Spring Fling in Colorado - Emily & Domo's 1st Trip!
It brings me so much joy to write about Domo & Emily's spring trip to Colorado. Domo is my only son, and his 1st trip (as an adult) is heartwarming as he's creating goals and crushing them. He has always had an adventurous spirit, so I know full well, that this is just the beginning of he and Emily building their travel memories together. Emily, Domo's college sweetheart is beautiful and equally accomplished. Domo has shared with me that her brain and intellect are her most attractive features. He's focused on the right things. They met on campus at Towson University. Emily sat with us, as he graduated with his degree in 2017. They planned this trip to Denver, CO and I remember how they were counting down the weeks and hours leading up to their trip. Both of them were in need of a mini-vacation.
During the interview, I asked Emily & Domo to their summarize their experience in Denver, and this is what they said: " Neither of us had traveled to the West coast before this trip and weren’t initially sure how to best experience the city of Denver. We chose an Airbnb because we had heard a few good recommendations from friends that had experience with them. For us, this turned out to be an ideal option because we were able to enjoy our own space and the location was only a short walk to the historic art district that led into downtown Denver. We chose to experience the trip more similarly to how the locals would - which gave us the chance to really explore on our own and get to know the community. The overall atmosphere of the city was very casual and more laid back than the hustle and bustle of a city like Washington D.C., despite being so large. It’s a wonderful place to experience a variety of interests from the arts to nature and we more than enjoyed our first time there!"
Having never visited CO, but very interested in doing so, I was curious about the must-see tourist attractions that they discovered, and this is what they said: "Since it was our first time together on an out of state trip and in Colorado, Domo and I did a good amount of research to figure out which places were must-sees and luckily we were able to find a wide variety of things to enjoy! Everything from the mountains to downtown Denver was much more close by than we thought so it wasn’t difficult to accomplish everything we set out to do. Our top two must-sees, particularly in the city of Denver, were 16th street mall and Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. The 16th street mall is an outdoor pedestrian mall that runs about 1.5 miles and has a few hundred stores and restaurants to explore, very family friendly but also a great location for nightlife or for those who want to shop! For those who are outdoorsy and interested in wildlife or scenic places, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is a perfect attraction. The park’s amphitheater is a world-famous open-air concert venue sitting at around 6,450 feet above sea level, surrounded by 868 acres of natural red sandstone formations with various hiking trails. We were fortunate enough to visit after it had just snowed so throughout our hike on the Trading Post Trail we were able to see beautiful views of the foothills dusted with snow and quite a few times had to just stop in awe and do 360 turns to really take in and admire the sights."
Are you ready to book your trip to CO yet? This overview of the must-sees that they researched has definitely sparked my interest in traveling to this jewel of a state.
Now, if you follow my blog, you know that I LOVE to hear about my travelers' favorite meals while on travel. This was their response to my question regarding their favorite meal: "While we were visiting, everyone we met was so friendly and had great recommendations for food and attractions. However, simply through exploring the neighborhood we were in, we came across a locally owned cafe called “Under the Umbrella” down the street from where we were staying and decided to stop for breakfast. For coffee or tea lovers, I would recommend the Oregon chai latte paired with one of their amazing pastries like the lemon bar or raspberry muffin. For breakfast, Dom tried their green chili and thought it was fantastic for those who like their food a little heat. This spot was a go-to for locals and if we ever return, we would definitely stop by there again!" So there you have it - "Under the Umbrella" and Oregon Chai Latte made their "favorite" list!
I am so completely thrilled that their plans were executed flawlessly and they experienced CO in the manner that they saw fit - thus building their own memories, together. They both bring me joy.
Until next time Colorado...