Scenic Wine Country | Palisade, Colorado

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Colorado’s scenic wine country is one of the most beautiful destinations in America. The Grand Valley is surrounded by red rock cliffs and is home to over 20 wineries and vineyards. It’s the perfect place to escape from the bustle of the city and appreciate the simple beauty of nature. Walk, bike, or drive through the Grand Junction and see it for yourself!

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Wine Country Inn

The Wine Country Inn sits in the middle of 21 acres of lush vineyards. Stroll through the grounds and experience the romance of Colorado’s wine country. The Inn is adjacent to two wineries and just minutes away from orchards, shops, galleries, and restaurants. Planning a weekend vacation with friends? Book the Girlfriends’ Getwaway to make it extra special. The package includes a buffet breakfast, daily wine reception, spa gift basket, a bottle of private label wine, and 2 logo wine glasses.

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Redlands Mesa Golf Club

Redlands Mesa Golf Club offers an extraordinary course surrounded by some Colorado’s most scenic vistas. The world-class course features 11 elevated tees and 41 bunkers with unique hole shaping to challenge all skill levels. Golf Digest describes Redlands Mesa Golf Club, “like playing golf along the bottom of the Grand Canyon, with a couple of sojounrs to the Garden of the Gods thrown in.” The club offers multiple practice facilities and professional instructors. Work on your swing at the practice range, then perfect your stroke at the putting green.

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Bin 707

End your day with dinner at Bin 707 Foodbar, a modern eatery in the heart of Grand Junction’s Main Street. They serve seasonal, locally sourced cuisine made almost entirely from scratch. Every item on the menu is crafted to present a unique combination of flavors and ingredients, so your dining experience will include a bit of adventure. Looking for something a little more familiar? Try the classic Bin Burger served with beehive white cheddar and twice cooked skinny fries.

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Fruit & Wine Byway

The Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway is a popular destination for travelers from around the world. The road is divided into three routes and comprises beautiful orchards, gardens, vineyards, wineries, and market fruit stands. Drive along the Colorado River, explore historic downtown Palisade, and marvel at some of the best views of the Grand Valley. The Fruit & Wine Byway is a perfect route to see all of Colorado’s natural beauty.

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Colorado National Monument

The Colorado National Monument is situated between Fruita and Grand Junction. The 32 square mile area features giant boulders, stone tunnels, and red rock canyons. The expansive views and distinctly quiet atmosphere make it feel like a world of its own. Drive along and stop at any one of 19 overlooks, but be sure not to miss Independence Monument. At 450 feet, it’s the canyon’s tallest freestanding rock formation and one of the most recognizable landmarks. You can drive to Rim Rock’s Independence Monument View area and take a short walk up Otto’s Trail to reach the overlook.

Fall Colors in Telluride, Colorado

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The fall season in Colorado is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. As the leaves change color, the expansive hillsides transform into stunning shades of orange, gold, and red. The colors of the Southern mountains reach their peak in October. Visit Telluride, Colorado and surround yourself with gorgeous scenery. The small town maintains an Old-West charm and a quiet sophistication that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Element 52 – Family Playground

Element 52 is located in historic Telluride, nestled at the base of the San Juan mountains on the San Miguel River. The property offers a unique collection of luxury vacation homes for year-round vacations. Visit during the fall to see the natural beauty of the area. Bring the family out for a fun filled vacation with the Family Playground package. It includes accommodations in a spacious two-bedroom residence, welcome beverages upon arrival, complimentary parking, and no resort fee.

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Telluride Gondola

Climb aboard the famous Telluride Gondola for a scenic adventure up to Mountain Village. The 13-minute gondola ride is the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the U.S. Marvel at the breathtaking views from an elevation of 10,500 feet. The gondola has three stations and runs daily from 6:30 am to midnight. Disembark at the mid-mountain Station St. Sophia stop for direct access to hiking, biking, and ski trails.

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Altezza at the peaks

Altezza translates to “height” in Italian, and the scenic restaurant truly lives up to its name. The restaurant serves Indo-European inspired cuisine in addition to some of the most incredible panoramic views of Telluride. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour. Stop in from 2 pm – 6 pm and try the signature Peak Burger with a draft beer or glass of wine for just $14.

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Bear Creek Falls

Bear Creek Falls is one of Telluride’s most popular and most picturesque hiking trails. It’s an easy to moderate path that takes you up to an elevation of 1,050 feet. The scenic 2.5-mile trail ends in a stunning set of waterfalls and sweeping views of Telluride. It’s a short drive away from town and offers one of the best vantage points to see Colorado’s autumn colors.

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Telluride Horror Show Film Festival

The annual Telluride Horror Show returns this weekend! It is Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival. The three-day event, now in its eighth year, brings together horror fans and films from around the globe. This year’s lineup includes 20 feature films and over 50 short films across multiple venues, including the Nugget Theatre, Palm Theatre, and Sheridan Opera house. You’ll experience an eclectic mix of suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and more.

 

Colorado’s National Parks | Part 2

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is not just a national park; it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Colorado’s southwestern corner, the park encompasses about 5,000 archeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings. The dwellings, built by Pueblo Indians and dating from 600 to 1300 AD, offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. You can tour four cliff dwellings on foot, or take the Mesa Top Loop Road, a six-mile route with multiple overlooks.

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Where to stay: Far View Lodge, located inside the park. Book the Cities of Sandstone Package to enhance your Mesa Verde visit. In addition to a two-night stay, you’ll get two tickets for the 700 Years tour, a 4-hour guided outing that explores archaeological sites and Cliff Palace.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Travel north for the last stop on your national park tour, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The canyon, which features steep, black cliffs upwards of 2,700 feet high, was formed over two million years by the Gunnison River. The park has hiking options that vary in length and difficulty – we like the Cedar Point Natural Trail, a short, easy route that has two overlooks of the river from 2,000 feet up and a view of the Painted Wall, Colorado’s tallest cliff.

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Where to stay: Stay Wise Inns Montrose, just a short drive from the park. In addition to comfortable rooms and complimentary breakfast, the hotel is hosting a “Warm Welcome” this summer with free create-your-own Italian sodas. Book their Mid-Week ‘Hookey’ Special for a special rate Monday through Thursday.

Colorado’s National Parks | Part 1

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Colorado’s four national parks showcase the state’s natural beauty and history in their own unique way. Experience them all on a national park tour through the state!

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado’s most well-known, has 415 square miles of forests, meadows, lakes, and streams that afford endless opportunities for outdoor activities. More than 300 miles of trails make the park great for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, while pristine waters are perfect for fishing, kayaking, and river rafting. You can also take a few scenic drives – the 48-mile Trail Ridge Road has views of the Rockies and the Great Plains.

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Where to stay: The Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King got his inspiration for The Shining. The historic hotel, only a short distance from the park, is stately and charming. With the Rocky Mountain National Park Package, you’ll get a weeklong pass to the park.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Head south to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, where you’ll see the tallest sand dunes in North America. By day, you can sand sled or sandboard down the dunes, then cool off in Medano Creek. By night, the area is great for stargazing. After you experience the park itself, drive a short distance to Zapata Falls for incredible views of the dunes as well as a 20-ft waterfall.

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Where to stay: Zapata Ranch offers ranch vacations that allow guests to truly experience the surrounding natural area. Enjoy gourmet food, comfortable accommodations, and adventures like horseback riding, overnight trips, geology tours, and wildlife watching. Their All-Inclusive package includes lodging, meals, and activities.

 

 

 

 

See the Sights in Colorado Springs | Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado Springs and its surrounding area are full of breathtaking sights – waterfalls, summit views, and gorgeous red rock towers are just some of the things you’ll want to explore. Here’s how to craft a Colorado Springs getaway full of adventure, beauty, and relaxation.

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The Broadmoor

Stay at The Broadmoor, a luxury resort just outside of Colorado Springs with endless activities and amenities. You can relax in a traditional room or suite, or splurge on a cottage or brownstone with extra features like gourmet kitchens, outdoor fireplaces and verandas, and even wine cellars. At The Broadmoor, you can play tennis and golf, book a spa service, shop at boutique stores, indulge in fine dining, and explore the natural beauty around the resort. For a special stay, book their Romantic Getaway package and receive accommodations, sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, dinner for two, and discounted suite rates.

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Seven Falls

Just minutes from The Broadmoor you’ll find Seven Falls, a series of waterfalls that fall a combined 181 feet. Surrounding the falls are the steep walls of the South Cheyenne Canyon and the 900-ft tall Pillars of Hercules that frame the canyon. At Seven Falls, you can climb 224 steps adjacent to the falls to reach the top, where you’ll find a viewing platform and the beginning of a few trails. You can also see the falls and the canyon from the air – the Broadmoor Soaring Adventure has zip line courses, a 180-ft rappel, hiking, and rope bridges.

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Climb to the top of Pikes Peak by train on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The route, which takes just over three hours, takes you up over 14,000 feet with incredible views from beginning to end. First you’ll see giant boulders, Minnehaha Falls, and forested hillsides. As the train ventures higher up, the views include Alpine tundra, the Great Plains, multiple mountain ranges, downtown Denver, and of course Pikes Peak. You’ll spend about a half hour at the top, and then head back down.

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Garden of the Gods

At Garden of the Gods, towers of red rocks jut into the sky. Visit the park, a National Natural Landmark, to learn the history behind these amazing vertical formations and explore the area. Walk or hike through the rocks on 15 miles of trails, or take a guided trolley, Jeep, or Segway tour. On Thursday nights, you can take part in “Gallop in the Garden,” a free 5K that meanders through the park.

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Odyssey Gastropub

Head back into Colorado Springs for dinner at Odyssey Gastropub, a trendy eatery with expertly crafted food and drinks. You’ll want to start off with an appetizer and some craft beer – we like the Bison Poutine, fries smothered with braised bison tips, bison-rosemary gravy, and cheese curds. Odyssey’s main menu is full of inventive sandwiches and burgers like the Best Friends Burger, with pulled pork, crispy onions, cheddar, slaw, and peach BBQ sauce.

Autumn Travel Deals | Ski Resorts in Colorado

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Fall is a great time to find incredible travel deals. As school starts and summer crowds disperse, you’ll find discounts at even the most popular hotels and locales. Consider a trip to the ski resorts of Colorado before the snow hits – you will enjoy beautiful scenery without the stress of travelling in the summer.

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Before the chair lifts open for the ski season, hotel rates are low. The dry, sunny climate is glorious, and if you time your visit right (around the third week of September) you’ll be able to see the aspens turn a beautiful shade of gold. Hiking, biking, spas, fine dining… with so much to do, mountain towns like Aspen, Telluride, Vail or Breckenridge make great fall destinations. Find a Colorado package that is perfect for you!

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