• Valerie Gonzales

Colorado Springs

Colorado was absolutely beautiful and if I could some it up in a few words it would be:

Beautiful Mountains . Amazing Food. Cute Boutiques...EVERYWHERE.

Last weekend, I flew into Denver on Saturday and was greeted by one of my best friends, Danielle. We did a lot of catching up on our hour ride from Denver to Colorado Springs, where I spent most of my time. It was my first time seeing the Colorado beauty that everyone seems to be talking about and I can totally understand why people are moving there.

Saturday, December 10th day one: Hello, Colorado!

Jet legged to say the least, and can I mention... the altitude made me extremely tired. Regardless, I made the best of my time, especially since the temperature was close to 60 degrees, WAY better than the raging snow storm Wisconsin was having. You better believe I enjoyed every second of the Colorado warmth.

1. Garden of the Gods: One of the well known parks in the United States, a national landmark as of 1971. This park was full of wildlife and beauty. One of the interesting facts that I learned while walking around the park was that a local native, park ranger & photographer, who knew Garden of the Gods like the back of his hand, got struck by lightening while capturing photos on Pike Peak in 1995. This only to tells you to live every moment like its last. Take that trip and love every minute you have. That is exactly what I did.

2. Old Colorado Springs: I cannot express the amount of love I had for this part of town. I could've spent hours and all my money at every boutique. Not to mention, they had amazing food. We ate a late lunch at Paravicini's Italian Bistro, their Tortellini Carbonara was out of this world. I also found cute trinkets for my family throughout the town along with beautiful quartz crystals that I plan on making into a necklace & a bracelet (It's known as an energy amplifier! good vibes only :P)

Sunday, December 11th, day two: My second day was full of hiking, walking trails and taking in the amazing mountain air.

1. Story Coffee Company (But First Coffee... for Danielle - I wish I could drink it!) This place is actually a tiny movable home, right next to a park in the city. Super adorable.

2. Downtown Colorado Springs: Fun fact you can find humpty dumpty hanging on his wall, actually many walls throughout the down town area.

3. Cheyenne mountain: Let me tell you... this mountain was icy. And if it wasn't for Danielle I probably would've taken a few steps up and turned around. But I can official say I hiked a mountain, even if I was on hands & knees part of the way (Don't laugh- although it would've been a funny site to see)

4. Red Rock Canyon Trail: A very relaxing trail, especially when the sun is shinning. We sat by the lake near the trail and soaked in all of the rays.

5. Josh & John's Ice Cream: Quick pit stop for some local ice cream :)

6. Palmer Park: Climbing sand stone bluffs & watching the sun set.

7. The Rabbit Hole: Hand's down, one of the best places I've ever eaten at .But there is an interesting story behind it. You literally walk down below the city ; this popular restaurant used to be an old morgue that has been transformed into an Alice & Wonderland themed restaurant. Creepy? But the food was amazing and that is all that matters.

Monday, December 12th: Good bye Colorado!

1. Azada Mexican Grill: What better way to start your last day in Colorado than with a burrito and horchata? Seriously my favorite.

2. Down town Denver: I spent a couple hours exploring the down town area.

3. Avanti Food and Beverage: An inspired European food market that consisted of seven different restaurants and a bar. Not to mention, they have a #WhatLiftsYou mural inside that I also found in Nashville last month.

4. Voodoo Doughnut: My final stop before I left for the airport. This amazing doughnut place that serves a variety of funky donuts. I highly recommend anyone who visits Denver to stop by this place.

All in all, my trip to Colorado was everything and I am so happy I booked this trip before the New Year. Shout out to my girl Dmac for having me & I cannot wait to visit again :)

Love you & Colorado!