You may not be ready to climb Everest but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a base camp for your outdoor adventures. With its proximity to the mountains and outdoor activities, Carbondale is the perfect base camp. This hidden treasure of Colorado is located 170 miles west of Denver and about 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of the Rockies. It just might be the perfect place for the fun weekend getaway in Colorado that you’ve been wanting to take.
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Where To Stay
Finding the perfect place to stay is first on the list. A night at Euclid House, a mountain retreat just minutes from Main Street with its cozy rooms, is the perfect place from which to base your trip. In addition to equipment storage and free wifi, this cozy B&B is the perfect place to rejuvenate your body and soul through its healthy environment and friendly hostess Kay. Once you’re ensconced at this delightful B&B it’s time to start exploring this scenic mountainous region that’s not to be missed.
What To Do
Like most of Colorado, the adventures in the Carbondale area vary widely by season. During the winter, the area is know for it’s rich wealth of cross country skiing. A local favorite includes Spring Gulch where you can cross country ski through 13 beautiful miles of trails for free. If you like to have your adventures by foot, there are plenty of trails offering mountainous views that you can explore by snowshoe.
During the summer you’ll want to hit the must-experience Rio Grande Trail which offers 44 miles of continuous trails perfect for biking. During the warm months you can also hike, fly fish or golf during the day. Seeing a rodeo at least once in your life is a must and in Carbondale you’re in luck. During the summer months the town holds a rodeo every Thursday evening offering a chance to see bull riding, calf and team roping, mutton busting, dally ribbon roping and more.
After expending all that energy on the trails whether it be by skis, bicycle or foot, a dip in the hot springs at nearby Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs will soothe all your well-earned aches and pains. These three beautiful cascading hot springs are available year-round but require a reservation. If you want to be more free-wheeling with your soak, there’s also Glenwood Springs, a mere 12 miles away. Looking for a quiet romantic evening? Grab a glass of wine and a bite to eat at one of the restaurants and bars located on Main Street.
Now you have all the details you need to book that romantic or adventure-filled getaway that you need for rejuvenation. Take the first step.
Even though we hope for the best, sometimes experiences can just go really wrong. We held a Valentine’s Day contest asking folks to share their romantic mishaps. The winner won not only a Wishlist, but also a chance to create a new memory with a romantic getaway in Colorado. We received a wide array of entries that included puke, sick children, scorned lovers and even a stollen wallet. Some made us chuckle while a few tore at our heart strings. Three finalists were selected and on the eve of Valentine’s Day, a winner was chosen. The winning entry was by Denver local, Kendra Anderson who as an advanced sommelier and the wine director of Pasta Vino, has made a career out of creating memorable experiences.
Kendra’s Winning Story
Once upon a time, many years ago, in the city of Denver, I was dumped on Valentine’sDay. Knowing that my apartment lease was set to expire on 2/15, my boyfriend had invited me to move in with him. I agreed, and joyously packed my belongings. My boyfriend had planned a brief trip to Minneapolis for the days just preceding Valentine’s Day. He kissed me goodbye and said he couldn’t wait to come back and have me move in. I didn’t hear from him at all during his trip (there were no cell phones back then). I felt a pang of worry. Knowing his plan to be back in town by 2/14 I began calling him frantically and driving by his (and what I believed would soon be my) house, all to no avail. Valentine’s Day fell on a thursday that year; my boyfriend — a DJ — always worked Thursdays. so I jumped in my U-Haul with my pet bunny Sydney in the passenger seat, and drove to the club where he spun. I marched into the DJ booth and demanded to know what was going on. Long, sordid story short: he’d not only changed his mind about my moving in, he was breaking up with me, too.
Postscript: Kendra is now in a great relationship with a new guy and they are thrilled to have a romantic trip on a Wishlist Getaway.
Wishlist recently had the opportunity to help make Valentine’s Day just a little bit more special for a local soldier and his wife. Even though it’s their anniversary, Guy Morgan and his wife Leah have rarely had the chance to celebrate it together due his frequent tours of duties in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were thrilled to provide them with a Wishlist getaway of their choice for a romantic rendezvous for the couple. Take a peek at this sweet couple as featured on Fox 31 Denver.
Wishing you a getaway experience that helps close the miles between you when you’re apart Guy and Leah.