Spread a little love this February.
Loveland wants to help you show loved ones how much you care. Whether friends or family, you can send them a valentine with a special love-themed postmark and message from the Sweetheart City. This sweet service has been a love-at-first-sight service for people all over the world, with more than 100,000 valentines being sent from the Front Range town every year.
It takes over 50 volunteers who work for several weeks to get each letter they receive stamped with the special postmark, called a cachet, and off to the post office. Each year, the cachet features a different verse and different artwork. This year's cachet stamp was designed by Corry McDowell. It includes the following verse written by Teresa Boynton: "Dan Cupid continues to play his part. Though he doesn’t text or tweet, he knows a Loveland Valentine is a sweeter treat.”
If you are smitten with having the special postmark on your own letters of love, send your pre-addressed, pre-stamped valentines in an enclosed, larger 1st Class envelope addressed to:
Postmaster - Attention Valentines
446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538-9998
Once received, valentines will be removed from the larger envelope and stamped with the cachet before being re-mailed to the intended recipient.
These lovely volunteers are ready to help you send your love all around the world. Courtesy of visitlovelandco.org.
In order to ensure delivery by Valentine's Day, all international mail must be received in Loveland by Feb. 1, all U.S. mail must be received by Feb. 7, and all Colorado mail must be received by Feb. 10. In addition, Colorado residents can drop off Valentines at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, CO. 80538 or at Loveland post offices by Feb. 8.
In addition, don't miss the other Valentine's events in Loveland this year, with the Sweetheart Festival from Feb. 14-15 and the second annual LOVE Lock sculpture that lets you lock your love for eternity! You can purchase a lock for $20 or bring your own and customize them with a name or design before securing it to the sculpture, thus "locking" your love in place. This year, there is a second love lock sculpture available for lovebirds to visit.
"Loveland has unveiled its second love lock sculpture which will sit in the Foundry Plaza downtown for six weeks, through the Sweetheart Festival, before moving to its permanent location along the south shore of Lake Loveland near the American flag and Statue of Liberty sculpture," says visitlovelandco.org. "The 12-foot-3-inch-tall, 14-foot-3-inch-wide steel sculpture is a simple, heart design created and constructed right in Loveland by Doug Rutledge, Beatty Construction Services and Loveland Ready Mix Concrete."
This year, there is also a new Loveland Valentine Wine by Sweet Heart Winery that will be available. Only 400 bottles of this honey of a vintage are available, so get yours on February 1 at Sweet Heart Winery, while supplies last. If brews are more your bag, you can also enjoy Grimm Brother's Brewhouse's Bleeding Heart porter at the brewery after its release Jan. 22.
Courtesy of visitlovelandco.org.
You can check out more of the Sweetheart Festival schedule here.
How will you be celebrating Valentine's Day with your sweetheart? Let us know in the comments below.