Mayor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a three-part series on Winter Park in the Summer. Catch up on part one here.
On day two of our girlfriend getaway to Winter Park we woke up slowly, made coffee and ate a little breakfast in our room. Today was all about exploring the village and attending The Village Uncorked and checking out the SolShine Music Festival, but first, we were determined to find a great bloody Mary. After all, this was a girls weekend, so we could justify having a drink before noon.
Thus began The Great Bloody Mary Search of 2013.
We hopped on the little red gondola that would transport us from The Vintage Hotel‘s parking lot to the village, and this is when I found out that both Susan and Christine are more afraid of heights than I am, which means they are really, really afraid of heights. As Susan puts it, “I’m not afraid of heights, just of falling.”
Safely in the village, we set out in search of a bloody Mary. I knew the perfect place and so we made the trek to the other side of the village, but alas, the Derailer Bar, a place with the best bloody Mary bar I have ever encountered didn’t open until 11 a.m. We retraced our steps only to find that most of the restaurants didn’t open until lunchtime.
The village was buzzing with guys and gals dressed like RoboCop. They were not, however, channeling the science fiction character, but were mountain bikers in full protective gear. Winter Park’s Trestle ® Bike Park has three lifts and 37 miles of freeride trails, and from the number of RoboCops we spotted, this sport is very popular.
Finally, we enlisted the help of a very nice, good looking guy at a bike shop (FYI: bike shops always have the cutest guys). We explained our need for a bloody Mary fix and he happily recommended Goodys. As we stood in at line at Goodys we suddenly wished we’d waited to eat breakfast in the village; their crepes looked delectable.
We sipped our blood Mary’s gleefully and then we were off to pick up our Daily Adventure Passes. Here’s where I have to reveal that we did not make the most of our passes. The pass includes unlimited use for one day of Colorado’s longest Alpine Slide, the climbing wall, GyroXtreme, Leaps and Bounds Bungee, the zip line, bouncy snowcat, mini-golf, Zephyr Express scenic chairlift and the Human Maze.
It’s a shame we didn’t do the Human Maze because I’m a savant at mazes, but that’s a story for another day.
We did have a rather eventful ride up and down the Zephyr chairlift. I have a fear of chairlifts, but only because I am usually riding them while wearing skis and I can’t get off without falling flat on my face. On this ride, however, I was wearing flip flops, and was more worried about them falling off my feet than I was about getting off the lift – I trust my feet in flip flops more than I trust my feet in skis. My cohorts on this ride, however, weren’t so sure of their feet and weren’t too happy about sailing along 40 feet off the ground.
We all survived. Barely. 🙂
Keeps tabs on HeidiTown.com for the last installment of Wine, Women & Winter Park!
This trip sponsored in part by the Grand County Tourism Board.