Hi loves. Can you guys believe that we are over halfway through December?! What the heck is happening … I want to pause time so I can slow down and savor every single moment of this season <3 Also, I have done less than half of my Christmas shopping and haven’t shipped anything back to SC yet. I should probably get on that - like yesterday.
How was your weekend? My little sister and two of our good friends were in town for a few days and it was SO nice. We had a fun few days of hiking, exploring, shopping, eating and drinking our way around SLC and Park City. They also went skiing on Sunday in Park City but I wasn’t able to join for that - it looked super fun though :)
Okay…so this has been the vacation recap that NEVER ends. Sorry guys…tis the season - literally.
Where did we leave off? Ok…last morning in Boulder! Will and I went to breakfast at South Side Walnut Cafe and it did not disappoint. There coffee was excellent and it took me forever to order because everything on the menu looked so delicious. I got the Big Dill Eggs and the Boulder Latte. Our server was super friendly and made an already amazing experience even better.
After breakfast, we headed out to Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead in Eldorado Canyon State Park. This may have been my favorite hike that we did in Colorado. There were incredible views the entire time (not just at the top). It was the perfect intensity…I loved everything about it and so did Will. I have a feeling this is probably pretty crowded in warmer months but it was perfect for us in early November…the trail was not crowded at all. It was in the low 30’s but we definitely got warm in the sun once we were moving. I’d love to come back to Eldorado Canyon State Park and do some climbing as well - I spotted several sexy routes ;) I think you can do sport climbing and bouldering here.
Gorgeous, right?? The pictures don't even do it justice…it is truly breathtaking. After our hike, we headed up the road to Fort Collins - but of course, we stopped in Longmont to check out a brewery or two ;)
Our first stop was Wibby Brewing (suggested to us by the girl in the gift shop at Avery). Wibby is known for their American-influenced, German-style lagers. This ended up being one of my favorite breweries of the trip - cool vibe, SUPER friendly/personable staff, awesome selection of well done brews AND a shuffle board table…Will and I are big shuffle board fans ;)
Next up was Left Hand Brewing Co which we were super excited about…sadly, while the beer was awesome (which we knew it would be), the ambience of the brewery and the staff left a lot to be desired. Womp womp. The brewery was smaller than I expected and really dark inside - I am a lover the LIGHT so I wasn’t feeling the cave-vibe I got. That combined with some very bored, uninterested in patrons but super interested in their phones staff = we finished our flights and peaced out. Oh well, I still love their beer.
We headed on up the road and got settled into our Airbnb in Fort Collins which was AWESOME. We actually stayed about 15 minutes outside of downtown Fort Collins in Loveland. We rested up and played with our Airbnb owner’s adorable dog for awhile and then headed out to New Belgium. I’ve loved New Belgium’s beer for a long time so I was stoked to check out the brewery and it did not disappoint. It had all my checkmarks for a great brewery: incredible beer (obviously), funky/fun vibe and friendly and knowledgable staff. Sadly we didn’t get to take a tour (apparently they book out like 2 months in advance!).
We finished off our evening by grabbing nachos and wings at a sports pub in downtown Fort Collins to watch the Panthers game - I can’t remember the name but it was a cool little dive bar. Anyway, that wraps up day 3…hiking and breweries … our 2 favorite things ;)
I hope you have had a wonderful start to your week! Only 7 days until Christmas!!!
I’m off to bake a ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies <3
Big Love & Pura Vida