At some point, our beloved town of Longmont started to be looked down on. We've been stereotyped as backwater, redneck, and a cowboy town. We've even been referred to as "Longtucky".
Regardless of what you might hear, Longmont is a wonderful town and it's only getting better. We aren't just North Boulder. We aren't just a cowboy town either, which isn't even bad (who doesn't love cowboys?). We are Longmont. We have our own identity with a diverse, vibrant culture. I've lived here for five amazing years and, while I fell in love on my very first day, I've also gotten to see some really great changes.
In no specific order, here are some of the best things in Longmont. Some are older, some are newer, and all of them represent the brilliant culture, health, and intellect of our town.
1. Museum – Too often when I tell people we’ve gone to the Longmont Museum, I hear that they had no idea we had one. That needs to change! The Longmont Museum is great for kids and adults. There’s a fascinating permanent exhibit of Longmont’s history, called Front Range Rising. They also have a rotating exhibit that’s featured robots, low rider cars, and war materials turned into art pieces. It’s very easy to spend an hour or two exploring everything.
The Longmont Museum has lots of events throughout the year. Kids camps, adult classes, outdoor summer concerts, indoor concerts and, my personal favorite, movie nights. I think the movies started as a Halloween feature, Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, and have expanded into summer movies, “Cult Classics and Cocktails”. The movies are shown in the new Stewart Auditorium and they always have cheap snacks, popcorn, adult beverages and a theme cocktail. Being a museum member will get you a discounted ticket.
2. Breweries – With the number of breweries in town, there seems to be something for everyone. We’ve got the well known, destination breweries like Left Hand and Oskar Blues and the small nano-breweries like Shoes and Brews. Oskar Blues has 4 Longmont locations, most of which include delicious food offerings. Shoes and Brews offers a completely unique idea of being a brewery and running store. Everyone who works there is super knowledgeable in both beer and running.
Many of these breweries offer different events like live music, comedy shows, paint and sips, and trivia (shameless plug for Geeks Who Drink trivia on Monday nights at Wibby. My husband runs that one and my biased opinion is that he’s the best. Plus, Wibby has awesome beer!).
The great thing about having a thousand breweries in town is that you’re going to find something that everyone likes. Being one of the gluten-free persuasion, you’ll find me at Grossenbart. All of their beers are gluten reduced and they routinely make new beers including collaborations with other local and domestic breweries. It’s always fun to try the new beers while listening to live and usually local music.
If you want to sample all of the breweries in town and not have to worry about driving, check out Brewhop trolley! It’s the really cool looking trolley you’ve seen driving around town. You can hop on at any of the breweries at certain times (each stop is about an hour) and safely continue the fun all day.
3. Open spaces and parks – No matter where you are, there’s a park not far away. There are many studies saying how important nature is to your brain and Longmont does not lack in brain boosting parks. Roosevelt Park and Willow Farm Park both have lots of Pokéstops ;-) There are trails running all through town and even down to Boulder, great for running, walking and biking. A lap around McIntosh Lake is almost a full 5k and it has extraordinary views of Longs Peak!
4. Exercise – There are many options for gyms, classes and studios. Personally, I love Full Circle yoga studio. They offer a free introductory week and I got completely hooked during that time. They offer many regular classes and lots of workshops. My favorite is when they host bunny yoga with the Colorado House Rabbit Society. It’s exactly what it sounds like: yoga with bunnies running around. Magical. There are plenty of other places that offer yoga. I just haven't had a chance to try them all yet. It’s also not uncommon to find free classes held in parks or at the new mall.
If you’re on the other end of the spectrum, there’s Crossfit and kickboxing. Crossfit Longmont, Trans, iLoveKickboxing are just a few of the great options, in addition to the many regular gyms. If you’re looking to get some life-giving movement, there are plenty of options.
5. Cidery – St. Vrain Cidery just opened up in the old Times-Call building and they are crushing it! They’ve retained some of the old signage and it looks so great inside. They have all Colorado ciders on tap and soon St. Vrain will start brewing their own. I love that there are so many different types of cider there. I recommend the Vanilla Cider.
6. Distilleries – There are some great distilleries in town, but Still Cellars holds my heart. All their spirits are certified organic and the cocktails they make in the tasting room are handcrafted with local ingredients. Still Cellars is more than a distillery and tasting room though. They are also an art house. There’s always local art displayed on the walls, bands often playing and they play movies on most Mondays. This is the type of place where you can sit at the bar and get to know the owners, and trust me, you will want to. They are such great people.
7. Festivals – No matter what time of year it is, there’s a festival somewhere! In the winter there’s Holiday Light parade and Longmont Lights at Roosevelt park. Spring brings the Earth day festival, the start of downtown Art Walks, and the Farmer’s Market. Summer continues with the Farmers Market, outdoor movies, food trucks in Prospect, and downtown concert series. Fall starts to slow down, but you’ll still find Festival on Main, markets, concerts, and Art Walk.
8. Ice skating/swimming – There’s nothing more romantic or nostalgic than getting all bundled up, drinking hot chocolate and going ice-skating. At Roosevelt Park, ice-skating starts the end of November and runs for a few months. You can rent skates, look at all the Christmas lights in the park and relive sweet childhood memories.
In the summer, a nice way to cool off is to head to Union Reservoir. There’s swimming and boating. The small beach area is just enough to get some sand between your toes. If the day is starting to end and you aren’t ready to go home, just stay! There’s camping there too!
9. Restaurants – I’m not even sure where to start because there are so many great places to eat here. There’s everything from new restaurants like Samples, to classics like The Pump House, to Indian and Thai. If you’re looking for a meal and an activity, I recommend Cheese Importers. After having a drink and a delicious meal, you can go shopping and then take stroll through the cheese cooler. You enter into the separate refrigerated room where you’re greeted by cheeses from all around the world. If you’re lucky they’ll have samples!
10. Theaters – Here’s another example of the culture and talent of Longmont. There are 2 local theaters: Jester’s Dinner Theater and Longmont Theater Company. I’ve been to shows at both of them and haven’t been disappointed. Jester’s dinner theater does lots of beloved musicals. Longmont Performing Arts center keeps a constant rotation of shows. Their Halloween shows have been really fun in the past.
Plus one: New Leaf Chiropractic – You can’t be surprised by this one! So here’s my shameless plug: while I do work there, I truly love this place. One of the things that I love most, that makes us from many other places, is the amount of time we spend getting to know you and the little details of your life. Everyone who comes into the office gets a full intake exam, 2 full nervous system scans and necessary X-rays. The X-rays show us exactly what is going on with your body and how we can best help you. You only get one chance in this body and we think it’s important to get it right.
If you’re interested in keeping your body functioning at it’s best so you can enjoy all that Longmont and Colorado have to offer, give us a call at 303-776-6767 to find out how we can help. Mention you found us through this blog post and we’ll hook you up with some good discounts.