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Homewood Suites
by Hilto

Beautiful all-suite hotel offers spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and separate living areas. Great for one night or 90, we're your home away from home!


Hilton Fort Collins
Nestled against the foothills of the Rockies, across from CSU, the new Hilton Fort Collins is convenient to everything in the city!


Colorado State University
Teaching, Research and Engagement with the Fort Collins Community
Conference Services

University Center for the Arts

Anheuser- Busch Tour Center
(970) 490-4691
Discover a time-honored brewing tradition and taste our quality lagers and ales.

Fort Collins

As the inspiration for Disneyland's Main Street, Downtown has the best in Colorado culture, boutique shopping, dining and festivals! Also home to 7 of 10 local breweries and 20 art galleries with First Friday events each month.


Best Western® University Inn
(888) 818-6223
(970) 667-7810
Friendly, attentive staff. Enclosed pool and spa, exercise room, meeting facilities. Across from CSU.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
408 Mason Ct





Foothills Mall
College Ave. & Foothills Pkwy.,
(970) 226-5555
Shop: Mon. - Sat. 10-9, Sun. 11-6. Over 100 stores and restaurants.

We can provide you with the safest and fastest transportation in Northern Colorado, Cheyenne and Estes Park.


Colorado Health Medical Group
No Matter where you are in Northern Colorado.... we're here for you. Looking for a doctor? Immediate appointments available.

Lincoln Center
Corporate Events, Weddings, Special Events, Receptions, Workshops

Courtyard by Marriott
1200 Oakridge Dr.

Fort Collins Marriott
350 E. Horsetooth Rd.

Residence Inn by Marriott
1127 Oakridge Dr.
970.223.5700 | 800.331.3131

The Fort Collins Visitors Guide - Activities, Lodging and Events

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Health Care
by Debra Melani

Born in 1925 as Larimer County Hospital, Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) now includes two major hospitals - Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, with 241 beds, and the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, with 136 beds, as well as a wide network of clinics and care facilities.
The system, which serves northern Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska, garnered a top honor in 2008 when it was presented with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The road to this recognition began a decade ago when PVHS first adopted the Baldrige methodology, aimed at reducing costs while improving quality and bolstering employee and client satisfaction.

"First and foremost was our patient satisfaction," said Priscilla Nuwash, director of process improvement. "We looked into delighting our customers instead of just satisfying their needs."

PVHS's patient loyalty ranks in the top one percent of hospitals nationwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The chief reason behind that loyalty is happy employees.

In 1999, when PVHS began using the Baldrige methodology, the employee turnover rate was almost 25 percent. By the end of 2008, the employee turnover rate dropped to eight percent, which puts PVHS at the top nationally for employee retention. PVHS also ranks in the nation's top 10 percent for physician loyalty. By satisfying workers, PVHS positioned itself to attract high-quality staff. In 2008, Modern Healthcare magazine named PVHS one of "America's 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare."

Senior Services
by Debra Melani
Offering a community of care, the independent living facility of Columbine Health Systems (CHS) spans 26 acres in Fort Collins and 14 acres in Loveland, offering residents everything from non-medical home assistance to live-in, fully-staffed nursing and rehabilitation facilities. CHS has its own pharmacy, health club, cafe and bakery, and medical equipment and supplies center.
Chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and Sunday champagne brunches are part of the appeal of the elegant independent living facilities, where active residents looking for the security of a staffed community gather for everything from bingo to sports outings and birthdays to more unusual celebrations. Keeping residents healthy and vital is also a top priority. A Telehealth Monitoring Program to track residents' vital health signs was recently added. Through an interactive computer system residents can tap into on a regular basis, doctors and medical staff can monitor the seniors' health. CHS is one of just a few senior care companies in the country with an electronic health records system. It recently added full-time LPN care at one of its assisted living facilities, as well as a diabetic program for residents.

Senior Services
by Juliette Fardulis

The Fort Collins Senior Center provides activities galore for seniors to participate in. "It's a hidden secret we aren't trying to hide," said Katie Stiber, recreation supervisor with the City of Fort
Collins Recreation Department. "Parents bring their children to visit grandparents, and all are able to enjoy the facility." Activities provide a venue for seniors to meet others with shared interests. Seniors can try self-directed exercise, do weight andcardio equipment work, or enjoy the walk/jog track or swimming pool. Organized classes in arts, games, dance, aerobics, Tai Chi, strength training and more are plentiful.

"We attempt to reach out to allow able-bodied people to socialize," said Stiber. "We also cater to people with less discretionary income and encourage Dial-A-Ride or taxi services. All this is done to help seniors avoid isolation and potential depression and to get their mind off health challenges by becoming active both physically and mentally."

MacKenzie Place opened their main building in March 2008. Apartment-dwellers live in the building, where most of the activities occur, but separate cottages are available for ownership, as long as one owner is 55 or older. The list of activities on the agenda at the new facility includes hiking at Horsetooth, flapper parties, piano trios, silent film festivals, a ski club, gardening, wine tastings, date nights and Fine Hats at High Tea. A Prime Fit fitness organization also offers a fulltime trainer, balance machines, yoga and more. education n by Mickie Ortiz Business Week named Fort Collins as the most desirable place to raise a child, citing the high-achieving, safe schools.Poudre School District (PSD) administrators recognize that "one size does not fit all" when it comes to children's education. The district offers many customized programs to meet the varying needs of students. Colorado is an open enrollment state, allowing parents to choose their child's school, contingent on availability. Magnet schools within PSD include:
• Tavelli Elementary focuses on academics, wellness and character.
• Laurel Elementary emphasizes arts and technology.
• Olander Elementary was recently designated as the only Colorado school to focus on Project-Based Learning, where students work in teams to problem solve and learn through integrated skills.
• Irish Elementary offers a dual-language program.
• Beattie Elementary's Lighthouse program provides gifted education alternatives.
• Putnam Elementary School of Science integrates science and technology into many academic areas.

Pathways, an academic curriculum map, is another great tool used to help high school students achieve their maximum potential before graduation. Students take a Skills and Interest Inventory at the end of eighth grade, which points them in an individualized academic direction. Coupled with recent grade level changes, Pathways ensures ninth through 12th grade students are more college andworkforce ready.

Front Range Community College (FRCC) has teamed up with local businesses to create an innovative program, recently heralding the inaugural semester of their Clean Energy Technology Program. The course was met with enthusiasm - so much that, while initially slatedfor 24 students, the program now has twice that many enrolled, with 40 students slated for the following year.
Community business partners who need skilled employees within the clean energy sector requested the program to fill the local niche. Twenty area companies comprise an advisory board, which teamed up with FRCC to develop the curriculum. These companies provide ongoing collaboration by supplying speakers, tours of work facilities and internships. According to a study by the Governor's Energy Office, the clean energy industry is projected to provide more than
600,000 jobs in the next 20 years in Colorado. A leader in energy research, Colorado State University (CSU) enjoys a reputation for excellence as a research facility focusing on the areas of sustainability and clean energy, agriculture, infectious disease, cancer research and atmospheric science. CSU's colleges of Business and Veterinary Medicine rank nationally as first and second in their field, respectively. The college's Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory is also one of the largest university based energy programs in the nation and houses the CSU Clean Energy Supercluster, an innovative model that speeds up the process of taking cutting-edge technology from the research phase to the retail market.

Auto Sales
Markley Motors Inc.
Honda (970) 226-2213
3401 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525

GMC, Buick (970) 223-1234
3325 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525
Family owned and operated since 1936,
Markley Motors offers the best selection of
pre-owned inventory in Northern Colorado.

Adams Bank & Trust
7800 S. Hwy. 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 667-4308,

First National Bank
205 W. Oak St., Fort Collins, CO 80522
(970) 495-1264,

Business Services
Information Technology eXperts
2120 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 282-7333,

JP Moran Design, Inc
(970) 481-8489,

Jet Marketing
(970) 218-4797,

Catering services
All Occasions Catering
446 S. Link Ln., Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 224-5643

Hog Wild Barbeque Inc.
223 S. Link Ln., Fort Collins, CO 80524

International Appetite Culinary Services

Jason's Deli
1538 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 204-9203,

Longhorn's Bar-B-Que Catering

2119 Manchester Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80526

Michael's Plum Catering LLP

2119 Manchester Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80526

Pizza Hut/WingStreet

1075 Pennock Pl., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Tastebuds Epicurean Suite

1624 S. Lemay Ave., Ste. 4, Fort Collins, CO 80525

Computer Technology

H&H Data Services Inc.
1310 Webster Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Hewlett-Packard Company
3404 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80528

Intel Corporation
4701 Technology Pkwy., Fort Collins, CO 80528

Remote Data Backups
1030 Centre Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80526

Dairy Providers
Robinson Dairy Inc.
646 Bryant St., Denver, CO 80204

1517 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Palmer Flowers
205 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Palmer School of Floral Design
3710 Mitchell Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Paul Wood Florist
111 W. Olive St., Fort Collins, CO 80521

Grocery Stores
Safeway Stores Inc.
460A S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Sunflower Farmers Market
2601 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Whole Foods Market
2201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Health Care
947 Worthington Circle
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 482-0198,
Columbine Health Systems is the largest senior health care organization in Northern Colorado. We celebrate 40 years of local ownership and take pride in offering a full spectrum of services including
living facilities, rehabilitation, home care, medical supplies, a geriatric education center, a café and an event center. Poudre Valley Health System includes two major hospitals: Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, as well as a wide network of care facilities and clinics representing 18 specialties, serving northern Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. For more information, visit or call 970-495-7000.

Health Clubs

Farrell's Extreme body shaping
2716 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Fort Collins Club
1307 E. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Miramont Lifestyle Fitness
1800 Heath Pkwy. / 2211 S. College Ave.
901 Oakridge Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Raintree Athletic Club
2555 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, CO 80526

Helpful Resources
Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
225 S. Meldrum St., Fort Collins, CO 80522
(970) 482-3746,
The Chamber is the ultimate advocate for business and quality of life. Through promoting a strong local economy and supporting community initiatives, the Chamber is where business belongs and community thrives.

Downtown Business Association
19 Old Town Square #230 • Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 484-6500,

Colorado Division of Wildlife, Northeast Region
317 W. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 472-4300

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
(970) 491-1101 Main Switch board
(970) 491-7267 Athletic Ticket Office
(970) 491-INFO,
CSU is a land-grant institution, a space-grant institution and a Carnegie Class I Research University, consisting of eight colleges and 55 academic departments.

Poudre School District
Partnership Center
1630 S. Stover, Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 490-3205,

Important Numbers
Fire, Medical or Police Emergency - 911
Colorado Road Conditions - (303) 639-1111
Colorado State Patrol - (970) 224-3027
Fort Collins Police - (970) 221-6540
Larimer County Sheriff - (970) 498-5100
Poudre Fire Authority - (970) 221-6570
Poudre Valley Hospital - (970) 495-7000

Information Technology

MPA Technologies
123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Semantic Arts
11 Old Town Sq., Ste. 250, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Synergetics Inc
1520 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

3351 Eastbrook Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Vista Solutions Corporation
P.O. Box A, Fort Collins, CO 80522

Liquor Stores
Vern's Liquor
P.O. Box 454, LaPorte, CO 80535

Wilbur's Total Beverage
2201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Media Outlets
Al's Newsstand
177 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Craig Vollmer Photography
110 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Harper Point Photography
116 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Heidi Muller Photography
4324 Whippeny Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80526

Skillman Photography
818 E. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Council Tree Library
2733 Council Tree Ave., Suite 200, Fort Collins, CO 80525

Harmony Library
4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, CO 80526

Main Library
201 Peterson St., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Poudre River Public Library District
(970) 221-6740,

619 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 221-5075,

Medical Services
PVHS Harmony Urgent Care
2127 E. Harmony Rd., #140, Fort Collins, CO 80528
(970) 495-7000,

155 E. Boardwalk Dr., Suite 400
Fort Collins, CO 80525
We're a tax, payroll and business advisory firm exclusively helping small business owners. We help our clients stay focused on running their businesses! We are one of the leading business
services firms in North America.

Ray Kepler's Plant Care
117 Second St., Fort Collins, CO 80524
1730 E. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80553
Since 1962, Water Pik has been a leader in developing and manufacturing innovative personal and oral health care products including the Waterpik® Water Flosser™, Waterpik® SinuSense™ Sinus Wash System and shower heads that combine performance and style. Our products are available through mass-merchandisers, home centers, drug chains, clubs, specialty
retailers, wholesalers and contractors.

Real Estate Services
Allison Klein - Broker Associate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate
(970) 818-6668
Relocating to a new city is an exciting time. I am here to help you find the perfect home in the Fort Collins area. Give me a call or email and we'll schedule a free orientation tour. During this tour, I'll
give you an overview of the area's housing, schools, and shopping destinations. You are going to love it here!

Catherine & Dylan Rogers

Exceptional Real Estate Services!
2120 Milestone Dr., Ste. 208
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 988-1030,,
In the Top "10" Partnerships statewide for Coldwell Banker, Catherine & Dylan Rogers work both with buyers and sellers throughout Northern Colorado providing unparalleled service to every client with all their residential real estate needs.

Skin Care

Allura Skin and Laser Clinic

2032 Lowe St., Ste. 103, Fort Collins, CO 80525

Harmony Laser Center, Inc.

2126 Milestone Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80528

Travel Agencies

Aggie Travel Points International
311 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

American Dream Travel
1406 Independence Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526

New Horizons Travel
300 E. Boardwalk Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525

Rocky Mountain Travel King Inc.
516 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Visitor Services
Colorado Welcome Center - Fort Collins
3745 E. Prospect Rd., # 105, Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 491-3583,

Fort Collins Convention & Visitors Bureau
19 Old Town Square, Suite 137, Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 232-3840, (800) 274-3678,
Your one-stop-shop for visitor resources! Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm.

Resort Maps
(888) 954-8838,



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