Plus, the northern Colorado city is less than one hour from Denver, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park — making Loveland a splendid base for unforgettable year-round experiences.
Delight in Loveland’s extraordinary public art collection.
Encompassing more than 380 pieces of public art, the city boasts a standout arts scene. Benson Sculpture Garden has nearly 150 sculptures on permanent display and is home to the annual Sculpture in the Park in August, a lauded event featuring more than 2,000 pieces of art created by more than 160 artists from around the world.
Other must-sees include Chapungu Sculpture Park’s African stone, Loveland Museum’s three galleries and exhibits on the area’s history, and one-of-a-kind works at the many independent art galleries in downtown Loveland.
Savor delicious craft brews.
Pick up a passport at the Loveland Visitors Center or at any of the city’s breweries and collect a stamp for sampling a beer at each locale to receive a free Loveland shirt or commemorative glass. Visitors can also sample smooth spirits in town at Spring 44 Vodka and Dancing Pines Distillery and taste Climb Hard Cider’s sweet-and-tart concoctions. More about fine spirits in Loveland >>
Appreciate the love in February.
Every February, volunteers hand stamp more than 130,000 Valentine’s Day cards from senders all over the world with a LOVEly stamp and poem that changes annually for the nation’s largest valentine re-mailing program — earning Loveland its “Sweetheart City” nickname. Drop off your card to be stamped at the post office, and learn about the more than 70-year-old tradition at the Loveland Museum’s Valentine’s Day exhibit.
Attend the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival to celebrate Valentine’s Day with themed lighting, ice sculptures, fireworks and horse-drawn carriage rides — and stay overnight with your sweetheart by taking advantage of My Big Date Valentine packages. Browse deals & packages >>
Choose your own Colorado adventure.
From hiking and golfing to stand-up paddleboarding, ways to discover the area’s dazzling wilderness are seemingly endless. Take advantage of Loveland’s nearly 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, 31 city parks and 28 natural areas; book a scenic horseback-riding excursion along old wagon trails at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch or hike amid otherworldly rock formations at 2,198-acre Devil’s Backbone Open Space.
Indulge in retail therapy.
The city teems with shopping opportunities. Peruse affordable, of-the-now fashions at more than 40 brand-name outlet stores like Coach, J. Crew and Ann Taylor at Outlets at Loveland; and find specialty stores and retail staples like Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Target and Old Navy at Promenade Shops at Centerra and The Marketplace at Centerra. In downtown Loveland, locally owned boutiques satisfy those seeking extra-special finds.
Live it up with the locals.
Loveland’s extensive year-round events calendar is proof that its residents love to celebrate. August brings the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo, a nod to the area’s Western heritage; Loveland Fine Art & Wine Invitational, featuring three days of art, wine and entertainment; and the Corn Roast Festival, an all-time family fav. Listen to music under the stars at the Foote Lagoon Summer Series in July and August; or cheer on the Colorado Eagles pro ice-hockey team or Colorado Crush indoor football team at Budweiser Events Center.
Fulfill all of your cravings.
Whether you’re hankering for flavor-packed farm-to-table fare or a juicy steak, there are more than 180 restaurants to choose from. Order zesty gumbo and perfect po’boys at mo’ Betta Gumbo (save room for the beignets!); share tapas like braised-short-rib grilled-cheese bites and bacon-wrapped dates at Door 222; or pair a brew with the local sausage platter at Laurate Publick House. More restaurants in Loveland >>
All photos courtesy of Visit Loveland.