Travel

Where to Stay in Vail, Colorado Manor Vail Lodge. HeidiTown (10)

We were in Vail to eat and drink. We were attending Taste of Vail, an event that I love. Manor Vail Lodge had offered to host me, so we were all set for this three-night eating and drinking extravaganza. Little did we know, Manor Vail Lodge will feed you too (and feed you really, really well). Location of Manor Vail Lodge Arriving on a Thursday, we settled in and then

Where to Stay in Leadville, Colorado Tashi’s Cabin at Buckeye’s Cabins. HeidiTown (6)

I get a lot of “where to stay” type questions. If you’d like a dog-friendly, rustic Leadville experiences, Tashi’s Cabin is the place for you. And when I say rustic I do not mean you’ll go without. This is a cabin, with a bathroom, two bedrooms, kitchen and living area. There is even a wood-burning stove. That warms my heart and toes! We’ve been to Leadville a handful of times

Seeking New & Old in Leadville, Colorado Trek to Eat at the Cookhouse. HeidiTown (17)

I had nearly forgotten that I have brand new snowshoes, but I haven’t used them for nearly three winters. We replaced my old ones which had many miles on them, but I haven’t been traveling as much, so they sat collecting dust in the basement. The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse excursion was a great excuse to get them out. I’ve wanted to do this outing for years, but it’s just worked

Seeking Old & New in Leadville, Colorado An Irish Miners’ Memorial. HeidiTown (4)

Full Disclosure: As a redhead, St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. While my grandmother, who had several redheaded sisters, always claimed to be Dutch, my dad took an Anscestory.com test a few years ago. He’s Scottish and Irish (basically, he burns easily). He is zero percent Dutch. So, now I can celebrate the holiday from an honest place, although I would have celebrated either way! We spent this last

Spa Monarch, Black Hawk, Colorado A Million Magical Miles Away. HeidiTown 2

There is a kind of magical in being transported skyward, away from the ringing of slot machines and the buzz of a casino floor, into the bliss that is a spa. This accurately describes arriving at Spa Monarch at the Monarch Casino Resort Spa in Black Hawk, Colorado. Enter the dimly lit hallway and that luxurious spa smell washes over you. The first thing I noticed about this casino however,

Gaylord Rockies Resort is Fun for Adults, Not Just Kids. HeidiTown Feature Photo

We watched the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center being built. It was huge, gigantic, really, really big. Then it opened and I saw pictures of people enjoying offerings there, especially the lazy river in the summer and holiday programming. This past weekend, we finally had an opportunity to experience the Gaylord ourselves. From the expansive entry to the wide halls, multiple restaurants, and pool complex, the photos I’d seen

Living Large with the Dog at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa. HeidiTown (2)

With a magical fire bench in the entry and a snow-white mountain view framed by windows in the bar, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa makes a statement from the moment a guest arrives. A few weeks ago, I was an invitee to a Park Hyatt media dinner featuring the property’s new executive chef, Santosh Koradi.  The hotel is at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado, about 15 minutes

Golden, Colorado is Calling & You Must Go. HeidiTown (5)

Fun fact. I was married in Golden. It’s true. We said our “I dos” at Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado. So, yes, this hip little town that’s under 30 minutes from Denver, will always hold a special place in my heart. That being said, I haven’t been there for several years, and there are a couple of new, fun destinations to share with you. Plus, a new

It’s a Dog’s Day (& Night) at The Eddy Taproom & Hotel in Golden, Colorado. HeidiTown (14)

I admit that Ryan does the heavy lifting when it comes to traveling with the dog. It’s Ryan who takes her on a walk before bedtime and first thing when we get up. He keeps a close eye on her at breweries and handles her as we walk the streets. I sincerely appreciate it because not only does it free up my hands for taking photos, I absolutely love traveling

grand lake portrait. HeidiTown.com

Several weekends ago, we headed to Grand Lake, Colorado, for Ryan’s birthday. We were warned that the town would be quiet. Grand Lake had a busy summer, and with the staff shortages owners needed a break, especially restaurant owners who’d been working 7-days a week. Many shut down at the beginning of November, until Thanksgiving, and I don’t blame them. We are not new to Grand Lake or to a