So it is not really a weekend getaway for us, but a getaway so I think that I’ll count it.
We just got back from a long and fabulous vacation in Telluride, Colorado. You probably already gathered this from the 4th of July post. At this point I have been visiting Telluride for about half my life, and it feels like home. (We even got married there). There is always someone to see, something new to explore, and great food to eat. Oh, the views are not bad either.
Unfortunately I was not as good at taking photos as I should have been this trip. This is generally due to the fact that I leave my wallet, and gasp, phone at home most days. I hardly check my email, and only stay connected through instragram. I love it.
The first day for breakfast we headed downtown to The Butcher & Baker. It opened a few years ago and quickly became a family favorite. Using locally sourced foods, and preparing everything fresh it is hard to go wrong here. Stop in and pick up some salads, or a sandwich for an afternoon hike, be sure to grab a molasses cookie too! Or have a leisurely morning. Fill it with coffee, fresh bloody marry’s with pickled vegetables, and a warm breakfast sandwich on a croissant.
We also went on a number of hikes…
On the last day, after a large lunch of mexican food we headed up the face of a mountain. I am not kidding… So we started on the trail. On this hike we gained 1,800 feet in altitude over 2.6 miles. I live in a city that at its highest point has a difference of 480 feet. It was very quickly obvious that we should not have eaten lunch. We moved slowly, very slowly, but eventually made it. By the end we decided that we will do the hike annually, without lunch.
These pictures were taken from the same spot mid hike. The left is looking back down into town, and the right is looking up to the top of the mountain.
The other highlight of the trip was a visit to Orvis Hot Springs just outside of Norwood, just about an hour from Telluride. The natural lithium hot springs were amazing. Sadly I do not have any photos because use of electronics if strictly forbidden. Why you ask? Nudity, my friends, nudity. These hot springs are clothing optional. Which for the first time in my life I realized meant… we are naked, but you can wear something if you want. Somehow I always thought it meant… we are wearing something, but you can be naked if you want. In all seriousness, we had a great day filled with many new sights. Unlike some hot springs that are commercial and have large pools and slides, Orvis is based in nature and is serene. The springs are open year round and nightly to the public until 10pm. They have a few rooms available and when you stay there you have 24 hour access to the springs. We put this on our list of things to do in the winter and can’t wait!
So that is about all that I have. Not much I know. I have a bunch of other suggestions, and tips for the town. Next time I am there I will be sure to take more pictures and share a guide to the town with you.