Special town-wide Valentine's Day traditions, a vibrant art scene, and the nearby Rocky Mountains make it easy for Becky Erickson and her family to be head over heels for their hometown.
By Caren Oppenheim
Loveland wasn't named after Valentine's Day, but with a nickname like "Sweetheart City," it goes without saying that the holiday is a big deal here. In the Valentine's Day Re-Mailing Program people send us their pre-addressed, stamped cards, in a larger envelope. Each one is hand-stamped with a festive phrase and design created by a resident, then mailed out. Letters come from all over the world. It's been going on for more than 60 years.
Our local newspaper, the Loveland Reporter-Herald, runs a contest in February with daily clues and riddles that readers can follow in search of a hidden, heart-shaped token. Even though we've never won, our kids always make elaborate plans of how we'd spend the $500 prize.