Sunday, May 31, 2015

Longmont Bike Paths/Trail Closures... 2015

Wondering if your favorite stretch of the St. Vrain Greenway is open yet after the flood? The city has a current map of trail and park closures available on their website, which is being updated as work gets done.

You can see the most recent version of this map here:

Here is a screenshot of how things look right now (May 30, 2015). Red lines are closed paths. (Click to see a bigger picture.)

Blue Ribbon Farm

Where: 10147 Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501 (303) 774-7717
When: Every day from 9am to 6pm during their retail seasons -

Retail Seasons:
  • May-July: Bedding plants
  • Sept-Oct: Huge selection of mums
  • Dec: Christmas trees, wreaths, boughs and garlands

Tucked away across Hover St. from Roger's Grove and the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Blue Ribbon Farms is our preferred spot for gardening necessities every spring. And it's always a pleasure to visit, with bursts of floral color and scents at every turn. 

Locally owned and operated by the Sipes Family, Blue Ribbon is the kind of friendly, low-key place where they remember your name -- and sometimes even your dog's name. They also know their stuff: if you're in need of any advice, whether it's about what soil to use or what to plant in your vegetable bed, just ask any staff member. They're happy to help. You can be sure that everything they sell is carefully hand-selected for the area (unlike at big box stores where it can be hit and miss.)

Good to know: Blue Ribbon sells Christmas trees every holiday season -- a great local alternative to the supermarket.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Longmont Bike Night - 2015

When: Wednesdays, 6:30pm, May-September  (Bike Night launches on May 13th!)
Where: Rides start at Roosevelt Park, under the flags on the east side of the park. 

Wednesday evenings in the summer are filled with the cheerful sound of ringing bike bells, as hundreds of cyclists young and old cruise through the shady streets of Old Town Longmont. Bike Night is a very popular summer activity  and every week seems to draw bigger crowds. Routes generally stick to the Old Town area and they're usually pretty easy, not to mention safe, thanks to the presence of police escorts (riding along on bikes, of course). Kids will love the whimsical weekly themes, which encourage dressing up. This year has included rides devoted to the totally rad 1980s, Prom Night and, entertainingly, the holiday season. Nothing stranger and more charming than a flock of cyclists in Santa hats rolling into a hot summer night.