Loveland

Loveland
November 11, 2011

Staff writer It might not be wrong to call Loveland the Valentine’s Day capital of the world. Years ago, the town decided to capitalize on its “love”-ly name, and since then every year thousands of Valentine cards are sent to Loveland to be marked with special postmarks and poems, then resent to the intended loved ones. Loveland’s valentines are rivaled by its beauty and attractions. The city is an agricultural…

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Big Thompson Canyon

Bighorn sheep in Big Thompson Canyon
November 11, 2011

Staff writer Big Thompson Canyon, a narrow, rugged canyon along the Big Thompson River, is the gateway to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a 32-mile drive from Loveland to Estes Park, passing through granite walls, timbered slopes and white water. The river is named for David Thompson, an Englishman who explored streams in the New World during the early 19th Century. Loveland businessmen in its early…

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Carter Lake

Carter Lake near Loveland
November 11, 2011

Staff writer Carter Lake, southwest of Loveland, is an 1,100-acre reservoir, part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. It is available for sailing, camping, fishing, picnicking, swimming and water skiing and is surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of public lands. Details Carter Lake 1800 S. County Rd 31 Loveland CO 80537 Marina (970) 667-1062 Camping reservations (800) 397-7795 Website

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Boyd Lake State Park

Boyd Lake State Park in Loveland
November 11, 2011

Staff writer The Boyd Lake State Park is located northeast of Loveland and offers 1,700 acres of water for boating. A sand beach, camping and picnicking are also available. The Visitor Center is open daily during the summer and Monday through Friday the rest of the year. Details Boyd Lake State Park 3720 N. County Road 11-C Loveland CO 80538 (970) 669-1739 Marina: (970) 663-2662 Website

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Old-Fashioned Corn Festival

Old-Fashioned Corn Festival in Loveland
November 11, 2011

Staff writer The Old-Fashioned Corn Festival includes shopping, musical entertainment and corn-related activities, including a corn shucking contest, corn eating contest, corn recipe contest and the Corn Roast parade. Boiled or roasted corn is available to eat. The festival is held in late August at the Fairgrounds Park. Details Loveland Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center 5400 Stone Creek Circle Loveland CO 80538 (970) 667-6631 Website

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Cherry Pie Celebration

Loveland Cherry Pie Celebration
November 11, 2011

Staff writer The Cherry Pie Celebration, commemorating Loveland’s past as a center for cherry orchards, is hosted in July each year by the Loveland Museum & Gallery in Peters Park near the museum. Pie and ice cream are for sale, and adults and students can bake cherry pies to compete for honors. Details City of Loveland 500 E. Third St. Loveland, CO 80537 (970) 962-2000 Website

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Loveland Museum & Gallery

Loveland Museum and Gallery
November 11, 2011

Staff writer The Loveland Museum & Gallery focuses on the town’s history, including a huge map of the water project that brought irrigation water from the Big Thompson River. Another display focuses on the Great Western Sugar mill that processed sugar beets grown in the area. Harold Marion Dunning, its founder, began collecting artifacts for the museum in 1919. The museum’s first home in 1938 was near its present location…

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Benson Sculpture Garden

Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland
November 11, 2011

Staff writer The Benson Sculpture Garden is the center of Loveland’s sculpture culture and the site of the Sculpture in the Park festival each summer, with more than 130 pieces of sculpture on permanent display. The park includes handicap accessible sidewalks, restrooms and picnic areas. Its lagoon and gardens have the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. Sculpture in the Park exhibits 2,000 pieces of sculpture on the second weekend of…

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