Art Lover Itinerary

We value the arts in Fort Collins and display our local talent throughout the community. In Old Town, public art can be seen down alley ways, on electrical boxes and statues placed all around the area. Pianos About Town, painted by local artists, can be seen in different Fort Collins locations, while art shops line the Old Town streets. Fort Collins is an art lover’s paradise thanks to the art that encompasses the town. Experience the artsy town of Fort Collins with eyes wide open.

Check into a room at the Armstrong Hotel

An Old Town Fort Collins landmark, the iconic Armstrong Hotel is happy to welcome your whole family to the hotel. Their dog friendly rooms include a comfy Pendleton dog bed, a New Belgium Brewery dog bowl and plenty of local treats to snack on. While your pup will be more than pleased with the accommodations, so will you. The hotel recently reopened in spring 2019 after a complete remodel honoring the hotel’s 95-year history. The new look features an eclectic mix of earthy, natural and jewel tones juxtaposed with industrial elements, such as vintage leather, wood, and metals throughout. Visit this page for more details on the hotel’s pet policy.

259 S. College Ave
(970) 484-3883


Breakfast Options:

  • Starry Night, locally roasted, organic fair trade coffee served to the community of Fort Collins for over 20 years.
    • 112 S College Ave #100
  • Little Bird Bakeshop, local delicious, made-from-scratch pastries, cakes, pies and every other sweet treat you desire.
    • 11 Old Town Square #121

Visit the Fort Collins Museum of Art

Housed in the old Post Office of Fort Collins this art museum is in and of itself, a piece of art.

201 S. College Ave
(970) 482-2787

Check out The Center for Fine Art Photography and Trimble Court Artisans

The Center for Fine Art Photography displays photo exhibitions in three galleries and offers free admission, and Trimble Court Artisans features artistic goods for sale from local artists.

Lunch Options:

  • Big Al’s Burgers and Dogs, serves up all American classic type of grub like gourmet hot dogs, creative cheeseburgers and hand-cut fries.
    • 140 W Mountain Ave
  • Choice City Butcher and Deli, a true Fort Collins hidden gem serving up some of the best breakfast, sandwiches,  burgers and cuts of meat around.
    • 104 W Olive St

Visit the Bas Bleu Gallery

Housed in the historic Giddings Building, the Bas Bleu Gallery in Fort Collins hosts six visual art exhibits a year, featuring local and regional artists. This is also the home to Bas Bleu Theatre Company, which hosts a number of plays throughout the year.

401 Pine St
(970) 498-8949

First Friday Art Walk

Enjoy Downtown Fort Collins’ thriving gallery scene! The walk features nearly 20 galleries located all within walking distance in historic Downtown Fort Collins. This event occurs every first Friday of each month.

Dinner Options:

  • RARE Italian, 101 S College Ave, a unique restaurant in Old Town Fort Collins that has perfected a delicious farm-to-table Italian cuisine as it is prepared and enjoyed in Italy.
  • The Kitchen, 100 N College Ave, a relaxed American Bistro serving up great tasting, real food sourced from American farmers. 

After Dinner Drinks:

  • Elliot’s Martini Bar, one of Fort Collins’ first craft cocktail bars serving up creative and sophisticated martinis.
    • 234 Linden St
  • Blue Door, an authentic and innovative mixology bar that is only recognizable from the outside by its blue door.
    • 214 Linden St

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