Founded in 1871 by a prominent group from Chicago, the city of Longmont was originally known as the Chicago-Colorado Colony. In honor of Longs Peak, the 14,259-foot mountain visible throughout town, settlers eventually renamed the city.
Agriculture became the way of life as the town grew, and Longmont became home to flour mills, the Empson Cannery and the Great Western Sugar Company. Technology came to Longmont in the 1960s when the FAA built an air traffic control center in town and IBM constructed a large facility just west of the city. Today, Longmont is home to large, high-tech companies and small, family-run farms. This is Longmont — looking forward to the future while celebrating the past.
Downtown Longmont is the heart of the city. Main Street is bustling with shops, restaurants, brew pubs and art galleries. Certified as a Colorado Creative District in 2014, downtown Longmont showcases art galleries, music stores, theaters and the Dickens Opera House. Plus, there are dozens of public art pieces, historic buildings and inspiring architecture throughout the district that visitors will enjoy.
The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center features an award-winning permanent exhibit about the history of the region, interactive exhibits, music, dance, a variety of performances in the Stewart Auditorium and Colorado’s largest annual Día de los Muertos celebration.
No matter what season you plan to visit, Longmont is where your next adventure begins. Hike miles of paved trails, grab a bike through the city’s bike share program, kayak or paddleboard Union Reservoir, snowshoe or cross-country ski McIntosh Lake or Golden Ponds, perfect your golf swing at one of three scenic courses in town or birdwatch, camp and fish at St. Vrain State Park. Looking for something to really get your heart pumping? Check out Mile-Hi Skydiving Center for a chance to freefall from 18,000 feet above sea level with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop.
Longmont is home to a vibrant restaurant scene as well. With over 100 locally owned and regional eateries of all styles and cuisines, visitors will surely have a unique dining experience at a Longmont restaurant. From homestyle favorites to sustainable fresh fare, foodies will want to make Longmont a top destination. And we can’t talk about Longmont’s food scene without mentioning the Longmont Farmers Market. With Longmont’s history of agriculture, this is a fantastic way to enjoy sustainably grown produce, meats and more, and get a chance to chat with local farmers.
Longmont’s agricultural spirit is evident in its popular craft beverage industry. Along with two of Colorado’s largest craft brewers, Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont is home to nine additional craft breweries, four distilleries and a cidery. Hop on and off the Brewhop Trolley that takes visitors around town each weekend, stopping at each destination once an hour.
Whether you’re planning a relaxing getaway, a Colorado adventure or an important business trip, Longmont’s lodging offers a variety of options to meet your every need, from pricing and amenities to convenience and location.