Heart Eyes for Colorado

 Photo from SnowBrains.com

Photo from SnowBrains.com

Matt and I have been traveling a lot lately (which has had its fair share of ups and downs), but this past weekend, we took a little mini vacation to Boulder, Colorado! It was ridiculously beautiful. I mean... look at that photo above. That looks like it's straight out of Winterfell. Matt and I would just stand and stare in awe that what we were looking at was real and not a giant Truman Show-style backdrop. Thank you, Lord, for creating natural beauty like the Flatirons and the Rocky Mountains.

We didn't anticipate there being snow on the ground when we packed, so we actually weren't able to do as much hiking as we had planned, but honestly, that was quite alright. We had a great time anyways. 

We stayed at a great AirBnB that I'd highly recommend. You can find Karen's listing here.

 Breakfast Tacos from Snooze

Breakfast Tacos from Snooze

Restaurants We Went To:

  • Illegal Pete's
  • Snooze
  • BRU
  • Reuben's Burger Bistro
  • Obviously a bunch more, but I can't seem to remember the names!

Breweries We Went To:

  • Avery
  • Odell
  • New Belgium
  • Upslope
  • BRU

Other Cool Things:

  • Pearl Street Mall
  • Boulder Book Store
  • Trident Booksellers and Cafe
  • Celestial Seasonings Tour
  • Bohemian Biergarten Comedy Show
  • Driving up to the top of Flagstaff Mountain at sunrise

I want to gush about the Celestial Seasonings Tour for a bit. It was SO COOL. It was basically a brewery tour for tea. They showed us where all of their tea and herbs come from, talked about company history, took us into this room that was so full of mint leaves that it made my eyes water, and showed us how they packaged and shipped all of their teas. In the front that had a "tap room" similar to that of most breweries. The difference was that you could try as many different teas as you wanted for free! It was amazing. I was in tea heaven. 

We did try to stay active while we were there by running and doing some plyometric workouts in our AirBnB. I must say that it was so much harder to run there vs NYC or Houston. I guess my body is used to performing activity at sea level, not at 5,000 ft! I used my new Garmin watch while we were there and while were were running, I was surprised to look down and see a 10 minute pace on my watch. I usually run about an 8:30 for easy runs, but I guess the fact that my body didn't have a normal amount of oxygen made it have to work harder to do less. I didn't mind the slower pace, though, because the entire time I was running, I was staring at those gorgeous mountains.

I absolutely loved it there and hope we can go back soon! Next time, I hope to do more outdoorsy stuff! I might even sign up for a race in the area in the summer or fall of 2016.