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Road Trip to Colorado {Part 2}

We recently went on a road trip to Colorado. On our trip, we stayed in Wichita Falls, Amarillo, Colorado Springs, and Boulder. Road Trip to Colorado {Part 1} was about our time in Texas, while this post is about Colorado.

COLORADO
Colorado Springs

Hotel
Drury Inn
We stayed two nights at the Drury Inn in Colorado Springs. The Drury Inn is located north of town, just off of I-25. It was a good place to stay, plus it’s a fairly new hotel.

Location: Good. North of town, off of I-25.

Our Room: We stayed in a king suite (room 425) on the fourth floor. Originally, we were in room 405, but it had an odor – like someone had burned incense in the room – that set off Michael’s allergies. Soon as we walked in he started sneezing. The front desk was very helpful and were able to move us to another room. It was a large, clean two room suite and we had plenty of space for the pack ‘n play and our luggage. The bedroom had a king bed with four pillows, nightstands with lamps on either side of the bed, dresser, TV on dresser, closet with hangers and luggage rack, phone, clock radio, and iron and ironing board. The living room had a sofa with ottoman, a desk with a lamp and chair, TV on a dresser, chair, floor lamp, two tables with lamps, trash can, and a small table. The area between the rooms had a counter space with a coffee maker, ice bucket, and disposable cups. The cabinets under the counter had a microwave and mini fridge. The outlets were in good locations. The bathroom had a tub/shower combo, sink, toilet, hair dryer, four body towels, four hand towels, four washcloths, one bath mat, and toiletries (soap, shampoo, and conditioner). The room air conditioner worked well and kept the room cool.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness room, and free breakfast. The Wi-Fi was good – didn’t have any problems connecting and it worked fine for us. We used the pool one afternoon – it was rainy out, so we stayed in the indoor pool side, and it was nice. There was also an indoor hot tub. We ate breakfast at the hotel both days. It was the best hotel breakfast of the hotels we stayed at during our trip.

Service: Check-in was quick and the staff was friendly. The staff at the front desk was helpful when we needed to change rooms.

Drury Inn (Room 425) in Colorado Springs | rainerlife.com

Drury Inn (Room 425) in Colorado Springs | rainerlife.com

Drury Inn (Room 425) in Colorado Springs | rainerlife.com

Drury Inn (Room 425) in Colorado Springs | rainerlife.com

Drury Inn (Room 425) in Colorado Springs | rainerlife.com

Drury Inn (Room 425) in Colorado Springs | rainerlife.com

Food & Drink

Colorado Brewing Company – We ate dinner here on a Sunday night – the first night we were in town. It was located near the hotel. They offer beers unique to their restaurant, so we wanted to check out their selection. The beers and food were okay, but the service wasn’t very good.

Trinity Brewing Company – We had lunch here on a Monday. We arrived just after they opened for lunch and sat at an outside table. They had a great craft beer selection. We shared a sampler of beers and had sandwiches to eat. Glad we tried this local brewery while we were in town.

Trinity Brewing Company | rainerlife.com

Cheddar’s – We ate here on a Monday night – the second night we were in town. It was also located near the hotel. Typical Cheddar’s restaurant – good food, good prices, and the service was good.

Sightseeing

Garden of the Gods – We spent a morning checking out the Garden of the Gods. We stopped at the visitor center to get a map of the area and look around the gift shop. We then parked near the Central Garden Trail, which is a concrete path, and walked around for a while. It’s a stroller friendly path, and offers a lot of beautiful sights. It was crowded while we were there – it’s a popular place to visit. If you go, get an early start to find a parking spot and beat some of the crowd.

Michael & Gavin at Garden of the Gods | rainerlife.com

Garden of the Gods | rainerlife.com

Boulder

Hotel
Best Western Plus
We stayed two nights at the Best Western Plus in Boulder. The Best Western Plus is located in town, just off of US-36.

Location: Good. Off US-36, near main roads and some restaurants.

Our Room: We stayed in a king suite (room 216) on the second floor. It was a clean, good sized room and we had space for the pack ‘n play and our luggage. The room had a king bed with five pillows, nightstands with lamps on either side of the bed, chair with ottoman, a desk with a lamp and chair, floor lamp, coffee table, dresser, TV with remote, phone, clock radio, iron & ironing board, closet with hangers and luggage rack, bar area with sink, mini fridge, coffee maker, ice bucket, and trash can. The outlets were in good locations and the nightstand lamps each had an outlet on them. The bathroom had a tub/shower combo, sink, toilet, hair dryer, four body towels, four hand towels, four washcloths, one bath mat, and toiletries (soap, lotion, mouthwash, shave cream, shampoo, and conditioner). The room had sliding doors that opened onto a small balcony. The balcony had two chairs and not much of a view – construction was going on in the lot next to the hotel, but it was nice to sit outside and have a drink at the end of the day.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, guest laundry, and free breakfast. The Wi-Fi was good – didn’t have any problems connecting and it worked fine for us. We didn’t use the pool, but it looked nice. We ate breakfast both mornings – it was good, a better than average hotel breakfast. This is the only hotel that I used laundry facilities – two washers and dryers were available for guest use on the first floor.

Service: Check-in was quick and the staff was very friendly.

Best Western Plus (Room 216) in Boulder | rainerlife.com

Best Western Plus (Room 216) in Boulder | rainerlife.com

Best Western Plus (Room 216) in Boulder | rainerlife.com

Best Western Plus (Room 216) in Boulder | rainerlife.com

Best Western Plus (Room 216) in Boulder | rainerlife.com

Best Western Plus (Room 216) in Boulder | rainerlife.com

Food & Drink

West Flanders Brewing Company – We ate lunch here on a Tuesday afternoon. This brewery and restaurant is located at Pearl Street Mall. It was fairly busy, and the food, beer, and service were all very good.

West Flanders Brewing Company | rainerlife.com

Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids – We ate lunch here on a Wednesday afternoon. This brewery and restaurant is located in Longmont. It’s a favorite brewery, so we wanted to check it out when we were so close. The beer, food, and service were all very good.

Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids | rainerlife.com

Sightseeing

Pearl Street Mall – When we arrived in Boulder it was too early to check into the hotel, so we decided to go to the Pearl Street Mall and have lunch. We ate and then walked around visiting some of the shops.

Estes Park – We drove up to Estes Park after having lunch in Longmont at Oskar Blues. It was a beautiful drive, and it was nice to be in the mountains. When we arrived in town, we parked and walked around a bit. After visiting a few shops, we got back in the car and drove around town and up to the Rocky Mountain National Park. It was getting late, so we didn’t drive around too long before heading back to Boulder.

Rocky Mountain National Park | rainerlife.com

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