rocky mountain highs & lows

theromanticWhen the hubs and I booked our weekend getaway in Keystone for TBEX, we decided that there were some must-sees outside of the conference (and just maybe as a possible safety net if the conference ended up being très awkward). Neither of us have spent much time in Colorado, so we had a few things on our weekend checklist:

Red Rocks Park
I don’t remember much from my first family visit to Colorado, but I remember the Red Rocks Amphitheater very clearly. Unfortunately, we didn’t check the website to see what the day’s schedule was like (typical), so we got there about 5 minutes after the amphitheater had closed for the day for a soundcheck. It was still worth the trip and we were able to go around the side to get in a few side views of the stage, but take note if you plan for this in your own CO weekend itinerary.

rocky1Side recommendation: if you can, rent a convertible. We were upgraded to the most absurd cobalt blue mustang convertible, which was mildly embarrassing, but it made the drive that much more amazing.

Golden, CO
Both the hubs’s dad and uncle are pretty serious about their Coors, and we couldn’t turn down a free tour + the three and a half free beers included on The Coors Brewery Tour in Golden.

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We’ve racked up a fair amount of beer tours between the wino, the hubs, and myself, so I consider us somewhat pros. I did get a little bored on the tour (mostly because I really am not into audioguides), but all in all, I thought this tour was well done. It felt much more authentic than the World of Heineken, which, fun as it was, felt a little like Disney’s version of how beer is made.

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Downside? We were complete idiots and in all our rushing around that morning, didn’t eat anything from when we touched down to when we started learning about tapping the rockies. A hearty dose of beer and pretzels was not the best thing for our increasing altitude sickness, but we made it out alive.

The scenery
No matter what you do while in Colorado, I’m pretty sure that the main attraction is the view. At all times.

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Make time to take in the sites, and see the long distances between stops as a plus. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the motivational signage:

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Keystone
The actual town of Keystone was more like an extension of the resort itself, but it was still pretty adorable. I never would think to venture to a Colorado ski town in the summer, but being there in the middle of June was gorgeous.

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The slight negative? Except for the onslaught of TBEX-ers, it was completely empty. I would assume that’s not the case at the height of ski season.

Breckenridge, CO
Our last official stop on our way back to the airport was lunch in Breckenridge, followed by a trip down the Alpine Slide. Because we are 10 years old.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t go as fast as everyone would have liked, and I enraged the eight year old girl behind me. Sorry, kid, but the speech at the top about losing control and flying off the track got to me.

I didn’t expect to be as bummed about leaving Colorado as I was. I’m not much a wide open spaces kind of girl, but the weekend was so relaxing and the weather was so perfect that I started to think maybe I could get used to this?

But then, our pilot home took my favorite route into LGA and all was right with the world:

NYC

 xo!

the romantic

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  1. John
    June 24, 2012 / 23:19

    Come back to Colorado again real soon and see us again! Also, one of your pictures is right next to my campsite 🙂

      • the Hubs
        June 25, 2012 / 11:19

        This is true! We’ll be in CO again soon.

  2. June 25, 2012 / 12:07

    I’m glad y’all were able to make such a vacation out of it as well. I’m a little jealous of the Coors tour though. Great photos as well!

    • June 25, 2012 / 12:22

      we weren’t sure how much we were going to be able to do with four short days, but it was perfect! definitely recommend the coors tour on your trip back 🙂

  3. June 25, 2012 / 13:42

    I spent a few days in Vail last summer and absolutely loved the area. Didn’t take a tour of the Coors factory though…it will have to happen in the near future. Glad you had such fun at TBEX and looking forward to meeting you in NYC!

    • June 25, 2012 / 15:18

      we’re dying to go back during ski season, i can’t imagine how pretty it must be. and yes, we’ll have to pick a date for our nyc meet-up soon!!

  4. June 25, 2012 / 15:57

    Ack, this totally got my heart aching for Colorado. I miss living out in Denver, you went and visited some of my favorite spots around the area!

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