It's that time of year again where you are looking forward to receiving your tax return. Now the question is, what are you going to do with all that money you got back? We have some ideas for you. Here are 7 Ways to Spend Your Tax Return in Fort Collins.

Book Your Vacation to Fort Collins

Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities. A thriving arts and music scene, diverse and inviting shops and restaurants, and more craft beer, craft coffee and craft spirits than nearly any city of its size only heightens the appeal. Home to the state’s only nationally-designated “Wild & Scenic River,” hundreds of miles of biking, hiking and walking paths, year-round bird watching, and the newest nearby residents-a herd of genetically-pure bison, it’s no surprise this northern Colorado gem is wildly appealing to outdoor devotees. Home to Colorado State University and startups galore, Fort Collins also is an entrepreneurial hotbed and a tech trade town, furthering the area’s allure.

Go Shopping

Old Town offers local, boutique-style shopping where you can get a new wardrobe at a local boutique, change up your cooking style by picking up some new spices, or enhance your garden with figurines and mementos from a place like the Perennial Gardner. Your shopping spree isn’t complete without a visit to Front Range Village in south Fort Collins. With stores like Akinz, Super Target, Sephora, DSW and more, you are surely to find that perfect must-have you’ve been searching for. And, then there is the Foothills Mall which resides in Midtown. This revamped space has stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, Maurices and J Crew. Don't Forget, Fort Collins also offers an array of unique local items made by craftsmen right here in town.

Pamper Yourself

Looking for relaxation and rejuvenation? You’ve come to the right place. Fort Collins is home to plenty of businesses that make the art of relaxation their focus. From yoga to pedicures and acupuncture to massage, health and wellness is woven into the Fort Collins culture. There is no shortage of establishments to find a healthy, relaxing type services that will make you feel like a million bucks.

Indulge in the Craft Culture

When you hear the word craft you automatically think about tasting craft beer, which is a great way to experience the craft culture in Fort Collins, but that culture includes so much more than just beer. This town has seen an explosion of craft culture minded businesses ranging from cideries to distilleries, coffee, chocolate and even kombucha.

Get Outdoors

Fort Collins is known extensively for its countless number of opportunities when it comes to outdoor fun. Name the adventure, and there’s a pretty good chance Fort Collins has it. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing, stand up paddle boarding, biking, hiking and the list goes on. You will not be disappointed when it comes to the myriad of outdoor escapades at the tip of your fingers when you visit Fort Collins this summer.

Tour the City by Bike

Biking might be the best way to get to know Fort Collins. The city boasts a reasonably flat terrain, extremely wide bike lanes, and trails that follow the Cache la Poudre River and Spring Creek. Whether you’re discovering some of Fort Collins’ 285-plus miles of trails or riding in the mountains, you’ll recognize why Fort Collins is a platinum level bike-friendly city. Cycle to Old Town or pedal to one of the 20-plus local breweries and you just might come across more bikes than cars on the road on any given day.

But, if biking isn’t really your thing, there are plenty of other options at your fingertips when it comes to touring Fort Collins. For example, you could hop aboard the Magic Bus or go see the fine people at Fort Collins Tours. Between the two companies you can experience a spooky ghost tour, a very informative history tour, and of course, you can partake in a brewery-to-brewery tour.

Go to a Show

Fort Collins is quickly becoming recognized as a hot spot for creative music and talented new musicians, as well as great live acting in theater productions. Enjoy live shows from our multiple music and theatre venues including: Washington’s, Aggie Theater, Hodi’s Half Note, Downtown Artery, the Mishawaka AmphitheaterBas Bleu Theatre Co.The Lincoln Center, and the University Center for the Arts, or enjoy a play and a meal at one of our dinner theaters in town like the Midtown Arts Center or The Dinner Detective at Hilton Fort Collins.