Monday, September 17, 2018


Vail is our last stop on this Colorado Rockies excursion. Before I forget, if you choose to vacation to a ski (or winter sports) location during a none-skiing time, be careful. We found that these areas had strong winter and summer activities, but during the "shoulder seasons" (or what some called the Rollover Period), lots of activities and eateries shut down. For Fall, that's September and October with each area having their own particular dates for the off time. Be sure to check. All the photos are here.

Breckenridge | Glenwood Springs | Vail

Apparently the official Fall colors of Colorado are green,
yellow, and orange (deciduous) and blues/greens (evergreen).

Is that what I think it is? Middle of Vail Village.

We caught the last day of OktoberFest.

Lots of vendors and farmers' market,
but surprisingly not very many beer sellers.

The girls took a river rafting trip, Timberline Tours.

Class II.
That's our suite on the top floor.

Westside Cafe. Fabulous bloody mary with all manner of veggies and a
sidecar of amber ale. And their Avocado Toast with fried egg was scrumptious.

The Red Lion for lunch.

The Ski Trooper

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Anne of Green Gables rehearsal

September 16th partial dress rehearsal at the studio... Photos by Kayla Coburn.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Glenwood Springs

Nana, Papa, and the Underwoods spent a couple days in Glenwood Springs after their Breckenridge stay. The drive from Breck to Glenwood Springs was gorgeous, Fall colors everywhere. All the photos are here. On to Vail...

Breckenridge Glenwood Springs | Vail

Hotel Colorado. Built in 1893, we're counting this gem on our "great lodges"
list. The hotel got a new owner just last May who happened to be there this
weekend celebrating the hotel's 125th anniversary.

View to the west from the tram up to
Glenwood Caverns.

Glenwood Caverns.

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort (right next to Hotel Colorado). We didn't
go there, but it's part of the view that got Jamie interested in visiting
Glenwood Springs when passing through by train in 2005 with his Dad.

Glenwood Springs train station.

Front courtyard at Hotel Colorado.
We enjoyed a number of meals and drinks at this spot.

Restaurant in Hotel Colorado.

This spiral staircase behind the hotel gift shop
was installed by the Navy when they used the
hotel as a Navy hospital.

The 125th anniversary included tours of the hotel
and grounds by "realtime" characters.

East bound Amtrak's California Zephyr leaving Glenwood Springs station.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs.

Riviera Supper Club and Piano Bar. One of the many delights at this establishment
was Jonathan Gorst, Music Director/Principle Conductor for the National Tour
of The Phantom of the Opera 2007-2012. He entertained us all evening singing
and playing the piano. Our kind of music: musical theatre sprinkled with ol'
favorites like Mister Bojangles and Scott Joplin. Food was great, too. Among
the many requests he accepted, mine was "More I Cannot Wish You" from
Guys and Dolls. Lynn's was "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Breckenridge in September

Nana, Papa, and the Underwoods are exploring Colorado along I-70. First stop: Breckenridge. All these trip's Breckenridge photos are here. Tomorrow morning we head for Glenwood Springs.

Breckenridge Glenwood Springs | Vail

Continental Divide Winery. Interesting concept: they're about evenly split
between Colorado and California grapes - from Paso Robles! We got some.
They ship in the juice and take it from there.

Fabulous meal at South Ridge Seafood Grille.

Breakfast at BoLD.

We spotted a few Bristlecone Pines around Breck.
This one was up on Peak 7.

Lynn skiing on Peak 7.

Fall is in the air. The vibrant greens, yellows, and oranges of the
aspens stand out from the dark green pines, firs, etc.

2,000 gallon still at Breckenridge Distillery.

Ceviche at the Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant (great gourmet food).

Amazing Grace for breakfast.

Highlight of Breck this trip: Snow Caps Sled Dogs. Their main gig is winter
snow rides, but in the summer the rides are shorter (too warm for the dogs to
go far or long), so you spend much more time in the kennel with the dogs, and
right up close and personal including any pups.
Our musher, Sarah, putting the dog team on the rigging.
She's got this one "in 2-wheel drive" (only rear legs on the
ground) to make it a little easier.

They're on the gee side.

Haunted sites tour by the Breckenridge Heritage
. They offer several other tours.

Having watched a video about it, we visited the
Valley Brook Cemetery. Very eclectic. Headstones
and markers from the 1800s to last year. The
marker pictured here was about a hundred years
old and contained a wooden structure with a glass
front containing flowers from the girl's funeral.
Fabulous meal at Hearthstone Restaurant. Wow!
Best restaurant in Summit County many years running.