Distance from Denver: ~65 miles (~1hr) ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Street parking; there is a large parking lot by the old town ♡ ♡ ♡
Where We Ate: Colorado Room | Mary's Mountain Cookies
Sights We Saw: Horsetooth Reservoir, Old Town, Rocky Mountain National Park
Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your Labor Day Weekend? We packed a TON of fun into our weekend, and are going to share it all with you over the course of this week. To start off, we spent Saturday in Fort Collins (FoCo) - home of Colorado State University (CSU). It was a "pivot" from our original plan due to numerous storms along the mountain range...the only place not rainy was FoCo, so we packed up our car and drove the hour north of Denver to explore! Neither of us had been to FoCo before, but heard that it was the micro-brew capital of Colorado.
We started out the morning in Horsetooth Reservoir. Of all the Reservoirs we have been to, this has to have been one of my absolute favorites because of how "IN" nature you are! Surrounding the reservoir are these gorgeous bluffs and it feels so secluded that I didn't want to leave. (Note that it is VERY popular and there is an entrance fee). We wanted to hike either Arthur's Rock or Horsetooth Rock, but for reasons beyond our control were not successful during this trip. Needless to day, this made me very grumpy...NEXT TIME! On our way to Colorado Foods, we ran across this cute garden on part of the CSU campus so we had to stop, walk around, and sit for a few minutes.
We had lunch at Colorado Foods, a pretty popular dive restaurant with the college students. If you haven't been there before, all of their "sammies" are actually sliders and are priced between $3.50-$4.00. Typically, people order two sammis and a side (fries, sweet potato fries, etc) along with a beer to make it a meal. We sat on the patio outside while we waited for our food. This was the first glimpse we had into the hilarious tradition of "Tour de Fat".
What is Tour de Fat, you ask? Great question! Neither of us were familiar with it at all, but every Labor Day weekend, the students here dress up in their most outrageous costumes as they parade around town and hit up all of the bars and breweries. One of my favorites was the unicorn below!
Unlucky for us, this meant that most bars/breweries/patios were PACKED so we didn't get to visit any this time :( But we plan on coming back so stay tuned for that blog post!! Instead, we walked around Old Town and visited the cute stores and shoppes! We were so excited to see a Mary's Mountain Cookies here and we both wanted to get their smores cookie. It was a chocolate chip cookie topped with a graham cracker, melted Hershey's, and marshmallow fluff. It was sooooooooooooooooooo good and extremely decadent - we both had to share one!
Overall, we thought FoCo was such a quaint little college town! Everyone was on their bikes, the streets were lined with trees, and the people were extremely friendly! We are super excited to go back and take a Tour de Brew :)
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