Travel

Today I’m sharing a photo diary from last week’s Colorado trip.

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Steve and I took off on Wednesday morning (our anniversary) and landed in Denver in the afternoon. That evening, we headed to the NEEDTOBREATHE concert at Red Rocks with my cousin Katelyn (The Suitcase Blonde— check out her blog!) and her husband Alex. Katelyn and I got to experience this for the second year in a row, but we thought we’d bring our husbands along this time around.

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The show was excellent, but NTB can do no wrong. They put on a flawless performance. What’s even better is the four of us got to go backstage during their encore since the bassist is my boss’s brother. PERKS! If you’ve ever been to Red Rocks, I’m sure you can understand how cool of an experience it would be to go backstage during a performance. We got to walk up the famous hidden tunnel where so many legendary artists have been and signed their names. It was a pretty epic moment.

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The next day Katelyn and I headed downtown for a cousin photoshoot. It was just like the old days when we used to blog together at Relatively Offbeat. It felt good to be doing photos together again. We visited Hudson Hill Coffee and got iced almond milk lattes before getting some photos outside in the sweltering heat.

colorado tripAfter our photoshoot, Katelyn and I headed to downtown Boulder to do some shopping and have lunch at Bartaco. I can’t stay away from that place, even on vacation. It’s the best. We walked around the Pearl Street Mall and holy cow, that town is adorable! I loved the charming shopping district vibes surrounded by gigantic mountains in the background.

colorado tripcolorado tripcolorado tripcolorado tripcolorado tripWhen we returned back to Denver (after a mishap with Katelyn almost losing her car keys, haha!), we made a stop at the Denver Athletic Club to watch Alex play a squash tournament before grabbing dinner. On Friday, we grabbed breakfast at Snooze and headed out for a 2 and a half hour drive to Glenwood Springs. When we arrived, we got settled into our room, changed, and took off to Iron Mountain Hot Springs which was right alongside the Colorado river.

colorado tripOn Saturday morning we traveled 1 hour southeast to Aspen so we could check out the Maroon Bells. It was absolutely breathtaking, even with the fog and hail that was coming down when we finally made it to the highlands. It was the most bizarre weather but everything was so beautiful. I’m glad we made the trip because it is just one of those places you have to see in person to truly capture the beauty.

maroon bells colorado tripmaroon bells colorado tripcolorado tripIt was an incredible Colorado trip and we look forward to going back again sometime soon. It’s so great having cousins that we can visit and stay with. Katelyn and Alex are always such a good time and we’re grateful that they were able to show us so many amazing sites.

Stay tuned for more soon!

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This past weekend, Steve and I packed our bags and headed to Asheville, North Carolina for a much needed weekend getaway. We stayed in an Airbnb in West Asheville that was actually gifted to me for achieving our quarterly goals at my job. It’s good to know hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and that Steve and I get to enjoy the benefits of my job together from time to time. We had the option to pick any city we’d like to visit that was drive-able within a weekend, and Asheville had been on our list for quite some time since we both wanted to see The Biltmore and we enjoy craft beer. It was a no-brainer when the opportunity presented itself.

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Continue reading Travel Diaries: Asheville, North Carolina

Last Saturday, while my cousins Katelyn and Alex were in town, we took a day trip to Lynchburg, Tennessee to explore, taste wine, eat southern comfort food, and sample all of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey we could stomach. We loaded up the car, grabbed some iced coffee on our way out of Nashville, and headed to Lynchburg, located in Moore County (a dry county). Yeah, you read that right, a dry county.

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We arrived into town a little early and had some time to kill before our lunch reservation, so when we passed a sign for Lynchburg Winery, we knew we had to check it out. So we kicked off our day in Lynchburg with some wine.
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Since Alex was in Nashville for a few weeks working at the Union Station Hotel, he was given a group VIP tour of Jack Daniel’s Distillery which included a delicious and darling lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House beforehand. This restaurant was incredible. We checked in with the hostess and waited on the front porch for our guide, Emily, to take us to one of the upstairs dining rooms to where she hosted our entire meal. The building holds several dining rooms where groups have communal dinners where you pass plates around and serve yourselves southern cuisine.
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After our unforgettable experience at lunch, we took a short stroll over to Jack Daniel’s distillery to begin our tour. This is the 150th anniversary of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and we celebrated by having some for ourselves.

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One of the “secret ingredients” in Jack’s famous Tennessee whiskey is the natural limestone spring water that comes directly from his very own natural spring. Cave Spring Hollow is Lynchburg’s greatest natural resource. It stays at a crisp, cool, and a constant 56-degrees all year-round.
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We had so much learning about the history of Jack Daniel, his family, and his legacy. We learned about the filtering process, the charcoal mellowing, the mash recipe, the oak barrels, and so much more. We especially enjoyed tasting 5 different types of whiskey. We even grabbed a bottle of Gentleman Jack and had it engraved to commemorate Steve’s single “Where There’s Smoke There’s Whiskey” this year, the 150th anniversary of Jack Daniel’s.
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We had the most amazing day together. Special thanks to Alex for letting us tag along and enjoy your work perks. 😉

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A few weeks ago we had our company’s quarterly off-site held in Salt Lake City, Utah. [Side note: I work from a super awesome company called Self-Publishing School and we’re all remote workers from across the country. We teach people how to write, publish, and market their own bestselling books.] Every quarter, we vote on a different city to host our off-site so that we can have the opportunity to explore new places and come together for 5 days to be productive and knock out some major business plans. I was really excited to have this off-site in SLC because I had never been there before and wanted to spend as much time outside in the beautiful mountains as possible before it got too cold.
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When my plane arrived in SLC on Wednesday, I couldn’t believe how close the mountains were to the airport. There is so much beauty as soon as you step off the plane. We stayed in a large Airbnb home in Holladay, which is about 20 minutes from the airport and even closer to the beautiful snowcapped mountains.

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Thursday and Friday were complete workdays, so we got a lot of things done together as a management team. On Friday evening, we headed to the Mystery Escape Room in downtown Salt Lake City. Our challenge was “Dr. Frankenstein’s Haunted Escape” which only  had a 14% success rate. We made it out! I have to admit that we have a pretty solid group of smarties.

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After our genius grand escape from Dr. Frankenstein’s room, we walked across the street to ‘Bout Time Pub & Grub to grab some eats, play some pool, and watch some football.

Saturday morning, we put in a few hours of work and then headed outside to get some fresh air and take in some views of Utah. The girls took one car to the scenic trail at Big Cottonwood Canyon while the guys went out searching for hiking trails. The drive through Big Cottonwood Canyon was breathtakingly beautiful and we made several stops to get out, stretch our legs, and snap some photos. We even drove up high enough to be surrounded by snow on the ground.

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After we finished driving the scenic trail, we took a drive to the Sugarhouse neighborhood. We made a pit stop at Sugarhouse Coffee before heading back to the house to reconvene for the evening. They make a mean hazelnut latte.
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We spent the remainder of our last night eating wings, drinking beer, and playing laser tag. It was a short but sweet stay in SLC and I will definitely be back to take in the views with Steve sometime soon. I loved it there.

Laura