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Old Jan 27th, 2012, 08:46 AM
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@PeaceOut - and thats why i love this forum! i hadnt looked at any of those options. I really like the look of Red Stone Inn.

@Gretchen - We are definitely open to other cities. Boulder is the one that is most replaceable. The only that is set is that we need to make to Estes Park for our reservation, and then we wanted to make it back down to see certain sights, like Garden of the Gods & Pikes Peak. So we'll definitely check out those areas too. Thanks for the great suggestions.
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Old Jan 27th, 2012, 08:53 AM
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"I agree that AI isn't the standard in Colorado, especially in Boulder. Maybe because many tourists come here to explore the outdoors, and don't plan on staying at the resort all the time. "
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Maybe AI wasnt the right term. I have never actually done an AI resort. Staying in one place and just eating and lounging doesnt sound appealing to me.

We definitely plan on being outdoors and doing lots of things, at RMNP for instance. I guess i just thought it would be easier to have our meals taken care of at the hotel, then we can go and come back and eat or whatever. It probably doesn't work like that. Most hotels have restaurants but seems like it would be pricey. I have already started getting a list of restaurants and places we can eat along the way to stay within our budget.
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Old Jan 27th, 2012, 10:45 AM
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I would sort of suggest that you could choose your RMNP site, then head west for a few days.
I am not a huge fan of Garden of the Gods OR Pike's Peak. BUT it could be done as you drive back to Denver from the more western mountains, and just end your trip in CO Springs and go to the airport from there--or something like that. There is a lot to do in Denver also--and some great dining to be enjoyed.
I don't think you put how long this is to be.
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Old Jan 27th, 2012, 12:55 PM
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why are you not a fan of GOTG or PP if you dont mind me asking?

Right now or trip is shaping up to be 6 nights. Where would you recommend we stop if we headed west?
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Old Jan 27th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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For the Colorado Springs area have a look at the following possiblities:

Lodge at the Garden of the Gods

Cheyenne Mountain Inn

If still interested in Boulder we usually stay at the Hotel Boulderado. It's not nearly as upscale as the St. Julien but, of course, much more affordable. Victorian decor with restaurants in main building. The Bradley is a B&B but is suppose to be very nice.
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Old Jan 27th, 2012, 02:29 PM
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I think a good driving loop for you would be:
Denver airport - Boulder - Estes - Grand Lake/Winter Park - Denver airport.

There is plenty to do on that loop, and awesome scenery.

The C Lazy U ranch is on this loop.

It seems out of your way to drive south to CO Springs, instead of going west into the Rockies.
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Old Jan 27th, 2012, 03:14 PM
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I just think there are other places in Colorado that are much more interesting. Our kids live in Denver so we've gone here and there, and have been to the ski areas both before and after they moved there permanently. We did the CoSprings area, and eh?! compared to almost anywhere else.
If you are in honeymoon mode, I think there is so much better way to use your time and money. Six days isn't much. The loop suggested just above is OK--more than "OK".
I'm not getting a "picture". It started out on AI, and "economics and knowing what we would spend". I think there are a LOT of ways to do that without locking into a "one stop" ranch/hotel.
Do you want a 6 day suggestion for a honeymoon? What is your budget? Total.
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Old Jan 27th, 2012, 03:16 PM
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I will add that the "drive by" of Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak was PLENTY for us, since you asked about that. It just isn't all that "wonderful". Pike's Peak takes a LOT of time to go up and then you come back down.
RMNP is a JEWEL.
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Old Jan 28th, 2012, 06:22 AM
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A third vote to the route suggested by PeaceOut, it can't be beat for this part Colorado. One caveat: in May the direct road between Estes and Grand Lake might be closed, depending on seasonal snowfall amounts.

If so, at the cost of a few more more hours driving, you could head east from Estes to Loveland /Fort Collins, then go up the Poudre Canyon to Walden, joining the suggested route near Winter Park. Steamboat Springs is an enjoyable side trip. While not quite as spectacular as PeaceOut's suggested route, it's an excellent Plan B if necessary.

Last year I had colleagues visiting at work from Minnesota, England and Singapore. I suggested this route for their weekends and they all came back raving about it. The Singapore guy did the entire Poudre River variation in one day! This is insane in my book, but those guys love to drive when they get here.
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Old Jan 28th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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Relatives who lived in Colorado Springs have recommended Cheyenne Mountain Resort as a cheaper alternative to the Broadmoor. But not $200/night including meals.

We stayed at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort near Buena Vista/Salida and the Collegiate range a few years ago. This is a beautiful area.

We were in Colorado for a week in late May and encountered some snow so you should definitely be prepared for that.
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I started going to Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak area some thirty years ago and haven't been back for some time. However I often think that those of us who have visited a place often dismiss it for places we like better. There are hundreds of people that go to Colorado Springs and see these sights every year and they enjoy them. So if you're intent on visiting, I say go!

RMNP is one of the most beautiful places I've been, and I've been to many. Do be aware that while the park area is huge, the options for roads are limited. One can easily drive all the roads and loops in a half day. The drive over Trail Ridge road ( a part of PeaceOut's route...Estes to Winter Park) takes another hour or so and often doesn't even open until the end of May. If you plan on doing some hiking the possibilities in RMNP are many.

Another drive, if Trail Ridge is closed, is the Peak to Peak Highway from Estes to Netherland and back down to Boulder through Boulder Canyon.
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Good point about whether or not Trail Ridge Road will be open. When in May are you coming? The later the better, actually.
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Sorry that should have been Nederland not Netherland.
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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 11:13 AM
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"I think a good driving loop for you would be:
Denver airport - Boulder - Estes - Grand Lake/Winter Park - Denver airport."

Interesting, I had not yet considered Grand Lake/Winter Park, my fiance and are researching this right now, trying to nail down our itinerary. Thanks again everyone for the great advice! The only thing that we are set on is Estes Park, where we already have reservations, so we are pretty open as to where to go from there.

"It started out on AI, and "economics and knowing what we would spend". I think there are a LOT of ways to do that without locking into a "one stop" ranch/hotel."

@Gretchen - yea I was steered off the AI course from the beginning of this thread, which is a good thing i think.
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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 11:16 AM
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@Vttraveler - Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort looks gorgeous, but i think they said something like they close the hot springs when the snow melts? So idk if going in may is bad idea.
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The pools heated by the hot springs would be open but the springs themselves are not due to the spring melt. So it is probably not the best time to be there for the springs but still a beautiful area.
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If you take the route I suggested above, you could splurge on a stay at Devil's Thumb Ranch, between Granby and Winter Park. It is very nice. Has been recently renovated and expanded. Is done in authentic Old West furnishings, which are charming. Sits in a beautiful place, too.

They offer some packages, and sometimes a 'buy 2- get 1 night free' special.
http://www.devilsthumbranch.com/
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The target date to open Trail Ridge Road is Memorial Day weekend. Most of the time they make, something they do not. Just depends on the amount and timing of the snow. It is never open early. Hike anywhere except the foothills will be a problem. We don't call May mud season for no reason. Even if there is no snow at the lower levels, the run off from the higher levels often make the hike trails impassable till mid June. Trails tend to be little streams at that time. If in E Park at that time you will need to go to Golden to get around the mountain.
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Good point, fmpden. When is the OP going to be in Estes?
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She posted she was going in May. I remember the first year we lived in Denver. The only snow day that year for the local school district was May 9th.
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