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Fort Collins, Colorado is one of America’s most vibrant and livable communities. No matter what your age or interests, there is something here for everyone. From award winning schools, live entertainment, excellent restaurants, endless outdoor recreation possibilities, it is also an amazing place to raise a family and call “home.” I’ve lived here since 1980, and here are a few things I really enjoy about Ft. Collins. We are the home of Colorado State University, the nation’s second-ranked research university among those without a medical school, our community is innovative, entrepreneurial, active and smart.
Much of Fort Collins’s culture is centered on the students of Colorado State University. The city provides school year residences for its large college-age population; there is a local music circuit that is influenced by its college town atmosphere and is home to a number of wellknown microbreweries. The Downtown Business Association hosts a number of small and large festivals each year in the historic Downtown district, including Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in late summer, and features local cuisine, music, and businesses. The best venue for the performing arts in Fort Collins is the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., at Meldrum Street. Built in 1978, the center includes the 1,180-seat Performance Hall and the 220-seat Magnolia Theatre, as well as four exhibit galleries and an outdoor sculpture and performance garden. It is home to many local arts groups, including the Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Fort Collins, Canyon Concert Ballet, and the Larimer Chorale. I promise you, there is not a “bad seat in the house” at the Lincoln Center.
Another fun thing to do with friends and visitors is “a brewery tour” at one of our many microbreweries in town: the New Belgium Brewery, the Odell Brewing Company, the Fort Collins Brewery, Equinox Brewing, Funkwerks, Horse & Dragon Brewery, Pateros Creek Brewing Company, Zwei Brüder Brewing, and 1933 Brewing. New Belgium is the largest of the local craft-breweries, with national distribution from California to states east of the Mississippi. The largest brewer in the world, Anheiser Busch, also has a brewery northeast of the city near I-25. Or, if you prefer a brewpub, there are several, including the original C.B. & Potts Restaurant and its Big Horn Brewery, CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, a local mainstay since 1989, Pitchers Brewery, and Black Bottle Brewery.
The Colorado Brewer’s Festival is held in late June annually in Fort Collins. The festival features beers from as many as 45 brewers from the state of Colorado and averages around 30,000 attendees. My favorite late summer event is the New Belgium Brewery hosted “Tour de Fat” – a fund raising event that draws over 20,000 people riding bikes and dressing in costume during the Labor Day weekend.
Just to the west of Ft. Collins is Horsetooth Reservoir– an Amazing Playground! The 6.5-mile-long reservoir, and is a favorite recreation spot for activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, waterskiing, sailing and picnicking. There are many miles of trails surrounding the reservoir for mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. My favorite trail hike is starting a Pineridge Natural area and head north to the ‘A’ cross Country Rd 23, and continue north to the North Dam. It’s a great way to bust some calories in a wonderful setting! Additionally, on the east side of the reservoir is one of the best spots in Colorado for bouldering. ”Duncan’s Ridge” is a favorite spot of the locals. Horsetooth Reservoir is open year-round and includes RV spots, campsites and cabins, all managed by Larimer County Natural Areas.
If you like to golf, Ft. Collins offers 3 city owned courses- Collindale and Southridge are 18 hole courses, and City Park 9 is a nine hole course. All three are very unique and challenging. Mountain Vista golf course is north of town and is an excellent beginners course. There are also 3 private courses- Ft. Collins Country Club, Ptarmigan Country Club, and Harmony Club. There are also several public courses in Loveland, Windsor, and Greeley.
These are but a few of the activities that make Ft. Collins, Colorado a great place to “call home.” If you would like to learn more about Ft. Collins and the Northern Colorado region, feel free to call me – my number is 970-218-4877. I am a Ft. Collins real estate professional, and have been buying, selling, and building homes in this area since 1983.