Have you ever been to Colorado? Well, you should go. Being in the Air Force, I’ve met people from all over, and a lot of people I have met are from Colorado. And every time you meet someone from Colorado, they’ll be sure to tell you that Colorado is the best, and it’s awesome, and it’s beautiful, etc… I didn’t really care or believe them at first, because I’m quite partial to Arizona myself, but when I finally visited Colorado for the first time a few years ago, it all made sense. Colorado is awesome and beautiful and a bunch of other pleasant adjectives, so I’m going to share with you some of my favorite things about this awesome piece of America.
I am by no means an expert skier. In fact, I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve gone skiing in my life. However, Colorado is a great place for skiers, whether you’re an expert, or an amateur (like me). I’ve tried learning to ski in Europe, with the Alps as my playground. Not a good idea. So I switched to sledging (or sledding as we like to call it), which is a whole other adventure in and of itself. But that’s a story for another time. I decided to give it another go in Colorado. There is just something about the snow that made skiing in Colorado so much easier for me to learn. Compared to the more compact, icy snow in Europe, the snow in Colorado was much fluffier, and therefore made it easier for me to figure out how to turn my skis as I slowly made my way down the bunny slope. It also helped that the powdery snow cushioned my tumbles much better than the icy slopes of Europe. I’m guessing this has something to do with the weather, and the effect the drier climate has on the snow. No idea if this is true or not, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Even if you don’t ski at all and have no desire to, the mountains are so beautiful and the little ski towns are so quaint, you’ll probably be happy just to cozy up next to a fire with a mug of hot chocolate (or whisky, whatever) and watch as the snow falls on the mountainous terrain outside the window. And then there are the other attractions, like snow tubing, ice skating, shopping and eating!
2. Hipsters everywhere
Don’t let that scare you, I know I don’t necessarily equate hipsters with the reason a place is going to be a spectacular travel destination, but they sure do know how to push the envelope when it comes to creative food and restaurants. In Denver alone, you can check out two of the coolest establishments that you won’t find just anywhere. While visiting a friend, she took me to a couple of places that had my name on it. The first was an old mortuary turned into a restaurant, Linger. Might sound kinda morbid, but it’s not. The place is huge, and has an open roof top seating area, where you can walk up to a guy in an old van and order cocktails, while enjoying a panorama of the Denver skyline.
Or if you choose to dine indoors, you can enjoy the trendy interior while nomming on global cuisine prepared with an American twist by the chef. I enjoyed the masala dosa, an Indian dish comprised of a huge, crispy rice and lentil crepe, which you use to scoop up the delicious filling of potatoes and peas.
After dinner, you’ll have to stop out front at Little Man Ice Cream for dessert. You’ll come upon a three-story high silver milk can that sells the tastiest ice cream I’ve ever had. The line will twist all the way back around the restaurant, because the ice cream is THAT good. Fortunately, there is a much shorter line you can wait in for your tasty treat at a small stand off to the side; you’ll just have fewer options to choose from. Doesn’t matter though, it’s ALL good.
After this fantastic restaurant and ice cream stand, my friend brought me to the coolest bar I’ve ever seen, Forest Room 5. It’s basically a forest. Inside, the bar and seating is all made out of wood with flannel and plaid coverings. After we grabbed our Moscow mules, we headed outside to the patio area, where we meandered through the trees and over the flowing creek to pick the perfect fire pit to sit around. We plopped down on our tree stump seats and watched Bob Ross painting on the giant screen overhead. If you’re looking for a little more privacy, you can climb in the teepee and sit on the bench in there while you enjoy your cocktail. See? Hipster can be awesome!
3. Friendly people
I’ve only lived in DC for a year, but man, being around stressed out, angry people kicking others in the shins as they struggle to rise to the top gets a little wearing after a while. While everywhere has its fair share of grumpy cats, I’ve run into far more people with a smile on their face and a friendly hello to give in Colorado than I have in DC. It definitely makes a difference in your day when you deal with pleasant human beings.
4. Outdoor active lifestyle
I love my computer and Netflix as much as the next girl, but sometimes you just gotta get outside! Colorado makes it so easy for you to do that and to ENJOY it. There are tons of beautiful hiking trails, and you’ll see Coloradoans everywhere making it a habit to get outdoors and do something active. In the winter, everyone hits the slopes for a season of skiing and snowboarding. No matter the weather, there is something to do outside at all times of the year, so you don’t have to worry about developing those winter blues. Did you know they’re currently building a bike path from the small town of Boulder that extends all the way to Denver? The rest of the US needs to take a page out of Colorado’s book and start taking initiatives like this. I’d happily bike into DC for work rather than be stuck in hours of traffic, or crammed on public transport (and yes, I know I can still bike into DC, but I refuse to bike in that kind of traffic, I value my life).
So yes, Colorado is awesome. I get it. It took me awhile, but I finally understand. And we’d be more than willing to help you plan a Colorado adventure, so just go to that little “Contact Us” link at the top of the page and let us know when you want to go!