Feb 05

Colorado History Museum

After gallivanting through the state of Colorado I finally finished with a day in Denver, a rainy day in Denver.  It was time to visit museums.  My first stop was the Colorado History Museum.

The museum is only a few months old and was recommended by my friend and Trip Advisor.  While I thought the museum was better geared towards children, it would certainly appeal to adults too.  For children I would suggest middle school age, plus or minus a year or two.

The museum told the stories of the early Colorado settlers, skiing, Native American’s, Japanese and a few more topics.  It’s a self-guided tour with a variety of video and wall card things to tell the story.

 As much as I enjoyed the museum, it is geared towards a younger crowd who will have fun while being educated.  But adults can also have some fun and learn too. They may find themselves skipping one or two smaller pieces or exhibits as they’re obviously designed for kids. But otherwise they’ll be able to fill and hour or two in this museum. Words of caution though, there are quite a few school groups during the week. Although they are well managed by the staff, you may find exhibits getting over run at times.

 

Dec 18

The Lodge and Spa At Breckenridge

While staying at Breckenridge I wanted a hotel with a view of the mountains, really, why stay in the mountains off-season and not see the mountain?  That brought us to The Lodge and Spa and Breckenridge.

The hotel is located across from the Breckenridge ski area, giving a great view of the mountain.  It had a great rustic Colorado mountain resort feel to it, with fireplaces, wood, and wood smell. The staff was friendly and helpful, making for a warm welcome.

Our room obviously wasn’t newly renovated, but it worked. The room had two beds, a desk with chairs, and a dresser that all matched.  The armoire though was a dark wood, which was odd and out of place, but also offered storage and a place for our flat screen TV.   I guess you can’t have everything.

We also had a balcony, allowing us an unobstructed view of the mountains with privacy.  The roof of it also shielded us from the snow. Unfortunately the snow also meant clouds were obstructing out view of the ski resort; fortunately, the weather cleared a bit in the morning.

When we checked in we were offered a visit to the spa and made appointments for massages.  The spa area, including the gym, which was not the most modern, but certainly did the job.  My massage was great, but my friend said hers was too strong, even after she asked the girl to go lighter.  Not sure what to say about that, other then I guess its luck of the draw like any time you go to a new place. In addition to the fitness center they also had hot tubs on the deck.

The hotel does include breakfast, a typical continental breakfast with a great view from the room of the mountains.  The hotel did also offer Wi-Fi throughout the hotel (a new feature).

If you’re going during the winter to ski I’m not sure this is the best place, as it’s up a big hill and a distance from the ski area. There does seem to be some sort of shuttle in the area so that may make it an easy ride. But if you just want to relax in the area, this is a nice lodge with great views.

Oct 23

Durango, Colorado

When my friend told me she was moving to Durango I was a little shocked and a bit disappointed. Once I started looking into Durango I felt much better about the change in plans.

Durango certainly isn’t a metropolis, but it’s still a cute little town.  My first thought on arriving was that it was desert, as in a lot of dirt and smaller shrubby trees.  I’ve discovered that it is not my favorite landscape.

At first the surrounding area seemed a little disorganized, but that was probably because I’ve never been there. For a relatively small town in a valley the number of townhouses surprised me.  I get townhouses, they’re cool, but for a town with room to grow, they seem like an odd choice of housing.

Once we got to downtown though, Durango made sense.  It’s adorable; it’s at least 6 blocks long. There are a few souvenir shops, but it’s mostly restaurants and local shops. Do you want chocolate, French bread, wine, pizza or a brewery?  It’s all here.  It’s not in that cheesy way that Deadwood was; it was like a real town that people live in.

No, I don’t think it should top your bucket list, but if you’re in the region, it’s worth the visit.

Oct 09

Mesa Verde

While planning my trip to Durango I had heard that Mesa Verde was interesting, or the people were interesting, so obviously I had to go there. Of course all we saw was the National Park, but sometimes that is how it goes.

At first glance the park reminded me a lot of some of the other parks in the region – Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion.  A canyon, this one was desert like.

 Then we stopped at Cliff Palace. Although you need tickets to do a tour of this area, you can take a short walk to an overlook, which is where I got my surprise, the Anasazi ruins.  Yes, I know they don’t call them the Anasazi, but to me that is who they are.  Mostly because that’s what they were called in the romance novels I read about this area.  So yes they are really the Pueblo Indians, but to me they are the Anasazi.

 Although you don’t learn to much by just looking, it’s amazing how well built up the community is, considering they used dirt and water as mortar.

We then drove over to the Spruce Tree House. Although you can walk down here to get a closer look, my friend was recovering from a broken ankle and I’m just a wimp. Well with the higher elevation it would have taken me forever to get backup.  Yea, that sounds good.

After that we headed back to Durango.  One of the interesting things about the ride to and from Durango is going through the smaller towns, I wont mention any names, but people primarily lived in trailer homes.  That’s amusing to a girl who only knows of 1 trailer park in the region she lives in.