Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunt

Easter BasketEaster is almost here along with Spring!  I love this time of year with all the new life springing up and of course, the warmer weather.  This time of year also means we are approaching Easter. There are always so many wonderful Easter celebrations both spiritual and fun.  Right now I want to talk about one of the fun events, the Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunt !  This has been an annual tradition since my kids were little.  Sadly, they are not anymore.  But if you have little ones this event is so much fun.  And guess who will be there? You know it, the Easter Bunny.  Kids love it, parents and grandparents love it.  Try to make time to go.

Remember, this event is rain or shine. Trust me, they mean it.  I remember being out there in the rain, in mud but still a ton of fun.  The Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 30 at 10am SHARP!!  They do start right on time, and since this is one of the largest Easter Egg Hunts in the area, with over 25,000 eggs they need to keep on a schedule since they separate children into age groups.  By the way, the event is for children one to ten years old.

The Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Northridge Park and the event is FREE.  Go early and have fun.  Don’t forget to bring your camera and take lots of pictures of those little ones.  They grow up so fast.  Here is a photo album of past Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunts.  If you have old eggs from past years, you can recycle them at the Eastridge Rec Center as well.

This event is one of so many throughout the year planned and hosted by the Highlands Ranch Community Association.  Highlands Ranch is much more than just a place to live, it is a community.  This is another reason that I enjoy living in Highlands Ranch.  If you or someone you know would like to consider a move to Highlands Ranch, I would love to help.  Just get in touch and we can explore options from there.



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Fun Things To Do For St. Patrick’s Day In Denver

Holidays come often all year long.  It seems like we are always gearing up for the next one, especially in the stores!  So I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day, but now it’s time to get ready for a favorite of mine, St. Patrick’s Day! Since I’m half Irish and my awesome dog, Tully, was born on St. Patrick’s Day I guess I may be a bit partial to this holiday.  Besides, who doesn’t like green drinks, lucky things and a general sense of fun?  So with that, here are some fun things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Denver.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Denver has one of the largest, if not the largest, St. Patrick’s Day parade’s west of the Mississippi. This event is fun for everyone so hurry up and make plans to have a day of fun in downtown Denver!
  • St. Patrick’s Day Run – We live in Colorado and we like to stay active and fit. There are plenty of ways to do that every day but why not use a fun holiday like this to create a challenge for our runners and walkers?  Denver’s Runnin of the Green race is actually before St. Patrick’s Day and on March 10th. This is a fun, family oriented jog billed as the world’s largest 7k!  Other area races include the St. Patrick’s Day 5k Run in Highlands Ranch as well as other local races.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Fun – I just didn’t know what else to call this.  There are a ton of different pubs and places to head out to and have loads of fun.  To begin, try to get out to The Irish Snug for the 7th annual “hooley”.  Enjoy Irish Dancers, magicians and of course, some green type beverage.  While you’re in town, you may want to head over to lodo where you can find a number of fun places to celebrate.  Most will have St. Patrick’s Day fun and events planned.  Here are some options: Fado’s, Celtic Tavern and Katie Mullens.

However you decide to spend the day, I hope you have fun and remember to wear a little green!  I hope these fun things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Denver can inspire you to get out and make some fun for the day for yourself and the family.  I know that I will celebrate with my family and of course, with Tully.  After all, it’s his birthday!

Fun Things To Do This Winter in Denver

It is early January 2013, most of the kids are back to school today, holidays are over and although it seems like we may all need a break, there are plenty of fun things to do this winter in Denver!  Many are indoors and that will come in handy once the snow starts flying again.

One fun thing to do this winter in Denver is a long running traditional event, the National Western Stock Show in Denver.  The Stock Show is a wonderful place for all you cowboys, cowgirls and city slickers like me to get out and see these ranch animals up close and catch a live rodeo as well.  I’ve written about the Denver Stock Show before, it is such fun.  If you have never been to a rodeo you may be thrilled to see the awesome power of the animals and the skill and courage of the cow folks that perform.  Go, you won’t be disappointed. The National Western Stock Show starts soon, January 12 – 27th, so get tickets to the events now.

Another fun thing to do in Denver this winter that is happening soon as well is the Denver Boat Show.  Held at the Colorado Convention Center downtown, this show is fun for boating enthusiast as well as those with just the dream of the open water.  Yes, we do have a boat show in Denver!  There are plenty of places to take the boat out around Colorado and the boat show can give you lot’s of ideas, besides again it’s indoors, warm and lots of fun. Hurry on this event, the boat show is only 3 days, January 11-13.

One more fun thing to do in Denver this winter involves getting ready for spring.  After all, so many of usColorado Garden start longing for the green grass and warmer months in the middle of winter.  Head out to the Colorado Garden and Home Show.  Indoors, warm and a great way to gear up with ideas and inspiration for your home and garden this spring.  There are tons of great vendors to talk to, get tips from and before you know it you’ll be putting those to good use in your own home. Stroll through 14 different gardens, attend demonstration theatres and let your gardening imagination come to life.

These are just a few ideas of fun things to do in Denver this winter and by no means even a fraction of the things to do.  Denver has professional sporting events, college events, outstanding theatre and dance and if you do prefer the outdoors, then of course nearby world class skiing.  So have fun and enjoy the winter!


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Denver Holiday Lights and Events

Denver Holiday Lights and Christmas Events 2012

As we wrap up Thanksgiving weekend, there’s only one thing my kids are thinking about – Christmas! From Christmas break from school to Christmas shopping and present to Christmas Eve Mass, it is the topic on their minds. And with all of that comes fun Denver holiday and winter events. Here are some of our family’s favorites in Colorado and some other popular ones that we will be checking out this year as well. Whether you have lived in Denver for years or have just moved here, you will enjoy exploring some of these favorite holiday lights and events.

Holiday Lights in Denver

Denver’s Parade of Lights is a big favorite around here and we have been going for years. This year it will be next weekend on Friday NovParade of Lights Denver December 30  (8:00pm) & December 1 at 6:00pm.  Bundle up, arrive early to find a great place to sit and enjoy! The parade starts at Bannock & 14th and runs up to Tremont and across as it heads up 17th all the way to Arapahoe and then back down 15th.  The floats and bands are completely decked out in holiday lights, it is a one of a kind event.

Downtown Denver lights – The downtown lights are all on now, they are traditional lit the night after Thanksgiving with Grand Illumination. But even if you missed the big ceremony, head downtown and stroll around and enjoy.  You will see lights throughout downtown including the City & County building, Larimer Square, on the 16th Street Mall and at the Denver Pavilions.  Lodo is lit up too with “Lodo A Glow”.  Many of the area shopping corners will have special events as well throughout the holiday season, one of our favorites is the Denver Chriskindlmarket.

Zoo Lights – We love the get out of your car and walk around to oooh & aahh type light displays. And the overall favorite would be at the Denver Zoo with Zoo lights. Zoo Lights will kick off next weekend and run from November 30 through January 2.

hudson christmas lights littleton coloradoBlossoms of Lights  – Another great one at the downtown Botanical Gardens as the trees and gardens areas are decorated with what seems like and endless display of sparkling lights. Opening night is November 30 and runs though January 1st.

Hudson Gardens Here’s a great one out of the city and into the suburbs. A Hudson Christmas is in Littleton at Hudson Gardens and is already open and will run through January 1st.

Ice Skating

There are many outdoor ice skating areas that have already opened, despite the mild temps. Some are larger than others. but all should be a treat! Check out the Southwest Rink downtown at Skyline Park, The Cube at Streets of Southglen (Centennial) , or the rink at Belmar in Lakewood.  One of our favorites is not open yet due to the beautiful weather, and that would be Evergreen Lake up in Evergreen.  Check that out as the weather gets a bit colder.

Community Celebrations

Many of the suburbs have celebration events as well that range from tree lighting ceremonies to mini festivals. Some of the tree lighting ceremonies occurred this weekend already but here are a few not to miss.

Highlands Ranch – Hometown Holiday – December 7th at Town Center and the popular Winter Market will run on Decemeber 15 & 16th, also at Town Center.

Parker CO – Christmas Carriage Parade December 8th – Very popular parade during the day (noon)featuring horse and a small festival  & Home For the Holidays Market throughout the afternoon in O’Brien Park.

Greenwood Village – Lighting of City Hall – November 30 at 6:00 pm

Have other favorites? Leave them in the comments!

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Living in Highlands Ranch: Oktoberfest 2012

Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest 2012

Beer Mug outsideNothing like a bit of fun to start off the fall season. When you are living in Highlands Ranch there is always plenty to do and the  Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest 2012 is a perfect fall activity that is coming up.  However, don’t let the name fool you. This Oktoberfest actually takes place on September 22 at Town Center.  This one is loads of fun for everyone!  Magicians, games, live music and of course, beer!

This Oktoberfest festival has so much for everyone to enjoy.  Do you have a Dachshund?  Take part in the Annual Dachshund Races right there at the festival and compete to have your dog win the big race.  Fun, fun, fun.  Speaking of fun, here is a bonus.  Remember the July Fourth Fireworks that couldn’t happen?  It will take place to end the Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest 2012 festivities.  So get out and enjoy your favorite food from the awesome folks at Bernie’s Hot Dog Co, Helga’s German Restaurant and Deli and Snowie Colorado.  Then have a toast with some great Paulaner Beer.

Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest 5K Race

If you need to prepare yourself for all this eating, drinking and fun then get over to the Oktoberfest 5k/100 yard dash before the festivities.  This year they have added an awesome feature to the race, the optional Chug and Dash 🙂 .  After you get to the 5k finish line you have the “option” of either sprinting to the finish line if you are hard core, or you can “pause” and chug a 10 oz. beer then jog on to the finish in complete Oktoberfest style.  Nice.  If I were a runner I think I know which option sounds like fun.

Put this great event on your calendar and be sure to attend. Living in Highlands Ranch has so many benefits and these events and festivities planned through the Highlands Ranch Community Association are just some of the reasons living here is so special.  If you are considering a move to Highlands Ranch, let me help you with that process.  I live here too, know the area well and I think I can be a great fit.  Just get in touch and let’s find out.

Festival Italiano at Belmar 2012

Living in Colorado – Things to Do in Denver

Have you just moved to Denver and aren’t familiar with fun festivals in the area?  There is almost always something to do around Denver or somewhere nearby in Colorado and this weekend is no exception.  One of our favorites is Festival Italiano at Belmar.  I went last year and it is a lot of fun with activities throughout the day.

Festival Italiano logo 2012Festival Italiano at Belmar runs this weekend, September 8th and 9th and is great fun for the entire family.  There is music, chalk artists, face painters and a grape stomping area just for kids.  They love it.  What a great way to jump in and squish grapes, get messy and it’s all ok with mom and dad.  Let’s remember the food!!  Delicious.  Vendors are set up throughout the festival with some outstanding tastes of authentic Italian food, pastry, Bocce and even beer and wine.  My own kids always go to town with the cannolis!  Of course you may want to visit some of the many permanent shops and restaurants at Belmar that make it so unique year round.

The Festival Italiano has two stages for entertaining with music, drama and even authentic flag throwers from Italy.  This is an authentic Italian festival for sure.  Learn to speak a little Italian and maybe even learn to cook some tasty food with live chef demonstrations.  You can even head over to Belmar around dinner time and you won’t have to cook that night at all.

If you go to Belmar and love what you see, remember there are homes available there to live and enjoy year round.  Belmar is a wonderful living, shopping and entertainment destination known for it’s cool vibe and outdoor experience.   I’m happy to help you find the perfect home at Belmar or anywhere in the Denver area you have your sights set on.  Get in touch and let’s find out your next steps.

Fall Festivities in Highlands Ranch

Living in Highlands Ranch: Fall Fun!

Updated: The location of the shuttle for Highlands Ranch Days was incorrect originally but has since been corrected here.

Summer is almost over now!  Sadly.  However many people have their favorite season of the year to look forward to now, including me and that is FALL, especially in CO!

What a great time of the year in Colorado and with living in Highlands Ranch you have many fun outdoor options.  Clear blue skies and crisp evenings to enjoy, it is an awesome time of year. There are always so many fun activities planned through the Highlands Ranch Community Association as well as Metro Districts.  With such beautiful weather this time of year, many of these activities are outdoors and cater to so many interests.

Let’s begin with some fun sporting activities. Some of the FREE special activities include the NFL punt, pass and kick competition which is always a fun way to test a young players skills.  Football season is here so a lot of players are excited for this and it’s right here in Highlands Ranch!

Highlands Ranch MansionIf that just isn’t your thing, you may want to head on over to the Highlands Ranch Days at the Highlands Ranch Mansion. This is a wonderful activity for the whole family.  Go back in time to watch gold panners, blacksmiths and lot’s of other fun and historical reenactments of a time back when Highlands Ranch was just a part of the Wild West. There will be carriage rides and entertainment for everyone.  This is a great event to attend and a way to visit the newly renovated Highlands Ranch mansion. Note: the grounds are busy during the festivities, so no parking at the mansion on Saturday. There is a shuttle from nearby St Andrew’s Methodist Church.

With so many parks, trails and open space in Highlands Ranch I would encourage you to get out and have some fun this fall and enjoy the gorgeous weather we are lucky enough to have here in Colorado.  Living in Highlands Ranch offers you great outdoor opportunities all year round.  If you are new to Highlands Ranch or maybe considering a move here, please get in touch.  I live here, work here and know the community very well.  I would be happy to help you find your home here too.

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