A Look at Fort Collins Colorado



Fort Collins is the mecca of everything outdoorsy.  Dressing up means hiking boots, jeans, a beanie, and a flannel…tucked in.  Dogs can go everywhere people can go. In thinking of three words that describe Fort Collins, it can be best summed up as flannel, beards, beer.

Hiking boots is a must have item in Fort Collins and one place not to miss while wearing them is Rocky Mountain National Park.


What is Fort Collin’s philosophy?

Everyday is full of sunshine, so we take advantage of that and play as much as we work. People spend time outdoors, always.  Pack your dog, tent, kids, and a 6 pack of craft beer and hike and camp in the mountains outside of the city.

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A great thing to do here is packing a picnic and hiking to Horsetooth.  Or a night at the drive in movie theater.  City Park remains a great place for people watching and for shopping, where else but REI given the nature of the place.

Alley Cat Coffee House is open 24/7 and when you visit, order their Red Eye Cat…chai tea with espresso in it that tastes like a gingerbread cookie.

The Mayor Bar in town has over 100 beers on tap and the best pretzel you’ll ever eat and for something a little more upscale, try The Social where people dress up in 1920’s garb.  A delicious dirty gin martini to boot.  Oh, and a lavender sour.  Bliss.


Contributed by Kristen, an anthropology graduate student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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