Living in Colorado: Uncovering the Appeal

If you’re considering making a move and finding the perfect place to settle down, you might consider Colorado as the ideal place for you. With countless appealing features, the evolving and bustling capital of Denver, and more fresh air than you could ever possibly need, there’s something about this state that’s hard to put your finger on; and that’s precisely why you’re going to love it. From stunning fall weather to the winter wonderland, Colorado around the holiday season is one of the most special places on earth.

Whether it’s city life in an increasingly youthful hub like Denver, or you’re looking to connect more with nature, Colorado is one of the most versatile, and amenity-rich places to live. If you need some convincing as to why to move to Mile High for your family and lifestyle, we’ve got some excellent guidance to make up your mind once and for all. NOTE: There’s so much to do that one list might not be enough.

13 Reasons Why Colorado is Great to Call Home During the Holidays

  1. Ice Skating and Airplanes at Denver International Airport 
    Where else can you enjoy a frosty night of ice skating in such a unique tourist-friendly location, at no cost? Denver International Airport’s ice-skating rink is a go-to for visitors and Colorado locals alike.
  2. Laugh All Night at the Santaland Diaries 
    Looking for a semi-non-traditional holiday festivity and a night out on the town? Visit the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for David Sedaris’s, Santaland Diaries. What better way to ring in the holidays than with the disgruntled and sarcastic Crumpet the Elf?
  3. Enjoy the Zoo Lights 
    Ideal for families and holiday-lovers alike, Denver Zoo’s Zoo Lights is a sight to behold. While the zoo is an ideal family-friendly year-round attraction, especially on the weekends, it gets even more magical around the holidays, complete with beautiful festive lights and stylish displays you’ll adore.
  4. Drink to the holidays with craft beer 
    Denver, and Colorado on the whole is one of the world’s most flavorful destinations when it comes to the world of craft beer. And around the holidays, Denver’s beer scene gets into it with a plethora of stouts, porters, and IPAs to warm the soul. Please drink responsibly.
  5. Go retro with candy at Hammond’s 
    Originally opened in the 1920s, Denver’s Hammond’s Candies is a staple of the state! This local candy legend is especially popular in the winter season with all sorts of holiday-themed treats and candies such as peppermint straws, pumpkin spice caramels, and more!
  6. Dine at The Nickel 
    Where better than a bar to toast the holidays? If you’re a fan of a quality drink, The Nickel’s hot buttered rum is sure to warm your soul and help you to feel the goodwill of the season when it comes to holidays in Colorado.
  7. Hop in a Horse-drawn Sleigh 
    Around the holidays, there are few experiences more iconic and romantic than a horse-drawn sleigh. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities in Colorado to make this dream come true. Grab a blanket, settle in for a ride, and tour beautiful Colorado in a way you’ve never experienced.
  8. Take Fishing to the Next Level 
    Colorado in the winter doesn’t just mean holiday activities. Believe it or not, you can still go fishing in the colder months in Colorado. Grab a fishing license and visit one of the state’s many ice fishing spots to enjoy the holidays in a quieter way.
  9. Enjoy a Dogsledding Adventure 
    For a classic holiday treat, visit one of Colorado’s many dog sledding locations in Breckenridge, Snowmass or Winter Park to experience the exhilaration of this unique sport.
  10. Visit the North Pole 
    It might not be the real thing, but this North Pole, located in Cascade, CO, is the perfect place to take the family and enjoy real holiday cheer without needing to the leave the country.
  11. Don’t Let the Snow Slow You Down 
    If you’re a fan of hiking or just long walks, the snow doesn’t have to slow you down at all. In fact, hiking in Colorado in the winter lets you see the state in a new light. And there is nothing quite like the quiet of a hike through fresh snowfall.
  12. Feel the Rush on a Snowmobile
    With thousands of miles of trails and unique terrain at nearly every turn, carving through the Colorado backcountry atop a snowmobile not only allows you to get your thrill on, but you will see parts of a snow-covered landscape not accessible to all.
  13. Get (sort of) Extreme
    Colorado is awesome for thrill seekers and adventure-sports aficionados. If scaling an ice wall, trying your luck on a double black diamond, or even taking a polar bear plunge sounds like your idea of fun, the state has something for you.

Considering Colorado?

This should help you (and your family) answer the question, “Why Colorado?” Now it’s time to take it to the next level, especially if you’re looking to create a sense of home in a community-focused neighborhood like BackCountry in the master-planned community of Highlands Ranch.

Whether you prefer the quiet life or city living, decide on the best location for you in Colorado – and then look at listings to find your perfect property. Find a Shea Homes® community to call home in Colorado, and you’ll feel holiday-ready in no time. 

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