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An Itinerary for Guests Visiting Fort Collins during the Holidays

An Itinerary for Guests Visiting Fort Collins during the Holidays

By Associates in Building + Design
Published November 12, 2018

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Fort Collins Holiday ItineraryThe winter season in Fort Collins is absolutely beautiful and truly is one of the best times of the year to have family and friends visit for the holidays. Fort Collins offers a multitude of things to do during the winter and holiday season! From perfect coffee and breakfast places and the best outdoor recreation to ending the day with an amazing meal, illuminating light displays, live music and more, your guests won’t run out of things to do during their stay. Below we have outlined a fantastic itinerary as a base-guide for you and your guests.

Rise and Shine

A hot cup of coffee to start the morning in Fort Collins is just what you need to feel energized and revitalized. Take your guests to locally owned and operated, Mugs Coffee Lounge on Laurel Street. In addition to the superb coffee, Mugs is rumored to have the best breakfast burritos around town.  For a fresh taste and personal touch, your guests can also begin the day at The Rainbow where a delicious vegetarian breakfast is offered.  For guest who prefer chicken, turkey, ham and bacon, don’t worry, they have a plate for you too!

During the Day

You are not truly enjoying all that Fort Collins has to offer without embarking on one of the hundreds of outdoor activities offered across the region. Thanks to urban open space in the form of 48 natural areas, as well as city parks scattered throughout Fort Collins, skiers don’t have to leave town to enjoy the tranquility and heart-healthy benefits of this winter activity.

If you’re yearning for the incredible scenery of the backcountry, look no further than nearby Cameron Pass or Lory State Park. Both offer amazing opportunities to experience snowshoeing or riding Fat Bikes. Have a blast spending the day riding or snowshoeing on snow-packed trails along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. These are some of the most unique ways to enjoy the famous Colorado snow. You get to experience the beauty of the Rockies while taking it all in atop two gigantic wheels or snowshoes.

Located west of Fort Collins, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space is one of Fort Collin’s greatest outdoor playgrounds and it is open year round. Choose from multiple different trails ranging in difficulty level and enjoy the snowy vistas. The Poudre Canyon also offers beautiful views and excellent recreation just outside of Fort Collins.

Lunch, Dinner and Dessert

For an after-recreation meal, Choice city Butcher offers the perfect combination of high-quality ingredients and tasty craft beer. Enjoy a relaxed lunch after your day of fun and get the fuel you’ll need! Also for an award-winning lunch, Beau Jo’s is legendary among Colorado outdoor enthusiasts, offering award-winning Colorado style pizza and also considered one of the “Top Insider Spots in the U.S.” according to Travelocity.

When you’re in Fort Collins winter doesn’t mean you have to leave dinner feeling like you’re 10 pounds heavier. Fort Collins takes pride in its fresh dining scene and local sourcing, which means meals that make you feel good, and not only because they remind you of Mom’s back-home cooking. Some of the local favorites during the winter are Austin’s American Grill, RARE Italian, Jax Fish House and Nick’s Italian due to their fresh meals that are indicative of the season. And, don’t forget dessert or after dinners drink! Nuance Chocolate and Kilwins make sweets that are to die for and Ace Gillett’s and Social are the ultimate mixologists.

After Hours

When the sun starts to set, the fun and adventure are still happening throughout the city. Guests can take a horse and carriage ride through Historic Old Town Fort Collins for a more intimate setting under the beautiful holiday lights. Also, during the winter and holiday months in Fort Collins, music and theatre are booming throughout the community. There are multiple music and theater venues to take guests to, including Washington’s, Aggie Theater, Hodi’s Half Note, Downtown Artery, and The Lincoln Center.

With more than 20 craft breweries, Fort Collins offers the best seasonal craft beer in the state. Beers such as Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing, Mountain Standard from Odell Brewing Co., and H&D Snug Vanilla Caramel Double Cream Ale from Horse and Dragon Brewing are must tries! Check out this Brewery Tours page for a full list of Fort Collins breweries.

We love watching Fort Collins streets come alive during the holiday season! At ABD, we customize and remodel homes near all festivities. Visit to learn more about what we can do for you!