Post # 1
My FI and I are getting married in Telluride this winter, and we’ll spend a total of a week skiing there. We’re both within a year of finishing our PhDs, and our original plan was to just consider the 3 days that we’re in Telluride after the wedding to be our mini-moon, and then take a huge trip when we both graduate.
I’m starting to second guess the idea of skipping an immediate honeymoon. The 3 days we have in Telluride after the wedding will undoubtedly be really fun, but some of our friends and family are still going to be there and want to hang out. I’m worried that it won’t feel that special. Also, it’s starting to look like we may not graduate at exactly the same time, so I’m afraid FI will get a job offer he can’t refuse, and our big trip will be delayed or condensed.
So, my new idea is to go to Steamboat the Wed-Sun after our honeymoon on our way back from Telluride (we live on the Front Range of CO, so it’s not too far out of the way). Steamboat is the one ski town in CO that I haven’t spent a lot of time in, and we actually got 6 free ski days on our season pass there this year, so we won’t have to pay for skiing. Even though we ski a lot, we don’t usually stay in nice hotels, or eat at nice restaurants, etc. We usually drive up for the day, and even when we go on out-of-town trips, they’re usually very budget (I’m so over being a grad student). Because of this, I think it will still feel special, even though it’s just a few hours from where we live. The fact that we haven’t spent a lot of time there should also make it exciting.
Does this sound like a good idea? I’m pretty sure we can get the few extra days off, since we have flexible work schedules. It just means that we’ll spend a little bit of money that we could be saving for our mega trip, which will happen 6 months to a year later.
Also, does anyone have any Steamboat tips (restaurants, activities, where to ski, etc.)? We’re expert skiers, and we love skiing trees, which I hear is the best part about Steamboat!
Post # 3
@cologirl: I would do an immediate trip. Live in the moment. Like you said, you don’t know what the future holds or that everything will work out exactly as you plan. You know what they say about the best laid plans. I would definitely take a few days to do something you enjoy together immediatly. If you can afford to take a big trip later (both financially and with your time), then do it. There’s nothing to say you can have your small trip and then a bigger one later.
It doesn’t matter where you go so long as you are together and alone.
Post # 4
I love Steamboat – I’m only commenting to validate your idea since I don’t remember the names of the ski runs or restaurants. Fun fun fun!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@cologirl: HELLLLL yes! Steamboat is the best!!! The mountain is quite varied and fun, the snow is incredible when it’s fresh, and the tree skiing is amazing. Do it!
Plus you’ll love having a few days to just relax and/or ski after all the craziness. We actually did our minimoon right after the wedding in Steamboat <3
We stay with my husband’s aunt at her sweet condo when we visit, so I don’t have lodging recommendations. Sweetwater Grill downtown has a great late-night happy hour. Strawberry Hot Springs is so cool, you have to go. (Especially in the winter – perfect!) The mountain will often have bands play right when the lift close, and there are happy hours all over town. I LOVE STEAMBOAT!
ETA: My favorite part of the mountain for tree skiing are the 1 O’Clock, 2 O’Clock, etc runs.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It sounds like you can afford to do it and you can take the time off, so do it. It may mean the big trip gets pushed off by a few more months but at least you’ll have a nice mini-moon to enjoy right away.
Post # 7
@MrsPanda99: Thanks! I think this sums up how I feel:
“It doesn’t matter where you go so long as you are together and alone.”
@sarahuccs: Woohoo! I love CO so much! It never gets old 🙂
@lolot: Awesome! We’re mini-moon twins. Thanks for the skiing recs.
@beachbride1216: Great point. Thanks!
Post # 8
Another comment that Steamboat is BEAUTIFUL and totally a mini vacation for Coloradoans. I highly recommend it too!
Post # 9
@peonies327: Thanks! I’ve been there for short weekends a few times over the years, but I’ve never really done the downhill skiing, and I’ve never gone to any of the restaurants, so it should be fun.
Post # 10
@cologirl: I actually just got back from Steamboat Springs at the beginning of September! My best friend’s parents have an amazing house out there and they were nice enough to let me come out there while my best friend is back from Germany for a bit.
If you want to PM me, I can show you TONS of pictures and tell you all about it! I just don’t want to share those personal pics here on the main forums. 🙂
Post # 11
@PacificMrs: PM sent. Thanks!