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! Insider tip: 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!
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!
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!
Looking for a little after dinner fun? Check out 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. There is also Get Air Trampoline Park next door with wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits and more!
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.
Cheese is staple in the city of Longmont. Have you tried your hand at making it before? The Art of Cheese operating at Briar Gate Farm! They teach a wide variety of classes for any age and skill-level. A tasty souvenir for your trip to Longmont.
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. Looking for more foothills adventures? Take a hike at any of the 3 open spaces near Longmont: Rabbit Mountain, Heil Valley or Hall Ranch. Want to visit a Colorado State Park? Try out St. Vrain State Park, just off of Hwy 119 for a day of fishing, nature and relaxation!
Relax and unwind from an afternoon full of adventure with dinner at Next Door American Eatery. Next Door American Eatery is a comfortable place with an urban feel, with amazing outdoor seating to enjoy patio season this summer!
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! This year, the season runs on Saturdays from 8 AM - 1 PM from April 6, 2019 – November 23, 2019.
Originally called Calkins Lake, the 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 and 7 miles west of I-25 and, making it a hub for water activities on your next trip to Longmont!
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.
We recommend checking the following local farms for their Farm Dinner events:
Ollin Farms is a family-run farm striving to produce healthy, nutrient-dense products through sustainable agricultural practices. They help spread the message of healthy living and building rewarding relationships within the community by hosting annual farm-to-table dinners, youth farming classes, special events and a roadside farmstand.
Aspen Moon Farm
Aspen Moon Farm is a USDA Certified Organic and Demeter Certified Biodynamic farm creating 100% natural and bee-friendly produce. Stop by their roadside farmstand, open daily in-season, enjoy a farm dinner, tour the farm or volunteer to see the farm in action.
The Lyons Farmette in Lyons, Colorado (15 minutes west of Longmont) offers weekly farm dinners July through September. At the dinner, enjoy their beautiful grounds and a guided tour of the farm which includes their flower garden, greenhouse and farm animals.
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 over to one of Longmont's newest fast casual restaurants for lunch, Jonny's of Longmont. Serving up hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and more, you can't go wrong!
For the afternoon, experience all that Longmont has to offer through our craft libations and beers. Make sure to visit 300 Suns, GrossenBart or Longs Peak Pub! You can even hop on the Brewhop Trolley which runs a Longmont Loop on the weekends.
Want to get discounts at all craft beverage establishments? Grab your Free Crazy Good Craft Pass here!
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.