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Experience Festive Fridays

Posted on December 1, 2016 4:00 PM
Related Categories: Downtown Estes, Things To Do
Tags: Downtown, Estes Park, Events, Shopping, Food & Drink, Holidays, Winter

Every week leading up to Christmas, celebrate the season with holiday shopping in Estes Park during Festive Fridays! Enjoy special offers, live music and treats when you shop participating businesses from 5 to 8 PM. Not only is this a great opportunity to pick up the perfect gifts for your loved ones, it's also a fantastic way to shop local, supporting small businesses in Estes Park. Take a break between shops to view... more

The lights are twinkling, the shopping has begun and the classic carols are serenading us back to the joys of childhood. It's the holiday season and whether you're having trouble getting in the mood or you are the type to revel in everything remotely festive this time of year, these ten recommendations are sure to tickle your mistletoe.  1. Shop 'Til You Drop A weekly holiday celebration,  Festive Fridays... more

From unique arts to sweet treats, from jaw-droppers to socking suffers, Estes Park has a widevariety of special gifts that are made right here in the Estes Valley! The festive lights are strung downtown, the shops have decorated their windows andthe entire village is buzzing with holiday spirit. But don't worry if you can't make it to Estes this year; many of these one-of-a-kind gifts are available online. Whether... more

Thanksgiving in Estes Park

Posted on November 18, 2016 10:00 AM by Visit Estes Park
Related Categories: Food & Drink
Tags: Holidays

US 34 will be open for Thanksgiving! Starting Wednesday, November 23rd at 4pm, and ending Sunday, November 27, at 7pm! Come up to Estes Park for a Thanksgiving meal and check out all the other great stuff going on! Looking to ditch the kitchen and spend some quality time with family this Thanksgiving? Let us do the cooking! Many Estes Park restaurants are offering bountiful Thanksgiving meals this holiday. During your... more

High Altitude Cheesy Garlic Loaf

Posted on November 17, 2016 7:00 AM

Have you always wanted to try making yeast bread but it seems a bit scary? Maybe baking at 7,500 feet in elevation seems like a lofty goal?  Well, guess what! It’s national Bread Day! And I have a super-simple, garlic-y, cheesy, buttery loaf of deliciousness that is the perfect gateway dough into the world of yeast breads! This recipe is perfect for beginners or if you are in a pinch for time because there is no... more

Gain entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park free of charge this year! Mark your calendars for these entrance fee-free dates in 2017:  January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20 - President's Day April 15-16 & 22-23 - National Park Week Weekends August 25: National Park Service Birthday September 30 - National Public Lands Day November 11-12 - Veterans Day Weekend Don't forget any fourth... more

Get to Know the Artist: Michael Young

Posted on November 14, 2016 2:00 PM
Related Categories: Downtown Estes
Tags: Estes Park, Meet Our Locals, The Arts, Events

Michael Young has created murals around Estes Park, as well as acted in and written different plays! However, he may be most well known for his position as director of the Catch the Glow Parade . Michael has been involved in the parade, creating floats, for nearly a decade. The illuminated parade occurs annually the Friday after Thanksgiving and is a magical way to kick off the Christmas season in Estes Park. Artist Q & A Art... more

Estes Park’s Hidden Gems

Posted on November 4, 2016 9:00 AM

We all know about some of the “must stop” places in Estes Park – Rocky Mountain National Park, The Donut Haus, or The Stanley Hotel. How about trying out some of the lesser known “must stops” in Estes Park: Start the morning, on Hwy 34, at Via Bicycle Café before you reach the heart of downtown Estes Park. Via Bicycle Cafe is not a coffee shop that services bikes or a bike shop that also serves... more

Pitches and Pints: Quinn Brett

Posted on October 24, 2016 8:05 AM
Related Categories: Outdoor Adventure, Food & Drink
Tags: Climbing, Meet Our Locals, Food & Drink

Quinn Brett is an experienced Estes Park climber and local. Learn more about her favorite Estes Park climb complete with pro tips and her favorite place to sip on a beer after. Name :  Quinn Brett Years Climbing : 25 years!!!!! Favorite Estes Park climb :  A diamond shaped chunk of granite, nestled into a lush cirque at 13,000 feet laced with vertical cracks of all variety!  My favorite of these fissures is a route... more

Patricia Henriksen Greenberg has been drawing since the age of seven and since then has had her artwork featured in galleries as well as children's books. Learn more about Patricia and see some of her amazing artwork below. Artist Q & A: Age: 66 Art form?  Most often I work in pencil on coquille paper. “Coquille” is the French word for scallop. The paper has a scalloped-shaped texture pressed into its... more