March 2018

For Your Eyes Only Specials for Locals at Colorado Hotels, Le Meridien,

This post is specifically aimed at my Colorado readers, however, hotels in other states probably run similar locals-only specials. Let’s face it, Colorado is really, really popular. Everyone wants to visit and that means that traveling here isn’t cheap. That’s why specials for locals are so darn cool! I’ve been noticing these pop up over the last couple of years and I thought I’d share a few with you. The

Where to Stay in Grand Lake A Penthouse for Me, Please, 5

While summer is high season in Grand Lake, for us it’s a year-round destination. In the winter there is snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing or just sitting in front of a fireplace with a good book. In the summer, it’s a playground of lake activities, plus everything Rocky Mountain National Park offers. This lake town, located in Grand County, is about two hours west of Denver, and when Trail Ridge Road

A Skier Becomes a Snowboarder on a Family Ski Weekend in Winter Park 5

As one of the oldest ski areas in Colorado, Winter Park has been welcoming skiers since 1939. My husband and his sister learned to ski here in the 1980s, so it seemed apropos that our first ski weekend with his family, including our 13-year-old niece, should be at Winter Park Resort. This was not, however, our niece’s first ski trip; she’s been skiing with her dad for a number of

Map Out Your Plan of Attack & Hop on the Colorado Spirits Trail,

I was introduced to the craft beer movement in college where I spent more than a few hours throwing back pints at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham while attending Western Washington University in the late 1990s. To say it’s been fun to watch the industry grow is an understatement. It’s been outstanding! Fast forward to 2018, and last month, I helped celebrate another craft booze industry that I’ve been watch

Visit Another Planet Arizona’s Desert Botanical Garden. Corks & Catus wine festival.

My first cactus sighting happened when I was 24-years-old. I’d just moved to Colorado from the Pacific Northwest with my then boyfriend, now husband, Ryan. We were hiking in Roxborough State Park, and I became obsessed with these tiny cactus plants growing next to the trail. Much to Ryan’s amusement, each time I spotted one my enthusiasm increased. You can imagine my excitement when I visited the Desert Botanical Garden

Surprised by Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming

A family-friendly, conference hotel & resort in Cheyenne As a traveler, I am frequently surprised. Thankfully, most are good surprises, as was the case with my stay at Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Having ever only seen the truck stop on the outskirts of the property, which is located just off of I25 and I80 in Cheyenne, I had a very different idea of what I was