Some say, the grass is always greener on the other side, and that the view always gets better the further away we go from home. The same applies to when we go on our travels. Usually, the hotel is where we shower and sleep, and then we would leave it and venture far away from the hotel in search of tourist attractions.
You know, when I arrived at Loveland for the very first time back in 2010, I was actually extremely mesmerized with my hotel and it’s vicinity. To me, the area around my hotel was one of the loveliest places in Loveland, worthy of being a tourist attraction by itself.
Every time I travel to Loveland, I would be staying in one of the three hotels in an area called the Stone Creek Circle. The hotels here are unlike those high rise towers that we get in Malaysia. Here, there’s only ground floor, first floor and second floor.
And don’t think that it is because the hotels are dodgy unknown hotels. The three hotels are Hampton Inn, Residence Inn and J.W. Marriott, all three properly world renowned hotel chains. I’ve personally stayed in Hampton Inn and Residence Inn before. I suppose outside of the big cities like New York or San Francisco, most of the hotels in America are like this: small and neat and full of character.
And then you get out of the hotel and find yourself greeted by lovely sights.
We are always obsessed with taking photos that can prove that we have indeed been traveling to certain places before. Well, I don’t need any special landmarks, I’m sure the above three photos would be more than enough to convince you that I have been to America before.
And this one below will definitely be proof that I have indeed been to Loveland before!
By the way, some info about this lovely town. Loveland today is a town associated with love. For years, Loveland has been running something called The Valentine’s Re-mailing Program, where people can have their valentine mails sent to Loveland to get a custom hand stamp, and the rerouted to the final destination. But, originally, this town was not founded based on love. In fact, when the town was founded in 1877, it was named Loveland in honor of the then president of Colorado Central Railroad, William Austin Hamilton Loveland.
Yeah, Loveland was named after a man that has the surname Loveland, not because it is the land of love!
Anyway, back to Stone Creek Circle. Besides the quaintness and lovely trees and flowers, there is one other thing that makes this area really attractive as a place to visit.
Yeah, the Outlets at Loveland is located within walking distance, right next to the Stone Creek Circle. In fact, if you are staying in the Hampton Inn, the Outlets are directly behind your hotel, 30 seconds by foot and you’re in!
There are only three factory outlets in the whole of Colorado (Colorado is bigger than Malaysia combined in terms of landmass). The largest one is in Castle Rock, there’s another one in Silverthorne, and the third one is here in Loveland.
To be honest, the one in Loveland is kind of deserted. More than 50% of the shop lots here are actually vacant. Be that as it may, there are still over 40 different brands that you can find here. The usual suspects like Nike, Levi’s, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Osh Kosh, etc… they can all be found here.
And, because of the lack of crowds here, it is perfect for me! And might I say, probably perfect for most of you who don’t do crowds at all!
So, let’s recap. There’s lovely hotels, lovely trees, lovely flowers, signature landmark, and factory outlets shopping to be had here. Won’t you agree that Stone Creek Circle the one of the best places to be in Loveland for a tourist?