You may have guessed last week that we were on vacation. We live in Kansas City, so one of our favorite getaways is Colorado. The flight is about 1 hour to Denver, and the drive to the mountains is about 2 hours. You may remember that we went two years ago when Emma was just 18 months old. We'd said we would go back every year, but last year the summer got away from us. Every year around the end of July/beginning of August I itch for a change of pace and a break from the heat and humidity. This year we planned ahead (like 3 weeks...) and were so thankful to get out of town for a break just as the temps were peaking.
The people that live there live there by choice (for the most part) and they are all genuinely friendly, kind and happy. Servers at restaurants, Bellmen at the hotel (who gave Emma a stuffed animal or lipgloss every day), staff running the chairlifts - everyone is so pleasant and kind.
I've included a slew of photographs from our trip as well as our itinerary, in case you get inspired.
Because I had already documented the hotel last time, I didn't take any photos of it this time - but you can see the details, here, in my older post.
Day 1 : Travel Day
Day 2 : Gondola up Beaver Creek and 5 mile hike down
In case you think Emma's having the time of her life, she's actually saying "I just want to go back to the hotel and get in the hot tub."
She finally gave in to the carrier backpack and took a nap : )
That night we had dinner at Sweet Basil in Vail Village. Vail is a pedestrian ski village full of people strolling and chatting with live music and fountains - it feels very European.
Day 3 : 1 Hour Drive to Turquoise Lake for Beach Picnic and Hike
Camera on the ground trying to out run the timer shot. Emma got a kick out of watching mom try to run.
There is nothing like being knocked off of your feet by the pure majesty of nature. I love vacations that do that for me - whether the ocean, the mountains or an awesome sunset. I feel like that is always what I'm searching for on vacations - to be taken away from the rigors of everyday and to be reminded that I'm a small piece of a huge puzzle that moves and is beautiful without me directing it. It helps me to remember to go with the flow and just enjoy.
This was such a peaceful afternoon.
Day 3 Dinner : Beano's Cabin on Beaver Creek Mountain
Beano's is an Mountainside restaurant. You have options of riding a horse up the mountain, taking a wagon ride or a shuttle. Emma opted for the shuttle bus, which was just fine with me.
Emma's favorite part was frolicking in the meadow, of course.
Day 4 : Rodeo! We spent most of the day at the pool, then treated Emma to a night at the Beaver Creek Rodeo. She loves anything that involves face paint, though she wasn't initially excited about the actual rodeo.
Cotton Candy helped!
Thanks for joining us on a little memory photo tour. We are back refueled and rejuvenated with lovely memories of fun family time.
Too often after busy seasons without a real break, the stress and anxiety of life can sneak up on me too quickly. I'm trying to be better about scheduling our vacations and time off too relieve us before we are maxed out. What are your favorite summer vacation spots? I'm already thinking about our next trip : )