Hampton Inn Fort Collins
1620 Oakridge Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80525, United States
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bartender knows her photo angles
WELCOME TO THE NORTHERN HOTEL
All right, I have heard a few rumors from CNN, but I would like the real story. I currently live in beautiful So Cal, and I find that due to family situations we need to be closer to Oklahoma-- not in Oklahoma you understand, just closer. In any case, we have 3 kids, ages 12,10 and 7. Want to see how the schools are, how the community is, how the cost of living is. Seems like it is much lower than I am used to, but just checking. Also have looked into CO Springs -- didnt see the wonders that everyone talks about there. Perhaps I just missed it?
I don't know much about it, but can offer what I've observed.
I really like Fort Collins, but don't think a whole lot of CO Springs.
The two towns actually have a lot in common, but, if you spend time in both, you'll see that they're quite different.
The housing prices will be cheaper in Colorado compared to Southern California except for the mountain areas, Boulder and urban Denver (the good areas, that is).
Fort Collins has been growing very quickly, so it does have quite a bit of traffic (but no freeways) and is relatively sprawling and spread out.
It's a college town though, and has a beautiful Downtown district with lots of shops, restaurants and nightlife.
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the world could use more of these people
And what tasters they were: four good sized beers served in goblets, probably around 6 ounces each and many beers to choose from. My wife, who evidently had majored in negotiations failed to push me to drive the rest of the trip to the national park and said I could have most of her samples. With twelve of their beers on tap I was thankful for the sweet gesture.
The bartender was fantastic and animated. She even stood on the bar to take a photo of us and guaranteed it would be a great one. She was right and she was right on in her job. It was not only serving beer, it was selling the concept of New Belgium. The company started in 1991 when a home brewer enamored with Belgian style beers and egged on by friends heralding his beer, started a very much grassroots operation. He was also an avid biker and had traveled around Belgium on bike, hence the name of his first brew: Fat Tire. It has grown immeasurably but has retained a commitment to being green with many innovations to make the brewery run more efficiently and save energy. The one everyone likes most is the company's push to get everyone to ride bikes. Employees that have worked in the company for a full year get one of their retro New Belgium bikes for a bonus. Many of their employees ride to work and it's quite a sight to see all the retro bikes lined up outside the brewery. It looks like a grade school but make no mistake about it, these are fun-loving adults that believe they and you can make a difference in this world. My guess is the world could use more of these kinds of people.
The beers ran the gamut of styles and not a real clunker in the batch and while perhaps only a couple were truly special, what made this a great stop was how much fun it was. They create a real festive atmosphere but in no way seems like a show. I think they are just having that much fun. (continued below in Fondest Memory)
The downtown area is full of really nice 19th century architecture, dating back from the mineral rushes of the town (when Ft. Collins actually had a fort). As you shop and dine, keep an eye on the structures, the elaborate brick work throughout the older downtown areas. Makes for an interesting backdrop to your visit to the town.
AN OUTSTANDING MICROBREWERY
VISIT THE "NEW BELGIUM" BREWERY in Fort Collins. It's the third largest microbrewery in the United States (Sam Adams is first).
Its located in the 500 block of Linden Street. From Linden Street in Old Town, drive northwest, cross the Poudre River, and in a couple more blocks you will see the brewery on your right. There are tours at 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm. The brewery opens at 10 am and it is wise to get your (free) tour tickets shortly after that, then come back for the tour. After your tour (or before), the tasting is free.
Their most famous beer is "Fat Tire." I like "1554" which is a darker, heavier beer. There are many different kinds to sample.
You know you like burritos, tacos, etc. that you can find at Taco Bell, Del Taco, El Pollo Loco, etc. However, this place provides you with better food, at about the same price that you would spend on 4-5 bean burritos or 3-4 hard tacos.
Qdoba is a Colorado-based quick-casual food company (like Chipotle Burritos) that serves descent Tex-Mex food if you have to eat on the run.
You won't find ground meat here, it's all shredded steak or chicken. The veggies are usually fresh
Bright interiors, interesting 'southwestern' colors, touches of brushed steel throughout the store, and of course the neon signs that requirements for almost all fast-food restaurants. My favourite dish is the Steak taco salad. You get all the goodness of a salad (greens and other veggies) and you get a good 'southwestern' taste with the cubed steak and a good salad dressing.
Plus, with a drink it all rounds out to few dimes under 7 bux.
Mexican at its Finest!
This place has the best green chili sauce north of the border. They now sell it by the bottle and I took six home from our last trip!
Its a medium sized Mexican dive with small town ambience. All the flat bread tacos with veg. green chili sauce. Very very spicy!
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Hampton Inn Fort Collins
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Address: 1620 Oakridge Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80525, United States