Enjoying Colorado at Glenwood Springs

At breakfast in Glenwood Springs

Enjoying Colorado at Glenwood Springs

Quote of the day: “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” Gertrude Stein

We continue our theme of enjoying some Colorado fun this winter by inviting you to join us in our Christmas time together in Glenwood Springs. By us, I mean my husband, my mom, Nancy and myself. The four of us have gotten into a habit of enjoying Christmas by spending the time together instead of getting each other gifts. Last Christmas we went to Vegas and incorporated some scarf styling for the blog when we were there.

And this holiday season we decided to continue exploring our wonderful state. The funny part was considering we were going from hot extremes (the hot springs) to icy extremes (the ice castles) we ended up having to pack tons for just an overnight stay. Then again, none of us have ever claimed to be minimalists, LOL!

Rob expertly drove us from Denver to Glenwood Springs while we oohed and aahed over the scenery. Below is Glenwood Canyon which is Nancy’s favorite part of the drive. So much so that she even woke up my mom, so Charlotte wouldn’t miss it. I, on the other hand, was knitting, and even caught much of it on my phone.

On the way to Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Hot Springs

The hot springs has been part of Colorado’s history since the late 1980’s. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Denver in good weather. Needless to say, in the winter, the drive time usually increases because of the changing weather along I-70 and backups at the Eisenhower tunnel.

We were blessed to have a recent dusting of snow so our Christmas was truly a white one. And how fun to soak in the hot springs when it’s cold and snowy outside. At least we didn’t have to worry about getting sunburned.

Glenwood Springs at the hot springs

The three of us are pictured below in the middle left area. I’m the one with the striped hat on my head and my mom is pointing at the camera. It does smell like sulfur when you first get to the pool, but you soon get used to it and don’t notice the odor.

There is a hotter pool which is where we are hanging out. And then closer to the walking bridge is the cooler pool that also has a diving board, and lap lanes.

The pool at Glenwood Springs

P.S. This hat is the reversible one I just finished knitting that you can see in my December month post. Here I am wearing it with the stripes showing, and you’ll see it below with the cables.

Hotel Colorado

We booked our rooms at the Hotel Colorado which is the oldest hotel around. There are so many great older photos around the hotel showing it back in the olden days. In fact, in our room, there was one old photo showing how the hot springs were part of the front yard of the hotel before it was fenced off.

This hotel was a favorite of President Teddy Roosevelt and you can see many statues and photos of him here also.

Our hotel in Glenwood Springs

The hotel had some wonderful Christmas lights decorated inside and outside, as you can see in the photo below. Since the hotel is pet friendly, we were able to get our dog fix at almost every turn.

I’m not here to review the hotel or criticize our experience. But if you’re wondering, the hotel is quite old. There isn’t much sound damping between the rooms. However, even considering that fact, we all slept very well that night. The beds seemed very comfortable, whether because they really were, or whether it was from the fact that the hot springs are magical, we’ll never know?

 

Hotel Colorado at Glenwood Springs

And here we are in our Christmas finery ready to enjoy our dinner at the hotel dining room. You can see that Santa was going to join us, but he was pretty tuckered out from the night before, so he stayed back!

Christmas dinner in Glenwood Springs

Clothing

Since this is a fashion blog, let me review some of our clothing choices.

Fancy Dinner Outfits

Charlotte wore her maxi dress that she modeled for our holiday inspiration post. She even added a velvet scarf to the mix since it was chilly outside.

Nancy also wore her outfit from the above post, except she added black hose and her black booties. She even layered a black shirt under the dress to help with the chill.

And I wore the burgundy dress I modeled last year for our velvet post. Except I added a lace shirt over top of it for fun. You might recognize the tights from this Instagram post. And I layered with my faux fur wrap that I received at our holiday book club party from last year.

Coats

The next day we walked across the pedestrian bridge to check out the town. Here’s our versions of coats to wear to keep warm.

Nancy bought this puffer coat last year when we went shopping. I’ve never been a huge fan of puffers in the past, but lately I’ve been seeing more flattering styles. The reason I like Nancy’s coat, is the “puffs” aren’t so big and overpowering. Or the ones with a belt can also help that issue. Have you seen the print puffers too? I think that’s another way to disguise the fact that we might feel too puffy.

My mom packed her ski coat from ages ago. She’s had this in her closet for ages and ages, and considering we were going to the Ice Castles this evening, she thought it’d be appropriate.

I decided to get creative and layer my coats. You might recognize this embroidered jacket from last December. I ordered it for Nancy to have, but she feels like it’s not big enough for her when she wears the layers she needs when it’s cold outside. Therefore, she handed it down to me. It’s not super thick, so I layered it over a tan wool coat. You’ll see more of this creative layering on the blog this month, so stayed tuned.

Going to breakfast in Glenwood Springs

Shops & Restaurants

I’m sure it’s no surprise that we happened upon a fabulous boutique while exploring the town. It was called Ala Carte and we made fast friends with the owner, Vicki. It’s not like we needed any clothing, but she was having an after Christmas sale, and we just couldn’t resist. Besides, I always rationalize that we are helping out the local community by purchasing from these small businesses.

P.S. My mom made my burgundy tunic for me for my birthday. It was fashioned after the Brooks tunics that we modeled on the blog this fall. My mom has enough material to make herself one also, so I’m sure you’ll see that soon too.

Ala Carte in Glenwood Springs

And then this was where we landed for lunch. It’s called the CO Ranch House and I posted this photo on my Instagram Stories with the caption “you know you’re in the mountains when there’s a deer head in the restaurant.”

Christmas time in Glenwood Springs

Thanks for tagging along with us on our Christmas adventure in Glenwood Springs.

The pedestrian bridge in Glenwood Springs

 Ice Castles

I was invited to witness the Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado. Since Dillon was on our way home from Glenwood Springs, we thought it’d be a fun adventure. Like I said earlier, nothing like the two temperature extremes on this vacation.

Even if you saw the photos I posted on my Instagram, I grabbed a couple of different ones for this short video clip. If you happen to venture out to Colorado this winter, you should definitely check them out in person. And they are in 5 other areas across the US and Canada too.

 

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Sure you can find my posts on Facebook but I also love to share other people’s posts that I think you may like. Or my Pinterest page has all of our outfits in a nutshell along with fun inspiration from other women!

Right now, most of my time is spent on Instagram. Here’s where you’ll find many other of my outfits and plenty of musings about life and such. Sure, you may not feel like you want to add another social media site to your list. But I spend lots of time and effort to make sure there is something for everyone!

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If you’re looking for some coats to keep warm this winter, then I rounded up some under $200.

  • What a fabulous trip Jodie! I love that you all do something together as opposed to gifts. That hot spring looks absolutely amazing…I can’t imagine how good it must feel, especially when it’s cold outside.
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

    • I always love a hot springs trip, but it is so much better when it’s way cold outside…it’s like a breathe of fresh air!!!
      Thanks Debbie!!
      XOXO

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • What a beautiful Christmas adventure, and you all look so fabulous! It’s hard to fathom you guys being in so much snow and cold, as we have a heatwave here in Australia. I’d love to be in the snow right now 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Feel free to come visit Lyndall!! It’ll be cold for the next couple of months, and you’d love it!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Wow. That looks cold (yet snuggly and warm at the same time somehow). Loving your cute earrings. Perfect for the location! #teamlovinlife

    • Thanks Leanne!! It’s funny how many compliments I ended up getting on these earrings in real life—they really stand out, I guess!!
      XOXO

  • Kirsten Wick

    Beautiful, Looks just like winter wonderland. This is what we always do, instead of buying each other insanely expensive presents, we travel. Have a great weekend. Best, Kirsten x

    http://www.thelifbissue.com

    • And you guys go to the most incredible places Kirsten. And have the best photos to prove it!!
      Have a great weekend!!
      XOXO

  • Maria Kelly

    It looked so magical! So much snow! I love seeing you three ladies all together dressed so well. Happy New Year x #funfashionfriday

    • Thanks Maria!!
      Have a fabulous weekend!!
      XOXO

    • And remind me of your blog name again Maria!! My memory isn’t helping me today..ha ha!!
      XOXO

  • How beautiful! Colorado is number one on my must visit list – I don’t know why I’ve never been there! We’ve been to a hot springs in Canada – it’s definitely a unique experience. Those ice castles are just stunning.

    • It really is a beautiful state Lana!! Right now the mountains haven’t gotten as much snow as usual, but it’s still so lovely!!
      If you ever come out, let me know and we’ll meet up!!
      XOXO

  • Anna Marcus

    There are so many things I want to say, I don’t know where to start, Jodi. First, what a fabulous idea to spend the time travelling rather then spending money on gifts. Second, I taking my hat off for your husband who is brave and smart enough to choose to travel with three women one of them being his mother-in-low. Top marks for plunging into the pool in the middle of winter. And last but not least, you gave us such an insightful story about this place that I am it will inspire other people to come and enjoy too
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au

    • We do realize that my hubby is a saint!! Heck, if he can put up with me, then everyone else is a piece of cake…ha ha!!
      And the water in the pool is quite warm….it’s such a difference of the air temperature!!
      Thanks Anna!!
      XOOX

  • This trip looks like so much fun! The whole trip sounds amazing but The hot springs get me! I would love to see them one day.. and the ice castle too!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

    • It really was so fun!! Your boys would get a kick out of the ice castles!! The best thing is pulling them on a sled!!
      XOOX

  • Imastounded

    What a magical experience. This sounds very much like Banff, Canada, near my home. Friends have gone there for the grand old hotel Christmas experience. We haven’t done that yet. Until the chicks leave the nest, there’s no place like home for the holidays.

    • I totally understand staying around home, especially with kids! That makes for another kind of magical experience!!!
      I’ve seen photos of Banff…it looks incredible!!
      XOXO

  • Mother of 3

    That looks like a great trip! We went to see the Ice Castles near us last year and they were just amazing.

    • That’s so cool that you saw the ice castles too!! We heard how they created the entire thing, and it’s so amazing how they do it, and how long it takes!!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    What a fantastic trip. I’ve been to Colorado a couple of times and I really need to go back. I would love a dip in that hot pool right about now! I love that embroidered coat and also the picture of all of you where you’re all wearing shades of burgundy! It is so nice that your husband loves to be stylish, too! Ya’ll look great and you can def. tell you’re having a blast in the photos.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Where’d you go in Colorado?? It really is such an amazing state, yet I’ve hardly seen much of it since most of my years here have been working years!! I’m so excited to begin exploring!!
      Thanks for the wonderful thoughts….
      XOXO

  • Oh that looks so completely magical. I’d love to do a white Christmas like that sometime. As always you look like you’ve done it in style. In contrast, our Christmas was full of prawns, pool, and icy cold beer and wine. Wishing you a happy new year. #teamlovinlife

    • Well, we were the same in that we had pools included in our Christmases, Jo!! Yours was just a little warmer in the air temperatures!! LOL!!
      Feel free to join us next year to enjoy the snow!!
      Thanks!!

  • Missy May

    Good times for sure ladies!! I haven’t stepped in a pool in my 32yrs of life but, sure won’t mind dipping in that hot pool. Ha!! Y’all ladies surely dressed to perfection in that weather. You’ve listed some pretty great outwears here. Thank you Jodie.

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

    • This is the only kind of pool I like Missy. I’m one of those weanies, that don’t like to put their head underwater, and I never can get the breathing down when I’m trying to swim! So it’s all about the soaking for me!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • This looks so fun! I love the inside of the restaurant and you all look like you were dressing to stay warm but fashionable! Lots of snow too. ITs a great getaway by just exploring the area in which you live.
    have a great day!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • It’s really so fun to see what our state has to offer, Jess!! You’re the best at finding fun getaways. Hopefully we can do the same thing now!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • So many great pictures, you look like you’re all having a great time! The hotel looks like a great place to stay.

  • You ladies are rocking the outerwear!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Thanks Ashley!! When you have to wear it everyday, you might as well have fun pieces!!
      XOXO

  • What a great place! Loved all the pics. You always look like you are having so much fun.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Kathy Marris

    How delightful and such a stark contrast to our summer heat that we’re experiencing here in Australia at the moment. I think I would give anything to swap countries with you! #TeamLovinLife

    • Feel free to come visit, Kathy!! I think you’d love it!!
      XOXO

  • What a breathtaking view! This vacation looks really fun; I’d love to jump into that spring too!!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Seems like a great experience with the spring.
    Hope you had a great time.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    • We did have a wonderful time together, Jane!!
      Thanks
      XOXO

  • writeofthemiddle

    Thanks for documenting your little Christmas getaway Jodie! It’s such a novelty to me to see snow at Christmas (well snow ANYTIME really). It’s my dream to have a white Christmas one day. It looks like a beautiful place there. You all look stylish and fashionable and fab as usual and I’m sure you had a wonderful time. Happy New Year to you. I hope your 2018 is everything you hope for and more! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Thanks so much Min for the wonderful sentiments!!
      You’ll have to come visit because the snow is a nice change from the heat!!
      XOXO

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    You girls are AMAZING! I love these photos! SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! Looks like you had so much fun.
    Thanks for sharing it!
    Have a fabulous day!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

    • Thanks Len!! It’s so fun to get away and enjoy our surroundings!!
      XOXO

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Jodie – I swear your blog posts get better and better. This one is exceptional from the hot springs pool to the ice castles video. What an incredible experience that must have been. Thanks for taking this city girl along. Plus you all looked so stylish for your evening out (Rob is so dapper with the yellow tie and rose colored shirt!)

    • Your comment really just makes my day Rebecca!! Thank you so much for the lovely words that keep me blogging!!!
      One of these days, you’ll have to come out to the mountains and join us!!
      XOXO
      And isn’t Rob so stylish?? Let me just tell you he’s come a long way…..

  • Judy Gramith

    Now THIS is a happy holiday!! What a great adventure, family gift and an enticing blog post all rolled into one! This really makes me want to visit these places in Colorado. The old hotel seems very charming; the fact that it takes pets is a big bonus!!
    Seeing you three in that big ol steaming hot, pool was very cool. Jodie, I’ll bet when you created that hat you never dreamed you’d be wearing it in a pool!
    If you’re looking for a less bulky and very warm liner, I suggest you look for a light goose down jacket or vest to wear under the coat that you inherited from Nancy. I remember the coat and thought that the embroidery embellishment on it was lovely. The pictures of you wearing it are great (you look as svelte as always) but I’ll bet the wool coat as a liner was heavy (?)
    This is one of my favorite posts EVER! The ice castles looked amazing! Your local shopping and posing with the owner is becoming a fun tradition it seems. Was Rob sliding through a tunnel in the ice? Loved it all!

    • Rob was sliding through an ice tunnel—great detail that you picked up, Jude!!
      And what a great idea for a different layer under the embellished coat that used to be Nancy’s. I’ll have to keep an eye out for something like that (or check my closet…ha ha).
      And I have to admit, that I never really thought about a hat at the pool, until we got there and I realized how cold the outside air was. But you can see in the photo, I wasn’t the only one with a hat on. I’d only wished I had thought to bring my santa hat, like I saw on others!!!
      Thanks for all of the love and support, Jude!!
      I hope you’re enjoying your first Christmas and New Years in your new place….
      XOXO

  • Jodie,
    What a fun and well photographed post this is. I love the idea of family spending time together instead of behind gifts. can’t imagine how you ended up packing for trip when we went from I see extremes to hot hot hot .
    I loved the Christmas picture of all of you, so pretty with you four wearing burgundy.
    I also really love the way you layered the coats, that is a very good idea. I have been layering a for vest over a jacket and have been using that to help deal with the cold. I hope you are well and I wish you a great week.
    ❤️💞❤️.
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com

    • Well, my husband was quite surprised at how much we ended up having to bring on this trek considering it was only one night. But it’s hard when you need such extreme outfits for such different events!! Luckily it was only a drive, so we didn’t have to pay for luggage…LOL!!
      Thanks Elle!!
      XOXO

  • This place looks absolutely amazing, thanks for sharing your fantastic adventure! Love your blog by the way! 🙂
    Magda

    https://www.gloryofthesnow.com/

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Magda!!
      We did have such a fun time!!
      XOXO

  • Kellyann

    Oh Jodie, I love giving the gift of time rather than a present, it’s so much more meaningful. We do that with our closest friends and it’s so special. Speaking of special, you 3 are so fabulous, I just can’t get over the relationship. Glad you went to the Hotel Colorado and NOT the Hotel California even though I hear it’s a lovely place, lol!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • Now that really made me laugh Kellyann!! Now I’m going to have that darn song in my brain all night long!! Thanks for nothing…ha ha!!!
      We do have a wonderful relationship, and I consider myself blessed!!
      XOXO

      • Kellyann

        Well I have it in my head too so don’t feel lonely! Oh, and I almost forgot to comment on the sleepy Santa!!! Ha! Bless his sweet heart, if he only knew!

  • How beautiful and how fun! You all look like you had the best time. I’m so happy for this sweet memory for you Jody!

    • Thanks Carrie!! It’s so nice we can do this together while my mom’s are still alive!!
      XOOX

  • That looks like such an amazing trip! Those Springs are calling my name! I have always wanted to go experience a hot spring and maybe some day I’ll be able to!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

    • You’ll definitely have to try it out one of these days Ruth….it’s great for relaxing and so good for your skin!!!
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Yes! I love the way you celebrate the holidays. I tried to get my family on board with doing an experience instead of gifts this year and it only half worked lol. What a beautiful place! The hot springs look so lovely. It looks like the perfect Christmas. 🙂

    ~Lindsey
    https://have-clothes-will-travel.com/

    • That made me laugh Lindsey….which half worked???
      We tried this with Rob’s family when we used to go to NY to visit, and they weren’t as excited about it either. It’s funny how everyone is different….
      Thanks!!
      XOXO

  • Mother Daughter

    I do like the idea of trips as gifts. Husband and I exchange no gifts for any occasion. And we very rarely eat out at home because we would rather have the money to eat at different places when we travel.

    • I think this is such a fun way to celebrate together. Although my hubby and I do eat out around town too because he’s such a foodie, and love to explore all of the new and interesting places. No fast food though (although we do like Garbanzo’s & Zoe’s Kitchen)
      XOOX

  • Carol Cameleon

    Oh now this looks amazing. It’s right up my street with the spa and then the ice castle. Perfect! Thanks for linking up to #HighlightsofHappy

    • Thanks Carol….it certainly called for a change of clothes…ha ha!!
      XOXO

  • Yes, the bad buy coat!😂😂😂 What a lovely scenery with all that snow! And that water must feel really weird, when it’s that cold outside and so warm in the water!

    • Yes!!! It is the bad buy coat—-how funny you recognized it, Nancy!!
      XOXO

  • Cindy

    Such beautiful pictures of our wintery Colorado! Love it!!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Wow it looks like so wonderful. The christmasdecoration, your style, this hot pool… great,
    XO Tina

  • Lauren

    Love this post and your blog so much!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com

    • Thanks so much for the positive thoughts, Lauren! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to hear you say that!!
      XOOX

  • Love your photos, everything looks amazing, great post!

    Lydia
    http://www.lydstaple.co.uk/

  • Lesley Watson

    I was thinking of you all and hoping you had a good time up ‘in the valley’. You got to experience the pool with the steam rising up too. I loved the photos of your trip they made me miss living up there. Sort of. We need to reschedule lunch. Let me know what works.

    • I’m not exactly sure I could live up there……I love visiting small towns, but I’m not sure I’m a small town girl at heart. We had so much fun, but we will have to go back. I wanted to visit the frontier museum and railroad museum, but they were closed on Tuesdays—-ugh!!
      As for our lunch date—if I remember, Tuesdays are the day, right?? So we could do it Tuesday, Jan. 30…meet for lunch about 12:30, and then go to Trendz afterwards?? I just have to be home for a zoom call at 5!!!
      If that doesn’t work, let me know some other options….
      XOXO

      • Lesley Watson

        That would be great. Mexican restaurant down the way fron Trendz? 12:30. It’s a date! Have a good month

        • Yes–it’s called Agaveros!!! I’ll put it on the calendar. And I’m assuming your husband is doing well??
          XOXO

  • Oh that is so interesting about the ice castles. I just went to their website and read how they make them. Your video is great too. Your coat looks really adorable though I get it’s not warm enough. Looks like a perfect fall coat. I really like these travel posts Jodie. Keep going places and we’ll go with you!

    • Thanks so much Julia!!! It’s amazing how much work goes into these ice castles, especially considering they are temporary!! But it’s certainly a sight to see!!
      Now I just need to get the blog to pay for a trip to Hawaii…LOL!!!
      XOXO

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Your Christmas looks so picturesque and festive, Jodie, and of course your outfits all look lovely. After spending a somewhat warm Christmas in San Diego, I longed for a white Christmas myself. My daughter may move to the Denver area in two years for work, so of course I would have to visit her, (and you, too)! Hoping to post a photo from Hawaii for the blog tomorrow for the WordPress photo challenge. Hope your new year has started out great!

    • That would be so cool if your daughter moved to Denver…..let me know if there’s anything I could do to help!!! And then, of course, we’d meet up!!
      I’m a little jealous that you’re in Hawaii—I need to talk to Rob about that for the blog—ha ha!!
      XOXO

  • Oh my girlfriend…freaky we both talked about travel as gifts on the same day. AND we went to the Ice Hotel in Quebec City! Travel is such a wonderful gift. We’ve done it with our “big” kids too for years. Mr. LBD and I do not exchange gifts (although I do accept spur of the moment jewels with abandon) and always plan trips for each other as the gift. Nice post!-Laurel

    • Right??? Great minds think alike!!!
      And I love accepting any spur of the moment gifts—-those are the best kind!!!
      XOXO

  • Robert Filogomo

    fun fun fun…..

  • Nicole Mölders

    I didn’t know that there’s a hot spring. Nice coats btw.

  • Thanks again for letting me tag along on your trip! Love that embroidered coat of yours!
    http://styleforlessvegas.wordpress.com

  • vasundhara

    Such beautiful pics! love the post

  • Courtney Hardy

    It looks so pretty there. I love all the snow. I bet the hot springs was awesome.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • It really was quite an enjoyable Christmas!
      Thanks Courtney!!
      XOXO

  • Those ice castles were pretty cool! You all looked like kids playing in the snow. I love it!

    Suzanne

    • That’s exactly what we felt like, Suzanne!! And why not, right? Just so you know, we had those hand and feet warmers in our gloves and boots—now that’s the way to stay warm and still enjoy the winter!!
      XOOX

  • Beautiful pictures!This post looks like you had such a wonderful time. What a beautiful place!
    Peace!
    Cheryl
    https://www.northwestmountainliving.com

  • Wow! How fascinating… your post sent me googling Glenwood, hot springs, and the springs we have in Saratoga. Really interesting…what a fun adventure!

    Those ice castles are amazing…I live how they illuminate them (surprise, lol).

    • Haha about the lights in the Ice Castles….maybe you should start your own???
      So you’ve never been to a hot springs? It’s such a great activity for the whole family!! You’ll have to try it and tell me what you think, Em!!
      XOXO

  • seems like you had an amazing time

    The Glossychic

  • Ah, another Colorado town I’ve been too. Except I was there in the spring, so it was a lot warmer. How fun it would be to sit in the hot springs in winter! Except, I’m sure you didn’t get to sunbathe like I did! 🙂 We also walked around town a bit but it was a late Sunday afternoon so everything was closed. 🙁 Another reason to go back! So happy your having so much fun!

    • Ha…how funny because I was saying we need to go back. I wanted to explore the frontier museum and railroad museum but they were closed on a Tuesday—-that’s why we had to go shopping!! They also had an escape room we almost visited!!!
      I think you may have visited more in Colorado than I have, Amy!!! That’s why I am glad we are finally retired so we can enjoy our own state.
      I told you that you were a great inspiration to me!!!
      XOXO

  • Mireille

    What a wonderful way to spend the holidays with your loved ones! I love to explore and travel with my family. Even with kids it is usually pretty fun even if a lil more tiring!

    • It is tiring, isn’t it?? But so worth it most times!!!
      Because you have these fabulous memories and stories of the trip!!
      Thanks Mireille!!
      XOXO

      • Mireille

        We are going to Europe for a couple weeks in May and I’m already planning out our outfits! The funny thing is that on such a trip I’m a minimalist packer compared to what I bring to a trip like the Beach! I hate to pay extra for luggage!

        • I hear ya, Mireille!! Besides, it’s hard to lug the luggage everywhere you go….
          What a fun trip—Italy? France?? Talk about food paradise….
          XOXO

          • Mireille

            Republic of Georgia, we went a year-and-a-half ago. We have friends there. It is a beautiful country with so much to see

          • Sounds fabulous!! The owners of the dental lab we used were from there—and can I tell you how great the food they made for us was??
            XOXO

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Super cool. The sweet smiles on your faces shows how much fun you all had.

  • I have never been to a hot springs and I’m so happy you have shared your experience with us!
    Hot springs are supposed to be very therapeutic and I love seeing so many people enjoying the pool with you lovely girls.
    Thank you for the travelogue today Jodie!

    Hugs,
    Robin

    • Well, we all slept very well that evening, so maybe the hot springs are the reason???
      You’ll have to try them sometime. I love them!!!
      Thanks Robin!
      XOOX

  • Laura

    This looks like SO much fun! I have never been to any hot springs and it’s definitely on my bucket list! What a great time!

    • We have quite a few hot springs in this state, so I guess it’s not a big deal for me!! But you’ll have to try it, because it’s divine!!!
      Thanks Laura!
      XOXO

  • Karen

    Really love this post! I feel like I was there from all of your beautiful photography. Having read MANY books about TR, I know how he frequented hot springs and somehow I never thought of this in the winter, but there you are! And that hotel – don’t you just love the old, old places? I know how some lack the ultra modern amenities, but I find it so much fun to be in an older place with history! Love to imagine what it was like all those years ago! I have often sought out the older places when traveling. What a fantastic idea to have an ‘experience’ instead of the traditional gift giving! I have mentioned this to my sons and we are going to be talking about doing this ourselves. There is so much pressure to find the perfect thing and the cost of Christmas when gifts are involved, how wonderful to just invest in each other and have a memorable experience. It has long been my dream with my family and this has encouraged me to reopen the conversation. Even the grandkids are older now and honestly love to be with the family, so I know they wouldn’t mind the absence of “stuff”. Thank you for sharing your trip with us! I’m going back to reread and enjoy the photos again!

    • Thanks so such an enthusiastic comment, Karen. Just reading it made me smile!!
      I have to admit, that having an experience together for the holidays does make it quite lovely. We started out years ago by seeing a movie and then having dinner. Now, it’s been fun to even go places. I highly recommend it, but every family is different…..
      XOXO

  • Janice Harper Jones

    Jodie, I enjoyed this article so much. I have a niece who lives in Evergreen and have visited in every season but winter. Maybe I should visit in winter! I love to visit CO, not only for the beauty, but her two little tykes. It is so much fun to see the reactions of a 2 and 4 year old! I, too was not a fan of the puffer coats until a couple years ago, I bought a packable one. I love it! It is great for travel and weighs nothing. You might want to check them out. I bought the 3/4 length. Enjoy your blog, especially the travel stories. As I am 70, it is nice to have a blog that features what is appropriate for we older ladies. Some things I think are appropriate at any age. Thanks for all you do and thanks to your “Mothers” !

    • I’m so glad you joined in with your comment, Janice!! How wonderful to meet you!!
      Evergreen is such an amazing town also, and they used to have ice skating on the pond in the winters (I”m assuming they still do). Maybe we should do that one day for the blog??
      I actually think Nancy has one of those packable puffers that she takes on her trips—it’s amazing!! And now that we’ve been going here and there, I might need one too!!
      Thanks for saying “hi” Janice….I love to hear from my readers!!!
      XOXO

  • fashionistha

    What a great place it is, I am sure you all had super fun!
    Love, Nistha
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    • Thanks Nistha!! We really enjoyed this vacation!!
      XOOX