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Top 10: Biking to Breakfast in Fort Collins

280+ miles of bike lanes…30 miles of bike trails….morning air on your face…smell of fresh coffee at 8:00am….why not bike to breakfast in Fort Collins?  Here are my top locally owned restaurants that serve healthy fare, have a close proximity to bike paths or lanes, and YOU CAN WEAR BIKE SHORTS without feeling self-conscious.

1. Rainbow Restaurant – 212 W. Laurel St – Park your bike inside the fence and enjoy one of the best patios and breakfasts in town. Always fresh and healthy with lots of vegetarian & vegan options. Try the Broccofu or Eggs Rainbow.

2. Lucile’s Creole Café – 400 S. Meldrum – Chicory coffee and beignets on the deck while you bask in the sun. Racks in front and a fence on the side where you can leave bikes. The menu is a slice of New Orleans and a real treat., “Locations”, Fort Collins.

3. The Back Porch Café – 1101 East Lincoln Avenue – Charming enclosed patio in the midst of a garden with huge trees. All baked goods and meat-smoking are done in-house & made to order meals. Bring your bike inside the patio.

4. Café Bluebird – 524 W Laurel – Covered front porch is a perfect place to start the day. Try one of their Famous Skillets or Classic Crepes.  Bike racks are behind the restaurant.

5. Dempsey’s – 160 W. Oak St.- Best Old Town sidewalk café for breakfast and people-watching. Gluten-free breads, French toast, waffles and pancakes to fill your tummy. Bike racks.

6. Le Creperie & Bakery – 163 W Mountain Ave – Heavenly croissants and fabulous galettes (traditional buckwheat crepes originating in Brittany) made by an authentic French baker/owner.  Seating is indoors, but you are transported to France with the food and lovely décor. Bike racks.

7. Red Table Café – 224 Linden St – Sidewalk seating and plenty of places to park your bike.  Order at the counter and enjoy the artwork and cozy atmosphere while you wait for your food. Bike racks. (website under construction)

8. Silver Grill – 218 Walnut Street – With a history dating back to 1933, this eatery’s cinnamon rolls were featured by Rachel Ray’s Food Network show in May 2009. Bike racks.

9 .Egg & I – 1112 Oakridge Drive or 2809 S. College – Hatched in Fort Collins and now in 5 states and 38 locations. More than just eggs on the menu. Patio dining at Oakridge.

10. and coming soon….. Snooze – 144 W Mountain Ave – We have eaten at the Snooze in Denver several times and this one will be opening soon.  Go for the pancakes, but try everything else on the menu. Bike racks.

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Top 10 Dog Events in Fort Collins

With our family, “dogs rule”!  They keep us in shape with daily runs/walks, are there by our side in time of need, protect our home and give constant love and companionship. What are your picks for dog fun in the Fort?

1.  Fast and Furriest – A fantastic doggie/runner expo with entertainment, including the Amazing Deaf Cattle Dog, face painting, live music, race day give-aways and doggie demos. Benefiting CSU’s Veterinary Medical Center. April 17, 2010

2. Linnea Dick Pet Walk and Adopt-a-thon – 1.5 mile pet walk, Chihuahua & toy breed races, adoptable animals, local Animal Rescues, local vendors, agility demonstrations, Pet Communicator, live band, interactive pet/people Games – Musical Dog Sit & Whippy Lick.  June 5, 2010.

3. Larimer Humane Society Fire Hydrant 5 – 5K Race, Pet Fair, Fido Photos, Paw Painting, Animal Rescue, Code 3 Associates Mobile Command Center for emergency animal rescue. June 5, 2010

4.  Paws on the Promenade – The Promenade Shops at Centerra – Benefits the Larimer and Weld County Humane Societies. Dog house building contest, Service Dog demonstrations, Yappy Hour, pet adoptions, vendors, dog contests and more. May 22, 2010

5.  Pooch Plunge – City Park Pool marks the final days of summer before the pool is drained. Pooches are encouraged to bring four- and two-legged friends for the final splash-down of the year. Complimentary gift bag filled with treats and treasures

6. Annie Walk and Pet Fest. This fundraising event is in honor of Annie the Railroad Dog, a much loved mascot of Fort Collins.. A 1.5 mile round-trip walk though Old Town, contests, a pancake breakfast, a canine agility course and booths. August.22, 2010.

7.  Doggie Olympics – Four levels of scored participation: Junior Handler, Senior Dog, Fun/Recreational, and Competitive. “Paws at Play” is for non-competitive teams.  October.

8. Canine Wellness Expo – Features speakers from CSU’s Veterinary School, an agility fun match, adoption fair, dog wash, demonstrations, and a free health screening from area veterinarians. Admission is voluntary and benefits Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado. June.

9. Howl’oween Parade and Festival – The event includes a parade, costume judging , post-parade festival, adoption fair, vendors and more. October.

10. Dog Parks – For a pooch, going to the local dog park is an event in itself. Spring Canyon Dog Park (west end of Horsetooth Road), Soft Gold Dog Park (520 Hickory Street), Fossil Creek Dog Park (5821 South Lemay Avenue).

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Top 10 Fort Collins Festivals

1.   Tour de Fat.  Oil your bike chains and don your capes, crowns, tutus and tuxedos! Tour de Fat is the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival in the country or world! This ballyhoo of bikes is sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Company, based in Fort Collins, and is now found in 11 western cities.  It spreads the word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle and is one of the largest bicycle non-profit fundraisers out there.  Labor Day weekend

2.   NewWestFest. In its 22nd year, this free weekend showcases over 300 arts, crafts and food booths, Kids’ World &  Music Adventure, a childrens carnival, two beer gardens, and seven stages of continuous entertainment highlighting Northern Colorado and the Front Range’s wonderfully talented artists.  August 20-22, 2010.

3.   Taste of Fort Collins. A community celebration with family-friendly activities that are perfect for the Northern Coloradans’ active lifestyle. TFC continues to benefit Special Olympics Larimer County and Kiwanis Club International. This two-day festival offers attendees food from local Northern Colorado restaurants, entertainment from regionally and internationally acclaimed musicians and an eclectic display of fine artisans work as well as the region’s best crafters.  June 12-13, 2010.

4.   Kites in the Park Festival.  The skies come alive with kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Free event featuring professional flyers, specialty kites, a kids kite-making station, competitions & prizes, kites to purchase and concessions. An art auction will premier this year where unique and wonderful kite creations, donated by local artists, will be available for bid. Proceeds from the art auction will benefit low-income youth. May 1, 2010.

5.   Colorado Brewer’s Festival. Over 50 Colorado beers, delicious food, great live music and fun with this 21st annual  festival. June 26 & 27, 2010.

6.   Oktoberfest. Brats, lederhosen, polkas and great Colorado beer!  The festival is free to the public and takes place in Civic Center Park. German & Bavarian entertainment all day long including Schuhplattler dancing and great polka bands. Kids activities and Colorado German history. Sept. 25, 2010.

7.   4th of July. Activities take place Downtown Fort Collins during the day and at City Park for the fireworks.  Live music, a beer garden and good ole American fun are in Old Town Square from 11-6:00pm.  The City of Fort Collins caps off July 4th by providing a spectacular fireworks show at City Park at 9:35 p.m.

8.   A Fort Collins Jazz Experience. Two stages of free continuous jazz jams from local and regional musicians, jazz art, educational sessions for students, as well as a special ticketed national headliner concert. Special presentations, a Childrens Jazz Experience at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art and so much more!  July 8-10, 2010.

9.  First Night® Fort Collins. Wonderful and diverse entertainment presented at this non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration. Performing acts, storytelling, history, interactive craft projects, street performers, international dancing and musical performances. December 31, 2010.

10.  Nelson’s Old Town Car Show.  Hundreds of great hot-rods, vintage cars and classic trucks will be on display in Downtown Fort Collins. Live music will fill Old Town Square as people enjoy the free show.  June 12, 2010.

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Top 10 Free Things to do in Old Town Fort Collins

1.         Free tour of New Belgium Brewing and enjoy a sampling of their popular beers.  The brewery is sustainable, employee-owned, energy efficient. Send free postcards from the brewery after the tour. Book in advance at

2.         First Friday Art Walks. Not only do you experience fantastic art at a multitude of galleries, but some of the locations offer appetizers and music.

3.         Take a downtown walk. Main Street Disneyland was inspired by Old Town Fort Collins. Disney employee Harper Goff, a Ft. Collins native, showed Walt Disney his photos of Ft. Collins and Disney told him to make Main Street look like that. Fort Collins Old Town District has 23 preserved buildings, including examples of Art Deco and early-century architecture.

4.         Fort Collins Museum. Free Admission every third Sunday of the month. Heritage Courtyard contains four historic structures embodying early Euro-American life in the area. The Fort Collins Local History Archive has something for everyone. Admission to the Archive is always free.

5.         Lyric Cinema,, 300 East Mountain.  Free morning cartoons 10:00-12:00, every day except Sundays.

6.         Summer outdoor concerts starting in June and Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in August.

7.         The Farm at Lee Martinez Park. Free for those under 2 and over 85+ ($2.50 otherwise). Take a walk through yesteryear’s farm era with interactive displays and live farm animals.

8.         Farmer’s Markets. Winter Market in Opera Galleria. Live music, free samples, and lots of fun. Summer Market at the Larimer County Courthouse Parking Lot.

9.         Bicycling. Fort Collins Bicycle Library will lend bicycles to visitors and residents looking to explore the City of Fort Collins. There are self guided tours from the “Bike the Sites” collection, including the Brewery Tour, Environmental Learning Tour, and the Historic Homes Tour. In the summer take a look at the CSU Horticulture Dept. experimental flower gardens at the site of the old Fort Collins High School.

10.       Old Town Trolley. Free rides for Moms on Mother’s Day, Dads on Father’s Day and for everyone on special days when sponsored by local businesses. (otherwise, $1 for adults). Fort Collins Birney Safety Car 21 travels 3-miles round trip and was one of four cars purchased by the City in 1919. Saturday and Sunday afternoons and holidays from May through September.

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