Buena Vista Colorado

Buena Vista Colorado

Buena Vista

Buena Vista Colorado or BV as the locals call it is one of the best places to be in the summer! The Collegiate Peaks tower over you in the valley of Buena Vista filled with so many activities for every age group.  This is a must visit for family adventure!

Here are my travel tips and suggestions for your next family adventure to Buena Vista Colorado:

Where to Go:

Buena Vista Colorado

When to Go:

Summer

How long should you stay:

5-7 days is ideal but it is not the easiest to get to so you may want to stay for a week minimum 

Where to stay in or near Buena Vista Colorado:

Recommendation: Mount Princeton Hot Springs & Resort – offers cabins or lodge rooms plus you can use the hot springs   

Best Western Plus Vista Inn – great hotel with pool, hot tub and free breakfast 

Pinon Court Cabins – small but eclectic cabins with kitchens. Close to a park and playground for the kids. 

There are lots of cabins available during the summer on VRBO or Vacation Home Rentals

 

Top things to do & travel tips for your family vacation to Buena Vista Colorado:

Hot Springs – check out the Mount Princeton Hot Springs. Soak in one of the pools, ride the 300ft waterslide or find a warm spot in the river. 

Rafting the Arkansas River – check out The Adventure Company 

Hiking in Buena Vista with kids

  • There are municipal trails just across the Arkansas River (at the foot of Main Street). You can hike anywhere from short to long with great views. Make sure to stop at K’s for an after-hike ice cream cone.
  • The Twin Lakes area has historic buildings and it is an easy hike to Interlaken’s old buildings.
  • Or check out this website for more hiking trails near Buena Vista

Mountain Biking- stop in at Trail Head Bike Rentals and explore with two wheels. There is mountain bike trails in the hills right behind Buena Vista. 

Zip Line Tours  – a full adrenaline rush!

Horseback riding at Harvard City Riding Stables 

Adventure Park for the older kids at Browns Canyon Adventure Park

Drive to the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook 

Bouldering for the kids at the Buena Vista Boulder Garden

 

Restaurants in Buena Vista Colorado:

Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery – local hangout with wide variety of food for the entire family 

Pizza Works – great pizza 

Punky’s – BBQ and ice cream  

The Lariat Bar and Restaurant – great burger joint 

Brown Dog Coffee Company – morning coffee spot 

 

Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional Colorado travel information. I am here to help plan your family vacations.


Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park
Summer Couples Vacation Travel Tips

Grand Teton National Park has the most majestic mountain ranges and it is a must see to experience the magnitude of the mountains. It is a wonderful place for couples to explore together.

Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole are outdoor adventure travel destinations. There is so much to do and see no matter how much (or how little) adventure you are looking, it is great for all couples.

 

Here are my travel recommendations:

When to go:

Summer for these travel tips!

Note: If you are a winter lover, it is also a must-do in the winter when you can enjoy skiing at Jackson Hole, Snow King or Grand Targhee plus snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, snowcoach tours, snow tubing and more.

Where to go:

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Including Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, and Teton Village

How long to go:

One week or longer if you are going to also explore Yellowstone National Park which is within one hour of the Grand Tetons.

 

Where to stay:

In Jackson

Flat Creek Ranch – Great scenery and secluded cabins

Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa – Small luxury lodge near Jackson town square

Cowboy Village Resort – Lodge and cabins in the heart of downtown Jackson

In Teton Village

Hotel Terra Jackson Hole – Eco-friendly (LEED Certified) hotel

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole – All out luxury resort

Teton Mountain Lodge – Beautiful condos and grounds

National Park Lodging

There are also options within Grand Teton National Park, check out these lodges. Be sure to book early for these.

 

Top summer activities to do:

National Elk Refuge

Grand Teton National Park – see below for more details

Whitewater River Trips

Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures

Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris

Jackson Hole Trail Rides, Pack Trips or Fly Fishing Adventures

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Aerial Tram Rides with hikes at the top

 

Top Restaurants:

the Kitchen – Try the tasting menus for amazing food

Stiegler’s Restaurant & Bar – Great Swiss dining

Snake River Grill – Expensive but a great restaurant for a special occasion

Lotus Cafe – Healthy cuisine, vegan friendly

The Cellars – For steak lovers, check this place out

Gun Barrel Steak & Game House – If you want to try some Buffalo or just looking for meat and potatoes, this is the place for you

 

Top Bars:

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in downtown Jackson is a must visit

Mangy Moose Saloon in Teton Village with great live music

Snake River Brewing Company is a fun place and has great beer

Silver Dollar Bar at the Wort Hotel is a western-themed bar

 

 

Top things to do in Grand Teton National Park– Park Map:

Day Hikes:

Jenny Lake Trail – Take the boat ride and then hike to Hidden Falls (Jenny Lake Trailhead) – 5 miles round trip, moderate hike

Leigh Lake – A less busy hike or kayak trip from Jenny Lake Lodge around String Lake to Leigh Lake. It is an easy hike but 3.7 miles around String Lake plus a 3 mile hike to Leigh Lake. Plan accordingly.

Jackson Lake Lodge– Beautiful lake in front of the Grand Teton Mountains

Amphitheater Lake (Alpine Meadows Trailhead)– Strenuous hike but worth it if you can do it, it is 4 miles one-way and you gain 3000’ of elevation on the way

Phelps Lake Trail (Laurance S Rockefeller Preserve Trailhead)– Take the Woodland Trail to Phelps Lake for an easy one mile hike with a great view

Taggart Lake Hike – A 3 mile loop trail or you can continue on Bradley Lake too. Very beautiful hike but a lot of the hike is in the hot sun so wear a hat and be prepared with lots of water and sunscreen.

Beautiful Drives:

Drive the 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive – Plan for at least 6 hours to see the beautiful scenery and stops along the way, not to mention wildlife

Signal Mountain Summit Road – Amazing views from the top

Water Activities:

Colter Bay Village – Rent a kayak or boat or take a scenic lake cruise and enjoy a day on the water.

Looking for additional information or help planning, contact me.

Utah Travel Information

Utah travel information

Utah Travel Information
For Extreme Snow Sports & Ski Vacations

Are you looking for an adventure vacation and winter travel destination?

Utah has it all and you can find all the Utah travel information you need here.

There are 13 Ski areas in Utah and nearly 1200 ski runs within a 30 mile drive from the Salt Lake City airport.

What are you waiting for?

 

Here are my travel tips and suggestions for ski vacations to Utah.

Where to Go:

Park City, Utah or at any of the ski resorts
When to Go:

Ski Season

Recommend: Spring Skiing for the best snow and weather.
Note: Do not try to go during Sundance Film Festival, it will be overrun with celebrities and you will pay way too much for a place to stay if you can even find one.

How long should you stay:

5-7 days 

 

Recommended places to stay during your ski vacations:

VRBO condos, condos and condos in Park City

Park City Reservation for even more options to choose from for every budget

 

Ski Resorts/Runs to Hit:

PCMR = Park city Mountain Resort
Hike & Ski the Peak
Hit the Crescent and Motherlode lifts for terrific tree skiing
Jupiter Bowl for backcountry-like runs
Hidden Splendor is an amazing run
Note: Gets crowded during peak times, avoid the Silverlode chair midday

Snowbird = Average of 500″ of snow
Great Scott run is in a wide open bowl and one of the steepest runs in North America.
Chip’s Run has it all in just one run.
Tiger Tail run is a must but you will have to check with the patrol on when they will open it.
Note: The road through Little Cottonwood Canyone is known to close during big storms.

Alta = #1 ranking for snow but it is snowboarder free. A two planker resort only.
This is the real ski experience.
Alf’s High Rustler is known for a “perfect fall line”
Eddie’s High Nowhere includes some climbing before the 1,000 foot drop run.
Note: Alaska Mountain Guides is right behind the Alta resort and offers backcountry skiing starting at $85 for a half day.

Deer Valley = Another no snowboarders rule, skiiers only resort.
Signature run is Stein’s Way and it is 4,500 feet long and made for giant-slalom-style turns, named after the Olympian Stein Eriksen.
Take the Empire Lift to Supreme run.
Canyons = Vertical drop of 3,190 feet
Head over to Ninety-Nine 90 for blacks and double blacks, hit the Charlie Brown and Red Pines Chutes runs
Ski LonePine, Yard Sale, After Shock double black runs
Hike the Murdock Bowl off the Super Condor

More local & smaller resorts:

Brighton = Local’s favorite with “killer snow”
Check out Sunshine for incredible views.
There is awesome backcountry access here.

Solitude = No liftlines or crowds but deep snow
Cathedral Bowl off the Summit chair
Challenger is the best for a steep, challenging run.

Snowbasin = 3,000 vertical feet and 3,000 acres & no crowds
Check out the runs off Strawberry Express Gondola
The Grizzly Downhill is a run from the top to the bottom of the resort and for adventurers looking to prove their skills.
This was the men’s downhill run for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Heli-Ski Tours through Wasatch Powderbird Guides for the extreme snow sports enthusiast

 

Utah Travel Information for Apres Ski Activities:

Must Hit Restaurants In Park City:

 

Other Extreme Snow Sports Available:

 

Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional Utah Travel Information. I am here to help plan your adventure vacation.