Getaway Guide: Spend the Perfect Summer Weekend in Greeley, Colorado
Farmers Market in Greeley, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Visit Greeley.
Situated on the high plains of Colorado with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, Greeley has a small town feel with big city attractions and entertainment. Greeley has 300 days of sunshine, a lively downtown filled with shops, restaurants, breweries and night spots, a vibrant music scene, and an active arts community. Every Friday from June through September, Greeley hosts a block party along the 9th Street Plaza. Complete with live music, these nights are particularly fun because the downtown area turns into a Go-Cup space in which adults can purchase adult beverages in the surrounding restaurants and bars and carry them out onto the 9th Street Plaza to enjoy.
On Saturday mornings in summer, you can stroll through the Farmers Market located at the Greeley Historic Railroad Depot where you’ll find fresh produce, flowers, and handmade crafts by local vendors. Greeley’s mild, four-season climate also makes it perfect for access to rivers, parks, lakes and more. In partnership with Visit Greeley, we put together an awesome itinerary with just some of the many activities and attractions in Greeley so that you can make the most out of your summer weekend in Greeley, Colorado.
Day One: It’s all about history and gourmet food.
Start your day at Meeker’s: A Colorado Kitchen & Bar. Located in downtown Greeley, across from historic Lincoln Park, their mission is rooted in celebrating relationships with local farmers and purveyors, bringing the best-raised meat and produce to every dish on their menu. From wild blueberry French toast casserole to eight-hour braised short rib, they welcome you to enjoy the fresh flavors of in-season ingredients, offering a world-class dining experience.
After breakfast, head over the Colorado Model Railroad Museum. This world-class HO scale model railroad is the finest in the world and features stunning landscapes and realistic trains. Watch the trains close-up as they roll through busy towns, wind their way along river valleys, and cross high trestles. Open hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 am- 4 pm and Sundays 1pm-5 pm.
If you’re ready for lunch, head to Lucky Fins. They pride themselves on original great tasting seafood dishes, along with killer burgers and sandwiches. Locally-owned and operated, Lucky Fins offers a menu of diverse flavors influenced by Asian, Mexican, and Northwest cuisines.
For your afternoon adventure, check out the seven-acre, Centennial Village, a Living History museum that allows visitors to encounter the past as it was over 100 years ago. More than two dozen historic structures and lush historic gardens await, including grand houses and businesses at The Village. Or you can walk out onto the Prairie and visit the Home of Rattlesnake Kate and the Indian Tipis. Open May 12-September 30, 2012. Wednesday through Saturday 10 am -4 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm.
End the day at Pellegrini Ristorante Italiano – Bar for a lovely Italian dinner. Carlo Pellegrini, owner and operator, has developed a menu featuring family recipes and southern Italian culinary traditions passed down from generation to generation. Local specialties from Carlo’s home of Puglia incorporate fresh seafood, traditional pastas, cold-pressed olive oil, and artisanal cheeses. Stop in to enjoy friendly service while sampling classic Italian dishes, fresh baked bread, hand-crafted cocktails, and a full wine list.
Day Two: Exploring downtown and outdoor adventure.
If you’re looking for that local experience, head to Aunt Helen’s Coffee House for breakfast. Aunt Helen’s serves up advice, excellent coffee, a wonderful breakfast and lunch menu, and fantastic specialty teas.
Now that you’re fueled up for the day, head out to the Poudre River Trail and enjoy 21 miles of well-maintained paved pathway for walking, cycling, running, roller-blading, and more. The trail extends from Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley to Colorado Highway 392 in Windsor where it connects to the paved trail in Larimer County’s River Bluff’s Open Space. The trail is open to the public and includes informational signs that highlight many of the historical sites along the way. The Poudre Learning Center is a great mid-trail location to start.
After a lovely time on the trail, you’ll be ready for lunch so stop by Coyote’s Southwestern Grill. You’ll find made-from-scratch southwestern foods that have been a staple in Greeley for over a decade.
Spend the afternoon with some good, old-fashioned family fun. The Greeley Family FunPlex features an indoor waterpark, miniature golf, fitness center, and gymnasium. Summer concerts on Thursday evenings are a good reason to return to the FunPlex after dinner as well.
Finish out your day in Downtown Greeley where you’ll find many great restaurants, shops, live music, and movies. Be sure to check out Greeley’s signature events, including Friday Fest, Monster Day, the Arts Picnic, Oktobrewfest and more.