A Taste of Winter in Longmont

3-Day Itinerary

Day 1:

Start your visit to Longmont off with a stop at Aime’s Love Bakery. This bakery was where James Cash “J.C.” Penney got his start as a small business owner and today is home to gluten-free treats!

Aime’s Love, Mikayla Adair

After breakfast, head out for some snow activities! Longmont is home to two locations that offer Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Head to Heil Valley Ranch or Rabbit Mountain Open Space to try your hand at one or both.

Local Tip: If you prefer more leisurely snow activities, building snowmen, sledding or snowball fights can also be great ways to spend time outdoors in the winter.

Longmont in the winter, Phyllis Dwyer

Relax after a morning of activity at the Pumphouse Brewery & Restaurant. A historic Longmont building in downtown, the Pumphouse offers elevated pub and American style cuisine paired with local beer, brewed on-site.

After lunch, explore Downtown Longmont. With shops, eateries and public art there is so much to do! Create pottery at Crackpots, visit a brewery, cidery or distillery, go shopping or take a self-guided art and history tour of Main Street.

Downtown, Nathan Pulley

To finish up your first day in Longmont, celebrate the city’s agricultural offerings with a dinner at Sugarbeet, featuring modern, farm-to-table cuisine. Sugarbeet is a wonderful spot for a romantic dinner or family gathering.

Winter flavors, Sugarbeet Restaurant

Turn in for the night at downtown Longmont’s Thompson House Inn & Tea Room. This bed & breakfast’s rooms help tell the story of John Brigham Thompson and his family. The home is a historic landmark built in 1887. Their central location makes it a great place to stay and play in Longmont!

Local Tip: Plan to make reservations for afternoon tea served every Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Day 2:

Check out Pistachio Bakery & Cafe for breakfast on your way out of town. They feature unique items like an Eiffel Benedict or Granola Waffles. Serving breakfast all day with additional lunch offerings, there is something for everyone.

Lucky Weather Ranch is the next location during your Longmont experience. Find your zen with goats and yoga through Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga! They offer classes and create a fun atmosphere to stretch and relax while baby goats keep the energy high. A nod to Longmont’s agricultural history and pride, this activity will help get the day going!

Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga

After your morning yoga flow, head out to St. Vrain State Park to channel your inner eskimo with some ice fishing, where you can take advantage of the premier ice fishing ponds at this Colorado State Park.

If you didn’t catch any fish for lunch, dive into the world of cheese and stroll through the walk-in cheese cooler that houses over 300 different cheeses from all over the world at Cheese Importers. Then, grab a bite to eat at their bistro to enjoy French-inspired cuisine!

Snowy Day at Cheese Importers

The ice continues at the  Longmont Ice Pavilion. Open for public skating every day of the week at select times, the pavilion is a wonderful place to lace up your skates and enjoy the winter wonderland.

Longmont Ice Pavilion, Longmont Magazine

When your finished with your time on the ice, head out for a night of excitement at The Wild Game. A Colorado-inspired activity and event complex, you can enjoy dinner and partake in a night of bowling, live music and arcade games. They have a happy hour every evening for adults to enjoy as well!

Day 3:

Prepare yourself for a day of food starting at Lucile’s Creole Cafe. A cajun-inspired brunch establishment in a quaint, historic house, you will be transported to New Orleans through flavor. The best way to start your day!

You can’t have too much cheese during your time Longmont. Instead of eating it, why not try making it? The Art of Cheese operating at the Haystack Mountain Cheese educational facility is the place to go! They teach a wide variety of classes for any age and skill-level.

Cheesemaking, Kate Johnson

Local Tip: Try their farm-to-table experience out in Hygiene, CO for a chance to milk and play with dairy goats!

For the afternoon, experience all that Longmont has to offer through our craft libations and beers. Longmont is home to 12 breweries, 4 distilleries and 1 craft cidery in town. Make sure to check out nationally-accredited breweries Left Hand and Oskar Blues or the lager-only brewery, Wibby. Beer doesn’t strike your fancy? Check out St. Vrain Cidery, Dry Land Distillers or Longtucky Spirits on your craft journey through town!

Cocktail at Dry Land Distillery.

Noted on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for their Bangin’ Cauliflower and Perfect Pork Burger, The Roost is not to miss for your last evening in Longmont!

Bangin’ Cauliflower, The Roost

Local Tip: If you are looking for a more extreme winter adventure, check out CO Wilderness Rides and Guides based in Gunbarrel. Staying in Longmont, you can adventure up into the high-country on winter day trips!

 

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