Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday Ramblings | 10 things I loved about Colorado

I recently posted “10 things” as a Wednesday Ramblings and loved the interaction that I experienced with you guys.  So I decided that, instead of a regular old vacation roundup, I would share ten of my favorite things about our recent trip to Colorado.

We flew into Denver, rented a car, spent two nights in Denver, drove to Boulder, did some hiking, drove to Fort Collins, spent two nights there, and then drove around in the mountains for a long time before flying back home.  It was an incredible five days with my husband.  Here’s why:

10. Pool tables. I learned that Paul loves pool tables.  We arrived home one week ago and we now own a pool table.  That vacation ended up producing some residual costs.  Please tell me I’m not the only one this has happened to.

9. The amazing blue skies. (See above.)

8. The oldest church in Denver: Trinity United Methodist.  Paul and I were roaming around downtown Denver Sunday morning and we turned the corner and saw this gorgeous church. They had a service at 11 am, it was 10:40 am.  I’m calling that a God moment.  Paul and I haven’t had the opportunity to worship together, for a full service, in a very long time and this was one of the most treasured moments of our vacation.

7.  Hiking.  We spent Monday, Labor Day, in Boulder hiking at Chautauqua park.  It was stunning.  So full of life and energy.  My body is nowhere near used to altitude, let alone exercise in altitude, but the majesty of being in the mountains takes all of that away. I sincerely wish we had some mountains here.

6. Amazing people.  Eclectic is the word that comes to mind when I think about the people we encountered.  Awesome people.  Artists, like this man, in the middle of the 16th street mall in Denver, teaching a child to play piano. We watched this unfold as we ate dinner on a patio one night.  I loved this scene.

5. Mountains (of course) simply took my breath away with their views, their majesty.  The sunshine, the breeze.

4. Snooze.  Not the button on your alarm, the restaurant.  The cutest place with such character.  I wanted to stick this coffee mug in my purse.  And the breakfast that I had…I am in the process of recreating it so you’ll see my version of it soon.  Simply amazing.

3. IPA onion rings.  Oh yes.  Yes, they were as big as doughnuts.  Yes, we ate every last one.  Yes, I am still working off the calories.  Yes, they were 100% worth is.

2. Breweries.  The state is full of them, Fort Collins particularly.  I love craft beer, I love rich flavors and local brews and this is the place to get them.  O’dell Brewing was definitely a favorite: try 90 Shilling and their IPA.

1. Fort Collins.  I fell in love with Fort Collins.  Their quaint downtown area.  The sweet people.  The hotel where we stayed.  The shops, the restaurants, the breweries (see #4).  Such a sweet town and I can’t wait to go back!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?


19 Responses to “Wednesday Ramblings | 10 things I loved about Colorado”

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 12, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    I love this!! I’d have to say my favorite place to vacation is the Caribbean 🙂 I’m spoiled.

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    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — September 12, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    I love this! It looks like you had an awesome vacation and I’m cracking up that you now own a pool table… I’m not going to allow my husband to see this otherwise he will pull the old “see, she let’s her husband buy one”.

    • Cassie replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

      I know. I can’t even believe it. Silly, silly me!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 12, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Your vacation looks like so much fun, Cassie! Love your pics and that is too funny about the pool table – I’m sure you are not alone in that! 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

      Thanks Laura, I’m laughing about it, thankfully. I know he will enjoy it so much!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — September 12, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    Don’t we have the most amazing sky here? I almost feel like I could reach out and touch the clouds sometimes. Crazy. I’ll be sad when we leave.

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — September 12, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    You make me want to book a flight to Denver! I have never been there but I would love to go there sometime!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — September 12, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    Looks like an amazing trip! I’ve been dying to get out to Denver & Boulder…..fingers crossed for next year.

    So hard to pick one favorite vacation spot! But, I have to go with the South Island of New Zealand….simply an amazing place!

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    Anna — September 12, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    That church is stunning! The atmosphere of those old churches is hard to beat. You’ll just have to get better than Paul at pool…that’ll show him 🙂

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 12, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    My boyfriend lived in CO and dreams to live there again. I’ve never been there but we’re going this winter! I cannot even wait. your descriptions and photos have me wishing for March to come quickly!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — September 12, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    I wish I have a pool table at home too, but wait, I am not even a good player. 😀 It just looks nice as a interior design. lol. Colorado is one of places I want to visit, and how nice to spend the week there with multiple cities and lots of things to do! That onion rings, I thought they are donuts! Haha.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — September 12, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    What a gorgeous place and beautiful pictures! Look at those onion rings!! I’ve never been to denver but it’s definitely on my list!

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    Vicki Bensinger — September 12, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    I love the mountains and crisp fresh air a lot. When we’re there I bike for hours each day and totally escape from everything. Alone typically on my bike, taking in the fresh air and scenery. Lots of time the think, sing and wonder off, it’s heavenly!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 12, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Sounds like a great vacation! I haven’t yet visited CO, but I’m thinking I need some of those onion rings real soon!!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 12, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    Onion rings as big as donuts? YES PLEASE!

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    Kiran @ — September 13, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    Fingers crossed — i think our next vacation might be to Colorado 😉

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    Heather — September 21, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    I love your post about CO! My husband and I have been living in Boulder for two years. It is a great place. 🙂

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    Onionista — March 18, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    Found you on Twitter, looked at your blog and instantly found myself reading your Colorado post! So glad you enjoyed your time in CO! Looking forward to seeing more of your posts!


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