Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Our Trip to Steamboat Springs Part 1

Good morning and happy almost 4th of July! I hope you all have some wonderful, fun plans with your family and friends to celebrate the 4th. It has always been one of my favorite holidays-- who can disagree with a holiday based around food, fireworks, and spending time outside?? Definitely not me! 

Before we begin I wanted to announce that the winner of the giveaway is Tanya W!! Tanya I will email you this morning so you can choose between a $50 Amazon gift card or a $50 Nordstrom gift card! Congratulations!

Today I am FINALLY getting around to my Colorado post, sorry it has taken me so long! We were in Colorado for a total of 11 days, but we didn't do anything "major" or "extraordinary" every single day because some of our days were just spent relaxing. I will share the highlights of our trip with you rather than a play-by-play since some of our days were more relaxation focused. 

Our trip started bright and early on the morning of June 8th, which just so happened to be my birthday. Nothing says "Happy Birthday" like waking up at 4:30 and dragging your 2 year old on a 3+ hour flight, right?? 😉 
Here we were at the airport ready to go at 6:30 am. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'm wearing that dress that I ALWAYS fly in-- pregnant or not-- because it is the comfiest dress for travel. 

We found out a few days before that we had been upgraded to first class, which was initially something that stressed me out but ended up being SUCH a blessing. I was so nervous that LG was going to have a hard time on the flight and that the people who actually paid for first class would be annoyed by a crying toddler for 3+ hours. Thank the Lord (truly, I can't tell you how many prayers were said over this dang flight!) LG did VERY well and even received several compliments from the other first class passengers. 

Praise. Jesus. 

Here are a few pictures from our flight:
I'm telling you, these Water Wow books made our trip a million times easier. She played with these off and on throughout the whole flight. 
We finally landed in Denver and met up with Devin's parents, who were already there. The next stretch of our journey was the 3 hour car ride from Denver to Steamboat Springs, CO and while Lil had been a perfect angel on the flight, the poor girl lost it about an hour and a half into the car ride. She was done traveling for the day and wanted to make it known. I am just happy it happened in the car with family and not on the plane with everyone else!
The drive to Steamboat was beautiful and I was surprised to see how rural Colorado is. I had never been before and just assumed CO was like every other state I've been through, rural in areas but you were never too far from a Target 😉. I was wrong! We had an easy dinner at home and went to bed early after a long day of travel. 

Devin's parents have a condo out there (which they rent out on VRBO if you're planning a trip to Steamboat!) so we stayed there. It was the perfect size for our families and was easy because they had everything we already needed there. Here are a few pics from VRBO (I forgot to take some myself!).
The next morning we were up bright and early, ready to explore Steamboat! 

We grabbed some coffees from the cutest little coffee shop downtown called Mountain Brew and then went to walk around the ski resort area. 
LG is here with Devin's mom. See those long sleeves and vests? It was 31 degrees when we woke up this morning and was probably about 45 by this point-- in JUNE! This North Carolinian did not know what to think when we walked outside that morning!

By the afternoon it had warmed up significantly so we spent the rest of our day letting Lil swim in the heated pool (which was actually warmer than the outside air temperature!).

We loved Mountain Brew so much the day before that we decided to make it a regular thing. 
If you go to Steamboat, you have to try this place! It was delicious!

Then we spent the rest of our morning hiking to Fish Creek Falls and along some nearby trails. 
Fish Creek Falls was absolutely stunning! It was amazing how fast the water was rushing down and how full the stream was. Apparently just the week before they had had a major snowstorm, and now all that snow was melting and coming down the mountain fast!
Here you can see how quickly the water was rushing and how full the stream was. I'm not going to lie, I was a little nervous to cross that bridge in the background!
 Some of us fared better on the hike than others... 😉
Apparently riding in the hiking backpack is tough work!

Thanks for reading along today with the first little bit about our trip. I will add the rest of our trip along with a list of our restaurant recommendations later this week! 



  1. Thanks so much for the giveaway! What a beautiful place. It looks so nice. I can't believe how cold it was!

    1. Thanks for participating!! It was beautiful, we really can't wait to go back!

  2. That looks like a beautiful area! We're heading to Denver in the fall and then driving around up through Wyoming and into South Dakota. I can't wait!

  3. I think it is so fun when other people have a condo out in Steamboat. My parents have a place not too far from your husband's parents place. My parents will be out at their place in a few weeks and I am a little jealous that I'm not going with them! I will live vicariously through you and your posts! :)

    1. I've had so many other people tell me about family members with condos out there, what a small world!

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