or continue south through a wetlands to Carpenter Road.  Future phases will extend to Loveland’s trail system.  The Power Trail runs about 1.5 miles north from the Waterford, and about 4.0 miles to the south.

The Poudre Trail meanders along the northwest to east side of town following the scenic Poudre River for 10.1 miles. It runs the gamut from prairie, to riverside, to parkland, to woods, to views of downtown and Odell and New Belgium Breweries. Expansion of this trail east toward I-25 is expected over the next several years.

The Spring Creek Trail follows Spring Creek for 6.9 miles. It can be accessed about 1.5 miles north from Waterford and runs east to the Poudre River where it joins the Poudre Trail. To the west, this highly popular trail continues through several parks across central Fort Collins and the Mason Trail to the west side of town where it becomes the north end of Fossil Creek Trail.  A short ride yields Rally King Brewing, but for another mile you can have Black Bottle Brewery.

A special purpose ride can combo Power – Spring Creek – Poudre – Lincoln Avenue to visit Funkwerks, Horse and Dragon Brewing, or Fiesty Spirits Distillery.

The Mason Trail serves as a convenient north-south route in the central core of Fort Collins and is maintained by the Streets Department. While not necessarily scenic, it serves as a useful connection through town and provides easy access to several destinations like Hardihood Brewing, Black Bottle Brewery, 1933 Brewing, or Zwei Brewing.  Adjacent to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor, the trail offers a solution to improve safety and mobility for cyclists and pedestrians traveling north and south in the city and is 3.5 miles long. This trail connects to the other trails located within the city, such as the Spring Creek Trail and the Fossil Creek Trail.

The Foothills Trail is a 6.8 mile earthen trail that travels along the foothills parallel to Horsetooth Reservoir from Dixon Reservoir at Pine Ridge Natural Area to Reservoir Ridge Natural Area and Michand Lane. This trail is on rugged terrain.

The Fossil Creek Trail runs along the south and west sides of town through the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area along Fossil Creek.  A short ride on quiet neighborhood streets connects the trail segments between Shields Street and College Avenue. This segment will open as right-of-ways are established and construction finishes. The Fossil Creek Trail is 5.2 paved miles.

The Poudre River Trail Corridor is just southeast of Ft. Collins and runs for 21 miles from Windsor to Greeley.  Midway it has the Kodak Watchable Wildlife Area Trailhead and the ride can be book-ended with High Hops Brewery in Windsor on the west and WeldWorks Brewing in Greeley on the east.