When you first get to Fort Collins, we can promise you one thing will happen for certain: you won’t want to stay indoors! Well, not if you are moving to Fort Collins during the summertime, that is (and even the winter months are mild and sunny – take it from your Fort Collins movers). This area is surrounded by so many amazing outdoor spots that renting a bicycle will be the first thing on your mind when you arrive.
If you don’t have a bicycle, though, don’t worry. There are plenty of places to rent bicycles in Fort Collins! Here’s the top list brought to you by your friends at Exodus Moving and Storage, your Fort Collins movers.
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1. Café Bicyclette: this is a café and bike rental place, so you can grab some delicious lunch or a great drink, rent a bike, and get on with your day. Prices are reasonable, and the bikes are always great.
2. Lees Cyclery: Lees is another famous spot to rent a bike in Fort Collins. Lees also sells bikes and repairs bikes, just in case you need to buy one or have your fixed.
3. Recycled Cycles: the idea behind this bike shop and rental place is a great one – if you want a bike, why not buy or rent a used one? Do you need a new bike? If not, Recycled Cycles is where you want to go for a recycled bicycle that is in great shape.
4. New World Sports: this is pretty much your average sports shop, but it comes with great prices, excellent and helpful employees, and bike rentals of all kinds. Head to New World if you’re looking to rent a mountain bike or speed bike.
Where to Ride
Okay, we really can’t list the places where you can ride in Fort Collins. Why? Because there are so many options! This town is literally surrounded by paths, mountains, and trails for you to get out and explore, so it would be kind of silly for us to try and list every one of those paths and trails here. Let’s just put it like this: if you see a bike trail that you want to check out, don’t be shy! Get out there and see what nature has to offer, and you won’t be sorry.
For most of the places listed above, it might be a good idea to call ahead to see if bikes are available. On really nice days, rentals go quickly, and you may be able to reserve if you call early enough (some places don’t allow reservations though). If you can’t reserve, get up early and snag a bike – you’ll be happy that you seized the amazing day ahead of you.
Getting to Fort Collins
If you do have a bike to move, let us know! At Exodus Moving and Storage, our mission is to help you move everything that you have – and we mean everything. No matter where you’re located or where you’ve moving to, we can help. Just give us a call today, we’re your Fort Collins movers, and we’ll set you up with a free moving estimate. We also offer plenty of storage space in both Fort Collins and Denver for you to use if you need to store a few items during your move. Just ask us about storage options, and we’ll find a spot that’s perfect for the things that you need to store.
If you love the outdoors and you love to bike, you’ll enjoy what Fort Collins has to offer – we promise. In fact, the entire state of Colorado has a really laid-back vibe that’s all about the outdoors, and we know that you are going to love living here. From hiking to biking and everything else that you can do outside, if you’re moving to Fort Collins during the summertime – get out and play, and make sure to give us a call for a free moving estimate.
Springtime is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature. It’s also the perfect time to check out what local farmers are producing at some of Denver’s best farmer’s markets. Since Denver is an active town, you’ll find a lot of different farmer’s markets strewn throughout the area. This list includes some of the most popular spots to pick up local veggies, fruits, and all kinds of other goodies – take a look!
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1. Belmar Fresh Market: from June 7th to September 27th, you can check out Belmar Fresh Market located between Wadsworth and Alameda Aves. If you get there early enough, you can check out the pancake breakfast too – and some seriously good eats.
2. Highlands Ranch Farmers Market: this market is filled with vegetables from farms that surround the Denver area, and you’ll find some fresh baked goods at this market too. The market is open from May 4th to October 26th and operates on Sundays only.
3. City Park Esplanade Market: if you don’t want to drive out to Highlands Ranch, you can stay right in the city and still get your market goods by visiting City Park Esplanade on Sundays from June 1st to October 26th.
4. Cherry Creek Market: either go to the City Park Esplanade Market on Sunday or go to the Cherry Creek Market on Saturday, but doing both will result in a lot of repeats (these markets have roughly the same vendors). No matter which ones you choose, though, there are plenty of delicious fresh vegetables and other local foods to go around.
Since Exodus Moving and Storage is active in both communities that we work in (Fort Collins and Denver), we’d also like to encourage you to check out the Fort Collins and Loveland Farmers Markets that happen Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from May 4thof the summer season. Come and see what Fort Collins and Loveland bakers, farmers, and craftspeople have in store for you!
Your Own Little Garden
Whether you live in an apartment with a balcony, rent out a community plot, or have a large backyard, you can grow some of your own vegetables on your own. There are plenty of websites and guides to help you get things started. All you need is some earth, some time, and some plants – the rest is all about love, care, and the proper gardening techniques. Or, you can simply sign up for your local CSA during the summer months when things are really in bloom.
At Exodus, we’re big on supporting community events and initiatives, and that includes letting you know all about the great farmers markets that we have here. No matter what part of Colorado you live in, you can rest assured that there’s plenty of local produce to go around – you may even find a delicious tamale cart or two if you hit the right market! If you’re just moving to Fort Collins or Denver, we can help you there too.
Fort Collins Moving Companies
There’s no time like the present to pack up your things and move to the great state of Colorado. No matter where you plan on living, we can help you with moving to Fort Collins or Denver from start to finish. As a full service moving company, we do it all from packing to unloading. We also have two large storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver where you can safely store the things that you can’t move into your new home. Give us a call for a free estimate or for any additional information that you need – we’re here to help with your move!
We know that you are going to love Colorado as much as we do, and that’s why you’ll find all kinds of local tips and articles on this site. Not only do we focus on moving as one of Fort Collins moving companies that you can rely on, we also focus on helping you discover this state as much as possible. From trails to cities, Colorado truly has it all – and don’t skip those farmers markets this summer! If you’re moving to Fort Collins or anywhere else, give us a call. Do you have a favorite spot for picking up fresh vegetables and other local goods? Share with us!
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The quaint town of Parker, located in northern Colorado, may be small, but offers much. It is only 14.6 square miles in size, containing a population of roughly 45,297. If you think that’s small, consider this: the town was incorporated in 1981, with a population of 285. That’s a lot of growth in just 30ish years! In fact, it is currently the 19th most populous municipality in all of Colorado.
The schools are wonderful – they were ranked 9th overall in the entire state. If public schools aren’t your thing, choose from two private preschool-8th grade schools and one private high school. There are even a couple of colleges! In 2013, Parker was named 12th on CNN Money’s list of best places to live. What is there to do and see in this town just 30 minutes outside of Denver? A lot!
Things To Do
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Parker’s 250 acres of parkland, as well as over 900 acres of open wild space. Some are dog friendly, so even your furry friends can get out and play outside! Parker offers what they call “Flat 14ers,” which are easy to navigate walking trails that are just as long as Colorado’s over 50 14,000 foot peaks. In this way, children and those who aren’t ready to tackle a true 14er can still walk a trail just as long! The Flat 14ers include the Tallman Gulch Trail, Auburn Hills Park, and the Sulphur Gulch Trail. Give the Cherry Creek Trail a try, an eight-mile-long trail complete with 10-foot wide concrete bike and pedestrian path alongside a dirt equestrian trail. Plans are in the works to extend this trail even further.
Parker’s Recreation Center offers residents many fun programs and hosts a number of community events. The center includes the Parker Fieldhouse, a 100,000 square foot sports and fitness complex so that residents can stay in shape, even throughout those tough Colorado winters. Take some laps in the H2O’Brien Pool while the kids play in the water park, hit up the Fieldhouse for an inline skating rink, climbing wall, batting cages, elevated track, and fitness loft. They also provide personal trainers to give you that extra push. Let the kids get their energy out on the indoor playground as well. Don’t forget to join one of the many adult or youth sports teams!
Check out a show at the PACE Center for the Performing Arts, which features a 500-seat theater, complete with outdoor amphitheater, or take the kids to check out The Wildlife Experience. This exciting museum offers interactive exhibits to give the kids the hands-on experience they’ve been looking for. Adults and kids alike will really enjoy the movies, such as 3D Sharks and other wildlife-centric shows. If you have younger kids, don’t worry! They’ll enjoy time in the Discovery Zone. Kids under 5 can use the Cubs Corner for their own sort of fun. You could spend hours in this place!
If you need to get the kids off of the couch during those bitter winter months or a rainy summer’s day, head to Monkey Bizness. It’s an indoor playground on steroids – just bring them, have them kick off their shoes, and get to climbing and playing on their fun and exciting indoor play structures. They even do birthday parties!
The more grownup crowd will enjoy a visit to Elk Mountain Brewing, offering their own microbrews for the tasting. New to Parker is the Jay Moore Studio, an art studio that recently opened. Whatever you’re looking for, Parker has something perfect to offer.
The Rueter-Hess Reservoir is another place that will offer much to do in the future, with talk of hiking and biking trails, fishing, and even non-motorized boating. No motors will be allowed due too the fact this is a drinking water storage reservoir. Plans are underway that allow people to enjoy this area while still preserving the integrity of the drinking water.
What To Eat
The selection of restaurants in Parker will not disappoint. Try Portofino Pizza & Pasta, known for their delicious garlic knots and authentic Italian cuisine. The garlic cream sauce on penne is a local favorite, as well as the pizza. They actually make the mozzarella they use in their dishes right there, how can you beat that? The staff is extremely helpful, and can make a recommendation if you simply cannot decide.
For the best ribs in Parker, try Hickory House Ribs. They smoke all of their meats right there on-site, and offer a delectable favorite – Danish baby back ribs. This dish was featured on Oprah’s Favorite Foods! They only serve certified Angus beef for all of their burgers, steaks, and smoked briskets. This place will not disappoint!
For something a little different, give Junz a try. This restaurant blends Japanese and French cuisine in a spectacular way. Try the Niku Maki, a thinly sliced ribeye wrapped around asparagus and served with a house salad and sautéed veggies. Order the sushi – some people visit the restaurant just for this – and for dessert, try the Kahlua crème brulee, a customer favorite.
Are you in the mood for Thai? Look no further than Dancing Noodle Thai Cuisine. The ingredients are fresh and natural, and their food is MSG-free. There are many gluten-free offerings on the menu for those with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Whether you are enjoying Pad Thai, Pad See Yew, ginger chicken, or massaman curry, you’ll eat every last bite. You can tailor the spiciness to your liking as well.
If you’re craving Mexican cuisine, head to Casa Mariachi. Enjoy chips with salsa, bean dip, or queso before your meal arrives. The enchiladas, tacos, and tostadas are delicious, and the margaritas are known as the best in Parker.
For an authentic Indian experience, there is India’s Kitchen. There is ample room for you to sit and enjoy your meal, and many wine and beer selections to complement your meal. Try their chicken curry, Tikka Masala, or the Bhindi and mushroom curry. They will not disappoint!
Parker is a small town with a big presence. Whether you’re there for the food or for the outdoor experience, it will not let you down.
This Fresh Place Friday we are heading to Windsor, Colorado. Windsor is tucked away from the more known nearby towns of Ft. Collins and Loveland. Windsor is a little off the beaten path, but has amazing views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and what locally we call the Front Range in some areas. As you start heading into the city of Windsor, you will find a quaint town that still has the charming roots of its past mixed with new stores and shopping complexes which have been added in recent years.
A favorite area to visit in Windsor, Colorado is Pelican Lakes. This facility is absolutely amazing. From a clubhouse reminiscent of a Colorado mountain lodge, golf course with incredible views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, a restaurant overlooking a golf course, hair salon and mixed residential community. The grounds also feature a man-made lake with an island in the center which can only be visited by boat or on foot by crossing over a bridge. Many people have been married on this island that features palm trees, a running waterfall/babbling brook and sandy beach.
A few other favorite places to visit if you are a golf enthusiast are Ptarmigan Golf Club and Highland Meadows Golf Club. Both golf courses offer views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
If you are looking to move to or from Windsor, hire Exodus Moving & storage for your Colorado moving needs. Don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the scoop on the best places to live in Colorado brought to you by the one and only group of Exodus Colorado movers!
The appeal of Silverton, Colorado is easy to see. This town offers its residents a simpler way of life. As Colorado movers we always enjoy a trip to Silverton, CO because there seems to be more time for family and community. The community is clean and safe where residents freely walk and bike around and jobs in the tourism industry are plentiful.
What our Colorado movers notice most about this area is the strong sense of community found in Silverton, CO. The streets are filled with parades, carnivals and festivals- anything that can bring the town together. Silverton, CO doesn’t just focus on community but relies on it to maintain the small-town, rural lifestyle all residents are accustom to. They work together to preserve the land they live on and value the clean air they have been given.
What makes Silverton, CO such an ideal place to live is found not only in the attachment to the place, respect for neighbors and nature and the commitment to sustainability but also its location in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. The endless amount of recreational activities may be what makes the citizens of Silverton, CO so proud of their home. Whether you are looking to sled, ice skate, fish, hunt, horseback ride, ski or anything in between, Silverton, CO has it right at your fingertips.
The Colorado movers at Exodus are seriously impressed with this small Colorado town and we hope that if you are planning a Colorado move, you consider the picture-perfect, Silverton, Colorado.
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The Mile-High City- there’s nothing like it. Perhaps that’s because it’s the second Exodus Moving & Storage location. Yes, we’re talking about Denver, Colorado. This week, our Colorado movers are going to spotlight the capitol of this magnificent state. This city truly offers something for everyone as it combines both history and entertainment with urban and rural living.
Check out some of the many things to do in Denver, Colorado:
• Denver Art Museum- The building itself is a work of art and the pieces inside are just as outstanding. Two buildings house the world’s greatest collection of Native American art along with 68,000 other art objects from renowned masters.
• Colorado State Capitol- You can’t visit (or live) in the capitol of CO without visiting the building that sits 5,280 feet above sea level and offers the perfect panorama of the snow-covered peaks. Climb to the top of the dome to view truly breath-taking sites.
• Larimer Square- This block is filled with the trendiest Victorian buildings that house dance clubs, shopping, comedy clubs, quaint outdoor cafés and a multitude of restaurants to try.
• 16th Street Mall- This is a mile-long promenade that boasts natural scenery (50,000 flowers!!), outdoor cafés and a walkway that was designed to mimic the pattern on a diamondback rattlesnake. It’s a must-see. Even locals love it!
• Confluence Park- There is seriously too much at this location to even begin describing. Confluence Park is home to an 850-mile bike trail network, the Platte River Trolley, the Downtown Aquarium, restaurants and Elitch Gardens- a downtown theme park right in Denver, CO.
• LoDo Historic District- Don’t let the name fool you, the historic district is filled with brewpubs, restaurants, rooftop cafés and iconic stores that invented some of the West’s greatest fashion.
• Cherry Creek- Just two miles from downtown Denver (and accessible by bike) waits the Denver Botanic Gardens and Cherry Creek Shopping District- check out one of the most beautiful displays of nature then catch up on your retail therapy.
• City Park- This area is known for the Denver Zoo and Museum of Nature & Science. City Park is also the largest park in the area with beautiful views of the mountains, lakes, gardens and paths for hiking and jogging.
This list doesn’t even begin to exhaust the options you have when moving to or visiting Denver, Colorado. Take our word for it; Denver, CO is the perfect mix of big city life with all the great options for careers, nightlife and entertainment along with the great outdoors that we know and love Colorado for. If you are looking to move to Colorado, Denver is a must.
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There’s no place like home and this week our Colorado movers bring you the perfect home in Telluride, Colorado! If you are looking to relocate to one of the most fun-filled cities in the state of Colorado, then Telluride, CO is your go-to spot! For years, Telluride, CO has been known as the capitol of signature events for the state, boasting many fun festivals and events throughout the year. Today, we are going to highlight just a few.
While Telluride, CO is still known for its world-class skiing opportunities, no other small town offers this much to do throughout the year. There truly is an event that can fulfill all hobbies and members of the family- whether you’re an art buff, a music guru or just here to have a good time. Some of the annual events include the Mountainfilm Festival, Bluegrass Festival, the Jazz Celebration and the Telluride Film Festival. These events pay homage to some of the greatest genres around as people from all over the country come to honor the big names of film and music. A local favorite for events is the Blues & Brews festival that happens on the third weekend of September. Locals love this event because it signifies the start of fall and the changing of the leaves on trees. Not to mention, it means that ski season is fast approaching and fresh powder is on the way.
If you’re looking for a festival in Telluride, CO that boasts a bit more of an eclectic feel, check out the Imogene Pass Run or the Mushroom Festival. The Imogene Pass Run is a series of running events that takes place from Ouray, CO to Telluride, CO via the Imogene Pass. In pure Colorado fashion, this run becomes an awesome event to attend from around the world. The Mushroom Festival is exactly what it sounds like- a foray of fungal species where locals and visitors are invited to try all types of mushrooms until their heart’s content.
The festivals of Telluride, CO are just another way to set this town apart from the rest of the amazing options found across the state of Colorado. We as Colorado movers just love all the exciting events that take place in this town and are always excited to move on through.
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Ah, Fort Collins, Colorado. Easily one of the BEST places to live in the state of Colorado– well, we may be biased since Fort Collins, CO is one of two headquarters for Exodus and our team of Colorado movers. Still, Fort Collins, CO is the fourth most populated city in the state and is known for its lively atmosphere as it houses the one and only Colorado State University. If that’s not enough, Money Magazine voted Fort Collins, CO as the Best Place to Live in 2006, #2 in 2008 and #6 in 2010. Those are solid enough numbers for these Colorado movers.
Fort Collins, Colorado was originally founded in 1864 as a military outpost for the United State Army and was almost immediately settled. In 1867 the base was decommissioned while the town and its inhabitants remained. Today, the heart of Fort Collins, Colorado comes from Colorado State University, influencing everything from its college-aged population to the local music circuit. Fort Collins, CO is also home is a variety of microbreweries and festivals honoring the thriving beer culture. The Downtown Business Association hosts festivals in the Historic Downtown District each year that includes the NewWestFest that features local music, cuisine and businesses as well as The Colorado Brewer’s Festival held in June that features beers from up to 45 brewers in the state of Colorado and brings in an average of 30,000 attendees annually.
It is clear that Fort Collins, CO is really the place to be! So if you’re looking to relocate to a city full of fun, festivals and thriving culture set your sights on Fort Collins, Colorado.
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This week our Colorado movers are taking you to Ski Town, USA- Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat Springs (like many other Colorado cities) began as a summer resort where travelers would come to take a dip in the hot springs, enjoy hunting and fishing opportunities and take a horseback ride right in town. What Steamboat Springs, Colorado is actually most known for now is its World Class skiing facilities.
Steamboat Spring, Colorado got its name from the sound a hot spring located near the Yampa River was making. French Fur trappers heard the sound in the 1860s and began referring to the area as Steamboat. The town is rich with history- even Steamboat Springs’ main street was constructed wide enough to accommodate the cattle drives through town. The city is also home to Howelsen Hill, one of Colorado’s oldest ski areas that has remained in use since 1915. Steamboat Springs, CO proudly hosts the oldest annual winter carnival west of the Mississippi River as well. The town is so special it even received one of the first eight “Preserve American Community” designations granted by the White House. Today, Steamboat Springs, CO is a thriving rural city that offers guests and natives recreation year round along with comfortable suburban living mixed with exciting city life.
If you are looking to relocate to the city of Steamboat Springs, CO, their Chamber of Commerce has even taken the time to prepare a relocation guide to the city. Check it out: http://www.steamboatonthemove.com/.
Remember, that the easiest way to move or relocate is by working with our expert team of Colorado movers at Exodus Moving and Storage. We will go out of our way to ensure that your relocation to Steamboat Springs, Colorado goes just as smoothly as you could have hoped.
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What we as Colorado movers find most interesting about the town of Vail, Colorado is that it first started as a ski resort and the established town came next…really speaks to what us Coloradoans find most important, huh?
In 1966, Vail, Colorado became an inhabited town, 4 years after the creation of the Vail Ski Resort. The Vail Ski Resort is home to some of the most invigorating and challenging snow-covered mountains Colorado has to offer, second only to Whistler Blackcomb. Vail, Colorado offers a variety of activities including tubing, skiing and Nordic tours along with a great nightlife scene like piano bars and pubs. Enjoy a trip to the spa after a long day spent on the slops or visit downtown Vail and see what the shops and local dining establishments have to offer.
If you’re looking to move to a smaller city but with an exciting everyday life, then Vail, Colorado is the perfect spot for your Colorado move. With an actual population of under 5,000, the city itself is quaint but is filled with year-round tourists coming to experience all that this world class area has to offer!
This year the Vail Ski Resort will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary! They’ve chosen to celebrate by replacing the Vista Bahn (a slower, more outdated system of mountain transportation) with a brand new gondola serving those looking to travel from Mid Vail into Vail Village. Look out for a series of concerts, festivals and events to honor this amazing Colorado city’s birthday!
Our Colorado moving team couldn’t be happier to see another great city celebrate such a milestone. We LOVE Colorado and all it has to offer. See what Exodus has to offer by “Liking” our Colorado moving Facebook page and following us on Twitter!