After spending eight days in the mountains of Colorado, I am back again with another travel guide! This spring break I spent my week in Granby and Winter Park, which are about 20 minutes apart from each other.
WHERE TO STAY
The Inn at SilverCreek in Granby was the perfect venue for our stay. It was a modest two-room place that had everything my parents and I could need for the week. My favorite part was the fire place in the living room that we lit up every night.
The Inn has a nice restaurant, bar/lounge, gym, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as, a place to rent ski gear. Behind the Inn at the top of the mountain is the main ski spot in Granby. Across the street from the Inn was a grocery store and gas station which was very convenient.
WHERE TO EAT IN GRANBY
Do yourself a favor and get the Green Chili. It’s their most popular dish and it was easily one of the best meals I had there all week. It is a tad spicy though so if you are sensitive to spicy foods, ask for extra sour cream!
Azteca Family Mexican Restaurant
GET THE CHICKEN TAQUITOS. They give you so much food; it’s enough for two meals.
We went here for lunch one day and got mini personalized pizzas. They have a whole list to choose from! The tomato soup my mom got was also really good and I may or may not have ate half of it (:
Java Lava Cafe
HOLY COW this place has some GOOD lattes. I got a raspberry white chocolate latte and I still have dreams about it. We ate breakfast here one snowy morning too and I suggest any breakfast combination that comes with pancakes since that is what they are known for.
The aesthetic of this place was great. You walk in and there are shelves of old-used books and movies you can buy for under $1. Tables filled the empty spaces on the floor and in the back there was a full kitchen where you could order your food. I got the tofu scramble for breakfast which was just what I needed at the time. The omelets here are pretty big and filling too.
I never thought I would find an ice cream, burger and Mexican place all in one restaurant.
WHERE TO EAT IN WINTER PARK
The Peak Bistro and Brewery
I liked this place because the walls were covered in college flags and of course I found UF (GO GATORS!). For those 21 years-old and up, this place has a small in-house brewery that my dad was pretty happy about.
Located in the small downtown area of the Winter Park resort, Doc’s Roadhouse kept me nice and warm with their hot chocolate. I ordered the chili because it is a great food to eat when you need to warm up and it was almost as good at the green chili I had earlier in the week!
Fraser Valley Hotdog
We ate her for lunch twice because it was that good and very affordable. They must have 20 different hotdog combinations you can choose from. They sold regular french fries and sweet potato fries, but here’s the kicker… You can get a combination of both in a basket!
This little shop is also located in the small downtown area of the Winter Park Resort. As a popcorn lover, I may have gotten very excited when I walked in and found unique popcorn flavors. I left with a bag of spicy buffalo popcorn (soooo tasty) and a white chocolate covered pretzel!
Mountain Grind Coffee and Bistro
Another great coffee shop. The place was decorated very DIY style which I thought was cool. The most unique DIY I saw was different shades of gray duck-tape all cut in squares and layered over each other to fill the blank wall space between the wall trimmings.
WHAT TO DO IN THE MOUNTAINS
Look at Winter Park Resort Activities and start booking activities! My parents and I booked four activities and had a blast.
Worth. Every. Penny. We rode up a 12,000 foot tall mountain and over looked the Continental Divide. The views were breathtaking.
Coco-Cola Tube Park
The session lasts about an hour and that is all you need. There are four tubing courses each one faster than the previous one. My favorite part was tying all of of tubes together and going down the mountain together.
Winter Scenic Gondola
After 4 p.m. the gondola rides are free. Definitely try to go up it on a sunnier day so you can see the mountainous view. This was another breathtaking one. At the top of the mountain there was a restaurant and am indoor seating area where you can listen to live music.
I never thought I would go on a real sleigh ride. I felt like I was in a Hallmark movie! The horses were beautiful and they took us along a carved out path on a mountain. Half way through we stopped for hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.
I didn’t ski because I didn’t feel comfortable doing it by myself, but Granby and Winter Park both have skiing areas.
SNOW BALL FIGHTS!!
Free and fun (:
TIPS FROM A VERY COLD FLORIDA GIRL
- Something to keep in mind is that both cities are over 8,000 feet above sea level. People not used to these heights can experience altitude sickness symptoms. These symptoms include headaches, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, fatigue and sometimes nausea. Some things to keep in mind to help prevent these symptoms are limiting alcohol intake, increasing water intake and eating carbs. If you really aren’t feeling good, there are medications you can take too. Give your body a few days to adjust!
- Make sure you have a four wheel drive because the roads can get icy during the snowy season.
- Dress in layers!!! I can’t emphasize this enough. If you need to talk to a pro about it, talk to my mom because she must have had five layers on a one point and it was my job to help her take them all off in the car (love you mom).
- Snow boots, gloves and a knitted hat made a huge difference when going outside.
Colorado, you were very cold, but I had the best experience! What did you do for spring break? Leave a comment down below!