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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.

Would not have survived this trip without my North Face jacket and Sorel boots


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.... :)

44 comments

  1. What a fun trip! Your food sounded delicious and I'm glad you were able to make it out before the snow hit. Shopping, spas and friends sounds like a great way to spend a vacation. Hope you rest up and have some fun babymoon options in the works :) We went to Vegas for a babymoon during the winter a few years ago and it was wonderful!

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  2. I was so jealous following along on Snapchat! Everything was so pretty and the food looked amazing! Glad you guys had a great trip! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. Such an awesome trip!! I'm so glad you had a great time and ate some great food and got some relaxing in!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. Sounds like an amazing trip! Get in as many of those as you can this year :) XO

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  5. Wow, y'all did Breck up right. So glad the spa made up for not being able to ski, I can imagine that wasn't very fun at all. Y'all did it up right with all the eating, so happy the Crepe place lived up to my hype, I LOVED the smores crepe. Super cool you were there for the hockey game, we loved watching it on tv.

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  6. Sounds like a fantastic trip! All the yummy eating - I'm so jealous!! But I'm glad you have your appetite back, too :) I need a smores crepe RIGHT NOW. I'm sorry you didn't feel good up there, though!

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  7. Looks like such a perfect trip! And I know you'll be so thankful you did it after the baby is born. It's great to get some one on one time like that (and with friends). The photos you got are beautiful!

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  8. Such a fun trip, and look at those gorgeous views! Even with not being able to ski, it looks like a blast especially with some spa time. Sorry you weren't feeling well for a bit, but glad you felt better once you came back down the mountain. And how fun that you went to a hockey game at Coors Field! My husband is a Rockies fan, and can't wait to go this summer for a game <3
    Green Fashionista

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  9. This sounds like THE BEST EVER. We totally should have crashed your trip. ;) I've definitely been dreaming about a spa day, so this didn't help... lol! That sleigh ride sounds AMAZINGGGGG. Sign. Me. Up.

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  10. How fun! Strawberry shortcake sounds amazing right now! Bummer about not being able to ski but the prenatal massage and pool relaxation sounds pretty good too! Can't wait to hear about the baby moon. Not sure we will make it out anywhere fun with the Zika virus out there.. We will see..

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  11. Looks like you had a fab trip girl! I'm glad you got some pampering in there and looks like some really great food!

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  12. Your trip looks amazing even if you couldn't ski! I love Snooze! It's so good. We are going back to Denver this summer and I haven't been since I lived there. So excited to see what they did with the train station!

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  13. What a great trip-- the sleigh ride to dinner inside a tent sounds so magical!

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  14. So glad you made it to the brewery. My parents actually took us on that sleigh ride out of Frisco when we were kids, loved it! And totally jealous about the hockey game...so glad you had a great trip!

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  15. ahhh the mountains are SO pretty! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  16. Sounds like such a fun trip!! The views are gorgeous! The sleigh ride dinner sounds like so much fun.

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  17. Sounds like such a fun trip (minus not being able to ski), but that prenatal massage and spa day sound perfect!! All the yummy food sounds delicious!!!

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  18. I'm glad you all had such a fun trip! Thanks for sharing the fun pictures! :)

    Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

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  19. I love that the pregnancy isn't slowing you down one bit!
    What a fun adventurous trip!

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  20. This looks like such a fun trip - neither of us have ever been to Colorado, and it looks absolutely beautiful! And, all the food sounds pretty damn delicious right about now. :)

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  21. ooooh this looks so fun! i really hope we get to go there one day. sucks you weren't able to ski, i have never done it (i have snowboarded though) but to be honest the food sounds like the highlight to me hahaha

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  22. I love Colorado but the last time I went I was pregnant and the altitude was so rough so I really feel you! It sounds like the perfect amount of time and I am literally drooling at the thought of a crepe right now!

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  23. What an AWESOME trip!! Glad you still had a good time (and got pampered some- woo!) despite not being able to ski. All the food sounds delicious and I am ready to be on vacation right now!! haha

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  24. What a great trip - I'm not a skier and I want to go!!! Love your black cross-body bag - where is it from?!

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  25. What an amazing trip!!! We're going to have to hit that crepe place & Rita's when we go. Your sleigh ride/tent dinner sounds AMAZING!!! I'm hoping to ward off the altitude sickness with staying the night in Denver when we first get there (who knows if that'll actually help lol) Sorry you couldn't ski but the spa and shopping sounds pretty grand ;) Glad y'all had a fun trip!

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  26. Amazing!! Have to chuckle a little bit about planning for next year!! So different when that darling baby arrives! Can't wait to see where the baby moon is!!!

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  27. Now that is definitely a winter trip!! It looks like you guys has so much fun! I definitely would go straight for the comfort food and pasta too! Sorry you couldn't Ski, but I would take a spa day anyday lol <3

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  28. You are seriously the cutest! I just love your boots. Glad you had a good time even though you couldn't ski!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  29. Goodness...that sleigh ride sounds like something you would see on a Hallmark movie. And that spa day sounds pretty fantastic! Sounds like a perfect trip!

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  30. Sounds like such a fun trip and your pictures are great! I loved following you on snapchat and seeing all of the fun you were having!

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  31. For a second I thought this was your babymoon and I was like, aw man she doesn't sound very happy lol. Not that you didn't have fun I'm sure (I'd go just about anywhere for food) but that would suck to have to watch everyone else do something you want to do. We always say we want to go to Colorado and stay in a cabin and drink hot chocolate and maybe sit in a hot tub, but not so much be outside. The spa sounds wonderful though! If I were you, I would pull the pregnant card and be like, "I need a massage weekly" lol.

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  32. It all looks so dreamy--beautiful pictures! Since I work at a salon and spa now I'm all for pampering--glad you got to enjoy a prenatal massage! The food all sounds great too...and I'm glad you made it out and didn't have a cancelled flight!

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  33. The setting looks just gorgeous! I'm glad you were able to still have a great time without skiing - the spa sounds/looks fabulous to me! The sleigh ride seems like such a highlight - I love it!

    Having it as an annual trip will be such fun!

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  34. What an awesome trip!!! The altitude definitely takes some adjusting. Whenever people visit us, I always tell them to drink as much water as possible and a little less alcohol as usual. And we aren't even as high as Denver!

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  35. So fun!!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

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  36. Wow does this ever make me miss Colorado! My husband and I have never been to Breckenridge, we always go to Beaver Creek but now I definitely want to try Breckenridge looks so quaint, fun and cozy!

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  37. Ahhh this all looks so amazing!! Fabulous pictures. Sounds like an awesome trip! (And I would totally take a spa day over skiing! Woo! : )

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  38. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous trip! Such a bummer about not being able to ski with everyone, but the rest of it sounds so fun! The sleigh ride to dinner sounds pretty magical! And all that delicious food and pampering! Fun, fun! :)

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  39. This looks amazing! I've always wanted to travel out west to ski! Love your day of pampering! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  40. You hit some of my favorite places, it looks like you had a wonderful trip! Xo, Stephanie

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  41. What a great post. It looks fabulous there..what a great place..hvac repair

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