Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Breckenridge + Denver 2016
We're back from our trip to Colorado! We spent three days in Breckenridge to ski (well, not me) and two days in Denver for the Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche outdoor hockey game. And now I'm going to spend the next week on the couch because I am exhausted from all of the fun! We had a great time and pretty sure this is going to be an annual thing now - planning for next year has already begun :)
The trip began bright and early on Wednesday morning with a flight that left at 6:30am. As much as I was dreading this, it was the best decision we could have made since a huge snowstorm hit our area that same afternoon, cancelling every flight out. Luckily we made it to Denver with no problems, where we met up with our good friends, Dane and Tiffany. We grabbed our rental car and started to make the beautiful 90 minute trip up through the Rockies to Breckenridge.
Wednesday was a chill day as we tried to adjust to the altitude. We explored the area, did some shopping, had a few drinks at the Breckenridge Brewery and THE BEST CREPES of my life at Crepes a la Carte. Thank you to Pinky for the recommendation - it was easily one of my favorite things about Breck! My favorites were the s'mores and the strawberry shortcake, yummm.
Speaking of yum, we went out to dinner that night at Blue River Bistro and the food was to die for. It was a cozy little restaurant right in walking distance of our condo with live music and a delicious menu. We all had pasta dishes (comfort food!) and they were all done to perfection. It was the perfect way to kick off our trip.
Finally got to break out my new H&M jacket!
Skiing began the next morning, so we headed up first thing on the gondola to Peak 7. Not going to lie, I love skiing and it was torture watching everyone board the lifts without being able to join. However, the spa did make up for it a bit ;) I spent the day getting pampered with a prenatal massage, facial and spending time at the grotto/pool/relaxation area. It was pretty heavenly.
One of my favorite parts of the entire trip was our dinner that night. We headed over to Frisco for a dinner sleigh ride with Two Below Zero, which I would highly recommend! The fun started with a 15 minute sleigh ride (under blankets) out to their 'back country camp' and the views were incredible. I wish I would have taken more pictures, but it was pretty freezing out there! Once we arrived to camp, we had dinner in an adorable, enclosed heated tent. There was hot chocolate + peppermint schnapps, live music, and family style dining. The evening ended with a sleigh ride back under the stars - definitely a memorable night.
Friday, the guys headed out skiing again, so Tiffany and I just hung out. I'm not sure if it was a bit of altitude sickness or just going nonstop for the past couple days (combined with being pregnant), but I wasn't feeling the greatest. I powered through though, and it ended up being a fun day. We did some shopping in the morning and then had lunch with the guys on the slopes - it was beautiful out! The sun was shining and it was 45 degrees, but felt much warmer so we relaxed on the patio of the Grand Lodge for a few hours with (virgin) drinks, enjoying the DJ and making plenty of new friends.
Once the guys were done skiing, we headed to happy hour at Rita's which also came highly recommended from friends that have been to Breck. Rita's is a little hole in the wall, but the tacos were so good! And so were the margs, from what I hear ;) After that, we checked out of our cute little condo and made the trek down to Denver for the next couple of nights. I started to feel a bit better once we got into the city, so I'm thinking the altitude was probably getting to me a bit. After getting settled into our hotel, we grabbed dinner at Lucky's Pie (seriously all we did on this trip was eat) and surprise, surprise loved it.
On Saturday we actually slept in! We made it out of the hotel around noon for brunch at Snooze AM Eatery in the train station which was hands down, the best meal of the trip. So so so good and totally worth the wait. Plus, Denver's Union Station is the cutest train station of all time, so waiting was bad at all. After we did some shopping and exploring of the city before heading over to Coors Field, where the hockey game was taking place that evening. It was 70 degrees out and that felt awesome coming from the bitter cold in the mountains!
While we really wanted to go to the game, we were just SO TIRED. The skiing, altitude and going nonstop totally took it out on us and we weren't sure we wanted to spend the $150/person tickets for the game when we were exhausted. It ended up being the right decision as we got to take in all of the festivities for free during the day, and then we headed to a bar right by the field that night where we could actually sit down, enjoy a dinner and watch the game in comfort.
The next morning, it was back to the airport already. We had such a great trip and while it was a bummer not being able to ski, I know we'll be back! It was fun being able to spend time with friends we don't get to see that often so I'm hoping this trip really does become an annual one. That being said, there's nothing like coming home to your own bed and of course, Brady Boy. Now, to start planning a little babymoon.... :)