Continuing up Highway 119 you’ll find Longmont stands proudly on its own as the northern stronghold in Boulder County. The burgeoning movement of folks flocking to the area in search of more house for less money has driven real estate to frenzied heights, but the city still maintains its charm and small-town feel, despite being home to almost 100,000 residents.
A glance at real estate listings in Longmont shows an astounding mix of property types. One can easily find attached homes of all shapes and sizes sprinkled throughout the city, or upscale brand-new homes in the southwest neighborhood of Somerset Meadows. Cross over Airport Rd to find smaller-scale ‘90s houses in Clover Creek, or head further east for 2-story estates on half acre lots in Creekside. If you prefer the historic vibe, Longmont’s Old Town features Victorian charmers and quaint bungalows, many on deep lots with added legal ADUs in the back.
The restaurant scene has followed the housing boom – coming alive in the last decade or so. Kicking off the culinary explosion with longtime cult favorite Jefe’s Tacos with their crave worthy chorizo queso and award-winning tacos and margs, The Roost with their addictive bangin’ cauliflower and incredible whiskey selection, and Dicken’s 300 Prime, the 1881 Opera House turned prime steakhouse and private event space. Planning a party or a picnic? The Cheese Importers, a French market vibe locale that offers every type of meat, cheese and spread one can possibly imagine making for the perfect spread. Further down the road, Sugarbeet is the perfect destination for a date night, celebratory dinner or just some delicious modern American fare. Sugarbeet showcases some of the best wines offered in town and is known for their multi-course menus on special occasions.
Newer establishments in the Longmont ‘hood include brunch restaurant & pub Longmont Public House, Swaylo’s Tiki a restaurant and bar with vibrant flavors of the Pacific and boozy drinks to match, and Urban Fields a new pizza & market with a menu full of twists on Grandma’s classic recipes and perfectly baked pizza pies. If you are looking for a wide array of vegan options, head a bit further east to Collision Brewery whose head chef thoughtfully offers a variety of plant-based options for their pub-fare. Trying to balance out all those veggies with some serious meat? Look no further then Georgia Boys BBQ where you can pick between platters of smoked meats and southern sides meant to share or the Korean bbq fries intended as either an appetizer for the table or a solo meal fit for a king.
The historic downtown area still has the feel of a western mining town juxtaposed with breweries, boutiques, and modern marketplaces. Longmont also has a strong agricultural presence and is home to the annual Boulder County Fair, making its triumphant return in 2022.