Labor Day Weekend Bike Ride Through Littleton CO

This labor day weekend in Denver is just about perfect!  The sun is shining, no clouds, and finally we are in the 70’s and not the upper 90’s.  What a great time to get outside and take a bike ride.  This morning I went with both of my kids on a ride along the South Platte River and into Old Town Littleton.  It was great!

Old Mill Brewery in Old Town Littleton

The Old Mill Brewery seen coming up the trail into Old Town Littleton.

Old Town Littleton bike trail

Lilly Ponds with lots of frogs along the Old Town trail.

Hudson Garden's pumpkin patch

Hard to tell from this picture, but these are giant pumpkins in a huge pumpkin patch along the South Platte Trail in the Hudson Garden’s Pumpkin Patch!

Coffee Shop South Platte Bike Trail

Of course, you can always stop for a refreshing coffee or cold drink at the coffee shop along the South Platte Trail just on the back side of Hudson Gardens.

So whatever you decided to do this Labor Day weekend, I really hope it was fun and relaxing.  Now it’s time to enjoy the fall here in Colorado.  I can’t wait to start to see all the fall colors, but I will miss the summer, that’s for sure.

 

Day 98 Light the Tree in Historic Downtown Littleton

Day 98 Light the Tree in Historic Downtown Littleton – Annual Candle Light Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Today on Day 98 of 365 Things To Do in South Denver Suburbs we are going to kick off the holidays and start lighting some trees!

If you have ever driven up Santa Fe Drive in the winter and looked up Main Street in Littleton as you pass it, or down Main St/Littleton Blvd heading west – you know how beautiful it is when decorated for the holidays.  Well tonight, you can be a part of it as it all comes to light with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree Lighting & More.

Its the 27th Annual Candle Light Walk and Tree Lighting and it all kicks off in downtown historic Littleton at 5:15 pm.  By 5:30 there will be music and hot cider in several spots and by 6:30 pm the Carolers will proceed down Main Street by candelight with Santa & his sleigh as the make their way to the giant Christmas Tree near The Melting Pot.  Candles will be available for $.50 each if you would like to partake in the candlelit aura of the evening.  Many of the local choirs and bands from area churches and schools will perform as well and many of the shops in downtown Littleton will be open for holiday Open Houses.  There will also be drop off spots for food and toy donations.

Bundle up, it sounds like its going to be chilly out there tonight!  Parking can be a little tricky, you should be able to park and walk at at Arapahoe Community College.  The Littleton Light Rail station is nearby, but I am not certain if they will allow parking there for those walking to this event.  Main Street is planned to close to traffic at about 5pm.

And if you feel like heading into the city instead, the Denver City and County building will Light the Lights tonight as well.

 

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Day 86 Chatfield Pumpkin Fest

Day 86 | Chatfield Pumpkin Fest | Littleton CO

Today on Day 86 of 365 Things To Do in South Denver Suburbs, dust off your wagons and bring them on over to the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield for the annual Pumpkin Fest.

This annual Denver area pumpkin tradition begins this morning and continues tomorrow. A very popular event for all that live in Denver and the suburbs, all the kids and the grown-ups too, will have a blast as the hunt for the perfect pumpkin begins.  And once that beautiful pumpkin is selected head over to the kids coral for including face paining, cider press, pony rides, and entertainment.  There are also Haunted tours & tractor rides for older kids & adults and even a demonstration with the birds of HawkQuest – which is awesome.

The pumpkin festival runs 9 – 5 both Saturday 10/9/2010 and Sunday 10/10/2010 and has admission.  For non-members, Adults are $6 and kids $4.  Members have a $1 discount.  The pumpkins are sold by weight once they are selected.

If you have recently moved to Denver, this is a must – especially if you have little kids.  And even if you have lived in Denver all of your life – you should go!  The weather looks great today but I am hearing possibilities of some rain tomorrow, so this may be the day to go.

The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is located in the southwest part of Littleton CO off of C470 and Wadsworth.  Head south on Wadsworth and follow the signs.

The Corn Maze at Chatfield is still well underway as well – so head over there and have even more fun!

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Day 79 Cafe Terracotta in Littleton CO

Day 79 | Cafe Terracotta | Littleton CO

Today on Day 79 of 365 Things To Do In South Denver let’s go get a bite to eat. There are a number of really great restaurants and cafe’s in Littleton to choose from, many of them in Old Town Littleton near Mainstreet.  Today we are eating at Cafe Terracotta, just a half block north of Mainstreet right next door to the used book store.

Cafe Terracotta sign

It is always fun to eat out somewhere other than the standard chain restaurant. Cafe Terracotta is just that kind of place. The restaurant has a quaint, funky kind of feel to it.  It is actually a converted house  with the restaurant on the main floor and outside in the front and side yards as well as the porch.  The upstairs is used for office space and other businesses.

Cafe terracotta porch

I came for lunch, and the menu had plenty of tasty choices. I would have picked most of them, so I guess I’ll have to go back.  I did pick the Hot Italiano Sub with fries and it was awesome.  Cafe Terracotta has a full bar and reservations are taken for dinner, and recommended as well!  I sat outside in the patio area and lunch was very relaxing.  The breakfast menu looked really good and since it is served until 2pm, I was tempted.  This is a fun place to go get a bite to eat, relax and have a great meal.  I would recommend it.

Cafe Terracotta food

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Day 70 – Fall Foliage Viewing – Colorado High Country

Day 71 – Jamba Juice

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Day 78 Sterne Park in Littleton

Day 78 | Sterne Park | Littleton CO

On Day 78 of 365 Things To Do in South Denver Suburbs  we head over to one of the nicest parks around, Sterne Park in Littleton, CO. Sterne Park is always such a nice place to go and play, relax, fish in the large pond or have a picnic in the shade or at one of the shelters.

Sterne Park pond

I know it’s almost October, but with temperatures still around 90 degrees, a visit to the park can be just the right plan.  My kids and I have been going to Sterne Park for years.  Fishing is still a big draw for us.  The pond has carp, bluegill and maybe other species, I don’t know since I never catch anything.  Others do, and catch plenty. One of the favorites for my son is to “dip and catch”.  He puts a hook with some bread or cheese at the end of a two foot line of string and dips it between the rocks and always catches baby bluegill.  It’s a lot of fun!

If fishing isn’t you thing, take advantage of all the grass and play some ball, have fun on the playground or just relax and read a book.  Sterne Park is such a peaceful place, everything is fun to do here.

Sterne Park lawn

If you are looking for a place to host a company or group event, Sterne may be a great option. Shelters are available for rent. I’ve been to company picnics here and I’ve seen plenty of others.  There is a covered shelter with several tables, bathrooms and a power outlet on the shelter which comes in quite handy.

Sterne Park playground

Sterne Park is easy to get to, just about a block south of Littleton Boulevard on Spotswood. Since it is so close to old town Littleton and Main Street, maybe stop in for a treat afterwards at one of the many shops and restaurants.

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Day 69 The Melting Pot

Day 69 | The Melting Pot | Littleton CO

On Day 69 of 365 Things To Do in the Denver Suburbs,  we are making a trip over to a restaurant that has long been in the Denver area, The Melting Pot. Known to many, The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant that is great fun for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and other fun events out.

If you have never been to The Melting Pot, it is a 4 course meal consisting of a cheese fondue appetizer, salad, fondue entree and of course what would fondue be without dessert.  We recently had company from out of town and had a wonderful meal here with them.

The Melting Pot is not necessarily the place to go if you are not in the mood for a longer meal.  And if you have young children that would have a hard time at a longer sitting, you may want to get a sitter or wait a bit.  A great first time for kids at the Melting Pot may be one of their dessert only sittings.

On our recent visit, my personal favorite was the cheese fondue, we went with the Swiss Cheese.  And of course we all loved the dessert where we had both Flaming Turtle (chocolate, pecans, caramel all lit on fire) and a dark chocolate fondue.

chocolate fondue

photo courtesy of Denis Dervisevic on flickr Creative Commons license

The Melting Pot is in historic downtown Littleton at the end of Main Street, just east of Santa Fe.  If you visit now while the weather is still warmer, you can still sit on the gorgeous outdoor patio.  Or during the holidays you can enjoy the festive Christmas tree and beautiful lights up and down Main Street.

They also have some special events coming up at the restaurant such as Tour of Terror and Fon-Boo Fright night and there are other special offers posted regularly as well.

I had intended to take some photos and maybe even some video at The Melting Pot, but I had a weekend full of technical glitches and it just didn’t happen. But even without the photos or videos, we had so much fun, I wanted to post this fun restaurant anyway!

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Day 67 SummerSet Fest

Day 67 | SummerSet Fest | Littleton CO

On Day 68 of 365 Things To Do in South Denver Suburbs, we are going to spend the weekend at SummerSet Fest in Littleton.

*edited – I had originally intended to post this earlier today but have had some technical difficulties unfortunately  By the time you are reading this, the Friday night activities are through, but there will be tons of fun at SummerSet Fest Saturday & Sunday

SummerSet Fest is a full weekend celebration as summer comes to a close in Clement Park – Littleton, CO and presented by The Foothills Foundation.

SummerSet Fest in an extremely family friendly event for all to join in to say good-bye to summer.

denver suburbs sunset in summer

The festivities will kick off on Friday evening, 9/17 with a concert and picnic in the park and evening balloon glow.  Typically there has been a fireworks celebration as well, but that has been canceled due to fire restrictions.

The fun will continue on Saturday and Sunday at 9 am with Saturday 9/18  running 9 – 6 pm and Sunday 9/19 form 9 am – 4 pm.  There will be many exhibits & entertainment all weekend long with exhibitors, family fun, athletic events, food, music and more.   There will also be a car show, fishing derby, crafts,  Sheriff’s Safety Fair and a “Fun”Day for Dogs.

Admission to SummerSet Fest is free, although there are fees for some activities and food of course.

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