Travel Guide: Let’s Explore Colorado



DENVER, BOULDER, AND COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

Earlier last month, my mom and I took a quick weekend trip to Colorado for a Post Malone concert. We left on Wednesday, and returned on Sunday. It was so fun to get away, especially before we couldn’t anymore, and of course I always love getting to spend time with my mom.

My mom made the reservations for where to stay, but besides the concert, we really didn’t have any plans, so all of the decisions were made in the moment (which made it a bit more of an adventure)!

WHERE TO STAY

We stayed in a Sonder close to the Pepsi Center in HiLo Denver. These are similar to an AirBnb, but are more like renting an apartment for a weekend as compared to a house. It was so nice, close to cute coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping, and had honestly such a great aesthetic. Plus we didn’t have to clean anything upon leaving, which is unlike AirBnb where you usually have to do basic cleaning before you leave. It was also rather affordable, and although it was in an apartment complex where people lived, it wasn’t loud or smelled funny or anything. It also had a rooftop patio area, and it was nice to go out there and sit in the sun. Lastly, and I know I’m hyping this up way too much, the building and apartment were all secured by a pin-pad, so it was really convenient because you didn’t have to worry about keys or anything like that.


SOME OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES

COFFEE BREAK

DUTCH BROS

I had always seen these on social media, and heard it’s the bomb, and oh my gosh they did not let me down! These are located all over Colorado, and it is soooo good! I got a white chocolate mocha, because I always have to stay on brand, and it was super good!



BREAKFAST + BRUNCH

SYRUP

We got brunch at this cute breakfast spot in Denver, and boy was it good. We split a mimosa pitcher and an order of their “crack bacon” to start, so that we could get both savory and sweet. We also started with the waffle sliders, and got them with fried chicken. It came with sweet and spicy Thai chili sauce, and it was an interesting combination I was totally here for. For my main meal, I got the breakfast sandwich on a croissant, with my eggs scrambled, bacon and cheddar cheese. It was such a good classic!

VOODOO DONUTS

This quirky spot in Denver has creatively delicious donuts. We got a few to try, but then also got a pre-chosen package of a dozen of their most popular donuts (I would recommend this if you want to try a variety). From bubble gum, to cereal, to bacon, they have lots of different kinds to try! I got a chocolate cake donut, as well as the Marshall Mathers, a cake donut with vanilla frosting and M&Ms on the top.


LUNCH

TORCHY’S TACOS

I had gone to this taco place when I visited Texas last summer, and I absolutely loved it! So when I saw one in Boulder, I forced my mom to go. I am a queso connoisseur, and I 100% approve of theirs. I got two of the trailer park tacos! TIP: Get your taco of choice “trashy” and they will take off the lettuce and add queso!

SAWARA

We stopped in the sushi place to grab a quick bite in Colorado Springs, and it was pretty good. I got the Crunch and Lovely Crab rolls, and they were super filling so I ended up eating one of them hours later in the car (still tasted good, too)! My mom got the chicken teriyaki dish, which was also really flavorful and fresh!



DINNER

PASTA JAY’S

We drove back through Boulder on our way home, and decided to stop at this Italian restaurant. Boy, was that a great decision! We started off with an appetizer that 1. I can’t remember the name of and 2. I can’t find on their menu, but it was a baked mozzarella dish with tomato sauce and served with bread. We also split a Caesar salad. For my entree, I got the lobster macaroni and cheese, and oh my gosh it was amazing (see picture above). It was baked, cheesy perfection. To end the dinner, I got the cheesecake, and it really topped off the dinner. I walked away five pounds heavier, but also five pounds happier! TIP: Make reservations ahead! We had to wait a bit, and it seems like a hot spot for college students, so if it wasn’t spring break we probably would have had to wait longer!

FARGO’S PIZZA

My dad, who grew up in Colorado Springs, always raves about this restaurant and how it hasn’t changed a bit! We took a special trip to the Springs (well, actually two) just to have some of this pizza. The decor of the building is straight out of a Old West movie, and all of the employees dress the role as well. From the piano that plays itself, to the wax figures whom the story of Fargo’s is based on, it is such a neat place to see. Additionally, the pizza does not disappoint. I only like pepperoni pizza, so I got that and loved it. I also got the salad bar (because who doesn’t love a salad bar). If you like to be a bit more adventurous with your topics, my dad enjoys the Sophia Special.

BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY MOUNTAIN HOUSE

We stopped at this brewery located inside Denver’s Pepsi Center before the concert. We got some drinks, my mom got a strawberry margarita, and I had a long island, and also split an order of buffalo wings. They were the perfect dinner and drinks kind of meal! Super good and great if you’re going to an event in the Pepsi Center. TIP: If you do go to the brewery prior to your show, the security is not near as long because it is at the door to the restaurant, as well as the line where they scan your tickets to enter the actual event center!



WHAT TO DO + SEE

COLORADO STATE SIGN
EXPLORE DOWNTOWN DENVER
GET MANI + PEDIS
SEE A CONCERT AT THE PEPSI CENTER
DRIVE UP THE MOUNTAINS TO ESTES PARK
SHOP

…and that’s what’s going on in Lindley’s Life.

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