Weekend Getaway: Vail, CO

*this post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

When I graduated with my Masters degree in June, my sweet parents gave me an unexpected and amazing gift: a long weekend trip to Vail, CO and tickets to the opening night of the Vail International Dance Festival. I have always wanted to go to the festival, and I’m so happy I was able to see the performance this year. My mom found us a great little condo on Airbnb (an awesome service that I’d highly recommend if you’re traveling…so much better than staying in a hotel) within a mile of the little downtown area, and my parents and I really enjoyed exploring Vail. Here are some pictures of the trip and a little recap of what we did on our little getaway:

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

Weekend Getaway to Vail, CO via Imperfect Chevron

What we did:

  1. Hiked at this little hidden trail near Copper Mountain up to a gorgeous mountain lake, I didn’t get any photos because I was too busy trying not to cry hiking 6 miles with shin splints *sigh, dance injuries*.
  2. Fished and got skunked at the ponds off the highway by Copper Mountain.
  3. Biked through Lionshead Village and Vail Village, and through one of the ritzy neighborhoods to explore.
  4. Found the Rimini Gelato shop and splurged 3 days in a row (so. much. sorbet!). They had the best sorbet I’ve ever had, which is amazing for a dairy-free girl like myself.
  5. Admired the performers of the Vail International Dance Festival on the lawn at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater.
  6. Walked through the Betty Ford garden. Very dreamy.
  7. Spent the day just walking through Lionshead and Vail Village, listening to live music, people-watching…so good.

Anyway, this trip was so refreshing and fun. Vail is definitely a great vacation spot for people of all ages and activity levels (your trip can be really active/adventurous/leisurely, there’s so many different ways to go). It is a pretty expensive town, but we managed to save on costs by renting an affordable condo outside of the downtown area and cooking at home rather than eating out. Bring your bikes and walking shoes and you can have unlimited free entertainment!

xo

*this post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

 

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Life Update: Summer Sun

Now that I’m back home, life is good. I’m settling into studying for my NBCOT exam, spending time with my pets, and helping my family keep up with the chores. I’ve been keeping pretty busy, and I’m really enjoying the summer (my favorite season). Last weekend was so good, you guys, my family took lots of long walks, set off some little fireworks to celebrate the fourth, and cooked a really nice meal. And this week is “birthday week” for me, and I’m getting kind of nervous about turning 24…that just sounds like a real serious age. Anyway, here are some photos from the last couple weeks around here. Hope you and your family had a wonderful 4th of July!

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I painted our old porch swing this punchy orange color

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the views at Chataqua park in Boulder are worth the killer climb to the top!

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the lake near my house hired a goat farmer to maintain the grass this summer, and I have loved watching these goats munch along

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this little turtle was right along the path. nature is so cool.

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that gorgeous mountain view.

xo.

NC Mountain Getaway

It’s no secret that my time here in NC has been a bit stressful. New city, a challenging FW rotation, spending every free moment studying…it all builds up over the course of 12 weeks. Luckily, I have some amazing cousins close by that I’ve spent a lot of time with and have grown really close to this year (you guys, I’m going to cry so hard when I leave soon!). My amazing cousins took me up to the NC mountains for Memorial Day weekend to get some much needed R&R in the fresh mountain air. I want to share some of the photos from our little weekend getaway near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Now, I’m a Colorado girl raised loving the Rocky Mountains, so let me start by saying that these mountains were very different than what I’m used to. But the lush trees and gorgeous views won me over. North Carolina, you are something special, and I’m so glad I got to live here for a little while.

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The back porch; I’m a sucker for an A-frame

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My favorite seat in the house

NC Mountain Trip via Imperfect Chevron

NC Mountain Trip via Imperfect Chevron

NC Mountain Trip via Imperfect Chevron

From the top of Mt. Craig. The highest peak east of the Mississippi is Mt. Mitchell (right next to Mt. Craig) and is 6683′

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I mean, how can you not fall in love with that view? Major heart-eyes. The weekend was so relaxing and fun. We walked to the summit at Mt. Mitchell, and then took a short hike to Mt. Craig and Mt. Tom. We spent lots of time in the Eno hammocks (have you seen these? I had never heard of them but I am in love with them now! I’m going to have to get me one of these for sure) and just watching the clouds roll by on the back deck. It was such a wonderful weekend with my cousins, they mean so much to me and I’m so thankful to have them. This little weekend getaway is one I certainly won’t forget.

xo

Fishing Trip

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I love fishing; it’s one tradition in my family that I’m so glad I “grew into.” My parents and I headed up into the high country this weekend to get some quality time with our fishing poles and enjoy some fresh mountain air. We went to a couple of different lakes ponds, ending up at our favorite little lesser-known spot for a good part of the day. As soon as my line hit the water, I had a fish! We had amazing luck, we caught (and released) 18 fish between the three of us. It was such a fun day!

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These mountains just take my breath away. I’ve lived here for 18 years and I’m still totally head over heels.

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One of the bigger fish I caught. Don’t worry, we released him right after this photo was taken!

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Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

xo.