Day 3: Silverthorn/Dillon

After a night of sushi and drinks we needed to get our butts moving, so we set out for the Lilypad Trail near Silverthorn/Dillon. Great hike that leads to three ponds, and numerous photo opps. Of course we had to take one of ourselves being one with nature. 

The picture in the top right-hand corner is the view of Dillon Reservoir, sometimes known as Lake Dillon.  This is the reservoir for Denver, and is bordered by three towns. Isn’t it beautiful?  

Below are pics of our view from the back two ponds. Even though everything was do brown I still found beauty in it.  

After the hike we decided to check out the outlets to see if there were any deals on ski pants. We only went to Columbia and scored everything that we needed. By this time it was noon, so we headed to Dillon Dam Brewery to watch the Steelers game. Thankfully the food and beer was much better than the game. Mike and I shared the Nachos San Luis, and they were amazing! There are six different variations, but we stuck with the original. I didn’t want the waitress to take them away even though I was stuffed. Highly recommend these. As for beers I tried the Sour Peach Goze, Hefeweizen, and Wilderness Wheat. I really enjoyed them all, but when it came time to order a pint I went with the Hefe. Mike’s favorite was Here’s Your Dam IPA, but that’s typical of him since he is such an IPA guy.


Day 2: Vail Village 

​From Minturn we went straight to Vail Village to check out the shops and restaurants. The first place we went was Vail Brewing Company. The tasting room is small, but quaint. We sat outside and soaked up the sun. Nothing beats drinking good beer with the sun on your face.

Vail Village isn’t huge, so we were able to check out half the shops before we stopped for lunch. The shops are your typical resort type shops. Lot of ski clothing places, as well as souvenir shops. Below is a picture of Mike’s favorite find, as well as a new friend he made. 

For lunch we stopped off at Red Lion and sat on their large patio. Couldn’t pass up another opportunity to drink beer with the sun on your face. I apologize for not having any pictures of our food, we were starving. Mike had a chicken parmesan sandwich with fries and I had a gyro with a salad. I really enjoyed mine, but Mike’s was just ok with the exception of the fries. The fries were really good, if you like shoestring fries. 

 We were getting ready to leave when we decided to sneak down on more street. Thank goodness we did because that street led us to 10th Mountain Distillery. The father of one of the founders was one of the original 10th Mountain Soldiers. My favorite was the cordial, Alpenglow. There are so many uses for it that aren’t drinking. 

After warming ourselves from the inside out we headed back to the room to warn ourselves from the outside in by sitting in the hot tub. We wanted to relax for a bit before heading to dinner. What’s for dinner you ask…sushi. Sushi oka and hibachi is amazing! I apologize for not having pictures of everything we ate. We ate a lot, so be prepared…we started with the tuna avocado tower and then moved on to miso soup, halibut sashimi, and 3 rolls. Our first roll was the Rock & Roll, which is a low-carb roll wrapped with cucumber. It comes in five pieces, so it’s a little hard to share but we made it work. Our second roll was the Firestarter and it’s a fiery goodness. It has spicy tuna, jalapeno, and siracha. So good! Our final roll was the Angel (I think) and it was made with rice paper instead of seaweed and rice. Below is a picture of this goodness.

Highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Vail Village.  Tomorrow we are heading to Dillon. Good night y’all.

Day 2: Minturn

Since we went to bed so early last night we were up pretty early this morning. Cooked breakfast and headed out to hike Lions Head Trail. We didn’t hike the whole trail, but got in a good hour’s worth of exercise. The hike was very scenic. There are so many birch trees in Colorado, which I think are beautiful in any season. Here are some pictures from our hike. 

The above picture is one of my favorites. Love the deep colors of the season and Mike looks pretty good too. 

After the hike we headed into town, which is very small. In the summer they have a huge farmer’s market, but there wasn’t much going on the day we were there. 

We hit up every store we could before we headed back East. Next stop: Vail Village.

Day 1: Denver

Thanks to tailwinds we arrived 30 minutes or so early. However, according to me we were 2.5 hours early because I can’t read airline tickets correctly. I thought they were to display information based on the time zone of your destination. Not this time. Oh, well. Who doesn’t like more time?

We were starving, so after we picked up our car we headed to Wynkoop Brewery. Fun Fact: The now Gov. of Colorado is a founding father of Wynkoop. The brewery is a stone’s throw from Coor’s Field and countless other restaurants, bar’s, and breweries. When you go to Wynkoop be sure to get a picture with Knuckles. The beer was pretty good and the food was even better. Mike had a Salmon Club that he loved and I had the shrimp po’boy. As for the beers I really enjoyed their drunken pumpkin.

After lunch we walked around LoDo, which is the lower downtown area of Denver. Here is where you will find Denver’s own Union Station with it’s beautiful architecture. It’s very reminiscent of San Francisco’s Union Station or Philadelphia’s 3oth Station. The platforms are covered and they remind me of the Sydney Opera House. It’s a very beautiful train station. Outside of the station we happened upon an Octopus. She is one of many art installations created out of items that have washed up on shore. It’s eye opening to see what is in our ocean’s. Plus, we saw the Ghostbusters…No big deal. Guess that answers my question of “Who you gonna call?”

We were lucky enough to meet up with my friend Cait (sorry, no pic) who moved to Denver from Louisville over a year ago. We enjoyed drinks at Linger, which used to be a mortuary. Kind of weird, but kind of cool too. The have an amazing Chinese five spice Old Fashioned that I loved! Naturally I start scouring Pinterest to figure out how to recreate it. Sadly, I couldn’t find anything, so I will have to figure this one out on my own. When I say me, I mean Mike.

After drinks we went to Little Man Ice Cream for dessert. I had one of their seasonal flavors: salted caramel peanut butter. It was pretty salty, but that didn’t stop me from consuming it all.

The picture in the bottom right-hand corner is my failed attempt to get a shot of the Bronco’s Stadium. There is always next time.

Time to head West!

The drive to Vail was beautiful even though everything was brown. I can only imagine it in the height of Fall or Summer or Winter.

We are staying at Marriott’s Streamside at Vail in West Vail. As soon as we hit town we swing by the grocery store to stock up on goodies for the week. The rooms all have full kitchens, which helps with meals and snacks. We love to eat out, but not every meal. We were so tired from traveling that we crashed early.

Tomorrow we hit up the town of Vail. Good night y’all!

If you can’t go to Puerto Rico, where should you go? 

Colorado, of course. Mike and I were going to go to PR for his birthday, but then we found out the mosquito’s like to vacation there too. We are trying to grow our family, so we have to stay away from Zika hotbeds.  We booked our trip using the in-laws Royal Holiday points, so we looked at other places they have. I wanted to go to Galveston, TX, but Mike had already mentally prepared for a cold weather destination, which is how we ended up in Colorado.

We were heading to Vail for a week mid-November. Sounds great, right? Not if November has been unseasonably warm. Fall activities wrapped up at the end of October and winter activities didn’t start until after we were gone. Without snow this was becoming a hard trip to plan and I’m a planner.

I spend a lot of time, probably too much, creating an itinerary. Why? Because failure to plan is a plan to fail. I have found that even if we don’t follow the itinerary exactly, it provides a road map. I will share my itinerary with you, and accounts from each day. Stay tuned.