A Spa Getaway with Mom at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa

I’m not a girlie girl. I can count on one hand the number of manicures I’ve gotten over the course of my 40-year-life, however, I’m no stranger to spa life. I adore the aroma, the hot tea, the cozy robes, the steam room and sauna… did I mention the aroma?

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When I told my mom that I needed a distraction during eye surgery recovery, she jumped on a plane and flew from Oregon to Colorado. During her visit, I decided to treat her to an overnight stay and spa getaway at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain. As a late birthday present for my mom, I booked treatments for us at Spa Anjali.

The Westin Riverfront property is located in Avon, just a few minutes west of Vail, at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. It’s a ski-in/ski-out property, but it’s also popular with summertime guests who enjoy all the recreational activities offered in the area and the outdoor pool area which made The Heidi Guide’s “4 Mountain Resort Pools to Help You Beat the Heat” on

A Spa Getaway with Mom to The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, lobby shot courtesy of the resort

A winter shot courtesy of The Westin Riverfront.

I was introduced to the property last year and fell in love with both the resort and the spa. If you’re looking for that all-inclusive resort experience in Colorado, this is the place. With a spa, pool, fitness center, several restaurants, coffee shop and multiple bars, once you’ve arrived at The Westin there’s no reason to leave.

In my work as a freelance writer, I’ve had the opportunity to experience many luxurious spas across Colorado, and the main reason I think Spa Anjali is tops is that no small touch has been overlooked, yet there’s no pretension here. The Asian design influences combine with Colorado comfort is a winning combination for guests seeking rest and relaxation during their spa getaway.

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Spa Anjali offers a number of “Spa Journeys,” and I took the Rocky Mountain Journey, enjoying a Ponderosa Pine Therapy session with Molly. This incredible, 75-minute massage includes the use of a poultice filled with sage, pine and lavender. Before each part of my body was massaged, Molly gently rolled the poultice over my skin in order to release the benefits of these locally gathered organic ingredients.

It was heavenly.

My mom, who is a fan of facials and treats herself semi-regularly, indulged in the Spa Anjali Facial that utilizes organic fruit masks and natural exfoliation. She gave the experience a 10 out of 10. She was tickled pink that the staff brought her a mimosa while she waited for me to finish my treatment.

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Enjoying drinks post-spa at Laps, a poolside bar & grill at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa.

After our treatments we were sumptuously lazy; we enjoyed drinks and a snack on the pool patio at Laps, and later, my mom enjoyed a swim in the pool while I had a glass of wine on the patio at Maya. That evening we enjoyed an exquisite dinner at Maya, a Richard Sandoval restaurant. Blue crab and shrimp enchiladas for me and zucchini flower masa quesadillas for my vegetarian mother.

I’m a huge fan of Sandoval eateries and this one is no exception. The food is elegant without breaking the bank.

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We were in bed by 9:30 p.m. and slept the sleep of the well pampered.

The next morning I rose early to partake in one of my favorite resort activities — coffee and a hot tub soak.

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To say that our spa getaway at The Westin Riverfront was a success is an understatement. It was just what the doctor ordered.

A Note for the Mayor: Would you like to experience a spa getaway at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa? Check out their Women’s Wellness Weekend with Tara Grodjesk of TARA Spa Therapy, Inc. on Sept. 29 – October 1, 2017. The weekend includes yoga, a guided hike, spa treatments and more. Grab your mom, or a girlfriend and book your getaway here.

Thank you to The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain for hosting us, and thank you to Spa Anjali for extending a discount on our spa treatments.


Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Colorado

A Note from the Mayor: Sight is a precious thing (something I know all too well). Before you go trotting off to watch the eclipse this month, please take a moment to review these recommendations from NASA on how to safely view the eclipse.


Have you heard about the upcoming solar eclipse? If not, you may be fairly surprised when the sun disappears behind the moon on August 21, 2017, starting around 10:30 a.m. We won’t experience a total eclipse here in Colorado, but we will see a partial eclipse and it will occur over a three hour period.

Where to Watch the Eclipse in Colorado

Photo courtesy of Wildflower hike near Vail, Colorado. (Matt Inden, photographer)

Here’s a cool video of how this partial eclipse will appear in Colorado.

I’ve made it my mission to find eclipse parties happening in Colorado, and at the time of the writing of this post, there aren’t many being advertised online yet so I’ll try to update this article as they pop up.

Eclipse Parties in Colorado

Avon, Colorado

The first party that came on my radar is the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party being held at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek. Ryan and I have stayed at this fantastic property near Vail that features several restaurants, an incredible spa, an enormous pool, lovely salt water hot tubs, and large, comfy suite-style rooms.

Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Colorado - Westin Beaver Creek summer fire pits, credit the hotel

Westin Beaver Creek summer fire pits, courtesy of the resort.

The resort is partnering with Walking Mountain Science School, a non-profit science learning center, to offer a free party to the public that includes educational family activities and celestial crafts. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Westin’s patio.

The Rocky Mountain Eclipse Getaway (offered August 20-23, 2017) at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa includes a studio suite, exclusive access to the resort’s educational event with Walking Mountains, solar eclipse viewing glasses and nightly s’mores at the resort’s fire pits. Rates start at $179.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Total Solar Eclipse Party is being held at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It’s will be held on August 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This will be an exciting day at the Discovery Center. They will have solar viewing telescopes, tubes and boxes for visitors to use and they will feature live feeds from other eclipse locations around the United States.

Where to Watch the Eclipse in Colorado, Colorado Springs Discovery Center

Visitors may purchase solar viewing glasses, while supplies last, for just $3 or two for $5. There will be craft events and a planetarium show in the center’s new inflatable planetarium.

This is a once-in-childhood experience for your science-minded children, so if you live in or near the Colorado Springs area, don’t miss it.

Visit the Total Solar Eclipse Party online HERE.

Denver, Colorado

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will start their solar eclipse festivities at 9 a.m. on August 21. The museum will be buzzing with eclipse activities including events scheduled outside on Boettcher Plaza, in the Science Studios, on the south atrium, inside the Space Odyssey exhibit and at the Discovery Zone (the area for young learners ages 5 and under).

A solar-scope viewing will be held on Boettcher Plaza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum will be providing safe viewing options for guests in the form of solar eclipse glasses and pinhole viewers. There will even be pop-up food available service outside during the event.

While the eclipse is happening in the sky outside, inside the museum visitors can enjoy stories, kinesthetic activities and crafts related to the eclipse. The eclipse-related activities end at 2 p.m., but the museum will remain open until 5 p.m. Don’t miss the Space Odyssey programming that will include eclipse-themed shows throughout the day.

Vail, Colorado

An exclusive solar hike for guests of the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail is planned for August 21. This luxury hotel with a European twist is offering a hike on Shriner Ridge. The outing includes transportation, a guide, solar viewing glasses, water and a snack.

This two-mile hike/three-hour excursion will provide a fantastic view of the 2017 eclipse in one of Colorado’s most gorgeous settings. To book your hike contact Kara at 970-479-5448 or email

Buena Vista, Colorado

Deerhammer, a distillery located in Buena Vista, is hosting an eclipse viewing party featuring $5 Barrel Aged Black Hole Sun (a coffee old-fashion), during the event. They will also have solar glasses available for guests.

Where to Watch the Eclipse in Colorado, Deerhammer in Buena Vista

Photo courtesy of Deerhammer.


See a map of the eclipse in the United States here.

For information on Where to Watch the Eclipse in the West, visit The Heidi Guide at Mountain Living online.


I’ve scoured the internet and even made some calls to find out if more parties are planned and nothing comes up… yet.

I am certain that more parties will pop up and I’ll try to keep this list updated. If you know of a party or your organization is putting something together for the public, please leave me a comment here or email me at with details. Thank you!



Dog-Friendly Hotels in Your Favorite Colorado Destinations

If you’ve been following HeidiTown for any length of time, you’ve probably met our German Shepherd, Xena. As Xena got older and had more health issues, we started looking for ways to include her on our trips. However, I was astonished to discover that many so-called “dog-friendly” hotels do not allow dogs over 45 pounds.

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Your Favorite Colorado Destinations Hotel Aspen

Courtesy of the Molly Gibson Lodge / Hotel Aspen.

A lot of HeidiTown citizens have fur kids that exceed this weight limit – our Xena is 75 lbs – so I made it my mission to find a few awesome Colorado hotels that were large dog-friendly. Here’s the list I’ve put together of some truly fantastic hotels that do not discriminate against large breed dogs. If you know of others, please leave a note in the comment section.   Continue reading

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