Morgan County, Colorado, nestled on the plains, is a hidden gem for those seeking a warm and inviting winter holiday escape. Situated 1000’ lower than Denver, there are 300 days of sunshine with nicer weather for those who want to escape the snow, ski crowds, and experience a more affordable getaway. Sure, it does get cold, and the lakes freeze over, but the holidays feel just a little more special with the small Hallmark towns and warmth of the people of the plains. Here’s a tailored list of suggestions to help you make the most of your winter trip to Morgan County.
- Welcome to the Plains: Experience the welcoming embrace of the warm plains of Colorado as you arrive in the picturesque town of Fort Morgan. Check into one of the cozy local accommodations, like the Best Western Plus, and revel in the comfort of a peaceful winter retreat.
- Local Dining Delights: Indulge in the heartwarming flavors of the local cuisine at places like Acapulco Bay, where you can enjoy delightful Mexican fare that will warm you up on a chilly evening. Zazzy Cafe serves a variety of fresh sandwiches, soups, quinoa bowls, coffee/espresso drinks, Italian sodas, along with breakfast options and to-die-for pastries all made from scratch!
- HGTV Tour: Did you know that HGTV’s Hometown TakeOver, Season 2, gave Fort Morgan the ultimate makeover? Take a tour of all the local businesses, town spaces, and individual homes that got a facelift!
Embrace the Winter Charm
- Winter Birding: Start your day by exploring the unique winter birding opportunities in the region, where you can spot a variety of birds that thrive in the milder winter climate, making this a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.
- Winery Visit: Take a break from the winter chill and warm up with a visit to County Road Vines and Wines, where you can relish the soothing flavors of locally produced wines and enjoy the serene ambiance of the vineyards.
- Local Shopping: Spend the afternoon exploring the local shops and antiques, where you can find unique holiday gifts and souvenirs that capture the essence of Morgan County.
Lake and Sky Adventures and Festive Cheer
- Ice Fishing at Jackson Lake: Venture out to the frozen Jackson Lake for an exhilarating ice fishing experience. Feel the excitement as you drill into the ice and await the thrill of catching fish in the serene, snow-covered surroundings. Please note, February is typically the best month for this excursion. Please call the park first to check the lake’s safety.
- Skydiving Excursion: Take an exhilarating skydiving adventure, where you can soar above the snow-covered plains and experience an adrenaline rush like no other, all while taking in the breathtaking views of the winter landscape below.
- Holiday Events in Town: Immerse yourself in the festive spirit by strolling down Main Street looking at the holiday lights, attend the CACE Holiday Art Show and Sale, or catch the annual Christmas Parade (first Thursday in December).
Discover Local Culture
- Explore Local Museums: Dive into the rich history and culture of the area with visits to the local museums, such as the Fort Morgan Museum, where you can gain insights into the heritage and traditions that shape the vibrant community of Morgan County.
- Experience the Hidden Gems of Brush: From quirky museums to lip-smacking local eats, and from serene nature spots to funky hangouts, Brush promises an adventure that will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
2023 Fort Morgan Rotary Chili and Soup Festival