Day 1 begins at Tangerine on Main Street in downtown Longmont. Tangerine creates innovative takes on traditional morning fare. The menu is rich with natural quality and focused on fresh products, with many vegetarian and gluten free options. It’s American brunch/lunch format with a healthy and Mediterranean twist.
After your morning fuel, we recommend the short drive over to the stunning views of Longs Peak at McIntosh Lake to start your summer day off right. McIntosh Lake offers 3.5 miles of easy walking trails and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, most notably Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker. It’s also a great area to see prairie dogs, bald eagles, pelicans and other wildlife. McIntosh Lake is a reservoir and as such is part of the statewide ditch and reservoir system. You can also use wake-less boats like kayaks and paddle-boards here!
When you have worked up an appetite, head back to downtown for a rooftop patio lunch at The Roost. Whipping up delicious food with a modern twist, The Roost has something for everyone. Our recommendation: try out their Bangin' Cauliflower! Fun fact: They were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
Want to cool off in the heat of the day? Head on over to Sunset Pool in Longmont to splish and splash! Sunset Pool is a heated outdoor pool with six, 25 meter lap lanes, a large wading area, three diving boards (including a 3 meter!), and two fast and fun water-slides. The pool is surrounded by both grass and sand areas with magnificent mountain views - a complete attraction for the entire family! Check out here for hours!
For dinner, walk over to Pumphouse Brewery located in historic downtown. It is a great place to enjoy a craft beer and seasonal entree. Plan to sit out on the patio and enjoy the summer evening. Perfect for the whole family!
Head downtown and visit Quarter's Bar + Arcade. Featuring retro arcade games, pinball and skeeball, there is fun for everyone! For the adults, Quarter's features a self-service tap wall that boasts local craft beer, cider and wine options!
Day 2 begins at Babettes Artisan Bakery. They produce an array of fresh baked bread and artisan pastries daily. Known for their dark crusts and flaky dough, pair your pastry with a cup of hot Boxcar Coffee to start your day in Longmont off right! They also have a pizza restaurant that is open in the evenings with a variety of craft spirits to pair with your pie.
Outdoor adventure is a must in Longmont. Longmont is home to the St. Vrain Greenway which has over 17 miles of walkable and bikeable trails. Along the greenway is the new Dickens Farm Nature Area which is popular for tubing and water play.
Start your Saturday off right by visiting the Boulder County Fairgrounds for the longest running market season in the state of Colorado! The Longmont Farmers Market features farm fresh foods, delectable gifts, kids activities, live music and local produce, there is something for everyone at the market. Here you can find the perfect ingredients for a summer brunch, picnic and more!
Union Reservoir was carved out during the last glacial age and is one of only a few natural lakes in Colorado. Spend the day relaxing on the beach, letting your furry friend swim at the dog beach or try your hand at windsurfing, paddleboarding or sailing! The Reservoir is located approximately 3 miles from Downtown Longmont making it a hub for water activities on your next trip to Longmont! There is a fee to enter.
Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals: Rocky Mountain Paddleboard offers rentals of paddleboards and kayaks at Union Reservoir. Please click here for more information.
For the evening, we highly recommend a farm-to table dinner experience. Local farms host visitors throughout the summer and early fall serving up farm-fresh food, prepared by locally renowned chefs. Farm-to-table dinners are a unique, unforgettable experience that allow visitors onto working farms to learn more about the food on our tables. Dinners are multi-course and dress is casual.
Next, wander the 50-acre Sunflower Farm in southeast Longmont and explore the farm’s animals, huge shade trees with tire swings, treehouses and a zipline. A day at Sunflower Farm gives you and your family the chance to move and explore in ways they don’t in modern, urbanized life. Be sure to find your way to a Sky Chair or hammock and discover your own piece of relaxation and reconnection to nature as you watch a free roaming chickens, guineas, turkeys or peacocks spreading their feathers. Possibilities are endless.The farm is open throughout the year (hours vary), and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Head downtown to Flavor of India and enjoy their rooftop dining and authentic Indian cuisine.
For the afternoon, experience all that Longmont has to offer through our craft libations and beers. Since you are already downtown try Dry Land Distillery, 300 Suns, Abbot and Wallace, Wibby Brewing, Bootstrap Brewing, and Longs Peak Pub!
Head to the West Side Tavern for Sunday dinner. With its unique ambiance, exciting, seasonal menus and an impressive array of crafted cocktails, uncommon beers, whiskeys and fine wines, the West Side Tavern serves up world-class culinary delights in a quaint, neighborhood setting.