1.25.2011

THE CITY WE FELL IN LOVE WITH, THE CITY WE FELL IN LOVE IN

This past weekend the hubs and I, along my my mom who was taking classes for her Master's Degree, headed about 120 miles north to good old Fort Collins.  It is such a unique little town with character and good people.  Ryan and I both went to school there, but I don't think I realized how much I loved it until I graduated college and was more focused on things like going out to dinner and city parks as opposed to finals and, well... other weekend activities.  A few years back it was named the best small town to live in and it's no wonder.  Now, I know we recently decided to pack up and move down to Colorado Springs and you're probably wondering why, if we really love Fort Collins so much.  The answer is the people.  We've got both of our families down here, some immediate family and our best friends.  Plus, it's just home.  I could maybe see us moving somewhere else in the future, but that of course all depends on the job situations and other plans.  I also think a big part of it all is just the simple fact that our paths crossed in Fort Collins and have turned into one path ever since.  Just that makes it very special for us... we had our first date up there, lived there while planning our wedding, and so much more.

Now that I've got some reflecting out of the way, here's a photo-journalistic recap of our weekend, albeit, not a very professional-looking one as far as the picture-taking abilities go.  And yes, all the pictures are of us eating or drinking beer, because that's pretty much all we did the entire weekend.

A must if you're in Fort Collins.  Order the cheese artichoke dip, it is ah-mazing.


Love, love, love Elliot's martini bar.  Here I would recommend the Expressed Consent martini, delicious.  Watch out for some of the others though.



Wandering around the bookstore... the hubz representin' his alma mater in a hot pink flat bill he tried on there.


Ryan's house the last year we lived up here.

Our first date was here!

More Coopersmith's, of course.


New Belg!  The brew tours are definitely one of the town's best qualities.



Second brewery!


My hoppy little husband :)



Dinner at Zequilas, best margarita in town.  Yes, definitely better than the Rio... and there's no limit.  Not that you would want to have three... whew.

Another must-do in the Fort.  Choice City.  It is some of the best food you'll find, especially their banana bread french toast and pretty much all of their sandwiches.

It was an amazing weekend and brought back so many memories of our wild n' crazy days, haha.  We miss it tons, but you know, we are happy to be exactly where are right now.