When I attended the Web Summit in Lisbon last year, I was having trouble getting a straightforward flight. So, I decided to take advantage of the proximity to other countries in Europe plus the fact that I had never been to France, and route myself…
Note: This post is sponsored by AT&T but all words and photos are mine.Colorado. Mountains. Winter. Snow. Fun. They just go together. One of my favorite places for all these together is “The Legend”, Arapahoe Basin. For 20+ years I’ve been riding in Colorado, and A-Basin has always been the place I enjoy most. I’m certain a lot of it is personal preference, but I like how it's not the posh and polished apres ski focused village. It's where you go when you want to find out what you can really ride, and enjoy friends looking to find the same. I’ve sat on the lifts with random ski dogs (literally, furry fun-loving dogs), and relaxed at the base, aka "The Beach," grilling hotdogs with new pals I just met.
Right before Christmas, we were invited down to Outlook Lodge, a quaint getaway near Colorado Springs. The building itself has been there since 1889 but was completely renovated with modern upgrades that still reflect its original character. Think rich wood, luxurious fabrics and pine trees all around as you settle in with some wine.
I was recently in Lisbon, Portugal, for Web Summit and had planned to stay near the conference the whole time. It was a wonderful surprise when Martinhal Chiado Family Suites reached out and asked if I would like to stay with them for part of my time in their town. They had just opened a new hotel in the fantastic Chiado neighborhood. Lucky for me, the night I stayed there, Web Summit was holding a "Night Summit" nearby - Night Summit being a code word for "party". So I got to explore a hotel that I definitely plan to return to with my family, tucked in an area of town I would have been exploring that night anyway. Perfect!
Martinhal Chiado - Family Hotel in Lisbon
Recently, we headed up the hill from Denver to check out the new "yurt village" at YMCA's Snow Mountain Ranch. Sometimes we Denverites forget how much beauty is so close to us, just a quick drive away. The yurts are a great option for families that want to camp, but still have some luxuries... you know - like electricity and beds. Each yurt can sleep up to 6 people, with one queen bed and two bunked beds. And! You can bring your dog. Something I will definitely keep in mind for next time.
There are so many adventures from our travels over the past year that I feel like I haven't even been able to get to just because life moves so fast. One of them is the River Drift we did in Costa Rica right after ziplining near the Arenal volcano. Sky Adventures offers a combined package of zipline and tube rafting, and since I had visited their facilities during my 2014 Costa Rica trip, I thought it would be fun to expand our horizons.