Over my winter break, I was fortunate enough to visit Estes Park, Colorado. I visited Colorado a few summers ago, and I completed my first backpacking trip in The Rocky Mountains. The landscape was gorgeous and I have been eager, ever since to return in the winter months.
This was also a special trip because my mom and mother-in-law agreed to come along with us. It was nice to travel as a family and so much fun to see my mom experience the sights for the first time. I was so proud of her for easily completing our challenging snow shoe hikes. It’s pretty obvious where I get my tenacity from.
We divided our time between Boulder, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Some of the highlights:
I love microbrews. This local, quaint establishment produces some delicious beers. The Stinger was my favorite. There was not many vegan options so I ordered a cheeseless pizza, it was not bad, at all.
Hiking around Rocky Mountain National Park:
Snow shoeing around Bear & Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park:
This was tough, cold and windy, but so much fun and oh, so beautiful!
One of my favorite meals was from Poppy’s Pizza & Grill. They offered vegan cheese options for pizza, along with veggie pepperoni. This was DELICIOUS after a day of snow shoeing:
A visit to Boulder took us to Cantina Loredo. The one vegan option I found was amazing. I ordered the artichoke and avocado enchilada, with no cheese. The mojito was one of the best I ever had.
I finally went to Lush Cosmetics and was excited to find vibrantly colored lipsticks and eyeliners, that were cruelty-free!
On our next visit to Boulder, we toured the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory. It is just adorable and a fun, little tour. Plus, you get tons of free tea tastings. Hair nets required.
We took a few trips to The Stanley Hotel, famous for being the place where Stephen King wrote The Shinning. It is also where a very important scene in Dumb & Dumber was shot. We enjoyed a few of the Redrums, the bars signature drink.
We also had some fun sledding, and more snow shoeing, on a particularly windy and cold day:
This trip was amazing. I definitely hope to visit Colorado again!
Beautiful pictures – looks like an amazing trip!
Thank-you! It really was.
Wow! I’ve wanted to try snow-shoeing and/or x-country skiing for a while now but haven’t had the opportunity. Glad to hear someone enjoyed it so much.
I’m so glad you enjoyed our beautiful state… but the next time you visit, it better be when I’m around 😉