Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Travel Tuesday: Vail

Allie at The Gypsy Teacher has started a travel link up.  We love to travel, so what a fun way to share stories about travels that didn't make the blog.

Last Fall, we took a few days in mid-November to visit Vail, CO.  Neither of us had been, but we fell in love with it.

We fly in to Denver and drove out to Glenwood Springs to visit the caverns that are out there.  We rode a gondola to the top of the park, rode the alpine slide several times, and explored the cave before heading back to our hotel in Vail.

We stayed at the Vail Cascade Resort not because we can really afford it but because we had an awesome Groupon that made our room dirt cheap.  A similar Groupon is being offered right now, so go check it out!  Our room was huge, comfy, and so fancy.  The food and bar were amazing!  What we learned about Vail in mid-November is that EVERYTHING is on sale.  Specials were to be found left and right.  The Fall season is over and ski season hasn't started, so businesses were looking to draw in customers anyway they could.  We had some amazing meals for cheap!

The 2nd day we went horseback riding at 4 Eagle Ranch.  We had a cold but beautiful 2 hour ride up a mesa and back down it.  Wow, wow, wow.  We saw several mule deer, and just enjoyed the mountains.  Isaac rode Spider, and I rode little Pepper.  They were precious.  After having been in Houston for so long, the elevation changes were such a sweet treat.

Vail the little town is super cute.  It feels like a little Swiss Alps village, and I loved it.  We could walk everywhere, and the river that runs through town has an awesome path that connects many of the shops, restaurants, and hotels between Vail and Lion's Head.

We hiked about half of the Booth Falls Trail our last day.  It's beautiful!  The hike was cold and blustery, but totally worth it.  There was even some snow left from a storm that had come through the week before our visit.  We thought we had reached the end of the trail when we got to the top of the waterfall.  What we found out later is that there's really another 2 miles of trail that leads to a beautiful little lake.  Someday, we want to go back and hike the whole thing!  It was an awesome day of taking in God's beautiful and relishing being cold before heading back to Houston's 'version' of Fall.


We love Vail and hope to make it back there someday to see it in a different season!

1 comment:

Allie @ The Gypsy Teacher said...

Hey Laura! Thanks for linking up with me this week, and also for your email last week! I'm excited to see your Travel posts. I love Colorado also! My family has a condo up there in Frisco (near Vail). It's such a gorgeous part of our country!
I'm just getting around to perusing your blog, and you are AMAZING! Your post about modern-day slavery was so eye-opening for me, and so heartbreaking too! I'm glad you're taking a stand!
I'm definitely excited to be a new follower, and read more!

The Gypsy Teacher

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