Spring into Longmont

3-Day Itinerary

Want to plan a spring weekend in Longmont and tie it to an event? Here is the list of spring events:
  1. Leftapalooza
  2. Armed Forces Day Concert
  3. Burning Can
  4. Longmont Symphony Concerts
  5. Downtown Second Fridays

Day 1: (Saturday)

Day 1 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 trip to 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.

Photo courtesy of Babettes Pizza & Pane.

After your fill of delicious pastries, head over to 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 spring picnic! This year, the season runs on Saturdays from 8 AM – 1 PM from April 6, 2019 – November 23, 2019.

Photo courtesy of Sherri O’Hara.

Collecting your delicious goodies, head over to the stunning views of Longs Peak at McIntosh Lake for your spring picnic. 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.

Photo courtesy of Anne Barela.

For the afternoon, experience all that Longmont has to offer through our craft libations and beers. Longmont is home to 12 breweries, 4 distilleries and 1 craft cidery in town. Make sure to check out nationally-accredited breweries Left Hand and Oskar Blues or the lager-only brewery, Wibby. Beer doesn’t strike your fancy? Check out St. Vrain Cidery, Dry Land Distillers or Longtucky Spirits on your craft journey through town! You can even hop on the Brewhop Trolley which runs a Longmont Loop on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM – 9 PM.

Photo courtesy of Mikayla Adair.

To finish up your first day in Longmont, celebrate the city’s agricultural offerings with a dinner at Sugarbeet, featuring modern, farm-to-table cuisine. Sugarbeet is a wonderful spot for a romantic dinner or family gathering.

If you are looking for more nighttime excitement, 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!

Photo courtesy of Paul Marcotte.

Turn in for the night at downtown Longmont’s Thompson House Inn & Tea Room. This bed & breakfast’s rooms help tell the story of John Brigham Thompson and his family. The home is a historic landmark built in 1887. Their central location makes it a great place to stay and play in Longmont!

Local Tip: Plan to make reservations for afternoon tea served every Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Day 2: (Sunday)

Prepare yourself for a day of adventure starting at Lucile’s Creole Cafe. A cajun-inspired brunch establishment in a quaint, historic house, you will be transported to New Orleans through flavor. The best way to start your day!

St. Vrain Cidery is the next location during your Longmont experience. Find your zen with cider and yoga through CiderYoga. They offer classes every Sunday in the spring at 10 AM.  They create a fun atmosphere to stretch and relax while sipping on some fresh Colorado cider. A nod to Longmont’s agricultural history and pride, this activity will help get the day going!

Photo courtesy of St. Vrain Cidery.

Spend the afternoon diving in the rich agricultural history of Longmont at the Agricultural Heritage Center. Get a glimpse into the history of agriculture in Boulder County and enjoy the rural surroundings. This site focuses on the years 1900 to 1925 when local families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the Modern Age.

2019 Hours:
April 1 to October 31
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Payler.

Stop by Aunt Alice’s Kitchen for a quick bite for lunch. The establishment is an all-day American diner turning out heaping plates in a bustling atmosphere with old-fashioned decor.

Next, head out to St. Vrain State Park. Snow is still very much a part of the Colorado spring season. Here, you can channel your inner eskimo with some ice fishing. Longmont is also home to two locations that offer Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Head to Heil Valley Ranch or Rabbit Mountain Open Space to try your hand at one or both. If you need rentals, check out Angles Sports Exchange. If the weather has turned warm, these are still great places to enjoy the outdoors!

On your way back into town from the great outdoors, stop at Collision Brewing for dinner. Featuring a full-service menu with handcrafted cocktails and craft beers, Collision is a great way to unwind after a day full of sightseeing! The location features stunning views of the Rocky Mountains as well as a car-themed interior and inspired menu items.

Photo courtesy of Collision Brewing.

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. They have a happy hour every evening for adults to enjoy as well!

Day 3: (Friday or Monday)

Get ready to get cheesy! Dive into the world of cheese and stroll through the walk-in cheese cooler that houses over 300 different cheeses from all over the world at Cheese Importers. Then, grab a bite to eat at their bistro to enjoy French-inspired cuisine!

Photo courtesy of Sherri O’Hara.

You can’t have too much cheese during your time Longmont. Instead of eating it, why not try making it? The Art of Cheese operating at the Haystack Mountain Cheese educational facility is the place to go! They teach a wide variety of classes for any age and skill-level.

Local Tip: Try their farm-to-table experience out in Hygiene, CO for a chance to milk and play with dairy goats!

Grab some lunch at one of the many taco locations here in Longmont. We are LOCO for tacos! Check out this link for ideas as to where to go!

Photo courtesy of Jefes Tacos & Tequila.

After a taco lunch, head over to the Longmont Museum for an afternoon of art, history and photography. Check out the history of Longmont exhibit as well as the rotating Ansel Adams photography exhibit that runs through May 26, 2019.

Wind down your spring Longmont adventure with dinner at Oskar Blues’ Homemade Liquids and Solids. Home to craft beer in a can, Oskar Blues’ restaurant features local craft beer on tap and cajun-style cuisine and homestyle favorites. Perfect ending to your trip to Longmont! If you are lucky, you may even catch some great live music to pair with your dinner!

Photo courtesy of Sherri O’ Hara.

Cover Photo: Courtesy of Toby Shepard.