Our Colorado trip is an annual trip that my family and I have been doing since I was in college there. When I was growing up, we had a place in Mammoth Lakes but as the kids (me and my brother) grew older and went to college, my parents would come visit us where we went to school. At the time, I was the only one in college and they would come spend the holiday season in Colorado and we spent less and less time in Mammoth. Colorado feels like a second home to me, I have so many friends that still live there and there’s something about it that makes you feel like you’re at ease. As soon as I get off the plane and walk off the tarmac, I feel this sense of “ah it’s good to be back, fresh air, nice people and slower pace of life.”
For the past few years, we have been staying at the Ritz Carlton Residences. One of the best perks of the Ritz Carlton is they are super furry friends friendly, so we get to bring Mia with us. If you’re looking for the Disneyland type of feel of a hotel, then this place is not for you. But, if you’re looking for something a little more quaint but a car ride away from town, then I highly suggest staying here or the Beaver Creek area versus Vail.
There are two pieces that are my current go-tos for this winter, this jacket and this shoes (c/o Cole Haan) which are the best for morning walks with Mia and apres-ski playtime in the snow. The jacket is definitely an investment piece but if you are looking for a multi-functional jacket, this is what you’re looking for. For the shoes, they are waterproof and they keep you warm which are two big things when i am looking for winter shoes to bring with me to the mountains.
There’s something special to be said about this place, it’s calm and quaint and you truly feel like you are in a winter wonderland (when there’s snow). This year we got hit with not the best of seasons but we still made the best of it and in fact ended up extending our trip two times! We skied a good chunk of the time, even though only a few chairs and runs were open. But, isn’t there a saying like “make the best of the situation” and we truly did.
For restaurants, you may or may not believe this, but we ended up eating at the Ritz Carlton most times. They have two restaurants (WYLD and Buffalos) and between the two menus, it was easy enough to find something for everyone and for every day. Not going to lie that by the time we got home, I was about ready for a new menu! Because of how chilly it was, many patios were not open this time of year meaning that Mia was not welcomed in many many restaurants. Another small change from last year was we didn’t have our car due to a last minute family emergency that altered our plans.
Usually, if and when we have a car, it allows us to explore a little bit more (restaurants in town or different properties) and leave Mia in the car. However, this year we were limited to dog-friendly properties which were not that many. I can’t complain, it’s always so nice to get the family together and spend some time together in one of the more beautiful places.
I am currently planning out my 2018 travel and I can’t wait to share with you where I want to go and what has been booked so far!