I always feel as if I am in another Dimension when I am high up in the Rocky Mountains. Coming from Florida and Sea Level, soaring up to almost 8,000 feet my family and I love everything that this quaint Colorado town has to offer.
We rented a spacious two-bedroom cabin right on a beautiful river, in a perfect location that was not too far from town. The Landing at Estes Park.
Each cabin in this little Alpine Gem is very private and has their own space. Everything has been recently updated and staying there just felt so new!
Fully equipped kitchen and cozy fireplaces to relax by. It was such a warm and inviting feeling to come home to after a long day of walking and shopping in town.
From the first phone conversation I had with the property, to our final goodbyes, Jen and Jay were the most welcoming of hosts.
Our cabin was situated in a secluded mountain setting with incredible views of the river and the mountains.
It was truly a magical moment waking up Sunday morning, to find freshly fallen snow covering everything outside, like a Winter Fairy Forest.
We sat outside by the river, and it started snowing. We were kept warm and toasty while the fire pit roared.
All around you could see imprint of Elk, which wander and roam everywhere throughout this picturesque town and surrounding mountains and valleys.
Adults were happy sipping on Merlot, and children giggled at the sight of marshmallows melting over the fire waiting to ‘smush’ them between graham crackers and chocolate.
After a long day, there was nothing better than a warm shower using all of the complimentary Beekman 1802 Products and sitting by the indoor fire playing charades and making memories. It’s a perfect setting for a wintry getaway.
For lunch we tried the Stanley Hotel. This hotel is known for its architecture and is truly a magnificent setting but is most famously known as the inspirational role in Stephen King’s novel, The Shining.
The hotel has been featured as one of the most haunted hotels in America with numerous stories from both staff and visitors. There is even a beautiful replication of the famous ‘Shining Maze’ in the garden. What a stunning location for a wedding. The views from every angle, take your breath away.
We ate at the Whiskey Bar and Cascades Restaurant.
They feature a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and Colorado’s largest selection of whiskeys, bourbons and scotch. There are also fun prohibition style cocktails created by the Hotel’s ‘Libation Engineer’s
Distinctive food and dishes that include certified dry aged Angus Beef, fresh seafood, melt in your mouth gourmet sandwiches, fresh seafood, fresh seasonal salads, and Colorado specialties like Bison Meatballs. Don’t forget to try one of their delicious desserts like the Famous Elk Tracks or a house made gelato….and don’t get me going on the crème brulee. There definitely is something for everyone.
Dinner Reservations are highly recommended. Call 979.577.4001. Visit the Stanley Hotel at www.stanleyhotel.com
I recommend visiting Estes Park, Colorado to anyone who loves nature, just the shear beauty of the mountains, its worth the one hour and a half drive from Denver. We are never disappointed when we visit this part of Colorado. We hope you have an enjoyable visit and make special memories just like we did.
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