It was totally time for a staycation for the Grecos! With a baby, a staycation is way less stress, less planning and easier to do on a whim. Nick and I decided it was time for a weekend away so our minds could be in "vacation mode" for a few days. We are so blessed to live in a state where just a few hour drive and we can be in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, the Rocky Mountains. Nick grew up going to Glenwood Springs every summer with his family and he has the most pleasent memories from that so he's been dying to take baby G up there. We stayed up there for two nights, visited the Hot Springs pool and explored the town with our little guy. It was the perfect spur of the moment getaway and we are so glad we went up there.
Glenwood Springs is about a three hour drive from Denver, we stopped in Silverthorne CO to break up the drive which seemed to help Giulian. Warning, if you have a baby and are doing any traveling through the mountains, remember that the altitude change can hurt their ears and since they don't know how to pop their ears they can get extremely upset and frustrated. Trying to get them to drink a bottle or take a pacifier is a smart idea to try and loosen the pressure from their ears. It was super sad, on the drive home Giulian was in a lot of pain from the altitude change and ear pressure. We just took a few extra stops and tried to get him to take a bottle.
There are so many fun things to do in Glenwood, the Hot Springs pool, hiking, wandering around the adorable town, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a blast, or you could even take a drive up to Aspen (just an hour away).
Like I said before, our absolute favorite thing to do in Glenwood Springs is go to the Hot Springs pool. Really, you can't visit Glenwood without it!! It's the largest Hot Springs pool in the entire world you guys, how amazing is that! And because it is so large, it isn't overcrowded. Not to say that a ton of people don't go there every day, but there is just a lot of space to hold all of us tourists. They have slides, multiple pools at different temperatures, spa like jets in the warmer pool, there is a kiddie pool, a diving board...it's basically the best place ever! The pool is surrounded with beautiful red mountains, and if you go in the spring they are covered in lush greenery which gives a jungle/forest feel and is absolutely stunning.
We are not experts when it comes to every place to eat, drink and everything to do in Glenwood Springs. But we've been there several times and I thought it'd be fun to share a few of our favorite eateries with you. There are a few spots to eat in Glenwood that we would recommend. For ice cream, check out Kaleidoscoops. They have dozens of flavors, hand dipped cones and we've loved that spot for years. For breakfast make sure and go to Sweet Coloradough. Health nuts, this place is not for you, the donuts at this place are the best! If you're looking for a real treat, try their "11-Layer Croughnut" (holy calories) but it is delicious. They also have tasty coffee and breakfast sandwiches. For lunch or dinner try The Pullman. They have one of my favorite salads of all time, the handmade gnocchi salad. Shoot now I'm gonna crave that all day! Anyways, those are our go to "yummy" spots when we visit Glenwood Springs. I'm sure there are so many other delicious places we still need to try!
That's all I've got for ya! I just wanted to share a bit of our Staycation with you. It was a wonderful reminder to us that we can have a great time as a family and go in vacation mode without even hopping on an airplane. Our own backyard has so many amazing adventures, towns to explore and sights to see. Plus, Baby G is new to Colorado and has yet to see it all, so it's our job to show him around his home state!
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