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Title: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: kingsfan33 on June 02, 2009, 04:20:07 PM
Does anyone have any first hand knowledge about this?

http://www.kmrtours.com/colorado/index.html

Kosher Retreat in Colorado

Last summer I went to Maui based on some recommendations from these Forums... Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks!
Title: Denver, Colorado
Post by: ShlomoF on June 29, 2010, 01:24:50 AM
If you need any info, I can be of help, having lived in the community for a number of years.
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: Dan on June 29, 2010, 01:34:15 AM
What's the kosher restaurant situation there?
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: steve2 on June 29, 2010, 12:39:29 PM
 East Side Deli is bout it
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: Devorah on June 29, 2010, 01:40:58 PM
There is also Pete's Pizza - cholov yisroel.
Title: Colorodo camping grounds
Post by: aaa on April 28, 2011, 11:03:32 PM
Anyone know what nice places there are for a group of 30-40 people to camp out at around denver? The mountains or one of the national parks? Thanks for any info.
Title: Re: Colorodo camping grounds
Post by: AsherO on April 29, 2011, 02:06:11 AM
Anyone know what nice places there are for a group of 30-40 people to camp out at around denver? The mountains or one of the national parks? Thanks for any info.

http://www.parks.state.co.us
http://www.campcolorado.com
Title: Re: Colorodo camping grounds
Post by: yaakov on April 29, 2011, 02:17:18 AM
coloroda national monument. its not so close. i think 3 our
Title: Lodging deals in the Colorado Rockies and other areas near grand canyon
Post by: Berny on May 30, 2011, 12:44:49 AM
I am looking to travel across much of the US with my family this summer and need ideas how to get  cheap accomodations (2 rooms) - a decent cabin would also do...  for 2 or 3 days at a time. in August. We are into hiking and nature stuff. Also I welcome ideas on how/where to go..What routes to take where are the most beautiful areas to go (I have 3 weeks including travel time to get there from Toronto) Also can I get kosher food (chicken burgers anywhere on these routes/cities?

I'm also thinking about spending a Shabbos in Vegas? Any ideas?? Don't want to be in the strip or near "Preitzus". Is that posible? Or are there other cities that can be a good Shabbos place?

Title: Re: Lodging deals in the Colorado Rockies and other areas near grand canyon
Post by: henche on May 30, 2011, 02:16:38 AM
When I did Grand Canyon, we slept outside, near Sedona, on the side of a dirt road. No tent. Just a tarp on the ground under us. Free.

But don't forget to bring bug spray. We did, and had to drive all the way back to town in the dark. The gas station charged like 7 buck for the can of bug spray, and it was scented. At least it made us smell good, we weren't exactly washing ourselves on that trip.

No pritzus either.

You can probably buy some sort of frozen kosher food in Phoenix, though I don't know.
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: jack on May 29, 2012, 12:27:36 PM
Also wondering... Colorado versus Canadian?
If I stay off site do these places let you join their minyan?  Food?
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: BrooklynCPA on May 29, 2012, 01:56:10 PM
I can get you a $500 discount for either the Colorado Veil or Banff program. PM me for more info.
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: eliteflyer on May 29, 2012, 03:04:01 PM
Werner brothers run both. They've really perfected their summer and pesach programs over the past 10 years. I went on their pesach program in Four Seasons Whistler a few years ago and it was really nice.
Title: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: MLM on May 29, 2012, 03:48:51 PM
The vail program was absolutely superb down to the last detail!! Great crowd when I went in 2007. Very nice not too fancy friendly people there!
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: DrDanny on May 29, 2012, 04:27:55 PM
The vail program was absolutely superb down to the last detail!! Great crowd when I went in 2007. Very nice not too fancy friendly people there!
+ 1  2008
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: dd321 on May 29, 2012, 07:44:06 PM
Also wondering... Colorado versus Canadian?
If I stay off site do these places let you join their minyan?  Food?
stayed off site in Colorado 2 summers ago, emailed them for minyan info, I was shocked how rude the guy was, wouldn't Give me times of minyanim, luckily I met someone in airport going to the program, told me wat time mincha Was, then I just got the schedule once I went for mincha. Stayed in the Weston in Avon, about 15 min away gorgeous hotel. And theres a Walmart Starbucks right nearby.
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: damaxer91 on May 30, 2012, 07:54:13 AM
stayed off site in Colorado 2 summers ago, emailed them for minyan info, I was shocked how rude the guy was, wouldn't Give me times of minyanim, luckily I met someone in airport going to the program, told me wat time mincha Was, then I just got the schedule once I went for mincha. Stayed in the Weston in Avon, about 15 min away gorgeous hotel. And theres a Walmart Starbucks right nearby.

I don't blame them. I've been to kosher "programs" as such where people stayed nearby and basically spent the entire time at the kosher program and taking advantage of all of the entertainment/tea room etc.
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: dd321 on May 30, 2012, 08:14:59 AM
I don't blame them. I've been to kosher "programs" as such where people stayed nearby and basically spent the entire time at the kosher program and taking advantage of all of the entertainment/tea room etc.
I just asked about minyanim, I didn't eat anything there or stay for entertainment just davened
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: damaxer91 on May 30, 2012, 08:44:16 AM
I just asked about minyanim, I didn't eat anything there or stay for entertainment just davened

Their past experiences probably lead them to believe otherwise
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: dd321 on May 30, 2012, 09:22:41 AM
Their past experiences probably lead them to believe otherwise
if I was looking to mooch I would have just popped in and not emailed to ask about minyanim
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2012, 10:32:22 AM
I don't blame them. I've been to kosher "programs" as such where people stayed nearby and basically spent the entire time at the kosher program and taking advantage of all of the entertainment/tea room etc.
+1, once you're there for a minyan most good jews would stay for breakfast and then...
These programs may cost a fortune to attend, but they also cost a fortune to run.

But bigger than my beef about the price, I'd rather spend my vacation somewhere where there aren't hundreds of frum jews :P
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: dd321 on May 30, 2012, 12:20:47 PM


But bigger than my beef about the price, I'd rather spend my vacation somewhere where there aren't hundreds of frum jews :P
+1
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: jack on May 30, 2012, 09:13:54 PM
when you need babysitting and daycamp....   and don't want to shlep food...
I don't mind Jews  ;D  I even like them just don't leave any decency and manners behind to embarrass me.
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: damaxer91 on May 30, 2012, 09:23:52 PM
when you need babysitting and daycamp....   and don't want to shlep food...


+1

Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2012, 09:28:21 PM
when you need babysitting and daycamp....   and don't want to shlep food...
I don't mind Jews  ;D  I even like them just don't leave any decency and manners behind to embarrass me.
At what age (of the toddler) do you start trusting babysitters at programs like these?
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: damaxer91 on May 30, 2012, 09:31:41 PM
At what age (of the toddler) do you start trusting babysitters at programs like these?

Only age that I hesitated was between 18 months and 3 when they they can be quite vild.

Most of these programs have Frum babysitters
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2012, 09:32:26 PM
At 10 months you'd trust them?
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: damaxer91 on May 30, 2012, 09:36:03 PM
At 10 months you'd trust them?

Sure. I wouldn't run off 5 hours away and would obviously make sure that they were within phone contact. Done it several times
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2012, 09:36:26 PM
Sure. I wouldn't run off 5 hours away and would obviously make sure that they were within phone contact. Done it several times
Brave.  Maybe on the 2nd kid :D
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: damaxer91 on May 30, 2012, 09:37:32 PM
Brave.  Maybe on the 2nd kid :D

I am quite liberal with these things.

We left our 4 month old on the other side of a resort with a babysitter in Malaysia.

She even used our prayer rug while we were out.
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2012, 09:39:30 PM
I'd probably be liberal as well.  It's my better half that keeps our kid safe.
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 30, 2012, 11:39:13 PM
I am quite liberal with these things.

We left our 4 month old on the other side of a resort with a babysitter in Malaysia.

She even used our prayer rug while we were out.
;D that is hysterical!
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: jj1000 on May 31, 2012, 12:13:10 AM
At what age (of the toddler) do you start trusting babysitters at programs like these?
Brave.  Maybe on the 2nd kid :D
Exaxctly I'd have to guess it has more to do with what number kid more then what age.
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: moish on May 31, 2012, 10:06:45 AM
my only issue with a hotel babysitter is that they would feed my kid tarfus. even when im around i have to stop strangers from giving her candies, cookies etc.
thats the only reason i look for jewish ones or ones recommended by the local jewish community who are familiar
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: damaxer91 on May 31, 2012, 10:15:11 AM
my only issue with a hotel babysitter is that they would feed my kid tarfus. even when im around i have to stop strangers from giving her candies, cookies etc.
thats the only reason i look for jewish ones or ones recommended by the local jewish community who are familiar

I always prepare a food/bottle etc and tell the babysitter that the baby is allergic to many things so she should not feed her anything else
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: moish on May 31, 2012, 10:17:04 AM
I always prepare a food/bottle etc and tell the babysitter that the baby is allergic to many things so she should not feed her anything else
i hear ya, but im still concerned. lets just say the hotel babysitters aint the sharpest tools in the shed
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: damaxer91 on May 31, 2012, 11:39:40 AM
i hear ya, but im still concerned. lets just say the hotel babysitters aint the sharpest tools in the shed

That they understand. You tell them its a serious allergy.
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: aussiebochur on May 31, 2012, 01:25:28 PM
Guess whoever did their website isnt too unfamiliar with cc's (or how to spell).

"Chase Safire and a few select others do no charge a currency exchange fee"
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2012, 01:26:27 PM
lol...
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: Vexorg on May 31, 2012, 02:57:37 PM
I've been on a couple of there pesach programs. I used babysitter from KMR not hotel. I would not use hotel babysitter.
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: whYME on June 10, 2012, 02:33:34 AM
Anybody know if this this still accurate?
Did anything change in the last two years?
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: myb821 on June 10, 2012, 03:05:31 AM
Still pretty much the same
Title: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on July 03, 2012, 06:20:40 PM
Ideas? Things to do, Minyanim?
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 03, 2012, 06:26:28 PM
For minyanim check the cool 'Minyan Maker' on www.jewishvail.com
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on July 03, 2012, 06:29:13 PM
For minyanim check the cool 'Minyan Maker' on www.jewishvail.com

Nice Find, great site. Though the restauraunt seems a bit pricey.
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 03, 2012, 06:29:54 PM
When are you going?
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on July 03, 2012, 06:33:53 PM
When are you going?

y
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 03, 2012, 06:34:30 PM
Minyan/DO
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sim on July 03, 2012, 07:40:03 PM
How is the park Hyatt beaver creek?
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on July 03, 2012, 10:26:47 PM
if u are there in summer kmr runs a program there with minyanim and food and hotel. u can go there for minyanim if u are staying somewhere else
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 03, 2012, 10:32:03 PM
But be prepared for the nasty eyes that will make you feel unwanted0and very uncomfortable.
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver2000 on July 03, 2012, 10:35:21 PM
But be prepared for the nasty eyes that will make you feel unwanted0and very uncomfortable.

+1
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 03, 2012, 10:36:48 PM
How is the park Hyatt beaver creek?
I did not stay there but passed by it several times; the location is top notch way up in the mountains in the small village. Looked nice but again have not stayed there. There is also a St regis nearby so you get the pic, it is a high end expensive area.
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 03, 2012, 10:37:25 PM
But be prepared for the nasty eyes that will make you feel unwanted0and very uncomfortable.
why am I not surprised
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sim on July 03, 2012, 11:26:50 PM
why am I not surprised
Thank you it looks nice on line good reviews
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 03, 2012, 11:29:58 PM
PM me when you know your exact dates.
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 04, 2012, 12:55:11 AM
Thank you it looks nice on line good reviews
Yes just walking by made me want to stay there. It is in this quaint little mountain village, albeit full of tourists. If you can fly into eagle airport intead of Denver
Title: Re: Kosher Retreat in Colorado
Post by: Fan of Dan on July 04, 2012, 01:01:25 AM
I am quite liberal with these things.

We left our 4 month old on the other side of a resort with a babysitter in Malaysia.

She even used our prayer rug while we were out.
I know this is off topic but Malyaysia is safe for jewish travellers? How long ago was it?
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on July 04, 2012, 09:33:22 AM
How is the park Hyatt beaver creek?
look into the westin beaver creek
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on July 04, 2012, 06:06:12 PM
How is the The Osprey at Beaver Creek?
Anyone have experience with them?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 16, 2012, 02:32:47 PM
Is there anywhere near Beaver creek where u could buy kosher grocery's?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 16, 2012, 04:12:15 PM
Order at the Chabad in Vail.
IIRC he delivers to Beaver Creek.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 17, 2012, 12:05:36 AM
Order at the Chabad in Vail.
IIRC he delivers to Beaver Creek.
they only serve dinner and are very expansive any place to buy some groceries?
whats a nice hotel with a good value to stay in the area? looking to pay up to $200 per night
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on July 17, 2012, 01:01:25 AM
Is there anywhere near Beaver creek where u could buy kosher grocery's?

If you are flying into DEN, stop by the East Side Kosher Deli and you can pick up everything u need. Alternatively, they will overnight it to you for a price...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 17, 2012, 09:40:18 AM
Hotel??
Try Park Hyatt.
Not too expensive in the non-skiing season.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 17, 2012, 10:26:19 PM
PH is $265 +tax looking for something cheaper.
at PH beaver creek do i get kosher breakfast with diamond status?
which area is nicer and the hotels give better value for the price beaver creek or vail?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mainstain123 on August 02, 2012, 09:15:22 PM
i stayed at the westin villas cash and points  in avon which is right by beaver creek, its a gorgous place , best to bring food from denver,there is a supermarket called city market which is your typical supermarket kosher milk , yogurt , snacks etc if you need any more help you can message me 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on August 02, 2012, 09:18:44 PM
Where do you daven?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mainstain123 on August 02, 2012, 09:20:08 PM
i was only there for one weeknight , i davened yechidus , the kmr program is starting in vail next week
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on August 02, 2012, 09:27:16 PM
Shaygetz!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 02, 2012, 10:54:20 PM
@meshugener where r u planing to daven?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on August 02, 2012, 11:38:51 PM
Chabad in Vail.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on August 03, 2012, 03:17:31 AM
Chabad in Vail.
Isn't that only on Shabbos
And it doesn't seem like that minyan maker worked out I didn't see any dates that made it
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on August 03, 2012, 09:41:43 AM
A significant portion of minyan attendees don't sign up, so it sure could be there's a full minyan.
Call Rabbi Mintz.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: IsaacBP on August 09, 2012, 12:02:26 PM
Hi all I am planing a vacation to Colorado In 2 Weeks from now, I cant decide which area to cover should it be Aspen, Vail, Colorado springs or some other are? I have off from Wednesday till Tuesday i have to be back in NYC on Tuesday night

Any Ideas
Thanks All in advanced
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Thingywingy on August 14, 2012, 03:28:01 AM
Any suggestions of things to do in the Vale and Avon area?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on August 14, 2012, 08:58:57 AM
Rafting, horseback riding, hiking, ATV, spa.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Thingywingy on August 14, 2012, 01:46:00 PM
I only have time for one. Should I do Colorado National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Salida, or Pikes Peek? Thanks!
Title: Stopover in Denver
Post by: lfas25 on November 25, 2012, 12:59:45 AM
I'm not sure if this is the correct location for this post.

I have an hour and. 20 min stopover in Denver, I have a friend that is willing to bring me food if I think there's enough time to meet him & get back through security.
I've never been in this airport yet so I am looking for those of you that have been if you think its possible or I'd be cutting it to closely. Both flight are with United on a sunday morning (if that matters)

Thanks
Title: Re: Stopover in Denver
Post by: myb821 on November 25, 2012, 01:48:39 AM
I'm not sure if this is the correct location for this post.

I have an hour and. 20 min stopover in Denver, I have a friend that is willing to bring me food if I think there's enough time to meet him & get back through security.
I've never been in this airport yet so I am looking for those of you that have been if you think its possible or I'd be cutting it to closely. Both flight are with United on a sunday morning (if that matters)

Thanks
cutting out close as you need to take a train each way
Title: Re: Stopover in Denver
Post by: U-no-me! on November 25, 2012, 02:27:08 AM
I'm not sure if this is the correct location for this post.

I have an hour and. 20 min stopover in Denver, I have a friend that is willing to bring me food if I think there's enough time to meet him & get back through security.
I've never been in this airport yet so I am looking for those of you that have been if you think its possible or I'd be cutting it to closely. Both flight are with United on a sunday morning (if that matters)

Thanks

If he has the United Club card, maybe.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on November 25, 2012, 08:57:51 AM
It really depends on where your gate is.
If its in the upper 80+ I wouldn't get out of the airport.
Title: Re: Stopover in Denver
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on November 27, 2012, 01:44:32 AM
I'm not sure if this is the correct location for this post.

I have an hour and. 20 min stopover in Denver, I have a friend that is willing to bring me food if I think there's enough time to meet him & get back through security.
I've never been in this airport yet so I am looking for those of you that have been if you think its possible or I'd be cutting it to closely. Both flight are with United on a sunday morning (if that matters)

Thanks
sorry bud, the general consensus doesn't seem to be in your favor... 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on December 02, 2012, 09:13:20 PM
It really depends on where your gate is.
If its in the upper 80+ I wouldn't get out of the airport.

It worked out :) we landed early and arrived at gaate B44 got out met my friend gave me some great food went back through security (no line as I was flying 1st class) and made it to departure gate B18 with 20 min to spare before they started boarding
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on December 02, 2012, 09:55:19 PM
It worked out :) we landed early and arrived at gaate B44 got out met my friend gave me some great food went back through security (no line as I was flying 1st class) and made it to departure gate B18 with 20 min to spare before they started boarding
Well done. With all the money they put into Denver airport I find it to be really annoying how spread out everything is.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on December 02, 2012, 10:39:07 PM
I disagree.
Do you really want to feel like stuffed cabbage?
See NYC airports and compare.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on December 02, 2012, 10:50:14 PM
I disagree.
Do you really want to feel like stuffed cabbage?
See NYC airports and compare.
There is a medium between the crowded NY airports and the endless amount of moving around at Denver, although if I had to pick a lesser of the two evils it would be Denver.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on December 02, 2012, 10:52:09 PM
denver doesnt bother me at all
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on December 05, 2012, 08:39:44 AM
Well done. With all the money they put into Denver airport I find it to be really annoying how spread out everything is.
I like Denver better then HNL!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on December 05, 2012, 08:48:42 AM
Well done. With all the money they put into Denver airport I find it to be really annoying how spread out everything is.

+2.2
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2012, 09:19:40 AM
I like Denver better then HNL!!
Not saying much, HNL airport is a beast.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Levi D on December 06, 2012, 08:52:34 AM
Heading out to the St Regis in Aspen next week for 5 nights. Any last minute tips?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on December 06, 2012, 09:09:57 AM
Heading out to the St Regis in Aspen next week for 5 nights. Any last minute tips?
Bring along warm clothing! Lol! Make sure to pack sunscreen I know alot of people who learnt the hard way...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on December 06, 2012, 09:16:15 AM
+1
I was told before and still had to learn the hard way. :(
Title: Re: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 06, 2012, 09:32:10 AM
+1
I was told before and still had to chose learn the hard way. :(
FTFY
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: safsel on January 20, 2013, 10:22:50 AM
any tips on saving money on lift tickets. looking to ski vail or beaver creek. (or both).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on January 20, 2013, 01:30:52 PM
+1
I was told before and still had to learn the hard way. :(

You didn't listen to me  >:(
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on January 22, 2013, 02:28:37 PM
What are the best family-friendly (and shul friendly) SPG hotels in the Denver area for a summer time trip? TIA
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on January 22, 2013, 03:58:25 PM
What are the best family-friendly (and shul friendly) SPG hotels in the Denver area for a summer time trip? TIA

If you are also talking about shabbos, There aren't any.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on January 22, 2013, 04:19:32 PM
If you are also talking about shabbos, There aren't any.
Thanks, how about for weekday within drive to shuls?
I see there's Homestead and Staybridge nearby Chabad for shabbos
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on January 22, 2013, 05:13:21 PM
Thanks, how about for weekday within drive to shuls?
I see there's Homestead and Staybridge nearby Chabad for shabbos

Downtown is not such a far drive from the west side which has a nice shul and is where the Yeshivah is located.
Lakewood shouldn't be to bad either.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on April 03, 2013, 01:52:08 AM
You can try contacting one of the Kollel members & renting their house. Some of them go away for the summer & wouldn't mind renting out their house. I went last summer w/ a few friends & we rented a house 3 blocks from the yeshiva for $1000 for 2 weeks. That's a whole lot cheaper than any hotel (unless you're getting it free w/ points) & it's much more convenient w/ davening & stuff...

Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: HP58 on April 05, 2013, 05:20:54 PM
There is also Pete's Pizza - cholov yisroel.
Is that the place where you havta order a week in advance or s/t?
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: myb821 on April 05, 2013, 05:25:23 PM
Is that the place where you havta order a week in advance or s/t?
no longer exists but there is now a dairy restaurant called brooklyn pizza http://www.brooklynpizzadenver.com/
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on April 05, 2013, 05:26:20 PM
Ideas? Things to do, Minyanim?
Maroon Bells, Aspen; Hanging Lake(Garfield CO Exit 119); Herman's Gulch(right before Exit 218 on the I-70); St. Mary Glacier(7599 Fall Springs, Idaho Springs CO); Mt. Evans (Chicago Lakes Trail); Greys Peak; Flat Top (Rocky Mt. NP); CO Nat. Monument; Rifle Falls Caves; Black Canyon; Eldorado NP; OMG Rd.; Loveland Pass; Pikes Peak; Garden of the Gods. Dunno if this is your idea of fun. I'm a bit of a hiker...
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: HP58 on April 05, 2013, 05:29:21 PM
no longer exists but there is now a dairy restaurant called brooklyn pizza
Cool. Since when? How does it compare to pizza over here (i.e. Amnons in Brooklyn or Pizza Place in Lkwd)?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on April 05, 2013, 05:32:44 PM
If you are flying into DEN, stop by the East Side Kosher Deli and you can pick up everything u need. Alternatively, they will overnight it to you for a price...
Make that PRICE
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: myb821 on April 05, 2013, 05:32:56 PM
Cool. Since when? How does it compare to pizza over here (i.e. Amnons in Brooklyn or Pizza Place in Lkwd)?
opened for a few months i didnt think the pizza was amazing
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on April 05, 2013, 05:34:33 PM
But be prepared for the nasty eyes that will make you feel unwanted0and very uncomfortable.
Yeah. I've experienced that too >:(
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: HP58 on April 05, 2013, 05:36:02 PM
opened for a few months i didnt think the pizza was amazing
Sigh. Got scared I missed s/t in Denver...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Lazegotit on April 05, 2013, 06:36:00 PM
Random tip for Colorado trippers: Always fill up on gas before you get to a attraction, cause near any mountain the gas can be a dollar more a gallon, besides that you can go miles and miles without a gas station... Better safe than sorry!
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: Lazegotit on April 05, 2013, 06:37:45 PM
Cool. Since when? How does it compare to pizza over here (i.e. Amnons in Brooklyn or Pizza Place in Lkwd)?

Was that the place that's open just motzei shab?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Lazegotit on April 05, 2013, 06:41:11 PM
Hi all I am planing a vacation to Colorado In 2 Weeks from now, I cant decide which area to cover should it be Aspen, Vail, Colorado springs or some other are? I have off from Wednesday till Tuesday i have to be back in NYC on Tuesday night

Any Ideas
Thanks All in advanced

How far out are you willing to drive?
Bryce Canyon NP is one of the nicest things I've ever seen, at sunset... Mamesh gevaldig!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on April 05, 2013, 06:44:50 PM
Random tip for Colorado trippers: Always fill up on gas before you get to a attraction, cause near any mountain the gas can be a dollar more a gallon, besides that you can go miles and miles without a gas station... Better safe than sorry!
+1 And multiply that by 10 for Utah trippers.
Title: Re: Denver, Colorado
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 06, 2013, 11:34:38 PM
opened for a few months i didnt think the pizza was amazing
brooklyn pizza is quite good actually, for out of town pizza, for instance it kicks cleveland pizza but isn't as good as nyc/lakewood pizza
specialty pizza is only sold by the pie but you can get regular, Sicilian and garlic sauce-less tomato topped slice called park slope slice by the slice they have a small but interesting menu with things like canolies and vegetarion pepperoni pizza or desert pizza with sweet cheese and chocolate on pastry dough. they are open every night til 8pm and on Motzoi Shabbos til late (11 or 12)
Title: Re: Vail / Avon Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 06, 2013, 11:54:14 PM
Maroon Bells, Aspen; Hanging Lake(Garfield CO Exit 119); Herman's Gulch(right before Exit 218 on the I-70); St. Mary Glacier(7599 Fall Springs, Idaho Springs CO); Mt. Evans (Chicago Lakes Trail); Greys Peak; Flat Top (Rocky Mt. NP); CO Nat. Monument; Rifle Falls Caves; Black Canyon; Eldorado NP; OMG Rd.; Loveland Pass; Pikes Peak; Garden of the Gods. Dunno if this is your idea of fun. I'm a bit of a hiker...
Maroon Bells is pretty but a little boring compared to other sites also it's a bit of a pain to get there (you need to park and take a bus)

Aspen is a tourist attraction which means that it has typical type activities around it such as biking ATVing and jeeping nearby and also has hotels.

St. Mary's glacier is a small hike up a mountain which can be done by kids but don't expect to see a huge glacier, basically you see some snow and a lake, it is really pretty though.

Oh my G-d road is an amazing gorgeous drive up a mountain with hairpin turns (two way traffic of course) but not many places to safely and legally stop and enjoy the view. but certainly worthwhile

Pikes peak is a must in my opinion but has been discussed at length already

Garden of the G-ds (and Red rocks) are really nice and closer IIRC to Denver than most places

other places to check out would be Estes park and The Royal Gorge, they are both great

Also if you want to find your own spots, i would advise simply driving around with your eyes open or check maps for small roads that run through mountain passes etc. i have found abandoned castles, coal mines and some of the most beautiful views on unofficial roads or en route to famous attractions

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on April 06, 2013, 11:58:04 PM
 There's this place called Brainard lake near Boulder that puts the glacier to shame it is absolutely gorgeos! Like a 2 hr easy hike with snow capped mountains in august (but it can get buggy there)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on April 07, 2013, 10:52:27 AM
Lake Dillon is also pretty nice for a relaxed boating trip.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on April 07, 2013, 11:11:53 AM
Rafting on the Colorado River is fun!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on June 16, 2013, 12:58:45 AM
Whats the best way to spend 3 days hiking in Denver area?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 16, 2013, 01:32:26 AM
Whats the best way to spend 3 days hiking in Denver area?
how close to denver do you have in mind (the very first decent hiking starts about 45 minute drive)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on June 16, 2013, 02:43:21 AM
1-2 hrs is fine.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on June 16, 2013, 04:01:35 AM
There's a fantastic hike right near Boulder. The park is called Brainard lake, it's 3-4 mile hike along water drifts from the melting snow. The lake on top is surrounded by snow capped mountains.
#otherworldexperience
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 16, 2013, 05:00:18 AM
Whats the best way to spend 3 days hiking in Denver area?

I'd head to Rocky Mountain NP, it's about two hours north and has the most amazing hiking.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on June 16, 2013, 05:19:16 AM
I'd head to Rocky Mountain NP, it's about two hours north and has the most amazing hiking.
There is a gorgeous one there with running water and waterfalls.
The place I mentioned above was suggested to me by someone living there for more than 35 yrs. That was the top of his list.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 16, 2013, 03:42:18 PM
There's a fantastic hike right near Boulder. The park is called Brainard lake, it's 3-4 mile hike along water drifts from the melting snow. The lake on top is surrounded by snow capped mountains.
#otherworldexperience
369
+1
also check out:
 the flatirons at chataque park in boulder (1 or 2)
eldorado canyons
estes park
garden of the gods (further)

there are many many more but these are the good close ones i can think of off hand
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on June 16, 2013, 04:38:50 PM
369
+1
???
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 16, 2013, 08:54:03 PM
typo...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 18, 2013, 12:00:00 PM
I keep meaning to type up this TR-

I went to Colorado twice, the first time I went was with my entire family on the KMR trip and we had a smashing time. I don't really remember exactly what we did as it was a long time ago but I did go again after that and I think that I repeated some things that I had done with my family.

We flew into Colorado Springs as the flight price to Denver was similar but the car rentals were half the price from Colorado Springs. You need a decent car to drive up the huge mountains anything less that a 4 cylinder engine will not do the trick. We slept in Denver the first night and bought the odds and ends we were going to need for the trip, mainly we brought meat from NY and we made a BBQ every night but we bough salads, corn etc... local. We then drove up to Vail and stayed at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, a gorgeous hotel on the top of a private mountain with a gated golf community. We got the hotel from Travel Zoo for less than $100 a night. The first day we went on a magnificent hike to hanging lake, the second day we went white water rafting with Nova guides and on the third day we went with Canyon Bikes on a 16 mile ride though Glenwood Canyon. The hike was not child friendly and was of medium level for an adult. The white water rafting there is gorgeous and there are about a half a dozen other outfitters that you can go with. The bike ride was amazing, the company drives you to the top of the area and you bike down hill (but not steep) on the most gorgeous paved bike paths. On Friday we drove back down to Denver stopping at Copper Mountain, we did some of the activities they have at the base, bungee jumping, race cars. Then we took the chair lift to the top and made the mistake of walking down via the dirt bike path. There is a very nice walking path but the woman at the top of the chair lift said that its much faster to walk down the bike path, it is not faster and it is very unpleasant, the bike path is very narrow with lots of bumps for extreme biking, the walking path is a wide pebbled path without any steep inclines. For Shabbos we went to some friends in Denver then we went up back up to Broomfeild, Co, where we stayed at the Omni that we got on Priceline for an amazingly cheep deal (I don't remember exactly) for the next couple of days. On our  way up there we stopped at Elderado Springs, that was beautiful but nothing spectacular, some people love it so maybe we missed something. We stayed in Broomfeild to be near Rocky Mountain National Park, when we went there the first day it was raining so you  couldn't see much and the drive was horrible. There was really nothing else to do in the area other than bowling and it wasn't very beautiful so we called priceline and somehow convinced them to refund us our last night there, then we drove back down to Colorado Springs area and stayed at the Crowne Plaza (couldn't get better than that on Priceline). There was tons to do in the area but we were leaving the next day. We did a train ride near Royal Gorge and then went to the Royal Gorge Park (looks like that is closed due to a wildfire). I think that is all we did on our trip but Colorado is a really great place to go.

Hope this can help someone get an idea for their next trip.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on June 18, 2013, 12:17:29 PM
we went white water rafting with Nova guides


They're really fun guys.
Who was your guide?
We had a blast jumping into the Colorado River, swimming alongside the boat.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 18, 2013, 12:41:27 PM
Who was your guide?
To long ago to remember
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on June 18, 2013, 03:24:08 PM
Anyone ever stay at SPG Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel?
Near kosher/shuls? Looks like it's not too far from Aish Denver
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Thingywingy on June 18, 2013, 04:10:22 PM
Anyone ever stay at SPG Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel? I stayed there last summer.
Near kosher/shuls? Looks like it's not too far from Aish Denver the only full kosher store/ restaurant is East Side Kosher Deli
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on June 18, 2013, 04:22:50 PM

decent place?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 18, 2013, 04:25:19 PM
decent place?

Not bad. Had quite a nice selection when I was there. Had I known I wouldn't have shlepped so much from home.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on June 18, 2013, 04:40:37 PM
Not bad. Had quite a nice selection when I was there. Had I known I wouldn't have shlepped so much from home.
you mean foodwise?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 18, 2013, 04:54:23 PM
there is also a kosher bagel place and kosher pizza shop. The local grocery chain, king soopers has three locations which have kosher pas yisroel bakeries and cholov yisroel  cheese and kosher meat and wine (albeit for a price)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 18, 2013, 04:56:05 PM
decent place?
I think the deli is very good! (it's not quite tierra sur, but very good food, nice portions for a good price. You won't be dissapointed)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 18, 2013, 04:59:55 PM
you mean foodwise?

Yes. The only thing I tried that they made themselves were someone rolls, but they had a nice selection of regular packaged food - if I remember correctly they had Meal Mart cold cuts and franks, Reisman's cakes and rugalach, Kedem stuff, lots of cookies and crackers, etc.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on June 18, 2013, 07:14:16 PM
Anyone ever stay at SPG Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel?
Near kosher/shuls? Looks like it's not too far from Aish Denver
Hyatt is closer to Aish Denver and the Shul has a discount with them for something like $125 a night probably better than spending the SPG pts (not sure how many pts you need at the Sheraton). Great rates on car rentals from one of those Tech Center Hotels but don't remember which one (really nice guy there. If you need a car PM me I have a great rate already). Aish Denver is a wonderful community stayed there 2 summers ago at one of the member's house .... An unforgetable experiance!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 20, 2013, 11:04:22 AM
I'm looking to rent a house in Denver that sleeps 5-6 people preferably in Lakewood area kosher kitchen if anybody has any leads....
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 20, 2013, 11:22:24 AM
I'm looking to rent a house in Denver that sleeps 5-6 people preferably in Lakewood area kosher kitchen if anybody has any leads....
do you mean the west side? because there is precisely one frum jew that lives in Lakewood colorado... and frankly it is a pretty nasty neighborhood (trailorparks, pawnshops, used car places, laundrymats and homeless cripples)
when are you looking for (dates) the availability on the West side is pretty slim though
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 20, 2013, 11:40:42 AM
do you mean the west side? because there is precisely one frum jew that lives in Lakewood colorado... and frankly it is a pretty nasty neighborhood (trailorparks, pawnshops, used car places, laundrymats and homeless cripples)
when are you looking for (dates) the availability on the West side is pretty slim though
do you know anything on west side July 17-18 for two weeks?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 20, 2013, 11:42:48 AM
do you mean the west side? because there is precisely one frum jew that lives in Lakewood colorado... and frankly it is a pretty nasty neighborhood (trailorparks, pawnshops, used car places, laundrymats and homeless cripples)
when are you looking for (dates) the availability on the West side is pretty slim though
and what's the name of the neighborhood?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on June 20, 2013, 01:05:15 PM
do you know anything on west side July 17-18 for two weeks?
I have a res for rental car there for those dates if you're interested
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 20, 2013, 01:42:49 PM
I have a res for rental car there for those dates if you're interested
price?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on June 20, 2013, 01:54:11 PM
price?
I'll beat the best price you get
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 20, 2013, 01:55:12 PM
I'll beat the best price you get
hertz?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on June 20, 2013, 01:55:19 PM
I'll beat the best price you get
Is this with a specific rental company?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 20, 2013, 03:25:53 PM
do you know anything on west side July 17-18 for two weeks?
i'll look
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on June 20, 2013, 04:49:37 PM
If anyone is considering joining one of the KMR tours to either Colorado or Banff, I can possibly get you a discount for $350. PM me for more details.

http://www.kmrtours.com
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 20, 2013, 07:51:26 PM
i'll look
thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 20, 2013, 07:51:50 PM
If anyone is considering joining one of the KMR tours to either Colorado or Banff, I can possibly get you a discount for $350. PM me for more details.

http://www.kmrtours.com
per person?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on June 20, 2013, 08:01:06 PM
No, for the room
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 25, 2013, 11:35:52 AM
I'm heading to Rocky mountain national park now coming from Nebraska.

Is it worth it to go down to boulder and take the peak to peak trail to estes park, or should I just go straight? (I think through loveland)



Thanks a lot, it's really hard figuring this stuff out on my phone...
#lastsecondtripchanges
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 25, 2013, 11:38:37 AM
I'm heading to Rocky mountain national park now coming from Nebraska.

Is it worth it to go down to boulder and take the peak to peak trail to estes park, or should I just go straight? (I think through loveland)



Thanks a lot, it's really hard figuring this stuff out on my phone...
#lastsecondtripchanges
if you have the time it's well worth it!
enjoy!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 25, 2013, 12:02:04 PM
if you have the time it's well worth it!
enjoy!
thanks, that's what I thought.
Do you know how much extra time it is? IIRC the PTP drive itself is about an hour and a half, but what's the overall difference? (That would take me 30 seconds to figure out on a pc. I'm pretty sure I looked it up but I cannot remember what it is...)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 25, 2013, 03:49:12 PM
i don't know where in nebraska you are coming from but according to mapquest it is one hour and 35 minutes longer
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on June 25, 2013, 03:57:54 PM
i don't know where in nebraska you are coming from but according to mapquest it is one hour and 35 minutes longer
who uses mapquest any more
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 25, 2013, 04:06:06 PM
who uses mapquest any more
me
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 25, 2013, 04:41:43 PM
who uses mapquest any more
Don't make fun of my grandmother ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Thingywingy on June 25, 2013, 07:47:50 PM
Don't make fun of my grandmother ;)
;D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 26, 2013, 03:22:16 PM
who uses mapquest any more
i mean i use a GPS in the car but when i want to figure out a rough route or the difference between two routes when i'm on a computer i use MapQuest. Am i missing something? Is Google maps so very superior?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on June 26, 2013, 03:24:29 PM
i mean i use a GPS in the car but when i want to figure out a rough route or the difference between two routes when i'm on a computer i use MapQuest. Am i missing something? Is Google maps so very superior?
google maps is how we roll on the East coast
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on June 26, 2013, 03:46:32 PM
i mean i use a GPS in the car but when i want to figure out a rough route or the difference between two routes when i'm on a computer i use MapQuest. Am i missing something? Is Google maps so very superior?

I imagine its just a convenience factor for a lot of people. If I am on gmail or google as an open page anyways then google maps is one click away. + no adds
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on June 26, 2013, 04:02:18 PM
I imagine its just a convenience factor for a lot of people. If I am on gmail or google as an open page anyways then google maps is one click away. + no adds

Plus your maps are always with you, on different computers, your phone, etc.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 26, 2013, 04:32:58 PM
google maps is how we roll on the East coast
ummm.. i lived in lakewood until recently!  :)
the reason i don't use google maps is because of some strange virus i got on my computers a couple years ago, any time i try to use anything powered by google (besides gmail and wallet) my browser crashes, i have no idea why! i tried to fix it numerous times to no avail so i just don't use google now  :-\
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yomo on June 27, 2013, 01:18:18 AM
Any ideas how I can find a house with a pool to rent in Vail- July 21-25. Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 27, 2013, 01:44:33 AM
Any ideas how I can find a house with a pool to rent in Vail- July 21-25. Thanks!
do you need specifically Vail (is that during the KRM week in The Cascade) because there are no shortage of equally nice areas that would be cheaper.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on June 27, 2013, 08:55:49 AM
do you need specifically Vail (is that during the KRM week in The Cascade) because there are no shortage of equally nice areas that would be cheaper.

how about similar request but in the denver area closer to minyanim for end of August??
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yomo on June 27, 2013, 12:39:05 PM
Quote
do you need specifically Vail (is that during the KRM week in The Cascade) because there are no shortage of equally nice areas that would be cheaper.
Yes specifically Vail, we plan to spend some time with friends @ KMR
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 28, 2013, 04:32:59 PM
Vail DO 7/22-25?? I should be there to. seems like there will be alot of guys there!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on June 30, 2013, 05:13:49 PM
Any recommendations on hotels near vail? also going 7/21-7/26.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: esther gee on June 30, 2013, 06:38:57 PM
Any recommendations on hotels near vail? also going 7/21-7/26.
Stayed in the Lodge and Spa at Cordellira was gorgeous and minutes away from Vail on your own private mountian
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on June 30, 2013, 07:26:59 PM
Stayed in the Lodge and Spa at Cordellira was gorgeous and minutes away from Vail on your own private mountian
its very nice stayed there as well. Their is also the park hyatt in beaver creek
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on June 30, 2013, 09:33:22 PM
I stayed at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, its a few min drive from Vail.
Awesome.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 30, 2013, 09:46:15 PM
its very nice stayed there as well. Their is also the park hyatt in beaver creek
i was never there but i sent my parents there two months ago and while they enjoyed they found it to be a little "old and rustic" for the price/points, another friend went up several weeks ago and in the morning found a mouse floating in his toilet...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on June 30, 2013, 09:55:21 PM
Where? In the Hyatt? Impossible.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 30, 2013, 10:10:21 PM
I found on cheapoair.com and onetravel.com the Vail Cascade 2 bedroom condo for an average of 125 a night. Its coming up as the AAA rate and the 2nd night is free. Doesnt include all taxes and resort fees (i think for 3 nights it would be about 625) Not sure if this is a glitch, but the Cascade website says get second night free but excludes the week of 21-28. I did not book it, but if anyone does let me know what happens.
Also couldnt figure out the cancelation policy. Ended up booking something else for a great rate, but i can always cancel!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 01, 2013, 01:13:59 AM
Where? In the Hyatt? Impossible.
a rather bright statement.
Clearly it is impossible for rodents to enter the properties of Hyatt worldwide, were they to try they would be instantly fried right?
I must be lying...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 01, 2013, 09:02:08 AM
Lol
But you said its "old and rustic", so you must be talking about a totally different hotel.
Yes, its a different and unique type of hotel, its not modern, its decorated with wood and animal bones... but its a beautiful, cozy hotel.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 01, 2013, 10:53:57 AM
Lol
But you said its "old and rustic", so you must be talking about a totally different hotel.
Yes, its a different and unique type of hotel, its not modern, its decorated with wood and animal bones... but its a beautiful, cozy hotel.
no it's the same one, i did say they enjoyed it, but they said it was a little old and rustic
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 01, 2013, 10:55:59 AM
And I say it is not old and rusty.
Not even close to that.

Find me one negative review on that property saying something close to old and rusty.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 01, 2013, 10:57:21 AM
And I say it is not old and rusty.
Pictures?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 01, 2013, 10:59:13 AM
Pics that its NOT rusty??
How do you do that?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 01, 2013, 12:54:05 PM
Pics that its NOT rusty??
How do you do that?
you knew he said rustic not rusty big difference.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 01, 2013, 12:57:01 PM
you knew he said rustic not rusty big difference.
You know he's meshugener
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 01, 2013, 03:25:51 PM
Pics that its NOT rusty??
How do you do that?
ALOL
the definition of RUSTIC
1.
of, pertaining to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural.
2.
simple, artless, or unsophisticated.
3.
uncouth, rude, or boorish.
4.
made of roughly dressed limbs or roots of trees, as garden seats.
5.
(of stonework) having the surfaces rough or irregular and the joints sunken or beveled.

not to be confused with ferric oxide known as rust!

And I say it is not old and rusty.
Not even close to that.

Find me one negative review on that property saying something close to old and rusty.
the one negative review is that of my parents does it need to be written on a website to mean anything? (altthough they enjoyed thier stay they felt that for the price and thier expectations it should have more recently renovated and modern i.e. a little old and that they would have preferred a hotel that had a more chic clean look and feel i.e. less rustic
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yomo on July 01, 2013, 04:38:59 PM
Any ideas how I can find a house with a pool to rent in Vail vicinity - July 21-25. Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 01, 2013, 04:41:11 PM
Any ideas how I can find a house with a pool to rent in Vail vicinity - July 21-25. Thanks!
vrbo.com  homeaway.com.........
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 01, 2013, 06:51:52 PM
My bad, I'm not fluent, you know...

Its not old, nothing needs to be renovated.
Its a unique hotel which is build on a different way, not the standard modern style though. And well, that's exactly why I loved it. So cozy.

Let's stop arguing until you stay there for one night.
Or bring your parents up on the line so we can discuss it...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on July 01, 2013, 06:56:28 PM
I can testify, and meshugs can testify that I can testify that it's a very nice hotel.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on July 02, 2013, 10:56:26 PM
Anyone stay at the Sheraton Avon, CO?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 03, 2013, 12:55:23 AM
Anyone stay at the Sheraton Avon, CO?
We stayed there a few summers ago, it is very nice although quite rustic (not to be confused with rusty,  :P )plaid carpets bear sculptures rough hardwood counters and the like.

we were disappointed because we booked a whirlpool room and when we got there we found a regular tub with a couple jecuzzi spouts, we thought it was false advertising but we realized in the morning when we looked at the pics on the website that they had given us a cheaper room (we complained and after some back and forth got refunded the full starpoints!).

 All in all very nice, roomy, has a living room, kitchen/dinette and even laundry machines with detergent. It has a balcony with a nice view (although from the valley up) outdoor entrance to rooms (motel style)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Goldmine on July 03, 2013, 10:41:24 AM
Anyone know where I can get the cheapest car rental from Denver Int. Airport? I'm under 25... Dates July 23 - August 1?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on July 03, 2013, 11:54:31 AM
We stayed there a few summers ago, it is very nice although quite rustic (not to be confused with rusty,  :P )plaid carpets bear sculptures rough hardwood counters and the like.

we were disappointed because we booked a whirlpool room and when we got there we found a regular tub with a couple jecuzzi spouts, we thought it was false advertising but we realized in the morning when we looked at the pics on the website that they had given us a cheaper room (we complained and after some back and forth got refunded the full starpoints!).

 All in all very nice, roomy, has a living room, kitchen/dinette and even laundry machines with detergent. It has a balcony with a nice view (although from the valley up) outdoor entrance to rooms (motel style)

Thanks for the report! Did you stay in the one bedroom villa? Also did they having no A/C interfere - was it very hot? Thanks!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 03, 2013, 12:01:27 PM
Yeah, one bedroom.
i honestly don't remember them not having AC!

do they have swamp coolers (evaporation water air coolers that work really really well in this climate) I imagine if it was really hot or uncomfortable at all i would remember!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on July 03, 2013, 12:15:11 PM
Thank you so much!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 04, 2013, 10:44:23 AM
Going to Avon Co (about 8 miles away from Vail) from 7/22-7/25. Booked a condo without AC. What the weather like over there? Should i try to find a place with AC? I want it to be comfortable!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on July 04, 2013, 10:45:40 AM

Going to Avon Co (about 8 miles away from Vail) from 7/22-7/25. Booked a condo without AC. What the weather like over there? Should i try to find a place with AC? I want it to be comfortable!!
yes def want ac, it's not hot like miami but it u need ac
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on July 04, 2013, 01:38:38 PM
Going to Avon Co (about 8 miles away from Vail) from 7/22-7/25. Booked a condo without AC. What the weather like over there? Should i try to find a place with AC? I want it to be comfortable!!

I'm going the same time to Sheraton Avon Villas, they have fans and supposedly its comfortable......
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 04, 2013, 02:10:19 PM
I'm going the same time to Sheraton Avon Villas, they have fans and supposedly its comfortable......
called my place to, they said they have fans and its supposed to be comfortable..... just want people that were there to chime in on the weather
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 04, 2013, 09:44:46 PM
In Denver it is almost always zero humidity, so during the winter 20 degrees feels like 40 degrees and during the summer 90 feels like 70.

The majority of people on the West side of Denver don't have AC!
 But most do have swamp coolers which are much more effective than just fans.

Perhaps the mountains are a bit cooler and breezier? (for sure at night)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 04, 2013, 10:11:18 PM
Going to Avon Co (about 8 miles away from Vail) from 7/22-7/25. Booked a condo without AC. What the weather like over there? Should i try to find a place with AC? I want it to be comfortable!!
Why do you think you dont need AC?
According to this weather site (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Avon+CO+USCO0021:1:US) it was 81° earlier today.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 05, 2013, 01:17:51 AM
If u plan on staying in hotel during the day it could get hot but at night it gets very cool when I was there at night I closed the A/c and opened the windows
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Uncle Mike on July 16, 2013, 06:00:17 PM
Anyone know the kosher restaurant situation in CO?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on July 16, 2013, 06:04:00 PM
Anyone know the kosher restaurant situation in CO?

Denver, East Side to be exact.

GL
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 16, 2013, 07:21:33 PM
If I'm not mistaken all there is is East Side Kosher Deli. They have a restaurant w/ sitting area in the back.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 16, 2013, 07:38:52 PM
If I'm not mistaken all there is is East Side Kosher Deli. They have a restaurant w/ sitting area in the back.
there is now a pizza place as well
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on July 16, 2013, 07:44:29 PM
there is now a pizza place as well
Pete's Pizza it's only open like 2 hrs a day and you have to preorder. East Side Deli has all kosher food you may need. Also Costco has MealMart deli in large quantity for very cheap
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 16, 2013, 07:53:08 PM
Pete's Pizza it's only open like 2 hrs a day and you have to preorder. East Side Deli has all kosher food you may need. Also Costco has MealMart deli in large quantity for very cheap
try doing your research petes doesnt exist anymore and now there is a new pizza place http://www.brooklynpizzadenver.com/
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nocknock on July 16, 2013, 08:56:45 PM
Any ideas what to do?

Staying in Avon for 4 days. Suggestions like hiking, boating, site seeing etc...... other suggestions welcome.

TIA
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 16, 2013, 09:22:47 PM
Any ideas what to do?

Staying in Avon for 4 days. Suggestions like hiking, boating, site seeing etc...... other suggestions welcome.

TIA
Ah, what steve2 would have done with a post like this
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 16, 2013, 10:42:59 PM
Any ideas what to do?

Staying in Avon for 4 days. Suggestions like hiking, boating, site seeing etc...... other suggestions welcome.

TIA
Where is Avon in relation 2 Denver?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: dd321 on July 16, 2013, 10:53:05 PM

Where is Avon in relation 2 Denver?
10min past vail . About 2hrs from denver.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 16, 2013, 11:08:52 PM
10min past vail . About 2hrs from denver.
I'm doing this mobile so I can't check GoogleMaps, but if it's anywhere near Lake Dillon it's a beautiful place 2 go boating.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Uncle Mike on July 16, 2013, 11:12:28 PM
I'm doing this mobile so I can't check GoogleMaps, but if it's anywhere near Lake Dillon it's a beautiful place 2 go boating.
40 min about from lake dillon
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 16, 2013, 11:15:34 PM
40 min about from lake dillon
Well worth the drive. Nice clean lake, cool pristine air, with the mountains in the background...ahhh...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 16, 2013, 11:32:52 PM
A lot to do in Avon.
White water rafting and swimming in Colorado River, ATV up in the mountains, gondola and so on.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 17, 2013, 12:09:30 AM
Pete's Pizza it's only open like 2 hrs a day and you have to preorder. East Side Deli has all kosher food you may need. Also Costco has MealMart deli in large quantity for very cheap
-1 on both
it's currently brooklyn pizza which has regular hours and very good food, the three costco's that carry some kosher food no longer carry any kosher cold cuts (as of a few months ago)

there is also a bagel store and there are three King Sooper's (local equivelent to shoprite or pathmark) which have large fresh kosher bakerys which are pas yisroel but cholov stam and  decent but overpriced selection of kosher grocery type food
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: U-no-me! on July 17, 2013, 12:21:06 AM


Post padding is a serious DDF sin.  >:(
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on July 17, 2013, 07:53:17 AM
-1 on both
it's currently brooklyn pizza which has regular hours and very good food, the three costco's that carry some kosher food no longer carry any kosher cold cuts (as of a few months ago)

there is also a bagel store and there are three King Sooper's (local equivelent to shoprite or pathmark) which have large fresh kosher bakerys which are pas yisroel but cholov stam and  decent but overpriced selection of kosher grocery type food
I guess steeve knows best! I was there 2 years ago didn't know that much could change in such a place in such a short period of time ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Lazegotit on July 23, 2013, 06:36:18 PM
In Brooklyn Pizza right now. Bought pizza and fries, pizza was really nothing special in my opinion, and although the fries were pretty ok, the portion was real small, and it was $3.50...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Lazegotit on July 23, 2013, 06:39:28 PM
Pete's Pizza it's only open like 2 hrs a day and you have to preorder. East Side Deli has all kosher food you may need. Also Costco has MealMart deli in large quantity for very cheap
Also, there's a King Soopers right near the deli that has lots of kosher stuff, most of their baked goods are cholov stam though....
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 24, 2013, 06:05:19 PM
In Brooklyn Pizza right now. Bought pizza and fries, pizza was really nothing special in my opinion, and although the fries were pretty ok, the portion was real small, and it was $3.50...
same size pies as L.A. NY and NJ, can't speak for anywhere else, maybe you just got a small piece?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Lazegotit on July 24, 2013, 07:15:19 PM
same size pies as L.A. NY and NJ, can't speak for anywhere else, maybe you just got a small piece?
The portion size was in regard to the fries, the pizza was regular size...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on July 26, 2013, 09:08:14 AM
I will be in Denver today for a few hours on a layover I want to get some food were can order or does it pay to leave airport I got a 6 hr layover
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on July 26, 2013, 09:45:30 AM
I will be in Denver today for a few hours on a layover I want to get some food were can order or does it pay to leave airport I got a 6 hr layover
It'll be a half hour at least just from the airport to the main city.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on July 26, 2013, 11:13:28 AM
It'll be a half hour at least just from the airport to the main city.
decided just to fly standby to my next flight will wait it out
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on July 26, 2013, 11:43:20 AM
decided just to fly standby to my next flight will wait it out
If you have lounge passes take advantage!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on July 26, 2013, 11:46:37 AM
If you have lounge passes take advantage!
I'm starving!!!! Which lounge is better east or west
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 26, 2013, 12:42:08 PM
They're both the same.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on July 28, 2013, 03:39:06 AM
Anyone know of Minyanim in Colorado Springs?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 28, 2013, 04:54:59 PM
Anyone know of Minyanim in Colorado Springs?
not happening...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on July 28, 2013, 11:37:20 PM
not happening...
Last week there was in the Chabad.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 28, 2013, 11:41:37 PM
Last week there was in the Chabad.
I didn't know there was a chabad out there with a minyan... (i guess stevedoesn't always know best...)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: asks on July 30, 2013, 09:24:34 AM
Anyone know of Minyanim in Colorado Springs?
how about by Estes Park? end of August
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on August 01, 2013, 03:08:18 PM
Whats up with the Denver airport?? Its beautiful but the checkin and security is rediculous, also crazy amount of driving to get around there. I missed my flight and i was there 55 min before.. Leave plenty of time before your flight!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 01, 2013, 03:32:39 PM
Whats up with the Denver airport?? Its beautiful but the checkin and security is rediculous, also crazy amount of driving to get around there. I missed my flight and i was there 55 min before.. Leave plenty of time before your flight!!
iv'e personally found security and checkin to be quicker in DIA than any of the NYC airports although the airport is huge. but you do need an hour and fifteen minutes minimum to be safe
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on August 01, 2013, 08:43:49 PM
iv'e personally found security and checkin to be quicker in DIA than any of the NYC airports although the airport is huge. but you do need an hour and fifteen minutes minimum to be safe
+1
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on December 30, 2013, 11:57:01 PM
Just wondering if anyone has any ideas of trips to go with a family that are driveable from Denver, CO that is not skiing.  We were thinking of driving 8 hours to a national park, but are thinking that we may have problems in the Winter.. ie. Moab Utah or the like.  Any ideas and nice places to stay?  We will have mid winter break.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 12:06:53 AM
Why not Rocky Mountain National Park?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 12:43:50 AM
Why not Rocky Mountain National Park?
+1, though I'm not sure how much of it is open in the winter...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 12:46:16 AM
+1, though I'm not sure how much of it is open in the winter...

IIRC only Trail Ridge Rd. is closed.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 12:47:30 AM
http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

This should have all current info.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 12:52:15 AM
"only" Trail Ridge Rd?

Isn't that most of the park?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 12:56:14 AM
"only" Trail Ridge Rd?

Isn't that most of the park?

Not at all. It may be one of the most interesting parts of the park, but is by no means 'most of the park'.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 01:03:58 AM
Not at all. It may be one of the most interesting parts of the park, but is by no means 'most of the park'.
You're right, I guess that was a bad choice of words.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 31, 2013, 01:13:57 AM
mt. evans if its open at this time of the year. vail is really nice...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 01:20:15 AM
mt. evans if its open at this time of the year. vail is really nice...

Saver does't want skiing. Is there anything to do in Vail other than that?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on December 31, 2013, 01:36:40 AM
there is lots to do there...just cant recall at the moment what there was.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on December 31, 2013, 01:43:33 AM
Saver does't want skiing. Is there anything to do in Vail other than that?
IIRC there's some mountain biking there. Not sure if they do that in the winter though.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 02:01:22 AM
@Saver, if you want to go to Moab there's probably awesome snowmobiling and other (non-skiing) winter activities around there if you're looking for something like that. (though you can probably find that a lot closer to Denver)

If what you're looking for is National Parks, i think both Arches and Canyonlands (both right near moab) are supposed to be gorgeous in the winter.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on December 31, 2013, 12:13:02 PM
Do you think Yellowstone National Park would make sense in the Winter?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 12:17:43 PM
Do you think Yellowstone National Park would make sense in the Winter?

Not much. First of all its one of the coldest places in the US, even colder than must of Alaska. But more importantly, only one road is open to cars, and that just a couple of miles in from the north entrance (which is the complete opposite of where you'd want coming from Denver).

There are some snowcoach tours, but not much else.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on December 31, 2013, 12:38:12 PM
Something Fishy thanks for your advice.  We live in Denver so we have been around to the regular stuff in Colorado, but wouldnt mind taking the family somewhere else that is driveable.  Would you recommend Arches National Park or Canyonlands and is it all full of snow?  What else would you recommend and any tips for better hotels or deals?

Thanks again, I really appreciate it!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 01:13:16 PM
I think it's time for a Utah master thread...

Would you recommend Arches National Park or Canyonlands and is it all full of snow?
They're really close to each other so unless you're really short on time you should be able to see both. When I went I was short on time and chose Arches over Canyonlands, I don't remember what my exact reasons were.

They do get snow there but apparently it's not enough to close the roads...


Arches has some pretty famous sights, such as "Delicate Arch" -featured on UT's license plates, and "Balanced Rock."

Canyonlands has 4 separate unconnected "districts," you would need to leave the park and drive around to another entrance to get from one to another (IIRC not all of them have roads, but I may be mistaken in that) so be sure to plan in advance if you're gonna go there.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 01:46:41 PM
I think it's time for a Utah master thread...
They're really close to each other so unless you're really short on time you should be able to see both. When I went I was short on time and chose Arches over Canyonlands, I don't remember what my exact reasons were.

They do get snow there but apparently it's not enough to close the roads...


Arches has some pretty famous sights, such as "Delicate Arch" -featured on UT's license plates, and "Balanced Rock."

Canyonlands has 4 separate unconnected "districts," you would need to leave the park and drive around to another entrance to get from one to another (IIRC not all of them have roads, but I may be mistaken in that) so be sure to plan in advance if you're gonna go there.

What he said:D. I'm not overly familiar with UT national parks.

I do seem to remember that the Island in the Sky district in Canyonlands is supposed to be spectacular in winter.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 01:49:38 PM
I do seem to remember that the Island in the Sky district in Canyonlands is supposed to be spectacular in winter.
Sounds like you're in luck Saver, IIRC Island in the Sky is the closest to Moab.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 01:53:05 PM
I'm not overly familiar with UT national parks.
You really should get acquainted :)
As awesome as your Flickr page is now, I can just imagine what it'll look like once you make it to that part of the country...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 02:03:07 PM
You really should get acquainted :)
As awesome as your Flickr page is now, I can just imagine what it'll look like once you make it to that part of the country...

I was actually already planning a long road trip there last summer, but ended up going to Alaska instead.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 03:13:05 PM
I was actually already planning a long road trip there last summer, but ended up going to Alaska instead.
And I planned on going to Alaska last summer but ended up going (well, at least passing through) there :)

I ended up being at Arches for sunrise, it was kinda by mistake and more-or-less unplanned so I wasn't at any great vantage points...
Even my crappy P&S  got a few decent pictures...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 03:18:43 PM
And I planned on going to Alaska last summer but ended up going (well, at least passing through) there :)

I ended up being at Arches for sunrise, it was kinda by mistake and more-or-less unplanned so I wasn't at any great vantage points...
Even my crappy P&S  got a few decent pictures...

There you go - it's ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT. Crappy camera + decent subject + good composition + amazing light = beautiful picture.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on December 31, 2013, 07:06:49 PM
You really should get acquainted :)
As awesome as your Flickr page is now, I can just imagine what it'll look like once you make it to that part of the country...
+1 I would absolutely love to see your pics of Arches, Bryce, & Zion...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 07:12:05 PM
+1 I would absolutely love to see your pics of Arches, Bryce, & Zion...

So would I ;D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 07:21:17 PM

+1 I would absolutely love to see your pics of Arches, Bryce, & Zion...
Not to mention Antelope Canyon and The Wave...


So would I ;D
LOL
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 07:33:16 PM
Not to mention Antelope Canyon and The Wave...

Nah, an out of shape schlub like me would never make it to the Wave alive :(
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on December 31, 2013, 07:39:07 PM
Nah, an out of shape schlub like me would never make it to the Wave alive :(
Well one can dream :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 31, 2013, 07:40:07 PM
Well one can dream :)

Maybe PhotoDO 2.0 ;D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on December 31, 2013, 07:58:31 PM
Thank you both so much for your great ideas, I will seriously look into it!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 01, 2014, 03:13:00 PM
mt. evans if its open at this time of the year. vail is really nice...
mt. evans is closed for the winter
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 01, 2014, 03:19:11 PM
Just wondering if anyone has any ideas of trips to go with a family that are driveable from Denver, CO that is not skiing.  We were thinking of driving 8 hours to a national park, but are thinking that we may have problems in the Winter.. ie. Moab Utah or the like.  Any ideas and nice places to stay?  We will have mid winter break.

Thanks!
nice to have another denverite around here!!


I just got from vail, we went snow tubing and checked out Glenwood springs, some non-skiing winter activities that are available are horse back riding nature tours, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, hot springs, ice climbing, and glenwood caverns.

Down near colorado springs you can check out Garden of the Gods all year round and while you can't drive up pike's peak during the winter, you can take the cog railway up to the top, which is an awesome trip!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on January 01, 2014, 03:48:46 PM
Thanks for your info.  Any cheap ideas with getting better lift tickets and the like or hotels?

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 01, 2014, 04:09:35 PM
depends when, for the next five days the mountains are crazy packed and expensive! try Co springs after that i may be able to help
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mod on January 01, 2014, 04:45:55 PM
And you can head to Denver and catch an avs game.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10134.msg682198.msg#682198
:))
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 01, 2014, 04:53:11 PM
And you can head to Denver and catch an avs game.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10134.msg682198.msg#682198
:))
Do you also live in Denver!?
here i thought i was the lone Denver DDFer!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mod on January 01, 2014, 05:02:24 PM
Do you also live in Denver!?
here i thought i was the lone Denver DDFer!
You still might be
Do you want to go to an avs game?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on January 01, 2014, 05:58:11 PM
Yes, I do, are you interested in organizing a Dans Deals Workshop?  You can pm me.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on January 01, 2014, 07:29:55 PM
It's January 1st who's in for a Colorado DO  :P
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on January 02, 2014, 12:47:01 PM
Yes, I would be interested in having Dan do a seminar in Colorado and would be happy to help with it.  Sorry, we are not interested in an Avs game.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 02, 2014, 08:09:28 PM
It's January 1st who's in for a Colorado DO  :P
Wow, that totally went right over my head. I just realized now what you meant ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 03, 2014, 12:58:14 AM
Wow, that totally went right over my head. I just realized now what you meant ;)
yep! lot of excitement round here!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 03, 2014, 01:05:30 AM
yep! lot of excitement round here!
I imagine all the excitement has pretty much mellowed down by now :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on January 10, 2014, 02:48:24 PM
(http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w575/syk613/DSCF0119_zpsc4e27f48.jpg)(http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w575/syk613/DSCF0135_zps142c6428.jpg)
(http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w575/syk613/DSCF0163_zps5a7a8fce.jpg)
(http://i1330.photobucket.com/albums/w575/syk613/DSCF0202paint_zpsee169c1e.jpg)
Some of my CO pics
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 11, 2014, 10:01:23 PM
st. mary's glacier?
the lake half way up to MT. evans?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on January 11, 2014, 11:00:37 PM
st. mary's glacier?
the lake half way up to MT. evans?
Brainard lake
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on January 12, 2014, 01:08:22 AM
Brainard lake
Where's that?
Herman's Gulch (near Exit 218 on the I-70) has similar scenery.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: SamKey on January 12, 2014, 01:22:36 AM
Where's that?
Herman's Gulch (near Exit 218 on the I-70) has similar scenery.
it's near Boulder
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on January 12, 2014, 01:24:15 AM
it's near Boulder
Cool. Been in CO 5 times on vacation and still learning of new places...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 12, 2014, 01:32:29 AM
Yes, I would be interested in having Dan do a seminar in Colorado and would be happy to help with it.  Sorry, we are not interested in an Avs game.
I'm in Denver too, would love Dan to come here to do a seminar and would be happy to help as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 12, 2014, 02:21:21 AM
IMHO there is zero chance of getting enough people out here to make it worthwhile for Dan...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 12, 2014, 02:46:37 AM
IMHO there is zero chance of getting enough people out here to make it worthwhile for Dan...
I disagree. I think there are plenty of people that would go, I don't think 500 but more then you probably think.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on January 20, 2014, 02:53:02 AM
Will be going to Denver on business end of February, I have one day off during the week and also evenings. Anything interesting to check out there ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on January 20, 2014, 03:53:24 PM
Will be going to Denver on business end of February, I have one day off during the week and also evenings. Anything interesting to check out there ?
You a hiker?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 20, 2014, 05:00:09 PM
Will be going to Denver on business end of February, I have one day off during the week and also evenings. Anything interesting to check out there ?
Skiing is not so far, colorado springs, garden of the gds is really pretty
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on January 20, 2014, 05:52:53 PM
You a hiker?
If there is a nice place to hike, but it will be February so expecting it to be cold and most of my free time is at night
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on January 20, 2014, 05:57:14 PM
Skiing is not so far, colorado springs, garden of the gds is really pretty
was thinking of skiing but limited on hours

garden of gds seem nice but is there anything to see there at night ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 20, 2014, 06:32:09 PM
was thinking of skiing but limited on hours

garden of gds seem nice but is there anything to see there at night ?
Never been there at night so not sure.  Depending where in Denver you are going to be you can go to loveland skiing its not far.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 20, 2014, 08:09:58 PM
AFAIK don't think there's any night skiing in colarado.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 20, 2014, 08:38:46 PM
was thinking of skiing but limited on hours

garden of gds seem nice but is there anything to see there at night ?
7 falls has lit up falls at night, but they may not be open nights during the winter, another winter Colorado Springs activity (day) is the cog railway up to the top of pikes peak
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on January 21, 2014, 11:04:26 AM
7 falls has lit up falls at night, but they may not be open nights during the winter, another winter Colorado Springs activity (day) is the cog railway up to the top of pikes peak
Thanks for the idea, Cog railway looks real cool, but they only have one train a day on weekends now only.
Any recommendations of where to drive to get great views in the mountains surrounding City of Denver ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 21, 2014, 11:15:45 AM
there is a spot on the 25 when driving  from east or southeast towards west side about two miles before the exit to the six which has a breathtaking panorama, but i don't think there is anyway to pull over there,
 there is an overpass about 5 minutes away which is supposed to be gorgeous, i will get more specifics a bit later,

another great place to check out if you have very limited time is Red Rocks, it's 15-25 minutes away (depending on traffic) has some very nice views (not so much of the mountains,but you can see for miles) and some really pretty rock formations (kinda a mini Garden of the Gods). Officially you can't climb on the rocks but i always do and no-one seems to mind,
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on January 21, 2014, 06:28:04 PM
there is a spot on the 25 when driving  from east or southeast towards west side about two miles before the exit to the six which has a breathtaking panorama, but i don't think there is anyway to pull over there,
 there is an overpass about 5 minutes away which is supposed to be gorgeous, i will get more specifics a bit later,

another great place to check out if you have very limited time is Red Rocks, it's 15-25 minutes away (depending on traffic) has some very nice views (not so much of the mountains,but you can see for miles) and some really pretty rock formations (kinda a mini Garden of the Gods). Officially you can't climb on the rocks but i always do and no-one seems to mind,

thanks for all this great info, unfortunately Red Rocks closes at 4pm too
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 21, 2014, 09:25:55 PM
Thanks for the idea, Cog railway looks real cool, but they only have one train a day on weekends now only.
Any recommendations of where to drive to get great views in the mountains surrounding City of Denver ?
On any random street in Denver you might have some awesome views.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Vosizderneias on January 21, 2014, 11:49:55 PM
Anyone here buy weed yet?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 22, 2014, 12:00:08 AM
hmmm...
i have two friends that grow recreational weed for a dispensary does that count?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on January 22, 2014, 12:20:29 AM
On any random street in Denver you might have some awesome views.
Wow is Denver really that exciting ? views on every street ?

I guess not much happens in Denver at night huh ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on January 22, 2014, 12:20:58 AM
Anyone here buy weed yet?
so that's what people do in Denver ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 22, 2014, 12:42:39 AM
Wow is Denver really that exciting ? views on every street ?

I guess not much happens in Denver at night huh ?

What at night are you looking to do? You can go downtown things will be open there at night.  Its like any other city.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on January 22, 2014, 01:41:51 AM
What at night are you looking to do? You can go downtown things will be open there at night.  Its like any other city.
Just joking around, I was hoping there was some sights to see at night, something to see in Denver while I was there on business
thanks for your help
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 22, 2014, 02:04:24 AM
Very little to zero nightlife here, but sometimes on a random street you will find an angle that gives you a beautiful view of the mountains, just remembered,
there is a park immediately after 70 on Sheridan ( west side) which you can drive to the top of a hill with a stunning view for miles, nice place to make a BBQ
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mechayamom on January 22, 2014, 03:57:39 PM
Keystone has night skiing on some nights until 8PM.
It says it is 90 miles outside of Denver.  Maybe for your day off.
I think Winter Park might be the closest skiing to Denver, but I am not a local so cant say.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 22, 2014, 04:41:37 PM
skiing near loveland pass (goergetown area) is 45 minutes away while winter park is 1:20 away
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on January 22, 2014, 04:43:25 PM
Keystone has night skiing on some nights until 8PM.
It says it is 90 miles outside of Denver.  Maybe for your day off.
I think Winter Park might be the closest skiing to Denver, but I am not a local so cant say.
I never knew that. Is it windy and icy there at night?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on February 18, 2014, 12:56:27 PM
Any restaurants or places to eat to recommend ?
I know of East Side deli and Brooklyn Pizza, anywhere else ?
Anything you recommend ordering or staying away from by East Side Deli and Brooklyn Pizza ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on February 18, 2014, 02:58:32 PM
Any restaurants or places to eat to recommend ?
I know of East Side deli and Brooklyn Pizza, anywhere else ?
Anything you recommend ordering or staying away from by East Side Deli and Brooklyn Pizza ?

Food @Brookyn Pizza is very good
very very large portions
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 18, 2014, 03:44:25 PM
Food @Brookyn Pizza is very good
very very large portions
+1 on the good food
-1 on the portions
there is also a bagel store

at the Deli don't take food to go, it is often old and mediocre at best, rather eat in.

Some stuff i would recomend  are the cowboy burger, onion ring brick, sesame chicken,blackened flatiron steak, rib steak and steak fajita. Supposedly the sushi is pretty good for out of town (i won't eat anything with seaweed in it so i wouldn't know). Avoid the shwarma as it is usually 1-2 days old and not very good.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on February 18, 2014, 05:06:17 PM
+1 on the good food
-1 on the portions
there is also a bagel store

at the Deli don't take food to go, it is often old and mediocre at best, rather eat in.

Some stuff i would recomend  are the cowboy burger, onion ring brick, sesame chicken,blackened flatiron steak, rib steak and steak fajita. Supposedly the sushi is pretty good for out of town (i won't eat anything with seaweed in it so i wouldn't know). Avoid the shwarma as it is usually 1-2 days old and not very good.
sounds good, thanks for the info
When you say the food to go is old, Do you mean take out counter or even things from the restaurant that you order to go ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 18, 2014, 10:03:09 PM
sounds good, thanks for the info
When you say the food to go is old, Do you mean take out counter or even things from the restaurant that you order to go ?
I mean at the deli counter, two out three times i ordered there i felt like it was a little old.

The bottom line is that it is the only entirely  kosher store in Denver, which means that sometimes when things are moving slow they will cut corners to be able to stay afloat.(Iv'e noticed similar things in Unger's of Cleveland) 
 For instance they will sometimes sell things that are close to or even past expiration or simply a bit old, like CY milk that is borderline, or if they have a half a roast beef that has been sitting in the fridge for 4 days and has gotten a little crusty and then you decide to order a roast beef sandwich they may just cut of the end and serve it to you.

What i have noticed that in the sit down section they are very careful to keep the quality and freshness impeccable. It may be because they charge more they feel they need to, i don't know, But everything you order there they make fresh for you, and if they can't they will tell you precisely the situation (for instance " we don't have fresh shwarma today, i wouldn't advise it personally")
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on February 18, 2014, 10:11:23 PM
I mean at the deli counter, two out three times i ordered there i felt like it was a little old.

The bottom line is that it is the only entirely  kosher store in Denver, which means that sometimes when things are moving slow they will cut corners to be able to stay afloat.(Iv'e noticed similar things in Unger's of Cleveland) 
 For instance they will sometimes sell things that are close to or even past expiration or simply a bit old, like CY milk that is borderline, or if they have a half a roast beef that has been sitting in the fridge for 4 days and has gotten a little crusty and then you decide to order a roast beef sandwich they may just cut of the end and serve it to you.

What i have noticed that in the sit down section they are very careful to keep the quality and freshness impeccable. It may be because they charge more they feel they need to, i don't know, But everything you order there they make fresh for you, and if they can't they will tell you precisely the situation (for instance " we don't have fresh shwarma today, i wouldn't advise it personally")
I have never experienced that personally and i have been there many a time. Now dont get me wrong im not a fan of the place in general but i never had problem with the food being old or bad.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 18, 2014, 10:16:44 PM
First of all you visited. I live here. It would stand to reason that i have been there more frequently than you.
Secondly i only had this experience when i ordered from the deli counter (in the store) not from the restaurant part. Obviously they don't intend to sell old food, I'm just saying it can happen.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on February 18, 2014, 10:24:34 PM
First of all you visited. I live here. It would stand to reason that i have been there more frequently than you.
Secondly i only had this experience when i ordered from the deli counter (in the store) not from the restaurant part. Obviously they don't intend to sell old food, I'm just saying it can happen.
im not doubting that u go more than I. I am in denver multiple times a year and was just giving my opinion/experience. No need to take offence at what I said.

That being said im really not a fan of the place or the people who own it and i still cant believe no one has opened a real restaurant to compete with him (and yes i know all the politics involved).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 18, 2014, 10:33:12 PM
no offense taken, i was simply pointing out that our different experiences arn't contradictory in any way.

I agree! It IS totally rediculous, Denver is small, but large enough to support another restaurant.
 That being said, the people who own it would gladly sell it, and are not trying to rip people off. They are good people trying to make it work in a unique market, I don't always agree with how they operate but there isn't any malicious intent.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on February 18, 2014, 11:48:41 PM
I mean at the deli counter, two out three times i ordered there i felt like it was a little old.

The bottom line is that it is the only entirely  kosher store in Denver, which means that sometimes when things are moving slow they will cut corners to be able to stay afloat.(Iv'e noticed similar things in Unger's of Cleveland) 
 For instance they will sometimes sell things that are close to or even past expiration or simply a bit old, like CY milk that is borderline, or if they have a half a roast beef that has been sitting in the fridge for 4 days and has gotten a little crusty and then you decide to order a roast beef sandwich they may just cut of the end and serve it to you.

What i have noticed that in the sit down section they are very careful to keep the quality and freshness impeccable. It may be because they charge more they feel they need to, i don't know, But everything you order there they make fresh for you, and if they can't they will tell you precisely the situation (for instance " we don't have fresh shwarma today, i wouldn't advise it personally")
Ok I got it ,thanks for the explanation.
Normally being the only kosher  restaurant in town I wouldn't expect much, but from what you are saying it is not that bad, I will just stay away from the deli counter
thanks again
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: notanonymous on February 19, 2014, 01:06:55 AM
no offense taken, i was simply pointing out that our different experiences arn't contradictory in any way.

I agree! It IS totally rediculous, Denver is small, but large enough to support another restaurant.
 That being said, the people who own it would gladly sell it, and are not trying to rip people off. They are good people trying to make it work in a unique market, I don't always agree with how they operate but there isn't any malicious intent.
I know them personally.  He has said many times that he is ready to move to Lakewood.  Just needs a buyer.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on February 19, 2014, 08:37:40 AM
no offense taken, i was simply pointing out that our different experiences arn't contradictory in any way.

I agree! It IS totally rediculous, Denver is small, but large enough to support another restaurant.
 That being said, the people who own it would gladly sell it, and are not trying to rip people off. They are good people trying to make it work in a unique market, I don't always agree with how they operate but there isn't any malicious intent.
what you mean they would gladly sell it. And im not going to comment on your next your statement bc i couldnt disagree more but probably shouldnt get into that here.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 19, 2014, 11:22:25 AM
A friend of mine almost bought the store, but in the end it didn't work out. It is no secret that ESKD isn't a very profitable store and the owners would happily sell it and be done with it. I think this fact highlights that the owners are not raking it in at the expense of the customer, rather they are simply trying to stay profitable which at times involves doing things a typical store in lakewood would never do.

I want to make it clear that regardless of my point earlier, i believe that the owners are good ehrliche yidden who are trying their best to provide a service to the community.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on February 19, 2014, 11:25:18 AM
im not going to post anymore about ESKD. But denver is a pretty large community and its amazing that they dont have another decent restaurant.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 19, 2014, 11:38:05 AM
Agreed! I have two friends working on opening a Israeli style Shwarma place if it ever comes to be, i'll let you know here first.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on February 19, 2014, 02:28:03 PM
Agreed! I have two friends working on opening a Israeli style Shwarma place if it ever comes to be, i'll let you know here first.
Wow! Nice! I'd love that! I've been there many times and get bored of ESKD pretty quickly. Though this past summer I was pleasantly surprised to find Brooklyn Pizza. Big improvement over the old pizza place.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on February 19, 2014, 02:56:26 PM
A friend of mine almost bought the store, but in the end it didn't work out. It is no secret that ESKD isn't a very profitable store and the owners would happily sell it and be done with it. I think this fact highlights that the owners are not raking it in at the expense of the customer, rather they are simply trying to stay profitable which at times involves doing things a typical store in lakewood would never do.

I want to make it clear that regardless of my point earlier, i believe that the owners are good ehrliche yidden who are trying their best to provide a service to the community.
I would think they would do well with the grocery store as it is the only place in town, but Restaurants are not something people in-town eat at every day, so you usually need a high volume of business customers to keep profitable.
I for one am glad they exist for my upcoming business trip.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on February 19, 2014, 03:01:05 PM
I would think they would do well with the grocery store as it is the only place in town, but Restaurants are not something people in-town eat at every day, so you usually need a high volume of business customers to keep profitable.
I for one am glad they exist for my upcoming business trip.
you can get kosher meat and chicken in king sooper so it probably cuts into his business. And i know a lot of people who despise shopping there.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YY on February 19, 2014, 03:20:27 PM
you can get kosher meat and chicken in king sooper so it probably cuts into his business. And i know a lot of people who despise shopping there.
I understand, but I used to live in a small city and one really needs to support the local eateries and groceries or one day you wake up and there are none.
Might save a few $$ at supermarket but at what price ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 19, 2014, 03:43:33 PM
I understand, but I used to live in a small city and one really needs to support the local eateries and groceries or one day you wake up and there are none.
Might save a few $$ at supermarket but at what price ?
+1, same thing happened to MSP.  Shop at Costco if you want but realize the true cost.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 19, 2014, 04:41:44 PM
you can get kosher meat and chicken in king sooper so it probably cuts into his business. And i know a lot of people who despise shopping there.
-1
you can get plain chicken or two types of meat at King's but more expensive per pound and according to some the meat is problematic halachically as King's repackages it without a maskiach. Kings doesn't affect the butcher business at all, although the pas yisroel bakeries in King soopers has taken ALOT of bakery business from ESKD
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 19, 2014, 04:44:28 PM
I would think they would do well with the grocery store as it is the only place in town, but Restaurants are not something people in-town eat at every day, so you usually need a high volume of business customers to keep profitable.
I for one am glad they exist for my upcoming business trip.

I wouldn't be nervous about it closing down, ESKD despite it's difficulties is the only kosher store in town that has stood the test of time, there have tens of stores that opened and closed over the years.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: midnightinharlem on March 17, 2014, 12:46:57 PM
Group of 4 looking to ski near Denver Saturday and Sunday. Any deals on lift tickets and hotel? Looking at Breckenridge, Copper, etc.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: penina on May 28, 2014, 03:06:46 AM
they only serve dinner and are very expansive any place to buy some groceries?
whats a nice hotel with a good value to stay in the area? looking to pay up to $200 per night
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Simba run in Vail is very decent and les than $200 in the summer
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 28, 2014, 11:24:14 AM
@penina
check the dates on posts...  :D :D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 28, 2014, 11:41:41 AM
@penina
check the dates on posts...  :D :D
lol was gna point that out...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: penina on May 28, 2014, 03:58:48 PM
lol was gna point that out...


Ye saw it right after I posted  ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 07, 2014, 01:44:41 AM
Trip report:

After five years I got around to making a Shutterfly photo book for my August 2009 trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, so I thought I'll put up a quick pictorial trip report.

Note that this trip was the first time I took 'real' pictures, so the quality definitely isn't up to par. However I still think that there may be some good info for anyone considering a trip up there.

Click on any picture to see it in full resolution.

Day 1:

Approaching the Denver airport:

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Stopping at East Side Kosher Deli to pick up some food:

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Heading north:

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We rented a cabin called the Bee Hive (http://www.fallrivercabins.com/beehive.html) just outside Rocky Mountain National Park, on the outskirts of Estes Park (the town right by the park). It was secluded, rustic, and tiny - absolutely perfect for a mountain vacation.

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The Fall River right in our backyard:

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The inside was small but perfect:

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Plenty of hummingbirds and deer in our backyard:

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Day 2:

Heading into Rocky Mountain National Park:

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Selfie mode, circa 2009:

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Trail Ridge Road is the highest paved road in North America, climbing to 12,183'. It cuts across the park from east to west, and climbs from the forested foothills up to the alpine tundra, and passing many amazing scenic lookouts along the way.

Beginning of the road:

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Rainbow Curve is one of the more spectacular lookouts:

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Chipmunks begging for food at Rainbow Curve:

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This one scored a potato chip as big as his head:

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All this guy got was a tiny seed:

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Clark's Nutcracker:

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Pretty heart-shaped lake:

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Further up the road the landscape changes. The trees start thinning out and give way to the tundra:

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The weather starts getting wilder:

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We stopped at Gore Range overlook, as the weather was turning bad:

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At one point it began snowing (in August!), so we decided to wait out the storm at the Alpine Visitor Center, which sits at 11,796':

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There were plenty of snowdrifts around here, causing some areas to be closed:

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After a while it started to clear, and we headed back down the mountain. Luckily none of the snow ended up sticking:

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Day 3:

Route 7, next to Allenspark, CO:

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ATVing in Roosevelt National Forest.

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Mount Meeker, the second tallest peak in the park, seen from Route 7:

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Sunset from Forest Canyon overlook on Trail Ridge Road:

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Day 4:

Back in Rocky Mountain NP, hiking Lily Ridge Trail around Lily Lake:

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Hiking 6 miles to Mills Lake:

Stopping Alberta Falls:

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Alberta Falls gorge:

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Mills Lake:

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Keyboards of the Wide formation behind the lake. The formation is part of Longs Peak, the tallest mountain in the park at 14,259':

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Heading back:

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Late light over Upper Beaver Meadows and the Continental Divide:

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Deer Mountain:

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Day 5:

Estes Park Aerial Tramway:

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Complete pano (click through for full resolution):

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Very <ahem> tasteful chocolates in the gift shop:

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Back to the park:

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Lawn Lake flood disaster area:

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View from the top:

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Heading up Old Fall River Road. It starts out pretty nice...:

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But pretty soon turns into a terrifying track:

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And then it heads above treeline:

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Elk:

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Hiking up Marmot Point:

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View from the top:

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360-degree pano from the peak of Marmot Point - click through for the full-res version:

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Heading back down via Trail Ridge Road:

View from Medicine Bow Curve overlook:

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Elk:

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Hidden moose:

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Finishing the trip by pouring water into both the Atlantic and Pacific at once:

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Title: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: MC on July 07, 2014, 01:55:00 AM
Your pictures are unreal. I don't know anything about photography and anything I say would probably just sound stupid... so, just wow! :D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 07, 2014, 02:15:04 AM
Thanks for another nice TR.

You sure you didn't miss any trip from 10 years ago? :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 07, 2014, 02:25:12 AM
It's a beautiful world out there.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: penina on July 07, 2014, 09:04:21 AM
Wow. Stunning
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meshugener on July 09, 2014, 03:14:58 PM
Doesn't look that nice in reality. Your pics are unreal.
I gotta go back there and do it all over again - with the SomethingFishy app installed on my Google Glass.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on July 09, 2014, 04:31:32 PM
Thanks for the great tr
And thanks for those stunning pictures
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 09, 2014, 09:10:33 PM
Doesn't look that nice in reality. Your pics are unreal.
I gotta go back there and do it all over again - with the SomethingFishy app installed on my Google Glass.

Lol
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 09, 2014, 09:16:25 PM
Lol
Which camera did u use ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 09, 2014, 09:16:53 PM
Which camera did u use ?

Nikon D90.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 09, 2014, 09:18:42 PM
Nikon D90.
really beautiful. Do u use that camera at the DO's ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 09, 2014, 09:19:23 PM
really beautiful. Do u use that camera at the DO's ?

That camera is long gone. It's a D600/D800 these days.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 10, 2014, 03:38:59 AM
Doesn't look that nice in reality. Your pics are unreal.
I gotta go back there and do it all over again - with the SomethingFishy app installed on my Google Glass.
-1
I think these pictures while amazing, don't quite catch the jaw dropping beauty of trail ridge road...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on July 10, 2014, 10:32:48 AM
went there last year,
planning some other scenic trip out there for this summer.

but I have to say, that after seeing this, I must go again..

guys, before going anywhere, pictures like these need to be seen....

just wow !
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 10, 2014, 10:37:08 AM
guys, before going anywhere, pictures like these need to be seen....
Not so sure about that. SF could go to Syria & bring back stunning pictures.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: norma on July 16, 2014, 10:25:30 PM
Nikon D90.

Beautiful.  What lens?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mek on July 16, 2014, 11:47:52 PM
Amazing sun star on pic 5977. I noticed the shutter speed was 1/200. Is it necessary to have that quick of a shutter with such a small aperture? Also can I do that with a 16-50mm or do I need a wider lens? 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 17, 2014, 01:00:21 AM
Beautiful.  What lens?

Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, Nikon 50 f/1.8, and Nikon 180 f/2.8.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 17, 2014, 01:10:52 AM
Amazing sun star on pic 5977. I noticed the shutter speed was 1/200. Is it necessary to have that quick of a shutter with such a small aperture? Also can I do that with a 16-50mm or do I need a wider lens?

In order to get a sunstar you set the lens to the smallest aperture. Since the aperture was so small, I had to use a relatively slow shutter speed to let in enough light.

You could do this with any lens - the only thing your need is a small aperture setting. The number of aperture blades (found in the lens specs) is what determines what the star looks like. If your lens has an even number of blades, you'll have the same number of rays, but if the lens has an odd number of blades you'll have double the rays (physics is weird). The Tokina 11-16mm lens has 9 aperture blades, my sunstar has 18 rays.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mek on July 17, 2014, 11:52:38 AM
In order to get a sunstar you set the lens to the smallest aperture. Since the aperture was so small, I had to use a relatively slow shutter speed to let in enough light.

You could do this with any lens - the only thing your need is a small aperture setting. The number of aperture blades (found in the lens specs) is what determines what the star looks like. If your lens has an even number of blades, you'll have the same number of rays, but if the lens has an odd number of blades you'll have double the rays (physics is weird). The Tokina 11-16mm lens has 9 aperture blades, my sunstar has 18 rays.

ok thanks! Cant wait to try it out
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 12, 2014, 12:47:50 PM
Haven't really written any TRs from my short trips to Denver, so I figure now's a good time to write one while I'm here once again.

My wife is from Denver, hence the several short trips here. Incredibly, she is a 6th-generation Denverite, hjer great great great something coming over in a covered wagon. So yeah, I've been to Denver a few times now since we were dating last summer, but when you come for Shabbos/Yom Tov, there isn't really a lot of time for sight-seeing.

We did take a day trip to Vail last summer and checked out the cute Vail Village, which is an area of little shops and restaurants. There is a Haagen Dazs there but not sure what the deal is kashrus-wise as the store itself doesn't have a hechsher but HD ice cream products are OU. We took a gondola ride up a mountain there and there were some beautiful views up there as well as a few summer activities to do.
(http://i.imgur.com/vNYMqtt.jpg?1)
Anyway, on to this trip!

Day One - Monday
As usual, we flew SW from NY. I forgot to add my wife as my Companion to the ticket when I booked it and when I went to checkin on Sunday, the day before we left, I realized I didn't have a confirmation code for her... because she had no ticket! I frantically worked with my FIL to find her a ticket and after trying a few options, 2 seats opened up on SW from LGA-DEN, so I cancelled the original EWR flight (that was cheap because I booked it before the summer) and jumped on those seats with my points. Unfortunately because of my mistake, it turned out to be our most expensive points trip yet costing 34.5K for the RT. As SW awards are based on the dollar value of the ticket, I don't think it was a "bad" value. We otherwise would have paid the equivalent in dollars if we didn't use the points. Lesson learned: add the companion right away, and of course, always book SW flights as early as you can.

We drove to my friend's house in Queens, parked in his driveway, and he graciously drove us to LGA - nice guy! I believe this was my first time flying out of LGA and I was not impressed at all. It definitely fits the picture of an airline stuck in the middle of NYC. It's narrow and old-styled and it was incredibly cramped at the gates. We had UA Club passes, but the UA lounge was before security! I don't understand that, as you don't know how long the security line will be so you don't know when to leave the lounge. Because of that concern, we went through security to the gate and sat there for 1.5 hours. :-/

Getting the ticket last minute meant late boarding, but even at B32, I was able to secure to seats next to each other on the plane b"h. I found out on the plane that the free hot cocoa on SW flights is Nestle and has an OU-D, so that was exciting! Flight was pretty uneventful (a good thing), we had more Jews on our flight than any DEN flight before, and finally we landed in DEN. DEN is interesting as the 3 terminals are only connected to each other via an underground train. As you taxi, you see 4 separate buildings - the 3 terminals and the main baggage claim/security building (whose roof is built to look like snow white-capped mountains but kinda looks like white tents) - with nothing connecting them other than the underground train. SW lands in terminal C, so you have to go downstairs and take the train past the other terminals on the way to baggage claim. Not too confusing once you know your way around. We picked up our bags as we saw a few boxes packed from Pomegranate sliding around the conveyor belt (would have been smart for those people to find out there's Kosher food in Denver before they left) and we were out!

My awesome FIL took his lunch break to come get us from DEN and drive us the 20-25 minutes to the east side Jewish community (the modern side of town; west side is the Yeshivish community and southeast is the Aish community). We surprised my BIL who didn't know we were coming to hang out with him before he goes off to Israel for the year. That's the 3rd time my trip to Denver was a surprise for someone. Guess we like surprising people.

We hung around my inlaws for a while, saw our wedding proofs for the first time, and shot around some ball in the backyard. When my MIL got home from work, we went out to the one fleishig restaurant, the East Side Kosher Deli. It's the only Kosher grocery in town and has a restaurant in the back. Not a fancy place, but I think it's pretty good food, although a bit expensive. I would say the food comes decently fast and the service is friendly although it always seems to be a busy night when we go, so the waiter/ress were kinda harried. I had the bourbon burger and really liked it.

After dinner, we stopped off at King Soopers, a supermarket that has a nice Kosher section. Better than the Kosher section, though, is that the entire bakery there is Kosher!

After King Soopers, we went Mincha/Maariv at EDOS - East Denver Orthodox Synagogue. The Shul is under renovation and so far it's coming out beautifully! Believe it or not, but there was actually a small DO at EDOS - MEIR613 was there! We knew from the Airport DO thread that we were both going to be in Denver at the same time, and it was impressive that he found me in Shul. He may have first thought I was Yehoshua ;) but after a minute, we figured it out and shmoozed for a bit.

That's all for day one!

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 12, 2014, 01:02:21 PM
Only one pic for day one ? That's not like you :). Waiting for the rest. The last time I used LGA was after some airport incident & it looked like I was entering an army post.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 12, 2014, 01:18:12 PM
Only one pic for day one ? That's not like you :). Waiting for the rest. The last time I used LGA was after some airport incident & it looked like I was entering an army post.
That pic is from last year. Read the post better :-p
We didn't do anything pic-worthy on day 1.
Was expecting a comment like "oh you have time to TR Denver and not Europe??" ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 12, 2014, 01:25:55 PM
That pic is from last year. Read the post better :-p
We didn't do anything pic-worthy on day 1.
Was expecting a comment like "oh you have time to TR Denver and not Europe??" ;)
You're the best when it comes to TR's.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 12, 2014, 02:21:12 PM
You're the best when it comes to TR's.
Awwww
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ephraimh on August 12, 2014, 11:49:05 PM

we went out to the one fleishig restaurant, the East Side Kosher Deli. It's the only Kosher grocery in town and has a restaurant in the back. Not a fancy place, but I think it's pretty good food, although a bit expensive. I would say the food comes decently fast and the service is friendly although it always seems to be a busy night when we go, so the waiter/ress were kinda harried. I had the bourbon burger and really liked it.
Stopped by that place on the way back from Vail before heading to the airport, must say their sushi was delicious! I just felt it during the entire flight... But I guess that was part of the deal.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Am on August 14, 2014, 10:53:16 PM
Are there any hotels in or near the frum neighborhood to stay for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on August 15, 2014, 12:16:12 AM
Are there any hotels in or near the frum neighborhood to stay for Shabbos?

Yes, on the east side there are some.  There closest to the chabad and a little bit further for the other shuls.
Staybridge Suites - 303 321 5757
Homestead Village - 303 388 3880
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on August 15, 2014, 12:16:42 AM
Are there any hotels in or near the frum neighborhood to stay for Shabbos?
Btw, there are a few frum neighborhoods
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 15, 2014, 12:28:06 AM
Yes, on the east side there are some.  There closest to the chabad and a little bit further for the other shuls.
Staybridge Suites - 303 321 5757
Homestead Village - 303 388 3880
How long of a walk to the chabad shul ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on August 15, 2014, 01:21:21 AM
How long of a walk to the chabad shul ?

Maybe 10 minutes or so, call them its called Bais Menachem, Rabbi Engel they would know best.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 15, 2014, 09:18:29 AM
How long of a walk to the chabad shul ?
its also about a 30 maybe 40 minute walk to one of the other shuls GMIYF
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2014, 10:23:41 AM
Day 2 - Tuesday

MEIR613 and his family as well my family tried to put together a late Shacharis Minyan, but alas, we could get 9 'yesses', so we settled for going back to EDOS for 6:45 Shacharis. :( After Shul we chilled at the house for a bit while getting ready to go on our 2 day trip to the mountains. We packed up the car and headed out a bit before noon. Rockies here we come!

Our first stop was Coors Factory in Golden, CO about 25 minutes from Denver (and on the way to the mountains). Surprisingly, my FIL had never been here, but my wife had been - about 6 times in her life lol. First off, Coors is free! You grab your audio guide and begin with a history of the Adolf Coors and his brewery. Next you begin the tour of the factory, which is actually a still-working factory! That means that when you look down through the glass, you see real beer brewing and workers working. The guide takes you through the steps of the brewing process and halfway through the tour, you get your first sample of beer, a choice between Coors Banquet (original) and Coors Light, both of which are from batches that have never left the factory. I went for Banquet here and the fresh beer was a million times better than beer from a store. I'm not a big drinker, especially beer because of the taste, but this was really good, probably due to the freshness. You continue through the factory, listening to the audio guide and seeing actual cans going through conveyor belts and being packed into boxes. Much cooler than Hershey's Factory where it's all fake. After the tour, you end up in bar where you can have up to 3 samples of beer, this time in much larger glasses. :) They probably had about 8 beers on tap, but we just went for the ones we knew to be Kosher. I know, "all non-flavored beer is Kosher" but with the recent CRC list knocking off so many drinks that everyone always thought was Kosher, we wanted to play it safe here. I tried Coors Light, Blue Moon (think the original flavor), and George Killian's Irish Red. All were good and clearly had different flavors, but the easy-to-drink Blue Moon was probably my favorite. Off we went to the gift shop to pick up our shot glass!

Having recently gone to the Jameson Factory in Dublin (wish I could link that but we all know how slow I am with TRs), I wanted to compare the 2 experiences. I wouldn't say one was better than the other, but here are some things I noticed. Coors was free and Jameson was about $15 a person. Coors was in the real factory, Jameson was in the same complex as the factory, but was just a "show" put up for tour purposes - although it wasn't set up to pretend to be a real tour like Hershey's; it's clearly not trying to fake it. Coors had a better gift shop and more free alcohol :) Jameson only gave a choice between 1 shot or a glass of Jameson mixed with ginger ale. So far, things look like I'm favoring Coors, but there was one huge thing going to Jameson - a live tour guide. The guide had a super strong Irish accent and really, really brought you into the way whisky is made. (To my surprise, a lot of the steps are similar to how beer is made.) Listening to Coors' audio guide was nice, but the factory process was explained so much better at Jameson.

Anyway, both were fun (not that anyone asked for a comparison) and here are some pics from Coors!

Outside the factory:
(http://i.imgur.com/2I49aX8.jpg?2)

Cool display of barrels with the different varieties:
(http://i.imgur.com/JwebCqG.jpg?1)

Copper kettles brewing beer:
(http://i.imgur.com/xoAX2gf.jpg?1)

Old school:
(http://i.imgur.com/CeMJEDJ.jpg?1)

The awesomeness of Colorado; always having the mountains in the background when taking a picture:
(http://i.imgur.com/aXOKzXj.jpg?1)

After Coors, we basically crossed the street to ascend Lookout Mountain headings towards Buffalo Bill's Grave and Museum for a real Colorado experience. The views as we were driving up the curving road were gorgeous.
(http://i.imgur.com/e4ZfkTW.jpg?1)

The city of Golden, from above:
(http://i.imgur.com/2cuzl5Q.jpg?1)

View from the Buffalo Bill's:
(http://i.imgur.com/kXnA3fi.jpg?1)
When we got to Buffalo Bill's, we ate our sandwich lunch at the picnic tables outside. After lunch we went in - entrance fees were $5 for adults and $1 for kids (not sure what age was a kid).
Buffalo Bill's (back entrance which we winded up walking in from):
(http://i.imgur.com/dYD3LsX.jpg?1)
Let me explain who Buffalo Bill was. Buffalo was a cowboy. A real, Colorado cowboy. He took his skills and turned them into a Wild West Show. Lasso tricks, gun tricks, horses - he even got Indians to join his show. The place had a very authentic Colorado feel to it. Even though BB's story is cool, I wasn't too interested in reading all the exhibits, rather I enjoyed looking at all the things they had on display, like guns, buffalo taxidermy, cowboy clothing, and Indian headgear. They also had a section where you could try on cowboy clothing and get on a fake horse. The place wasn't very big but it was cute/fun to go through. When you leave, you head around back and follow the path to see his grave. He wanted to be buried up the mountain and that's what he got, along with his wife next to him.
Buffalo Bill's grave:
(http://i.imgur.com/A2McfD2.jpg?1)

Next, we headed back down Lookout Mountain and got on the highway to head for Vail! Unlike last year, we were actually spending the night in Vail. It is common for people to rent out condos when they go up there (as opposed to a hotel room) and so we stayed Montaneros. One employee had a shirt that said Wyndham in small letters, so I guess it was affiliated with Wyndham, but otherwise it seemed to just be a standalone hotel/resort. Not sure how much they paid for it, sorry, but it was awesome. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a full kitchen, a porch with a grill and a large dining room/living room. Some pics:
(http://i.imgur.com/QPh4YMg.jpg?2)

(http://i.imgur.com/ctJYU48.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/TOwtqvd.jpg?1)
We brought our own grill with us and my FIL started the BBQ. We ate dinner, made smores (YUUUUM!!!) and then watched Inside Man. Most of us fell asleep before it was over and that was Day 2!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2014, 07:11:53 PM
Day 3 - Wednesday

We found out that Chabad of Vail (http://jewishvail.com) was only 5 minutes from our condo and was having a Shacharis Minyan! It was even at 8AM - a real pleasure compared to 6:45 EDOS! You can check out their website to see their Minyan Maker - a calendar of Minyanim that you can add yourself to and see a running count of how many people signed up for those Minyanim to see if there will be 10 or not - great idea! The Shul is basically a conference room/shopfront in the lobby of a different condo complex and probably had about 50 people for Shacharis! We were really surprised/impressed.

After Shacharis, we went back to our place, ate breakfast, packed up and finished watching Inside Man. We then checked out and decided to walk around the area before heading off for the day. As opposed to last year when we visited Vail Village, this year we were sleeping in Lionshead (the "village" next to VV) so we just walked around this area. The town is gorgeous and movie-esque. Take a look:
(http://i.imgur.com/mdWvT2H.jpg?2)

(http://i.imgur.com/m7bwzOx.jpg?1)

Hummingbirds!
(http://i.imgur.com/JWoLgeS.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/DyRmNlz.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/jFzgSkS.jpg?1)

Lionshead is where you'd go for a gondola ride (not a la Venice) up the mountain for skiing in the winter:
(http://i.imgur.com/oZ0vMkL.jpg?1)

After walking around/shopping for a bit, we got in the car and headed for Piney River Ranch horseback riding! The GPS has it at 10 minutes away because within 10 minutes from Vail you'll get to the... dirt road (!) where the GPS thinks it is. We called up the ranch and found out you have to go on that road for about 12 miles which is about 45 minutes. How does that make sense? We quickly found out. Going up a narrow, dirt road climbing up a mountain right at the edge is quite an experience. We couldn't go much faster than 20MPH for safety purposes (in a minivan) and it was a crazy bumpy ride. There are very few signs assuring you that you're going in the right direction, but after crossing a muddy/swampy patch, we found a sign that told us we were just another 2 miles away. LOL Thank G-d we made it there fine, and the one benefit of this trip was the breathtaking views we had as we climbed...
(http://i.imgur.com/velL8Ri.jpg?1)

We pulled over and got out once we saw this view:
(http://i.imgur.com/TkGwAxM.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/qte4MlF.jpg?1)

Besides for horseback riding, Piney River Ranch has a beautiful lake to go boating and fishing in (you could even see moose at the other side of the lake) and there are hiking trails and camping options.
Cabin at the ranch:
(http://i.imgur.com/mwVcm2v.jpg?1)

My favorite picture of the trip so far. Seeing this view of the lake and surrounding mountains really did it for me in terms of beholding Colorado's beauty and seeing G-d's beauty in this world. I have a simple iPhone 5, but I hope you can enjoy it nonetheless:
(http://i.imgur.com/4H7eIlk.jpg?1)

I don't know how much horseback riding was (inlaws paid :)), but it was my first time and a lot of fun! We chose the 1 hour option and went out to the stable. Out guide, Ty, was mamash a real cowboy. (I don't use mamash lightly.) He had the full garb, but not just for show, it was all used and broken in. He lives in the mountains, and besides for this job, he also leads packs of mule and repairs 100-mile stretches of fence on horseback. A great personality. He taught us how to ride for a little while and then the hour ride began. There were 2 other people besides our family on the tour, and we followed a trail up and down the mountains, spotting some deer on the way. 1 hour was perfect as your thighs really begin to get sore, and it would have gotten boring if we continued on as the horses were just walking - there wasn't any sort of crazy galloping action (which was probably a good thing). As cliche/cheesy as this sounds, I'll say it anyway... I really tried to take a moment while riding (I was in the back of the pack) through the thick Aspen-filled forest to just look around me and take in G-d's wonder, something much harder to do in NYC (even though tall skyscrapers are, of course, the work of G-d through man). It was really powerful. Okay enough on that and onto the story! We finished the tour and went to the car to eat a late sandwich lunch. The place officially doesn't allow you to bring in your own food (they have a restaurant) so we ate in the car and then drove back down the mountain. Funny how things feel much faster/less scary on the way back always once you know really how far/rough it is you have to go. We got down the mountain and drove the 1.5-2 hours back to Denver.

We went to Mincha/Maariv at EDOS and when we got back we had pizza from Brooklyn Pizza for dinner. Brooklyn Pizza is the only dairy Kosher place in Denver, and my opinion of it is different every time I have it. I imagine that's because they must be switching their recipe because I don't think it always tastes the same. The first time I had it, I could barely eat it. But this time, it was fine except that I think they use a weird sauce. I added some spices to it to give it more flavor. Anyway, Denverites like it, but they don't really have what to compare to. ;) (The store itself is nice and modern, but we didn't go in on this trip.)

... and that's day 3!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 17, 2014, 07:48:00 PM
After the tour, you end up in bar where you can have up to 3 samples of beer, this time in much larger glasses. :) They probably had about 8 beers on tap, but we just went for the ones we knew to be Kosher. I know, "all non-flavored beer is Kosher" but with the recent CRC list knocking off so many drinks that everyone always thought was Kosher, we wanted to play it safe here.
just FYI, ALL coors products have an OU. They refuse to make a product that can't be certified OU.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 17, 2014, 08:57:28 PM
just FYI, ALL coors products have an OU. They refuse to make a product that can't be certified OU.
Cool to know but these other drinks weren't "Coors" I don't think. It seems like Coors has merged with Miller and other brands and some of the drinks on tap to be "others".
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 17, 2014, 09:38:14 PM
i believe it's the same deal. While they did merge with miller, i think anything they produce in their factory/s must be kosher and they only serve the local stuff, like batch 19, third shift, etc.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 17, 2014, 11:36:52 PM
Day 4 - Thursday

After graciously taking off 2 days to go up with us to Vail, my inlaws now had to go back to work, which meant we were on our own for daily activities from here out. After Davening and breakfast, we packed up sandwiches and headed for the Denver Zoo, taking along my wife's teenage brother and sister. The zoo is about 15 minutes from the Jewish community, and entrance is $15 pp over the age of 12 (I believe). Once again, a thanks goes out to my inlaws for sending us. :) The zoo is very large IMO but, as opposed to the zoo in Washington D.C. where you could walk for a while just to get to the next exhibit, in Denver there is a new exhibit every few steps. I was most impressed with the quantity of animals per exhibit, meaning there usually wasn't just one of each animal. There were 4 giraffes, 6-7 penguins, 5 apes, etc. There was also a cool exhibit with Leerikeets brought in from Australia. I think they're a type of parrot, and they were beautiful. The exhibit was an enclosure that you could enter and be with them flying around. You could buy a cup of nectar for $1 to feed them, but as soon as we walked in people offered us their leftover nectar plus everyone was leaving their leftovers on the lid of the trash can for the next guy to use. We also got to catch a few minutes of the elephant and sea lion shows. We also classically saw a bunch of Jews in the zoo throughout the day, including a couple that was on our flight (what are the odds they'd be there at the same time?). There were plenty of spots to sit down on the grass/benches for lunch. There's also a train and carousel you can pay extra for if the kids want a ride. We spent about 4 hours there and finished off in the gift shop where they had a machine to buy flavored sugar tubes that had the Atlanta Hechsher. Some pics:
Black bear
(http://i.imgur.com/2wEgert.jpg?1)
Ape
(http://i.imgur.com/2p6B84I.jpg?1)
Leerikeet
(http://i.imgur.com/GpPKfYQ.jpg?1)
Check out that wingspan!
(http://i.imgur.com/6BFTexg.jpg?1)
Penguins!
(http://i.imgur.com/evJE4CM.jpg?1)
Elephant
(http://i.imgur.com/o3IlT3T.jpg?1)
Giraffe
(http://i.imgur.com/fejjBXH.jpg?1)

After the zoo, we headed home and hung out, had dinner, went to Mincha/Maariv and then went bowling at AMF Monaco Lanes. I don't know the normal prices or whatnot, but at least in the summer at night, it was $12 pp including shoes for 2 hours of bowling (no limit on the number of games you can play). This obviously won't apply to the Denver visitor, but it's cool to know that my sister and brother in law were home all summer, so they bought summer passes to the bowling alley which were about $30 pp and came with 3 games and shoes every day of the summer, an incredible deal. A bunch of other Jews were at bowling and, of course, ended up in the lane next to us. :) We headed home and that was day 4!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 18, 2014, 04:51:20 PM
Day 5 - Friday

We were not about to let Friday go to waste just because it was a Friday, so after Shul and breakfast, we were off to Boulder to the Celestial Seasoning Tea Factory! Less than hour from Denver we got there in time for their on-the-hour tour, and just like Coors, it was... free! You start off in a tea lounge type of room where you get your "ticket" - a small package of tea! You're given a cup to sample a few teas (both hot and cold) that are set up in the lounge until your tour starts. I paused for a moment about using their "non-Kosher" ceramic cups to sample the tea, until my wife reminded me that these sampling cups are just used for their tea which is all Kosher! We tried a few flavors and about 10 minutes later it was time for the tour. The tour begins with a 10 minute video of the history of the factory and background info, etc. After the video they give everyone hairnets (and some people beardnets!) because the tour takes place on the actual factory floor! That part was really cool - walking through the factory while the workers were working and the conveyor belts were packing tea boxes. The smells in the factory were sooo powerful and wonderful. We learned that their most popular drink, Sleepytime, is not actually a tea as the one plant in the world that produces tea is not in Sleepytime! Rather, it's some other sort of herbal something (I forgot what they called it), but after people were confused, they changed the boxes to just say herbal tea even though it's not actually tea. We also learned that decaf tea still has about 5% of caffeine in it, as the decaffeination process is not perfect. You go into a sealed room called the Mint Room, which has the most powerful smell in the whole place and is sealed so the smell doesn't affect the other herbs. The peppermint smell clears out your sinuses like you can't believe, but it's yum IMO. :) Then you get to see all the different conveyor belts shooting tea boxes around the room, getting sealed, and packed onto pallets. It's really cool to watch all that from a foot away. You end off in the gift shop where there was a rack of Tznius skirts for $22. My wife now owns a skirt from the Celestial Seasonings Factory lol.
Celestial Seasonings:
(http://i.imgur.com/a24wfTV.jpg?1)

After the tour, we headed back to Denver and went to the heavenly Bonnie Brae Ice Cream store.
(http://i.imgur.com/T40i9fg.jpg?1)
When you walk into the store, you are overcome by the most powerful, awesome ice cream smell you will probably ever smell in your life. All the ice cream is homemade in this cute, homey store and you can even check out the board to see who made that day's flavors (i.e. they're made fresh daily). The ice cream is hands-down the best ice cream I have ever had in my life. It's not even close to anything I've ever tasted. I'm not the only one that thinks so, as a wall proudly displays tens of plaques listing them as being in the top homemade ice cream stores in the country. But you don't need to trust People Magazine, just trust me. The store is almost entirely Kosher under the Denver Scroll-K (dairy, 99% sure cholov stam). Individual flavors either have the logo or don't next to their respective labels/tubs (most have it), and if you ask to see the Kosher certification (which sits proudly above the fountain soda machine) they will gladly give it to you and you can see exactly what's Kosher. The sugar and cake cones are, but their homemade waffle cones are not. Many toppings are, just check the paper before you buy. Their portions are also just incredibly ginormous! 1 scoop is MORE than enough and costs about $3.25 with tax.
Well, that's Bonnie Brae. If you don't keep C"Y and are in Denver, you'd be remiss to miss it.

After ice cream, we went home and got ready for Shabbos. We Davened at EDOS and my wife's aunt and uncle (who also live in Denver) came over for dinner. A great day 5!

Day 6 - Shabbos
Shacharis at EDOS was at 9AM (finally got to sleep in) and then we joined the community for lunch at the Shul. Shabbos was relaxing and the 20-25 minute walk to EDOS was very pleasant. OOT is nice in that regard.
Motzai Shabbos we rented 10,000 BC off the TV and made root beer floats. Pretty awesome.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 25, 2014, 10:48:12 AM
Day 7 – Sunday

After Shacharis and breakfast, we headed off to Cave of the Winds about an hour and a quarter away from Denver. When you get off the highway, you go onto an insanely curvy road up the mountain, similar to one at Piney River Ranch, but at least this time it was paved and not dirt. :) At the top there were, of course, some beautiful views:
(http://i.imgur.com/NeIsXT4.jpg?2)

(http://i.imgur.com/NciwyYR.jpg?1)
We got on line and found out about the 2 tour options. The Lantern Tour is a 1.5 hour tour going through the darkest parts of the cave holding – you guessed it – lanterns. The Discovery Tour is 45 minutes and a bit more family-friendly/easier to do. The hourly Lantern Tour was sold out for the next 2 hours and, although the Discovery Tour runs quite frequently, it was still sold out for the next hour. We (my inlaws ;)) bought tickets for the next Discovery Tour – a bit steep at $20 pp and then we walked around the area until it was our turn. They have several activities for children: a 2-person zipline, a ropes course (that partially hung over the cliff!), a climbing maze thing and some electronic hit-the-flashing-lights game. I think the maze was free, but the zipline and ropes course were $20 per kid for unlimited entry on those 2 activities. The lights game was more of a family thing (you play with 2 teams) and cost only $2.
(http://i.imgur.com/JOGoaWU.jpg?2)

(http://i.imgur.com/9HuVgSv.jpg?1)
We looked around at those things, but then just decided to eat our sandwich lunch (had a lot of those this week :)) in the restaurant area and check out the gift shop. Another very Coloradan store (which I love) and, surprisingly, they had a bunch of racks that were 50% off so we picked up a few souvenirs. Out back behind the gift shop was another ride called the Terror-Dactyl, which was just insane. I believe it cost $50 to ride, and here’s how it works: 2 people get in a seat that’s hooked up to a rope that’s strung over the edge of the cliff across the canyon below and tied onto the mountain on the other side of the canyon. The floor below the riders swings open leaving them hanging over the edge. The slowly start tilting forward and then it happens. The seat just drops into the canyon with the riders swinging across almost the entire canyon (looking as if they’ll hit the next mountain) and then they swing back and forth a couple of times. If you’re a thrill seeker with cash, this ride's for you. Was terrifying just watching it. Anyway, onto the actual cave tour!

They called our tour and about 15 people gathered with a very enthusiastic guide, and we headed in.
(http://i.imgur.com/N7gYZv6.jpg?1)
We learned about the cave's discovery by some kids that were just playing around and how the original tour in the 1880’s took 8 hours, since the cave was only open enough for crawling – 4 hours of crawling till the end and then 4 hours going back the same exact way! Thankfully, the cave has been expanded a bit and you can walk through a lot of it, only having to duck once in a while. The guide shows you the different types of stalactites that have formed, and in one “room” he turns off the electric lights so you can experience almost complete darkness. You literally could not see your hand if you waved it in front of your face. Was a fun, cool tour but yeah, it could get expensive with a large family. Unfortunately, besides for being dark, the camera would never fully focus in the cave, so none of our pictures are great, but here are some:
(http://i.imgur.com/8XDu5HF.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/646qnFd.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ffkqrdd.jpg?1)
After the tour, we headed back to Denver and got there in time for a BBQ at EDOS, went home for a bit before Mincha/Maariv, went to Shul and then just hung out at the house for the night… day 7!

Day 8 - Monday

We were planning to spend the day at 7 Falls, a site where you climb up a mountain via outdoor stairs and watch 7 waterfalls that come down the mountain, but it’s about 1.5 hours from Denver and we were kinda tired from all the busy activities we had done the past week. We also had to be near a computer to checkin for our SW flight at 11AM, so that kinda broke up the day. My inlaws were back at work, so after we checked in for the flight, we decided to just go to the Cherry Creek mall and hang out there for a while – a nice chill day. We then went back to the house, had a nice Parve dinner (you'll see why in a second), went to Mincha/Maariv, and then went to Bonnie Brae for dessert. Can’t get enough of this place. After reading their Kosher list last time, we found out the banana split was good to go. We also did some math and realized that 1 scoop is about $3.25 and a banana split is about $5.75 and comes with 3 scoops thereby actually getting you more for your money – who wudda thought? My wife and I split the split with vanilla, cookie dough and mint chocolate chip, surrounded by 2 slices of banana, covered in hot fudge, whipped cream on each scoop and a cherry perched on top of each mound of ice cream. Yes, there's a pic:
(http://i.imgur.com/nTKI5TP.jpg?1)
Was heavenly. We went back home, packed up and called it a night. In the morning, we went to EDOS, had some breakfast, packed food for the plane and went to the airport. Unfortunately, I left my iPhone in my FIL's car as we got our luggage out and we went home without my phone. :( Fortunately, he's coming into NY on Sunday iy"h so I can get it back then. Checking in was otherwise smooth, and since we had about 1 hr 40 min, we decided to take the airport train to Terminal B (we were flying SW from C) to check out the UA lounge. Terminal B must be the UA Terminal because there are 2 lounges here. We picked one (using 2 Club passes) and found ourselves a some seats. The lounge was nice, had Ghiradelli's hot chocolate (OU-D), but was the only lounge we've been in that didn't have sodas and charged for alcoholic drinks. We stayed for a bit and gave ourselves plenty of time to catch the train to Terminal C and get to our gate. The flight to LGA was uneventful (of course a good thing), and we enjoyed B13 and B26 boarding from the SW auto-checkin (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=37489.msg724066#msg724066). We had a bunch of the free snacks as the Chips Ahoy and Ritz cheese crackers had OU-Ds on them. LGA was as gross as we left it, but we got our bags and got a ride from our friend back to his house to pick up our car. We presented him with a personalized Colorado sheriff's badge we picked up in a gift shop... and that was Denver Summer 2014!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on August 25, 2014, 12:50:02 PM
Wow @yehuda your trip reports are amazing..
Lucky you that you made it up piney Lake road without an issue, I was there last year and got a flat tire. It wasn't even from a rock, it was a massive bolt- what a waste of a dirt road
The lake at the end is indeed georgous!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 25, 2014, 01:53:45 PM
Wow @yehuda your trip reports are amazing..
Lucky you that you made it up piney Lake road without an issue, I was there last year and got a flat tire. It wasn't even from a rock, it was a massive bolt- what a waste of a dirt road
The lake at the end is indeed georgous!!
Thanks, I appreciate it :)
Wow, that's terrible! But after experiencing that road, I'm not surprised.
Agreed, as I think I wrote above, it was my most beautiful picture from the trip.
Title: U.S. ROCKIES SKIING!! REWARD HOTELS??
Post by: zee on January 17, 2015, 03:14:20 PM
Wow! I actually went through the entire thread hoping to find some info on getting to the rockies and lodging there on points, and not a word  :(

Any suggestions?

I would like to swing by on my way back from IL. I already see I can fly with Avios from TXL to ORD, and then on to DEN. Now i need some tips for lodging. Any suggestions for good hotels, or inexpensive-point-redemptions near any ski resorts?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on January 17, 2015, 06:20:13 PM
@Yehuda love your TR! I've been to DEN a bunch of times but it seems like I still have a whole lot to check out...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 17, 2015, 07:41:27 PM
@Yehuda love your TR! I've been to DEN a bunch of times but it seems like I still have a whole lot to check out...
Thanks! :)
Oh yeah? What brings you there?

Wow! I actually went through the entire thread hoping to find some info on getting to the rockies and lodging there on points, and not a word  :(

Any suggestions?

I would like to swing by on my way back from IL. I already see I can fly with Avios from TXL to ORD, and then on to DEN. Now i need some tips for lodging. Any suggestions for good hotels, or inexpensive-point-redemptions near any ski resorts?

Btw don't mean to ignore your post, zee, but I don't know anything about points hotels near the skiing cities. Also, DEN is out of the way from TXL-ORD, no?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 22, 2015, 09:11:27 PM
Just an fyi to anyone who might be visiting Denver now or anytime in the near future, a new kosher eatery opened in southeast.  Its called gathering grounds and its a dairy place.  The menu isn't so big yet so far theres pastries, sandwiches/panninis and some breakfast options.  Additionally, a lot of variety of coffee.  I had a grilled veggie pannini so far and it was super delicious.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  Furthermore, they have a whole wall of games so you can play and hang out there for awhile.  They plan on opening up another store on the west side as well as a food truck I believe near downtown. 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 23, 2015, 07:23:13 AM
Just an fyi to anyone who might be visiting Denver now or anytime in the near future, a new kosher eatery opened in southeast.  Its called gathering grounds and its a dairy place.  The menu isn't so big yet so far theres pastries, sandwiches/panninis and some breakfast options.  Additionally, a lot of variety of coffee.  I had a grilled veggie pannini so far and it was super delicious.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  Furthermore, they have a whole wall of games so you can play and hang out there for awhile.  They plan on opening up another store on the west side as well as a food truck I believe near downtown.
NICE! I gotta tell my wife. And just added to wiki.
Title: Re: U.S. ROCKIES SKIING!! REWARD HOTELS??
Post by: myb821 on January 23, 2015, 07:51:01 AM
Wow! I actually went through the entire thread hoping to find some info on getting to the rockies and lodging there on points, and not a word  :(

Any suggestions?

I would like to swing by on my way back from IL. I already see I can fly with Avios from TXL to ORD, and then on to DEN. Now i need some tips for lodging. Any suggestions for good hotels, or inexpensive-point-redemptions near any ski resorts?
a great place to use pointa is the Park hyatt beaver creek. It is ski in ski out but it is not cheap, i think 25k per night. If you have hyatt free nights that is a good use. there are also a bunch of marriots around vail and beaver creek IIRC.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 23, 2015, 07:53:36 AM
Just an fyi to anyone who might be visiting Denver now or anytime in the near future, a new kosher eatery opened in southeast.  Its called gathering grounds and its a dairy place.  The menu isn't so big yet so far theres pastries, sandwiches/panninis and some breakfast options.  Additionally, a lot of variety of coffee.  I had a grilled veggie pannini so far and it was super delicious.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  Furthermore, they have a whole wall of games so you can play and hang out there for awhile.  They plan on opening up another store on the west side as well as a food truck I believe near downtown.
whose hashgacha is it? I cant find any info on their website http://www.gatheringgrounds.co/#!about/cyvh
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 23, 2015, 08:17:44 AM
whose hashgacha is it? I cant find any info on their website http://www.gatheringgrounds.co/#!about/cyvh
The Vaad of Denver has a monopoly on Hashgachos there. I would imagine it's under them? Although perhaps that should be verified before I added it to the wiki.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 23, 2015, 08:33:32 AM
The Vaad of Denver has a monopoly on Hashgachos there. I would imagine it's under them? Although perhaps that should be verified before I added it to the wiki.
I am aware of that I was just making sure because its not stated anywhere on their site.

EDIT: and i havent heard anything about it from my family in denver so was surprised.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 23, 2015, 09:55:21 AM
They're open on Saturday.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 23, 2015, 10:17:13 AM
They're open on Saturday.
could be owned by non jews. The VHQ which is almost universally excepted in ny gives a hechsher to a Dunkin that is open on shabbos.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 23, 2015, 10:39:17 AM
I emailed them and they said: We are under the supervision of the Vad Hakashrus
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 23, 2015, 10:52:06 AM
Next time I speak to my Rabbi, I'll ask him. (He happens to also be the Rabbi of one of the Denver shuls.)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 23, 2015, 11:08:22 AM
I emailed them and they said: We are under the supervision of the Vad Hakashrus
Interesting.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 23, 2015, 11:15:47 AM
I just spoke to my family in den and they said they heard about it and that its under the vaad. Its nice that they are getting some more options.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 23, 2015, 11:21:22 AM
Once we are doing denver food updates:
The East side kosher Deli has been sold to Shua Horowitz from West Hempstead NY, Expect some changes over the next 6 months to a year.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 23, 2015, 11:51:14 AM
Yes they are under the vaad and open on shabbos i believe. but owned by non jews.  Additionally, the new owner of the deli seems nice and will likely change things so far all i know of is he added wifi.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 25, 2015, 01:59:26 AM
Once we are doing denver food updates:
The East side kosher Deli has been sold to Shua Horowitz from West Hempstead NY, Expect some changes over the next 6 months to a year.

hopefully a facelift
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 25, 2015, 11:55:38 AM
hopefully a facelift
He told me he is considering making a seperate entrance to the restaurant from the side, that would certainly add to the ambiance. Plus I'm sure the menu will change, Shua is a bit of a foodie. He also told me that he sincerely interested in any advice, complaints or ideas anyone has.


Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 25, 2015, 11:55:46 AM
In regard to the Gathering grounds, i have been told that the one on Southeast will make you Chalav Yisroel pizza on request (Chalav Stam Keilim though)
The West side branch hasn't opened yet but it is reportedly going to be Chalav Stam, I can't imagine it isn't worth it for them to make it Chalav Yisroel with the majority of the West side keeping Chalav Yisroel, so i guess we'll see.
Frankly i'm skeptical about their success...
For some reason restaurants in Denver are fickle. Many have come and gone, very few have managed to make it over time. In such a market i think it's a big mistake to open three branches simultaneously, that is just asking for trouble!
Let's see what happens!
Here is hoping...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 25, 2015, 11:57:25 AM
In regard to the Gathering grounds, i have been told that the one on Southeast will make you Chalav Yisroel pizza on request (Chalav Stam Keilim though)
The West side branch hasn't opened yet but it is reportedly going to be Chalav Stam, I can't imagine it isn't worth it for them to make it Chalav Yisroel with the majority of the West side keeping Chalav Yisroel, so i guess we'll see.
Frankly i'm skeptical about their success...
For some reason restaurants in Denver are fickle. Many have come and gone, very few have managed to make it over time. In such a market i think it's a big mistake to open three branches simultaneously, that is just asking for trouble!
Let's see what happens!
Here is hoping...
A lot of the issues with restaurant openings is hopefully over. Hopefuy with recent changes the vaad will be more inclined to allow new restaurants, I guess only time will tell.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 25, 2015, 11:58:08 AM
A lot of the issues with restaurant openings is hopefully over. Hopefuy with recent changes the vaad will be more inclined to allow new restaurants, I guess only time will tell.
The issue is not vaad related, it is consumer related.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on January 25, 2015, 12:01:06 PM
The issue is not vaad related, it is consumer related.
not entirely. I have heard some pretty crazy things such as the vaad would not allow brooklyn pizza to serve sushi because the deli served it twice a week and it would be taking away from his business...........
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 26, 2015, 01:09:30 AM
not entirely. I have heard some pretty crazy things such as the vaad would not allow brooklyn pizza to serve sushi because the deli served it twice a week and it would be taking away from his business...........
I'm skeptical but even if that is true, it doesn't really pertain to the discussion, the point is that over the years restaurants and grocery stores have repeatedly opened and closed due to not enough business/clientele both on the east side, west side and even downtown. It seems that in order for a store to make it here it also needs to attract non-Jewish or non-religious customers as well.
I don't see how vaad Halacha/hashkafa decisions have anything to do with this and even if they had, I'm not aware of any policy change or leadership changes within the the vaad
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 09, 2015, 03:52:19 PM
What are the points hotels options for Vail?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Smartypantz on February 09, 2015, 08:09:00 PM
We stayed at Sheraton mountain Vista a few minutes from. Vail. Very nice suites
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 09, 2015, 08:10:13 PM
check beaver creek, there is a nice hyatt as well as others
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 09, 2015, 08:10:53 PM
We stayed at Sheraton mountain Vista a few minutes from. Vail. Very nice suites
nice, roomy, but rustic
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 09, 2015, 08:19:16 PM
The person wants Vail specifically, ski in/out, 2 bedroom place with a kitchen. I was like  :o :o :o
Supposedly, there are some residences like at the Ritz Carlton...?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on February 09, 2015, 08:20:26 PM
ritz is in beavercreek
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 09, 2015, 09:25:40 PM
ritz is in beavercreek
Well then... lol
Any ideas?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 10, 2015, 03:16:09 AM
there is a ritz carlton club in vail as well but price start at like $750 a night.

you said points, so i know there is a marriott resort as well as a 4 seasons.

Additionally check at the sebastion, the arrabelle and vail cascade, three really nice places that fit the requirements are won't entirely break the bank...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 10, 2015, 09:27:11 AM
You can't go wrong with Hyatt Beaver Creek, it's an amazing property with plenty of on-site activities.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 10, 2015, 10:05:17 AM
You can't go wrong with Hyatt Beaver Creek, it's an amazing property with plenty of on-site activities.
The person asking has already been there and this time wants to do Vail.
there is a ritz carlton club in vail as well but price start at like $750 a night.

you said points, so i know there is a marriott resort as well as a 4 seasons.

Additionally check at the sebastion, the arrabelle and vail cascade, three really nice places that fit the requirements are won't entirely break the bank...
Okay thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 10, 2015, 02:37:29 PM
As the person I'm searching for pointed out, Ritz Carlton in Vail has residences that have a few rooms attached (and I imagine a kitchen), but there is 0 points availability for the entire year according to their website.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: eAge on February 11, 2015, 08:58:35 PM

there is a ritz carlton club in vail as well but price start at like $750 a night.

you said points, so i know there is a marriott resort as well as a 4 seasons.

Additionally check at the sebastion, the arrabelle and vail cascade, three really nice places that fit the requirements are won't entirely break the bank...
+1
Vail Cascade has gorgeous property (at least in the summer with the river and the flowers in the back) they have both the hotel and villas on the same property, they're just down the street from the Ritz, and a 5 minute drive to Chabad.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 11, 2015, 09:59:06 PM
+1
Vail Cascade has gorgeous property (at least in the summer with the river and the flowers in the back) they have both the hotel and villas on the same property, they're just down the street from the Ritz, and a 5 minute drive to Chabad.
Points?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on February 16, 2015, 03:36:16 PM
Points?

From what I've seen points are very hard to redeem in Vail (either no availability or bad value). People tend to just rent condos. You could look on the typical sites. There's also a local site worth checking out where you can find good deals from time to time https://www.vailonsale.com/.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 16, 2015, 03:49:37 PM
From what I've seen points are very hard to redeem in Vail (either no availability or bad value). People tend to just rent condos. You could look on the typical sites. There's also a local site worth checking out where you can find good deals from time to time https://www.vailonsale.com/.
Thanks! Do you live in Denver btw?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on February 16, 2015, 04:24:02 PM
Thanks! Do you live in Denver btw?

Yes. I'm on the east side but grew up on the west side.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 22, 2015, 09:38:45 PM
Yes. I'm on the east side but grew up on the west side.
Hmm...
 that narrows it down to just 98.3% of the east side!! :P :P
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on February 23, 2015, 12:18:18 AM
Hmm...
 that narrows it down to just 98.3% of the east side!! :P :P
;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: moko on February 23, 2015, 01:04:00 PM
Best activity in Denver vicinity for today (snowy & overcast) with a 5 month old in tow?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on February 23, 2015, 01:12:48 PM
denver zoo
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: moko on February 23, 2015, 01:19:48 PM
denver zoo
in this weather? Denver vicinity includes boulder, Colorado springs etc. anywhere within an hour (got drop off  my car @ DEN by 9:30 tonight.)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on February 23, 2015, 01:25:23 PM
Cn do boulder and a tour of celestial seasonings tea factory if you wanted.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 23, 2015, 01:27:37 PM
in this weather? Denver vicinity includes boulder, Colorado springs etc. anywhere within an hour (got drop off  my car @ DEN by 9:30 tonight.)
looking forward to an upcoming trip
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 23, 2015, 01:37:19 PM
Cn do boulder and a tour of celestial seasonings tea factory if you wanted.
Or go to Golden and get a tour of Coors. Hammond's Candy Factory tour is somewhere near Denver, too.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: moko on February 23, 2015, 03:08:52 PM
Celestial Seasonings tour a no go with a 5 month old  :'( now what else is there to do near boulder with a 5 month old?
(Still need to stop by Target here for some records. Can i buy more than 1 at a time?)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 23, 2015, 03:10:03 PM
Celestial Seasonings tour a no go with a 5 month old  :'( now what else is there to do near boulder with a 5 month old?
(Still need to stop by Target here for some records. Can i buy more than 1 at a time?)
Acc to the map, Denver itself doesn't sell them. But the map isn't updated necessarily.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: moko on February 23, 2015, 03:27:46 PM
W're in Boulder killing time (i didn't think to ask about my baby before driving out here)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on February 24, 2015, 12:55:48 AM
W're in Boulder killing time (i didn't think to ask about my baby before driving out here)
Probably too late but if you're in Boulder then there's usually something to do by the Pearl Street mall. There's also a Fat City or Fat Cat (not sure what they call it these days) which is an arcade/laser tag/bowling/bumper car etc. on the 36 by Westminister about 10-15 minutes south of Boulder or 20 minutes north of Downtown Denver.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on February 24, 2015, 01:02:46 AM
Nice to see that both the Sheraton mountain vista in avon as well as the westin beaver creek are dropping one tier for SPG redemption!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: moko on February 24, 2015, 11:34:11 PM
Probably too late but if you're in Boulder then there's usually something to do by the Pearl Street mall. There's also a Fat City or Fat Cat (not sure what they call it these days) which is an arcade/laser tag/bowling/bumper car etc. on the 36 by Westminister about 10-15 minutes south of Boulder or 20 minutes north of Downtown Denver.
we ended up going here (http://www.gatewayfunpark.com/). Nice place even in the snow
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 03, 2015, 02:05:39 PM
anyone ever stay at the broadmoor?
looking forward to an upcoming conference
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on March 03, 2015, 02:06:40 PM
anyone ever stay at the broadmoor?
looking forward to an upcoming conference
supposed to be very nice.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on March 03, 2015, 02:08:54 PM
supposed to be very nice.
well that much i gathered from the pictures
looks incredible
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on March 05, 2015, 11:08:03 PM
anyone ever stay at the broadmoor?
looking forward to an upcoming conference
Never stayed there but have been on the grounds and its absolutely beautiful!!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 06, 2015, 10:18:27 AM
Never stayed there but have been on the grounds and its absolutely beautiful!!!
Look at that, another Denverite in the forums! Surprised by how big that group is.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on March 07, 2015, 08:50:11 PM
Look at that, another Denverite in the forums! Surprised by how big that group is.
I've been on here for some time.  Your surprised by how big what is? Denverites?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on March 07, 2015, 11:13:28 PM
I think there are just three and a half(@yehuda gets a half because he has posted so much, although he doesn't live here)  of us plus 2-3 more who have visited a number of times
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 07, 2015, 11:42:27 PM
I've been on here for some time.  Your surprised by how big what is? Denverites?
I see you've been here since I joined, but I only noticed you now. I was surprised by how big the Denver DDF "community" is. Yes, even 2-3 is big IMO. (And I think there are a few more that have lived in Denver at some point in their lives or who have spouses from there.) My wife definitely think people from Denver are called Denverites. Is that incorrect?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on March 08, 2015, 12:40:01 AM
I see you've been here since I joined, but I only noticed you now. I was surprised by how big the Denver DDF "community" is. Yes, even 2-3 is big IMO. (And I think there are a few more that have lived in Denver at some point in their lives or who have spouses from there.) My wife definitely think people from Denver are called Denverites. Is that incorrect?
Yes, I believe Denverites is correct.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on March 08, 2015, 12:44:36 AM
i prefer denvarians!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on March 22, 2015, 09:37:38 AM
Hi natives,

Is there any significant chabad presence/school in Denver? What is the local day school situation like?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on March 22, 2015, 11:02:49 AM
There is a decent chabad presence on the east side with shluchim in close to 10 locations in the metro area. There is no chabad school. All chabad here send their kids to Hillel Academy. I would say that Hillel is similar to any other out of town yeshivish oriented school.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on March 22, 2015, 12:47:03 PM
There is a decent chabad presence on the east side with shluchim in close to 10 locations in the metro area. There is no chabad school. All chabad here send their kids to Hillel Academy. I would say that Hillel is similar to any other out of town yeshivish oriented school.
There are also Chabad shluchim in boulder, colorado springs, vail and most recently stapleton
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: YankyDoodle on March 22, 2015, 03:37:03 PM
Thanks for the replies! Is Hillel co-ed? If so for what grades?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on March 22, 2015, 04:06:01 PM
Thanks for the replies! Is Hillel co-ed? If so for what grades?
Through 2nd grade.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nochum18 on April 06, 2015, 11:26:27 PM
Looking for cheap points hotel near copper mtn. Have Starwood and chase points. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 07, 2015, 08:03:46 PM
Anyone around? http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44864.msg1110648#msg1110648
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 07, 2015, 08:07:24 PM
I'll be there
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 07, 2015, 08:15:55 PM
Was trying to have the conversation in the appropriate thread (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44864.msg1110754#msg1110754), but if you insist... ;)

I'll be in the front row, middle column.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 07, 2015, 08:47:41 PM
Won't be back til Sunday afternoon but enjoy your "eDOs"
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 22, 2015, 09:37:04 AM
What's the best mountain city to go skiing in over Christmas-New Years time? (Best as in least crowded. i.e. Vail/Beaver Creek are out) Can be day-trips distance from Denver or something further but that has points hotels.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 22, 2015, 10:14:03 AM
If you want point hotels I think your best options are Vail beaver or steamboat. I believe you can now use nights and flights from spg at some Colorado resorts.

If I was skiing that week I'd aim for copper mountain or maybe Keystone knowing that wherever I went it would be very crowded. Both are a 75 minute drive from the east side.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 22, 2015, 10:15:11 AM
Drive assumes no traffic which you will probably have a lot of.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 22, 2015, 10:21:31 AM
If I was skiing that week I'd aim for copper mountain or maybe Keystone knowing that wherever I went it would be very crowded. Both are a 75 minute drive from the east side.
Any points hotels near those mountains?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 22, 2015, 10:23:53 AM
Off the top of my head I don't think so. Both are a 10-15 minute drive from Frisco. I'm sure there's a holiday inn there so deff ihg. But I don't know if there is a nicer point option close by.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 22, 2015, 10:28:55 AM
I see a Hyatt by Breckenridge for 25k points a night. Maybe start with that. Just know Breck may be just as busy as Vail (Vail is bigger and can accommodate more)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 22, 2015, 10:45:47 AM
Thanks, what about Winter Park? Anything near there?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 22, 2015, 11:13:59 AM
Not that I know of
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 01, 2015, 09:58:33 AM
Anyone ever stay at Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas in Beaver Creek? Cat 4.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sams on May 01, 2015, 12:10:09 PM

Anyone ever stay at Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas in Beaver Creek? Cat 4.
looked nice. I stayed by PH there was amazing worthwhile to use voucher
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 01, 2015, 12:14:44 PM
looked nice. I stayed by PH there was amazing worthwhile to use voucher
Yeah, but Sheraton is the only place with points availability over Christmas week. The question is how packed Vail will be that perhaps it's not worth the trip...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 01, 2015, 12:35:13 PM
Yeah, but Sheraton is the only place with points availability over Christmas week. The question is how packed Vail will be that perhaps it's not worth the trip...
How avid of a skier are you? I would opine that it will be very busy and hard to get good deals on lift tickets and that the lift lines will likely be long. Also the skiing conditions in December are a real crap shoot to predict so far in advance.

On the other hand there will probably be a lot of other events and apres ski during that period.

Are you able to do spg nights and flights during that period?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 01, 2015, 01:12:52 PM
How avid of a skier are you? I would opine that it will be very busy and hard to get good deals on lift tickets and that the lift lines will likely be long. Also the skiing conditions in December are a real crap shoot to predict so far in advance.

On the other hand there will probably be a lot of other events and apres ski during that period.

Are you able to do spg nights and flights during that period?
I am not an avid skier. Would be learning, so perhaps that's another reason not to do that on a Christmas time trip. I imagine you're right about lift tickets and lines. Not sure what you meant by "apres ski".
Fly with SW man. :) Can't get cheaper than that.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 01, 2015, 01:23:04 PM
I wouldn't suggest learning at Vail. There are better mountains for learning that are also far cheaper.

My understating of nights and flights is that you can fly with whoever you want but with a five night stay you can get 50k points transferred to any airline account spg partners with.

Apres ski basically means night life after skiing.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 01, 2015, 01:37:02 PM
I wouldn't suggest learning at Vail. There are better mountains for learning that are also far cheaper.

My understating of nights and flights is that you can fly with whoever you want but with a five night stay you can get 50k points transferred to any airline account spg partners with.

Apres ski basically means night life after skiing.
Was just thinking it would be nice to take my family to a a nice place in Vail. I guess that doesn't have to happen on this trip/my first learning trip.

Oh, okay I don't know how it works, but we also wouldn't do 5 nights most likely.

Ahhh, gotcha. Well, if Denver ends up being the trip, we can do day trips to ski places like we discussed earlier.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 01, 2015, 01:44:07 PM


Ahhh, gotcha. Well, if Denver ends up being the trip, we can do day trips to ski places like we discussed earlier.

Keep me updated.

I think you made an impression when you went to my target a few weeks ago. I had a new cashier I never used but she was already trained in
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 01, 2015, 01:57:47 PM

Keep me updated.

I think you made an impression when you went to my target a few weeks ago. I had a new cashier I never used but she was already trained in
Haha nope, I only dealt with 2 guys. And 1 of them said "Having a good Pesach? Enjoying all the Matzah?" I kid you not.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 01, 2015, 02:02:15 PM
Oh then I guess my target is starting to get more traffic.

Lol Denver is like that especially around yomim tovim. I've had a few similar experiences like that before pesach as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 03, 2015, 12:52:25 AM

Keep me updated.

I think you made an impression when you went to my target a few weeks ago. I had a new cashier I never used but she was already trained in
Actually that would be me!!
I also got 5 non DDF guys on the ES into Redbird so don't expect to be the only one these days!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 03, 2015, 12:53:36 AM
Why would you come to me you have one two blocks from you
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 03, 2015, 12:58:06 AM
Anyone ever stay at Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas in Beaver Creek? Cat 4.
stayed there three times.
pretty rustic but roomy and ok. The rooms are outside entrance sorta motel style with a pretty non-descript view but one time i was upgraded to a jucuzzi suite which i much enjoyed!
Also you should be aware that this hotel doesn't have central air! Meaning that during the summer if you stay there on one the very very few humid days it may be warm during the day (at night it cools down enough in the mountains to be comfortable regardless). But generally it shouldn't make a difference as they heat and fireplaces and fans.

that being said for a beginner skier i'd suggest loveland at 1/3 the price and half the distance from Denver
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 03, 2015, 12:59:24 AM
Why would you come to me you have one two blocks from you
I'm in your neighborhood 3-4 nights a week, if i have a few minutes before a class i'll stop by Target!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on May 06, 2015, 02:49:00 PM
Hi,
So I'm thinking of bringing my family of seven to see the Rockies for about a week at the end of august.Looking to rent a house near EDOS. What neighborhood is that considered ? I got the day trip information and the details from yehuda and the wiki. Any suggestions on who I can rent a car from cheap , less than $1000 for a week. Maybe the yeshiva or Kollel folks rent out houses for the summer, if you can share some contact numbers would be greatly appreciated....

Thank you !
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 06, 2015, 02:58:59 PM
Edos is on the east side. There might be people in the community that can rent their homes. If I know of anything I'll pm you. Lex at Lowry is an apartment complex close to edos that has 1 or 2 units available for short term rent around 100 a day I believe. Renting cars can be pricey around that time but generally under 350 a week. I assume you made a mistake writing 1000 a week.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 06, 2015, 03:04:18 PM
If you want "see the Rockies" staying in Denver is not a great choice
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 06, 2015, 03:08:57 PM
If you want "see the Rockies" staying in Denver is not a great choice
+1
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on May 06, 2015, 03:11:08 PM
Edos is on the east side. There might be people in the community that can rent their homes. If I know of anything I'll pm you. Lex at Lowry is an apartment complex close to edos that has 1 or 2 units available for short term rent around 100 a day I believe. Renting cars can be pricey around that time but generally under 350 a week. I assume you made a mistake writing 1000 a week.

Thanks for the info. Priceline showed $140 or so a day for a minivan out of the airport. About $1000 for a week.
does EDOS have a community lunch on shabbos?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on May 06, 2015, 03:11:48 PM
If you want "see the Rockies" staying in Denver is not a great choice
why ? What would be a better choice ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 06, 2015, 03:12:29 PM
I believe EDOS is in the area of town called "Hilltop". In Jewish lingo, it's called the "East Side" as Mountain Man pointed out.

As Ergel implied, the Rockies are a good 2 hour drive from the Jewish community in Denver, which means Denver is not a great base if you want to explore the Rockies. If you just want to see different parts of the greater Denver area and do the day trips mentioned in the wiki, then Denver can be your base and your day trips will be about an hour away. If food and Minyan were your concern, you can stop at the East Side Kosher Deli (grocery) on your way from the airport and then stay make your base in Vail since Chabad seems to have a Minyan there even in the summer. Not sure how close Vail is to different Rocky experiences, but it is another option for where to base yourself.

Thanks for the info. Priceline showed $140 or so a day for a minivan out of the airport. About $1000 for a week.
does EDOS have a community lunch on shabbos?
Nope. (It's not a Chabad :P)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on May 06, 2015, 03:59:19 PM
2 hours from Denver sounds reasonable for a day trip without having to go to a hotel. If any one has some better suggestions for a better spot to see the Rockies than Vail I.e. Rocky mountain national park ? Would love to hear some ideas. I don't think we are the type to get a cabin in the woods or go camping but maybe for one night we can give it a try....
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 06, 2015, 04:07:33 PM
I'd suggest renting a cabin or condo by estes park or lake Granby. Both are at opposite exits of Rocky mountain national park. You could then stay in Denver for Shabbos and see some city stuff before leaving.

Just a note these cabins are typically very well furnished and not at all like a typical Catskill bungalow.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 06, 2015, 04:14:31 PM
If you go to lake Granby you'd also be pretty close to winter park. During the summer they operate the longest alpine slide in Colorado and have other attractions as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 06, 2015, 04:20:12 PM
2 hours from Denver sounds reasonable for a day trip without having to go to a hotel. If any one has some better suggestions for a better spot to see the Rockies than Vail I.e. Rocky mountain national park ? Would love to hear some ideas. I don't think we are the type to get a cabin in the woods or go camping but maybe for one night we can give it a try....
Personally what i suggest is basing out of Denver but going up to the mountains for 2-3 days of your trip.

 If you want to get around and explore different areas you can start by heading up to RMNP for the day, take a leisurely scenic route down to black hawk area via the peak to peak scenic byway and either stay in that neighborhood or head to vail/beavercreek area for the night.

Next day after doing local stuff you can continue up to glenwood springs/canverns area or south to bueno vista/salida area or even colorado springs/royal gorge where you can spend another day.

This way you have three days you wake up in the rockies but still spend the majority of your trip in good ol' Denver.

As i live on the West side this probably won't help but often people rent their houses during the summer on this part of town.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: rediplus on May 06, 2015, 09:06:47 PM
Hi Steve, that is great information. Thank you. Can you give me some ideas of where to look for The house rental information on the west side. I basically just wanted to be near a Shul for shabbos.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 07, 2015, 02:03:07 PM
Hi Steve, that is great information. Thank you. Can you give me some ideas of where to look for The house rental information on the west side. I basically just wanted to be near a Shul for shabbos.
sure! message me your dates and roughly how much you are willing to spend and i can ask around and/or put up a sign in shul. everything on the west side is within a 10 minute walk to shul.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 11, 2015, 03:37:16 AM
As i suspected would happen,

 the new coffee cafe gathering grounds on the southeast is having a hard time being kosher and making money so they are dropping the hechsher as of today.

Gathering Grounds is no longer Kosher certified.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 11, 2015, 06:42:48 AM
Shame :-(
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 11, 2015, 08:49:05 AM
And I was supposed to go motzei Shabbos. Oh well.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 11, 2015, 10:48:50 AM
And I was supposed to go motzei Shabbos. Oh well.
:) you can swing by my place and we can feast on liver and dips instead!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 11, 2015, 11:05:21 AM
:) you can swing by my place and we can feast on liver and dips instead!
I'm game. If you're serious I'll bring  bread.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 12, 2015, 02:15:08 AM
I'm game. If you're serious I'll bring  bread.
It's a nice idea but i'll be on the SE for shabbos and by the time i get back it'll be too late!
But i'll take a raincheck!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mo85 on June 14, 2015, 01:04:31 AM
Planning to stay 2 nights in the park Hyatt beaver creek next week. I was told to bike the vail pass. I have a 1.5 yr old. All the biking places told me that they are not allowed to let bike trailers on the vail pass. One place told me they have what is called a weehoo. Anyone has experience with it for a 1.5 yr old? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
What kosher restaurants does Denver have? Meat, Cholov Yisroel, pas Yisroel, etc.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2015, 01:14:57 AM
Planning to stay 2 nights in the park Hyatt beaver creek next week. I was told to bike the vail pass. I have a 1.5 yr old. All the biking places told me that they are not allowed to let bike trailers on the vail pass. One place told me they have what is called a weehoo. Anyone has experience with it for a 1.5 yr old? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
What kosher restaurants does Denver have? Meat, Cholov Yisroel, pas Yisroel, etc.
Don't know about the biking part but for the restaurants, see the wiki.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mo85 on June 14, 2015, 10:06:14 AM
Slowly learning how to use the forum. Just saw the wiki. Thanks.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2015, 10:54:07 AM
Slowly learning how to use the forum. Just saw the wiki. Thanks.
You'll get used to it. We all started somewhere. :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 15, 2015, 01:16:45 PM
Planning to stay 2 nights in the park Hyatt beaver creek next week. I was told to bike the vail pass. I have a 1.5 yr old. All the biking places told me that they are not allowed to let bike trailers on the vail pass. One place told me they have what is called a weehoo. Anyone has experience with it for a 1.5 yr old? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
What kosher restaurants does Denver have? Meat, Cholov Yisroel, pas Yisroel, etc.
I did the biking and it was amazing. it is like 12 miles straight downhill with beautiful veiws, very enjoyable, that being said i don't think i'd take a 1.5 year old. Although it is smooth path most of the time the last thing you want is a two hour bike ride with a crying baby....
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on June 23, 2015, 08:53:02 PM

there is a park immediately after 70 on Sheridan ( west side) which you can drive to the top of a hill with a stunning view for miles, nice place to make a BBQ
Sorry to bump an old post :)

Just curious - is the name of the highway Sheridan? (Trying to find this place on google maps)

Thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 23, 2015, 09:12:27 PM
Sorry to bump an old post :)

Just curious - is the name of the highway Sheridan? (Trying to find this place on google maps)

Thanks
nope sheridan blvd, it's a regular street.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on June 23, 2015, 09:16:44 PM
nope sheridan blvd, it's a regular street.
so what is "70"?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 23, 2015, 10:08:51 PM
so what is "70"?
The highway.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on June 23, 2015, 10:39:26 PM
The highway.
aha thanks!
looks like it's a dog park... what does that mean?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on June 23, 2015, 10:47:03 PM
There is a large dog park but there is also lots of open space.

If you're coming from out of town maybe consider Genesee park.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on June 23, 2015, 10:55:43 PM
There is a large dog park but there is also lots of open space.

If you're coming from out of town maybe consider Genesee park.
Thanks!

Do they also allow BBQing?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on June 23, 2015, 11:06:42 PM
Typically yes but occasionally there are fire bans. I'd suggest googling it.

The park is slightly out of Denver just inside the foothills. You get a mountain experience without being far out of the city.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 24, 2015, 12:15:25 AM
There is a large dog park but there is also lots of open space.

If you're coming from out of town maybe consider Genesee park.
Genesee park is nice.
I wasn't refering to the dog park or the lake though,

 if you drive to the other side of the 70 on sheridan you can find a tiny little park called inspiration point park.
While definitely not the best spot in colorado, it is the closest spot to get a sick view from the west side and is REALLY pretty.
Here it is on google maps

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Inspiration+Point+Park/@39.7875708,-105.0406852,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xbbc0da9f19aef7f3 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Inspiration+Point+Park/@39.7875708,-105.0406852,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xbbc0da9f19aef7f3)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on June 24, 2015, 11:11:03 AM
Genesee park is nice.
I wasn't refering to the dog park or the lake though,

 if you drive to the other side of the 70 on sheridan you can find a tiny little park called inspiration point park.
While definitely not the best spot in colorado, it is the closest spot to get a sick view from the west side and is REALLY pretty.
Here it is on google maps

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Inspiration+Point+Park/@39.7875708,-105.0406852,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xbbc0da9f19aef7f3 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Inspiration+Point+Park/@39.7875708,-105.0406852,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0xbbc0da9f19aef7f3)
Cool, thanks! So that place has a nicer view than genesee or the dog park?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 24, 2015, 11:21:01 AM
Cool, thanks! So that place has a nicer view than genesee or the dog park?
for sure nicer than the dog park, the only thing there is to view there is turds!
Genesee is nicer but further
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on June 24, 2015, 11:22:50 AM
for sure nicer than the dog park, the only thing there is to view there is turds!
Genesee is nicer but further
ty!

any recommendation for easy, stroller-friendly hikes with nice views?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 24, 2015, 01:47:41 PM
ty!

any recommendation for easy, stroller-friendly hikes with nice views?
castlewood canyon state park is a great option
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on June 24, 2015, 01:50:55 PM
castlewood canyon state park is a great option
Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 24, 2015, 01:51:25 PM
or roxbourough park
red rocks and eldorado are also nice and pretty close but not as stroller friendly
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 24, 2015, 02:24:55 PM
actually on 2nd thought, candlewood is NOT stroller friendly...
There ar very few if any totally stroller friendly hikes.
There are a number of kid friendly ones and you could wear a baby carrier type thing.
Maybe you should consider a scenic drive like mount evans, pikes peak, peak to peak scenic byway or trail ridge road in rocky mountain national park...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 24, 2015, 03:01:41 PM
if you a good off road type stroller with large wheels you can do eldorado canyon near boulder
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on June 24, 2015, 03:09:46 PM
actually on 2nd thought, candlewood is NOT stroller friendly...
There ar very few if any totally stroller friendly hikes.
There are a number of kid friendly ones and you could wear a baby carrier type thing.
Maybe you should consider a scenic drive like mount evans, pikes peak, peak to peak scenic byway or trail ridge road in rocky mountain national park...
castlewood or candlewood?
or roxbourough park
red rocks and eldorado are also nice and pretty close but not as stroller friendly
if you a good off road type stroller with large wheels you can do eldorado canyon near boulder
Thanks for all the ideas!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on June 24, 2015, 03:12:53 PM
Here's a link that might be helpful: http://dayhikesneardenver.com/4-great-stroller-hikes-near-denver/

Also, if you're not looking to leave the city there are other parks worth considering like the Cherry Creek and Chatfield Reservoirs that have paved paths to walk on. City Park also has a great view of both Denver and the Mountains and is adjacent to the Zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science.

If you have a rugged stroller I would encourage you to consider Mount Falcon Park https://jeffco.us/open-space/parks/mount-falcon-park/ which is also very close to Tiny Town : http://tinytownrailroad.com/, Red Rocks and Heritage Square.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on June 24, 2015, 03:17:05 PM
Here's a link that might be helpful: http://dayhikesneardenver.com/4-great-stroller-hikes-near-denver/

Also, if you're not looking to leave the city there are other parks worth considering like the Cherry Creek and Chatfield Reservoirs that have paved paths to walk on. City Park also has a great view of both Denver and the Mountains and is adjacent to the Zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science.

If you have a rugged stroller I would encourage you to consider Mount Falcon Park https://jeffco.us/open-space/parks/mount-falcon-park/ which is also very close to Tiny Town : http://tinytownrailroad.com/, Red Rocks and Heritage Square.
Great resources - thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 24, 2015, 04:21:23 PM
castlewood or candlewood?Thanks for all the ideas!
sorry castlewood
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Castlewood+Canyon+State+Park/@39.3332968,-104.7403296,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x876cbe70782828f5:0x7b83e016f4ee4c57
in case you have not yet, check out the wiki for more ideas
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: joejoe on June 30, 2015, 08:35:31 PM
hi anyone ever been to the park hyatt in beaver creek?is it worthy of the park hyatt flag?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 01, 2015, 12:22:03 AM
hi anyone ever been to the park hyatt in beaver creek?is it worthy of the park hyatt flag?
yes and yes.
Stayed there twice and really enjoyed it!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: flyingace on July 06, 2015, 01:34:41 PM
Mini Trip Report on our trip to Denver:

Arrived Wednesday morning. Deposited our luggage at the hotel and drove to St. Mary's Glacier- hiked up to the lake and glacier for a beautiful view close to Denver. Then we drove to  Red Rocks Park. Red Rocks had a concert on so we could not enter the amphitheater.

Thursday morning drove 2.5 hours to Rocky Mountain National Park. The dirt road up the east side had just opened that morning-so we took it!!! Gorgeous and scary... Stopped at the Alpine Center lodge and walked up Huffer's Hill. Took the paved road down the west side, past Grand Lake and the drove back to Denver.

Friday we drove to Boulder for the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory Tour. Cute. No production on due to July 4th... We then took a short hike in Eldorado Canyon Park and watched the rock climbers in action. Cool!! Really scenic and beautiful. (Sounds a little redundant, but really the whole area is just gorgeous!)

Shabbos was spent in the southeast Aish community. Warm and inspirational. Glad we stayed there as opposed to renting something in the main area.

We stayed in the Embassy Suites for  Wednesday and Thursday using points from a recent Hilton card opening. And redeemed 8000 Hyatt points for Friday and Saturday night in the Hyatt Place Tech Center close to Aish. Both were clean and roomy and we were happy at both places. I couldn't find the original post, but heads up to whoever posted the gartel trick for hotel doors on Shabbos- it worked perfectly!!!

Sunday was Shiva'asar B'Tammuz so we did not do any touring, etc. Flew out at 8:15 and landed at 1:58 AM!

Everyone we met asked us, "What brings you to Denver?" I answered, "Three things: points, weather and a minyan!"

All in all a great trip and would highly recommend Denver as a vacation destination.


Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 06, 2015, 01:42:27 PM
Thanks for posting. Do you have pics to share ?
Haven't tried it at a hotel but on a cruise I tied a gartel to the inside door handle and left a little sticking out the bottom of the door. I just had to pull the gartel and the door opened. :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: flyingace on July 06, 2015, 02:05:00 PM
Thanks for posting. Do you have pics to share ?
Don't know how to load and didn't have time for the tutorial... Will try to get to it...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 06, 2015, 04:13:25 PM
Then we drove to  Red Rocks Park. Red Rocks had a concert on so we could not enter the amphitheater.

Thursday morning drove 2.5 hours to Rocky Mountain National Park. The dirt road up the east side had just opened that morning-so we took it!!! Gorgeous and scary... Stopped at the Alpine Center lodge and walked up Huffer's Hill. Took the paved road down the west side, past Grand Lake and the drove back to Denver.
Great trip report!
A few points:
A) in Red Rocks the amphitheater is cool but really nothing special unless you are attending an actual concert there(in which case it is supposed to be amazing!),  some of the short hikes though do give a really nice view and general experience.
B) the dirt road is called Falls River road and is exciting but much less scenic, the paved road is called Trail Ridge Rd, and has heart stopping views! While i personally like to do the circle you described i would advise you leave enough time to properly enjoy the views from Trail Ridge on your way back( Falls River RD is one way up so you can't reverse the loop).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 06, 2015, 05:49:49 PM
Nice TR! Thanks for writing it up. How did you fly?
Thanks Tim for linking to that - great idea! Now, if only I had a gartel. ;D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: flyingace on July 06, 2015, 06:08:50 PM
Nice TR! Thanks for writing it up. How did you fly?
Thanks Tim for linking to that - great idea! Now, if only I had a gartel. ;D
lol. Any string will do!
UA PHL-DEN business saver
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Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 06, 2015, 06:56:06 PM
Thanks for posting. Do you have pics to share ?
I guess you really do have the memory of an elephant. Now here is the test who called u that before me? ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TimT on July 06, 2015, 06:56:47 PM
I guess you really do have the memory of an elephant. Now here is the test who called u that before me? ;)
ajk
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on July 06, 2015, 06:58:57 PM
ajk
Yup, I knew you would get it. :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: flyingace on July 06, 2015, 07:50:11 PM
Great trip report!
A few points:
A) in Red Rocks the amphitheater is cool but really nothing special unless you are attending an actual concert there(in which case it is supposed to be amazing!),  some of the short hikes though do give a really nice view and general experience.
B) the dirt road is called Falls River road and is exciting but much less scenic, the paved road is called Trail Ridge Rd, and has heart stopping views! While i personally like to do the circle you described i would advise you leave enough time to properly enjoy the views from Trail Ridge on your way back( Falls River RD is one way up so you can't reverse the loop).

Actually we took 34 past Milner Pass and down towards Grand Lake. We will have to get Trail Ridge Road next time!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on July 07, 2015, 07:45:45 PM
In google maps I see 2 addresses for denver acadaemy of Torah. Anyone know which is the right one?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 07, 2015, 07:47:57 PM
The one on alameda between Monaco and Quebec
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on July 07, 2015, 08:13:05 PM
The one on alameda between Monaco and Quebec
TY
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on July 07, 2015, 08:13:39 PM
Anyone ever stay in the Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: joejoe on July 12, 2015, 11:39:17 PM
hi i am going to colorado for a week sun-thurs i think i will be going straight to beaver creek and using 2 free nights in the park hyatt there,trying to figure out wat the best idea is after that should i stay the whole time in the avon area or should i go somewhere else?any tips greatly appreciated
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 12, 2015, 11:53:09 PM
hi i am going to colorado for a week sun-thurs i think i will be going straight to beaver creek and using 2 free nights in the park hyatt there,trying to figure out wat the best idea is after that should i stay the whole time in the avon area or should i go somewhere else?any tips greatly appreciated
Depends what you are looking to do,
You could do a couple of days Colorado springs.
I stayed in avon 4 days and didn't go board
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: joejoe on July 13, 2015, 12:46:26 AM
 thanks wat is there to do in colorado springs?any nice hotels there?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on July 13, 2015, 01:02:05 AM
hi i am going to colorado for a week sun-thurs i think i will be going straight to beaver creek and using 2 free nights in the park hyatt there,trying to figure out wat the best idea is after that should i stay the whole time in the avon area or should i go somewhere else?any tips greatly appreciated

A little further west there is lots of nice activities. 20 mins - 1 hr
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 13, 2015, 01:16:58 AM
thanks wat is there to do in colorado springs?any nice hotels there?
One of the nicest hotels in America is there; the Broadmoor.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: deal catcher on July 13, 2015, 12:57:38 PM
An ideas of a minyan near the Broadmoor resort in Colorado springs  and activities to do? 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 13, 2015, 01:14:28 PM
As far as I know there aren't any minyanim in Colorado Springs.

As for things to do,
Pikes Peak
Royal Gorge
Cave of the winds
Garden of the gods
Cheyenne mountain zoo
Airforce academy
Seven falls
Manitou cliff dwellings
Colorado city & Manitou art districts
Rafting & zip lining.

There's lots to do, Google is your friend.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: MoMD on July 22, 2015, 09:43:26 PM
Going to Vail Marriott for a week conference.

Kosher food options? Or just Kosher Vail (i.e. Chabad)?

Thanks!
Mo
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Aj3042 on July 22, 2015, 10:07:05 PM
Going to Vail Marriott for a week conference.

Kosher food options? Or just Kosher Vail (i.e. Chabad)?

Thanks!
Mo
Same question. Seems from google that Kosher Vail is it.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Aj3042 on July 22, 2015, 10:11:18 PM
hi anyone ever been to the park hyatt in beaver creek?is it worthy of the park hyatt flag?
Anybody (else) have anything to say about this?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 22, 2015, 10:12:54 PM
Yep, nothing Kosher up there except for Chabad. (Not sure how often they're in service, either.)
Chabad just brings up food from Denver, so you might save money by stopping at the deli on your way from the airport up to Vail. Please post a TR of the hotel and things you do!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 22, 2015, 10:20:43 PM
Chabad delivers dinner to your hotel.
Was there 3 years ago, food was pretty good, serving size was small and expensive
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on July 23, 2015, 12:35:00 AM
Not sure if there is a new policy with delivery with the new owner of the deli, but they certainly used to deliver to the mountains.  Call them.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: MoMD on July 23, 2015, 06:25:39 AM
Chabad delivers dinner to your hotel.
Was there 3 years ago, food was pretty good, serving size was small and expensive

Yep, nothing Kosher up there except for Chabad. (Not sure how often they're in service, either.)
Chabad just brings up food from Denver, so you might save money by stopping at the deli on your way from the airport up to Vail. Please post a TR of the hotel and things you do!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 23, 2015, 09:21:20 PM
Since I'm arriving in Denver on Thursday in looking for a place to go for shabbos (close to chabad or shul) and have Friday to go to nearby attractions I.e pikes p, Cheyenne zoo or national parks.. What area would you suggest?? What hotel??
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: MoMD on July 23, 2015, 11:37:38 PM
Since I'm arriving in Denver on Thursday in looking for a place to go for shabbos (close to chabad or shul) and have Friday to go to nearby attractions I.e pikes p, Cheyenne zoo or national parks.. What area would you suggest?? What hotel??

I am staying at the Marriott. Chabad will deliver food before shabbos. I think they're ~20min walk
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 24, 2015, 09:55:38 AM
I am staying at the Marriott. Chabad will deliver food before shabbos. I think they're ~20min walk
Thanks for that.
I was looking into that as well.
Is that in the downtown area??

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 24, 2015, 10:30:33 AM
In terms of the East Side and being within walking distance to EDOS, there is an Extended Stay America 17 minutes away and a Holiday Inn 26 minutes away.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 24, 2015, 11:06:06 AM
In terms of the East Side and being within walking distance to EDOS, there is an Extended Stay America 17 minutes away and a Holiday Inn 26 minutes away.
I have stayed at the staybridge suites as well 23 min walk according to google.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 24, 2015, 11:41:36 AM
I have stayed at the staybridge suites as well 23 min walk according to google.
Funny, because that's actually the hotel I was looking for and know people have stayed at, but couldn't remember the name. When I saw Extended Stay, I thought that must be what I was thinking of. I believe the StayBridge is the one that Denvirites suggest people stay at.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on July 24, 2015, 12:43:14 PM
Funny, because that's actually the hotel I was looking for and know people have stayed at, but couldn't remember the name. When I saw Extended Stay, I thought that must be what I was thinking of. I believe the StayBridge is the one that Denvirites suggest people stay at.
yup
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: flyingace on July 24, 2015, 01:47:26 PM
Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center, 10-15 minute walk to Aish shul. Southeast Denver.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: David R on July 24, 2015, 02:17:10 PM
Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center, 10-15 minute walk to Aish shul. Southeast Denver.
I liked that Place. Too bad they raised the price from 5K to 8K a few months ago.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 24, 2015, 02:28:04 PM
I liked that Place. Too bad they raised the price from 5K to 8K a few months ago.
You think it's worth using the sign up night?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: David R on July 24, 2015, 02:34:12 PM
You think it's worth using the sign up night?
I'm not familiar with that. If it allows for a stay at their best hotels, this one is far from the best.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on July 30, 2015, 03:18:13 PM
Did anyone ever do the train ride up Pike's Peak?

Is it worth the money? Better to drive or take the train?

Thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 30, 2015, 11:03:09 PM
Did anyone ever do the train ride up Pike's Peak?

Is it worth the money? Better to drive or take the train?

Thanks
I've never ridden the train as it was to pricey for me. That being said the drive is not for the faint of heart. It's serious mountain driving with sharp turns on steep inclines. They say that 1 day on pikes peak puts a year worth of wear and tear on a car (it's a little bit of an exaggeration) but if you're renting.....

The fee up the road isn't cheap either though 12 pp 40 per car.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on July 31, 2015, 11:06:46 AM
I've never ridden the train as it was to pricey for me. That being said the drive is not for the faint of heart. It's serious mountain driving with sharp turns on steep inclines. They say that 1 day on pikes peak puts a year worth of wear and tear on a car (it's a little bit of an exaggeration) but if you're renting.....

The fee up the road isn't cheap either though 12 pp 40 per car.
Thanks for the info!

Is there any way to get some of the views (or similar) without going as high? (We're coming with a baby and I'm not sure what the elevation will do).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 31, 2015, 11:18:35 AM
Well there are lots of places for great views. But going to the top of Pikes Peak or Mt Evans is an experience because you are so high up and the views are so vast.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 31, 2015, 08:31:28 PM
Thanks for the info!

Is there any way to get some of the views (or similar) without going as high? (We're coming with a baby and I'm not sure what the elevation will do).

Trail ridge road in Rocky mountain national park has unreal views at 11-12 thousand feet (vs. 14,000)
How old is your baby?
It's only a problem for really small infants.
Ask your Dr., but personally i think that the drive up Pikes peak is well worth the money. It isn't nearly as hard as people make it out to sound and it is quite the experience.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 31, 2015, 08:32:34 PM
Btw, i just got back from a four day trip to Southwest Colorado (ouray, telluride, silverton) look for a full TR in the next few days...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 02, 2015, 12:57:40 AM
Btw, i just got back from a four day trip to Southwest Colorado (ouray, telluride, silverton) look for a full TR in the next few days...
Can't wait!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on August 02, 2015, 01:20:24 AM
Trail ridge road in Rocky mountain national park has unreal views at 11-12 thousand feet (vs. 14,000)
How old is your baby?
It's only a problem for really small infants.
Ask your Dr., but personally i think that the drive up Pikes peak is well worth the money. It isn't nearly as hard as people make it out to sound and it is quite the experience.
cool!
4 months
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on August 02, 2015, 01:26:59 AM
Trail ridge road in Rocky mountain national park has unreal views at 11-12 thousand feet (vs. 14,000)
are there places to pull over and look?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on August 02, 2015, 01:28:47 AM
are there places to pull over and look?

Plenty. See my TR.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on August 02, 2015, 01:35:54 AM
Plenty. See my TR.
gorgeous - even the second time around :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 02, 2015, 12:06:21 PM
just added Something fishy's TR to the wiki
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on August 03, 2015, 04:13:53 AM
Anyone here for the summer?
I'm in Vail for the next week plus.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 03, 2015, 12:32:02 PM
I'm home in Denver...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on August 05, 2015, 11:08:14 PM
Are there any nice places to picnic near (or on the way to/from) the airport? (DIA)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 05, 2015, 11:11:26 PM
Coming from where?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on August 05, 2015, 11:15:50 PM
Coming from where?
cherry creek
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 05, 2015, 11:56:38 PM
You could picnic at Mir park or creekside park before heading to the airport. Both are a few blocks from the deli.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 05, 2015, 11:58:01 PM
If you want more scenic then maybe go to city park by Colorado and 20th and then take Colorado to i70 to the airport.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on August 06, 2015, 12:22:45 AM
If you want more scenic then maybe go to city park by Colorado and 20th and then take Colorado to i70 to the airport.
looks really nice  - thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 06, 2015, 12:35:52 AM
looks really nice  - thanks!
I'd suggest the side of the park by the science museum. There are fountains and you'll get a view of downtown and the mountains.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on August 06, 2015, 12:37:13 AM
I'd suggest the side of the park by the science museum. There are fountains and you'll get a view of downtown and the mountains.
ty
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on August 10, 2015, 07:21:30 PM
If you want more scenic then maybe go to city park by Colorado and 20th and then take Colorado to i70 to the airport.
stunning!
(http://i60.tinypic.com/zv8n6e.jpg)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 12, 2015, 11:59:19 PM
Going to Denver next week, Sun-Thurs, and am going through a ton of information in this thread trying to plan our itinerary. Thanks to everyone for your pointers and ideas!
Quick question - which King Soopers has the kosher bakery?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nochum18 on August 13, 2015, 12:01:00 AM
They both have but I think the one on the east side has more stuff
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 13, 2015, 12:14:00 AM
Quick question - which King Soopers has the kosher bakery?
There are four that do. One on Belleview and Yosemite by the southeast community and one on Hampden and Monaco.

There is also one on Monaco and Leetsdale right by Brooklyn pizza and one on Cherry and Leetsdale two blocks from the east side kosher deli. Both the Leetsdale King Soopers are in close proximity to the east side community.

All four king soopers also have kosher meat and kosher sections.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 13, 2015, 12:38:49 AM
There are four that do. One on Belleview and Yosemite by the southeast community and one on Hampden and Monaco.

There is also one on Monaco and Leetsdale right by Brooklyn pizza and one on Cherry and Leetsdale two blocks from the east side kosher deli. Both the Leetsdale King Soopers are in close proximity to the east side community.

All four king soopers also have kosher meat and kosher sections.
Perfect, thanks!
Next question - I'm staying in Lakewood on West Hampden Ave. What are my best davening options?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 13, 2015, 01:01:18 AM
Perfect, thanks!
Next question - I'm staying in Lakewood on West Hampden Ave. What are my best davening options?
Where on West Hampden. You're likely very far out of the community. Your best options would be either Congregation Zera Abraham on 1560 Winona Ct or Yeshiva Toras Chaim on 1555 Stuart St. I'm not sure what davening times the yeshiva has now that it's bein hazmanim. CZA has zmanim online, here's the link http://zeraabraham.com/luach-and-shul-zmanim/.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 13, 2015, 01:31:50 AM
YTC has 730 shachris
The Kollel (1516 xavier 3rd floor) has 745 mincha and 900 maariv
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: David R on August 13, 2015, 09:00:00 AM
There are four that do. One on Belleview and Yosemite by the southeast community and one on Hampden and Monaco.

There is also one on Monaco and Leetsdale right by Brooklyn pizza and one on Cherry and Leetsdale two blocks from the east side kosher deli. Both the Leetsdale King Soopers are in close proximity to the east side community.

All four king soopers also have kosher meat and kosher sections.
What about on Sheridan across the street from Sloan Lake? No kosher bakery there?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 13, 2015, 09:12:05 AM
Where on West Hampden. You're likely very far out of the community. Your best options would be either Congregation Zera Abraham on 1560 Winona Ct or Yeshiva Toras Chaim on 1555 Stuart St. I'm not sure what davening times the yeshiva has now that it's bein hazmanim. CZA has zmanim online, here's the link http://zeraabraham.com/luach-and-shul-zmanim/.
Staying at the Residence Inn. Is that far from Toras Chaim?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 13, 2015, 10:49:13 AM
What about on Sheridan across the street from Sloan Lake? No kosher bakery there?

No.

Staying at the Residence Inn. Is that far from Toras Chaim?

Use google maps? I'd guesstimate you're staying about 10 miles away.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 13, 2015, 10:55:26 AM
No.

Use google maps? I'd guesstimate you're staying about 10 miles away.
Not too bad. Ok thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 13, 2015, 10:41:24 PM
What is there to do in Rocky Mountain National Park with an 18 month old? I want to do Trail Ridge Road, but I'm worried that he may not be able to sit in the car for that long after having sat in the car for two hours just to get to the Park...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: DRX on August 13, 2015, 11:24:24 PM
Will be spending a weekend in Boulder. Any recommendations on where to stay, things to do?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 23, 2015, 03:38:28 PM
Hey all,
just got back from an incredible Sun-Thur trip to Denver. I went with my wife, 18 month old son, and my single sister. We really packed it in and managed to do quite a bit, especially given the fact that we had an 18 month old with us...
 Is there any interest in a trip report? It would be a lot of work, but if there is any interest, and more specifically, if it would be helpful to others interested in seeing the beauty of Colorado with a very young child, I would do it. Let me know.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 23, 2015, 03:50:56 PM
of course there is!
especially on areas or things that don't have a clear TR.
(I'm still working on mine from a few weeks ago.)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 23, 2015, 04:45:26 PM
Hey all,
just got back from an incredible Sun-Thur trip to Denver. I went with my wife, 18 month old son, and my single sister. We really packed it in and managed to do quite a bit, especially given the fact that we had an 18 month old with us...
 Is there any interest in a trip report? It would be a lot of work, but if there is any interest, and more specifically, if it would be helpful to others interested in seeing the beauty of Colorado with a very young child, I would do it. Let me know.
Yes, please! Always good to get reviews of what to do.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 23, 2015, 08:54:42 PM
Yes, please! Always good to get reviews of what to do.
Lol, I got half of my ideas from your TR!  ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 23, 2015, 08:57:18 PM
Of course who doesn't want TRs? But make sure to add a lot of pictures!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 23, 2015, 10:26:26 PM
Of course who doesn't want TRs? But make sure to add a lot of pictures!
Definitely! IMO, the best/main part of TRs are the pics. Descriptions are nice, but for me, I only really get a good idea of a place when I see pics.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 23, 2015, 10:29:52 PM
Lol, I got half of my ideas from your TR!  ;)
Heh, that's great to hear. Makes writing them even more worth it.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on August 23, 2015, 11:57:52 PM
Heh, that's great to hear. Makes writing them even more worth it.
Yup, it was really helpful.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: tzifanya54 on August 26, 2015, 01:43:27 AM
Can anyone suggest a good place for a third date in the Denver area? Like something more than a hotel but not too happening...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 26, 2015, 02:07:22 AM
Can anyone suggest a good place for a third date in the Denver area? Like something more than a hotel but not too happening...
Pm sent
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 27, 2015, 07:05:53 AM
Hey all,
just got back from an incredible Sun-Thur trip to Denver. I went with my wife, 18 month old son, and my single sister. We really packed it in and managed to do quite a bit, especially given the fact that we had an 18 month old with us...
 Is there any interest in a trip report? It would be a lot of work, but if there is any interest, and more specifically, if it would be helpful to others interested in seeing the beauty of Colorado with a very young child, I would do it. Let me know.
of course there is!
especially on areas or things that don't have a clear TR.
(I'm still working on mine from a few weeks ago.)
We're waiiiiting ;D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: beeweegee on October 27, 2015, 09:25:40 AM
We're waiiiiting ;D
Sorry!! The new semester started and life got busy and...  Bn ill get to it.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on October 27, 2015, 10:18:14 AM
Thanks for the reminder!
i'll try and get to it, honestly i had totally forgotten about it!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 27, 2015, 10:22:24 AM
Glad I could be the reminder.  ;D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on October 28, 2015, 11:46:43 AM
Hey all,
just got back from an incredible Sun-Thur trip to Denver. I went with my wife, 18 month old son, and my single sister. We really packed it in and managed to do quite a bit, especially given the fact that we had an 18 month old with us...
 Is there any interest in a trip report? It would be a lot of work, but if there is any interest, and more specifically, if it would be helpful to others interested in seeing the beauty of Colorado with a very young child, I would do it. Let me know.
pls do       I'm planning a trip there now and would love to hear
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on November 01, 2015, 10:00:53 PM
Do any locals know how to get discount lift tickets at Beaver Creek?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on November 01, 2015, 10:10:23 PM
Do any locals know how to get discount lift tickets at Beaver Creek?
look into epic pass
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on November 01, 2015, 10:21:54 PM
look into epic pass
I'm considering it but only worth it if u go at least 4 days        any ways to get deals on single days?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on November 01, 2015, 10:24:35 PM
I'm considering it but only worth it if u go at least 4 days        any ways to get deals on single days?
doubt it
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on November 01, 2015, 10:25:38 PM
I'm considering it but only worth it if u go at least 4 days        any ways to get deals on single days?
I think your best bet would be a buddy pass discounted ticket from someone who has an epic pass
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on November 01, 2015, 10:28:40 PM
doubt it
ur prob right       seems like Vail Resorts monopolized the area :(
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on November 01, 2015, 10:30:01 PM
I think your best bet would be a buddy pass discounted ticket from someone who has an epic pass
is that the same as SWAF tickets? 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on November 01, 2015, 10:34:57 PM
is that the same as SWAF tickets?
I believe there are two types, swaf and buddy. Buddy are cheaper than swaf but pass holders have very limited numbers of both. Vail used to be much more generous a few years ago.

http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/pass-benefits/swaf.aspx
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on November 01, 2015, 10:39:12 PM
Aha      I dunno anyone giving out buddy tix     I guess il just shell out for the epicpass      and il be forced to make it worth it  :D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on November 01, 2015, 10:44:59 PM
Aha      I dunno anyone giving out buddy tix     I guess il just shell out for the epicpass      and il be forced to make it worth it  :D
Another option if you're not dead set in beaver would be crested butte. One night lodging plus four lift tickets for $260.

http://www.skicb.com/information/sales-events-0

You could also consider the 4x40 which would be steamboat and winter park

http://m.winterparkresort.com/#/page/276b795f-ff85-4bdf-a4cb-0ff9abe80fdf
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on November 01, 2015, 11:12:34 PM
Another option if you're not dead set in beaver would be crested butte. One night lodging plus four lift tickets for $260.

http://www.skicb.com/information/sales-events-0

You could also consider the 4x40 which would be steamboat and winter park

http://m.winterparkresort.com/#/page/276b795f-ff85-4bdf-a4cb-0ff9abe80fdf
thanx il check that out     but beaver creek has too much gg for it, its right near the  sheraton avon and eagle airport     excellent trail grooming and w/o the punks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 01, 2015, 11:17:59 PM
Do you not get ski/lift passes as part of staying at a hotel in these areas? (Not a big skier, sorry if that's an obvious question.)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on November 01, 2015, 11:18:55 PM
Do you not get ski/lift passes as part of staying at a hotel in these areas? (Not a big skier, sorry if that's an obvious question.)
maybe but deff not at the spg hotels
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on November 01, 2015, 11:19:25 PM
maybe but deff not at the spg hotels
Yeah, not on a free night
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on November 01, 2015, 11:26:56 PM
Yeah, not on a free night
the sheraton vista avon has lift ticket package options?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on November 01, 2015, 11:34:58 PM
the sheraton vista avon has lift ticket package options?
Not that I'm aware of. Stevie is a better person to talk to about hotel options.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on November 02, 2015, 12:45:05 AM
Not that I'm aware of. Stevie is a better person to talk to about hotel options.
hotels, yes. Hotel lift packages...no. Sorry not a skier.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on November 02, 2015, 12:59:43 AM
hotels, yes. Hotel lift packages...no. Sorry not a skier.
hav u stayed at the sheraton?      does spg gold status matter there at all?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on November 02, 2015, 01:33:33 AM
yes, 3-4 times. It's nice and fairly priced. It is not one of the nicest hotels in the area. It is on the bottom of the hill (avon) vs. the more upscale hotels are on the top of the hill (beaver creek). the view isn't as nice and i wouldn't know but i would guess that it is a bit of a pain when skiing as you would need a shuttle as opposed to accessing the lift from the hotel itself.

I always send the manager of any hotel i stay at a nice email including my Gold number and a personal request for an upgrade 24-48 hours before i arrive. I have found that roughly 75% of the time i get at least some upgrade. I'm guessing that Gold number helps but not as much without an email. That being said if you are going peak season, you most probably won't get an upgrade as they are usually at capacity. But it can't hurt to try.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: grodnoking on November 04, 2015, 01:01:56 AM
Anyone want to make it easier for me and update the wiki with skiing info? Want to gofor shabbos chanuka.  Tapa is taking years to load each page and I have 64 to go thru...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on November 04, 2015, 10:03:51 AM
Anyone want to make it easier for me and update the wiki with skiing info? Want to gofor shabbos chanuka.  Tapa is taking years to load each page and I have 64 to go thru...
what info you looking for?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: grodnoking on November 04, 2015, 10:19:23 AM
what info you looking for?
Which places are good, but stll close to jews. Or has a minyin shabbos chanuka. Prices...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on November 04, 2015, 11:05:29 AM
Which places are good, but stll close to jews. Or has a minyin shabbos chanuka. Prices...
I have no idea what is good or prices but i think the closest to denver is winterpark,
 and i imagine that vail chabad should have a minyan shabbos chanukah although they do not regularly have. If so there are plenty of places near there (vail, brekenridge,avon, beavercreek, etc)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on November 04, 2015, 11:07:05 AM
Which places are good, but stll close to jews. Or has a minyin shabbos chanuka. Prices...
I have no idea what is good or prices but i think the closest to denver is winterpark,
 and i imagine that vail chabad should have a minyan shabbos chanukah although they do not regularly have. If so there are plenty of places near there (vail, brekenridge,avon, beavercreek, etc)
I would imagine as well. Your best bet is probably calling vail chabbad. Some of the best skiing in that part of colorado is at vail and beavercreek which are like 20-30 minute drives from each other.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 04, 2015, 12:52:50 PM
Yeah but for Shabbos, I imagine he wants to be walking distance to Chabad. Vail is the only option then, no?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on November 04, 2015, 01:57:43 PM
Yeah but for Shabbos, I imagine he wants to be walking distance to Chabad. Vail is the only option then, no?
If he wants to be in the mountains for shabbos near a minyan yes
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on January 18, 2016, 04:46:45 PM
I was told that there will be a Minyan this week at Beaver Creek for Yeshivah Vacation.

Does anyone have any info on that?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 18, 2016, 07:21:00 PM
I was told that there will be a Minyan this week at Beaver Creek for Yeshivah Vacation.

Does anyone have any info on that?

Maybe contact the Vail Chabad, they may know.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: elibeli2 on January 18, 2016, 09:42:33 PM
Maybe contact the Vail Chabad, they may know.

Thanks, he was the one who told me about the Minyan, but did not have his contact info.

I got his contact info from the Hotel.

Minyanim will be at the Charter hotel. PM for more info.

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on March 20, 2016, 04:02:31 PM
Would a summer trip rocky mountains Colorado with kids age 11-4 work? are there attractions that will keep kids busy?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on March 22, 2016, 02:10:23 AM
Would a summer trip rocky mountains Colorado with kids age 11-4 work? are there attractions that will keep kids busy?
Yes.
While there are certainly more kid friendly places, if you stay a bit closer to city centers such as Glenwood springs, denver, colorado springs, central city, or estes park you will find things like zoos, amusement parks, rides, old west shows, hot springs, train rides, tubing etc. and you can still get in some of the astoundingly beautiful areas of colorado
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 04, 2016, 07:39:30 PM
Thoughts on going to PH BC when it's not ski season?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 04, 2016, 08:13:43 PM
That's more steeeveknowsbest's area but I recall last year seeing paid rates at ~160 a night in August.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 04, 2016, 08:50:23 PM
That's more steeeveknowsbest's area but I recall last year seeing paid rates at ~160 a night in August.
Not talking about cost, more about is it worth it? How much is there to do, etc.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on April 04, 2016, 10:29:47 PM
Not talking about cost, more about is it worth it? How much is there to do, etc.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=49934.msg1068867#msg1068867
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 04, 2016, 11:58:07 PM
Not talking about cost, more about is it worth it? How much is there to do, etc.

Tons of stuff to do and Beaver creek is so beautiful in the summer.  If you have SPG points though maybe see about booking a Westin villa with a kitchen close by.  Also a beautiful property and I just greatly prefer a villa over a hotel room.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 05, 2016, 01:51:57 AM
The truth is it really depends when and what you want do and whom you are with.

May and June are mud season in the mountains, hotels are super cheap, but snow sports are done (besides for skiing an A-Basin) and hiking, biking and outdoorsy summer activities are often very muddy.

July and August are amazing but crowded and expensive in places like Beaver Creek and Aspen etc. 

Personally i would prefer to locate myself somewhere where there are less upper class hotels but also more nature and less tourists. Such as Glenwood Springs, Estes Park, Bueno Vista, Gunnison, Grand Lake etc.

But then again it depends on how long and the ages and interests of your trip. If need to be near typical child friendly attractions but want to get out of Denver BC or even Colorado Springs may be the best bet.

Either way you can always find something to do and some breathtaking veiws in any of the above.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on April 05, 2016, 08:38:46 AM
How many days do to need to cover the highlights of the mountains in the summer.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 05, 2016, 10:00:34 AM
How many days do to need to cover the highlights of the mountains in the summer.
A lifetime
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 05, 2016, 10:17:42 AM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=49934.msg1068867#msg1068867
Eh, that doesn't really explain what there is to do besides a chair lift. :P

Tons of stuff to do and Beaver creek is so beautiful in the summer.  If you have SPG points though maybe see about booking a Westin villa with a kitchen close by.  Also a beautiful property and I just greatly prefer a villa over a hotel room.
Was actually thinking CH Pesach... So, kitchen won't be necessary, and several hotel rooms should be fine. Glad to know there are things to do even when it's not snowing, but what do you think of Pesach time? Kinda in between ski and summer seasons...

The truth is it really depends when and what you want do and whom you are with.

May and June are mud season in the mountains, hotels are super cheap, but snow sports are done (besides for skiing an A-Basin) and hiking, biking and outdoorsy summer activities are often very muddy.

July and August are amazing but crowded and expensive in places like Beaver Creek and Aspen etc. 

Personally i would prefer to locate myself somewhere where there are less upper class hotels but also more nature and less tourists. Such as Glenwood Springs, Estes Park, Bueno Vista, Gunnison, Grand Lake etc.

But then again it depends on how long and the ages and interests of your trip. If need to be near typical child friendly attractions but want to get out of Denver BC or even Colorado Springs may be the best bet.

Either way you can always find something to do and some breathtaking veiws in any of the above.
This would be taking my in-laws and their kids who are all older. No need for kid things. But, I definitely want to treat them to a fancy area and a nice resort. We do the less famous places on our short day trips normally. I'm sure my MIL will find activities to do in BC, but was just asking for opinions here too. Again, this is Pesach time, so I'm curious what will be open.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 05, 2016, 01:08:44 PM
Eh, that doesn't really explain what there is to do besides a chair lift. :P
Was actually thinking CH Pesach... So, kitchen won't be necessary, and several hotel rooms should be fine. Glad to know there are things to do even when it's not snowing, but what do you think of Pesach time? Kinda in between ski and summer seasons...
This would be taking my in-laws and their kids who are all older. No need for kid things. But, I definitely want to treat them to a fancy area and a nice resort. We do the less famous places on our short day trips normally. I'm sure my MIL will find activities to do in BC, but was just asking for opinions here too. Again, this is Pesach time, so I'm curious what will be open.

If it's Chol Hamoed Pesach, then maybe stay near Breckenridge because A-Basin will still be open for skiing.  Since my kids are off so early before Pesach, we're planning to go up to ski a few days that week before Pesach.  Breckenridge is open right now until 4/24 but if we get more snow may stay longer (they just extended Vail another week). 

Can still go Hiking, etc.  Not sure if the tubing and fun park in Fraser will still be open then but worth a check.  Check out Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breck and a new, stunning ski-in, ski-out property with gorgeous pools, spa, private movie theaters to reserve for free.  It's a timeshare and since it's super low season you could stay in a huge 2BR villa, sleeps 8, for $242 a night (even less if someone wants to waste time on their tour)...don't waste your points on CH Pesach low season in the mountains. :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 05, 2016, 01:55:31 PM
If it's Chol Hamoed Pesach, then maybe stay near Breckenridge because A-Basin will still be open for skiing.  Since my kids are off so early before Pesach, we're planning to go up to ski a few days that week before Pesach.  Breckenridge is open right now until 4/24 but if we get more snow may stay longer (they just extended Vail another week). 
for Ch pesach loveland will still be open.. they are closest and cheapest and you can buy transferable fourpacks of tickets on Craigslist. They stay open until about a week after pesach
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 05, 2016, 06:52:24 PM
Thanks guys. So, I should have also explained that I don't think we were looking to go skiing, either. We've gone to Vail in the summer and there was plenty to do, so my main question is - will there be plenty to do in April, low season, particularly in BC.

The GM of the PH offered me about $300 off a 2br suite (so around $500), which probably can't even fit the 3 adult kids we'd be bringing along (only 1 couch), so we'd probably still get a separate room in addition to the suite. I do like the look of the Grand Lodge you showed me especially bc it has 2 couches and only $242!!! I guess I got caught up in the idea of going to the PH. But anyway, here's what the GM said:

Also with it being Spring the mountain is closed for skiing and the village of Beaver Creek is very quiet with shops and restaurants closed.  Avon, Edwards and Vail will have restaurant and shopping options for you.

Avon is the closest at 1 hour away. How the heck is that an "option"?! Lol So, if the GM doesn't think there's anything to do...

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on April 05, 2016, 07:21:34 PM
Avon is the closest at 1 hour away. How the heck is that an "option"?! Lol So, if the GM doesn't think there's anything to do...
maybe im misunderstanding you, but Avon to Beaver Creek = 5 min drive
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: cf on April 05, 2016, 07:36:16 PM
maybe im misunderstanding you, but Avon to Beaver Creek = 5 min drive
Beaver Creek is in Avon.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 05, 2016, 07:43:16 PM
I think I was looking at walking directions. *monkey covering face emoji*
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 05, 2016, 09:17:18 PM
Thanks guys. So, I should have also explained that I don't think we were looking to go skiing, either. We've gone to Vail in the summer and there was plenty to do, so my main question is - will there be plenty to do in April, low season, particularly in BC.

The GM of the PH offered me about $300 off a 2br suite (so around $500), which probably can't even fit the 3 adult kids we'd be bringing along (only 1 couch), so we'd probably still get a separate room in addition to the suite. I do like the look of the Grand Lodge you showed me especially bc it has 2 couches and only $242!!! I guess I got caught up in the idea of going to the PH. But anyway, here's what the GM said:

Also with it being Spring the mountain is closed for skiing and the village of Beaver Creek is very quiet with shops and restaurants closed.  Avon, Edwards and Vail will have restaurant and shopping options for you.

Avon is the closest at 1 hour away. How the heck is that an "option"?! Lol So, if the GM doesn't think there's anything to do...
The GM is talking about the sort of amenities that you don't care about at all but that most people who stay at ski resorts care very much about. He is talking about the convenience and ambiance of having many food options and shopping options where you stay so that you won't need to travel too far or at all and you get the feeling of being in a mini village.

 If you want to do activities in the vicinity such as a hike or an ATV tour or a scenic drive like mount evans the season shouldn't affect you too much.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 05, 2016, 09:34:02 PM
If you want to do activities in the vicinity such as a hike or an ATV tour or a scenic drive like mount evans the season shouldn't affect you too much.
On the last part, Mount Evans is significantly closer to Denver than Beaver Creek; it's close to 3 hrs away. If I would do that type of drive from Beaver I would far sooner go to the northern part of the Black Canyons or visit Aspen or Steamboat.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 05, 2016, 09:50:51 PM
The GM is talking about the sort of amenities that you don't care about at all but that most people who stay at ski resorts care very much about. He is talking about the convenience and ambiance of having many food options and shopping options where you stay so that you won't need to travel too far or at all and you get the feeling of being in a mini village.

 If you want to do activities in the vicinity such as a hike or an ATV tour or a scenic drive like mount evans the season shouldn't affect you too much.
Good point. So, then I guess the question is, is there something special at PH over other hotels that could be had for cheaper? I would be using cash at PH, so therefore, I'd consider cash at other options.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on April 05, 2016, 10:11:26 PM
Btw there's a code for avis from the state of Florida (you could find it by Googling wiki Dansdeals car rental codes) that I've used and told my friends to use which gives the best rates was $97 for suv 10 days
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 05, 2016, 11:24:10 PM
On the last part, Mount Evans is significantly closer to Denver than Beaver Creek; it's close to 3 hrs away. If I would do that type of drive from Beaver I would far sooner go to the northern part of the Black Canyons or visit Aspen or Steamboat.
true dat!
just throwing out types of ideas
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on April 06, 2016, 01:32:18 AM
Beaver Creek is in Avon.
technically not     (Iv been there a couple of times and) wikipedia says "Beaver Creek Resort is a major ski resort in the western United States, near Avon"
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 06, 2016, 04:49:38 AM
Good point. So, then I guess the question is, is there something special at PH over other hotels that could be had for cheaper? I would be using cash at PH, so therefore, I'd consider cash at other options.
I don't think so... There are quite a few very nice places in that area especially a bit further like in vail
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 06, 2016, 07:55:27 AM
I don't think so... There are quite a few very nice places in that area especially a bit further like in vail

+1. There are so many nice places and if you are paying and not using points or certs, stay at the property that gives you the best possible price/value ratio.  All these mountain towns have the same cool stuff to do, hiking, atv, horseback riding.  Breckinridge is a real functional town, not just a tourist destination so it doesn't shut down like other primarily tourist destinations.  The 2br in Breck I gave you has a King in one BR, 2 queens in the other Br PLUS a pull out couch.  Even if you decide to go to Vail/BC, remember, I know it is painful to not use points or pay for nights and not get points but there is also value in getting more space and not being crammed into awkward sleeping arrangements with your in-laws! 😂😂
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on April 06, 2016, 08:38:03 AM
Would a summer trip rocky mountains Colorado with kids age 11-4 work? are there attractions that will keep kids busy?

So I booked a trip last week in August, arriving Denver Sunday 11 am till Friday early morning. So we have 4 full days.

I want to use my airbnb credit (thanks amex) what area should we place ourselves?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 06, 2016, 08:53:17 AM
So I booked a trip last week in August, arriving Denver Sunday 11 am till Friday early morning. So we have 4 full days.

I want to use my airbnb credit (thanks amex) what area should we place ourselves?

Big ones are Breckenridge, Vail or Beaver Creek.  CO public schools will already be back in session then so it should be great weather without big crowds.  If you want a daily minyan, the only place you might have it is Vail.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 06, 2016, 09:52:35 AM
I don't think so... There are quite a few very nice places in that area especially a bit further like in vail
Isn't Vail closer to Denver than BC? Gmaps seems to say so by about 20 minutes.

+1. There are so many nice places and if you are paying and not using points or certs, stay at the property that gives you the best possible price/value ratio.  All these mountain towns have the same cool stuff to do, hiking, atv, horseback riding.  Breckinridge is a real functional town, not just a tourist destination so it doesn't shut down like other primarily tourist destinations.  The 2br in Breck I gave you has a King in one BR, 2 queens in the other Br PLUS a pull out couch.  Even if you decide to go to Vail/BC, remember, I know it is painful to not use points or pay for nights and not get points but there is also value in getting more space and not being crammed into awkward sleeping arrangements with your in-laws! 😂😂
Grand Lodge actually seems to have 2br with king bed in 1 room, king bed in 2nd room, and 2 couches. At least the room type I was looking at.

Anyway, we've been to Vail Village/Lionshead twice in the summer. We've already walked around the town and the shops and took a trip up to Piney River Ranch across the street for horseback riding. So, while there are nice hotels there, too, I was thinking of going to a new place...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on April 06, 2016, 10:23:38 AM
Isn't Vail closer to Denver than BC? Gmaps seems to say so by about 20 minutes
vail to BC = abt 20 min     
vail to denver = abt 1 hour 40 min
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 06, 2016, 03:48:05 PM
Isn't Vail closer to Denver than BC? Gmaps seems to say so by about 20 minutes.
Grand Lodge actually seems to have 2br with king bed in 1 room, king bed in 2nd room, and 2 couches. At least the room type I was looking at.

Anyway, we've been to Vail Village/Lionshead twice in the summer. We've already walked around the town and the shops and took a trip up to Piney River Ranch across the street for horseback riding. So, while there are nice hotels there, too, I was thinking of going to a new place...

If you want a different place then try Breck, BC or since there are probably some smokin' deals to be had in this super low season, maybe this is your chance to go to Aspen. I checked and the Hyatt Residence Club in Aspen (also a timeshare but you can accrue Hyatt points) is $433 per night for 2 BRm or $595 for a 3Br and you will accrue Gold Passport points.  I'd never pay that much but I don't know how much you were willing to spend at the Hyatt in BC...if these amounts are similar then I'd head over to Aspen!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 06, 2016, 03:51:03 PM
If you want a different place then try Breck, BC or since there are probably some smokin' deals to be had in this super low season, maybe this is your chance to go to Aspen. I checked and the Hyatt Residence Club in Aspen (also a timeshare but you can accrue Hyatt points) is $433 per night for 2 BRm or $595 for a 3Br and you will accrue Gold Passport points.  I'd never pay that much but I don't know how much you were willing to spend at the Hyatt in BC...if these amounts are similar then I'd head over to Aspen!
Was looking into Aspen, especially because there's a nice looking Choice Ascend Collection property for 16K/night but boy, it's a drive! 3.5 hours. I haven't looked at every possible hotel, but the Grand Lodge you pointed out sure seems like a great option in Breckinridge...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 06, 2016, 03:54:12 PM
Was looking into Aspen, especially because there's a nice looking Choice Ascend Collection property for 16K/night but boy, it's a drive! 3.5 hours. I haven't looked at every possible hotel, but the Grand Lodge you pointed out sure seems like a great option in Breckinridge...

I personally think it's the best all around.  Closer to Denver, cheap (also no resort fees and free parking), great amenities and town!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 06, 2016, 04:28:27 PM
I personally think it's the best all around.  Closer to Denver, cheap (also no resort fees and free parking), great amenities and town!
Thanks for all the tips (you and everyone else)!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 06, 2016, 06:41:08 PM
Was looking into Aspen, especially because there's a nice looking Choice Ascend Collection property for 16K/night but boy, it's a drive! 3.5 hours. I haven't looked at every possible hotel, but the Grand Lodge you pointed out sure seems like a great option in Breckinridge...
Aspen really nice plus close to snowmass and you can even drive from there to glenwood springs in about 45 minutes (which is an awesome drive, by far the nicest spot on the 70) and that opens up your activities options quite a bit
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on April 06, 2016, 09:24:54 PM
Big ones are Breckenridge, Vail or Beaver Creek.  CO public schools will already be back in session then so it should be great weather without big crowds.  If you want a daily minyan, the only place you might have it is Vail.
how about glenwood springs?
Granted it is far from denver, but there a lot of family stuff nearby as well as being right smack dab in the middle of a whole bunch of popular places.
There are the springs and yampa caves
glenwood caverns, and glenwood caverns adventure park
you are within driving distance to hanging lake
you are within driving distance to maroon bells
aspen is pretty close
etc.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 11, 2016, 03:34:37 PM
Check out Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breck and a new, stunning ski-in, ski-out property with gorgeous pools, spa, private movie theaters to reserve for free.  It's a timeshare and since it's super low season you could stay in a huge 2BR villa, sleeps 8, for $242 a night (even less if someone wants to waste time on their tour)...don't waste your points on CH Pesach low season in the mountains. :)
Unfortunately, $242 doesn't include taxes or resort fees, cleaning fees, etc. $290 per night is more accurate. $220 if you're willing to go on the timeshare tour. Just booked it for 2 nights w/o the tour. Thanks for the tips! Family is super excited!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 11, 2016, 09:55:28 PM
Unfortunately, $242 doesn't include taxes or resort fees, cleaning fees, etc. $290 per night is more accurate. $220 if you're willing to go on the timeshare tour. Just booked it for 2 nights w/o the tour. Thanks for the tips! Family is super excited!

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 12, 2016, 12:21:52 PM
Actually, just really finalized the booking, and got them to drop 10% (~$60) for the hassles I went through with booking. (Some reps couldn't see my reservation and I was transferred around a lot.) Woohoo!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on April 27, 2016, 12:08:35 AM
looking for somewhere to stay in winter park CO for second days of yom tov (April 28th - May 1st) with points. I have 100k Amex, 100k UR, and 30k SPG TIA
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 27, 2016, 07:18:10 PM
looking for somewhere to stay in winter park CO for second days of yom tov (April 28th - May 1st) with points. I have 100k Amex, 100k UR, and 30k SPG TIA

There are no chain hotels in Winter Park.  If you can switch cities I'd stay at the Sheraton or Westin in Avon (near Beaver Creek).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on April 27, 2016, 09:52:44 PM
There are no chain hotels in Winter Park.  If you can switch cities I'd stay at the Sheraton or Westin in Avon (near Beaver Creek).

I don't think those mountains are still open. Have you ever skied winter park?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: 000 on May 05, 2016, 12:48:49 AM
I will be landing in Denver @ 2 PM on a Sunday in August is there anything local that I can do a nice park etc etc. thnx in advance
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 06, 2016, 10:25:28 AM
I will be landing in Denver @ 2 PM on a Sunday in August is there anything local that I can do a nice park etc etc. thnx in advance
Check the WIKI if that doesn't help be a bit more specific and I'll try and help
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: etech0 on May 11, 2016, 05:08:40 PM
I will be landing in Denver @ 2 PM on a Sunday in August is there anything local that I can do a nice park etc etc. thnx in advance
City Park is gorgeous
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: 000 on May 15, 2016, 08:27:28 PM
Thanks to all for your suggestions. Another question: what is the most scenic route from Rocky Mountain National Park to park hyatt beaver creek. Based on google maps I have a few options should I go through the park and take 34 to 40 to 9  to I 70, (or any other combination of roads like the 40 straight to I 70), or should I backtrack and take 7 to 72 down to the I 70. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on May 16, 2016, 12:08:13 AM
Thanks to all for your suggestions. Another question: what is the most scenic route from Rocky Mountain National Park to park hyatt beaver creek. Based on google maps I have a few options should I go through the park and take 34 to 40 to 9  to I 70, (or any other combination of roads like the 40 straight to I 70), or should I backtrack and take 7 to 72 down to the I 70. Thanks in advance.

40 to the 70 is scenic and still won't take you forever ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on May 19, 2016, 06:16:45 PM
I wanted to let anyone visiting that the deli restaurant has revised their menu.  They took out a lot of things and added things as well.  All the new things that i have tried were amazing! They have a new seasonal menu that they will switch every few months.  Additionally, they are planning to revamp the sushi menu.  Hope yaall enjoy your visit!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 25, 2016, 03:45:10 PM
I thought the babychicken was delicious.
What else have you tried and would advise?
Title: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on May 25, 2016, 10:57:07 PM
I thought the babychicken was delicious.
What else have you tried and would advise?

Baby chicken is great, pastrami spring roll, delmonico steak, lamb beef rouladine, steak salad (all their salads now have romaine lettuce), beet salad all very very good!!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 26, 2016, 12:55:43 AM
Nice!
Major improvement on the dishes and presentation of dishes as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on May 29, 2016, 09:38:12 PM
So we are a large group going to Denver and area for a week in late June (very diverse ages).  We have no specific plans but up for moderate hiking and outdoorsy stuff.  Scenic areas are a must.  Any ideas on where to start an itinerary and what to do for shabbos? The TR look real good but a bit overwhelming.

Also, anyone know if Patrick Roy lives in Denver during the off-season.  Would love to meet him!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on May 29, 2016, 09:52:05 PM
How about coming to Boulder and using that as a base to go to other areas?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on May 30, 2016, 09:41:42 PM
Boulder may be a good starting place although there isn't much to do hiking wise in boulder (besides for chautauqua) it is fairly close to brainard lake area, eldorado canyon, estes park and rocky mountain national park. It's also pretty close to Denver which is where i would recommend you spend Shabbos.
Alternatively you might consider starting somewhere further into the mountains such as aspen or breckenridge. If you have the time and don't mind the drive i would most strongly suggest doing what i did last summer ,(yes yes i know i still owe ya'll a TR) basing yourself in the Telluride area, it's unbelievably beautiful, with ouray, durango, gunnison and black canyon all in the relative area
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on May 30, 2016, 11:18:34 PM
No idea when it happened but I just saw that Vail Cascade Resort is now part of SPG, so now another good points option in the mountains.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on May 30, 2016, 11:32:20 PM
No idea when it happened but I just saw that Vail Cascade Resort is now part of SPG, so now another good points option in the mountains.
Woah....
Stayed there and had a grand time.
Thanks for the good find.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 30, 2016, 11:33:58 PM
No idea when it happened but I just saw that Vail Cascade Resort is now part of SPG, so now another good points option in the mountains.
Do you think that applies to all Rock Resorts hotels?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on May 30, 2016, 11:37:12 PM
Do you think that applies to all Rock Resorts hotels?

No idea.  Go do some research for us!  :P
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 30, 2016, 11:39:57 PM
No idea.  Go do some research for us! 
So it doesn't seem that Breck or Keystone have additional properties. I wouldn't know if anything was added at Park City or by Tahoe.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mord1 on June 09, 2016, 08:57:56 AM
Do any of the places in Estes park allow you to stay 2 or 1 night? Most seem to have a 3 night minimum, any ideas? Also, most seem to not have AC or dies if get hot at night in July or is it cool enough?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on June 14, 2016, 04:48:24 PM
it is usually cool enough and you don't need an air conditioner especially at nights
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TDR on June 17, 2016, 11:25:12 AM
Hey,
Anyone have any ides for good SPG properties in colorodo for a ski trip? Preferably looking for a ski-in/ski-out place.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on June 17, 2016, 11:58:32 AM
Hey,
Anyone have any ides for good SPG properties in colorodo for a ski trip? Preferably looking for a ski-in/ski-out place.

Thanks!
How about the Westin Riverfront resort and Spa at Beaver Creek?
( i assume this is for next winter)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TDR on June 17, 2016, 12:05:41 PM
Ya next winter. planning already :)
Have you stayed there before? How was your experiance?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on June 17, 2016, 12:33:04 PM
Ya next winter. planning already :)
Have you stayed there before? How was your experiance?

I think that Westin may be the only ski-in-ski-out property.  I haven't slept there but I've been to their spa and it's gorgeous and the location, views and everything are amazing.  Plus, since it has timeshare villas attached that you can also book on points you can get a kitchen as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on June 17, 2016, 01:22:26 PM
Westin isnt really ski in/out, if you stay there you will prob end up taking the shuttle up to the main base of the mnt. If you wanna save points your better off gg to the sheraton (10k spg) which is 2 blocks away from the westin.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on June 17, 2016, 01:25:57 PM
Ya next winter. planning already :)
Have you stayed there before? How was your experiance?
Just stayed at the westin and loved it! But it was summer time so cant tell you about the winter time.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TDR on June 17, 2016, 01:46:27 PM
Westin isnt really ski in/out, if you stay there you will prob end up taking the shuttle up to the main base of the mnt. If you wanna save points your better off gg to the sheraton (10k spg) which is 2 blocks away from the westin.

Any other places are really ski in/ski out? I dont mind spending the points
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: TDR on June 17, 2016, 01:47:45 PM
I think that Westin may be the only ski-in-ski-out property.  I haven't slept there but I've been to their spa and it's gorgeous and the location, views and everything are amazing.  Plus, since it has timeshare villas attached that you can also book on points you can get a kitchen as well.

Are the villas bookable online or do I need to call? Also are they considered the same catagory or require more points?
I'm a newbie at this.... :)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on June 17, 2016, 02:30:36 PM
Any other places are really ski in/ski out? I dont mind spending the points
the problem with the Westin (regarding ski in/out) is that the ski lift by the hotel takes you to the wrong part of the mnt, and will take a long time to make it to the top. If you have marriot points consider the vail marriot, I think its a much better option (and you get the vail back bowls)
 
Unless your gonna go back to the hotel for lunch I think ski in is overrated
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on June 17, 2016, 02:34:03 PM
Are the villas bookable online or do I need to call? Also are they considered the same catagory or require more points?
I'm a newbie at this.... :)
Thanks!
Yes you can book villas online.  We stayed at a villa and it was great and was way bigger then a hotel room and cheaper! Although i think it was a fluke the price we got as the spg guy was in shock at how low it was.  And yes same category points wise, although we didnt use points since it wasnt worth it.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on June 17, 2016, 05:52:36 PM
the problem with the Westin (regarding ski in/out) is that the ski lift by the hotel takes you to the wrong part of the mnt, and will take a long time to make it to the top. If you have marriot points consider the vail marriot, I think its a much better option (and you get the vail back bowls)
 
Unless your gonna go back to the hotel for lunch I think ski in is overrated

If we aren't only looking at ski-in-ski out then yes the Sheraton and Lakeside Terrace close by are good options (also timeshares so will have kitchen facilities) and now that Vail Cascade is part of SPG that might be a one to look at also.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on June 17, 2016, 06:41:46 PM
If we aren't only looking at ski-in-ski out then yes the Sheraton and Lakeside Terrace close by are good options (also timeshares so will have kitchen facilities) and now that Vail Cascade is part of SPG that might be a one to look at also.
True. Im only saying all ski in/out arent created equal, and I dont like the ski in/out by the westin because it takes 3 lifts and over 20 min to get to the top of the bad part of Beaver Creek Mnt
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 01, 2016, 02:05:50 AM
My spacious apartment on the west side of Denver will be available for rent from July 20th until July 31st.
(Sleeps 5-7 plus crib)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 03, 2016, 11:17:54 AM
I am looking at going to Colorado with DW for about a week probably flying in Thursday  7/14 in the evening, staying in DEN for shabbos and then heading out somewhere nice for the rest of the week. The first things I need to figure out are
1) where to stay for shabbos
2) what to eat on shabbos
3) where to stay for the rest of the week, we are not interested in real hiking.

After that I'll need to find things to do

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated, PM's are welcome.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 03, 2016, 02:42:36 PM
I am looking at going to Colorado with DW for about a week probably flying in Thursday  7/14 in the evening, staying in DEN for shabbos and then heading out somewhere nice for the rest of the week. The first things I need to figure out are
1) where to stay for shabbos
2) what to eat on shabbos
3) where to stay for the rest of the week, we are not interested in real hiking.

After that I'll need to find things to do

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated, PM's are welcome.
I can help you find a shabbos host (i won't be home that Shabbos myself) but as far as planning which neighborhood, your activities and hotels for your trip, you will need to do some of your own research before others will help you. (you can start with the Wiki and TR's)

If you ask more specific questions though i will be more than glad to help.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 05, 2016, 05:33:59 PM
Going to Colorado mountains in the end of summer with kids

Renting a house through Airbnb. I figuer there may be a minyan in Vail. Any preference on Vail, Avon? Did I miss any location? Breckenridge seems like 45 min to vail.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 05, 2016, 08:43:06 PM
I am looking at going to Colorado with DW for about a week probably flying in Thursday  7/14 in the evening, staying in DEN for shabbos and then heading out somewhere nice for the rest of the week. The first things I need to figure out are
1) where to stay for shabbos
2) what to eat on shabbos
3) where to stay for the rest of the week, we are not interested in real hiking.

After that I'll need to find things to do

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated, PM's are welcome.
See wiki re: the 3 types of communities for Shabbos. Decide which one you want and then we can try to help find people to stay by. I'm not sure if there are hotels near any of the Shuls, definitely not on the East side.

Going to Colorado mountains in the end of summer with kids

Renting a house through Airbnb. I figuer there may be a minyan in Vail. Any preference on Vail, Avon? Did I miss any location? Breckenridge seems like 45 min to vail.
Chabad had a Minyan in Vail during the summer when I went. Breckenridge is far from Vail, like you said. Vail is expensive, but very nice. Don't really know the difference between there and Avon, though.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 05, 2016, 10:05:13 PM
Avon is another 10 min. past Vail and you shouldn't stay there if you want to have a Shabbos minyan.  If you're anyway paying, check out Sandstone Creek Club as their units have full kitchens, nice amenities and is right near the Chabad.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 05, 2016, 10:06:48 PM
Also, it's a shlep but there is a Staybridge Suites in the Eastside eruv and they are very "frum friendly" and have lots of kosher stuff at breakfast too.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 05, 2016, 10:35:10 PM
Avon is another 10 min. past Vail and you shouldn't stay there if you want to have a Shabbos minyan.  If you're anyway paying, check out Sandstone Creek Club as their units have full kitchens, nice amenities and is right near the Chabad.
Also, it's a shlep but there is a Staybridge Suites in the Eastside eruv and they are very "frum friendly" and have lots of kosher stuff at breakfast too.

Thanks

Im only going for midweek.
Im looking to book with Airbnb as I have 1k Airbnb credit (amex offer).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 06, 2016, 12:46:10 AM
Thanks

Im only going for midweek.
Im looking to book with Airbnb as I have 1k Airbnb credit (amex offer).

Ok sounds good.  On another note, anyone who wants free kids 2 day ski passes at Arapahoe Basin just google Kids Free 2 Ski and unlike the free kids Epic pass you don't have to be local and they are totally unrestricted!  Channukah is X-mas week so even though my kids have season passes they are restricted so now they can use these that week. ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on July 06, 2016, 02:22:38 PM
Also, it's a shlep but there is a Staybridge Suites in the Eastside eruv and they are very "frum friendly" and have lots of kosher stuff at breakfast too.

I just did a Colorado trip (Sunday to Sunday).  We stayed in Vail for shabbos.  We picked up food Thursday night in Denver at ESKD (tip - they don't make chulent and for some reason, even though they make gefilte fish, they did not give me a ready to eat loaf but frozen - so specify ready made).  Food was quite tasty.  There was a chabad and it did have minyan for shabbos morning only, so if friday night/Shabbos mincha is make or break... We booked a VRBO right across the street from chabad, only to find out that there was a bar mitzva in town and that davening was 2 miles away at the far end of Vail Village.  Lesson, if thinking about Vail for shabbos, call the Rabbi first and find out a) if there will be friday night/shabbos mincha, as applicable; and 2) confirm where davening will actually be that weekend (although I suppose a bar mitzvah is relatively rare.  If going in summer, check out whether it is a week that KMR tours is there, and perhaps you can work out something for food or and least daven there.

Also, before settling on Vail, we were thinking about staying in Denver.  We looked into hotels, including several in the east side .  There were 2 moderate price, easy walk and shabbos friendly.  However, we nixed the idea because the cleanliness ratings were awful on both.  Like really bad.  The other places were a combination of far, expensive and not shabbos friendly.

Enjoy, we did!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 06, 2016, 03:16:59 PM
I'm looking for a nice hotel either spg or Ihg that is great for one night stop from Denver to beaver Creek that's in a nice area near things to do... any suggestions?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 06, 2016, 04:18:13 PM
Ihg should have plenty in Frisco. Spg would have in Breckenridge. Lots to do in Frisco. Maybe rent a boat on Lake Dillon.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 06, 2016, 04:38:54 PM
Ihg should have plenty in Frisco. Spg would have in Breckenridge. Lots to do in Frisco. Maybe rent a boat on Lake Dillon.
Thanks MM

Do you know anything about minyanim or shuls in Frisco?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 06, 2016, 04:43:55 PM
So far as I know there are none
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on July 06, 2016, 06:50:50 PM
Thanks MM

Do you know anything about minyanim or shuls in Frisco?

Nothing in Frisco.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 06, 2016, 09:00:57 PM
How about Breckenridge?? I see a holiday inn express very close by to Breckenridge..
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on July 06, 2016, 09:14:06 PM
How about Breckenridge?? I see a holiday inn express very close by to Breckenridge..

Sorry but AFAIK, the only daily minyan in the area (absent some sort of hotel program) is in Denver.  Shabbos, you can find in Vail.  Perhaps a Denver person has other info. 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 06, 2016, 09:53:54 PM
Sorry but AFAIK, the only daily minyan in the area (absent some sort of hotel program) is in Denver.  Shabbos, you can find in Vail.  Perhaps a Denver person has other info.

Yep, only Denver Vail and then Aspen.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 07, 2016, 01:03:52 AM
And often other times in Colorado Springs,evergreen and boulder
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 07, 2016, 07:43:25 AM
And often other times in Colorado Springs,evergreen and boulder
Really? Didn't not know that!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 07, 2016, 09:08:35 AM
And also highlands ranch from my understanding
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 07, 2016, 09:30:45 AM
And also highlands ranch from my understanding
Where is that???
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 07, 2016, 09:54:34 AM
South Denver but only on Shabbos and not regularly
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 07, 2016, 10:17:09 AM
Really? Didn't not know that!
Sure, the chabad houses in those three places sometimes have weekday davening. I think Rabbi Wilhelm in boulder has Sunday tuesday and Friday mornings.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 07, 2016, 08:08:46 PM
Sure, the chabad houses in those three places sometimes have weekday davening. I think Rabbi Wilhelm in boulder has Sunday tuesday and Friday mornings.

Maybe R. Wilhelm has those few mornings but I wouldn't expect a weekday minyan from any of the other Chabad houses...the Shluchim often Daven in Denver after bringing their kids to school! ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on July 11, 2016, 12:15:30 AM
true dat... i think colorado springs is still a bit more frequent but bottom line ya can't count on them
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 12, 2016, 07:35:28 AM
Sure, the chabad houses in those three places sometimes have weekday davening. I think Rabbi Wilhelm in boulder has Sunday tuesday and Friday mornings.
Do you have a contact number for this Rabbi Wilhelm??
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 12, 2016, 10:20:27 AM
Anyone being in Boulder July 25/26?? I'm trying a minyan maker :-)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on July 12, 2016, 11:57:13 PM
Anyone being in Boulder July 25/26?? I'm trying a minyan maker :-)


Chabad Boulder?!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 12, 2016, 11:59:06 PM

Chabad Boulder?!!
Never mind. We decided to stay in Vail the full 4 days of our vacation as opposed to visiting boulder for the day.

Being in Vail July 25-28..
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 13, 2016, 09:58:24 AM
Never mind. We decided to stay in Vail the full 4 days of our vacation as opposed to visiting boulder for the day.

Being in Vail July 25-28..
Can always stop by Boulder on the way up to Vail. Or even better, Golden, for some Coors.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on July 13, 2016, 03:28:23 PM
Never mind. We decided to stay in Vail the full 4 days of our vacation as opposed to visiting boulder for the day.

Being in Vail July 25-28..

If you are staying in Vail, let me make the following two suggestions for your two of your days as they are relatively close by

1) Mt Evans drive and hikes + St Mary's Glacier Hike.  If you are early risers and are not slow hikers, if you time it right, you can definitely do the Golden, Colorado area also this day (Coors factory and some other things).  These three areas are each about 45 minutes from each other and can be done with the right timing.  However, if you are not so great with time and want hiking, Mt. Evans and Glacier are the musts.

2) Hanging Lake Trail and Rafting in Glenwood Springs.  Same as above  If you are early risers and are not slow hikers, if you time it right, you can definitely do the Glenwood Caverns adventure park and caverns.  As an end of day thing, the rides and cavern tours are certainly relaxing and enjoyable.  The trail, rafting and caverns are relatively close by to each other (like 15 - 20 minutes).  However, if you are not so great with time and want out doors things, Hanging Lake and rafting are the musts.  There are several rafting options in that area and are all basically the same.  We used Blue Sky because it worked with our timing.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 13, 2016, 05:08:27 PM
If you are staying in Vail, let me make the following two suggestions for your two of your days as they are relatively close by

1) Mt Evans drive and hikes + St Mary's Glacier Hike.  If you are early risers and are not slow hikers, if you time it right, you can definitely do the Golden, Colorado area also this day (Coors factory and some other things).  These three areas are each about 45 minutes from each other and can be done with the right timing.  However, if you are not so great with time and want hiking, Mt. Evans and Glacier are the musts.

2) Hanging Lake Trail and Rafting in Glenwood Springs.  Same as above  If you are early risers and are not slow hikers, if you time it right, you can definitely do the Glenwood Caverns adventure park and caverns.  As an end of day thing, the rides and cavern tours are certainly relaxing and enjoyable.  The trail, rafting and caverns are relatively close by to each other (like 15 - 20 minutes).  However, if you are not so great with time and want out doors things, Hanging Lake and rafting are the musts.  There are several rafting options in that area and are all basically the same.  We used Blue Sky because it worked with our timing.
Thanks so much for your suggestion. I will definitely take it into consideration. I appreciate you taking the time to comment..
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: pcgeek on July 13, 2016, 11:24:24 PM
If you are staying in Vail, let me make the following two suggestions for your two of your days as they are relatively close by

1) Mt Evans drive and hikes + St Mary's Glacier Hike.  If you are early risers and are not slow hikers, if you time it right, you can definitely do the Golden, Colorado area also this day (Coors factory and some other things).  These three areas are each about 45 minutes from each other and can be done with the right timing.  However, if you are not so great with time and want hiking, Mt. Evans and Glacier are the musts.

2) Hanging Lake Trail and Rafting in Glenwood Springs.  Same as above  If you are early risers and are not slow hikers, if you time it right, you can definitely do the Glenwood Caverns adventure park and caverns.  As an end of day thing, the rides and cavern tours are certainly relaxing and enjoyable.  The trail, rafting and caverns are relatively close by to each other (like 15 - 20 minutes).  However, if you are not so great with time and want out doors things, Hanging Lake and rafting are the musts.  There are several rafting options in that area and are all basically the same.  We used Blue Sky because it worked with our timing.
+1 on Mt. Evans, St. Mary's Glacier, and Hanging Lake Trail. All stunning in different ways!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 14, 2016, 12:04:49 AM
+1 on Mt. Evans, St. Mary's Glacier, and Hanging Lake Trail. All stunning in different ways!
If you go Mt Evans consider Chicago lakes by taking the echo lake trail.
Chicago lakes (http://www.protrails.com/trail/393/summit-county-eagle-county-clear-creek-county-chicago-lakes)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 14, 2016, 12:23:55 AM
Is Mt. Evans hike, St. Mary's Glacier, and Hanging Lake Trail doable with kids?
Chicago lakes by taking the echo lake trail seems way too long, Correct?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 14, 2016, 12:33:27 AM
St Mary's Alice is very doable with kids. My Evans is doable as well depending if you're just driving up and taking pictures. If you go that route perhaps consider driving Loveland pass and stopping at the continental divide.

Other areas to consider are golden gate park. The road starts by golden and then connects to black hawk and back to I70 at Idaho springs. If your kids are young maybe take them to tiny town and then swing by mount falcon which has great short hikes at lower altitude. Both are just outside Denver right by red rocks and heritage square. http://jeffco.us/open-space/parks/mount-falcon-park/
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 14, 2016, 12:38:24 AM
You could also take them to Eldorado springs which is very close to Denver and has shallow parts of the stream that kids often play in. It's situated between Denver and Boulder on the old golden road: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/EldoradoCanyon
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on July 14, 2016, 09:58:30 AM
Is Mt. Evans hike, St. Mary's Glacier, and Hanging Lake Trail doable with kids?
Chicago lakes by taking the echo lake trail seems way too long, Correct?

My 9 year old and six year old did them no real problem (they complained but had no issues).  FYI, Mt Evans can be done all by drive until the very end where there is a short hike with easy swtichbacks.  There are several hikes that cane be done.  We did the hike that runs between Mile 5 and Mile 3 and then drove up to the summit area.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 17, 2016, 01:07:51 PM
Coloradans! I need help booking a hotel in Vail/BC for this Shabbos (not for me). Ritz Bachelor's Gulch and PH have space for Friday night, but not Motzai Shabbos. :( Any ideas? Open to cash ideas as well <$250/night.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 17, 2016, 01:11:21 PM


Coloradans! I need help booking a hotel in Vail/BC for this Shabbos (not for me). Ritz Bachelor's Gulch and PH have space for Friday night, but not Motzai Shabbos. :( Any ideas? Open to cash ideas as well <$250/night.

I'm going today to westin riverfront beaver creek
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 17, 2016, 01:18:55 PM

I'm going today to westin riverfront beaver creek
Thanks! Forgot about SPG. 20K + $25 resort fee?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 17, 2016, 01:19:44 PM
Thanks! Forgot about SPG. 20K + $25 resort fee?
Yup and $30 parking
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 17, 2016, 01:21:50 PM
Yup and $30 parking
Parking wasn't waived in the summer?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on July 17, 2016, 01:22:52 PM
Yup and $30 parking
We were there a month ago and didnt have to pay for parking.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 17, 2016, 01:24:05 PM
Cheapest room is $220, though, so I'm not sure how good of a value 20K will be.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 17, 2016, 01:28:00 PM
Eh scratch that. Just found out it needs to be within walking distance to Chabad. Any ideas now? I imagine it won't be a points hotel anymore.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 17, 2016, 01:31:51 PM
We were there a month ago and didnt have to pay for parking.
I hope I don't either need to  
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 17, 2016, 01:58:57 PM
Eh scratch that. Just found out it needs to be within walking distance to Chabad. Any ideas now? I imagine it won't be a points hotel anymore.
And now scratch that lol. Doesn't need to be near Chabad. So, thoughts on Westin if it's $220 or 20K + $25...? Or any other place?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on July 17, 2016, 03:13:18 PM
And now scratch that lol. Doesn't need to be near Chabad. So, thoughts on Westin if it's $220 or 20K + $25...? Or any other place?
I really liked the westin a lot! We were in a condo with kitchen and dining room and was ammaaazing!! We only paid about $120 no resort fee or car fee.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 17, 2016, 03:15:49 PM
I really liked the westin a lot! We were in a condo with kitchen and dining room and was ammaaazing!! We only paid about $120 no resort fee or car fee.
You must have stayed in the villas not the resort
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on July 17, 2016, 03:19:06 PM
You must have stayed in the villas not the resort
Yes, the villas but its attached and you cld use the resort amenities.  For more money we cld have stayed in a smaller room in the resort but whats the point.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 17, 2016, 03:35:02 PM
I really liked the westin a lot! We were in a condo with kitchen and dining room and was ammaaazing!! We only paid about $120 no resort fee or car fee.
Looks like villas are sold out for this weekend. Also, my $220 rate is really $245 after taxes I see. Hmm...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 17, 2016, 04:45:50 PM
Looks like villas are sold out for this weekend. Also, my $220 rate is really $245 after taxes I see. Hmm...

If you don't need to be near Chabad anyway, would you want to stay in Glenwood Springs instead?  MUCH cheaper and better availability.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 17, 2016, 04:54:44 PM
If you don't need to be near Chabad anyway, would you want to stay in Glenwood Springs instead?  MUCH cheaper and better availability.
Looking for the feel of Vail. Does Glenwood Springs have that? Doesn't seem to have any fancy points hotels.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 17, 2016, 04:56:04 PM
There is availability for condos in Vail if you're gonna pay anyway for a good bit less than the Westin and you could walk to Chabad:
http://vailresortrentals.com/ (http://vailresortrentals.com/)

or better yet just go on www.hotels.com (http://www.hotels.com) so you'll at least be earning free nights...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 17, 2016, 04:58:31 PM
Looking for the feel of Vail. Does Glenwood Springs have that? Doesn't seem to have any fancy points hotels.

Glenwood springs is very different vibe than Vail but it is a cool actual town built in the 1800's (it was the IT vacation spot a hundred years ago for wealthy people, including presidents...lol, hence the still active train station).  Maybe check it out on a different trip.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 17, 2016, 05:15:17 PM
Glenwood springs is very different vibe than Vail but it is a cool actual town built in the 1800's (it was the IT vacation spot a hundred years ago for wealthy people, including presidents...lol, hence the still active train station).  Maybe check it out on a different trip.
Gotcha okay. This is actually not for me, hehe, but thanks for the idea.

There is availability for condos in Vail if you're gonna pay anyway for a good bit less than the Westin and you could walk to Chabad:
http://vailresortrentals.com/ (http://vailresortrentals.com/)

or better yet just go on www.hotels.com (http://www.hotels.com) so you'll at least be earning free nights...
Good idea here! Main on listed on that site is called Lift House. Seems to be in the heart of Lionshead, 15 minutes from Chabad. Found it for the same price on hotels.com, but like you said you earn their free nights PLUS they have a 10% sale so it knocked $30 off the stay. However, I'm nervous to set people up here without any personal reviews of the place. TripAdvisor is 4.5* on it but the negative reviews say it's very dated and they charge extra for additional people. Don't want any surprise fees. Hmm...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 17, 2016, 05:25:11 PM
Gotcha okay. This is actually not for me, hehe, but thanks for the idea.
Good idea here! Main on listed on that site is called Lift House. Seems to be in the heart of Lionshead, 15 minutes from Chabad. Found it for the same price on hotels.com, but like you said you earn their free nights PLUS they have a 10% sale so it knocked $30 off the stay. However, I'm nervous to set people up here without any personal reviews of the place. TripAdvisor is 4.5* on it but the negative reviews say it's very dated and they charge extra for additional people. Don't want any surprise fees. Hmm...

I haven't stayed there.  I have stayed at a "sister resort" close to that (actually going tomorrow on a cheap timeshare week I purchased) and it IS dated but the area is so gorgeous and the location is so unbeatable, that we've been like four years in a row now.  I don't want to steer you wrong and if you want high end, just pay the money and go to the GORGEOUS Westin in Avon but if location and being in Vail village is more important then you'll enjoy an older condo in Vail.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 17, 2016, 05:39:20 PM
I haven't stayed there.  I have stayed at a "sister resort" close to that (actually going tomorrow on a cheap timeshare week I purchased) and it IS dated but the area is so gorgeous and the location is so unbeatable, that we've been like four years in a row now.  I don't want to steer you wrong and if you want high end, just pay the money and go to the GORGEOUS Westin in Avon but if location and being in Vail village is more important then you'll enjoy an older condo in Vail.
Thanks, I really appreciate that breakdown and that you've been to similar places before. Vail/Lionshead is very important I found out, so it looks like this might be the choice. Thanks for the ideas again! 2nd time you came through for hotels, hehe.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 17, 2016, 05:52:22 PM
Yes, the villas but its attached and you cld use the resort amenities.  For more money we cld have stayed in a smaller room in the resort but whats the point.
Where did you park for free? They said there is no free parking, best option is $30 valet
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on July 17, 2016, 06:19:39 PM
Where did you park for free? They said there is no free parking, best option is $30 valet
We stayed in the westin villas attached to the resort and parked our selves and didnt pay.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 17, 2016, 06:20:40 PM
We stayed in the westin villas attached to the resort and parked our selves and didnt pay.
Where did you park?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on July 17, 2016, 06:23:33 PM
Where did you park?
In the garage under the building
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 17, 2016, 07:38:37 PM
Thanks, I really appreciate that breakdown and that you've been to similar places before. Vail/Lionshead is very important I found out, so it looks like this might be the choice. Thanks for the ideas again! 2nd time you came through for hotels, hehe.

No worries, happy to help. ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 18, 2016, 01:33:58 PM
In the mountains....

Are there any rafting places that will take a 3 year old? 
If rafting is a no go, is there boating  or the like that I can take a 3 year old?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on July 18, 2016, 01:34:53 PM
In the mountains....

Are there any rafting places that will take a 3 year old? 
If rafting is a no go, is there boating  or the like that I can take a 3 year old?
Raftng i dont know but boating on lake dillon is great
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on July 19, 2016, 08:18:30 PM
Anyone going to glenwood springs or steamboat springs over shabbos nachamu? Aug 19
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 19, 2016, 10:35:26 PM
Anyone going to glenwood springs or steamboat springs over shabbos nachamu? Aug 19

No and it's totally not helpful to you but I'm in Vail now. 😋  While it's fresh in my mind, the Wal-mart in Avon has a nice kosher section just like in Denver, with Wacky Mac, Bamba, Tradition soup, etc. Also gots Kraft cheese sticks, literally all you need to bring is meat.

Also, did the hike today at Hanging Lake (just a few miles from Glenwood Springs) with my older kids and it was a short but difficult hike but the lake and waterfalls were gorgeous.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 19, 2016, 10:37:54 PM
No and it's totally not helpful to you but I'm in Vail now. 😋  While it's fresh in my mind, the Wal-mart in Avon has a nice kosher section just like in Denver, with Wacky Mac, Bamba, Tradition soup, etc. Also gots Kraft cheese sticks, literally all you need to bring is meat.

Also, did the hike today at Hanging Lake (just a few miles from Glenwood Springs) with my older kids and it was a short but difficult hike but the lake and waterfalls were gorgeous.
When did you get to vail? I'm in Avon since Sunday till Thursday, I tried going to hanging lakes yesterday but the lot was full
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 19, 2016, 10:45:12 PM
When did you get to vail? I'm in Avon since Sunday till Thursday, I tried going to hanging lakes yesterday but the lot was full

You MUST arrive early!  We left at 7:30 and arrived at 8:30 and got literally the last spot before a line started to form.  Then people just wait until people leave.  Even at 8:30 people we almost at the bottom again as we started up so I think people are continuously leaving. Maybe just leave early and try again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on July 20, 2016, 01:09:09 AM
When did you get to vail? I'm in Avon since Sunday till Thursday, I tried going to hanging lakes yesterday but the lot was full

You need to get there early.  By 8:30, lot is full sometimes.  But people are constantly leaving - so if you stick around you'll get a spot within 1/2 hour.  Totally worth the wait! 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 20, 2016, 01:11:48 AM
You need to get there early.  By 8:30, lot is full sometimes.  But people are constantly leaving - so if you stick around you'll get a spot within 1/2 hour.  Totally worth the wait!
Yesterday there was a big line for parking spots
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Traveler718 on July 20, 2016, 04:36:03 PM
In the mountains....

Are there any rafting places that will take a 3 year old? 
If rafting is a no go, is there boating  or the like that I can take a 3 year old?

Last summer we went rafting with Colorado Whitewater Rafting in Glenwood Springs that allowed a 2 year old on the part of the river that's class 1-2.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 20, 2016, 08:05:16 PM
Last summer we went rafting with Colorado Whitewater Rafting in Glenwood Springs that allowed a 2 year old on the part of the river that's class 1-2.

Thanks

I found it http://www.coloradowhitewaterrafting.com/rafting-short.php
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 20, 2016, 08:13:38 PM
Is Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park a full day place or is half  enough?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 20, 2016, 08:39:56 PM
Is Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park a full day place or is half  enough?

Depends how much you like rides but I'd say spend the whole day .  The alpine coaster is awesome and my kids would be mad if we went and they didn't get to do the rides as much as they wanted (and I'd be annoyed to spend all that money and not get to really enjoy the place).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ddfried on July 21, 2016, 08:58:04 PM
My plane is scheduled to land 10 am in Denver. Will be heading up to Vail. Any suggestions for a stop on the drive up for a short day activity or do I go directly to Vail?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on July 21, 2016, 09:01:57 PM
My plane is scheduled to land 10 am in Denver. Will be heading up to Vail. Any suggestions for a stop on the drive up for a short day activity or do I go directly to Vail?
Rent a boat on lake dillon
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 22, 2016, 03:32:00 AM
My plane is scheduled to land 10 am in Denver. Will be heading up to Vail. Any suggestions for a stop on the drive up for a short day activity or do I go directly to Vail?
You can stop at the coors brewery and drive up mt. Evans or if you really want to spend a long time on the road you can go to independence pass on mt. Elbert, it's supposedly a gorgeous view
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 22, 2016, 09:46:58 AM
Some little tips for people going to Vail, since we are here right now.  Right in Vail village, next to some cute fountains where kids can play there is this really cute old fashioned candy shop called Fuzziwigs that has dip'n'dots and a HUGE selection of kosher jelly beans and M&M's sold by the pound and other kosher candy.  It's a fun place to stop in the village and another store, I think Rocky Mountain Candy, has Dreyers icecream.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 22, 2016, 10:03:03 AM
Some little tips for people going to Vail, since we are here right now.  Right in Vail village, next to some cute fountains where kids can play there is this really cute old fashioned candy shop called Fuzziwigs that has dip'n'dots and a HUGE selection of kosher jelly beans and M&M's sold by the pound and other kosher candy.  It's a fun place to stop in the village and another store, I think Rocky Mountain Candy, has Dreyers icecream.
Really like that candy store. There's also a Haagen Dazs in Lionshead, and I believe there's a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, which has a ton of Kosher options.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 22, 2016, 12:32:54 PM
You can stop at the coors brewery and drive up mt. Evans or if you really want to spend a long time on the road you can go to independence pass on mt. Elbert, it's supposedly a gorgeous view

From map it looks like independence pass on mt. Elbert should go with Maroon bells. Its really off the way from Denver to Vail.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on July 22, 2016, 12:42:47 PM
Yeah, if you want something in the way maybe evergreen lake or the Georgetown loop
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 22, 2016, 12:42:59 PM
From map it looks like independence pass on mt. Elbert should go with Maroon bells. Its really off the way from Denver to Vail.
It definitely is far off the way and thats why I said if you want to spend a long time in the car
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 22, 2016, 12:51:01 PM
Yeah, if you want something in the way maybe evergreen lake or the Georgetown loop

+1 for the Geoegetown Loop if you've got kids.  It's right off the 70, about halfway to Vail and you can get off the train and do a mind your if you want.  We did it with visiting family and everyone loved it.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: eli232 on August 03, 2016, 03:57:33 PM
OK guys,
Going to the Rockies from the 8/22-8/29
read here and there..
can somebody please summaries whats the must dos and where there is kosher ?
thanks for all info
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on August 03, 2016, 04:44:37 PM
Im going end of summer with kids. I put together this list of attractions I planning on hitting. It's a mix of nature and more kid friendly places.


Mount Evans
Geoegetown Loop

Rocky mountain national park
   Trail Ridge Road
   Old Fall River Road
   Horseback riding

Maroon bells
Independence Pass

Vail Mountain
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Biking
Whitewater Rafting in Glenwood Springs

Anything musts Im missing?

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 03, 2016, 04:55:01 PM
Im going end of summer with kids. I put together this list of attractions I planning on hitting. It's a mix of nature and more kid friendly places.


Mount Evans
Geoegetown Loop

Rocky mountain national park
   Trail Ridge Road
   Old Fall River Road
   Horseback riding

Maroon bells
Independence Pass

Vail Mountain
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Biking
Whitewater Rafting in Glenwood Springs

Anything musts Im missing?
St. Mary's Glacier
its a great short/fun walk/hike id recommend doing that towards the beginning of  your trip its a great way to get used to the high altitudes.
also since you mentioned you are traveling with kids i believe there is a kosher candy factory tour in the area. dont know the details though
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 03, 2016, 05:03:15 PM
St. Mary's Glacier
its a great short/fun walk/hike id recommend doing that towards the beginning of  your trip its a great way to get used to the high altitudes.
also since you mentioned you are traveling with kids i believe there is a kosher candy factory tour in the area. dont know the details though
You're probably referring to Hammonds
http://www.hammondscandies.com
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 03, 2016, 05:07:16 PM
OK guys,
Going to the Rockies from the 8/22-8/29
read here and there..
can somebody please summaries whats the must dos and where there is kosher ?
thanks for all info

They covered a bunch of the activities. Meat restaurant is the Eastside Kosher Deli and Dairy is Brooklyn Pizza.  King Sooper and City Markets (Kroger) all around carry kosher sliced bread, buns, etc.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 03, 2016, 05:08:25 PM
Rocky mountain chocolate factory isn't really a factory just a candy store chain. Think cheesecake factory.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 03, 2016, 05:08:29 PM
OK guys,
Going to the Rockies from the 8/22-8/29
read here and there..
can somebody please summaries whats the must dos and where there is kosher ?
thanks for all info
See wiki, particularly for food situation.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 03, 2016, 05:09:24 PM
You're probably referring to Hammonds
http://www.hammondscandies.com
  that's the one! thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: eli232 on August 03, 2016, 05:15:00 PM
thank you all
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 03, 2016, 07:55:34 PM
Im going end of summer with kids. I put together this list of attractions I planning on hitting. It's a mix of nature and more kid friendly places.


Mount Evans
Geoegetown Loop

Rocky mountain national park
   Trail Ridge Road
   Old Fall River Road
   Horseback riding

Maroon bells
Independence Pass

Vail Mountain
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Biking
Whitewater Rafting in Glenwood Springs

Anything musts Im missing?

Nice list - truth is as for can't miss, you will miss something because there is months of stuff to do.  We just went for a week with kids also and did a different itinerary! My only thought is Mt. Evans is the only place where we really felt the altitude.  All of us, including those in very good shape, had trouble breathing during our hikes and that was after a few days. I am not sure it is the best idea for Day 1 if you will be doing the hiking in the area (there are places to hike and places to drive).  We did Mt. Evans and St. Mary's glacier in the same day.   
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 04, 2016, 01:15:54 AM
Im going end of summer with kids. I put together this list of attractions I planning on hitting. It's a mix of nature and more kid friendly places.


Mount Evans
Geoegetown Loop

Rocky mountain national park
   Trail Ridge Road
   Old Fall River Road
   Horseback riding

Maroon bells
Independence Pass

Vail Mountain
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Biking
Whitewater Rafting in Glenwood Springs

Anything musts Im missing?
Personally i prefer Pikes Peak to Mt. Evans and if you head down to Colorado springs you should certainly check out Garden of the Gods as well.
In RMNP take fall river road up and trail ridge down, give yourself enough time to stop a whole bunch of times on trail ridge road.
For the biking you can do from vail pass down to frisco, it's something like 12 miles all down hill.
If Y'all are up for a short but difficult hike and you are near Glenwood area i wouls strongly suggest hanging lake.
Personally i think Maroon bells is overrated but several of my friends strongly disagree.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on August 04, 2016, 01:25:00 AM
Personally i prefer Pikes Peak to Mt. Evans and if you head down to Colorado springs you should certainly check out Garden of the Gods as well.
In RMNP take fall river road up and trail ridge down, give yourself enough time to stop a whole bunch of times on trail ridge road.
For the biking you can do from vail pass down to frisco, it's something like 12 miles all down hill.
If Y'all are up for a short but difficult hike and you are near Glenwood area i wouls strongly suggest hanging lake.
Personally i think Maroon bells is overrated but several of my friends strongly disagree.
couldn't agree more!
Hanging lake is one of my favorites in that area, I heard they are starting to only allow a certain amount of visitors a day in order to preserve it.
The biking is a blast you can continue past Frisco a couple miles and turn back around.. there is also a fire blowing store in Frisco which is really cool.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: monoso on August 08, 2016, 12:18:14 PM
I will be going to the denver area with a 3 month old baby . Is there anything to worry about in regards to going up to pikes peak and the sort? Also is St marys Glacier doable with a baby in a baby carrier? If not whats the closet place to denver to get a real view of the mountains , I will also be going to Colorado Springs for a day or two.
TIA
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 08, 2016, 04:28:38 PM
Ask your Dr. about the altitude, i'm not sure until what age it is not advisable.

You certainly can make it up St. Mary's with a carrier, but not a stroller.

For views close to Denver check out lookout mountain and red rocks amphitheater.

In colorado springs check out garden of the gods, and maybe manitou springs. Also if you are into zoos the Cheyenne Mountain zoo is amazing with awesome views. There is also cave of the winds as well but sounds like it may not make sense with a 3 month old.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: kalman on August 09, 2016, 09:03:47 PM
We are landing in Denver on a Sunday afternoon and flying out early Friday morning. We will stay in Denver on Thursday night to be close to the airport but otherwise we don't need to spend time in Denver. That leaves us four nights.

Here's the question:
We would like to stay in the Vail area for the first two nights because we think we would find it relaxing, with beautiful scenery and options for light activities (walking, biking, horseback riding). And hotels with points options.
Should we spend the 3rd night somewhere closer to RMNP (Granby?) to allow us to spend Wednesday in the park, and then Wednesday night on the other side of the RMNP (Estes Park?) to allow us to spend Thursday doing  things like Celestial Seasonings factory and Coors? Or should we skip those activities to allow us to spend a 3rd night in the same place. It might be more relaxing not to have to switch hotels? Is the scenery in RMNP very different from the Vail area or is it even a possibilty to skip the park? Or is that crazy?
Thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 09, 2016, 10:03:14 PM
RMNP is a whole different world. It is totally different than Vail. That being said the hotel situation right near RMNP is thin at best, you may do better taking a night in winter park and a night in boulder.
RMNP is well worth the visit but you CAN have an amazing scenic trip in Colorado without seeing it, there are so many awesome "must see" spots here that you simply cannot visit and NOT miss some.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: eli232 on August 11, 2016, 08:07:24 PM
Selling this 3 weekend nights - aug. 26-29 at this condominium   -2 bedroom nice condo -3 minute walk from local chabad-has full kitchen dinnete-
97% guest recommend on expedia- selling for $400 (i paid $450) due to changes of plan
https://www.expedia.com/Vail-Beaver-Creek-Hotels-Simba-Run-Vail-Condominiums.h803005.Hotel-Information?chkin=08/26/2016&chkout=08/29/2016&rm1=a2&hwrqCacheKey=92baa084-a44d-4200-aa71-1af1532e4a10HWRQ1470943124662&c=6a62b2a4-44bb-45c8-a897-1d528ca0a554&&exp_dp=123.78&exp_ts=1470943129515&exp_curr=USD&exp_pg=HSR
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 11, 2016, 08:25:37 PM
Selling this 3 weekend nights - aug. 26-29 at this condominium   -2 bedroom nice condo -3 minute walk from local chabad-has full kitchen dinnete-
97% guest recommend on expedia- selling for $400 (i paid $450) due to changes of plan
https://www.expedia.com/Vail-Beaver-Creek-Hotels-Simba-Run-Vail-Condominiums.h803005.Hotel-Information?chkin=08/26/2016&chkout=08/29/2016&rm1=a2&hwrqCacheKey=92baa084-a44d-4200-aa71-1af1532e4a10HWRQ1470943124662&c=6a62b2a4-44bb-45c8-a897-1d528ca0a554&&exp_dp=123.78&exp_ts=1470943129515&exp_curr=USD&exp_pg=HSR

$400 for all three nights?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: kalman on August 12, 2016, 10:24:00 AM
RMNP is a whole different world. It is totally different than Vail. That being said the hotel situation right near RMNP is thin at best, you may do better taking a night in winter park and a night in boulder.
RMNP is well worth the visit but you CAN have an amazing scenic trip in Colorado without seeing it, there are so many awesome "must see" spots here that you simply cannot visit and NOT miss some.


You suggest doing a night in Winter Park and the next night in boulder. Is that a very long day? How long should I give myself to drive the Trail Ridge road, plus driving time from Winter Park and to Boulder?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 12, 2016, 11:17:53 AM
RMNP is a whole different world. It is totally different than Vail. That being said the hotel situation right near RMNP is thin at best, you may do better taking a night in winter park and a night in boulder.
RMNP is well worth the visit but you CAN have an amazing scenic trip in Colorado without seeing it, there are so many awesome "must see" spots here that you simply cannot visit and NOT miss some.

I am going to echo Steve's comment above.  We were there a month ago for Sun - Sun.  We did amazing things but missed amazing things.  There are years of things to do and weeks of "absolute musts."  You obviously cannot do weeks of must in one or even two weeks.  My suggestion is pick your absolute 2 musts that are within an hour of each other. Stay the entire time nearby that location and from there cast about a 2 hour drive net.  You will almost certainly find several other musts and have an absolutely wonderful time.  Don't worry about staying in Denver for food (will not make a recommendation regarding minyan) as you should bring food, or pick tit up in Denver on your first day.  East Side Deli Supermarket and the next door King Soopers will have everything you need for the week. 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on August 12, 2016, 11:36:27 AM


Don't worry about staying in Denver for food (will not make a recommendation regarding minyan) as you should bring food, or pick tit up in Denver on your first day.  East Side Deli Supermarket and the next door King Soopers will have everything you need for the week.
we went to Avon for a week, (stayed in DEN for shabbos and left on Thursday). We bought a foam cooler and a bag of ice, a jar of peanut butter, some plastic utensils and a package of bowls from Walmart . Then we went to the deli and bought milk and yogurt for breakfast (if you're not makpid on c"y you don't need that) we bought some gefen tuna fish from the deli (we don't eat ou tuna) for lunch and then bought a bunch of meals for supper and had them double wrap everything. We put everything in the cooler with ice for our trip out to avon.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: eli232 on August 12, 2016, 12:58:51 PM
$400 for all three nights?
yes
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 14, 2016, 09:17:04 PM

You suggest doing a night in Winter Park and the next night in boulder. Is that a very long day? How long should I give myself to drive the Trail Ridge road, plus driving time from Winter Park and to Boulder?
It's an idea, you might see if you can find hotels in granby or grand lake as they are a bit closer. Your driving time is about 2 and 1/2 hours, give yourself another 2 hours for trail ridge if you plan to just make stops and 4-5 hours if you want to do small hikes off trail ridge. It's a full day, what might be better is to spend a day in grand lake area and another in rmnp.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2016, 06:44:06 AM
Any activities near Cave of the Winds?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Hiding on August 15, 2016, 12:12:38 PM
Does anyone have any jeeping in Colorado they would recommend. I'll be staying in Colorado Springs and Beaver Creek. I saw someone mentioned upthread about jeeping in Aspen. Does anyone have any experience with this, or have one place that they can recommend?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 15, 2016, 12:37:13 PM
Any activities near Cave of the Winds?
There's a whole activity center there with gold panning, zip lining and obstacle course. You can also go to Manitou springs and Colorado city art districts as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2016, 12:45:22 PM
There's a whole activity center there with gold panning, zip lining and obstacle course. You can also go to Manitou springs and Colorado city art districts as well.
Didn't notice the gold panning in the past, but the bungee jump/drop is actually why this trip would happen (not for the cave). Manitou Springs for the Incline? Or the city?

Is Pike's Peak nearby?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2016, 12:47:23 PM
Is Pike's Peak nearby?
Yes. GIMF.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on August 15, 2016, 12:55:52 PM
Does anyone have any jeeping in Colorado they would recommend. I'll be staying in Colorado Springs and Beaver Creek. I saw someone mentioned upthread about jeeping in Aspen. Does anyone have any experience with this, or have one place that they can recommend?

I came a cross some very expensive companies ($660 for a family of 6) there must be a chaper way
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 15, 2016, 01:03:31 PM
Yes. GIMF.
It's nearby but I believe the peak is an hour drive from cave of the end so it would be a pretty busy day if you were driving down from Denver.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2016, 01:04:27 PM
It's nearby but I believe the peak is an hour drive from cave of the end so it would be a pretty busy day if you were driving down from Denver.
I thought you rage a cog wheel up? The cog station is 12 min from the cave.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 15, 2016, 01:10:45 PM
I thought you rage a cog wheel up? The cog station is 12 min from the cave.
That could be, I've never done that
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2016, 01:27:25 PM
That could be, I've never done that
By "rage" I meant "take". lol

Looks like it's a 3 hour roundtrip and they give you 30 minutes at the peak to walk around. $38 per person + $5 parking. So you're saying you could drive up it? How much time do you need on top?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 15, 2016, 01:42:47 PM
By "rage" I meant "take". lol

Looks like it's a 3 hour roundtrip and they give you 30 minutes at the peak to walk around. $38 per person + $5 parking. So you're saying you could drive up it? How much time do you need on top?
Time on top varies by person and the weather (light snow in August is very common). 30 minutes seems to be a bit tight but then again there isn't much to do besides look around and visit the gift shop. Apparently the donuts they make up there are a big hit but they're not kosher.

Driving up is also an experience. My FIL wanted to go despite my hesitation of the weather so we went. I drove and there was a serious case of backseat driving and commenting how dangerous this was. But it is an exhilarating drive if you're into mountain driving. Just be careful to use your engine brakes on the way down. Halfway down they stop you and take your brake temperatures. If you ride them too hard they'll make you pull over until the rotors cool down.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 15, 2016, 01:55:39 PM
Time on top varies by person and the weather (light snow in August is very common). 30 minutes seems to be a bit tight but then again there isn't much to do besides look around and visit the gift shop. Apparently the donuts they make up there are a big hit but they're not kosher.

Driving up is also an experience. My FIL wanted to go despite my hesitation of the weather so we went. I drove and there was a serious case of backseat driving and commenting how dangerous this was. But it is an exhilarating drive if you're into mountain driving. Just be careful to use your engine brakes on the way down. Halfway down they stop you and take your brake temperatures. If you ride them too hard they'll make you pull over until the rotors cool down.

LOL, I had the exact same experience at Mt. Evans.  Word for word. 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2016, 01:57:50 PM
Good to know! Cool stuff. I don't even know what engine breaks are. :-[ My FIL would be driving and he has no problem with these roads, but the fams always done the cog wheel, so I imagine that's what we'd do, unless they wanted to save money. Anyway, it's all hypothetical, I just like coming up with ideas to present.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 15, 2016, 02:41:14 PM
Good to know! Cool stuff. I don't even know what engine breaks are. :-[ My FIL would be driving and he has no problem with these roads, but the fams always done the cog wheel, so I imagine that's what we'd do, unless they wanted to save money. Anyway, it's all hypothetical, I just like coming up with ideas to present.
Engine brakes just means to shift into lower gear as a means of slowing down the vehicle. If you pay attention while driving in the mountains you'll see tons of signs warning truck drivers to use engine brakes and then runaway ramps as well. My understanding is that the calipers can't grip tightly as the rotors and pads heat up. This is a big risk when driving an 18 wheeler but should also be on your radar when driving a normal vehicle. The drive isn't terrible but you need to be smart about your environment. As a side note I've heard that a trip to Pike's peak is a year of wear and tear on your vehicle but I don't know if I buy that.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 15, 2016, 07:28:43 PM
Having done both I strongly advise driving pikes peak. The cog railway is the way to go if you are visiting during other times of year when the road is closed. There are amazing views along the way and several places you can stop and explore on the way, not to mention the actual thrill of the drive!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: LEARNERBURNER on August 15, 2016, 07:29:45 PM
No and it's totally not helpful to you but I'm in Vail now.   While it's fresh in my mind, the Wal-mart in Avon has a nice kosher section just like in Denver, with Wacky Mac, Bamba, Tradition soup, etc. Also gots Kraft cheese sticks, literally all you need to bring is meat.

Also, did the hike today at Hanging Lake (just a few miles from Glenwood Springs) with my older kids and it was a short but difficult hike but the lake and waterfalls were gorgeous.

Does it make sense to go to vail from ny for 2 days?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2016, 07:32:54 PM
Ah, I've seen those ramps and thought it was so strange/cool!

Thanks for the tip Steeve. Will see what happens.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 15, 2016, 10:32:03 PM

Does it make sense to go to vail from ny for 2 days?

Sure, if you're not dragging kids...should be fun
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: LEARNERBURNER on August 16, 2016, 12:05:55 AM
Sure, if you're not dragging kids...should be fun
Any suggestions
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 16, 2016, 11:23:29 AM
Any suggestions

Hanging lake hike (the drive there from vail through the canyons is gorgeous too) and maybe biking Vail pass.

And about the breaks I actually totally did mess up my breaks on my trip to Breck this summer on the way coming down from the Eisenhower tunnel so definitely down shift and drive in low gear instead of riding your breaks at 80mph!  :P
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 19, 2016, 01:05:10 PM
Considering going to rocky mountain national park but cant figure out where to stay. There arent really even any decent hotels in estes park. We are only looking to go for 2 days sat night-monday of labor day. Anyone have any ideas or opinions on where to stay?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on August 21, 2016, 12:56:07 PM
Does anyone have any jeeping in Colorado they would recommend. I'll be staying in Colorado Springs and Beaver Creek. I saw someone mentioned upthread about jeeping in Aspen. Does anyone have any experience with this, or have one place that they can recommend?

Anyone?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 21, 2016, 06:27:55 PM
I went Jeeping in Ouray (they call themselves the jeeping capital of the world) it blew my mind, but i doubt you are up for the drive.

The way i see it, it is only worth doing jeeping if you can get to places that you cannot reach otherwise. so I don't know how much of that you will find in Vail/Breckenridge area.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: kalman on August 22, 2016, 12:10:06 AM
Ok, so we have one day in RMNP. We'll be starting from Estes Park and taking Trail Ridge Rd to Grand Lake. What stops should we be making on the way? Which (not too difficult) shortish hikes are worthwhile?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 22, 2016, 12:36:42 AM
The three i would suggest are within a few minute drive of one another near the highest point,
a) forest canyon trail on your left when coming from Estes park entrance there are often groups of elk and moose and long horn sheep up this hike, it will also give you a more expansive view of the valley.
b) By rock cut, which is shortly  before the the alpine visitor center, there is a trail on your right to climb up the rocks, i think it is called tundra communities trail-head.
c)The alpine ridge trail right past the Alpine visiter center. It will give a view of what it would be like coming from old falls river road.

You don't need to do all three or any, if you see a spot that speaks to you there are alot of little places to explore, these three are my favorites.
Remember to bring warm clothes with you, the air is thin it is cold and there is often a biting cold wind, not having proper clothes will mean that you cannot do any hikes.
The views from Estes park keep getting more astounding as you climb trail ridge road, but after Medicine bow curve and the Alpine visiter center it's becomes progressively more boring so bear that in mind. when pacing yourself.
Enjoy!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yikes2179 on August 22, 2016, 01:01:48 AM
I am in vail(avon) now - are there any hikes that can be done with a 2 year old?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 23, 2016, 08:16:18 AM
I am in vail(avon) now - are there any hikes that can be done with a 2 year old?
When you go up vail mountain there is some easy trails up there
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: kalman on August 25, 2016, 12:30:53 AM
The three i would suggest are within a few minute drive of one another near the highest point,
a) forest canyon trail on your left when coming from Estes park entrance there are often groups of elk and moose and long horn sheep up this hike, it will also give you a more expansive view of the valley.
b) By rock cut, which is shortly  before the the alpine visitor center, there is a trail on your right to climb up the rocks, i think it is called tundra communities trail-head.
c)The alpine ridge trail right past the Alpine visiter center. It will give a view of what it would be like coming from old falls river road.

You don't need to do all three or any, if you see a spot that speaks to you there are alot of little places to explore, these three are my favorites.
Remember to bring warm clothes with you, the air is thin it is cold and there is often a biting cold wind, not having proper clothes will mean that you cannot do any hikes.
The views from Estes park keep getting more astounding as you climb trail ridge road, but after Medicine bow curve and the Alpine visiter center it's becomes progressively more boring so bear that in mind. when pacing yourself.
Enjoy!!
thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yikes2179 on August 25, 2016, 10:54:49 PM
When you go up vail mountain there is some easy trails up there
Thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: myb821 on August 29, 2016, 11:28:50 AM
I'm trying to plan a short 2 day trip into the mountains for Sunday and Monday of labor day. Plan on going Saturday night and returning Monday evening/night. Looking for hiking and outdoor activities. Will have my 1.5 year old baby but I have a hiking backpack to carry her in. Looking for opinions on what city to go to, where to stay, and what hikes to do.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 29, 2016, 12:36:44 PM
I'm trying to plan a short 2 day trip into the mountains for Sunday and Monday of labor day. Plan on going Saturday night and returning Monday evening/night. Looking for hiking and outdoor activities. Will have my 1.5 year old baby but I have a hiking backpack to carry her in. Looking for opinions on what city to go to, where to stay, and what hikes to do.

You can stay in an SPG property in Vail or Avon or the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek and maybe do Hanging Lake hike one day.  For only two days, I wouldn't bring any food, can eat a hot meal in Denver on the way up and back and get sandwich and breakfast stuff in the grocery store in the mountains.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mike18 on August 30, 2016, 02:39:35 PM
Im going end of summer with kids. I put together this list of attractions I planning on hitting. It's a mix of nature and more kid friendly places.


Mount Evans
Geoegetown Loop

Rocky mountain national park
   Trail Ridge Road
   Old Fall River Road
   Horseback riding

Maroon bells
Independence Pass

Vail Mountain
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Biking
Whitewater Rafting in Glenwood Springs

Anything musts Im missing?


how many time do i need to give for Mount Evans
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 31, 2016, 10:53:10 PM
Seems to be a pretty good deal for Georgetown Loop railroad. 2 adult and 2 children for 38.69. New accounts get $10 off and there may be other coupons.
https://www.livingsocial.com/cities/209-boulder-county/deals/1611306-adult-and-child-coach-tickets-to-historic-railroad?afsrc=1&cvosrc=email.blast-us.digest_funandevents&utm_campaign=digest_funandevents&utm_medium=email&utm_source=blast
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 31, 2016, 11:06:57 PM
Seems to be a pretty good deal for Georgetown Loop railroad. 2 adult and 2 children for 38.69. New accounts get $10 off and there may be other coupons.
https://www.livingsocial.com/cities/209-boulder-county/deals/1611306-adult-and-child-coach-tickets-to-historic-railroad?afsrc=1&cvosrc=email.blast-us.digest_funandevents&utm_campaign=digest_funandevents&utm_medium=email&utm_source=blast

That's a great deal.  Went last year with visiting family for Chol HaMoed Sukkot and it cost a small fortune...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on September 15, 2016, 12:49:22 PM
This was our one week itinerary. Note - there are so many other options and although we hit some amazing spots, we certainly could have done a completely different itinerary for the entire week and still missed tons. So know this if you are going for a week - you will miss something.  You cannot do all the musts in a week, so don't feel bad.  Also, this itinerary, while it does have some moderately difficult things, was made with having a large group ranging in age from mid 60's to 5 and a pregnant women.  In other words, the activities were not extreme and were done with a slower pace in mind.  We spent 2 - 3 hours at each spot.  You can either spend more time at a spot or cram more activities in.  Be aware that on any given day the initial drive could've been 2 - 3 hours and was generally an hour from activity to activity - so if you plan to go from place to place be prepared for a lot of driving.       

(We stayed in Frisco using VRBO for the first part and in Vail for shabbos)

Sunday - arrived late, picked up dinner at East Side Kosher Deli. (TIP: Denver Airport has been growing busier each year. Our wait at Avis was longer than any other airport location I have ever been too.  Whatever rental you use, Denver is a location where the loyalty program (like Avis Preferred) will save you a lot of time.)  Picked up other provisions in shop part of ESKD, including kosher/chalav yisrael dairy products and meat for grilling.  Picked up groceries in Kings Sooper and drove to rental unit in Frisco.   

Monday - Lake Dillon area.  Rented pontoon ($200 for 2 hours) and went hiking all in same area. Relaxing, not intense at all.

Tuesday - Glenwood Springs area. On this day, even though I have several activities listed, unlike the later days, all of Glenwood Springs activities are within a 15 - 20 minute drive of each other.

Hanging Lake Trail Hike (free) - moderately difficult hike but we all made it, so very doable.  The Hanging Lake and the later waterfall are stunning so well worth it.  Be aware that this trail is very popular and parking fills up.  If you get there much after 9, you will have ti wait for a spot and even run the risk of the rangers closing the lot if they feel too many people are waiting, so get there early!

Whitewater Rafting ($50 - $60 per adult) - There are several options throughout Colorado for rafting.  Glenwood Springs had family friendly rafting and was fairly calm (Class 2 and 3s).  If you are looking for mostly Class 4 or even a 5, you probably want to go to a different area (we did do one class 4).  Even in Glenwood Springs itself, there are several options.  We used BlueSky Adventures.  They were professional and their times worked well for us.  After we finished rafting, we walked around Glenwood Springs a little. (If your group is a little more time conscious, my suggestion would be to get to Hanging Lake around 7:30, not only will this help you with parking but it will get you to rafting (or whatever you second activity is) earlier and will probably allow you a third activity also.  In any case, if you are not to tired after your second/third activity, you can go to one of the many hot spring pools in Glenwood Springs and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Wednesday - Mount Evans Drive and Hikes ($15 for parking for the stay)  At the summit 14,000 + feet there are fantastic views and one of the highest point in the lower 48.  Drive is wonderful (go slow) and there are several small hikes to enjoy.  Hike is moderate and only tiring at all due to elevation - not terrain.

St Mary's Glacier (free) - snow in July.  Another fantastic hike with slightly difficult terrain as it is very rocky.  But the best part is not just the view but the ability to make a snowman, throw snowballs or go sledding in middle of the Summer! Probably not as fun during winter.

We did not get to Golden but with better timing one could go to Golden Colorado on this day as well.  Besides for several hikes and other activities in Golden, relax at the Coors Brewery with a free Tour and several samples of various Coors beer including fresh Blue Moon!

Thursday - Colorado Springs area.  Royal Gorge Park and Bridge (20 per person).  The park had a huge fire in 2013 and they are slowly rebuilding - but the bridge walk, Gondola ride and view are certainly worth the drive.  Each summer they plan to re-open, build or re-build several of the attractions.  I regret that the incline down is no longer available but they hope to reopen a path to the bottom by Summer 2018.  Also, besides for the Park and Bridge area, there are many other attractions that can be found in the general Royal Gorge area, including very good rafting. (Note - we were still staying in Frisco the previous night and it was a fairly long drive to the Gorge and then to Vail where we spent the weekend.  Denver is much more convenient to the Gorge, so if you are staying in Denver or getting to Denver, factor this in.

Garden of the Gods (free) - about 45 - 60 minutes from the Royal Gorge towards Denver.  A beautiful huge park with redrocks, climbing, hiking and beautiful views.  This is your chance to get real close and actually climb redrocks.  You can rent bikes or segways and take it all around the park.  An absolute must,  $9 per person if you go on the trolley tour.  Not necessary but nice.  Also, there is a European style castle just down the block from the Garden's visitor center that is worth checking out if you like old castles.

We then headed to Denver for dinner at ESKD, picked up food and provisions and drive to Vail for Friday/Shabbos.

Friday - Glenwood Caverns (cost varies depends on which package you buy- look for groupons on this) - a fun amusement park with interesting rides due to the mountain (like alpine slide down the mountain, skycoaster and swings over the side of the mountain).  It also has a gondola up the mountain (weather permitting) and 3 different cave tours (2 regular and one extreme caving for extra cost).  The cave tours were enjoyable as was the park.  If the rides don't tempt you (but they are fun) you can certainly add this to your day in Glenwood Springs as the third activity and do something different (If you are staying in Denver for Shabbos or not in the Vail area, you definitely should not come here on Friday and do something more local.  We only did this Friday because we were in Vail for Shabbos which is relatively close by).

Shabbos - Davened at Chabad (note: Friday night depends on the week, so call ahead!).  Walked around Lionshead Village and Vail Village, including Betty Ford Alpine Gardens/For Park.  Not the most exciting thing - but hey it's Shabbos so very relaxing.

Sunday - had early flight.     
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on January 07, 2017, 09:28:52 PM
Breckenridge lift passes; I have looked everywhere online and have had no luck. Where can I find reasonably priced lift passes for Martin Luther King weekend?

TIA
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on January 07, 2017, 09:35:43 PM
Breckenridge lift passes; I have looked everywhere online and have had no luck. Where can I find reasonably priced lift passes for Martin Luther King weekend?

TIA
What is reasonable?

I believe it will be difficult. Vail Resorts changed their pricing scheme to encourage people to buy Epic passes. I believe Epic pass sales have ended for the season. Maybe find someone who has a pass and use their SWAF (ski with a friend) tickets which are $128.

http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/pass-benefits/swaf.aspx?cmpid=PARRT00046#/Vail

Another option is if price is a consideration maybe consider Copper Mountain. Shell gas stations usually runs a bogo promotion this time of year if you buy ten gallons of gas.

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on January 07, 2017, 11:55:51 PM
Breckenridge lift passes; I have looked everywhere online and have had no luck. Where can I find reasonably priced lift passes for Martin Luther King weekend?

TIA

Even if you have an Epic pass they are restricted in Breckenridge over MLK...it's just not a time to get discounted rates in Breck.  I agree with Mountian Man, if you are staying there maybe get a pass for Copper or Keystone instead, for less.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on January 08, 2017, 12:54:42 AM
Even if you have an Epic pass they are restricted in Breckenridge over MLK...it's just not a time to get discounted rates in Breck.  I agree with Mountian Man, if you are staying there maybe get a pass for Copper or Keystone instead, for less.

Do the passes from Copper and Keystone transfer? I know some resorts give reciprocity.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on January 08, 2017, 12:55:58 AM
What is reasonable?

I believe it will be difficult. Vail Resorts changed their pricing scheme to encourage people to buy Epic passes. I believe Epic pass sales have ended for the season. Maybe find someone who has a pass and use their SWAF (ski with a friend) tickets which are $128.

http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/pass-benefits/swaf.aspx?cmpid=PARRT00046#/Vail

Another option is if price is a consideration maybe consider Copper Mountain. Shell gas stations usually runs a bogo promotion this time of year if you buy ten gallons of gas.

Appreciate the info. In hind site I should have bought a season pass to Mountain creek and upgraded to a Max pass.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on January 08, 2017, 12:56:35 AM
Do the passes from Copper and Keystone transfer? I know some resorts give reciprocity.

No separate systems.  Keystone is part of Epic (with Breck, Vail, Beaver Creek)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on January 09, 2017, 12:55:27 PM
Great deal and today you can get an extra 25% off too:

https://www.groupon.com/browse/denver?b_cookie=5c3e62ce-1890-59c4-4c37-271962313103&p=1&utm_source=newsletter_im&utm_medium=email&division=denver&user=e2aabb2b69176f36e1aeef2630aff90d0066e77a1373958ab288723215e7f17a&date=20170108&uu=cd415656-0678-11e2-9206-002590612862&CID=US&tx=0&s=body&c=button&d=deal-page&utm_campaign=f9ee8543-28f5-44fb-a312-2695eea0754b_0_20170108_treatment1&fallback=true&deal_id=glenwood-caverns-adventure-park-6-14 (https://www.groupon.com/browse/denver?b_cookie=5c3e62ce-1890-59c4-4c37-271962313103&p=1&utm_source=newsletter_im&utm_medium=email&division=denver&user=e2aabb2b69176f36e1aeef2630aff90d0066e77a1373958ab288723215e7f17a&date=20170108&uu=cd415656-0678-11e2-9206-002590612862&CID=US&tx=0&s=body&c=button&d=deal-page&utm_campaign=f9ee8543-28f5-44fb-a312-2695eea0754b_0_20170108_treatment1&fallback=true&deal_id=glenwood-caverns-adventure-park-6-14)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on January 10, 2017, 11:46:12 AM
Ski Hooky and BOGO offer for Loveland if anyone is interested. Only valid for select days in January 2017.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: normathej on January 17, 2017, 03:35:00 PM
Anybody have any experience on tying to get a minyan for a weekday at Chabad in Vail?  They have a "minyan tracker" but I'm wondering how often they actually get up to 10....
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on January 17, 2017, 04:16:23 PM
Anybody have any experience on tying to get a minyan for a weekday at Chabad in Vail?  They have a "minyan tracker" but I'm wondering how often they actually get up to 10....
Call the rabbi, he's a nice guy and he'll tell you what he expects
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on January 17, 2017, 05:33:20 PM
Anybody have any experience on tying to get a minyan for a weekday at Chabad in Vail?  They have a "minyan tracker" but I'm wondering how often they actually get up to 10....
I spoke to the Rabbi but had no luck (last season). Less guilt when you've tried  ::)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 17, 2017, 09:10:51 PM
Anybody have any experience on tying to get a minyan for a weekday at Chabad in Vail?  They have a "minyan tracker" but I'm wondering how often they actually get up to 10....
I had in the summer during the week. I think it's just up in the air.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on January 23, 2017, 01:57:47 AM
Anybody have any experience on tying to get a minyan for a weekday at Chabad in Vail?  They have a "minyan tracker" but I'm wondering how often they actually get up to 10....
It really depends on the day. I got a minyan on a Shabbos in the summer, but I went with a party of 4 in the winter in December and we were still not able to get a minyan.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on January 23, 2017, 08:14:34 AM
I went in the summer and for the first 2 days there was a minyan because there was a group of 6 chassidim around, once they left there was no minyan.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on January 25, 2017, 01:40:57 AM
Anybody have any experience on tying to get a minyan for a weekday at Chabad in Vail?  They have a "minyan tracker" but I'm wondering how often they actually get up to 10....

Depends when you go. February is usually the busiest month.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 15, 2017, 01:02:34 PM
so planning a trip to Denver from NJ in May with DW for at least 2 full days:

 1)I imagine best use of points is BA avios or Southwest?

2) I know a lot of "must sees" but considering only 2 full days what do you recommend we prefer nature and beautiful scenery etc...

3) Is vail a good option DW wants to see it; minyan in Vail in May (probably not?)

4) which  hotels(on the nicer side) do you recommend in Vail and Denver?
Title: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on February 15, 2017, 07:05:43 PM
so planning a trip to Denver from NJ in May with DW for at least 2 full days:

 1)I imagine best use of points is BA avios or Southwest?

2) I know a lot of "must sees" but considering only 2 full days what do you recommend we prefer nature and beautiful scenery etc...

3) Is vail a good option DW wants to see it; minyan in Vail in May (probably not?)

4) which  hotels(on the nicer side) do you recommend in Vail and Denver?
If you want to see nature and beauty Colorado is one of the nicest places around and Vail is arguably the nicest place in Colorado. If you only have 2 full days I would recommend going straight to Vail and skipping Denver unless you want to be based out of Denver to guarantee a minyan and just take day trips.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on February 15, 2017, 07:16:11 PM
Things to do near and around Vail
- Gondola up Vail mountain, take in the views or play Frisby Golf
-Bike in Vail Village and Lionshead (on your own
-Bike Vail Pass down hill to Copper Mountain (through a tour)
-Hanging Lake, an unbelievable 1 mile hike. It's 1 hour west, but the drive through Glenwood Canyon is breathtaking
-white water rafting (weather permitting)
- walk around Vail Village
- Golf
- nature hike

In terms of hotels, May is in between seasons so you should get the best rates of the year. If you just want a beautiful room and location, i would recommend Montineros. If you want the whole hotel amenities and feel I would recommend Vail Cascade. If you want to use points there's a Park Hyatt and Westin in Beaver creek which are both great options. However, IMO i don't think it's nearly as nice as Vail.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on February 15, 2017, 07:21:06 PM
If you need to stay in Denver the I would recommend the following:

Day 1 - Colorado Springs which has:
- Garden of the Gods
- Cave of the Winds
- Seven Falls

Day 2 - Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder or Drive to Vail
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 16, 2017, 09:12:11 AM
If you need to stay in Denver the I would recommend the following:

Day 1 - Colorado Springs which has:
- Garden of the Gods
- Cave of the Winds
- Seven Falls

Day 2 - Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder or Drive to Vail

Thanks a ton for all the info!  much appreciated
yes want to be based in Denver for kosher food and minyanim.  Any chance to get a minyan in Vail in May?

you mentioned three places in Colorado springs.  That can be done all in one day?

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 16, 2017, 11:29:07 AM
Thanks a ton for all the info!  much appreciated
yes want to be based in Denver for kosher food and minyanim.  Any chance to get a minyan in Vail in May?

you mentioned three places in Colorado springs.  That can be done all in one day?
I think it's pushing it to get all 3 done in 1 day.
Minyan in Vail in May is probably not likely, but you can check with Chabad first. See wiki for more activity ideas. SW if booked in advance will be cheaper than Avios, add in the fact that Avios barely has availability these days, and you should def go with SW or B6. If neither are cheap, try using Biz Plat or CSR points.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on February 16, 2017, 11:39:29 AM
Thanks a ton for all the info!  much appreciated
yes want to be based in Denver for kosher food and minyanim.  Any chance to get a minyan in Vail in May?

you mentioned three places in Colorado springs.  That can be done all in one day?
I think all 3 in Colorado Springs is very doable. I've definitely done Garden of the Gods and Seven Falls in one day as they are pretty close to each other. If you have to drop one it would be Cave of the Winds.

In terms of Vail Minyan, it's really hit or miss. You should contact the Chabbad Rabbi in Vail directly to ask him. If you need, I believe the West Side has a 6:30 AM minyan and is about 1.5 hours from Vail.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on February 16, 2017, 11:45:45 AM
If you need to stay in Denver the I would recommend the following:

Day 1 - Colorado Springs which has:
- Garden of the Gods
- Cave of the Winds
- Seven Falls

Day 2 - Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder or Drive to Vail
Does it make sense to go for one day to denver (do denver or vail) from phx?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on February 16, 2017, 12:38:42 PM
It's certainly an option, but you have to consider that the airport is somewhat far from everything. You also need to consider that the altitude can throw you off if you're not used to it.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 16, 2017, 03:11:13 PM
It's certainly an option, but you have to consider that the airport is somewhat far from everything. You also need to consider that the altitude can throw you off if you're not used to it.

Do pregnant women have hard time adjusting when they first get there?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 16, 2017, 04:44:21 PM
Things to do near and around Vail
- Gondola up Vail mountain, take in the views or play Frisby Golf
-Bike in Vail Village and Lionshead (on your own
-Bike Vail Pass down hill to Copper Mountain (through a tour)
-Hanging Lake, an unbelievable 1 mile hike. It's 1 hour west, but the drive through Glenwood Canyon is breathtaking
-white water rafting (weather permitting)
- walk around Vail Village
- Golf
- nature hike


I was told may is off season and  a lot of things closed? does the Gondola in vail operate in may?   still worth going?

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on February 16, 2017, 08:02:24 PM
Do pregnant women have hard time adjusting when they first get there?
DW didn't, although she did have a little harder time breathing. (We were there for a week)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on February 16, 2017, 08:12:28 PM
I was told may is off season and  a lot of things closed? does the Gondola in vail operate in may?   still worth going?
The beauty of Colorado is that most things to do there are related to nature. Although I'd be surprised if Vail has no lift was open in May, but even if they were, you can still going hiking, take a nature walk, rent bikes...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on February 16, 2017, 09:49:46 PM
In Denver area anything interesting worth doing for adults at 4 pm in May ?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on February 16, 2017, 10:46:05 PM
In Denver area anything interesting worth doing for adults at 4 pm in May ?
Red rocks and lookout mountain
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: sharkky on February 16, 2017, 11:45:50 PM
The beauty of Colorado is that most things to do there are related to nature. Although I'd be surprised if Vail has no lift was open in May, but even if they were, you can still going hiking, take a nature walk, rent bikes...
April-May is called "mud season" in vail...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 17, 2017, 01:05:05 PM
DW didn't, although she did have a little harder time breathing. (We were there for a week)

you also had trouble breathing?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on February 17, 2017, 01:07:22 PM
you also had trouble breathing?
A little but not as much, she was fine however anything strenuous caused her to get out of breath a little quicker.
It's really not something to worry about.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 22, 2017, 01:07:10 PM
Things to do near and around Vail
- Gondola up Vail mountain, take in the views or play Frisby Golf
-Bike in Vail Village and Lionshead (on your own
-Bike Vail Pass down hill to Copper Mountain (through a tour)
-Hanging Lake, an unbelievable 1 mile hike. It's 1 hour west, but the drive through Glenwood Canyon is breathtaking
-white water rafting (weather permitting)
- walk around Vail Village
- Golf
- nature hike

In terms of hotels, May is in between seasons so you should get the best rates of the year. If you just want a beautiful room and location, i would recommend Montineros. If you want the whole hotel amenities and feel I would recommend Vail Cascade. If you want to use points there's a Park Hyatt and Westin in Beaver creek which are both great options. However, IMO i don't think it's nearly as nice as Vail.


looks like no minyan in Vail in May so will be staying in Denver for three nights any hotel recommendations?I have Marriott, IHG , SPG, UR, Thank you etc...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on February 22, 2017, 05:57:02 PM
Looking forward to our yearly summer trip with 3 small kids, I was thinking of the vail/beaver Creek area in terms of where to stay summer seems to be low season making points not such a good redemption,

where should I base myself for 2 weeks and which hotels have the easiest upgrades to suites
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on February 23, 2017, 02:07:31 PM

looks like no minyan in Vail in May so will be staying in Denver for three nights any hotel recommendations?I have Marriott, IHG , SPG, UR, Thank you etc...

Anywhere in Downtown or Cherry Creek would be great.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on February 23, 2017, 02:09:09 PM
Looking forward to our yearly summer trip with 3 small kids, I was thinking of the vail/beaver Creek area in terms of where to stay summer seems to be low season making points not such a good redemption,

where should I base myself for 2 weeks and which hotels have the easiest upgrades to suites

The Sheraton or Westin Timeshares in Avon (just down the hill from Beaver Creek) or the Marriott Timeshares in Vail would be great and with lots more room.  I believe the Marriot ones are category 7 or 8 so you'd have to upgrade but would be a great use of weekly cert from a mile&hotel redemption.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 23, 2017, 06:04:34 PM
Anywhere in Downtown or Cherry Creek would be great.

Thanks any specific hotels(on the more classy level) you recommend?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on February 24, 2017, 04:22:41 PM
Thanks any specific hotels(on the more classy level) you recommend?

It's not super high end but I've done a Staycation at the Embassy Suites downtown (and booked for others) and the location downtown can't be beat, it's got a pool, it's super modern and way nicer than other ESuites, got a pool and even with kashrut you can still get a ton of value out of the breakfast and daily free happy hour.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on February 28, 2017, 05:55:52 PM
cheapest price I am getting for car rental DEN is around $128 (excluding pay now prices) for 3 days from 5/14/to 5/17.  I got much cheaper in Florida and LA.  Is Denver airport just more expensive or should I wait for prices to possibly dip?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on February 28, 2017, 10:04:11 PM
cheapest price I am getting for car rental DEN is around $128 (excluding pay now prices) for 3 days from 5/14/to 5/17.  I got much cheaper in Florida and LA.  Is Denver airport just more expensive or should I wait for prices to possibly dip?

If you are not paying now, why not reserve and see if prices change later you can always cancel.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on March 01, 2017, 09:07:39 AM
If you are not paying now, why not reserve and see if prices change later you can always cancel.

yes good point I have done that in the past was just wondering if DEN is more expensive in general.  Some airports tend to be more expensive because of different reasons like local taxes etc...  $128 just seemed pretty high for 3 days but I have never rented from DEN so maybe not?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on March 01, 2017, 04:48:26 PM
yes good point I have done that in the past was just wondering if DEN is more expensive in general.  Some airports tend to be more expensive because of different reasons like local taxes etc...  $128 just seemed pretty high for 3 days but I have never rented from DEN so maybe not?

Try Enterprise in Aurora and see if it's cheap enough to justify taking uber too and from there...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on March 02, 2017, 12:26:52 PM
Try Enterprise in Aurora and see if it's cheap enough to justify taking uber too and from there...

same price approx

Is $128 a high price for 3 days in DEN?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on March 02, 2017, 08:38:10 PM
The Sheraton or Westin Timeshares in Avon (just down the hill from Beaver Creek) or the Marriott Timeshares in Vail would be great and with lots more room.  I believe the Marriot ones are category 7 or 8 so you'd have to upgrade but would be a great use of weekly cert from a mile&hotel redemption.
great advice!

I booked 10 nights at the Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas in Avon & sweetalked them into upgrading me to Premium Villa, I'm not sure if i'll keep it but its a good option to have
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on March 02, 2017, 10:03:43 PM
great advice!

I booked 10 nights at the Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas in Avon & sweetalked them into upgrading me to Premium Villa, I'm not sure if i'll keep it but its a good option to have

That's great and you'll get a full kitchen.  My kids also loved Lake Nottingham with the playground and the indoor pool and slide at the Rec center that you can walk to.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on March 02, 2017, 10:41:57 PM
That's great and you'll get a full kitchen.  My kids also loved Lake Nottingham with the playground and the indoor pool and slide at the Rec center that you can walk to.
Is the villa big enough with 3 little ones & how does Avon compare to Vail
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on March 02, 2017, 11:15:35 PM
Is the villa big enough with 3 little ones & how does Avon compare to Vail

Should be fine if two kids are on the sleeper and one is in a crib.  Avon is totally different.  It's definitely downscale from Vail but I've really enjoyed it in some way it's better for small kids.  It's only about a 5 min drive to Beaver Creek.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jomaster28 on March 06, 2017, 12:26:54 PM
I am looking to go to Denver for 5 nights in June. Is there a lot to do in Denver that time of the year?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 06, 2017, 01:13:06 PM
I am looking to go to Denver for 5 nights in June. Is there a lot to do in Denver that time of the year?
Yes! See wiki. Many of the activities are summer activities.
Title: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on March 06, 2017, 01:16:17 PM
I am looking to go to Denver for 5 nights in June. Is there a lot to do in Denver that time of the year?
There are endless things to do in Colorado and around Denver in June.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on April 23, 2017, 08:30:03 PM
same price approx

Is $128 a high price for 3 days in DEN?
5 days in august priced at above $400 for the cheapest cars.

Is that normal? does it get cheaper
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 23, 2017, 11:09:07 PM
5 days in august priced at above $400 for the cheapest cars.

Is that normal? does it get cheaper

That is expensive but have seen rates like that on peak dates. Did you check off airport rates? 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on April 24, 2017, 09:49:10 AM
That is expensive but have seen rates like that on peak dates. Did you check off airport rates? 
I plan on coming in on a sunday after 1 pm so I'm sort of limited with my pick up options.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on April 28, 2017, 09:26:40 AM
going to Denver for memorial weekend ( Sunday Monday). debating between using 80K Hilton points for two nights at Homewood Suites by Hilton® Denver Downtown-Convention Center or using 2/3 free nights from ritz at their tier 3 hotel. which one is would be a better choice? maybe a diff hotel? any advice is much appreciated
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 28, 2017, 10:14:19 AM
going to Denver for memorial weekend ( Sunday Monday). debating between using 80K Hilton points for two nights at Homewood Suites by Hilton® Denver Downtown-Convention Center or using 2/3 free nights from ritz at their tier 3 hotel. which one is would be a better choice? maybe a diff hotel? any advice is much appreciated
Don't stay in Denver. Go up to the mountains :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on April 28, 2017, 10:32:25 AM
I would love that! where do I find places like that?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 28, 2017, 11:40:56 AM
I would love that! where do I find places like that?
Use hotelhustle.com or awardmapper.com and search for Vail, Colorado as an example, and you'll see all the points hotels in the area and how many points per night they cost. Denver has things to do downtown and day trips to the mountains, but I recommend spending the weekend actually staying in the mountains. Chabad of Vail might be open then, so you could technically even have Minyanim.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 28, 2017, 12:29:12 PM
Use hotelhustle.com or awardmapper.com and search for Vail, Colorado as an example, and you'll see all the points hotels in the area and how many points per night they cost. Denver has things to do downtown and day trips to the mountains, but I recommend spending the weekend actually staying in the mountains. Chabad of Vail might be open then, so you could technically even have Minyanim.

only technically as i called him a while ago and it sounded like he only has minyanim during heavy travel time lika after Tisah Bav but feel free to check again
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 28, 2017, 12:36:27 PM
only technically as i called him a while ago and it sounded like he only has minyanim during heavy travel time lika after Tisah Bav but feel free to check again
Correct. You need to call them beforehand.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on April 28, 2017, 12:39:41 PM
Correct. You need to call them beforehand.
They just moved to an incredible location in the heart of Vail, just outside Lionshead's pedestrian gate and across from the parking garage, so there's a good chance you'll have more minyanim options.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on April 28, 2017, 01:08:44 PM
Use hotelhustle.com or awardmapper.com and search for Vail, Colorado as an example, and you'll see all the points hotels in the area and how many points per night they cost. Denver has things to do downtown and day trips to the mountains, but I recommend spending the weekend actually staying in the mountains. Chabad of Vail might be open then, so you could technically even have Minyanim.
sounds great!! since im there only 2 full days I was told best activity would be rocky mountain  national park as a one day trip and either Pikes Peak road to the peak (colorado springs) or the garden of Gds. are those places still my go to options if staying in Vail? as you can tell I don't know much about Colorado- this will be our first time there
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 28, 2017, 01:10:05 PM
They just moved to an incredible location in the heart of Vail, just outside Lionshead's pedestrian gate and across from the parking garage, so there's a good chance you'll have more minyanim options.
Oh, wow. You don't have to cross I-70 anymore? That's cool!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 28, 2017, 01:13:24 PM
sounds great!! since im there only 2 full days I was told best activity would be rocky mountain  national park as a one day trip and either Pikes Peak road to the peak (colorado springs) or the garden of Gds. are those places still my go to options if staying in Vail? as you can tell I don't know much about Colorado- this will be our first time there
Nothing wrong with asking questions. I've never been to RMNP. Perhaps one of the locals can chime in. But, those 2 activities are very close to each other and can be done by staying Denver, which would closer than staying Vail and certainly closer than staying in the park.. I just assumed you wanted to stay in more of a mountain town for your first experience. You can also find a hotel in Colorado Springs to do those 2 activities.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on April 28, 2017, 01:38:26 PM
Nothing wrong with asking questions. I've never been to RMNP. Perhaps one of the locals can chime in. But, those 2 activities are very close to each other and can be done by staying Denver, which would closer than staying Vail and certainly closer than staying in the park.. I just assumed you wanted to stay in more of a mountain town for your first experience. You can also find a hotel in Colorado Springs to do those 2 activities.
right so im more looking to do site seeing and hikes- I saw pics and those places look amazing!! so maybe staying by the mountains isn't my best option?
if I may ask whats there to do in Vail during the summer time? is it more of just like a chill thing or will there also be site seeing and hikes there?
thanks for all your help
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 28, 2017, 01:40:07 PM
just spoke to Chabad rabbi in vail and he said gandola will probably not be open in may :(
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 28, 2017, 01:42:08 PM
sounds great!! since im there only 2 full days I was told best activity would be rocky mountain  national park as a one day trip and either Pikes Peak road to the peak (colorado springs) or the garden of Gds. are those places still my go to options if staying in Vail? as you can tell I don't know much about Colorado- this will be our first time there

i will also be there 2 full days I was planning one day in vail and one day colorado springs area but now i am wondering if vail is worth visiting in May? Chabad rabbi said pretty quiet in May.  I will be based in Denver.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on April 28, 2017, 01:48:58 PM
i will also be there 2 full days I was planning one day in vail and one day colorado springs area but now i am wondering if vail is worth visiting in May? Chabad rabbi said pretty quiet in May.  I will be based in Denver.
will be able to do all 3 or at least 2/3 activities in Colorado springs in one day? RMNP (a must from what im told) and either or both- Pikes Peak and garden of gds?
also whats there to do at Vail?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 28, 2017, 01:52:13 PM
will be able to do all 3 or at least 2/3 activities in Colorado springs in one day? RMNP (a must from what im told) and either or both- Pikes Peak and garden of gds?
also whats there to do at Vail?

sorry never been to CO maybe locals can chime in
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 28, 2017, 06:14:02 PM
will be able to do all 3 or at least 2/3 activities in Colorado springs in one day? RMNP (a must from what im told) and either or both- Pikes Peak and garden of gds?
also whats there to do at Vail?

Not sure about also adding in RMNP but you for sure can do Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak in one day.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Moshe26 on April 29, 2017, 10:28:34 PM
Not sure about also adding in RMNP but you for sure can do Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak in one day.
So for​ a first timer in Denver would u recommend​staying in  Colorado springs for those 2 days and do all 3 thing? Or perhaps going to Vail for a day?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on April 30, 2017, 12:09:36 AM
I am a colorado local and while RMNP is nice, Colorado Springs you can spend one or two days (or more) but I would recommend vail or Dillon or Breckenridge. You should check if Keystone is open as two weeks ago we went there and did snow tubing. (Btw they have snow tubing and I think some winter sports there in the summer). Hatzlocha!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 01, 2017, 09:37:41 AM
I am a colorado local and while RMNP is nice, Colorado Springs you can spend one or two days (or more) but I would recommend vail or Dillon or Breckenridge. You should check if Keystone is open as two weeks ago we went there and did snow tubing. (Btw they have snow tubing and I think some winter sports there in the summer). Hatzlocha!
whats there to do in Vail in May?

 just me and wife travelling so snow tubing not of interest
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 03, 2017, 09:35:06 AM
so nu locals looking for psak what would you do if you had one full day in mid may vail or RMNP?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on May 03, 2017, 02:55:08 PM
so nu locals looking for psak what would you do if you had one full day in mid may vail or RMNP?

I always love Vail. The hike at hanging lake is great if you're into that kind of thing. ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on May 03, 2017, 03:48:58 PM
Agreed 100%. There really is no place like Vail. The only question is that May is in between seasons, but between Vail and hanging lake or a bike trip down Vail Pass to Copper would make a beautiful trip.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 03, 2017, 05:04:40 PM
I always love Vail. The hike at hanging lake is great if you're into that kind of thing. ;)

maybe for me by DW is expecting is it a hard hike?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yuey on May 03, 2017, 05:29:52 PM
maybe for me by DW is expecting is it a hard hike?
This should be helpful http://www.mountainzone.com/hotw/co/hanging/index.html
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on May 04, 2017, 11:59:22 PM
For those of you sitting on Marriott certs (maybe Mountain Man...lol) this would actually be a good option in the mountains. A week is long but as a central base for the fun stuff in Glenwwod, Vail and Aspen it could actually work. The base room is also a King Studio with a sofa bed and a kitchen so great for families too.

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/egeri-residence-inn-glenwood-springs/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2 (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/egeri-residence-inn-glenwood-springs/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: gubevo18 on May 07, 2017, 12:17:26 AM
I'm looking to stay at a hotel in downtown denver but the parking fees seem really high. Anybody know if there are any cheap parking options or is parking on the street a possibility.
when I was in SFO I had the same issue but there were cheap lots nearby and plenty of parking on the street.

TIA
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: dshapnj on May 18, 2017, 01:37:18 PM
Hello all. My wife and I are travelling with our 7 children (6 months- 15) to Denver from July 12-18. I am still trying to figure out an itinerary, etc (I have read through about 30 pages of this thread!) but I expect that we will be in Denver for shabbos (we are arriving on a Wednesday). Has anyone stayed in the Staybridge Suites for shabbos? As far as I can tell that is basically the only hotel in any of the eruvs. I have seen posts that say that it is "frum friendly" so I would be interested in hearing about anyone's experience there. Would you think we could all fit into one room there? Would it be practical to have shabbos meals there?

Much better for us would be to rent a house somewhere in Denver. Do any of the Denverites/Deveronians know of anyone who would be away and might be willing to rent out their house?

All info is greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on May 18, 2017, 02:04:44 PM
Hello all. My wife and I are travelling with our 7 children (6 months- 15) to Denver from July 12-18. I am still trying to figure out an itinerary, etc (I have read through about 30 pages of this thread!) but I expect that we will be in Denver for shabbos (we are arriving on a Wednesday). Has anyone stayed in the Staybridge Suites for shabbos? As far as I can tell that is basically the only hotel in any of the eruvs. I have seen posts that say that it is "frum friendly" so I would be interested in hearing about anyone's experience there. Would you think we could all fit into one room there? Would it be practical to have shabbos meals there?

Much better for us would be to rent a house somewhere in Denver. Do any of the Denverites/Deveronians know of anyone who would be away and might be willing to rent out their house?

All info is greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

Staybridge Suites is your best bet.  It's a bit of a shlep but a nice place and great for larger families.  They actually paid to have the eruv extended to include them so they can get the business from simcha visitors and tourists and will tell you what is kosher at breakfast and can give you keys for Shabbat.  We stayed there on our visit before we moved here and it was perfectly fine.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: dshapnj on May 18, 2017, 02:45:20 PM
Staybridge Suites is your best bet.  It's a bit of a shlep but a nice place and great for larger families.  They actually paid to have the eruv extended to include them so they can get the business from simcha visitors and tourists and will tell you what is kosher at breakfast and can give you keys for Shabbat.  We stayed there on our visit before we moved here and it was perfectly fine.

That's very helpful- thanks! When you stayed there did you eat in the room? When I looked online it didn't look like there was any kind of table in the room...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on May 18, 2017, 04:00:25 PM
That's very helpful- thanks! When you stayed there did you eat in the room? When I looked online it didn't look like there was any kind of table in the room...

Sorry can't remember. I'd just call them.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nissang on June 13, 2017, 10:18:32 AM
My wife and I are going to a wedding in denver in august and we were considering staying at the staybridge suites cherry creek for shabbos. We have 6 children. It got mostly positive reviews from tripadvisor but there were some reviews that said the location is seedy. Supposedly it is located near a cannibus store as well as another inappropriate store. Also some people complained about the smell of marijuana in the halls. Does any one know about this location and whether it is appropriate for shabbos and of for a family. thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on June 13, 2017, 05:57:41 PM
My wife and I are going to a wedding in denver in august and we were considering staying at the staybridge suites cherry creek for shabbos. We have 6 children. It got mostly positive reviews from tripadvisor but there were some reviews that said the location is seedy. Supposedly it is located near a cannibus store as well as another inappropriate store. Also some people complained about the smell of marijuana in the halls. Does any one know about this location and whether it is appropriate for shabbos and of for a family. thanks

It's not at all seedy. It's one of the nicest areas of Denver. Yep there are pot stores close by and some bars too but not dangerous at all. Unfortunately, there are cannibus stores all over Denver now.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on June 13, 2017, 11:41:13 PM
I totally agree with Denverite, I've stayed in STaybridge and it is most comfortable for shabbos it is the best option near the East Side community for shabbos.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nissang on June 14, 2017, 07:10:19 PM
Thanks for  the info. Do you know anything about rental cars in the staybridge area? The airport rentals seem to be quite expensive.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on June 15, 2017, 01:04:52 AM
Thanks for  the info. Do you know anything about rental cars in the staybridge area? The airport rentals seem to be quite expensive.

There is an enterprise right down the street.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 15, 2017, 08:50:21 AM
Oh wow, I didn't realize StayBridge > EDOS is only a 25 minute walk. That's not bad at all! Is it in the Eruv?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on June 15, 2017, 10:20:19 AM
Oh wow, I didn't realize StayBridge > EDOS is only a 25 minute walk. That's not bad at all! Is it in the Eruv?

Yes!! :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 15, 2017, 12:01:47 PM
Yes!! :)
Nice!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: maskim on July 04, 2017, 12:40:19 AM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Ritz Carlton residence in Vail? Is it nice?
I searched around the forum didn't seem to find what people think is the nicest hotel/residence in Vail.
Ty
Mendy
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 04, 2017, 11:50:25 AM
I've originally booked the Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas in Avon in August

I'm now seeing the The Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass is available for a great rate, has anyone been there or familiar with the area
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: maskim on July 14, 2017, 12:11:33 AM
Landing in Denver driving to east side kosher for some food then heading to Vail. Is there any good stops to make that's on the way to Vail?
Thanks
Mendy
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 14, 2017, 04:35:53 AM
I've originally booked the Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas in Avon in August

I'm now seeing the The Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass is available for a great rate, has anyone been there or familiar with the area

Snowmass is near Aspen so it'll be beautiful and there is definitely stuff to do. ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 14, 2017, 04:39:43 AM
Landing in Denver driving to east side kosher for some food then heading to Vail. Is there any good stops to make that's on the way to Vail?
Thanks
Mendy

Some of the hikers and others on here can chime in but you could maybe detour a little and drive up to the top of Mt. Evans (at 14k ft. And spectacular views) or maybe in Breckenridge on the way.  Breck was founded as mining town and there is a cool gold mine to visit there and also the town itself is really nice with all the old original buildings and houses.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: maskim on July 14, 2017, 07:51:29 AM
Some of the hikers and others on here can chime in but you could maybe detour a little and drive up to the top of Mt. Evans (at 14k ft. And spectacular views) or maybe in Breckenridge on the way.  Breck was founded as mining town and there is a cool gold mine to visit there and also the town itself is really nice with all the old original buildings and houses.
Thanks for answering.
It seems like Mt. Evans is really out of the way. Correct me if I'm wrong?
Thanks again
Mendy
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 14, 2017, 08:47:42 AM
Thanks for answering.
It seems like Mt. Evans is really out of the way. Correct me if I'm wrong?
Thanks again
Mendy

Vail is a straight shot on I70 from Denver and since it's so direct, pretty much everything you'd stop to do or see us out of the way. It's kind of pricey but maybe check out the Georgetown Loop railroad as it's right off the freeway.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 14, 2017, 09:03:58 AM
We once went to the Coors Factory in Golden then to Lookout Mountain and Buffalo Bill's Grave (eh to the last one) on the way to Vail.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: maskim on July 14, 2017, 10:09:05 AM
We once went to the Coors Factory in Golden then to Lookout Mountain and Buffalo Bill's Grave (eh to the last one) on the way to Vail.
Thanks a lot guys
I really appreciate it
Mendy
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: pcgeek on July 16, 2017, 03:13:41 AM
DW and I are planning a trip to the Rockies from 7/17 to 7/27. We will be staying in a airbnb condo on Lake Dillon for the first few days. The rental includes kayaks and canoes that we definitely plan to make use of. We both enjoy hiking and outdoor activities, and are looking for intermediate level hikes in the Dillon area. A few years back, I went to camp in Denver, so preferably would not want to do too much of the same stuff that I did already. The following is a list (to the best of my memory) of hikes I did with camp: St. Marys Glacier, Chief Mountain, National monument, Mt. Evans, Emerald lake (RMNP), Flattop Mtn. (RMNP), Royal Gorge bridge, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zapata Falls, Hanging lake, black canyon. What do the locals/experts recommend in terms of where to go after Dillon. We would like to camp out preferably. Is Breckenridge a good "base of operations". Any other ideas for a base? Any campsites you would recommend? What about hikes? I know that's alot of questions.. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: pcgeek on July 19, 2017, 12:46:49 PM
Bump. Any info would be greatly appreciated
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 19, 2017, 02:11:57 PM
Bump. Any info would be greatly appreciated

You can hike Hoosier Pass and Boreas Pass near Breck.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 19, 2017, 02:12:33 PM
Wish I knew more about hiking in CO. Sorry can't help.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: pcgeek on July 19, 2017, 10:30:48 PM
You can hike Hoosier Pass and Boreas Pass near Breck.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: JACKBLUE on July 20, 2017, 03:18:21 PM
Which hotels are recommended in (or near) Vail? Paying cash.
TIA
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on July 21, 2017, 10:18:53 AM
I like the location of Best Western Ptarmigian inn in Dillon. It is a great location right on the water (right across) and affordable but nice.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: JACKBLUE on July 21, 2017, 01:41:20 PM
I like the location of Best Western Ptarmigian inn in Dillon. It is a great location right on the water (right across) and affordable but nice.
thanks. Looking for closer to Vail.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 21, 2017, 01:54:09 PM
Which hotels are recommended in (or near) Vail? Paying cash.
TIA
Consider renting a condo since they offer several bedrooms and often a porch to grill on. I've stayed at a condo that was owned by Wyndham, which was nice. (Might have been Montenaros Condominiums, can't remember.)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: JACKBLUE on July 21, 2017, 01:56:32 PM
Consider renting a condo since they offer several bedrooms and often a porch to grill on. I've stayed at a condo that was owned by Wyndham, which was nice. (Might have been Montenaros Condominiums, can't remember.)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: JACKBLUE on July 21, 2017, 04:08:07 PM
Are there any kosher food in Vail?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 21, 2017, 05:25:54 PM
Are there any kosher food in Vail?
There's a Haagen Dazs and a Chabad that will bring up food from Denver if you order in advance (I believe that's how it works). Best bet to just stop by the Deli in Denver on your way up to the mountains.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: JACKBLUE on July 21, 2017, 06:02:15 PM
There's a Haagen Dazs and a Chabad that will bring up food from Denver if you order in advance (I believe that's how it works). Best bet to just stop by the Deli in Denver on your way up to the mountains.
thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: JACKBLUE on August 07, 2017, 12:30:28 AM
Looking for a nice hotel in Denver for 1 night.
Which hotels are in the area of the kosher restaurants?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 07, 2017, 12:48:56 AM
Looking for a nice hotel in Denver for 1 night.
Which hotels are in the area of the kosher restaurants?

Staybridge suites Glendale. Hilton Garden Inn and Courtyard Marriott Cherry Creek
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: JACKBLUE on August 07, 2017, 06:26:04 AM
Staybridge suites Glendale. Hilton Garden Inn and Courtyard Marriott Cherry Creek
thanks a lot!
Will check them out!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 07, 2017, 09:27:01 AM
Also a residence inn by Marriott, Hyatt place and holiday inn right by the aforementioned hotels.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on August 07, 2017, 09:49:37 AM
Are there any kosher food in Vail?
Chabad delivers dinner too
http://www.jewishvail.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/465191
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: JACKBLUE on August 07, 2017, 10:32:00 AM
Chabad delivers dinner too
http://www.jewishvail.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/465191
thank you
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 07, 2017, 02:00:59 PM
thank you

Don't know your plans, but we did Royal Gorge and Garden of the Gods on a Thursday, made an order from ESKD for shabbos and picked up the order Thursday night when we went to ESKD for dinner (GOTG was about an hour from ESKD).  If I recall, it wasn't a terribly long drive then to Vail from ESKD and worth a good dinner.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 07, 2017, 03:10:13 PM
ESKD to Vail is about 1:45 hours. Not terrible, but not super close.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on August 07, 2017, 03:14:32 PM
When we went last summer, we bought a foam cooler and ice in Wal-Mart (total was just a few dollars). Then we bought everything we needed for the week from ESKD and had them double wrap everything so we can microwave it.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: solls108 on August 09, 2017, 10:50:16 AM
Hey All-

Travelling out to Denver.

I plan to stay in Boulder, CO. Will prob find an airBNB or a hotel to stay in around there.

Can anyone reccommend a good place to go fishing, rafting, and maybe a cool water hike within a 1.5 hour distance?

The fishing I found so far was $150 p/p! Too crazy, and prob not worth it.

Please advise.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: pcgeek on August 09, 2017, 11:43:32 AM
When we went last summer, we bought a foam cooler and ice in Wal-Mart (total was just a few dollars). Then we bought everything we needed for the week from ESKD and had them double wrap everything so we can microwave it.
Did you use ice packs or regular ice cubes? Did it leak
Thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on August 09, 2017, 11:47:23 AM
Did you use ice packs or regular ice cubes? Did it leak
Thanks
Regular bag of ice cubes. We made sure to keep it upright and nothing spilled.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: pcgeek on August 09, 2017, 11:51:58 AM
Regular bag of ice cubes. We made sure to keep it upright and nothing spilled.
Ok I'm asking because looking at reviews for a foam cooler on walmart and there are complaints of the cooler absorbing the water that melts from the ice
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on August 09, 2017, 11:58:32 AM
Ok I'm asking because looking at reviews for a foam cooler on walmart and there are complaints of the cooler absorbing the water that melts from the ice
I didn't have any issues like that.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: elit on August 09, 2017, 10:45:45 PM
my brother and 2 friends are vacationing in Colorado and are looking for a place for this shabbos in Denver . any leads?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 10, 2017, 01:42:55 AM
my brother and 2 friends are vacationing in Colorado and are looking for a place for this shabbos in Denver . any leads?

Tell them to book into the Staybridge Suites in Glendale.  It's in the eruv and they have Shabbos friendly keys.  We are totally inundated with tourists and hospitality requests here now.  Frankly, I think it's bad form to plan to cover the rest of your vacation and ask a stranger to provide your Shabbos vacation lodging.  This is coming from someone hosting sleeping guests for two Shabboses in a row but can this be a teachable moment where you tell them to stop looking and start making arrangements for this part of their vacation like they did for the rest of it?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 10, 2017, 07:18:21 AM
To be fair, though, some ppl like to try out a neighborhood on Shabbos, meet the locals and see what Jewish life is like there. Not stay cooped up in a hotel room having challah and cold cuts. Although, paying for a hotel and asking for meals out might be a good compromise.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: elit on August 10, 2017, 09:06:29 AM
Tell them to book into the Staybridge Suites in Glendale.  It's in the eruv and they have Shabbos friendly keys.  We are totally inundated with tourists and hospitality requests here now.  Frankly, I think it's bad form to plan to cover the rest of your vacation and ask a stranger to provide your Shabbos vacation lodging.  This is coming from someone hosting sleeping guests for two Shabboses in a row but can this be a teachable moment where you tell them to stop looking and start making arrangements for this part of their vacation like they did for the rest of it?
1) they had a bunch of options that feel through
2) they thought it would be a nice experience (and a nicer shabbos) to go to a random community for shabbos
3) it's bad form that the community hospitality (I am assuming by the similarity of responses that you are the same one who responded there ) response has an unwelcoming feel to it
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 10, 2017, 11:26:51 AM
1) they had a bunch of options that feel through
2) they thought it would be a nice experience (and a nicer shabbos) to go to a random community for shabbos
3) it's bad form that the community hospitality (I am assuming by the similarity of responses that you are the same one who responded there ) response has an unwelcoming feel to it
I can't host but can offer a meal Shabbos day if they are on the east side. Pm me. Staybridge is about 1.5 miles from where I live but the Shul is about half the distance. There are plenty of people that regularly host travelers but I imagine most if not all are taken at this point as after Tisha B'av but before Elul is when we see the most travelers.

That being said IMHO what you said to Denverite was inappropriate. When Brooklyn packs up and goes to the Catskills they don't start ripping on Monticello's hospitality for having an unwelcoming feel. To Denverite's point your brother and friend's could've gotten firm yes's more than 2 days in advance. This isn't a case of them being stranded, is it? I'd bet they booked their hotel's with more advance notice. Why should Shabbos be any different?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on August 10, 2017, 11:52:31 AM
last summer, we were looking into different options for shabbos - but we were a really big group and didn't want to put anyone out.  When looking at the reviews for hotels within the eruv, several were pretty expensive for us due to being a large family and the cheaper ones had very poor reviews for cleanliness.  Instead we rented a airbnb/vrbo in Vail near the Chabad for pretty cheap and had a beautiful weekend.  We picked up food for shabbos from ESKD and King Soopers.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: solls108 on August 10, 2017, 12:07:17 PM
Can anyone reccomend a nice not too expensive place to stay in boulder?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on August 10, 2017, 12:25:01 PM
Can anyone reccomend a nice not too expensive place to stay in boulder?
Use 8k Hyatt points and stay at the Hyatt Place Pearl St.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: elit on August 10, 2017, 12:55:23 PM
I can't host but can offer a meal Shabbos day if they are on the east side. Pm me. Staybridge is about 1.5 miles from where I live but the Shul is about half the distance. There are plenty of people that regularly host travelers but I imagine most if not all are taken at this point as after Tisha B'av but before Elul is when we see the most travelers.

That being said IMHO what you said to Denverite was inappropriate. When Brooklyn packs up and goes to the Catskills they don't start ripping on Monticello's hospitality for having an unwelcoming feel. To Denverite's point your brother and friend's could've gotten firm yes's more than 2 days in advance. This isn't a case of them being stranded, is it? I'd bet they booked their hotel's with more advance notice. Why should Shabbos be any different?
Thanks! I will check with him.  I didn't mean to create a fight. but as someone who also lives in a very small community I know what it's like to constantly host people however when I get a last minute request (which actually just happened 2 weeks ago when someone reached out thursdsy night) my response would be more like. I am really sorry it doesn't work for us or others this week we would've lived to have you please don't hesitate to ask again.  that gives a feel of a community that is warm and welcoming.  when  the response makes assumptions about what the person did or didn't do with their plans and tells them to take a hike that doesn't give a warm welcoming feel.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on August 10, 2017, 01:05:54 PM
Thanks! I will check with him.  I didn't mean to create a fight. but as someone who also lives in a very small community I know what it's like to constantly host people however when I get a last minute request (which actually just happened 2 weeks ago when someone reached out thursdsy night) my response would be more like. I am really sorry it doesn't work for us or others this week we would've lived to have you please don't hesitate to ask again.  that gives a feel of a community that is warm and welcoming.  when  the response makes assumptions about what the person did or didn't do with their plans and tells them to take a hike that doesn't give a warm welcoming feel.

+1 also yidden are balei chesed if you cant host just politely say its not a good week.  Shabbos is not the same in a hotel
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 10, 2017, 02:08:38 PM
Thanks! I will check with him.  I didn't mean to create a fight. but as someone who also lives in a very small community I know what it's like to constantly host people however when I get a last minute request (which actually just happened 2 weeks ago when someone reached out thursdsy night) my response would be more like. I am really sorry it doesn't work for us or others this week we would've lived to have you please don't hesitate to ask again.  that gives a feel of a community that is warm and welcoming.  when  the response makes assumptions about what the person did or didn't do with their plans and tells them to take a hike that doesn't give a warm welcoming feel.

+1 also yidden are balei chesed if you cant host just politely say its not a good week.  Shabbos is not the same in a hotel

We are baalei chesed, that's why we all host all the time.  I agree also that Shabbos isn't the same in a hotel so I personally usually plan my vacations for Sun-Thu.  I'm just explaining the reality for tourists after Tisha B'av so that if people aren't being responsive it's NOT because we aren't kind but because we are a small community and we are literally full.  I'd rather these guys know about the hotel options to at least have something over Shabbos since most people are already full and the likelihood of them finding a place at this point is so small.  Also hopefully people planning future summer trips will know for next year that if you want accommodations after Tisha B'Av you gotta ask way in advance because of the literally hundreds of people that converge here at this time.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 10, 2017, 02:12:26 PM
To be fair, though, some ppl like to try out a neighborhood on Shabbos, meet the locals and see what Jewish life is like there. Not stay cooped up in a hotel room having challah and cold cuts. Although, paying for a hotel and asking for meals out might be a good compromise.

It's not about that, it's about letting people know how insane it is here this time of year...think of Shabbos accommodations in Denver after Tisha B'Av like trying to book the WA Jerusalem for Sukkot and plan accordingly!!  :P
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: elit on August 10, 2017, 03:12:02 PM
It's not about that, it's about letting people know how insane it is here this time of year...think of Shabbos accommodations in Denver after Tisha B'Av like trying to book the WA Jerusalem for Sukkot and plan accordingly!! 
I hear and I wasn't trying to question anyone's hospitality just was saying that the response was making the people asking feel unwanted and wrong for asking... that's all I am sure the community is doing a ton of chessed and hospitality
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 10, 2017, 03:27:05 PM
I hear and I wasn't trying to question anyone's hospitality just was saying that the response was making the people asking feel unwanted and wrong for asking... that's all I am sure the community is doing a ton of chessed and hospitality

Ok, I should have also worded my response more nicely so I apologize!!  And I can attest that Mountain Man and his DW are really fun to hang out with if they get to go to him for lunch!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: solls108 on August 10, 2017, 10:14:06 PM
I will be staying in Boulder, CO. Is it worth it to travel out to vail to go white water rafting? Or are there good spots closer to Boulder? Any reccomendations on rafting places to go to?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidch on December 31, 2017, 06:24:24 PM
Any kosher food near beaver creek?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 31, 2017, 07:51:55 PM
Any kosher food near beaver creek?
Not sure what you're looking for but chabad of Vail has a whole menu
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidch on December 31, 2017, 08:45:06 PM
Resturant or Caf’e.
Or store with lots of kosher products.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 01, 2018, 06:19:41 AM
Resturant or Caf’e.
Or store with lots of kosher products.
No restaurants. Chabad brings food from Denver about once a week, I believe. You can place an order with them or just bring food yourself from Denver. Maybe grocery stores carry general products but nothing specifically kosher.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on January 01, 2018, 07:52:43 PM
No restaurants. Chabad brings food from Denver about once a week, I believe. You can place an order with them or just bring food yourself from Denver. Maybe grocery stores carry general products but nothing specifically kosher.

+1

Just get food from http://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/ (http://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/) and bring it to the mountains.  You can even order online and it'll be ready and wrapped when you arrive. ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidch on January 01, 2018, 09:41:33 PM
Thanks a lot
One more thing. Does anyone have any tips/tricks as in what to do about he alltitude?  Hear that you can get sick from it and going to be spending two days skiing at beaver creek.

TIA.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on January 01, 2018, 09:51:54 PM
+1

Just get food from http://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/ (http://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/) and bring it to the mountains.  You can even order online and it'll be ready and wrapped when you arrive. ;)
+1 that's basically what I did but since it was the summer, I went to wal mart to get a foam cooler and bag of ice to keep it cold for the trip up.

There is a wal mart supercenter in Avon.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidch on January 01, 2018, 10:23:08 PM
+1

Just get food from http://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/ (http://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/) and bring it to the mountains.  You can even order online and it'll be ready and wrapped when you arrive. ;)

Landing late at night and heading straight to mountain.
Prob just gonna bring from New York...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on January 01, 2018, 10:54:07 PM
Thanks a lot
One more thing. Does anyone have any tips/tricks as in what to do about he alltitude?  Hear that you can get sick from it and going to be spending two days skiing at beaver creek.

TIA.
Just drink a lot of water (or gatorade, powerade, etc)
Don't over exert yourself. If you're worried take a 15 minute break every few runs.
Landing late at night and heading straight to mountain.
Prob just gonna bring from New York...
Yeah that makes sense. You can make a stop at the King Soopers to get baked goods, meat, etc but bringing from NY for just two days might just be simpler.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 02, 2018, 09:46:34 AM
There is a wal mart supercenter in Avon.
Avon is already in the mountains, how did that help keep your food cold for the drive up?

Just drink a lot of water (or gatorade, powerade, etc)
Don't over exert yourself. If you're worried take a 15 minute break every few runs.Yeah that makes sense.
+1 Although I got sick on my first trip (was just a day trip) even with drinking water. The curvy roads u[p in the mountains likely didn't help either as I had nausea thrown in, so drink a lot even if you currently feel fine and take the curves/turns slowly. "Don't over exert yourself"... he's going skiing! How can he not be over exerting himself? lol
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on January 02, 2018, 09:50:11 AM


Avon is already in the mountains, how did that help keep your food cold for the drive up?
2 different walmarts. I got the cooler in Denver, and I was letting him know that there is a way mart right near beaver creek for anything he may need while already in the mountains.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on January 02, 2018, 10:05:16 AM


+1 Although I got sick on my first trip (was just a day trip) even with drinking water. The curvy roads u[p in the mountains likely didn't help either as I had nausea thrown in, so drink a lot even if you currently feel fine and take the curves/turns slowly. "Don't over exert yourself"... he's going skiing! How can he not be over exerting himself? lol

The road to Beaver Creek is not bad as mountain roads go (it gets a bit windy by the Ritz Carlton bachelor gulch).

There are many ways not to over exert yourself like start off on a blue instead of a double black etc.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: davidch on January 02, 2018, 08:03:38 PM
Thanks guys!
Last question:)
Anyone know where to get food prices lift tickets for beaver creek?
(Or that doasnt exist)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 23, 2018, 04:27:55 PM
Thanks guys!
Last question:)
Anyone know where to get food prices lift tickets for beaver creek?
(Or that doasnt exist)
I don't think that at this point in the season you will be getting any good prices on lift tickets besides for transferable options like loveland 4 pak tickets and some a-basin tickets
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on January 23, 2018, 05:36:51 PM
I don't think that at this point in the season you will be getting any good prices on lift tickets besides for transferable options like loveland 4 pak tickets and some a-basin tickets
You can get a bogo coupon for copper and a few others if you full up 10 gallons at a shell station.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 23, 2018, 08:13:59 PM
Nice!
I didn't realize they were doing that this year, last year it was monarch and crested butte so mostly useless
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yosef789 on March 07, 2018, 10:30:59 PM
I hope to be in Colorado Spring in April. I would like to know if it is worth to fly to COS only avail with a stopover from NYC or rather fly to DEN and commute from there? If so, what is the best / cheapest way to get from DEN airport to Colorado Springs, CO?

Is there Uber/ lyft / zipcar / car2go, or other carsharing/ pooling, rentals ?

Any infomration will be appreciated
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on March 08, 2018, 01:30:32 AM
it's not a long ride, pretty straight forward.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on March 08, 2018, 01:38:22 AM
It's between a hour and a hour and a half drive depending on time of day, all highway. All of the options you mentioned exist although I would just take a car rental from the airport...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yosef789 on March 08, 2018, 11:55:42 AM
Thank you.

I will look into car rentals.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: greatdeals on March 09, 2018, 06:25:00 AM
urgently looking for a ride for 1 to Lakewood today. if anyone knows please let me know asap
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 09, 2018, 08:05:30 PM
I am planning to spend one week this summer in Colorado. I am going from Monday to Monday. Does it make sense to start in Colorado Springs and work north? Is two days enough in Rocky Mountain National Park? Would it make sense to spend shabbos in Vail?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 09, 2018, 09:25:56 PM
I am planning to spend one week this summer in Colorado. I am going from Monday to Monday. Does it make sense to start in Colorado Springs and work north? Is two days enough in Rocky Mountain National Park? Would it make sense to spend shabbos in Vail?
Yeah I think that makes sense.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 09, 2018, 10:36:03 PM
Has anyone stayed at The Haber Motel in Rocky Mountain National Park? If so, what was your experience?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 10, 2018, 10:38:01 AM
Does anyone have any recommendations for a hotel in Rocky Mountain National Park?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 10, 2018, 12:25:00 PM
Does anyone have any recommendations for a hotel in Rocky Mountain National Park?

There's nothing in the park. Most people stay in Estes Park, which is the town just outside.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 10, 2018, 12:32:02 PM
Any recommendations for hotels in Estes Park?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on May 10, 2018, 12:53:31 PM
Any recommendations for hotels in Estes Park?
I've always wanted to stay at the Stanley (it's supposedly haunted). Try to book something now with the expedia ddms coupon.

But anything is probably fine. You'll likely be spending very little time at the hotel anyway.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 17, 2018, 11:58:50 AM
In the summer, do enough people go to Vail for shabbos to make a minyan?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 18, 2018, 12:11:50 PM
In the summer, do enough people go to Vail for shabbos to make a minyan?
Reach out to Chabad to see. http://www.jewishvail.com/
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on May 22, 2018, 05:42:33 PM
Hi! We are planning a family four day trip in Colorado (some of us live here).  We were thinking to go to Vail -Glenwood Springs- Aspen and then Telluride and on the way back to head to Boulder and stay there for Shabbos. We are looking for some good hacks to get better deals for a large group of us two couples and one family.  Any suggestions of where to stay around or near Vail.. Glenwood Springs or Telluride (Ouray).  We aren't interested in staying in Snow Mountain Ranch due to its location. Anyone want to sell any certificates or the like?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 22, 2018, 08:03:33 PM
Sheraton Lakeside Terrace Villas in Avon is 20k for a 2 bedroom villa, pretty good deal for a family.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 23, 2018, 01:53:49 PM
In the summer, do enough people go to Vail for shabbos to make a minyan?
LOL

How about 10 Minyanim.

was packed this past summer, we had multiple daily minyanim
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 25, 2018, 01:37:05 PM
Is there a way to get discounted tickets for the Royal Gorge Railroad?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on June 06, 2018, 09:25:40 PM
Hi! Just wanted to pick people's brain. We are planning a family trip of three couples (two our own married kids and us) as well as our own kids. We are looking for better and cheaper value places to stay in Colorado. We are looking for something in or near Aspen and Telluride (or Ouray or Montrose area). An example of good value would be Snow Mountain Ranch or the two bedroom condos in Avon or Simba Run Condos in Vail.  Any other suggestions as we would like to stay closer to Telluride or in Glenwood Springs.
Please advise.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on June 07, 2018, 01:08:23 PM
Hi! Just wanted to pick people's brain. We are planning a family trip of three couples (two our own married kids and us) as well as our own kids. We are looking for better and cheaper value places to stay in Colorado. We are looking for something in or near Aspen and Telluride (or Ouray or Montrose area). An example of good value would be Snow Mountain Ranch or the two bedroom condos in Avon or Simba Run Condos in Vail.  Any other suggestions as we would like to stay closer to Telluride or in Glenwood Springs.
Please advise.

We rented an absolutely gorgeous house in Frisco with VRBO.  It was definitely within easy driving distance to Glenwood Springs.

We were 10 people, plenty of room and eating space (we had brought our own and picked up in Denver).  There are many options on VRBO and decent pricing
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 05, 2018, 12:48:45 PM
KOsher food?

LOL

How about 10 Minyanim.

was packed this past summer, we had multiple daily minyanim
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on July 06, 2018, 10:09:59 AM
KOsher food?

you will need to bring your own food from Denver as chabad of vail's food service is closed for construction.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on July 06, 2018, 10:12:33 AM
I am planning two days in RMNP. What are the must see/do?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 06, 2018, 10:55:04 AM
i was planning on staying in the city area from sun-tues. but im seeing all these other good options.
seems like my choices expanding to Vail, boulder and RMNP.
there really a point in staying in vail or mountain areas if there's no skiing? or stay in the city with the one kosher restaurant and then do day trips to the rockies and similar?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on July 06, 2018, 11:29:00 AM
I have the same question - will be in colorado from sunday  night to thursday night
plan to go to vail - wednesday/thursday

not sure how to spend Monday/Tuesday-
is there anything to do in Denver on Monday or should we take two day trips
one day colorado springs
one day Rocky Mountain National Park
and then go to Vail wednesday morning until thursday evening - and where should we stop on the way to Vail?
     or is vail enough for a one day trip - leaving early in the morning and coming back late the same night???


and if we do spend monday in denver what is the better option for tuesday - rocky mountain national park or colorado springs?

With regard to hotels - it was suggested that we stay at the Staybridge Suites in Cherry Creek, which is near the East Side Jewish Area. Has anyone ever stayed there - is it a decent hotel?
i welcome any hotel suggestions - both in Denver and in Vail

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 06, 2018, 12:15:32 PM
Sorry, haven't been to RMNP. Vail in the summer... could be done in a 1 day trip, just spend time walking around the town and going up the gondola to top of the mountain. I mean sure you can find rafting, horseback riding, hikes, etc. to do too if you wanted to stay up there. Colorado Springs has a lot to do - Pike's Peak, Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

I know people who have stayed at Staybridge. I think it's the closest hotel to Jewish things in East Side. Use hotelhustle.com and awardmapper.com to see hotel options in the mountains.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on July 09, 2018, 09:49:19 AM
I would recommend staying in Boulder and doing things around there. Each city in Colorado has their own mountain view and things to do around there.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 10, 2018, 01:48:42 AM
Hey can really use the help of a CO expert. I narrowed it down to 2 itineraries. we're getting in midnight on thursday night and leading 530pm on tuesday.
any input is appreciated.

But first, BIG QUESTION we cant find good info on: we are traveling with a 8 month old. whats the story with taking a little baby like that up to 14k ft at places like pikes peak, mt evans and some of the other big outlooks we are finding? is that safe? what do pediatricians IN DENVER say about that? this would have a big impact on any plans we have. would make or break

A) shabbos in yeshiva area.
Sun we go for brunch at brooklyn pizza, then to coors factory. then drive out to Vail Sheraton Villa Vista. Along the way Mt evans , greys peak or some other nice outlook (please post any suggestions).
Mon chill at hotel and walk around in tourist trap area, maybe find massages on groupon (again, suggestions plz, if any)
Tues laze around, drive back to denver for east side deli lupper, maybe find a micro brewery to check out or other neat downtown thing to see (post suggestions please)

B) Shabbos in yeshiva area
check into hotel sat night, of the the SPG properties in east denver (suggestions welcome)
sunday do brunch at BK pizza, head south to pikes peak/ other stuff in that area (please post suggestions)
Monday coors and pearl st mall, find a nice sunset somewhere near rocky mountain state park (you'd think with that name it would be THE place to check out, im not seeing rave reviews or anyone saying its a must).
Tues find groupon massages, eat a lupper

if there's anything you wanna add to nix, please post!
thanks in advance
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 10, 2018, 09:44:17 PM
A) I think you'd have too much time in Vail without a plan. Find something "real" to schedule.
B) I don't know about Dr info on 14ers with a baby, but you can do other things in Colorado Springs - 7 Falls, Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 11, 2018, 12:46:39 AM
I’m definitely not a doctor but in my experience with visitors, more important than the age is the time to acclimate and how you feel. Since you are giving yourself Friday and Saturday to acclimate it might be ok to go.  See how you feel when you get out of car in Mt. Evans, if you are out of breath and lightheaded then maybe don’t stay long. I know Pregnant women aren’t recommended to do Pike’s Peak Railroad.

Also make sure to check hours of Coors because I don’t know why I have it in my head that maybe it might be closed on Sunday.

Also make sure you plan way ahead to confirm Shabbat hospitality as we get totally inundated here with vacationers after Tisha B’Av and I think most shuls have decided that it isn’t within their capabilities anymore to arrange any sleeping hosting for vacationers, as it was truly over-taxing the community’s ability to provide other chesed for people in the kehilla.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 11, 2018, 09:20:26 AM
Btw Pike's Peak Cog Rail has been shut down without a re-open date announced.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 12, 2018, 01:28:54 PM
right the question is if ppl take babies up to these elevations bc they cant tell you that they're feeling lightheaded.

 in the end  we're going to vail, staying at sheraton villa vista on points. looking for the best idea/lookout/activity in between the coors factory and possibly a nice place to see the sun set.
Monday we might do groupon massages at the westin, or massageworks at the doubltree, the possibly lake dillon. open to other ideas.
tuesday is a bit of a wash between traveling, eating lunch at the deli and getting to airport for 530 flight.

I’m definitely not a doctor but in my experience with visitors, more important than the age is the time to acclimate and how you feel. Since you are giving yourself Friday and Saturday to acclimate it might be ok to go.  See how you feel when you get out of car in Mt. Evans, if you are out of breath and lightheaded then maybe don’t stay long. I know Pregnant women aren’t recommended to do Pike’s Peak Railroad.

Also make sure to check hours of Coors because I don’t know why I have it in my head that maybe it might be closed on Sunday.

Also make sure you plan way ahead to confirm Shabbat hospitality as we get totally inundated here with vacationers after Tisha B’Av and I think most shuls have decided that it isn’t within their capabilities anymore to arrange any sleeping hosting for vacationers, as it was truly over-taxing the community’s ability to provide other chesed for people in the kehilla.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 12, 2018, 02:17:05 PM
right the question is if ppl take babies up to these elevations bc they cant tell you that they're feeling lightheaded.

 in the end  we're going to vail, staying at sheraton villa vista on points. looking for the best idea/lookout/activity in between the coors factory and possibly a nice place to see the sun set.
Monday we might do groupon massages at the westin, or massageworks at the doubltree, the possibly lake dillon. open to other ideas.
tuesday is a bit of a wash between traveling, eating lunch at the deli and getting to airport for 530 flight.
Lookout Mountain is a nice drive/view on the way up to the mountains, although not sure if it's a good sunset view or not.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 12, 2018, 03:06:48 PM
also prob doing pearl street mall on friday.  open to other ideas a little northward.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 15, 2018, 11:43:13 PM
right the question is if ppl take babies up to these elevations bc they cant tell you that they're feeling lightheaded.

 in the end  we're going to vail, staying at sheraton villa vista on points. looking for the best idea/lookout/activity in between the coors factory and possibly a nice place to see the sun set.
Monday we might do groupon massages at the westin, or massageworks at the doubltree, the possibly lake dillon. open to other ideas.
tuesday is a bit of a wash between traveling, eating lunch at the deli and getting to airport for 530 flight.
Just be aware thats in Avon.

15 min drive to Vail, take that into consideration if davening with a minyan
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on July 16, 2018, 01:42:07 AM
Has anyone stayed at the staybridge suites in cherry creek denver?
Is the hotel decent? Clean? Good beds? Good area?
We are not there for shabbos so don't need to be in eruv but are looking for two bedrooms.

Also, any information on shacharis davening times.
Will be in denver from aug20 -23
Any Minyanim later than 6.45 am?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 16, 2018, 09:15:51 AM
Has anyone stayed at the staybridge suites in cherry creek denver?
Is the hotel decent? Clean? Good beds? Good area?
We are not there for shabbos so don't need to be in eruv but are looking for two bedrooms.

Also, any information on shacharis davening times.
Will be in denver from aug20 -23
Any Minyanim later than 6.45 am?
I know people who used to stay there every summer for a month or two, but don't have much more info other than Cherry Creek is a nice area (lots of retail there).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 17, 2018, 06:30:59 PM
Has anyone stayed at the staybridge suites in cherry creek denver?
Is the hotel decent? Clean? Good beds? Good area?
We are not there for shabbos so don't need to be in eruv but are looking for two bedrooms.

Also, any information on shacharis davening times.
Will be in denver from aug20 -23
Any Minyanim later than 6.45 am?

I’ve stayed there. Good for families. Right across from target and can walk to the only meat restaurant and kosher grocery store.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on July 18, 2018, 02:27:09 AM
Any suggestion for a nice, comfortable hotel in denver in good area
Need at least one bedroom and a sofa bed in living room - or two bedrooms preferably
Also need kitchen or kitchenette - fridge and microwave needed
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on July 18, 2018, 02:27:49 AM
Where to stay in or near vail
Two bedrooms preferred and kitchenette-
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on July 18, 2018, 02:31:59 AM
Would like advice and comments on renting a car at denver airport.
Have been reading reviews- mostly horrible- about the terrible service received at most of the car rental agencies at denver airport.  I have a current rental with budget but the reviews Re awful Has anyone rented with budget- what was your experience?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: pcgeek on July 18, 2018, 02:00:24 PM
Would like advice and comments on renting a car at denver airport.
Have been reading reviews- mostly horrible- about the terrible service received at most of the car rental agencies at denver airport.  I have a current rental with budget but the reviews Re awful Has anyone rented with budget- what was your experience?
I rented from Enterprise/national last summer and it was fine
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 18, 2018, 03:01:30 PM
I rented from Enterprise/national last summer and it was fine
+1, did National and Hertz at Denver Airport.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 18, 2018, 04:18:58 PM
Where to stay in or near vail
Two bedrooms preferred and kitchenette-
Lots and lots of options. I've stayed at a Wyndham timeshare before that had 3br and kitchen in the heart of Lionshead in Vail. Have also stayed in Avon - 10-15 min away at Sheraton Lakeside Terrace Villas. But many more if you Google around. usually the chain hotels don't have these options without being in a suite. You want to find timeshare / vacation ownership type of places.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 22, 2018, 05:52:49 PM
Would like advice and comments on renting a car at denver airport.
Have been reading reviews- mostly horrible- about the terrible service received at most of the car rental agencies at denver airport.  I have a current rental with budget but the reviews Re awful Has anyone rented with budget- what was your experience?
Budget at Denver Airport was fine for us. I actually left my wallet in the car, they mailed it to me. Nice service!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on July 23, 2018, 02:25:54 AM
Is there a difference between staying in vail or in lionshead or are they basically the same?
How far are they from one another?
What about avon?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 23, 2018, 07:28:37 AM
Is there a difference between staying in vail or in lionshead or are they basically the same?
How far are they from one another?
What about avon?
Vail/Lionshead are like a 20 min walk appx through shops/pretty streets. Avon is a 15 min drive on the highway.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 23, 2018, 08:17:05 AM
Is there a difference between staying in vail or in lionshead or are they basically the same?
How far are they from one another?
What about avon?
We stayed in Avon. 11 min beautiful drive from the Sheraton mtn villas to vail
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on July 23, 2018, 09:57:05 AM
i have read that the sheraton mountain villas does not have air conditioning.
that will not work for me in august
i see several places that offer two bedroom condominiums.
Has anyone stayed in any of them -
being that they seem to be owned by individuals, want to make sure that they are clean, good beds, etc..

also, has anyone recently stayed at the hildon in vail - any comments about it?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 23, 2018, 10:07:33 AM
i have read that the sheraton mountain villas does not have air conditioning.
that will not work for me in august
i see several places that offer two bedroom condominiums.
Has anyone stayed in any of them -
being that they seem to be owned by individuals, want to make sure that they are clean, good beds, etc..

also, has anyone recently stayed at the hildon in vail - any comments about it?
True. No ac. I was so surprised. But we didn't need it. It was 90 degrees during the day but didn't feel like it. A MUCH MORE manageable 90 than in NY or anywhere else. At night went down to 60s-low 70s so we were fine.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on July 23, 2018, 12:40:27 PM
Thank you
No air conditioning still does not work for me.
I welcome suggestions of other locations
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nucheiner on July 24, 2018, 11:30:52 AM
Looking for a minyan in Aspen over the next two weeks or so. If you're in the hood please PM. TY
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yyg on July 24, 2018, 11:28:13 PM
Hi planning a trip to Colorado does the NY ezpass work over there for tols? Don't want to pay the fees for the car rental?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 25, 2018, 06:44:42 AM
Hi planning a trip to Colorado does the NY ezpass work over there for tols? Don't want to pay the fees for the car rental?
Doesn't NY E-ZPass only work in the tri-state?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 25, 2018, 09:33:59 AM
Hi planning a trip to Colorado does the NY ezpass work over there for tols? Don't want to pay the fees for the car rental?
No, IIRC it's pretty easy to avoid the toll roads.
Doesn't NY E-ZPass only work in the tri-state?
You can actually use it pretty far out, but not that far.
https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/about/facilities.shtml (https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/about/facilities.shtml)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yyg on July 25, 2018, 09:52:32 AM
No, IIRC it's pretty easy to avoid the toll roads. You can actually use it pretty far out, but not that far.
https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/about/facilities.shtml (https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/about/facilities.shtml)
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Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on July 25, 2018, 10:02:22 AM
sorry what's the meaning of llrc you write in the beginning thanks for your help
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Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on July 25, 2018, 10:53:09 AM
Hi planning a trip to Colorado does the NY ezpass work over there for tols? Don't want to pay the fees for the car rental?
Toll roads are easily avoidable.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: buchir on July 26, 2018, 07:29:56 PM
Anyone has any suggestions for kosher food in vail for next week shabbos? ESKD won't work for me (since I will be leaving morning from Denver and arrive late afternoon in vail)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 26, 2018, 09:47:49 PM
Anyone has any suggestions for kosher food in vail for next week shabbos? ESKD won't work for me (since I will be leaving morning from Denver and arrive late afternoon in vail)
Chabad may offer food delivery - they pick up from ESKD - so they may have food there.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: buchir on July 31, 2018, 01:03:28 PM
Chabad may offer food delivery - they pick up from ESKD - so they may have food there.

Thanks. I actually emailed chabad before my post about shabbos, and minyan. He was very helpful, but said sorry about shabbos food. I don't like to make meshuga shluchim especially in resort areas.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 02, 2018, 02:09:49 AM
How do garden of the gods and red rock park and amphitheater differ from each other. Is garden of the gods worth a special trip to Colorado Springs or is stopping off at red rocks park and amphitheater on the way to vail similar.
Same with royal gorge - is it worth the over two hour trope,from denver?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 02, 2018, 06:50:20 AM
How do garden of the gods and red rock park and amphitheater differ from each other. Is garden of the gods worth a special trip to Colorado Springs or is stopping off at red rocks park and amphitheater on the way to vail similar.
Same with royal gorge - is it worth the over two hour trope,from denver?
I haven't been Red Rocks, but in my research of GOTG, it was compared to Red Rocks with the difference that you can actually touch and climb on the rocks at GOTG. But maybe a local can compare the 2 better.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 04, 2018, 11:50:02 PM
I haven't been Red Rocks, but in my research of GOTG, it was compared to Red Rocks with the difference that you can actually touch and climb on the rocks at GOTG. But maybe a local can compare the 2 better.
+1
GOTG is far larger and the fellow who gifted it to the city stipulated that they had to let people climb and explore etc. In practice, there is far more area to explore and places to find in GOTG than in red rocks. I don't know if it is worth the trip, it really depends on timing etc.
I think Royal Gorge is cool but not nearly as amazing as some of the other Colorado attractions. Until a few years ago I was a bigger fan but after a wildfire killed their zoo of curiosities and the incline railroad disappeared it is a bit underwhelming. Unless you are planning on rafting through the Gorge, then I strongly suggest it!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on August 05, 2018, 12:23:44 AM
+1
GOTG is far larger and the fellow who gifted it to the city stipulated that they had to let people climb and explore etc. In practice, there is far more area to explore and places to find in GOTG than in red rocks. I don't know if it is worth the trip, it really depends on timing etc.
I think Royal Gorge is cool but not nearly as amazing as some of the other Colorado attractions. Until a few years ago I was a bigger fan but after a wildfire killed their zoo of curiosities and the incline railroad disappeared it is a bit underwhelming. Unless you are planning on rafting through the Gorge, then I strongly suggest it!
Thank you!! What other attractions do you recommend?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on August 05, 2018, 05:14:58 AM
Have you taken a look at the wiki?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on August 05, 2018, 08:23:02 PM
Have you taken a look at the wiki?
No, will do, thanks.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 06, 2018, 09:20:10 PM
Glenwood springs
Thank you!! What other attractions do you recommend?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on August 06, 2018, 11:33:04 PM
Glenwood springs
thanks, hot springs and beautiful mountain views.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Shua on August 09, 2018, 12:28:55 AM
So planning a trip at the end of August with 2 families. Kids range from age 15 to 2. Its a short trip landing Sunday morning at leaving Wednesday afternoon. Would be sleeping in Denver proper.

I think we have to skip Vail on this trip as we only have 2 full days. I think its best to do one day Colorado springs and one Rocky Mountain national park.

As of now our tentative itinerary is this.

Sunday, Denver:
Red rock canyon/dinosaur ridge OR Downtown Denver (botanical gardens or Zoo or amusement park)

Monday, Colorado Springs:
Cave of the winds
7 falls
Ghost town?
Garden of the gods (if didn't do red rock canyon on Sunday)

Tuesday, Rocky mountain nation park:
Trail ridge road (any suggestions for family friendly hikes?)
ATV and/or boating in Estes park

Wednesday, Denver:
Hammonds candy factory
Downtown denver (if didn't do on Sunday)
Flight home

Anything that I am missing thats a must see?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 10, 2018, 05:37:55 PM
So planning a trip at the end of August with 2 families. Kids range from age 15 to 2. Its a short trip landing Sunday morning at leaving Wednesday afternoon. Would be sleeping in Denver proper.

I think we have to skip Vail on this trip as we only have 2 full days. I think its best to do one day Colorado springs and one Rocky Mountain national park.

As of now our tentative itinerary is this.

Sunday, Denver:
Red rock canyon/dinosaur ridge OR Downtown Denver (botanical gardens or Zoo or amusement park)

Monday, Colorado Springs:
Cave of the winds
7 falls
Ghost town?
Garden of the gods (if didn't do red rock canyon on Sunday)

Tuesday, Rocky mountain nation park:
Trail ridge road (any suggestions for family friendly hikes?)
ATV and/or boating in Estes park

Wednesday, Denver:
Hammonds candy factory
Downtown denver (if didn't do on Sunday)
Flight home

Anything that I am missing thats a must see?

Just wanted to say that we just did Dinosaur ridge with our kids last Sunday and they loved it.  Great thing to do for first (not full) day. ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 12, 2018, 12:28:23 AM
Has anyone been to glenwood caverns adventure park? How long should one expect to stay there?
Any other suggestions as to what to do in glenwood springs
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 12, 2018, 12:31:25 AM
Looking to go on atv guided tour near vail
Three companies have been mentioned- nova, sage outdoor adventures and above and beyond in 4 eagle ranch
Has anyone used any of them? Any comments or suggestions?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on August 12, 2018, 12:45:28 AM
Has anyone been to glenwood caverns adventure park? How long should one expect to stay there?
Any other suggestions as to what to do in glenwood springs
Definitely not a full day, but you could spend a few hours
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on August 12, 2018, 12:45:52 AM
Looking to go on atv guided tour near vail
Three companies have been mentioned- nova, sage outdoor adventures and above and beyond in 4 eagle ranch
Has anyone used any of them? Any comments or suggestions?
Nova was excellent. Can't speak for others
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 12, 2018, 01:33:43 AM
Thank you
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 12, 2018, 02:35:59 AM
Does anyone know of a minyan for shacharis tgT is later than 6.45 am?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Arejay on August 12, 2018, 03:33:32 AM
Looking to go on atv guided tour near vail
Three companies have been mentioned- nova, sage outdoor adventures and above and beyond in 4 eagle ranch
Has anyone used any of them? Any comments or suggestions?
Did nova was great just lookup the way before you leave since there is no cell service on the way and for some reason the GPS takes you to the wrong place
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Shua on August 13, 2018, 10:24:24 AM
Just wanted to say that we just did Dinosaur ridge with our kids last Sunday and they loved it.  Great thing to do for first (not full) day. ;)
Thanks! Was it crowded on a Sunday?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 13, 2018, 11:47:57 AM
has anyone stayed at the westin riverfront resort and suites in avon/beaver creek
any comments
what about the wyndham in avon/beaver creek
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yikes2179 on August 13, 2018, 12:03:46 PM
I stayed 2 years ago in the westin riverfront villas - 1 bedroom suite. Loved it
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 13, 2018, 12:30:22 PM
is westin riverfront villas the same as the resort or are they two separate entities
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yikes2179 on August 13, 2018, 01:00:22 PM
is westin riverfront villas the same as the resort or are they two separate entities
They are attached - no resort fee if you stay at the villas but you have access to everything in the hotel
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 13, 2018, 04:15:27 PM
thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 16, 2018, 11:04:23 PM
Does anyone know how long the detour is if you go from denver to vail via Loveland pass
How much time does Loveland pass add to the route - as opposed to driving directly from denver to vail?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 17, 2018, 06:36:25 PM
Has Nyone used above and beyond 4x4 atv guided tours at 4 eagle ranch near vail
Comments?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mom on August 19, 2018, 08:59:48 AM
Trying to decide between atv guided tours rental in vail
Either between above and beyond 4x4 rentals at 4 eagle ranch or  nova at camp hale
Any comments or suggestions between the two?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: luv2trvlwithfam on August 27, 2018, 05:59:22 AM
winter ski 2nd week of December....
looking for places that would skiing would be open the week of dec 9th...
we are a family of 9, 2 adults 7 children 7-16. our family has no experience whatsoever. ( last time i skied was 25 yrs ago)
in any event, im looking for a place we can try skiing.
not too expensive.
fly out of ny sunday dec 9th, and get back to ny thursday dec 13th, giving us 3 full days to ski etc...
3 room apt with kitchen would be ideal
all and any help/ideas/suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
thank you all!!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 27, 2018, 10:42:04 AM
winter ski 2nd week of December....
looking for places that would skiing would be open the week of dec 9th...
we are a family of 9, 2 adults 7 children 7-16. our family has no experience whatsoever. ( last time i skied was 25 yrs ago)
in any event, im looking for a place we can try skiing.
not too expensive.
fly out of ny sunday dec 9th, and get back to ny thursday dec 13th, giving us 3 full days to ski etc...
3 room apt with kitchen would be ideal
all and any help/ideas/suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
thank you all!!!

Stay in Keystone, ski in A-Basin.  Google A-Basin kids ski for 4 (or something like that) and you can sign all the kids for 2 free days of lift tickets and 1/2 off their first day lesson (the day of the lesson includes a free lift ticket, so really that pass and one lesson will get you three days of skiing).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 27, 2018, 10:43:07 AM
Does anyone know how long the detour is if you go from denver to vail via Loveland pass
How much time does Loveland pass add to the route - as opposed to driving directly from denver to vail?

Maybe 20 minutes.  It's not for the faint of heart though, it's taking you over the continental divide at about 12,000 feet and many parts of the small two lane road don't have a guard rail at the side.  It's beautiful though...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: luv2trvlwithfam on August 28, 2018, 01:56:54 AM
@Denverite- so there should be snow the 2nd week of December?

Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on August 28, 2018, 10:27:48 AM
@Denverite- so there should be snow the 2nd week of December?

at A-Basin yes.  The have the longest season of any resort in N. America and open mid-october.  That being said, the reason they are open so early is because they are very high up and you may want to spend a day or two in Denver before skiing to acclimate to the altitude.

Here is a nice list of resort opening dates:

https://www.coloradoski.com/resort-season-dates (https://www.coloradoski.com/resort-season-dates)


Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: luv2trvlwithfam on September 03, 2018, 03:39:38 AM
thank you very much!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on October 21, 2018, 11:20:31 PM
Just a PSA, A-basin and one other place (can’t remember the name) are already open for the ski season :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meir123 on December 14, 2018, 09:31:33 AM
Anyone have a cheap car service that will have affordable pricing to get a sprinter from den to aspen?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on December 26, 2018, 12:33:10 PM
Anyone have a cheap car service that will have affordable pricing to get a sprinter from den to aspen?

https://www.epicmountainexpress.com/ (https://www.epicmountainexpress.com/)

This is all they do...just FYI it is LONG to Aspen, if you can all the way to the Aspen airport on points (10k United from Den-Aspen) it's so worth it....
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 01, 2019, 04:48:21 PM
Breakfast at ESKD any good?
https://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/order-online/

Arriving into DEN at 6:30am and departing 11am...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 01, 2019, 10:02:34 PM
Breakfast at ESKD any good?
https://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/order-online/

Arriving into DEN at 6:30am and departing 11am...
Trying to find out. Check out King Sooper's bakery which has lots of Kosher.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 01, 2019, 11:25:13 PM
Check out King Sooper's bakery which has lots of Kosher.
Anything worthwhile that's parve?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 02, 2019, 02:38:45 PM
Anything worthwhile that's parve?
Sorry don't have specific recommendations. But I get credit for getting someone to check DDF and respond to you about the Deli's breakfast later tonight.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 02, 2019, 06:01:30 PM
Breakfast at ESKD any good?
https://www.eastsidekosherdeli.com/order-online/

Arriving into DEN at 6:30am and departing 11am...
Breakfast at ESKD is pretty good but it is fleishig. You can get something parve like eggs and toast etc. Or you can get things like steak and eggs, salami and eggs etc. Hash browns ate pretty good as well. If it is on a Friday or Sunday you can go to rosenberg's kosher bagel shoppe (make sure it is the correct one, as there are several rosenberg's branches that are not kosher) which has excellent bagels and some insanely good lox (quite expensive). FYI though ESKD first opens at 830. Let me know of there is anything else I can help you with (minyan etc.)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 02, 2019, 06:03:35 PM
Oh and French toast is solid as well. I have not tried most of the items on the menu...
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 02, 2019, 06:04:53 PM
Breakfast at ESKD is pretty good but it is fleishig. You can get something parve like eggs and toast etc. Or you can get things like steak and eggs, salami and eggs etc. Hash browns ate pretty good as well. If it is on a Friday or Sunday you can go to rosenberg's kosher bagel shoppe (make sure it is the correct one, as there are several rosenberg's branches that are not kosher) which has excellent bagels and some insanely good lox (quite expensive). FYI though ESKD first opens at 830. Let me know of there is anything else I can help you with (minyan etc.)
Will they be ready to make breakfast at 8:30? I figure I would need to leave by 9:30ish for an 11:02 flight.

Won't be Fri/Sun.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: steeeveknowsbest on January 02, 2019, 06:29:44 PM
They should be able to.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on January 04, 2019, 11:22:06 AM
Will they be ready to make breakfast at 8:30? I figure I would need to leave by 9:30ish for an 11:02 flight.

Won't be Fri/Sun.

Yes, they are open and can do it.  My brother loved their freshly made corned beef hash and even though it's parve they do french toast and other stuff people rave about.  Hope you enjoy!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: meir123 on January 04, 2019, 03:44:49 PM
Ended up getting a sprinter rt for 1150 including tip.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2019, 03:49:48 PM
They should be able to.
Yes, they are open and can do it.  My brother loved their freshly made corned beef hash and even though it's parve they do french toast and other stuff people rave about.  Hope you enjoy!
Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on January 20, 2019, 08:51:55 AM
 I'm thinking to plan a last minute trip to Denver for this weekend staying until Tuesday. Does anyone have an itinerary for 3-5 days in Denver area during winter? What are shabbos options nearby to a shul? Any meals at restaurants or Chabad?
TIA
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ell Eee on February 18, 2019, 09:11:49 PM
Hi,
Anyone here can reccomend attractions for chol hamoed in Denver area? 4 kids in tow 10, 9, 6 and 3

Thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 18, 2019, 10:15:10 PM
Hi,
Anyone here can reccomend attractions for chol hamoed in Denver area? 4 kids in tow 10, 9, 6 and 3

Thanks
Have you checked the wiki? Lots of great activities there. Also see my trip reports (linked in the wiki). Have done a nice amount of day trips.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Ell Eee on February 24, 2019, 12:55:15 AM
Have you checked the wiki? Lots of great activities there. Also see my trip reports (linked in the wiki). Have done a nice amount of day trips.

Thanks will take a look
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 10, 2019, 02:52:34 PM
Is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science any good?
Is it worth the time and price if I plan on coming for a few days?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on March 10, 2019, 06:14:27 PM
Is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science any good?
Is it worth the time and price if I plan on coming for a few days?

It is good but not sure I’d pay for one day.  Are you members to an ASTC museum where you live though? Most have reciprocity so you can get in for free. Part of the reason I keep my annual membership is because I’ve used it to enter so many fun places for free on trips (in AZ, CA, etc).  :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 10, 2019, 06:41:28 PM
Reason why thought it is b/c I can get in for free with Bank of America card  but that it is only one person
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 11, 2019, 09:55:55 AM
It is good but not sure I’d pay for one day.
a shanda.

Is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science any good?
Is it worth the time and price if I plan on coming for a few days?
My family loves the museum.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on March 11, 2019, 04:28:29 PM
a shanda.
My family loves the museum.

Sorry, Yehuda but I am cheap...LOL and we are 5 ppl!  I was going to to ask @jose34  how many ppl in the family.  One free with BofA is good.  Seriously, we almost always take all visitors there and I do love it but I also have an annual museum membership.  People really love the Colorado mining exhibit and it has some really cool and huge crystals and stones.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 28, 2019, 08:13:38 PM
Trying to find a nice place to stay in Denver for a few days, looking at hotels the the Jewish Community.

How far is the Hilton Garden Inn- Cherry Creek from a shul that has everyday minyanim?

What the Residence Inn by Marriott?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on March 28, 2019, 08:53:41 PM
Trying to find a nice place to stay in Denver for a few days, looking at hotels the the Jewish Community.

How far is the Hilton Garden Inn- Cherry Creek from a shul that has everyday minyanim?

What the Residence Inn by Marriott?

For weekdays, a very close drive. Google EDOS for minyanim Times.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 29, 2019, 12:37:14 AM
For weekdays, a very close drive. Google EDOS for minyanim Times.

What about the actual hotel?
Looking for something clean and drop nice since i want to keep the price down but something more than lets say a Holiday Inn Express.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 29, 2019, 01:01:30 AM
Are there hotels near any shul for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on March 29, 2019, 02:02:21 AM
What about the actual hotel?
Looking for something clean and drop nice since i want to keep the price down but something more than lets say a Holiday Inn Express.

Both are very nice and nicer than the closeby Holiday Inn. All my family stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn for a family simcha and were very happy.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on March 29, 2019, 02:03:35 AM
Are there hotels near any shul for Shabbos?

Best one in the eruv is the Staybridge Suites (the other hotels mentioned above are just outside the eruv).
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 29, 2019, 02:05:48 AM
Thanks
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 29, 2019, 02:22:23 PM
Best one in the eruv is the Staybridge Suites (the other hotels mentioned above are just outside the eruv).
+1 I know people who stayed in the Staybridge for many summers, although I've heard it's not as nice as it used to be.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mikel1 on March 29, 2019, 05:48:54 PM
Going to Denver Mid april for 2 nights..
I am thinking of just heading out to the Ritz in beaver creek for the 2 nights...

This is my first time to denver - going with my wife- we don't ski. Any thoughts or recommendations?

thanks in advance guys!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 30, 2019, 09:17:36 PM
Landing and going straight to the mountains is not recommended. Easy to get sick.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mikel1 on March 30, 2019, 09:48:10 PM
thanks! what do you recommend then?
I can stay somewhere in Denver for the night and then head out to mountain in the morning?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 31, 2019, 12:19:35 AM
It’s hard to know how you’ll react. On my first trip to DEN, I stayed there overnights and went up to the mountains the next day and got sick. I think it’s a hard place to go for just 2 days. Of course there are things not in the mountains you can do. Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Red Rocks are not up in the mountains and still nice things to do.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on March 31, 2019, 12:26:44 AM
Landing and going straight to the mountains is not recommended. Easy to get sick.
How sick are we talking. Feeling slightly queasy, or full blown vomiting etc? What do most people experience?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on March 31, 2019, 12:37:47 AM
It’s hard to know how you’ll react. On my first trip to DEN, I stayed there overnights and went up to the mountains the next day and got sick. I think it’s a hard place to go for just 2 days. Of course there are things not in the mountains you can do. Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Red Rocks are not up in the mountains and still nice things to do.

Really, going up to Mt Evants or Pikes Peak within  a few days of coming to Denver will make you sick?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on March 31, 2019, 02:35:42 AM
How sick are we talking. Feeling slightly queasy, or full blown vomiting etc? What do most people experience?
I landed in DEN & drove straight up to Vail, puked my guts out although as the driver I was the only one in the family that had that reaction
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 31, 2019, 10:07:07 AM
How sick are we talking. Feeling slightly queasy, or full blown vomiting etc? What do most people experience?
I was meeting my wife’s family, and I couldn’t get out of bed when we got back to make it to dinner 🙈

Really, going up to Mt Evants or Pikes Peak within  a few days of coming to Denver will make you sick?
Keep in mind those are significantly higher than Vail/Beaver Creek. I’ll let the locals chime in but it’s not recommended. You’re also dealing with winding roads which can lead to nausea.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on March 31, 2019, 06:42:54 PM
How sick are we talking. Feeling slightly queasy, or full blown vomiting etc? What do most people experience?

It totally depends but can be very bad. After being in Denver a couple of days, we took my MIL to stay in Vail and she got a horrific headache for about six hours and then vomited for a few hours (but no other family got sick).  I LIVE in Denver and we went to Aspen last summer, we had already been there a few days, and we took a hike our last morning. I probably got a little dehydrated and then on the “scenic” route home (over the “Top of Rockies pass”) I thought I was going to die of nausea and later vomiting and the altitude literally didn’t go back down for a good two hours while we were on the long pass (BH I wasn’t trying to drive).

BTW, on another random note, and others may disagree, I dont care how pretty people say that route is back from Aspen, over Independence Pass, it was so scary, going down to one lane in places, where if another car is come you have to BACK down the road until you get to a spot where they can pass. I’d just drive I70 via Glenwood Springs if anyone wants to go to Aspen. I’m not dying to ever go back as I think Vail is so much prettier but if I did I think I’d pay the 10k United points and just fly.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on March 31, 2019, 06:54:05 PM
It totally depends but can be very bad. After being in Denver a couple of days, we took my MIL to stay in Vail and she got a horrific headache for about six hours and then vomited for a few hours (but no other family got sick).  I LIVE in Denver and we went to Aspen last summer, we had already been there a few days, and we took a hike our last morning. I probably got a little dehydrated and then on the “scenic” route home (over the “Top of Rockies pass”) I thought I was going to die of nausea and later vomiting and the altitude literally didn’t go back down for a good two hours while we were on the long pass (BH I wasn’t trying to drive).

BTW, on another random note, and others may disagree, I dont care how pretty people say that route is back from Aspen, over Independence Pass, it was so scary, going down to one lane in places, where if another car is come you have to BACK down the road until you get to a spot where they can pass. I’d just drive I70 via Glenwood Springs if anyone wants to go to Aspen. I’m not dying to ever go back as I think Vail is so much prettier but if I did I think I’d pay the 10k United points and just fly.
Thanks, so this is not for anyone who is not in good health, like elderly, blood pressure, heart problems etc .
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on April 02, 2019, 12:49:16 AM
Thanks, so this is not for anyone who is not in good health, like elderly, blood pressure, heart problems etc .

Doing research and realized that Evans Peak and Pikes Peak are not open fully yet.
Is it still worth it to pay and go up to around 10,000 feet?

Maybe it will be eaiser on the altitude sickness  ;)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 02, 2019, 09:11:15 AM
but if I did I think I’d pay the 10k United points and just fly.
Now even less with LifeMiles!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on April 02, 2019, 12:36:43 PM
If I wanted to spend a night in "nature of Colorado" which place has more reasonables places to stay and is more beautiful, Colorado Springs or near Rocky Mountain National Park?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on April 02, 2019, 01:02:58 PM
If I wanted to spend a night in "nature of Colorado" which place has more reasonables places to stay and is more beautiful, Colorado Springs or near Rocky Mountain National Park?
I'd guess that accommodations near rmnp are generally slightly more rustic
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 02, 2019, 02:35:02 PM
Doing research and realized that Evans Peak and Pikes Peak are not open fully yet.
Is it still worth it to pay and go up to around 10,000 feet?

Maybe it will be eaiser on the altitude sickness  ;)

If you drink a lot and are not prone to it, you could probably be fine. Remember though, those high peaks have snow on them into June. Bear that in mind if you are planning hikes.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 02, 2019, 02:39:29 PM
Now even less with LifeMiles!

Wait, how many LMs for those short hops?  It’s distance based like Avios right? I might need to start accruing these also for positioning flights to Chicago. It’s awesome how you basically know more about Colorado than most natives...I was asking your MIL something once and she was like “I don’t know you’ll have to ask Yehuda”! ;D
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on April 02, 2019, 02:46:42 PM
I'd guess that accommodations near rmnp are generally slightly more rustic

Anyone know about or stayed in places in these areas?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on April 02, 2019, 02:47:47 PM
If you drink a lot and are not prone to it, you could probably be fine. Remember though, those high peaks have snow on them into June. Bear that in mind if you are planning hikes.

So the question I really want to know if I can't go up all the way and some of these areas are closed due to snow which area would be nicest and worth my time?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 02, 2019, 03:03:25 PM
Wait, how many LMs for those short hops?  It’s distance based like Avios right? I might need to start accruing these also for positioning flights to Chicago. It’s awesome how you basically know more about Colorado than most natives...I was asking your MIL something once and she was like “I don’t know you’ll have to ask Yehuda”! ;D
7.5k. It's breaks America into 3 zones, and travel within the same zone is 7.5k. Unless there is a typo in Dan's post, Zone 3 (CO) to Zone 2 (IL) would still be 12.5k.
lol

So the question I really want to know if I can't go up all the way and some of these areas are closed due to snow which area would be nicest and worth my time?
All I know is that @Something Fishy once stayed in the park. See his TR.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 02, 2019, 03:09:39 PM
7.5k. It's breaks America into 3 zones, and travel within the same zone is 7.5k. Unless there is a typo in Dan's post, Zone 3 (CO) to Zone 2 (IL) would still be 12.5k.
lol


Ah ok zones not distance, so good heading west, only 7500 for all those states. Thanks!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on April 03, 2019, 09:20:57 AM
Is Lakewood / Denver West a normal neighborhood to stay in?
Is it safe?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on April 03, 2019, 02:40:52 PM
Thanks, so this is not for anyone who is not in good health, like elderly, blood pressure, heart problems etc .

I think it just depends on biology of the person.  We were a large group of people ranging in age from 66 to 6 and one pregnant woman starting her seventh month.  We had no problems.  We came in and went straight to Frisco area with no issues for any of the party.  Our first day was at Dillon Lake area.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on April 03, 2019, 02:42:22 PM
I think it just depends on biology of the person.  We were a large group of people ranging in age from 66 to 6 and one pregnant woman starting her seventh month.  We had no problems.  We came in and went straight to Frisco area with no issues for any of the party.  Our first day was at Dillon Lake area.
Good info, thanks.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: refill on April 03, 2019, 03:00:09 PM
Is Lakewood / Denver West a normal neighborhood to stay in?
Is it safe?

It's not bad at all and definitely safe. Just pretty suburban/big box stores/stuff like that.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on April 03, 2019, 10:30:24 PM
I think it just depends on biology of the person.  We were a large group of people ranging in age from 66 to 6 and one pregnant woman starting her seventh month.  We had no problems.  We came in and went straight to Frisco area with no issues for any of the party.  Our first day was at Dillon Lake area.

I think dehydration and exertion also really affect the equation too. If you stay hydrated and don’t plan a hike ASAP that helps too :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on April 05, 2019, 01:40:18 AM
Here's a link that might be helpful: http://dayhikesneardenver.com/4-great-stroller-hikes-near-denver/

This website was posted before by @Mountain Man and I just wanted bump it and to say I've found it really helpful myself.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: mikel1 on April 18, 2019, 04:58:45 PM
Just as an update-

Ended up going driving straight to beaver creek (I spoke to my doctor, he said that I should be fine- but in case i can take Diamox (acetazolamide starting one day before my trip and continue taking it- this medicine will help acclimate to the altitude. I took one pill and had the side affects of dizziness, nausea, and increase urination, so i quickly stopped the medicine (so no help from the medicine). We were fine during the trip. We had no issues (even without the medicine). the drive up is very pretty and I can see why people had issues driving since there are points that you reach altitudes over 11,000ft ranging from 8k-11k. but the ritz at beaver creek was only at 8,500 ft.
Over all we had a great time! the Ritz there was very nice (very friendly and helpful). I did a local hiking there, checked out vail a little, and also did the hanging lake hike about an hour west from beaver creek.- this was an intense hike (it even warns you several times that it is intense) but totally worth the view. The hike itself was also very fun and adventurous.

hope this helps!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 18, 2019, 07:07:34 PM
Just as an update-

Ended up going driving straight to beaver creek (I spoke to my doctor, he said that I should be fine- but in case i can take Diamox (acetazolamide starting one day before my trip and continue taking it- this medicine will help acclimate to the altitude. I took one pill and had the side affects of dizziness, nausea, and increase urination, so i quickly stopped the medicine (so no help from the medicine). We were fine during the trip. We had no issues (even without the medicine). the drive up is very pretty and I can see why people had issues driving since there are points that you reach altitudes over 11,000ft ranging from 8k-11k. but the ritz at beaver creek was only at 8,500 ft.
Over all we had a great time! the Ritz there was very nice (very friendly and helpful). I did a local hiking there, checked out vail a little, and also did the hanging lake hike about an hour west from beaver creek.- this was an intense hike (it even warns you several times that it is intense) but totally worth the view. The hike itself was also very fun and adventurous.

hope this helps!
Glad you had a nice time and felt good the whole time! Also nice to see a report on the Ritz, hadn't seen anything here before. Any pics you can upload?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: alexstern1 on May 01, 2019, 12:27:59 PM
looking to go to colorado in the summer. any reccomendations where to stay using spg points? would like to be in colorado springs but have a minyan near by.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on May 01, 2019, 12:38:20 PM
looking to go to colorado in the summer. any reccomendations where to stay using spg points? would like to be in colorado springs but have a minyan near by.

No  minyan nearby ( maybe in the summer things are diffrent). Closest area to Colorado Springs with minyan is Greenwood Village  ( they have Aish there)which 15 away from rest of community and an hour hour away from CS.
 
Greenwood Village is a nice area to stay by, mainly offices so quiet at night but still nice and newish. I liked the Aish shul as well.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: alexstern1 on May 01, 2019, 01:08:55 PM
No  minyan nearby ( maybe in the summer things are diffrent). Closest area to Colorado Springs with minyan is Greenwood Village  ( they have Aish there)which 15 away from rest of community and an hour hour away from CS.
 
Greenwood Village is a nice area to stay by, mainly offices so quiet at night but still nice and newish. I liked the Aish shul as well.
once im staying that far i can stay in denver
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on May 02, 2019, 02:50:13 PM
once im staying that far i can stay in denver

Thats kind of what I'm saying, its nice area to stay in and considered in Denver.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Schnitzelface on May 27, 2019, 02:42:45 AM
Anyone here been to White Mountains in NH? How do the Rockies compare in the summer? Reason why I'm asking is because we're thinking of visiting RMNP but not sure if it's worth the shlep all the way from NYC when we have the mountains of NH just a few hour drive away. Any input is appreciated
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on May 28, 2019, 07:22:21 PM
Anyone here been to White Mountains in NH? How do the Rockies compare in the summer? Reason why I'm asking is because we're thinking of visiting RMNP but not sure if it's worth the shlep all the way from NYC when we have the mountains of NH just a few hour drive away. Any input is appreciated

Dont know about NH but RMNP should be a class of its own, for starters the in RMNP the highest point is 14,000 ( Longs Peak) you have the Trail Ridge Road and Old Falls road.
@Denverite  can tell you more.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on May 28, 2019, 10:52:43 PM
Anyone here been to White Mountains in NH? How do the Rockies compare in the summer? Reason why I'm asking is because we're thinking of visiting RMNP but not sure if it's worth the shlep all the way from NYC when we have the mountains of NH just a few hour drive away. Any input is appreciated


Dont know about NH but RMNP should be a class of its own, for starters the in RMNP the highest point is 14,000 ( Longs Peak) you have the Trail Ridge Road and Old Falls road.
@Denverite  can tell you more.

I’ve actually never hiked Estes Park and RMNP but Vail, Aspen And Breckenridge are just totally different than the east coast little foothills. I’m the first to take easy over better though, especially when I’m hauling kids around (it’s why I’m happy to go to just go to Phoenix every winter instead of Mexico or Carribean) so I can understand choosing a short car ride over a whole shlep of a trip!  :P
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Traveler718 on May 28, 2019, 11:07:06 PM
I love the Whites and have gone there at least once a year for the past decade, including some intense hikes (Mt. Washington, Franconia Ridge). That said, RMNP is in a completely different league - the size of the mountains, the snow-capped peaks even in the summer, the grandeur of the scenery. That said, you still have to decide if it's worth the shlep to get there vs. the ease of driving to NH, but you should at least know that if you make the effort, you will be getting a major upgrade on the views.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 29, 2019, 10:21:08 PM
I love the Whites and have gone there at least once a year for the past decade, including some intense hikes (Mt. Washington, Franconia Ridge). That said, RMNP is in a completely different league - the size of the mountains, the snow-capped peaks even in the summer, the grandeur of the scenery. That said, you still have to decide if it's worth the shlep to get there vs. the ease of driving to NH, but you should at least know that if you make the effort, you will be getting a major upgrade on the views.
+100.

I've been to both, NH doesn't even come close
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Schnitzelface on May 30, 2019, 02:00:51 AM
Dont know about NH but RMNP should be a class of its own, for starters the in RMNP the highest point is 14,000 ( Longs Peak) you have the Trail Ridge Road and Old Falls road.
@Denverite  can tell you more.
I love the Whites and have gone there at least once a year for the past decade, including some intense hikes (Mt. Washington, Franconia Ridge). That said, RMNP is in a completely different league - the size of the mountains, the snow-capped peaks even in the summer, the grandeur of the scenery. That said, you still have to decide if it's worth the shlep to get there vs. the ease of driving to NH, but you should at least know that if you make the effort, you will be getting a major upgrade on the views.

Thanks for the info, it all sounds amazing! I'm now very tempted to go to RMNP, all that's left is convincing DW that it's worth it. If we go, we'll be driving all the way there from NY with 2 small kids in tow. Do y'all think that 3 week's total is enough time for such an excursion? Including shabbosim, I'm thinking one week to get there, one week at the park and 1 week driving back.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Traveler718 on May 30, 2019, 11:29:10 AM
It definitely can be done as a 3-week road trip, and we've done something similar twice, also with kids. But is there a reason you want to drive there instead of just flying to Denver and renting a car, especially if DW is ambivalent about all the shlepping involved? If you do drive, you may want to start a new thread about routing and activities to break up the drive in both directions. An absolute must is the City Museum in St. Louis; your kids will like it so much if you do it on the way there that they'll want to go again on the way back!!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: username on May 30, 2019, 01:23:55 PM
Reason why thought it is b/c I can get in for free with Bank of America card  but that it is only one person
An authorized user's card should also work.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Schnitzelface on May 30, 2019, 03:20:17 PM
It definitely can be done as a 3-week road trip, and we've done something similar twice, also with kids. But is there a reason you want to drive there instead of just flying to Denver and renting a car, especially if DW is ambivalent about all the shlepping involved? If you do drive, you may want to start a new thread about routing and activities to break up the drive in both directions. An absolute must is the City Museum in St. Louis; your kids will like it so much if you do it on the way there that they'll want to go again on the way back!!

Interesting, thanks for the info! Yes, if we drive I def plan on checking out St Louis, although their notoriously high crime rate makes me a bit jittery.
Reason why we'd drive instead of flying is mainly budgetery, flying + rental car would cost more than driving there. Unless we fly and stay there for 1 week, then fly back, then it would probably even out as we wouldn't need to pay for 3 weeks worth of hotel stays. Still debating which option to do. I also have like 15k miles left on my car lease and it's up in a few months. May as well use as much of it as I can :) I also love road trips and it'll be cool checking out America's heartland.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on May 30, 2019, 05:34:01 PM
Interesting, thanks for the info! Yes, if we drive I def plan on checking out St Louis, although their notoriously high crime rate makes me a bit jittery.
Reason why we'd drive instead of flying is mainly budgetery, flying + rental car would cost more than driving there. Unless we fly and stay there for 1 week, then fly back, then it would probably even out as we wouldn't need to pay for 3 weeks worth of hotel stays. Still debating which option to do. I also have like 15k miles left on my car lease and it's up in a few months. May as well use as much of it as I can :) I also love road trips and it'll be cool checking out America's heartland.

Do Baltimore or Detroit make you a bit jittery as well? :P
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yungermanchik on June 26, 2019, 03:03:38 PM
Our Trip to Denver, CO!
We went for a week last summer. Stayed in hotels (Marriott Residence Inn Denver-Lakewood 1br suite with points!) and went to relatives for Shabbos.

SHUL
Congregation Zera Abraham (Rabbi Tzvi Steinberg) (8:00 shacharis during bein hazmanim)
1560 Winona Court Denver, Co
303-825-7517

Yeshiva Toras Chaim of Denver – shacharis 7:30

FOOD
East Side Kosher Deli (supermarket, takeout, and fleishig restaurant all in one building, open until 9pm)
499 S. Elm St. Denver, CO
303-322-9862

Brooklyn Pizza
890 S Monaco Pkwy Denver, CO

THINGS TO DO IN…

Denver, CO:
Sloan Lake Park (by 17th avenue – beautiful lake surrounded by mountains)

Golden, CO (about ½ hr from Denver):
Coors Brewery Tours
1221 Ford St. Golden, CO
303-227-2337

Golden Gate Canyon State Park
3873 Highway 46, 29 Crawford Gulch Rd, Golden, CO
303-582-3707

Buffalo Bill Museum (Has a georgeous lookout area)
987-1/2 Lookout Mountain Rd Golden, CO
303-526-0747

Lookout Mountain Nature Reserve (hikes and walks with a pretty view)
Up the road  from Buffalo Bill Museum, on lookout mountain rd

Morrison, CO (not far from Golden)
Red Rocks Ampetheater (natural ampetheater made within red rock mountains, beautiful views, walks, hikes)
18300 W. Alameda Pkwy Morrison, CO

Idaho Springs, CO (about ½ hr from Lookout Mountain)
Mount Evans (highest drivable peak in North America, a 15 mile drive up to the top of mount evans. Narrow roads, close to the cliffs, INCREDIBLE view, frightening to those who are scared of heights. Low temp at the top even in the hottest part of the summer so bring a sweatshirt!)

Boulder CO (about an hour from Denver)
Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory
4600 Sleepytime Dr. Boulder, CO

Chautaugua (beautiful place to walk and see mountains)
Baseline and 8th St. Boulder, CO

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) (a place where research is done but you can drive up to the parking lot and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains)
1850 Table Mesa Dr. Boulder, CO

Colorado Springs, CO (about 1 ½ hrs from Denver)
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (sounds pretty ordinary but this zoo has the beautiful background of the Rocky mountains, as well as many fascinating animals (lions, tigers, bears, and more!) It also has a chairlift that can take you above zoo level so you can see from bird’s eye view!
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd. Colorado Springs, CO
719-633-9925

Garden of the gods (a goyish sounding name, but this is a must-see. It’s about a ½ hr from the zoo. Incredible sights like you’ve never seen. Carved out cliffs, etc. There are walks, hikes. You can choose your level of difficulty they have something for everyone.)
1805 N. 30th St. Colorado Springs, CO
719-634-6666

Vail, CO (about 1 hr and 45 min from Denver)
Vail Mountain Pass (When you get here you will see the bike rentals and the information center, where they can tell you what there is to do in the area including hikes, biking, easy trails, and the gondola (cablecar) that you can take to the top of the mountain.
555 E. Lionshead Circle Vail, CO
800-525-5995

Note: you can turn Vail into a couple of day vacation since there is so much to do there. You can stay overnight. We did it as a day trip and did one long hike and took the gondola back down the mountain.

THINGS WE DID NOT GET TO, BUT WE HEARD WERE BEAUTIFUL AND FUN:
Lake Dillon Bike rentals – 149 Tenderfoot St. C. Dillon, CO (georgeous lake where you can walk around, picnic, etc. not just biking)
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens – 183 Gore Creek Dr. Vail,CO (like a botanical gardens)
Ford Park – Vail, Colorado (great for kids – jungle gyms, etc. and walking area for adults and families)
Denver Mint – Denver, CO
Pikes Peak – Highway 24, Colorado Springs, Colorado (like Mount Evans – driving up a road to the peak of a mountain, beautiful views)
Maroon Bells (the aspen tissue box picture) – Aspen Highlands, End of Maroon Creek Rd, Aspen, CO (3 ½ hrs from Denver)
Johnson Park Miniature Golf – 51579 Highway 6 & 24, Glenwood Springs, CO (970)945-9608
Rifle Falls State Park – 5775 Colorado 325, Rifle, CO
Gunnison National Park – Montrose, CO
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Toys, and Dolls – 1880 Gaylord St. Denver,  CO


 





Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 26, 2019, 04:35:24 PM
Glad you had a great time! Thanks for listing new things I didn't know about!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: E R K on June 27, 2019, 12:24:10 AM
Thanks - going in a few weeks and this will come in handy.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on June 30, 2019, 10:42:05 AM
Kosher house available in Boulder, CO with ten beds and two couches.  Priced affordable. Pm me for more information.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Outandabout on July 10, 2019, 12:40:57 PM
Local frum heimishe driver available in Colorado. Feel free to reach out for anything you need in Colorado, Catering for small groups, Kosher dishes for rental house, Driving, Trip Itineraries etc... I'll be happy to answer all questions about traveling throughout Colorado and the surrounding area.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on July 16, 2019, 02:40:32 AM
Just happened to see a hot deal and thought I’d share. Some nights in December are only $189 with AAA rate at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gultch (for reference, that price is only $10 more than the Residence Inn Breckenridge and this Ritz costs 85k a night Marriott points). Just play around with dates for these prices as I saw Dec. 8-10 and other dates. Happy hunting!
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: David61 on July 22, 2019, 11:44:31 AM
Where is a good place to stay in Vail for Shabbos (Aug 23-25) to get a minyan?
Are any hotels more Shabbos friendly than others? Coming with a family so need a suite.
Prefer Marriott, but ones nearby are expensive.
Is there likely to be a minyan near Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas, Avon / Vail Valley (160 Beaver Creek Boulevard West Avon, Colorado 81620) 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 22, 2019, 12:28:24 PM
Where is a good place to stay in Vail for Shabbos (Aug 23-25) to get a minyan?
Are any hotels more Shabbos friendly than others? Coming with a family so need a suite.
Prefer Marriott, but ones nearby are expensive.
Is there likely to be a minyan near Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas, Avon / Vail Valley (160 Beaver Creek Boulevard West Avon, Colorado 81620)
I would contact the Chabad there. They might have discounted rates, but otherwise, yes the chain hotels are very expensive in Vail. Many people prefer to rent a condo as that can get you a kitchen and several bedrooms.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on July 23, 2019, 12:57:03 AM
Check out Simba Run, we have stayed there in the past, it is walking distance to chabad (i think a half hour's walk) the two bedroom condos are nice and more affordable.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: pointer on July 23, 2019, 10:35:17 PM
Where is a good place to stay in Vail for Shabbos (Aug 23-25) to get a minyan?
Are any hotels more Shabbos friendly than others? Coming with a family so need a suite.
Prefer Marriott, but ones nearby are expensive.
Is there likely to be a minyan near Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas, Avon / Vail Valley (160 Beaver Creek Boulevard West Avon, Colorado 81620)
https://www.jewishvail.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1376979/jewish/Hotels.htm
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 25, 2019, 11:37:49 PM
Is it worth going to Vail Sun-Thurs with a 2-year old?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Saver on July 28, 2019, 12:23:52 PM
Yes, it is definitely worth going with a 2 year old. 
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 28, 2019, 01:52:02 PM
Yes, it is definitely worth going with a 2 year old.
Did you do it? Have any suggestions on what to do there? (Wiki doesn't seem to have much info)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: E R K on July 28, 2019, 03:55:13 PM
I was in Denver recently and went to Vail for the day. We went up the Gondola and on top of the mountain they have kid friendly activities. Not sure minimum age though.  Very scenic. You can hike around to the other gondola and then walk back to your car. I did see someone use a stroller.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 28, 2019, 06:07:52 PM
I was in Denver recently and went to Vail for the day. We went up the Gondola and on top of the mountain they have kid friendly activities. Not sure minimum age though.  Very scenic. You can hike around to the other gondola and then walk back to your car. I did see someone use a stroller.
Is there enough to fill up Sun-Thurs in the area?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on July 28, 2019, 06:31:28 PM
Is there enough to fill up Sun-Thurs in the area?
Depends how far you are willing to go
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 28, 2019, 06:49:18 PM
Depends how far you are willing to go
My little one can get a bit jumpy so I would say probably about an hour (each way)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on July 28, 2019, 07:41:31 PM
My little one can get a bit jumpy so I would say probably about an hour (each way)
How much relaxing/enjoying scenery, vs activities?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 28, 2019, 08:39:56 PM
How much relaxing/enjoying scenery, vs activities?
More relaxing than activities
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on July 28, 2019, 10:26:39 PM
More relaxing than activities
Then yes, definitely what to do for a few days. Walking around, taking the gondola, scenic drives alone could be a couple days. There are also activities in the area. I'm sure there are some more experienced than me, all I did nearby was ATV/Jeeping but I'm sure there is more to do.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 28, 2019, 10:46:44 PM
Then yes, definitely what to do for a few days. Walking around, taking the gondola, scenic drives alone could be a couple days. There are also activities in the area. I'm sure there are some more experienced than me, all I did nearby was ATV/Jeeping but I'm sure there is more to do.
Have any specific places that I should look into?
Where did you stay while there?
What did you do about food? Bought in Denver?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 29, 2019, 03:06:14 PM
Vail vs Beaver creek any reason to stay in one over the other ?(won't be there over shabbos so minyan isn't the issue)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: qsman on August 08, 2019, 12:13:52 AM
Have any specific places that I should look into?
Where did you stay while there?
What did you do about food? Bought in Denver?

Going 8/18 for 4 days with DW and DS. Got the Audi deal for less than regular car rental. Booked AirBNB in Westminister, NW Denver. The only AirBNB rentals around the frum areas were 402/cannabis friendly, and I didnt want to risk a smoky smelling house.

We have a (Dan recommended) Polar cooler for food, and since we are flying WN we can check 6 bags :). It really does work very well.

TripAdvisor helped us a lot in planning, I would look at their travel forums. We are doing a good deal of driving as we would like to see the scenery and take some small hikes, like Emerald Lake.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60945-i436-k10744483-Trail_Ridge_Road_Traffic_Parking-Estes_Park_Colorado.html#85710632


Do you want to drive? hike? whitewater rafting? Beer tours? jeep/atv tours? Gold mine? Spelunking? Museums? I would figure out what your goal is and go from there.

Look at the local websites for the various towns in the area, they will have online coupons for this stuff.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on August 12, 2019, 01:18:25 PM
Im planning a short vacay in Denver and I have a 5 month old baby. I would like to spend a night in either breckenridge or Vail, any recommendations?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: yungermanchik on August 12, 2019, 08:59:36 PM
see post #1185 i did those stuff with a six month old. its worth investing in a good baby carrier.
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda25 on August 23, 2019, 02:41:01 PM
is westin riverfront villas the same as the resort or are they two separate entities
Anyone have the GM's email?
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on September 25, 2019, 04:40:14 PM
Planning a 11 day trip with wife and 9 kids aged 3 - 21 in the summer BE"H. Colorado seemed like a great destination as we love nature and it seems you can be based in one or two places for the span of the trip (which makes life much easier and less stressful for my wife with the little ones).  I was thinking of doing Sunday to Sunday based in Denver doing day trips and then going 3-4 days to Vail area. I read all 81 pages in this forum and it has been so helpful.

RMNP seems pretty amazing. Granted that we can't take any intense hikes, but with some strong boys and carriers, we do okay. (We spent 2 nights in Yosemite West this past summer and being right there was amazing.) But after looking further, I couldn't imagine going to Colorado and just making RMNP a day trip.  But the lodging for a family our size is complicated as many of the places require a 3-night minimum and the 2-night places would probably run me $700 a night which is a bit. Not really any ideal one night places for our group that size. At the same time, it seems that the masses run to Vail and there's minyanim factories in the summer, but that there wouldn't be a minyan (to sat the least) in Estes Park. I'm sure the lodging selection is a heavy factor for many (especially with no point hotels in Estes Park)

So my question is, do I just make RMNP a one (or two) day trip from Denver? Do I prioritize making at least 1 (or 2 ) night in Estes Park work? Anyone nature lovers that went for one day wished they stayed overnight or vice-versa?

Thanks


Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on September 25, 2019, 07:24:25 PM
Planning a 11 day trip with wife and 9 kids aged 3 - 21 in the summer BE"H. Colorado seemed like a great destination as we love nature and it seems you can be based in one or two places for the span of the trip (which makes life much easier and less stressful for my wife with the little ones).  I was thinking of doing Sunday to Sunday based in Denver doing day trips and then going 3-4 days to Vail area. I read all 81 pages in this forum and it has been so helpful.

RMNP seems pretty amazing. Granted that we can't take any intense hikes, but with some strong boys and carriers, we do okay. (We spent 2 nights in Yosemite West this past summer and being right there was amazing.) But after looking further, I couldn't imagine going to Colorado and just making RMNP a day trip.  But the lodging for a family our size is complicated as many of the places require a 3-night minimum and the 2-night places would probably run me $700 a night which is a bit. Not really any ideal one night places for our group that size. At the same time, it seems that the masses run to Vail and there's minyanim factories in the summer, but that there wouldn't be a minyan (to sat the least) in Estes Park. I'm sure the lodging selection is a heavy factor for many (especially with no point hotels in Estes Park)

So my question is, do I just make RMNP a one (or two) day trip from Denver? Do I prioritize making at least 1 (or 2 ) night in Estes Park work? Anyone nature lovers that went for one day wished they stayed overnight or vice-versa?

Thanks

RMNP is really quite close to Denver. No reason to stay there, especially if your wife values not moving places and you value minyanim. You’ll have a blast with day trips from Denver and your time in Vail.  :)
Title: Re: Colorado Master Thread
Post by: jose34 on September 25, 2019, 07:55:47 PM
RMNP is really quite close to Denver. No reason to stay there, especially if your wife values not moving places and you value minyanim. You’ll have a blast with day trips from Denver and your time in Vail.  :)

+1. If your going in the summer its pretty easy to set out early spend a full day RMNP and they head back to Denver to stay.
That saying I went in the spring. In the summer there may be more traffic and it may take a little longer so you may loose a hour or so.