Posted by Lauren
A few photos from our trip to Colorado…
After being picked up at the airport, we made a pit stop in Golden to pick out fabrics for a throw quilt.
Kyle’s mom is a talented sewer and she’s kindly making another throw quilt to match our rug in the living room (which she gifted to us last trip!). Don’t you love these??
We spent the rest of the day popping in and out of shops and visited Kyle’s sister and her cuuuute 3-year-old at their place. Later that night, the family got together at Blue Bonnet for dinner.
It’s a Denver-famous Mexican restaurant and it was so so so yummy. A few liters of margaritas on the rocks….
And the best sundried tomato and roasted garlic tamales. Aye dios mio.
We slept in, made a light breakfast, and then headed out to downtown Evergreen.
They’ve got a few cute boutiques, bars and restaurants, including “The Little Bear,” a fun bar with live music we went to a few years ago on my first trip to CO. I found some really cool stuff in one of the shops and picked out a few things for people on my Christmas shopping list. :) We ate lunch at Wildflower Cafe (veggie bfast burrito with green chile for me) and then headed out to Evergreen Lake for some real ice skating.
Sunset Magazine voted this as one of the Top 10 Ice Skating Rinks. Here’s what they have to say about it:
“This 40-acre lake in the foothills west of Denver is the kind other mountain towns would kill for. The whole town shows up to scoot, slide, and glide on the 8 acres of maintained ice. Rumor has it that Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton used to practice his double axels here, but these days it’s pickup hockey players, sweethearts, families, and day-trippers.”
Kyle felt like showing off his ice skating moves, including a 1/2 “sowcow” (p.s. it’s actually spelt Salchow) and jazz hands galore. (To view the vid, you’ll have to be on the blog, not an RSS feed site.)
It was so much fun ice skating on a real lake! I’ve never done that before.
Holiday photo op!
We went home and changed for an evening out — first, happy hour apps / drinks at Chart House with Kyle’s parents…
The tuna! Yum.
Second, Kyle’s annual get-together with high school friends. I met the majority of these guys on my last trip to CO, but got to know a few new faces this time as well.
That bowl everyone is staring at? That would be one of the white elephant gift exchange items — instant snow. Want to know what happens to instant snow when you add beer, soup, and soap? haha it was a fun experiment!
We created semi-homeade pumpkin pancakes for breakfast.
Enjoyed those and then watched the majority of the Broncos game. Oh, Eric Decker you are so dreamy.
We went to a microbrewery in Golden (not the “big one” aka Coors) for some craft beers. Mountain Toad Brewing had a nice, dog-friendly facility with a wide selection of beers.
Their beer garden has a rotating food truck calendar – we lucked out with Basic Kneads Pizza! Operated by three brothers, their wood fired pizzas have the classics as well as unique options (like sweet thai chili).
We ordered the margherita and wiseguy (roasted onions, cheese, fennel sausage, rosemary, olive oil) — both very good!
A bit later we drove to the Denver Zoo for Zoo Lights with the rest of Kyle’s family.
Isn’t Graham the cutest??!!?
The lights were beautiful!
And a few of the animals were still viewable! We saw lots of reptiles, an elephant, zebras, a polar bear (!!!!), and these giraffes. Zoos are neat.
After saying goodbyes, we went to a late dinner at Park & Co in Northwest/Uptown area. I ordered the buffalo bratwurst and it HIT. THE. SPOT.
So thankful for being able to spend part of the holidays with Kyle and his family in Colorado!!! Flying back to San Francisco in 3.2 seconds so I need to finish this post ASAP!