It’s the start of the New year and I am back to reality sitting at my desk at work wishing I could be back on my magical vacation.
Being in Colorado was like being at Disneyland, especially Vail! It had just snowed before we got there and it was absolutely breathtaking driving up the mountains to get there. Once you’re in the town it’s like if you stepped into a huge version of the Matterhorn! Swiss chalets everywhere and a cute bustling center filled with shoppers and snow sport junkies alike.
I was only in Colorado for a few days but they were the right amount for a Forst trip to explore a new place. You especially need to get acclimated since the elevation is super high! I don’t recommend staying just for a weekend because you’ll spend the whole time with altitude sickness like my sister did.
Now what your here for! The Denver mini guide!
Wednesday: We took an early morning flight to arrive around 10 am to allow us time to check in to the hotel (we stayed at the Ritz Carlton) and explore the city. We traveled New Year’s Day so pretty much everything was closed but there were still people walking around the 16th Street Mall. Don’t get me wrong though a lot of things are closed for seemingly no reason when you need them to be open! Most places are closed at 5.
We went back to the hotel after having breakfast at The Earl. The place was cute but the food wasn’t exceptional for the price so I don’t really recommend it. Once at the hotel we passed out for two hours because altitude sickness makes you drowsy!
After our nap we were pretty hungry and realized it was probably time to go get some food again so we ventured back to 16th Street mall where shocker almost nothing was open. We ended up at Giordanos which is a Chicago favorite! You can even have pizzas shipped to you from them!
Thursday: Second day in Denver and we spent the day roaming around the city. We met up with one of my sisters friends and had coffee at Little Owl Coffee. I had a strawberry croissant that was just wow. Definitely worth the $5 I spent on it!
Later on we stopped by the Denver Milk Market which is a super cute food and retail hall. So many great options to choose from and Happy Hour at their bar did not disappoint! We bought a cheese pizza, our three burgers, two orders of fries, a cocktail and a beer for about $35 dollars.
Friday: We rented a car and drove out to Vail! The highway there is filled with town after town of ski country and each even prettier than the last. And the scenery was simply incredible. Photographs on my phone simply cannot do it justice.
We arrived a little late and decided to ski the next day after checking in at the Four Seasons. The view from their balconies is spectacular! The town is super quaint and absolutely gorgeous. It felt like being transported to Switzerland!
Saturday: Spent the whole day on the mountain so I can’t tell you much about it but boy was the view from there absolutely incredible.
Sunday: Last day in Colorado! We were already back in Denver at this point and our flight didn’t leave until 10pm so we had time to kill! We explored the RiNo district with its graffiti street art, stopped by a few shops and ended up at the Denver Central Market which was very similar to the Milk Market. Lots of great options and incredible atmosphere!