Welcome to Longmont
Rooted in history, tradition, and Colorado comfort
Deeply rooted in rich tradition, the city of Longmont, Colorado is an expansive paradise with over 300 days of sunshine year-round, endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Located halfway between Denver and Fort Collins, Longmont is a vibrant, celebratory community with something to forward to every week of the year. Longmont is also home to a number of craft breweries, comforting eateries, inviting coffee shops, and locally owned boutiques, helping to maintain this bustling community’s cozy, close-knit vibe.
Longmont was founded in 1871 and existed for some time as a small settlement spanning only one square mile laid out in a tidy grid pattern. By the 1940s, growth was driven by the expansion of surrounding cities and Longmont stretched beyond the original boundaries. As the once-strong agricultural industry began to fade into the background, the technological titans moved into town to set up shop, and today, they account for nearly 30% of Longmont residents’ employment. Despite this massive technological shift, Longmont has not forgotten its history and regularly pays tribute to the past through art, music, and museums.
What to Love
- Longmont is arguably best-known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, historic museums, and scenic natural beauty
- There are dozens of parks, trails, and biking paths in and around the city
- Several annual events are held, including parades, holiday tree lightings, craft beer tastings, and live performances
- Longmont is just 15 miles from downtown Boulder
There is always something to celebrate in Longmont. A packed community calendar with events like fireworks on the Fourth of July, Halloween parades, the Turkey Trot, Rhythm on the River Festival, and concerts in the park bring the community together on a regular basis throughout the year. On non-holiday weekends, locals can be found gathering at one of the several family-run restaurants or bars, many of which are situated on Longmont’s picturesque, tree-lined Main Street. The best way to work off calories from Sunday brunch or sampling new selections from one of the local breweries would be a hike or bike ride around one of the several centrally-located trailheads.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Between the several locally owned eateries, coffee shops, pubs, and boutiques, there is never a shortage of entertainment options, even for your most discerning houseguest. Warm, comforting Colorado-style cuisine is served alongside craft beer and contemporary cocktails along quaint, picture-perfect Main Street.
A popular spot for coffee and breakfast would be at Javastop Cafe. The oldest cafe in Longmont is family-owned and has been serving the community fresh coffee, tea, breakfast, and lunch since 1992. Croissant and bagel sandwiches, coffee cakes, and an extensive variety of hot teas have made this a neighborhood staple.
Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse is a Longmont favorite, well-known across town for their 21 finely-crafted Mountain Sun Breweries on tap. Beers are served in regular sizes or in a pitcher for larger parties, and pair well with their excellent menu of popular burgers. The local favorite would easily be the date night burger featuring a ⅓ pound patty, bacon, roasted poblano peppers, melted goat cheese, and date purée.
Longmont’s adorable main street is lined with boutiques, gift shops, and specialty stores. One favorite shop is Adorn Home & Gift Gallery. Since 2006, Adorn has described itself as contemporary, unique, and ever-changing, with its continuously rotating offering of unique home decor, pampering products, and baby clothing.
Things To Do
Without a doubt, Colorado is internationally-known for its scenic beauty and towering mountain ranges. Longmont is situated just beyond the base of the Rocky Mountains, giving residents easy access to some of the nation’s most beautiful trails and pathways. Golden Ponds Park is an 88-acre site consisting of 2.6 miles of trails, four ponds, and a high number of wildlife-watching opportunities. Birdwatching is particularly rewarding here with osprey, pelicans, and American bald eagles all calling Longmont home.
Longmont is home to a number of top-rated educational facilities. Some of these are:
Blue Mountain Elementary School, prekindergarten-5th grade; a newer school in their district, BMES places an emphasis on science and technology, knowledge essential for the future.
Twin Peaks Charter Academy, kindergarten-12th grade; Twin Peaks is a many-time winner of the John Irwin School of Excellence Award and Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards.
Altona Middle School, grades 6-8; AMS has won several awards including the John Irwin School of Excellence Award and Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award among others.
Silver Creek High School, grades 9-12; SCHS hosts many independent learning and leadership opportunities in and outside of the classroom.