“What state would you live in if we didn’t live in Kansas?”
“Colorado or Oregon.” – Brian
That is always his answer. Brian loves most everything about Colorado and after my first trip to the state in 2012, I would have to say the same. We recently had the opportunity to spend a week in Denver due to Brian’s work schedule and wanted to share a few things with you from our time there!
On our way to Colorado we made sure to see three of the “eight wonders of Kansas.” Leaving our hometown is always a beautiful drive because we live within the Flinthills which houses the Tallgrass National Preserve . . . which is breathtaking! Though we did not get any pictures from this trip, here is a picture with our friend from a previous stop outside our hometown.
Several hours into our drive we stopped in Victoria, Kansas to get a quick glimpse of the Saint Fidelis Catholic Church which at the time of its completion, was the largest church west of the Mississippi. Because of it’s height housing two tall bell towers, the church can be seen for miles and miles and miles and miles away.
Our final stop was near Oakley, Kansas to see the Monument Rocks in Gove County. Brian and I had both never heard of this National Nature Landmark until recently researching “what to do in Kansas.” As you will see in the pictures, it was one hundred percent worth the hour in our drive to view the rocks! Seeing this natural formation left behind soon many years later is absolutely amazing. I love being able to see God in wonders such as these! (fun fact: the rocks are privately owned and the owners still allow visitors to tour the area for free!)
After our quick stops along the way, we made it to Denver and while Brian had to work most of the time, we spent every moment we could enjoying downtown and trying local restaurants we hadn’t had before!
Here are a couple we would recommend:
I personally had never had vietnamese food before and was excited when Brian found this adorable indoor courtyard vietnamese restaurant. While we both ordered and enjoyed the pho, we loved the crab cheese wonton’s as an appetizer. Brian even stated, “these are legit” with each bite haha.
One evening I was craving a burger (which is a rare occurrence) and choose 5280 Burger Bar . . . mainly because of their ice cream “bar” located next to their restaurant. The burgers were good . . . but the ice cream was AMAZING. Like AMAZING. Seriously. I love ice cream and while I love blue bell . . . this ice cream was like no other I had ever had before. I would drive the 7 hours again just to have 5280 Cream Desserts. While we savored our individual flavors (Nutella, salted caramel, oreo, and **) another couple was gobbling down their own cups and stated to the employees, “this is the best ice cream we have ever had.” The husband mentioned how he loves chocolate ice cream and has tried chocolate ice cream all around the world. I heard him loud and proud say that was his favorite chocolate ice cream to date . . . ever.
This was by far our favorite stop of our time in Denver. First off, Rhein Haus Denver is located on the corner of the cutest street downtown (next to the the absolute cutest street) and if you’re there during warm weather, it houses the cutest outdoor seating! Immediately upon entering the front door you are greeted by a large area dedicated to the game of bocce where customers can play while drinking a beer or two. Though we did not the chance to play, we loved watching parents with their three little girls throw the balls around!
While I have had German styled food before, I had not had traditional legit German food or beer and was so excited to try! We were offered as many samples of beer as desired and after sampling a beer I didn’t even ask for, I quickly asked for a 12oz glass of their Pineapple Berliner Weisse that was DE-LISH. While Brian is the beer conessuier, I have only greatly enjoyed a hand full of beers or biers in my 7 years of sampling alcohol. I have now come to the conclusion that gose and sour beers are my favvvvv. Brian recommends their Marzen beer, a malty lager. Together we shared their pretzel appetizer and the Denver brat which were both devoured within minutes. I enjoyed our experience here so much that I asked to go back twice, but the husband won – wanting to try another new restaurant every night.
Half way through our time in Colorado we were able to sneak on over to Breckinridge and did some quick exploring of this well known town! The views from Main Street were absolutely adorable. I loved being able to walk along the small-town shops window shopping while having the snow covered in my peripheral. Because we had miller napping a stroller we were unable to go in to most shops and while it was a little frustrating we couldn’t explore inside most places, it was best for our wallet anyways! If you have future plans to explore any small towns within the Colorado mountains, wear your kiddo in a carrier! We stayed for dinner at the Breckenridge Brewery and ordered beers to our liking. I was so excited because they had a beer brewed with black currant!! I love black currant. Try it . . . it’s a must.
One placed I wanted to explore while in Denver was their Downtown Aquarium. I wanted to venture through it for two reasons: my best friend got engaged right in front of the shark tank there, and miller loves watching the fish in my parents tiny fish tank; therefore, I felt his five month old self would love the big aquariums. My hoping he would love the experience came true.
Miller loved watching all the sea creatures swim around and especially loved watching the tiger in their random tiger exhibit walk around his little home.
Because Miller is not old enough to have too much interaction or talk, it took us two only a hour to walk through it all . . . because honestly, it’s pretty small compared to other aquariums I have been to. I do not think it was worth the price charged to enter, but the experience in watching my son “watch” the fish was worth every penny.
While now looking back I do not feel we did a lot during this “vacation” I am so glad Miller and I tagged along Brian’s work trip to Denver! We are now anxiously awaiting our next visit to Colorado . . . skiing!
love always, kylie