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Summer 2014 - Coors Factory Tour, Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory Tour, Buffalo Bill's Museum & Grave, Vail (in the summer), Piney River Ranch, Denver Zoo, Cave of the Winds, East Side Kosher Deli, Brooklyn Pizza and Bonnie Brae Ice Cream.
Thanksgiving 2015 - Denver Museum of Natural History, Bonnie Brae
December 2015 - Denver Aquarium, Bonnie Brae, East Side Kosher Deli, Brooklyn Pizza, Outlets at Castle Point, Monaco Lanes, Colorado Adventure Park - snow tubing
Pesach 2016 - Breckenridge, Grand Lodge on Peak 7
Labor Day 2016 - Seven Falls
Pesach 2017 - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pesach 2018 - Avon, Sheraton Lakeside Terrace Villas
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Re: @Yehuda's Trips to DEN
« Reply #45 on: June 11, 2018, 12:56:51 PM »
Pesach 2017
Better late than never... Not going to share much about the overall trip, just hit on the 1 main activity we did. On Chol Hamoed, we took a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. The zoo is built onto the side of a mountain, a cool concept, but walking around is uphill and does take some energy.


View on the way up






For a buck, you can feed the giraffes






You can actually walk inside the wallaby exhibit, although despite our best efforts, they had no interest in coming near us



And, once we landed back in EWR, we stopped by for some post-Pesach NKS.


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Re: @Yehuda's Trips to DEN
« Reply #46 on: June 11, 2018, 10:40:31 PM »
Pesach 2018
While we made a few trips out here since our daughter was born, we hadn't really had a chance to do any activities other than the Denver Zoo again, so nothing to share until Pesach of this year, when we went up to the mountains for 2 days. Thanks to a recommendation from @Denverite, we stayed at the Sheraton Lakeside Terrace Villas in Avon, a town 10 minutes away from Vail. The villas are associated with the Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas across the street. Each villa has 2 bedrooms, 2 pull-out sofas, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, washer/dryer and balcony, so you can really fit in a lot of people. The villas go for 20k SPG points a night, but because they were fairly cheap dollar-wise for our nights, I decided to save my SPG and book through Chase UR with my CSR for slightly less than 20k. You get access to the Avon Recreation Center across the street which has a mini-indoor water park - lap pool, kids zero-entry pool, diving pool, lazy river and waterslide. We spent time swimming, we BBQed and we drove to Vail Village to stroll around, which was very reminiscent of my first-ever trip to Denver back when we were still dating. Shame it was Pesach so we couldn't get Haagen Dazs, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or visit the candy store in the center of town.




One of the 3 villa buildings


Entranceway


Living room / main couch area


Kitchen / dining area attached to living room. Courtesy of Google Images


2nd couch area


Master bedroom




Master bathroom


2nd bedroom


2nd bathroom


Pesach BBQing

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Checking out Vail Village:









Some nice views on the way back to Denver:






Copper Mountain

Another trip in the books!

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Re: @Yehuda's Trips to DEN
« Reply #47 on: June 13, 2018, 08:27:55 PM »
Nice! Great pictures.
Seems like you must have bought and brought a new Weber grill. What else did you do for food?
I can ask my LOR, but are you allowed to kasher a kitchen for Pesach during CH?
Or, maybe you cant use the oven at all, even with double wrapping...or can you???
Pardon my halachic ignorance.
Thanks.

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Re: @Yehuda's Trips to DEN
« Reply #48 on: June 13, 2018, 09:14:05 PM »
Nice! Great pictures.
Seems like you must have bought and brought a new Weber grill. What else did you do for food?
I can ask my LOR, but are you allowed to kasher a kitchen for Pesach during CH?
Or, maybe you cant use the oven at all, even with double wrapping...or can you???
Pardon my halachic ignorance.
Thanks.
You cannot kasher on pesach except in very limited cases or using libun
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used to start a religious discussion.

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Re: @Yehuda's Trips to DEN
« Reply #49 on: June 13, 2018, 09:37:52 PM »
You cannot kasher on pesach except in very limited cases or using libun
I figured that.
But I guess you could heat double-wrapped food in a treif/chametz oven, right.
Thanks.

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Re: @Yehuda's Trips to DEN
« Reply #50 on: June 14, 2018, 08:03:55 AM »
Nice! Great pictures.
Seems like you must have bought and brought a new Weber grill. What else did you do for food?
I can ask my LOR, but are you allowed to kasher a kitchen for Pesach during CH?
Or, maybe you cant use the oven at all, even with double wrapping...or can you???
Pardon my halachic ignorance.
Thanks.
Thanks. Yes my FIL bought a new grill specifically for Pesach. On our CH trips in Denver, we usually live off matza + spreads and salads, no cooking necessary other than the BBQ. Our Rav said we could Kasher the microwave which we did in order to boil water for coffee.

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Re: @Yehuda's Trips to DEN
« Reply #51 on: June 14, 2018, 08:32:29 AM »
Thanks. Yes my FIL bought a new grill specifically for Pesach. On our CH trips in Denver, we usually live off matza + spreads and salads, no cooking necessary other than the BBQ. Our Rav said we could Kasher the microwave which we did in order to boil water for coffee.
I would recommend just buying a $15 kettle for your hot water.
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Re: @Yehuda's Trips to DEN
« Reply #52 on: June 14, 2018, 08:43:48 AM »
I would recommend just buying a $15 kettle for your hot water.
Had I realized people would want coffee, I would have suggested something like this.