Livin’ La Vida LOCO – Travel like a local in Longmont, Colorado (Two-Day) Itinerary
Start your Longmont adventure at Cheese Importers, a locally owned café, marketplace and cheese shop for breakfast. This is a must-visit stop on any itinerary and locals, along with visitors, love to eat and shop here. Enjoy a French-inspired meal of pastries, breakfast sandwiches, quiches, soups, salads, and sandwiches then wander around the quaint European market and famous cheese cooler for souvenirs to take home.
From there, head over to Golden Ponds which offers 2.6 miles of trails, an ADA-accessible fishing pier, two restrooms and nine picnic shelters. Wildlife of all kinds, especially waterfowl like great blue herons and cormorants, are easily viewed in the park. Enjoy walking, fishing, biking, taking photographs or simply enjoying the scenery at this beautiful nature area.
After walking off breakfast, travel a short distance to Robin Chocolates, Longmont’s most acclaimed chocolate shop, bringing art and chocolate together. Their creations are almost too lovely to eat. Almost. Take your chocolate to go and make OZO Coffee Company the next stop on your list. Grab a latte, Sherpa chai or House Special at this coffee shop where the coffee is sustainably harvested and locally roasted. Enjoy your drinks outside along the Village Green at Village at the Peaks. Relax in one of the Adirondack chairs, sit close to the fire pit on a chilly morning and enjoy the scenic view of the majestic Rocky Mountains.
For lunch, try the Longmont Public House. This local favorite is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of town. The Longmont Public House offers daily specials, starters, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrees alongside cocktails and a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Wander around Downtown Longmont’s Creative District after lunch. With specialty shops, art galleries, four craft breweries, a distillery and cidery, you can spend the afternoon exploring Longmont’s historic and charming downtown. Stop by our Visitor Center first to get a Downtown Map and find out about any special events in town. We can give you some tips and recommendations depending on what you would like to do and see. Ask us about coupons or discounts we may have from local breweries, restaurants and attractions.
While you’re downtown, make sure to stop by Barbed Wire Books. This locally-owned new and used bookstore carries a wide array of Colorado interest books and local authors. They also carry handmade work by local artisans and Leanin’ Tree greeting cards, and they host book signings and special events throughout the year.
For dinner, make your way to Mike O’Shay’s Restaurant & Ale House. This Irish-themed pub is a favorite with locals and is the longest running, independently-owned restaurant in town. From burgers and sandwiches to daily specials and comfort foods, there is something for everyone on their menu. Make sure to arrive early – there is a wait most evenings.
Start your day with breakfast at Mac’s Place, an off-the-beaten-path diner serving up tasty food. They prepare classic breakfast dishes and meals with a twist. Make sure to try their freshly baked maple-bacon cinnamon rolls with a cup of local Hotbox Roasters coffee.
For a truly unique Longmont experience, check out the TinkerMill calendar of events here. Longmont’s TinkerMill is the largest maker space in Colorado where like-minded people interested in art, technology, science and business can collaborate on creative projects, share tools, learn, teach, make things, prototype new ideas, products and services, start ventures, meet new people and share knowledge. You can join a Game Night or learn how to throw a pot, make jewelry or use a 3D printer. It’s a great place to explore and well, just tinker.
Looking to find local deals? Make your way to Fabulous Finds Upscale Consignment, Lifestyle Consignments and Tables to Teacups Indoor Flea Market. Another great place to wander is the Front Range Mercantile. This family-owned and operated indoor flea market is a treasure trove of antiques, furniture and so much more.
For lunch, stop by The Twisted Noodle, a family-owned restaurant serving locally-sourced produce, dairy, gluten-free pasta and Colorado’s Polodori sausage, along with never frozen beef, bacon and chicken. Savor their boldly flavored pastas, sandwiches, soups and salads. After lunch, grab a hot or cold beverage at Red Frog Coffee, just next door. Another great lunch option is Marco’s Hot Dogs & Tacos. Their bacon-wrapped dogs and hand-made street tacos are legendary with locals. Make sure to have cash on hand; they’re only open if it’s warmer than 35 degrees outside. This food stand is worth a stop, plus they’re open late for after-hour snacks!
Grab a bite and a pint at Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse for dinner. Longs Peak Pub, a Mountain Sun Brewery sibling, is an unpretentious brewpub offering tasty daily specials, burgers, Mexican and some fantastic vegetarian and vegan options. They have 21 beers on tap, including more than a dozen Mountain Sun ales, seven wines and their world-famous Mountain Sun Margaritas on tap. Their laid back staff is super friendly, and don’t be surprised when multiple staff members check on your table to make sure your party is doing well. Please note: Cash Only, but their prices won’t break the bank! While you’re visiting Longs Peak, check out the chalk art throughout the restaurant, most notably behind the bar. Local chalk artist, Bryce Widom, creates these one-of-a-kind pieces for each of the Mountain Sun locations and they change multiple times throughout the year.
Check out our Events Calendar for local events and performances. There is live entertainment nearly every night of the week held at our event venues, craft beverage taprooms and many local restaurants. Below are a few, local event suggestions happening throughout the year:
Historic Walking Tours (May)
Explore the history of some notable houses and downtown businesses of Old Town Longmont with a staff member from the City of Longmont Historic Preservation department or the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center. Discover colorful characters who helped to make this community what it is today and learn about the unique architecture of downtown. Enjoy the quaint ambience of Longmont’s Main Street and the nearby Westside and Eastside neighborhoods, or learn more about historic preservation and its role in the city.
Downtown Summer Concert Series (June)
Friday nights in June, head to 4th Avenue (east of Main Street) for one of the Downtown Creative District’s Summer Concerts. Along with live music from local and regional bands, food, craft beer, wine and kid’s activities create the perfect summer evening! Bring lawn chairs and blankets and come early to to get a good spot, so you can dance the night away.
Longmont Jazz Festival (July)
Since its inception, the annual Longmont Jazz Festival has featured performances by the finest jazz musicians in the Denver metro area. The Festival presents diverse styles of jazz ranging from traditional, big band and swing to bebop, fusion and Latin jazz. Admission to this day-long festival is free and the event is family-friendly, so come celebrate all styles of jazz with the region’s best musicians.
Yesteryear Farm Show (August)
Every summer the Dougherty Museum hosts the Yesteryear Farm Show which features antique tractors, farm machinery, steam engines, threshing and bailing equipment and spinning and weaving demonstrations. The ever-popular tractor parade will take place each night, and food and drinks will be available throughout the weekend. The Farm Show is a great event for kids of all ages.
Longmont Oktoberfest (September)
Left Hand Brewing Company hosts Longmont’s favorite fall festival which features German-themed fun, live music, food, kid’s activities and nearly all of our breweries and distilleries and our cidery. Ranked as a “Must Visit Oktoberfest” by DRAFT Magazine, Longmont Oktoberfest brings the community together over local fare, live music and German tradition.
Dia de los Muertos Exhibit (Mid-October-Early November)
Join the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center for the largest Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado. Enjoy free admission to this annual exhibit at the Museum which features community altars celebrating loved ones who have passed. Special events occur during this nearly monthlong celebration including: Downtown Altar Tours, Gigantes Procession & Catrina Ball and the Museum’s Family Day Celebration.
Boulder County Farmers Markets Winter Market (December)
The Annual Winter Market is the final market of the season hosting nearly 150 local vendors. Visitors can enjoy the flavors of root vegetables, winter squash, specialty cuts of lamb, beef and pork, fresh eggs, preserved fruits and vegetables, wine, coffee and delicious baked goods while browsing local art including candles, jewelry, photography, letterpress cards and knitwares. The weekend also features kid’s activities, live music, interactive exhibits, chef demonstartions, gift wrapping stations and more.