Share

Nature Lovers

(2-Day Itinerary)

Cover Photo: Kenton Main

CHECK OUT OUR EVENTS CALENDAR TO STAY UP-TO-DATE ON THE LATEST LONGMONT EVENTS!

DAY ONE:

Start your Longmont adventure at Cheese Importers, a locally owned café, marketplace and cheese shop for breakfast. 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.

Local Tip: Make sure to stop by the Visit Longmont office in downtown Longmont to pick up a Bike Map. Another great stop while you’re downtown, is Old Town Outfitters, a locally owned outdoor apparel and gear shop. Their friendly staff can give you tips on great places to hike, bike and explore in the Longmont area, or you can pick up one of their many guides that will help along the way. 

Next, head to Longmont’s Golden Ponds. This land was donated to the City of Longmont by the Golden family and opened to the public in 1990. With a magnificent view of Longs Peak and the Front Range, this park features 88 acres including 56 acres of water surface in four ponds.

The nature area is a trail head to the western end of the St. Vrain Greenway, and offers 2.6 miles of trails, an ADA-accessible fishing pier, restrooms and 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 appreciating the scenery at this beautiful nature area.

Golden Ponds is on the western end of the scenic St. Vrain Greenway that winds along the St. Vrain River in south Longmont. Grab a bike from one of ten citywide Zagster stations, our bike share program. Ride along the Greenway and enjoy city parks and stop by Left Hand Brewing Company or Shoes & Brews, two of our craft brewers located along the trail. On the eastern end of the Greenway, Sandstone Ranch offers 313 acres of historic, cultural and natural resources. Hike or bike the nature area along the St. Vrain Greenway and be on the lookout for wildlife and pack a picnic to enjoy the serenity and scenery in the park.

For lunch, enjoy a quaint lunch at The Garden Gate CafeThe Garden Gate Cafe is a friendly neighborhood restaurant located both in Niwot and Longmont, Colorado.  They specialize in cooking up fresh, delicious and affordable breakfasts and lunches.  With their warm and charming atmosphere, it's a great place for some tasty eats!

After lunch, wander the 50-acre Sunflower Farm in southeast Longmont and explore the farm’s animals, huge shade trees with tire swings, hammocks, treehouses and a zipline. In the winter, toast marshmallows over the bonfire or grab a sled for the farm’s sledding hill. The farm is open throughout the year (hours vary), and tickets must be purchased in advance.

End your day with a visit to Smokin' Daves BBQ and Taphouse. Founded by Dave himself, Smokin' Daves BBQ & Brew originally opened in Estes Park, Colorado. Now, they have other locations across the state. Each BBQ restaurant hosts its own rotating lineup of draft beers for you to choose from alongside their award-winning barbecue. 

Spend your night relaxing in the comfort of Longmont’s Fairfield Inn & Suites. The Fairfield is conveniently located within minutes of all the activities and restaurants listed for our Nature Lovers.

DAY TWO:

Head off the beaten path to the little town of Hygiene, just west of Longmont. Eat breakfast at Crane Hollow Café, a spot popular with locals and bicyclists out for a weekend ride. Homemade and hearty meals will fill you up for a day of outdoor activity. While you’re in Hygiene, make sure to pop into the Rabbit Brush Gallery next door to the Crane Hollow Café. The gallery features work by local and regional artists and fair trade artwork.

After a bit of shopping, wander over to Pella CrossingThis Recreation Area is managed by Boulder County and offers easy hiking trails, fishing and viewing the numerous birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals that call these wetlands home.

After your morning in Hygiene, head to the Boulder County Agricultural Heritage Center (open seasonally). Learn about the agricultural history of Boulder County by exploring the historic barns and farmhouse and enjoy seeing farm animals.

After the Agricultural Heritage Center, take a short drive to McIntosh Lake. The lake offers parks with playground areas, a 3.5 mile path around the lake to walk and enjoy the local wildlife and some of the best views of the Rocky Mountains in Longmont. Now that you’ve worked up an appetite stop at Snarf's made-to-order sandwiches for quick bite to eat! 

Union Reservoir a 736-acre body of water providing many outdoor recreational activities. Rent a kayak paddleboard, fish, swim or picnic.

During the winter, spend the afternoon perfecting your toe loops, salchows and spins at the Longmont Ice Pavilion (open seasonally).

For dinner, refuel at Caprese Trattoria. This restaurant serves authentic, Italian cuisine prepared by internationally acclaimed chef Marco Monnanni. The menu features famous house-made mozzarella, a variety of traditional Italian antipastis and homemade pastas. 

Take in Longmont’s scenery at one of three, beautiful public golf courses in town. Enjoy nine holes at the historic Sunset Golf Course, breathtaking views from Twin Peaks Golf Course or take in the panoramic sight of the Front Range from the Robert Trent Jones II designed Ute Creek Golf Course. Each course offers challenging and interesting layouts for golfers of all skill levels. Their professional staff will take care of your every golfing need including instruction, golf car rentals, golf club rentals, pro shops, and tournaments.

Looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience that you will never forget? Experience Longmont 17,500 feet above sea level by parachuting with the majestic Rocky Mountains as your backdrop at Mile-Hi Skydiving. Freefall at 130 MPH and then slow down as your parachute deploys, allowing you to take in the serene landscape as you soar through the air. Reservations are recommended.

Not up for such a thrill ride? Visit Longmont’s Vance Brand Airport and watch airplanes take off and land, as well as the skydivers coming in for their landing. Grab a bite to eat at the Flight Deck Grill (open seasonally). This mobile cafe offers grilled favorites with fun aviation-themed names.

 

decoration