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2017- A Year In Review

I honestly don’t know if this year could be anymore of a whirlwind for Chris and I. While we definitely didn’t travel as much as we have in years past, we’ve definitely ridden the emotional rollercoaster all year long. We like to say that we’ve had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Without a doubt the highest of highs was the birth of our baby girls, but I know that we’d both admit that we’re looking forward to what 2018 has in store with us. But anyways, it’s time to recap 2017 with another year in review post!

The Wandering Weekenders- 2017 A Year In ReviewJanuary

We started off the New Year like we usually do with Christmas with Chris’s brothers and their families. It’s always so much fun to see the kids open up their Christmas presents, and I can’t wait to see the girls do the same thing in a few years! Things started to get crazy at work for me since it was year end, but that didn’t stop us from visiting our friend’s lake house! The weather didn’t really agree with us, but we still enjoyed getting to spend some time hanging out with our friends and exploring the cute town of Granbury.

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All the happiness that we had experienced in those first few weeks of January quickly came crashing down when Dart started acting funny and Chris took him to the vet. We found out that he had a tumor that ruptured and then ruptured his spleen, and he had to go through surgery and spent almost a week in the ICU recovering. There was a very strong likelihood that he had cancer, and our fears were confirmed when we literally pulled into the driveway at home and got the call from the vet. We spent the weekend trying to stay positive and just tried to soak up as many puppy cuddles as possible.

The Wandering Weekenders- Life Can Change In An InstantFebruary

In February we were still focused a lot on Dart and met with the Oncology team at Gulf Coast Veterinary Clinic for the first time after he got his staples out. While the outlook for Dart was pretty grim, even if we did chemo, we knew that we wanted to try and spend as much time with him as possible so chemo was the best option. It also helped that we had doggie medical insurance for Dart that helped out so much with the cost of his treatment.

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Dart started his first round of chemo, and the first round took a lot out of him, but after that they lowered his dosage and you couldn’t even tell that he’d had any sort of medications. We knew that we only had a finite amount of time left with our sweet boy so we tried to make sure that we took him to all of his favorite places. We took two trips in February, one to Chris’s parents’ place in Blanco and the other to my parents’ place in Leakey. Both places are in the country, and you could just tell that Dart loved being out and about with all the smells and all of the animals.

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It’s always really exciting in Houston in the beginning of March because it’s the start of Rodeo season! There were quite a few people that were performing at the Rodeo that Chris and I wanted to see, so we had tickets to three different shows to see Chris Stapleton, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett. Unfortunately Old Dominion had to cancel their show because of a death in one of their members’ families, so we hit up the wine bar for the first time ever which was awesome!

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Little did I know that just a few days after our wine bar experience that I’d be taking a pregnancy test and finding out that we were pregnant! I still think that it’s funny that Chris really didn’t think that I was pregnant, and that I got to prove him wrong! We had so much fun being able to tell our family and our close friends about the pregnancy and starting to imagine what life would be like with our baby (we didn’t know at the time that we were expecting twins!).

March was also my birthday month, and one of my best friends and I planned a big trip to Vegas for our 30th birthdays. While I couldn’t partake in any of the normal alcohol and partying in Vegas, we still had a blast gambling, walking up and down the strip, eating delicious food, and seeing Backstreet Boys in concert! It was the perfect weekend for us 90’s girls! Chris and I celebrated my actual birthday weekend with a trip to Galveston for a beach weekend with Dart! He’d never been to the beach, and I wanted to take him there to see what he would do. He loved going on walks up and down the beach with us, but he definitely didn’t like the waves and got freaked out by them.

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I also had a couple of photoshoots in March as well. Kathleen and I did another photoshoot at some of the murals around Houston for our birthdays with balloons again which is always a blast. We also got some professional pictures of Chris, Dart and I from our friend Lindsey Marie Family Photography. We’d been talking about it for a while, and I’m so glad that we finally did it! I will treasure these pictures for the rest of my life, especially since we had just found out that we were pregnant that very same weekend. So our family of 3 pictures were actually a family of 5 pictures!

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March and April in Texas means that it’s wildflower season in Texas and bluebonnet season as well! We wanted to get some pictures with Dart in the bluebonnets, but we were a little scared that we’d be too late. Thankfully we were able to drive around and get some pictures with us in the bluebonnets, and even some with my parents’ pups as well!

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We hosted Easter at our house this year with one of Chris’s brothers and his family, my sister and brother in law, and both sets of parents. It was so much fun to hide Easter eggs all over the front yard for the kids and to just celebrate with everybody. The week after Easter we were heading to the doctor for our second appointment to hopefully hear the heartbeat, and I remember joking that since we hadn’t heard the heartbeat yet, that maybe we’d get a two for one deal with twins. Little did I know how true that would end up being because that week we found out that we were expecting two little ones and not just one!

While most of April was a very happy month, April also marked the month that my grandmother passed away. We miss her so much, but I’m so glad that we got to see her as much as we did. She always loved seeing Dart too, even though she would call him Spot instead of Dart!

May

We started off May like we have the past few years with the Santo de Mayo 5K, which is a 5K thrown by one of our favorite craft breweries in Houston. You basically run your race and then afterwards you get to party and get beer at the end! Unfortunately this year I couldn’t partake in the beer after the race, but that didn’t stop me from having a great time, I just drank root beer instead!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Third Annual Santo De Mayo 5K Weekend

My parents had officially moved into their house in College Station in April, which meant that it was the perfect opportunity for us to visit quite often! My cousin got married this month so Chris and I were in town not only for their couples shower, but also for the wedding itself. Weddings really are the best because it’s always so much fun to get to see all of the extended family.

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We also made another weekend trip to College Station to go to an Aggie baseball game for the first time in a long time. We went with our friends and their daughter, and I know that we’ll be so excited to take their girls next year! Plus the baseball field is named after the best ice cream ever, Blue Bell Park, so Chris and I of course had to get sundaes in the baseball caps before we left.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Third Annual Santo De Mayo 5K WeekendJune

The end of May and beginning of June meant the start of the second trimester for me, along with the start of our second European adventure! We hopped across the pond for a trip to Edinburgh, London, and Paris, and we literally had the best time! I honestly don’t know which city we loved most because each city was so unique in it’s own way.

I instantly fell in love with the people of Scotland and loved getting to love about the history of Scotland while we were in Edinburgh, but our trip to the Scottish Highlands literally took my breath away. I just wish that we’d been able to see Jaime and Claire! I loved getting to see history literally come alive in London, but definitely my favorite part was getting to see my friend Stacy and going to high tea while we were in London! And finally Paris, the City of Lights! It was so incredibly beautiful, the cafes were everything I dreamed about, and we even got to see Mickey and Minnie while we were there, due to some botched travel plans on my part.

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We loved getting to explore, but definitely the best part of the trip was finally getting to announce our pregnancy of our two little girls! Their little onesies have been in three different countries, and I can’t wait until they’re actually big enough to wear them!

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The rest of our June was spent celebrating Chris’s 31st birthday, nesting, and getting ready for our two new babies! We had a huge list of things that we wanted to get done around the house, but of course being the procrastinators that we are we hadn’t actually gotten anything done in the 3 years that we’ve been in this house. So I made a list of things that we needed to get done every weekend so that we could get everything complete before our gender reveal, and we actually succeeded in getting those things done in June and July!

July

We kicked off July by celebrating my friend Stacy and her baby girl! She flew back into the States from Italy for the shower, and we loved having everything girly and Italian for her and her sweet baby girl! I think that the best part about having friends with babies around our girls ages is the fact that they’ll have some friends to play with!

The Wandering Weekenders- An Italian Baby Shower Weekend

We spent the rest of July nesting, but we did manage to throw in a lake weekend in there as well! Unfortunately, my doctor didn’t want me to go swimming, but we still had a blast hanging out with our friends and watching Dart hate being in the water like usual. We also tried out a new restaurant for our 7th anniversary this year. I seriously can’t believe that we’ve already been married for 7 YEARS!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Beautiful Lake Weekend

The end of July was one of the best weekends of the year because it was time for our gender reveal! My sister and mom went all out with the decorations, and I was seriously so excited when I saw those two sets of pink balloons pop out of the boxes! Chris might have been little disappointed about not having a boy initially, but I know that he loves having our baby girls around!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Twin Gender Reveal WeekendAugust

While July was full of joy, August was definitely the most painful month for Chris and I. The week after our gender reveal, Dart took a turn for the worst and had another bleed in his stomach. We rushed him to the vet and they got him stable enough to go home, but we knew that our time with him was truly limited. We spent that last weekend with him just cuddling and trying to make memories, and I’m so glad that we did because that next week we had to make the hard decision to send him to doggie heaven. It’s still one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do.

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I was so thankful that we had that next weekend with my parents in Leakey. It was just nice to get away and to try and mourn away from our house that held so many memories. I just wish that he’d been able to make one more trip to Leakey with us before he had to go.

The rest of August was spent trying to heal from Dart and getting things set up for the girls, but we also managed to make another trip to College Station for a weekend. Chris’s cousin was beginning her freshman year at A&M, so we helped her to move in and spent some time with my parents.

By the time the end of August rolled around, we thought that maybe we’d be in the clear for hurricane season, and then we started hearing rumblings in the news of Hurricane Harvey and that it potentially could hit Houston. I sent Chris to get some things that we might need in case it hit, so we felt pretty prepared for what might come, but I don’t think that anybody could  have predicted or fathomed what actually happened! Some areas of the city got more than 50 inches of rain in the matter of a few days! Thankfully my parents house that they were selling, my sister and my brother in law’s house, and our house were all fine and we didn’t have any damage, but there were tons of people in the city and along the Texas coast that weren’t ok. Thousands of homes were destroyed during the storm and after the storm once the bayous and rivers started to crest with all of the extra rain water. We were flooded into our neighborhood for a few days, and some parts of the city are still feeling the effects of storm.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Hurricane Harvey Update & About Me In ThreesSeptember

We decided to get away from the city for Labor Day and drove to Dallas to spend the weekend celebrating with Chris’s brothers and their families. After being inundated with all the news of the storm, it was nice to get a break from all of that. The next weekend we all came together again for my travel baby shower that was thrown by two of my amazing girlfriends. They really outdid themselves, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect shower for me and the girls. We seriously felt so incredibly loved by all of our friends and family!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Twin Girls Baby Shower Weekend

The month of September means that it’s closing in on playoff season for professional baseball, and I’m so lucky that my company has season tickets to the Astros and that we had one weekend where we got to attend two Astros game. One was pretty exciting with a guy that jumped down on the field, and thankfully both were exciting with wins by the Astros. The game that we didn’t attend that Sunday was actually the win that sealed the deal for the Astros as division champs!

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We decided that we needed one more weekend trip before the girls made their appearance, so we took a long weekend trip to visit Chris’s parents in Blanco. There are a couple of small towns around them that I hadn’t had the chance to visit just yet, so we visited Gruene and Luckenbach, which were so cute and so much fun! Luckenbach is actually pretty close to Fredericksburg, so I’m hoping that we’ll be able to visit there again soon!

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On the last day of the month my amazing coworkers also threw me a shower and it was so incredibly beautiful! I was so thankful for each and every one of them, and it was so nice of them to all chip in and buy us our stroller. I swear it’s the best thing ever, and we use it all the time!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football GameOctober

We started off October right with our first and only Aggie game of the season. It was definitely a lot different going 7 months pregnant, but I was so incredibly thankful for the stadium remodel because it was so much better to ride up the escalator instead of walking up all the ramps to our seats! We ended up not sticking around to the end of the game, but I was just glad that the Aggies ended up pulling off a win!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game

Besides being football season, October also marks playoff time for professional baseball, and this year the entire city of Houston was invested in the Astros march towards the World Series! I was so excited when my boss gave Chris and I tickets to one of the American League championship games against the Yankees right before I was put on travel bedrest. It was such an exciting game, especially since the Astros pulled off a win that I started jumping up and down. Chris didn’t really like that very much, especially since I was so pregnant at the time!

The Wandering Weekenders- Another Busy Third Trimester Weekend

The Astros ended up beating the Yankees to advance to the World Series and the entire city of Houston was ecstatic and ready to hopefully have the Astros bring home the first championship! Chris and I had multiple late nights staying up to watch the games, and each win was so incredibly exciting!

Also during October we got some maternity pictures taken by Lindsey Marie Family Photography who took our pictures with Dart. They turned out so incredibly beautiful, and I know that I’ll treasure them forever. It was such a special time in our lives, anxiously awaiting our little girls.

The Wandering Weekenders- 2017 A Year In ReviewNovember

Everybody in the city of Houston was hoping that the Astros would win the World Series at home in Houston, but unfortunately it went all the way to Game 7 in Los Angeles, but the Astros did it and pulled off a win over the Dodgers! It was so incredible to see how happy everybody in the city was, and to see just an amazing group of athletes do something so incredible after not even winning 50% of their games a few years ago. Plus it was so awesome to see that Sports Illustrated article come true, where the author predicted a couple of years ago that the Astros would win the World Series in 2017!

At the end of October, I started to develop a pretty bad rash all over my body, and unfortunately the blood work that my doctor ordered didn’t come back very quickly, so on my Halloween doctor’s appointment, we went on ahead and scheduled my c-section for Friday November 3rd. I’ll never forget how nervous I was going into that operating room, or how incredibly happy I was to hear Addy’s cry first and then Izzy’s cry. Looking back now with them being 2 months old today, I still can’t believe how incredibly tiny they were they were born!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Birth Story

The rest of the month of November was such a whirlwind for us as we tried to figure things out with the girls, but there were also some things that I never want to forget. Their newborn pictures turned out so beautiful (courtesy of Lindsey Marie Family Photography of course), but there were also quite a few incidents of pee and poop on mom and dad behind the scenes! We also celebrated their very first Thanksgiving and holiday this month. Their due date was the day after Thanksgiving, so it was extra special to have them with us!

The Wandering Weekenders- 2017 A Year In ReviewDecember

If we thought that December would be less of a whirlwind than November, we were very wrong! We were finally figuring things out with the girls, but with the holidays, we had a lot more outings on our plate. I’m not one that can easily sit still, so it was nice to be getting out of the house more often.

The girls had their first night away from home when we went to my sister’s house for our annual Christmas party. It went better than we expected, and made us feel a lot more prepared for Christmas at my parents’ house. The girls visited Santa for the very first time when we took them up to the brewery for lunch and pictures. There were no tears this year, but I’m not holding my breath that next year will be similar. They also got to experience their first snow when Houston received some snow that actually stuck! It was so beautiful even though the girls couldn’t play in it just yet.

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The girls also got to meet a lot of people this month. Our friends Ben and Stacy and their daughter were in town from Italy, so they got to meet for the very first time. Our friends Katie and Jack also stopped by on their way to Houston for Christmas and got to meet the girls. They also made an appearance at Sawyer’s Sip & See and got to meet some of Chris’s friends from college.

The end of December was definitely the most exciting time though with their first Christmas. They went on their first road trip to College Station to spend Christmas at Starry and Pop’s house. They were too young to be on Santa’s list this year, but they did receive a lot of books from us, Aunt CC and Uncle Ben, and of course Starry and Pop. They also got to meet a lot of family members and friends including their Great Aunt and cousins!

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We had a few days at home before we were packing up again and heading out on longer road trip with the girls to Dallas for Christmas and New Years with Chris’s side of the family. They got to meet all of their aunts and uncles and cousins and were so incredibly spoiled by everybody all weekend. It definitely made me feel a lot less anxious about us being able to go on trips with the girls!

Overall 2017 was a good year for us with some really high highs with the birth of our daughters and our trip to Europe, but we also had some low lows with the loss of our precious fur baby and everything that happened with Hurricane Harvey. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to 2018 and everything that it might hold for us!

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Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

As you probably know from reading this blog for a while, one of mine and Chris’s favorite things to do when we’re on vacation or on one of our weekend trips is trying out some restaurants and places that are unique to that particular city. We definitely had some unique eating and drinking experiences when we were in Denver, which is why I can’t wait to share them with you. Now keep in mind that this list is pretty short because we were only there for a weekend, but there are a ton of great places to eat and drink in Denver!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

We just happened to be heading to Denver a few weeks after Emily had posted her first Denver review, and it included this gem on the list! Ophelia’s is located right in the heart of downtown Denver in what used to be an old brothel. After prostitution became illegal, the brothel was changed into an adult book store. When the adult book store went out of business, the next owners decided to keep with the theme of the establishment and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox was created. Featuring live music on a weekly basis with a little bit of a sexy vibe, Ophelia’s definitely keeps with up with their previous tenants.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

We decided to head to Ophelia’s for an early brunch that Saturday since we had gotten into town so late the night before. When we arrived about 10 minutes before opening, there was already a line forming for brunch, so definitely make sure that you get there early enough! Because we had arrived so early we got some great seats on the second story that overlooked the stage, which made it perfect for when the live show started.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

When we saw the menu, we didn’t know what we wanted to eat because everything looked so good, so we decided to split a few items. We started off with some cocktails because it was brunch, and Chris tried the Bourbon Milk Punch while I tried the Diamond Lil’s. Both were delicious, but I definitely always love something with some bubbles! They do have bottomless mimosas that you can get as well, which would have been my first choice, but we weren’t going to be there all day because we had other plans, so it didn’t seem worth it at the time to me.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

For brunch we opted to start with the Green Chili Goat Cheese Cornbread which oh my goodness was so good! I don’t know how they did it, but with the goat cheese baked right into the cornbread it basically melted in  your mouth! For our main course, I went for the Chicken and Waffles while Chris opted for the Blackened Shrimp and Grits. Obviously I thought that my choice was better, but Chris’s was pretty darn good as well!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Our brunch experience at Ophelia’s was pretty much out of this world, and I can’t recommend a trip there enough if you’re visiting Denver. Just make sure to make a reservation or get there early because I know that they fill up. I’m so glad that Emily wrote about this place, otherwise I don’t know if we would have visited Ophelia’s!

Location
1215 20th Street
Denver CO 80202

Hours
Dinner- 5:00 PM Monday- Sunday
Happy Hour- 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Monday- Friday
Brunch- 10:00 AM-2:30 AM Saturday- Sunday

The Great Divide Brewery

When most people think of Denver, most of the time one of the first things they think of is the amazing brewery scene, so of course, Chris and I had to try out one while we were there. One of the most well known breweries in the Denver area is The Great Divide Brewery, and that was at the top of Chris’s list to visit, so that was our next stop after Chris and I finished up brunch.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

We visited their location near the ballpark, and probably one of my favorite parts about that location was the huge murals that were all around that location. Everything was so colorful and pretty, and my inner blogger definitely came out trying to get some pictures of the murals.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

The taproom was really small, so we were glad that we arrived relatively early for a tasting. We hadn’t really tried any Great Divide beers before so we decided to share a tasting of 4 beers between the two of us. While the beer was good, I think that Chris and I are always going to be partial to our local favorite and love, Saint Arnold. If you’re hungry and you visit The Great Divide, you won’t be able to order any food inside the brewery, but they have a few food trucks that are generally outside, so you can grab some food from there.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Locations
2201 Arapahoe St
Denver CO 80205

1812 35th Street
Denver CO 80216

Hours
12:00 PM-8:00 PM Sunday- Tuesday
12:00 PM-10:00 PM Wednesday- Saturday

ViewHouse

We felt pretty hoppy after trying some beer, and we had some time to kill before our tasting and tour at Infinite Monkey Theorem, so we opted to grab some snacks at another place that Emily had recommended from her trip to Denver, ViewHouse. Located right near Coors Field, this rooftop bar and restaurant is the perfect place to visit on a game day. You can practically see into the stadium, not to mention the fact that you’re in Denver, the beautiful weather made sitting outside so enjoyable! We ended up just splitting a few appetizers since we weren’t too hungry after brunch and grabbed a couple of cocktails and just enjoyed the time being outside. It was such a nice break from the extreme heat that was happening back home!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Location
2015 Market Street
Denver CO 80205

Hours
11:00 AM-2:00 AM Monday- Friday
10:00 AM- 2:00 AM Saturday- Sunday

Infinite Monkey Theorem

I’ve already talked in depth about our time at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, but I can’t talk about where to eat and drink in Denver without mentioning the Infinite Monkey Theorem. While this definitely feels more like a brewery than a winery, The Infinite Monkey Theorem is an experience not to be missed when in Denver. With a wide variety of wines to choose from on tap, you can visit for a brief tasting, or go behind the scenes and opt for a tour to learn more about how the winery was started. We opted for the tour, and loved our time so incredibly much!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Location
3200 Larimer Street
Denver CO 80205

Hours
4:00 PM-8:00 PM Monday
4:00 PM-10:00 PM Tuesday- Thursday
2:00 PM-10:00 PM Friday- Sunday

Little Man Ice Cream

After our failed attempt at going to a concert at Red Rocks, we decided that ice cream would be the perfect way for us to soothe our hurt feelings and end our day basically eating and drinking our way around Denver. I’d heard nothing but amazing things about Little Man Ice Cream as soon as I started researching for our trip to Denver, and since it was located right outside of the downtown area, it was the perfect stop before we made our way back to our hotel for the night.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

When we arrived, we had a hard time finding parking, and once we found a spot, we saw why parking was so terrible, the line to get ice cream was at least 50 people deep. But we’d already parked, so we were going to try this ice cream out by golly!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

The area that Little Man is located was a cute little place, and what I thought was so much cool was that there was actually some dance lessons going on right next door with a live band and everything. Everybody looked like they were having so much fun, and the best part was that it was all out in the open because it’s Colorado and not blisteringly hot, even in the middle of the summer!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

While there were several employees that came out and offered limited flavors to all of us waiting in line, Chris and I wanted to see all the flavors that they had, so we waited until the very end to get our ice cream. Little Man has a wide variety of flavors to choose from that are constantly changing, along with a wide variety of vegan flavors as well. I’m pretty sure that Chris and I opted for the Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cup, and it was worth every single minute that we waited in line! It was delicious, and the perfect end to our day!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver
The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat & Drink In Denver

Location
2620 16th Street
Denver CO 80211

Hours
11:00 AM-11:00 PM Sunday-Thursday
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Friday- Saturday

So there you have it, everywhere that we ate and drank during our less than 48 hours in Denver. We honestly didn’t eat or drink a bad thing while we were there (although some of the beer might have been a little too hoppy for us), and I know that we could have eaten at a hundred different restaurants and had just as happy of bellies while we were in Denver! So hopefully this list will come in handy when you’re planning your next trip to Denver! I’m linking up with these wanderful women again for some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited Denver? Do you have any favorite restaurants in the Mile High City?

Other Denver Posts:

6 Things I Learned While Visiting Denver
How To Spend A Weekend In Denver
Visiting An Urban Winery In Denver
Red Rocks- More Than Just A Concert Venue

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A small listing of where to eat & drink in Denver if you're there for a weekend. From brunch to a brewery to ice cream. There's a little bit of everything!

Red Rocks- More Than Just A Concert Venue

The first thing people usually think of when they think of Red Rocks is the fantastic concert venue that’s located right outside of Denver, Colorado, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I was one of those people too. But during our trip to Denver last year, we found out that Red Rocks is actually way more than just a concert venue, it’s a truly beautiful place to visit for any occasion! So I’m going to break down the three ways that you can experience Red Rocks during your next trip to Denver!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

Red Rocks- The Concert Venue

Like I stated earlier, the number one thing that comes to people’s minds when they hear Red Rocks is this mega huge concert venue that all the big name artists want to play because it’s so beautiful but also so acoustically pleasing. And what I think makes it even more special is the fact that it was completely made by nature! I am definitely in that bucket of people which is why I looked up the concert information when Chris and I were planning our trip to Denver.

I personally didn’t recognize any of the names that were going to playing the Saturday that we were in town, so Chris and I didn’t think that we’d have any problems getting tickets if we wanted to go during our trip. This trip hadn’t been very well planned for my Type A personality so we were planning on just going with the flow. That is definitely NOT something that you can do with Red Rocks.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

Even if it looks like Jo Schmo is going to be playing at Red Rocks the random weekend that you happen to be visiting Denver, you still need to buy tickets in advance for his concert at Red Rocks. I guarantee it will be sold out the day of, which is exactly what happened with us. We still attempted to get into the venue, but when they say sold out, they mean sold out! So that is definitely my words of wisdom if you’re planning a trip to Denver specifically for a concert, buy your tickets ahead of time! From what we could hear outside of the venue though, it sounded like it was going to be an amazing concert!

Red Rocks- The Workout Facility

Don’t worry, if you happen to miss out on a concert at Red Rocks during your trip to Denver, you can still get a chance to visit the beautiful amphitheater because it is open every day from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset during non event days and one hour before sunrise to 2:00 PM on event days. That gives you plenty of time to get out and explore this beautiful area that was created by nature.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

When you arrive at Red Rocks, you’ll immediately notice how many ramps and stairs you have to walk up in order to get into the actual amphitheater, and once you’re inside you’ll notice how many stairs you have to walk up in order to actually get to a seat, if you were going to a concert. That’s why Red Rocks is used a lot by many Coloradans as a workout facility!

When we arrived the Sunday that we were going to leave, we walked up to the Amphitheater to just see what it looked like, and we fully expected to see other tourists like ourselves checking it out as well. We were completely surprised when we saw how many work out groups there were spread out all over the Amphitheater running up bleachers, lifting weights, and using basically anything and everything they could find around the Amphitheater. It definitely would be motive for me to get in shape if I saw how many stairs I’d need to climb on a daily basis!

Red Rocks- The Park

While you might remember that the Red Rocks Amphitheater was created naturally from the earth, sometimes it’s hard to remember that this beautiful concert venue is surrounded by even more beauty in the surrounding areas, which is why you definitely need to try and hike during your trip to Red Rocks.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

That was our main objective when we visited that Sunday afternoon, and after finding a map online we set off on a small trail that wasn’t too extreme for us Texans that are used to being on flat ground at sea level! I was so glad that I brought my big camera with me because seriously around every turn I felt like I kept on seeing even more beautiful rock formations that just didn’t seem real!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

During your hike you can definitely expect to see lots of native Coloradans out for an early morning hike with their favorite pooches, but you might also run into some native animals that include deer! Chris and I were very lucky and ran into a beautiful doe when we were hiking and spent a long time just taking in the beauty of the surrounding area and the animals before heading back on our hike.

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

I believe that Chris and I hiked the Trading Post Trail, which had easy access from the Amphitheater, and it definitely wasn’t too hard for us Texans. It was quite toasty outside once we got done though! Afterwards we stopped into the Trading Post to cool off for a bit and to pick up a souvenir, of course!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue
The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

As you can see, while most people might consider a trip to Red Rocks to be a once in a lifetime experience to see a concert, there really is so much more that this venue has to offer! I definitely recommend planning a morning or afternoon to go hiking, or if you’re a huge workout buff, don’t miss the opportunity to work out here either!

The Wandering Weekenders- Red Rocks More Than Just A Concert Venue

I guess that it’s getting harder and harder for me to sit down and write travel posts these days, so I’m very excited to be linking up with these wanderful women again for some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited Red Rocks in Colorado before? Have you attended a concert there?

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Red Rocks is known for being an amazing concert venue, but did you also know that it's a great place to hike and work out as well!

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