It’s easy to fill a day wandering Fort Collins’ historic downtown, nicknamed “Old Town.” 


Start with breakfast at one of the city’s oldest restaurants, the Silver Grill. Be sure to get one of their famous cinnamon rolls. Or, if you prefer breakfast-on-the-go, stop at The Exchange for a locally made breakfast burrito from Vatos Tacos or a ‘Colorado Style’ donut and hot espresso from FoCo DoCo.


Next, take a stroll downtown and look at the buildings around you for old ghost signs. Walnut Street features multiple buildings that inspired  Downtown Disney. My favorite is the old firehouse which looks straight out of a story book with its vibrant colors. It now houses Happy Lucky’s Teahouse (where you can find over 200 loose-leaf teas). I recommend their Cinnamon-Orange blend. Right next door is Old Firehouse Books. Grab one of their recommended books and sip your tea.

Feeling creative? Board & Brush is a fun option for all ages with DIY custom wood signs. Pinot’s Palette is another great DIY activity featuring canvas painting


If you’re in a shopping mood, you can’t miss Akinz. Handmade is their motto, From beanies to custom print designs, Akinz captures the feel of Fort Collins on all their apparel. Next stop: Bloom. This cute flower boutique is an oasis. Tell Cindy, the owner, who you’re gifting flowers to and she’ll craft a custom arrangement! From there, head to a true Fort Collins staple, The Cupboard. With two stories of gadgets, cookware and local food, you won’t leave empty handed. A few doors down you’ll discover more spices than you can imagine at Old Town Spice Shop. Popcorn seasoning, BBQ rubs, and so many unique blends. My personal favorite is the Red Mountain blend, which is named after Red Mountain Open Space, an excellent hiking location located just north of the city.


Spending an afternoon at one of Fort Collins’ breweries is always fun. You’ll usually find a local band playing, games, and dogs running around. I’d recommend the oldest craft brewery in town, CooperSmith’s. Try their green chile beer. Or, for great infused cocktails check out CopperMuse Distillery.  


Looking for dinner? You’ll find plenty of options. A few of my favorites include Austin’s American Grill (fresh rotisserie chicken), Welsh Rabbit Bistro (make your own cheese plate), and Tasty Harmony (vegan and vegetarian friendly).


Autumn is a Northern Colorado native immersed in the local community. Most recently, she established strong connections with over 250 local business owners as Director of Business Partnerships at the city’s official tourism bureau, Visit Fort Collins. Now Autumn is excited to help people make Northern Colorado their home as a broker associate at Navigate Residential. Find more information on NoCo here!