Denver for a Day: Hot Spots to Explore

Denver, Colorado is a wonderful place. Despite living in Colorado, the capital city was a bit of a mystery to me. I grew up taking weekend trips to Denver (about a 4 hour drive from my hometown), but I didn't really get to know the area until I went to college. Then, it all changed.…

Find your peace at Avalanche Ranch

What do you get when you mix rugged mountains, quiet seclusion, eclectic lodging, family-owned charm, and tranquil hot spring pools? A stunning getaway at Avalanche Ranch. Avalanche Ranch is located near Redstone, Colorado, and is summed up perfectly as a picturesque vision of what the Rocky Mountains are, can be, and should be. The quiet…

Hanging Lake, a local natural wonder

Nearby our home, there is a high-alpine travertine lake with crystal-clear waters. A grandiose waterfall plummets as the source, and a log sits, suspended, from the shore. Maybe you've heard of it? Hanging Lake is a world-famous attraction, known as a geological wonder and top contender for bucket list musts. It's both gorgeous and amazing, and…

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10 Things to Pack for a Fall Camping Trip

In Colorado, the weather is unpredictable. It's just as likely to snow on the same day that starts out 65 degrees and sunny. You know this, I know this, we all know this. For some reason, though, my husband and I decided to try our luck at camping, during Colorado's more vulnerable and unpredictable seasons:…

Weekender Photo Spree: Local Fall Colors

I live for fall colors. While autumn often comes with its own set of baggage and emotions, it also brings a full force of beauty. Colorado's high-altitude leaves never disappoint. My husband and I have made it our mission to experience as much fall color as possible; this season is short-lived in the mountains. They…

Hot Springs Series: Sand Dunes Swimming Pool, a desert oasis

Colorado's Great Sand Dunes are a wonder to behold. Literal mountains of sand—always shifting, morphing, and glowing against a scenic mountain backdrop—exist, a little out of place. These mounds of sand tower over inhabitants and visitors, transforming Mosca, Colorado into a Sahara-like desert. Nearby this place where sand covers all who dare to wander is…

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Weekends are for pajamas and fall drives

Every once in a while, my husband have a free weekend to ourselves. As fans of leisure, we usually spend these sacred days lounging around—we'll sleep in, surf Netflix for a movie or two, maybe play a game of rummy, and stay in our pajamas for as long as possible. We're two introverts that love…

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Hot Springs Series: Old Town Hot Springs Brings the Fun

Water has a way of bringing us together. My husband put it simply last weekend, when we spied children donning swimsuits and floaties and contagious smiles. "Man," I said, "kids really love the water." "We all do," he replied. "You can do things in the water that you can't anywhere else. It's like living a…

Brewery Hoppers: Barrels & Bottles

I'm a gal that appreciates brews. I didn't think I'd ever love beer—with a gluten sensitivity and a strictly-sweet pallet, it seemed like my fate was tied to vodka drinks and a cider here and there. My home-brewing husband was worried that I'd never find something he could make. However, I lucked out the day…