Beaver Creek, Colorado

We just returned from a wonderful (brief) stay in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  As I mentioned before, we were there so that John could attend a conference.  I was there…so I wouldn’t be home alone and so I could attend evening events with John.  My presence had nothing to do with wanting to experience fall in Colorado. Promise. Well….

Truthfully, this was the most relaxing couple of days we have had in a while. While John attended his conference sessions, I worked from our room.  Emails, conference calls, reading reports, catching up on political news/stories, streaming legislative hearings, PPT creating, and document editing are always better with a fabulous view and cold air rolling in off of the balcony.  It was downright vacation-y!

We were very lucky on this trip – the leaves were turning and we had stunning views of Mother Nature at work.

Glorious, no? In the late afternoons, John and I visited the gym and/or strolled around the Beaver Creek Village and did a bit of shopping.  You know – homemade chocolate, Starbucks Pumpkin Lattes, North Face vests and moose art.  Oh yes, friends – it was most certainly fall in Colorado.  One of my favorite activities of the trip, however, was making smores in one of the hotel’s fire pits.  What started off as a late-night activity for John and me, turned into a rowdy gathering of conference attendees/friends.  Laughter + Smores + Alcohol = Sorry to anyone who was trying to sleep.  Good Times.

And what’s a trip without good food? Fortunately, we had some impressive meals during our stay.  We had lunches at Blue Moose Pizza and Beaver Creek Chop House.  We also had amazing dinners at Grouse Mountain Grill and at Spago.  We also had a really fun conference-closing dinner at our hotel.  Lots of wine, food and laughs at our table. But, speaking of our hotel…

We stayed at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Although I am a SPG loyalist, I have to give it to the Park Hyatt.  This is a lovely hotel and I am fairly confident that we will make a return visit in the near future.  Even though we were ahead of the (high) ski season, the hotel offered plenty of amenities and activities.  For example, the hotel had an impressive gym and spa, heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, restaurants, clothing and food/convenience stores, outdoor fire pits, and sprawling living spaces and fireplaces.  The hotel also offered fun amenities, such as hiking, rock wall climbing, kayaking, tennis, fishing, miniature golf, biking and a full-service kids club. Customer service was good and our rooms were well-appointed.  A really nice touch was the in-room humidifier.  Housekeeping turned ours on in the evening making sleep/waking up so much easier on our minds and bodies.

John and I were really bummed to see this conference come to an end.  However, this just makes us so much more excited about next year’s conference. Past conferences have been in Jackson Hole, New Orleans, and Santa Fe. We can’t wait to learn about where we are headed in 2013!

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