Travel Tip, stop the car – #TravelTuesday

This is the second post in my #TravelTuesday, Tip of the Day series.

The view of Pikes Peak from Woodland Park, Colorado.
The view of Pikes Peak from Woodland Park, Colorado.

If you’re anything like us, you get so caught up in getting to your destination that sometimes you forget to enjoy the journey.

Today when I travel, I often have an itinerary, and when you’re in my line of business, it’s usually pretty full, and there’s not much time for messing about. We jump in the car, start our “book on tape” and drive like most Coloradans (meaning that we haul ass).

However, sometimes this narrow approach to a road trip means that we’re missing out on some interesting roadside finds. We stumbled into one such place while exploring the Pikes Peak region of Colorado.

Wines of Colorado is a small restaurant and wine store at the corner of Hwy 24 and Fountain Avenue, between Woodland Park and Manitou Springs. They feature an Italian inspired menu and a wine store with an outstanding collection of Colorado wines. In fact, it’s the best selection of Colorado labels that I’ve found anywhere beyond the Western Slope. Plus, they do tastings.

the wines of Colorado in Cascade.

We sampled a few wines and then settled on an easy drinking Roadkill Red from Colorado Cellars Winery in Palisade. They opened the bottle for us and we took our wine and glasses to the tiny “wine bar” out front. There’s a large patio in the back of the building, but we wanted to bask in the late winter sun. We’d been freezing atop Pikes Peak just an hour before, but now, protected from the wind, we drank our wine in the sunlight while listening to the babbling brook just a few feet away.

Our hour spent at this unplanned stop was one of the most memorable of this quick trip. On your travels, do you take time to stop and smell the roses? Have you discovered any treasures along the way? Feel free to share in the comment section.

It is better to travel well than to arrive.


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