October 1, 2014

Things to do in Denver

After our stay in Nathrop, we continued our mini-moon in Denver for a few days. I ended up getting pretty sick so we didn’t get to do as much as we had planned, but it was still an amazing time. When we arrived in Denver, our hotel wasn’t quite ready yet, so we headed to Wynkoop Brewing Co for a drink and some lunch. After eating one of the best bison burgers I’ve had in my entire life, we walked a few blocks down to check out the Coors Field which just so happened to be hosting a Rockies day game.

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If we would of had more time, I would have loved to check out some more breweries including:

Once we checked in at the Hampton Inn (which was a perfect location for us!) we unpacked our things and set out to walk around the city for the afternoon. Cute shops, restaurants and bars lined the streets and I even found a Chicago Bears bar too!

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We had plans to go to Red Rocks for a concert that night, so we grabbed an early dinner on the rooftop of the Ale House just down the road from our hotel. The weather was a perfect 80 degrees and views of the skyline were unbeatable. After about an hour or so we headed to the Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line concert.

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Everyone told us we had to go see a concert at Red Rocks and we didn’t really get what all of the hype was about…until we got there. The views of the city, the open-air Amphitheater and the towering red sandstone rocks was something like I’ve never seen before, not to mention the acoustics!

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Our second day in Denver was just as perfect as the first. We woke up early, grabbed some coffee and walked along the pedestrian path in the city for a while before heading back to the hotel and showering up for the day. Our first stop was Linger restaurant to grab some lunch. The menu was full of unique dishes including Mongolian BBQ Duck, Masala Dosa and Moroccan Lamb Kofta Kebabs–they even had cheese curds that tasted like they were fresh out of Wisconsin!

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Other restaurants on our list, but we just didn’t get a chance to go to:
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We did, however, manage to make it to the Little Man Ice Cream shop which almost every local we spoke to recommended. The homemade ice cream was served from a twenty-eight foot tall, 14,000 lb. cream can and was honestly the best I’ve ever tasted (and I consider myself an ice cream connoisseur if you know what I mean).
We really had planned to spend the rest of the day hiking, either at Roxborough State Park or St. Mary’s Glacier but I wasn’t feeling too hot so we decided to opt out. Instead, we spent it walking around Pearl Street in Boulder before we had to head to the airport to catch a flight back to Madison!
Our time in Denver was short and sweet, and I’d love to go back to explore more someday!
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September 29, 2014

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Colorado

Since the weather is typically gorgeous in Wisconsin and all throughout the Midwest in the fall, Scott and I decided to wait on our beach honeymoon until January (which is right around the time I want to poke my eyeballs out due to the fact that my fingers and toes are permanently frozen). We still wanted to go somewhere and take some time off from work and decided on Colorado since we both had never been (and found super cheap flights).

The Monday after our wedding, we flew into Denver and from there we rented a car and drove about 2 hours south-west to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort located in Nathrop, Colorado.

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I would have never found Mt. Princeton if it weren’t for a coworker of mine who gave glowing reviews and highly recommended it. The resort had a variety of rooms including full cabins and lodges to cliffside and hillside hotel rooms. When booking our stay about 6 months before our trip, the only room available was a hillside room but it certainly did not disappoint!

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We were SO pleased with our stay which included access to the soaking and hot springs pools, a spa and group fitness classes, and an amazing restaurant and juice bar.

The hot springs pools were located right in the midst of the cool rushing waters of Chalk Creek. Each pool was fed by its own natural geothermal hot spring that was bubbling up into the actual creek bed and into stones that created natural warm pools. Some areas were quite hot while others were much cooler.

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The resort also had three Japanese style cascading pools located in a more private setting that were constructed entirely from rock and fed by the hot springs. Each pool had a different temperature varying from 107 degrees down to 101 degrees Fahrenheit. We loved heading to these pools when it got a little cooler and darker outside and watching the stars!

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We stayed at the resort for two nights with no plans or intentions in mind except for relaxing and unwinding. We started each morning off by enjoying a cup of coffee to go from the lobby while walking/hiking around the nearby trails.

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We’d return, grab a bloody mary from the juice bar (they had the best fresh juice and smoothies I’ve ever tasted!) and relaxed by the creek and pools.

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After a few hours of relaxing we’d head into town to explore for a bit. The resort was nestled in between two cute river towns–Salida and Buena Vista. Both had several breweries, shops and restaurants to keep you busy for hours and hours.

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Our resort had a fabulous restaurant with breathtaking views so we opted to eat there both of the nights. Each night we met at least two couples who were celebrating a wedding anniversary and it was fun to exchange wedding day moments and memories.

The last morning of our stay at Mt. Princeton, we decided to drive up St.Elmo, one of the most well-preserved ghost towns in Colorado. Built around mining, the town hit its prime in 1890. With over 150 mine claims, a telegraph office, general store, five hotels, dance halls, a newspaper office and a school-house, the population peaked at about 2,000 people.

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After checking out St. Elmo we took the scenic drive back to Denver where we spent the rest of our trip–recap coming shortly!

I highly recommend visiting Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort and I know we definitely will be back! I think it would be so fun to go with a group of friends or family and rent a log cabin.

Have you been to Colorado? Is so, where? 

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