Colorado honeymoon?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I live in CO, and have spent time in all of the ski towns. Telluride is far and away the most beautiful and charming of them all, and also has very uncrowded skiing. Other places worth considering are Crested Butte, Steamboat, Aspen, and Breckenridge (in that order of preference, for me). Any of the I-70 resorts (Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park) are going to be much more crowded than the resorts that are 3+ hours away from Denver, especially on the weekends. Vail has a lot of skiing, but it’s a fake resort town on the highway (as opposed to the other places, which have historic and charming downtowns). I love the mountains in CO. You’ll have a blast. Good luck! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Colorado is georgous, I’m super lucky to live here.  Our favorite spots are all up along 1-70 west of Denver.  Glenwood springs, Georgetown, Breckinridge, Frisco etc etc plus the drive is very scenic.  Steamboat springs is a good option too.  I would recommend possibly moving around to two different towns or so as many are very small and after you’ve skied and done the springs it might be hard to draw a whole week out, we usually only go for a long weekend max.  Or you could stop at say Georgetown on the way up for the day and make a mini road trip out of it, the towns are pretty close together and all have little differences

Post # 5
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Helper bee

On second thought on reading your description again you might want to check out Gleenwood springs or Frisco.  They have a smaller but very fun and less crowded ski mountain than the big resorts which is good if its your first time, a downtown and glenwood springs has a big outdoor hot springs so it wont be all about sking

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did a 2 week honeymoon in Vail in March and had a great time. We’re skiiers, so we cared less about “going out”.

 

We flew into Denver, rented a car, and spent our first night in Minturn at the Minturn Inn. It was super cute and the people were really friendly. We had an awesome dinner at the Minturn Country Club (cook your own steak). Earlier that day we did take a drive through Vail when we got into town and went to pick up our lift tickets (we had Epic Passes).

 

We had a 3 bedroom condo rented in West Vail for the rest of our trip, and we couldn’t check in until later that afternoon (after staying in the inn) so we actually headed right to the slopes, got our gear and went skiing for a half a day. We checked into our condo, went to the grocery store, and then just hung out. 

 

We had people join us for about 5 days, so we spent a lot of time skiing, cooking dinner, relaxing in the hot tub. We ate a few meals in town for dinner, and all our lunches out on the slope. 

 

After our guests left, we actually ran into a family we know at one of the lodges one day skiing. We went tubing with them one night, which was surprisingly way more fun than I thought it would be. We also went snowmobiling.

 

 

 

Our last day in town we didn’t ski, instead we got in the car and took a drive. We stopped in Steamboat, it was dead. Then we went to Aspen….dead. Seriously, it was like a ghost town. We walked all around Aspen and within an hour had seen everything and decided to hit the road and head back to our condo.

 

 

 

How experienced of a skiier are you? There are definitely areas I would suggest over some others. For example, if you aren’t super experienced I wouldn’t suggest Aspen as the mountain (IMO) is more difficult. Beaver Creek would be a good spot for easier skiing. I know an OP considers Vail a “fake town”, but honestly, we didn’t really care about the town too much. We liked Vail mountain because of the versatility. My DH is a very experienced skiier, while I’m middle of the road. I could stay in certain areas while he could go ski the back bowls and other more difficult areas. We stayed together most of the time, but there were certain times where I’d go relax in a lodge on the mountain while he’d go do a couple of more difficult runs. I would have hated skiing Aspen, while he would have probably not enjoyed Beaver Creek that much.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@starfish0116:  I’m not trying to be snarky, but are you sure that you drove from Vail to Steamboat to Aspen in one day? That’s some serious driving if you did. I used to go on ski trips to Vail when I was growing up in FL, and I loved it. There is a lot of terrain for various ability levels (just not much for true expert skiers), and the back bowls can’t be beat for intermediate terrain. Lots of people think Vail is the ultimate ski resort. I just personally prefer the towns with a little bit more charm.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Posting to follow since we are looking at spending a week in CO for our March honeymoon!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We live in Colorado and honeymooned here – summer in Colorado is just too spectacular to leave. 🙂

Telluride and Ouray are utterly breathtaking. Ouray’s Ice Festival is in January – a big ice-climbing competition.

Crested Butte is my favorite mountain town. There’s a ski area a bit removed from the town itself. The ski area has all your standard condos and hotels and such, but the town itself is a wonderful place. Not so touristy as Breck, not so ritzy as Aspen.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@annifer:  I agree with everything you said 🙂

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@cologirl:  Yep, positive. Our last day in town I was not in the mood to ski, so we decided to go check out some other places. We drove to Steamboat and had lunch, but it was totally dead and not much going on so we headed to Aspen. Got there, walked around town, it was dead too, and we drove back to Vail. It really wasn’t that bad of a drive. We were there in March, so road conditions were fine. We had worse weather from Denver-Vail when we flew in. Then again, we live in an area where we’re 2 hours from the closest mall or Target so driving isn’t a big deal to us.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

One thing I will say about Vail is that there are some phenomenal restaurants. We have friends who live there (East Vail – yep, regular people actually live there! They just do their shopping and hanging out in Edwards, Avon, etc.) so sometimes after skiing we’ll spend the bucks on a nice dinner. Sweet Basil is delicious. Vail Village is really lovely, with Gore Creek running through. Lots of high end shops, which can be fun if you enjoy that.

Not EVERYTHING in Vail is hyper-expensive, but the affordable places are pretty ordinary.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@cologirl:  Also, I’m supah jealous of your Telluride wedding. I can only imagine how gorgeous that will be! 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

TELLURIDE! It’s gorgeous and such a cute town. I have only been during the summer, but would love to go when there was snow.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@annifer:  Thanks! I’m really excited. 

I’ve definitely eaten at some great places in Vail, also! 

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