We just returned from another FABULOUS “skication” in Colorado, and wow – I knew I was ready for a vacation, but it wasn’t until I was out there that I realized just how much I needed the getaway! It’s been crazy busy since the first of the year (especially the past few weeks) and this break was pure BLISS!
This year, the hubby and I traveled with my parents to Denver, where we met up with my brother, nephew, and brother’s girlfriend as well as with our dear friends (all who live out there), and rented a condo up in the mountains so those who ski / snowboard could do their thing and those of us who don’t (me included) could sight-see, shop, and rest. Everyone gets to do what they want during the day, and we all meet back up in the evening for dinner and quality time, catching up with one another over fun and conversation. It’s been one of the best annual traditions we’ve made for ourselves, and we’re so thankful we have people in our lives who live in such amazingly beautiful places that we get the pleasure of visiting!
Here’s how we made the most of our time in gorgeous Colorado this time around …
We made the most of our first day with a stop in Denver for breakfast, followed by spending the afternoon in Golden with our dear friends before heading up the mountain for the rest of the weekend. It felt so good to soak up the sunshine on a patio – it’s been too long since we were able to do that back home. It definitely got us excited for spring and summer in the mitten!
We stayed at a lovely place in Frisco, Colorado providing quick access to Copper Mountain and Breckenridge. We would definitely stay here again! It was PERFECT, and the salt-water hot tub was an added bonus!
The parents, nephew, and I took a drive up through Loveland Pass to enjoy views of the mountains and Dillon Reservoir while the others hit the slopes. Love those Rocky Mountains!
Shopping in downtown Breckenridge with my step-mom. 60 degrees and sunny – doesn’t get much better than that! Love all the boutiques, coffee shops, and cafes! Mountain towns are fabulous!
We spent our last full day in Denver where we went to REI (three stories and complete with Starbucks … hello, dream store!) and then landed at a local MSU Alumni bar to watch the Spartans play basketball. Even though our team didn’t win, we still had a blast watching the game surrounded by other die-hard fans and celebrating my brother’s (early) 30th birthday! It was so fun spending time with my nephew too. We get an absolute kick out of him and the things he says! Just love him so much!
I am SO THANKFUL for this special time away with our family and friends in the incredible majesty of God’s creation! There is nothing more refreshing than the bright western sunshine, blue sky, and huge pine trees against the backdrop of the grey, blue, and purple mountain hues. Every time we visit, I become more and more convinced that at some point in my life (probably retirement), I’ll be spending lengthier amounts of time out there. Colorado is just unlike any other place I’ve ever been, and having loved ones who live out there also makes it that much more special! I’m very grateful for all the memories the hubby and I have made out there the past thirteen years!
Cheers to a great vacation and more skications to come! Can’t wait til the next time … until then, thank you for dazzling us once again, Colorado!