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Summer is basically here (as I prepare for a snow storm) But it’s basically here which means my adventure time is about to kick into high gear. And this year I am replacing all my old gear with new fabulous gear. It’s been a while since I invested in some new gear, so I have been reading the review sites, comparing prices and even went to REI to test out some gear. Which is where I learned that…
REI sale STARTS NOW!
Backcountry.com is having a huge sale! Plus you can get 20% off one full-price item with code BCTWENTY
I had still been using my sleeping bag from when I was 15 making it a 15-year-old bag now I am 30. SO it was high time for an upgrade. We have 3 backpacking trips planned this year so I am also going to be picking up a backpacking stove, bear box/bag, hiking boots and water filtration kit.
If you are looking for a new tent I highly suggest the REI Half Dome for 2 this tent is incredible, its SO easy to put up, light weight and compactable for backpacking and the perfect size. Right now REI members can get 20% off this tent with code ANNV17 thru May 29 too!
Destination: Glenwood Springs + Sunlight Mountain
About: Located in the Roaring Fork Valley along the Colorado River this town has been a vacation spot for Coloradans since its inception in 1883. Because of its Geothermal activity the area has an abundance of hot springs.
Route: I-70 W and CO-82 E to CO Hwy 117 to Sunlight Mountain
Distance: 157 Miles
Time: 2h 33m (Depending on Boulder traffic)
Trip Length: Overnight
Season: Year-round or Winter for skiing
Sleeping: Resort Living
In December, I got an Instagram DM saying I had won a trip! To my total surprise, an Instagram of mine had been picked at random by the Colorado Tourism board to win their December Trip Package to Glenwood Springs!
Woah! I know right?! After coordinating with the Glenwood Springs tourism we settled on a trip date for March. February and March were unseasonably dry, not ideal ski trip weather but great adventuring weather!
Downtown Glenwood Springs is absolutely adorable. The shops and restaurants are all centered around the Colroado River, creating a fun walkable downtown. The area was under construction but still easily accessible during our visit. I really can’t wait to go back after the construction to walk along the Riverwalk.
Where to Stay
Included in our trip was two nights at The Glenwood Hot Springs Resort. The hotel is perfect for families. A stay at the resort includes free passes to The Hot Springs and a hot breakfast! The decor is really standard but all of the included amenities are great as well as the service.
If you stay at the Glenwood Springs Resort passes to The sSprings are included with your room. Otherwise, the prices are totally reasonable for a day pass. We, of course, had to buy slide pass as well. These aren’t dinky slides either, I screamed on both lol. The pool was crowded but totally worth it. We tested out all the pools, soaked up the sun and decided against indulging in ice cream. The Resort also features a Spa and Gym. Note you can rent a “cabana” for the day to secure some shade.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs – We did not go to Iron Mountain Hot Springs but I have read this is a more “Adult” setting with a spa and private pools.
Where To Eat
Dinner – We got in late and were torn between a few places for dinner but when we walked past CO Ranch House we knew we had found our spot. CO Ranch House decor is perfect! White wash walls, warm lighting, and a tasteful western cowboy decor.
We had a really hard time decided what to order but eventually settled on the Porcini & Mushroom Soup, Trout and Lobster Ravioli. The soup was incredible. I love everything mushroom and this was hands down the best Mushroom soup ever. The Lobster Ravioli was the winner between the entrees, as well. It was pretty chilly that night but CO Ranch House have a huge patio that would be perfect in the summer time. In the picture bellow – behind the bars is the patio.
Lunch – We settled on BBQ for lunch and headed to the highly reviewed Smoke. We sat at the bar, ordered pulled pork sandwiches with mac ‘n’ cheese and margs (of course). The service was great and we enjoyed chatting with the bartenders and waiters.
Where To Drink
Carbondale Beer Works – After skiing, we wanted cold beer and the sunshine so we headed to the patio at Carbondale Beer Works. The beers were great but after we saw some locals order Margaritas we made the switch too.
This small family friendly Mountain was way more than we expected. While the mountain only has three chairlifts it does have one of the longest trails at 2.5 miles and one of the steepest runs at in all of Colroado at 52 degrees. With 67 runs and 2,000 vertical most runs are for beginners or intermediate skiers. The mountain views from the top of Sunlight Mountain are breathtaking, Mt. Sopris is jaw dropping and The Rockies stretch for miles in either direction.
I’d love to go back to Sunlight Mountain on a powder day! Why? Well, the slopes were totally empty! It felt like our own private mountain for the day. Secondly, the trees looked amazing. Large aspen groves dot the mountain and looked like great tree skiing from the lift.
I feel like we just scratched the surface of Roaring Fork Valley and can’t wait to go back this summer to explore more.
P.S. By using the CO hasthag #coloradolive you can be featured in their gallery and entered to win a trip around the state too!
An ode to my 20’s on the last day…
You were awesome.
I left Georgia only to befriend other southerners across the country, except for that one friend from OKC! Fell in love with margaritas and queso. College is a lot of small talk and dealing with crazy people, but the memories are worth it, and the real friends will be there to remind you of it all 9 years later. Rosedale. An ice cold glass of milk can cure any hangover. Realized that I am happiest while dancing to live music, anywhere, any place, anytime. Memorized every viral YouTube video from 2008. Galavanted my way across Europe. Played softball on the Washington Mall. Danced on elevated surface. Became obsessed with Google Groups. Lost my best friend and too many others. Learned to grieve. Followed WSP around the southeast. Zig-zagged the country for 52 Phish shows. Learned to always buy cheap sunglasses. Got my first job and loved it. Got my second job and hated it. Fell into my dream job on the third try. Learned to be strong for others and when to let them be strong for you. That breakups always suck but learning to love being alone is the KEY to happiness. Took a pottery class. Was a bridesmaid 9 times. Hiked a 14er. Started a blog. Found that blue Gatorade and Pretzel Pizza Combos make everything better. Met my ocelots. Learned that sometimes the only thing you can do is “put it in a box, up on the top shelf.” Ate the best meal of my life in Madrid. Partied too hard in Vegas… a lot. That everything in life is either fuck yes or no. Walked the tunnel at Red Rocks. Felt the incredible energy of Telluride during bluegrass. Therapy is the best money you will ever spend and everyone needs to go. Trolled. Mastered turkey chili. Saw The Dead in Chicago. Met my soulmate and fell head over heals in love. Remembered how much I loved the Gulf and vowed to buy back my beach house. Figured out how to stay healthy. That adventure time is my favorite time.
And finally, that the best ideas happen on the dance floor, communication is everything, cheese is life and that home is wherever you are with your best friends. Book the ticket, change your flight, go to the show and figure out how to pay for it all when your 29. JK, don’t do that last part.
So long 20s! I will remember you fondly. You were also incredibly well documented.
This is 30.
H&M Sunglasses // H&M //$9.99
Sole Society ‘Kianna’ Perforated Faux Leather Crossbody Bag – Brown // Sole Society //$59.95
Women’s Rainbow Narrow Strap Sandal // Rainbow //$51.95
Nation LTD Beatrice Dress // Nation Ltd. //$110
When I saw this dress on Revolve I knew I had found a winner! I have been looking for a comfortable yet work appropriate dress I could wear all summer. This blue and white stripped number was perfect to throw on at the beach as a cover up or to wear to town. But I really love that its long enough and covered enough to wear to work. I know I will be living in this dress this summer and even into fall.
The dress has some distressing on the trim around the collar and sleeves but it doesn’t look shabby or worn by any means. You can see the distressing in the last image. The dress is made from a thick yet soft fabric. It’s super comfortable and fits well in all the right places, not too tight on the bum and sits well across your chest. And for only $110 its a total steal.
Confession time… I really did not understand the need for cute workout clothes. Nike shorts and a t-shirt was all I need. But, when you live in Colorado, you’re kind of active all the time! Last summer I realized I needed something that could take me from the trail to the bar when adventuring on the weekends. So hello Athleisure, I’m Channing, we should be friends.
Show Me Your MuMu and I were already friends so when I saw their new Activewear line I knew we would become even better friends. How cute are these Palm and skull designs!
After a week at the beach, it’s been hard to adjust to the wishy-washy Spring weather of Colorado. This weekend we are supposed to get 6 inches! Forcing my first Red Rocks show of the season, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead into 1st Banks Center. Despite the venue change, I am still pumped to see JRad. Plus 2 of my best friends are here for the show! Hope you all have a great weekend!
Buy a Drink or Two: Stella Artois in partnership with Water.org has committed to ending the global water crisis over the next four years. Pretty ambitious right? With their “Buy a Lady A Drink” campaign you can now purchase this Limited-Edition Chalice designed by Cambodia artist, Lisa Mam picture above.
One chalice = five years of clean drinking water for one person!
To kick start this campaign Colorado Eagle, a local Stella distributor bought every employee a chalice! That equates to 390 years of clean water!!
Never really thought I’d get on the athleisure train but I am and I need these pants
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Long Strange Trip – the documentary on the Dead is almost here! Check out a preview here and go see it at Red Rocks for the premier.
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