Coloradograms: Vail & Garden Of The Gods

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:

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Chase and I

Chase and I

Garden of the Gods  , rock climbing!

Garden of the Gods , rock climbing!

Exploring San Francisco

Where to explore:

It was my goal to visit as many places on our list as possible within a few days! If you’ve been following me for a while you know I love pretty backdrops and always do my research on places with the best views before a trip! So below are some of my favorites that are great stops if you are traveling with friends or a significant other!

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Bernal Heights Park- Pretty views of San Fran! It’s an easy hike to the top where you will find this swing! Pro tip- go earlier in the day. You won’t have to wait to snap a pic on the swing! However- this place still flies pretty under the radar so chances are there might be 1 or 2 other people waiting to snap a pic.

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Golden Gate Bridge Lookout- Battery Spencer located on the other side of the bridge from San Fran in Sausalito. It’s the best place for a pic of the city with the bridge! It tends to get crowded and parking can be a battle. I suggest parking down at the bottom and walking up. It only takes about 15 minutes. Pro tip- return for sunset and drive all of the way to the top. It’s unreal! (Bam Margera from Jackass asked my BF to take his photo here, haha!)

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Baker Beach- You can’t really go wrong driving anywhere along the coast, but this was another spot on my list. It’s the best location to get the beach and Golden Gate Bridge in one photo. (see photo below!)

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Point Bonita Lighthouse- According to a local this spot is still pretty undiscovered by most, but totally worth the hike. (Another easy one!) It was pretty foggy while we were there, but when it would break the ocean and cliffs we're beautiful!

Where to stay:

We wanted to stay in the heart of San Fran so we were close to all of the places we wanted to explore. The Clift, located in Union Square, was just what we needed and not to mention we had great views of the city from our windows. We stayed in a one bedroom suite. This includes, a dining area, living area, bedroom, bathroom, and vanity room. What more could you possibly need?

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The Clift Royal Sonesta- Sometimes you just want breakfast in bed! I highly recommend!

Napa Wineries:

We figured since we had traveled all of the way to the West Coast, it was only right to check out Napa while we were there. Plus, it’s only a little over an hour from San Fran! We stayed in an AirBNB for the night that was close to the wineries and then just hopped around all day. I mean wine not!? ;) #WhenInNapa

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Round Pond Estate- We were on the hunt for palm tree lined streets and based on my extensive research (ha!) I know of at least 2 that have them! Round Pond Estates and Scribe Winery. Pro tip- Both wineries need reservations. I would book a week in advance.

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Robert Mondavi Winery- I love Robert Mondavi wine so this was a no brainer. Plus you can buy by the glass and don’t need reservations. :)

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Domaine Chandon- Calling all champagne and sparkling wine lovers! This is your stop, plus the view is gorgeous. Not a sparkling wine fan? Don’t worry they have still wines available by glass! Pro tip- most wineries require reservations. This one does not!

Domaine Chandon - Chase took this shot with his drone!

Domaine Chandon- Chase took this shot with his drone!

Where To Eat & Grab coffee:

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Palm House Restaurant- Caribbean cuisine. If you’re looking for a lively vibe, cute decor and yummy tacos and margs. Check out Palm House! All of the food has a fun Caribbean twist, like ceviche in a coconut! (See below!)

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Home Coffee Shop- I love anything rainbow so when I heard Home Bakery had Birthday Cake Lattes, well I’ve never made an easier decision. It really does taste like birthday cake in coffee form.

48 Hours in Colorado

We flew into Denver, Colorado on a Friday afternoon and stayed at the Westin Downtown.  Friday evening we had tickets to see a sold out Odesza show at Red Rocks!! I have had this amphitheater on my bucket list for a while now and let me just say it is a sight to be seen!! The venue is just as beautiful as the photos! Be prepared for some climbing though, the seating is no joke! :) Anyway the concert was amazing! Pro Tip: Ubers will pick you up at the bottom of the venue!  (Do not walk to the top like we did, or you will be in for a work out!) 

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The next day we rented a white Jeep Wrangler (aka my dream car!) from an App called Turo! It's basically AirBNB for cars! It's a lot cheaper than renting from the airport, plus you get to choose the car you want.  We wanted to spend this day exploring, so we we basically picked a direction on the map (West) and started driving, top down of course ;) We drove through Keystone which had so many beautiful photo ops and mountain views! Pretty neat how there is still snow at the top of the mountains in the summer. It definitely dropped about 30 degrees when we made it closer to the top. Pro-Tip: Have a jacket or sweater on hand! 

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Saturday evening we were pretty exhausted from all of our festivities and just grabbed a bite to eat in downtown Denver! It's a fun town to walk around in, they even have a free train that will take you through the downtown area. We flew out at 8 am the next morning! The trip was short & sweet, but totally worth it!! Can't wait to go back and explore some more!