Colorado: Boulder

Oh Colorado…what a beautiful state it is! Every time I think of great outdoor states two come to mind, Arizona and Colorado. In October 2016 Andrew and I made our first anniversary trip to the home of the Rockies. We had always wanted to go and though we originally had Boston or Philadelphia in mind for year one, we are not ones to pass up a sweet deal.

For this trip we actually brought along my parents and our daughter. She was just over one year old and I could not get myself to have her in Texas while we were away so I was able to convince my parents to come on an all expense paid trip. They too can’t pass up a good deal, haha.

As we do, we made an adventure of it and made a couple of stops while in the gorgeous state. This is going to be another mini-series + hotel review with details about where we went and what we did. Read about our accommodations here!

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We landed in Denver and shortly after made the drive up north to Boulder. This had to be our first stop because we both badly wanted to see the Rockies and they did not disappoint, but first breakfast!

We went to the popular Pearl Street area and found a cute breakfast area called Snooze. It’s a delicious breakfast focused restaurant that has great values. I don’t have any worthy photos, so here is one from their Instagram. It’s a busy place, so get there early or be prepared to have anywhere from 30 minute to 2 hour wait. No worries though, there are plenty of shops to wander in and out of and coffee to grab until it’s time to sit, that’s what we did.

The drive to RMNP was so breathtaking, especially once we came up to Estes Park. Unfortunately we were already on a tight schedule, but if we had more time I would’ve loved to walk around here more and go into the famous Stanley Hotel. Instead we just headed straight for the park and wandered in several areas, but found ourselves just enjoying the quiet and crisp air at Sprague Lake. RMNP, like any national park, cannot be done in a couple of hours.

The next morning was a gorgeous sight! Our hotel was in a perfect and quiet area and the air was so cool. We wandered off to get coffee and muffins from the free breakfast area and just sat outside and enjoyed the sunrise. Shortly after the whole gang was dressed we headed out for a full breakfast. Through some Pinterest research I had come across this beautiful looking tea house, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, and I knew we HAD to go to. All the plants, woodwork, and detail in the painting was to die for. Breakfast was delicious and there is a cute park just across the street. I would absolutely recommend that you all go.

That was our last stop and then we made the drive down to Denver for the next two days. I hope you enjoyed reading about our day in Boulder and keep an eye out for my Denver blog next week!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Foot of the Mountain blog for a discount code on your stay there!

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