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About Me & My Family

There are 4 of us and a dog. I'm out numbered because I'm the only girl.
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Barrier Island Sanctuary, Melbourne Beach, FL
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
South Seas Island Resort - Captiva, FL
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New York
Favorite Vacation Memory
Visiting Williamsburg and walking down the street while the drums were playing in the background.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Flying in a plane with my oldest on our way to Tennessee. He was screaming (he was like 2 at the time) and everyone was giving me the evil eye.
Websites I Like:
priceline.com jennventures.com

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July 23 2015
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The Village at Winter Park Resort | kids travel, kids activities
The Village at Winter Park Resort
85 Parsenn Road,
Winter Park,
Colorado 80482
""Summertime Fun at The Village at Winter Park Resort""
There are so many activities to enjoy at Winter Park, Colorado during the summer months. Aside from just grabbing a cup of coffee and enjoying the view you can experience alpine sliding, hiking, mountain biking, put-put golfing and more. Here are just a few that I enjoyed.

Hiking
Hiking up the Mary Jane was invigorating! I chose to ride the Zephyr Express as high as it would take me and then begin my hike from there. The views from the Zephyr were gorgeous! I could see a few towns, the mountainscape, some hiking and biking trails and a bird's eye view of the resort. Once I jumped off the chairlift, the view of the continental divide just to the left of the lift was magnificent. You will not want to miss it! The hiking trail from that point was very easy for this Florida girl. It was actually a road so it was wide and smooth enough for a van to ride up. So, if you need any help getting up or down you are all set! I enjoyed the mountain views and watching the critters along the path. My favorite animals had to be the chipmunks. They are super fast so you have got to keep an eye out or you may miss them. This trail is great for families especially if you are looking for a fun easy hike. I did have to take a few breaks hiking up as my body was not used to the thin air, but I was totally expecting that. When you hike be sure to bring water, put on lots of sunscreen and make sure your cameras are ready. There are some great picture taking opportunities for the shutterbugs in your family.

Alpine Sliding
Alpine Sliding at Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colorado was a first for me. We rode the chairlift to the top of the ride and then rode the sled down. It’s similar to a bobsled ride. You basically ride a wheeled sled down a concrete shoot and you control how fast or slow you would like to go by pushing or pulling on a lever. It was a blast!! Winter Park Resort’s Alpine Slide is Colorado’s longest so you and your family have got to try it when visiting.

Intro to Trestle
Winter Park Resort is the perfect place for you and your family to experience mountain biking. Whether you are a beginner or a pro you will love it as there is something for everyone. I experienced mountain biking for the first time during my stay in Winter Park and I was amazed at all of the little bikers around me. If you are a beginner or you have a little biker I would recommend giving the Green Horn-It a try. It is a newly created trail just for the beginners. This will give you and your kiddos a taste of mountain biking before hitting the longer trails. Also, Winter Park Resort offers a 90 minute lesson program called Intro to Trestle that will teach you the skills you need to get the most out of your mountain biking experience. Mountain biking is a blast and again, definitely something you and your family should experience while in Winter Park, Colorado, the Mountain Bike Capital of the U.S.A.!

Winter Park Resort has a little something for everyone but I highly recommend adding a bit of adventure to your vacation by experiencing at least the three activities I highlighted in this review. Have fun!

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary visit to Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colorado. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and, as always, my opinions are my own!
 
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July 23 2015
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Randi's Grill & Pub | kids travel, kids activities
Randi's Grill & Pub
78521 U.S. Highway 40,
Winter Park,
Colorado
"Enjoy an Irish Breakfast on the Patio"
Enjoy Breakfast on the Patio

Randi’s Irish Grill and Pub in Winter Park, Colorado is located in the heart of town and is a great, easy going place to enjoy breakfast.

The breakfast menu is varied and includes Irish and American classics. I ordered the Irish Breakfast which included Two Eggs, Corned Beef Hash, Bangers, Grilled Tomatoes and Rye Toast. This was my first experience with Corned Beef Hash and Bangers and they get two thumbs up from me! Now, the person next to me, she ordered the Bananas Foster French Toast. If you like your breakfast to be on the sweet side then you should definitely give that dish a try! Randi’s offers a kids menu that includes, pancakes, french toast and eggs. So there is a little something for everyone.

There was a fireplace both on the patio and inside of the restaurant. I’m guessing when the weather cools off you can enjoy dinner and drinks around the fire. I recommend a visit to Randi’s Grill and Pub. It’s a great, easy going place to enjoy a meal with family, friends and your pet. I forgot to mention that they are pet friendly. You can enjoy a meal with your furry friend out on the patio. Enjoy!

Tips:
If you are looking for a place to stay The Vintage Hotel is great for families.
If you are looking for a place to play check out Hideaway Park near the Chamber and the Village at Winter Park Resort.

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary meal from Randi’s Irish Grill and Pub. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and, as always, my opinions are my own!
 
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July 23 2015
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The Foundry Cinema & Bowl | kids travel, kids activities
The Foundry Cinema & Bowl
22 Second Street,
Fraser,
Colorado 80442
"Wood Fired Pizza, Bowling, Movies and More!"
Looking for something fun to do indoors with the family while visiting the Winter Park, Colorado area? Then you must check out The Foundry Cinema & Bowl. They offer great fun and delicious food and drink all under one roof!

The Food
Pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven is the best and The Foundry has so many wood-fired pizza options for you to choose from! I had to try just a few during my visit. Imported smoked mozzarella, Nueske’s canadian bacon and fresh pineapple topped the Isola. Such a yummy concoction. The saltiness of the cheese and bacon mixed with the sweetness of the pineapple was perfection. The Pig is great for the meat lovers out there! Imported fontina, Applegate pepperoni, Soppressata picante, sweet fennel sausage and bacon will definitely curb your meat craving. Not in the mood for pizza? Then try the fully loaded fries. I don’t know what the secret was to these fries but they were delicious. It had to be the mac n’ cheese sauce or the house-made buttermilk ranch dressing or both, I’m not sure. I do know you should try them.

The Fun
At the Foundry you can relax in over-sized stadium seating when enjoying dinner and a movie. Don’t feel like a movie? No worries! You, your family and friends can have a ball while bowling! I bowled with a group of friends during my visit and had a blast. Bowling not your thing? Then you can play a game of pool or shuffleboard if you prefer. Whatever you choose you are sure to have a exciting and memorable time!

Get out and have some fun at The Foundry. You will be glad you did!

Tips:
If bowling, remember to bring socks!
Looking for a place to stay in Winter Park? Check out the Vintage Hotel.
 
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July 23 2015
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The Lodge at Sunspot | kids travel, kids activities
The Lodge at Sunspot
160 Sunspot Way,
Winter Park,
Colorado 80482
"Fun On-Mountain Dining"
When visiting Winter Park Resort, dining at The Lodge at Sunspot is a must. Ski in, bike, in or walk in for a filling meal and a comfortable place to relax. The restaurant is located next to the top of the Zephyr Express and is a great place to refuel after a morning of playing hard on the mountain. The Summer Lunch Menu is great offering Salads, Sandwiches, Burgers and more.

After hiking the Mary Jane and going down the Alpine Express a time or two the Elk Flatbread from The Lodge hit the spot for me. Yes, you read it right, the Elk Flatbread. It was so good! It consisted of spicy elk sausage, green bell peppers, Ancho Asadero cheese, basil pesto and pickled red onions. I had never tasted Elk before so I thought my time at The Lodge at Sunspot would be the perfect place to try it. It tasted like pepperoni and blended well with the cheeses and such on my pizza. I recommend trying it. I’m sure the kids will like it as well and have fun telling their friends they ate Elk! I ordered it off of the Small Plates menu and felt it was the perfect lunch portion.

I visited during the summer but was told that during the winter months they have a fire going where you can warm up after playing in the snow. They also have a separate winter menu that you can check out online. Enjoy!

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary meal at The Lodge at Sunspot in Winter Park, Colorado. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and, as always, my opinions are my own!
 
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July 23 2015
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The Back Bowl Soup  Bistro | kids travel, kids activities
The Back Bowl Soup Bistro
110 Parry Peak Way,
The Village at Winter Park Resort,
Winter Park,
Colorado 80482
"Fast and Filling!"
The Back Bowl Soup and Bistro in Winter Park, Colorado is a nice, no frills restaurant that serves comforting dishes that fill you up so that you have the energy you need to play in the mountains. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and their menu can be found online. Oh, and you may find a coupon when you visit their website as well!

I enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the Back Bowl during my stay in Winter Park. I ordered the Breakfast Bowl with green chili and a coffee. The bowl consisted of eggs, potatoes, sausage, chorizo, bacon and cheese. Everything that I like all mixed up in a bowl. It was delicious and the perfect start for my day!

They are located in the heart of Winter Park Resort, so during your stay stop in for a meal or a snack. You will be glad you did!

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary meal at The Back Bowl Soup Company in Winter Park, Colorado. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and, as always, my opinions are my own!
 
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