City Spotlight

City Spotlight: Fort Collins


Fort Collins is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is home to an abundance of outdoor activities, cultural attractions and breweries. Discover Fort Collins and all of its exciting happenings with Meritage Homes’ Senior Marketing Manager, Shannon Hebert.

Q:  What is a popular food choice you would find at your city’s block party?

A: Any local food truck—and there are some great ones! Some of the most popular food trucks include Mac’N, The Waffle Lab and Umami Mobile Eatery.

Q:  Which Meritage Homes community is best for homeowners wanting to live near downtown?

A:  With ample bike trails, MAX transit service and more, all of our Fort Collins communities offer easy access to downtown. Check out Kechter Crossing, a beautiful community that is just a short walk to Bacon Elementary and minutes from Fossil Ridge High School. This energy-efficient community is also great for shopping and dining at Front Range Village off of Harmony.

Q:  For those families who love to stay active, what are some great outdoor activities that are near your city?

A:  Just about anything you enjoy. Fort Collins is mostly known for its outdoor lifestyle like biking, hiking, and walking trails that pulse through the city and into the foothills. Horsetooth Reservoir provides boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, swim beaches, etc. Horsetooth also has campsites and hiking trails leading into a national forest.

Q:  Where’s the best local hot spot to grab a good cup of coffee?

A:  Mugs coffee lounge is locally owned, uses sustainable products and is a popular spot in Downtown Fort Collins.

Q:  What is your city best known for?

A:  Outdoor activities, Tour de Fat, Colorado State University, ample breweries, and lots of culture. There’s always something going on. Locals and visitors love that there is plenty of live music, art festivals, and amazing restaurants to choose from.

Q:  For those families who want to be near hiking trails, parks and baseball fields, which Meritage Homes community is best for them?

A:  All of our communities allow our homeowners the ease of access to these types of amenities and Mail Creek: The Trail Collection is no exception. This move-in ready community features sweeping views of the beautiful Rocky Mountains with miles of trails and tons of nearby recreation.

Q:  If homeowners haven’t been to your city and are considering moving to the area, where should they tour to get a taste of the lifestyle?

A:  Downtown Fort Collins is an absolute must. This area actually served as an inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street USA and also features the Horsetooth Reservoir, the Poudre Canyon, and you can easily rent a bike and jump on our many adjoining trails.

Q:  What’s the funkiest fact or reason you enjoy your city?

A:  There are so many to choose from. Here are our top favorites:

  • Fort Collins continues to be voted one of the best places to live and to retire.
  • Jon Heder was born in Fort Collins before going on to star as Napoleon Dynamite.
  • The famous Fort Collins Budweiser plant is also the home of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales horses.
  • University Professor, Tom Sutherland, is a local hero. He was held captive in Lebanon for six years beginning in 1985 while locals around Fort Collins draped the whole city in yellow ribbons. When he was released in 1991, the entire town celebrated.
  • Fort Collins natives, Ryan Sutter and Trista Rehn, starred on the 2003 season of the ABC show The Bachelor.
  • Fort Collins Utilities was the first company to offer green energy to its customers.
  • The Fort Collins Lincoln Center is home to the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra and regularly attracts national touring companies of Broadway plays.
  • Downtown Fort Collins served as an inspiration for Disneyland’s Main Street.

Thinking of making the move to the cultural capital of Northern Colorado? View our list of available Meritage Homes here.