This May I visited Colorado on a business trip and squeezed in some personal adventures after hours. To recap, Part 1 included a hot air balloon ride, which was AMAZING and highly recommended if you’ve never been on one!
Here I’ll share Part 2 of my trip which included a few of my favorite things: savoring a cold beer at local craft brewery Avery Brewing Co. , hiking Boulder’s scenic Chautauqua Park twice (the first time in 90 degree weather AND later in the week when it SNOWED!), touring the tea factory at the Celestial Seasonings Headquarters in Boulder, and visiting with the local felines at Cat Company, Denver’s first cat cafe.
The more I explored the more I realized that Colorado has SO much to see and experience and that I was only seeing the tip of the iceberg! A return trip is definitely in order. 🙂
Have you been to Boulder or Colorado? If so, i’d love to know what were your favorite places to explore?
Colorado is home to nearly 230 craft breweries! After work a coworker and I took a trip to Avery Brewing Co. where we enjoyed a cold beverage and got a peek at their bottling facility.
Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo and goat cheese? Yes please!
Chautauqua Park on a 90 degree day. Colorado has a dry heat with very low humidity so it’s a very different 90 degrees than in Virginia!
Most of the homes’ exterior colors coordinated or mimicked the surrounding outdoors. Imagine houses painted in browns, greens, and dark oranges to match the outdoors.
I’m such a sucker for wildflowers! 🙂
From ginormous boulders to gentle streams, a hike along one of Chautauqua’s trails did not disappoint!
During my visit most of my time was spent here at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). Can you imagine having this as your view everyday?!
Signs of springtime were everywhere including this sweet momma robin diligently guarding her nest filled with pale blue eggs!
And then this happened. Snow. In May. The funny thing was that the Colorado folks weren’t phased by it. Living by the mountains means the weather can be wonky at times so snow in May after a 90 degree week isn’t that odd. Reminded me of home and the precocious weather we can get in Hampton Roads. HA! 🙂
I wanted to get a better view of the mountains and the city covered in snow so I decided to drive up the side of the mountain. Along the way up I came across this interesting log cabin HalfWay House which had an even more interesting warning about the local wildlife (YIKES!).
After all that cold weather I needed a hot cup of tea. To the Celestial Seasonings factory for tea tastings and a tour of their factory!
If you’re a fan of tea or want to experience a unique tour of an automated tea factory (for free!), a visit to Celestial Seasonings is worth the time!
I ended my trip with a visit to Denver’s first cat cafe! At this cafe you pay a small fee to hangout with kitties who are up for adoption and looking for furever homes. The kitties come from local shelters and rescue agencies and is a great place to enjoy a beverage, free wifi, and get in a few snuggles from the super friendly locals. 😉 For my cat people in Hampton Roads interested in getting in a few snuggles of their own while supporting the local cat adoption agencies, a cat cafe called Catnip Cat Cafe JUST opened up in Norfolk! You’re welcome. 🙂
Thanks for the adventures, Colorado! Until we meet again! 🙂