What do you do when you arrive in Denver Friday Morning, have a wedding in Vail Saturday afternoon, and fly out Sunday evening? You try to jam pack as much exploring as you possibly can into one weekend!
Here’s what we did:
Flew into Denver Airport and arrived around 11 am. Hopped on a bus to our rental car and hit the road to Vail. We made one pit stop for lunch (Jimmy John’s duh!). Chase was actually in the wedding so he had to be at the rehearsal at 3:00 pm. We got to Vail around 1:00 pm, quickly explored Vail Village. Basically just on the hunt for wine (we found it!), then checked into our AIRBNB at Vail Racquet Club. (highly recommend btw- they gave us a free upgrade to a 2 bedroom suite and it’s only about 7 minutes from Vail Village!) Chase changed quick and flew out the door, meanwhile I took my time getting ready for the Meet & Greet at Four Seasons at 6:00pm. Flash forward to Saturday morning. Chase didn’t have to be at the ceremony until 1:30, so we finally had some time to explore a bit. We drove around Vail and pretty much stopped anywhere that looked worthy of a photo op. The pines were so pretty with all of the snow! Pro-tip: renting a car really is the best way to go. I know I say this about all of our trips, but if you want to make the most of your trip, you will listen ;) Wedding festivities took place the rest of the day/night at the Sonnenalp. Flash forward to Sunday morning! Okay so this is when the real exploring kicks in. We have until 3:00 pm to take in all of Colorado’s beauty. We make a last minute decision to drive to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Mind you this is an hour south of Denver but it had been on our list so why not!
Okay Garden of the Gods is really cool! Not only is it pretty with the red rocks but you can actually climb them too! Only serious climbers with a permit were allowed to climb the tall ones (which there were some climbing while we were there) but there are a few crevices in the rocks that are really fun for the basic climber. As Chase said, my inner tom boy came out! haha. Anyway my point is that it’s definitely breathtaking and worth driving an hour out of our way.
Okay phew. Just reminiscing about this weekend tires me out all over again, but it was all worth it! Plus we got to see our friends get married, so win win! Here are some pics from our trip below: