Art Aficionado (Two-Day) Itinerary
An art-centric tour of Longmont begins in the Downtown Longmont Certified Creative District. Start by grabbing breakfast at Sun Rose Café. Omelets, benedicts and other breakfast favorites are made with all-natural, organic ingredients in this charming café. Lots of local art adorns the exposed brick walls, natural sunlight streams in from the skylights and their friendly service can’t be beat. Their menu is great for vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian diets.
After breakfast, wander around the walkable Downtown Longmont Creative District, one of 21 certified districts in the state. Enjoy 17 art galleries, six music stores, two bookstores, two theaters and many places to enjoy live music. Plus, there are many public art pieces, historic buildings and inspiring architecture to appreciate throughout the district.
After exploring downtown Longmont’s shops and enjoying a comforting drink, visit Arts Longmont. Their art gallery and gift shop offer ever-changing exhibitions, original artwork by resident artists and gift items that include: hand-blown glass, jewelry, photography, paintings and more. Arts Longmont leads the arts community not just in Longmont but in the greater St. Vrain Valley region. Find out more about local artists’ galleries, workshops and classes while you’re here!
Stroll over to the Firehouse Art Center next. Located in a historic firehouse, the first in Longmont, the Firehouse Art Center serves as Longmont’s leading contemporary art center featuring national and local artists with over a dozen exhibitions a year. Admission to their gallery is free and their exhibits can’t be missed.
Located on the south end of the Creative District, is a must-see treasure for any Longmont visitor, Cheese Importers. Enjoy lunch at this French-inspired bistro, marketplace and cheese shop. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your meal, a delectable dessert and one of their specialty coffee drinks, as well as a chance to wander around and pick up some tasty goodies to go, gift items and souvenirs.
In the afternoon, grab a bike from one of ten citywide Zagster stations, our bike share program. A relaxing ride through town will give you a great opportunity to view some of the nearly 70 permanent Art in Public Places pieces.
Pro Tip: Make sure to stop by the Visit Longmont office in downtown Longmont to pick up a Bike Map. This handy map will give you an overview of our trails, parks, greenways and the 16-mile Longmont loop. We offer extended hours on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May through September.
After your bike tour, head to Still Cellars, a distillery and arthouse. Tucked away in an unassuming corner of town, Still Cellars is a true micro-distillery. They offer Certified Organic spirits including whiskey, vodka and eau de vie (an un-oaked brandy), and their tasting room serves as a venue for art exhibits and performances. Savor the cocktails and ambiance of this creative space. Please visit their website for tasting room hours and their events calendar.
Enjoy dinner at Martini’s Bistro, a favorite among locals and known for their fine dining and beautiful patio. Located in a historic home built in 1890, Martini’s offers classic seafood and meat dishes with savory starters and an impressive selection of specialty martinis, cocktails and wines. They also have a fun, happy hour selection available from 3-5:30 p.m. or after 8 p.m.
Enjoy a show at one of two theaters in downtown Longmont: The Longmont Theatre Company or Jesters Dinner Theatre. Both regional theaters host a number of plays, musicals and other special events throughout the year.
Turn in for the night at one of three, quaint Bed & Breakfasts in Longmont: Ellen’s Bed, Bath & Begone, Hildreth House or Thompson House Inn & Tea Room. Each of these beautiful properties are located in historic homes adjacent to the Downtown Creative District.
Start the day with breakfast at Motherlode Café. Known for their barbecue, spices and Bloody Mary mixes, Motherlode Café is a local favorite off the beaten path serving up fresh, local fare.
After breakfast, tour the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center. With an award-winning permanent exhibit about the history of the Front Range and top traveling exhibits, the Museum provides history, art and culture to its visitors.
Pro Tip: Check out the Museum’s Stewart Auditorium Event Schedule. This 250-seat theater offers intimate musical, dance, educational and variety performances that have included: the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Centennial State Ballet, Bach-in-Longmont and the Boulder Opera.
For lunch, enjoy an authentic Thai meal at the Prospect New Town neighborhood eatery, Urban Thai. Executive Chef Miguel prepares dishes from ingredients that are hand-selected with the highest quality to offer the best taste of Thai cuisine. After your meal, wander around the eclectic Prospect New Town neighborhood, Colorado’s first New Urbanist community. Located on a former 80-acre tree farm, Prospect was designed for people who want the best of city living with a small town attitude. The neighborhood includes restaurants, shops, breweries, yoga and workout facilities, a coffee shop and businesses mingled with all types of unique, picturesque housing.
Dine at Next Door American Eatery for dinner. Kimbal Musk, the equally ambitious brother to Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk, is the proprietor of this new to Longmont eatery (and 5th Colorado location). The Next Door restaurants spotlight real food ingredients sourced from local and domestic farmers, with an eye towards sustainability. Dine on the outdoor patio that offers breathtaking mountain views.
After touring the Prospect neighborhood, take in a live performance of either the Longmont Symphony Orchestra or Centennial State Ballet. Led by Music Director Elliot Moore, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra has been performing for over 50 years. Their annual concert schedule includes: classical and contemporary performances, the Nutcracker (with Boulder Ballet), Holiday Candlelight performance, a Family Concert, a Pops Concert and the 4th of July Concert in the Park. Celebrating 20 years of performances, Centennial State Ballet is the premiere dance company in Boulder County whose performances feature the students of the renowned Longmont Dance Theatre Academy and their prestigious Pre-Collegiate Ballet Intensive Program.
In addition to the itinerary above, Visit Longmont highly recommends checking out our Events page and Events Calendar to see what special events are happening during your visit to Longmont. We have signature art events throughout the year including: 2nd Friday, Longmont Studio Tour, ArtWalk and Rhythm on the River.