A Colorado Road Trip (Part 2) – In Search of Aspen Gold in Aspen, CO

Our fall trip “leaf peeping” trip this year took us to Colorado.  We did a nine day trip focusing on three different parts of the state. In Part 1 of this series I described our trip on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. (You can read the post here ). In Part 2 we visit the areas around Aspen, CO, aptly named as we found out. Continue reading “A Colorado Road Trip (Part 2) – In Search of Aspen Gold in Aspen, CO”

A Colorado Road Trip (Part 1) – In Search of Aspen Gold in Rocky Mountain National Park

Every autumn, my husband and I plan a “leaf peeping” road trip to catch the peak fall color changes. We’ve done trips to New England, driven the Blue Ridge parkway and discovered the Finger Lakes in New York. This year, we went out west for a Colorado road trip to look for aspens at their golden peak.

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Hunting for Gold in Colorado – Aspen Gold

25 photos to inspire your next autumn road trip to Colorado to see aspens at their golden peak of color. My husband and I just returned from a wonderful nine day loop around the state, searching for gold- aspen gold. I think we succeeded in finding it, along with other great scenery – don’t you? Continue reading “Hunting for Gold in Colorado – Aspen Gold”

PhotoPOSTcard: Maroon Bells Reflection at Sunrise

The Maroon Bells claims to be the most photographed spot in Colorado, which is not surprising as it is a perfect mountain setting reflected in a clear and pristine lake, all of which is easily accessible from a parking lot not far from Aspen. To capture the perfect sunrise shot, expect to share the shoreline with a few hundred other photographers, especially during peak aspen color season. We may all have gotten the same photo that day, but what a beautiful photo.

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Rose

Finding Unexpected Art and History in Fraser, Colorado

I like finding interesting art as I travel. Imagine my surprise upon finding a small sculpture and history park behind the Holiday Inn Express where we were passing through in Fraser, Colorado. 

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PhotoPOSTcard: Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bear Lake is a popular, easy half mile hike in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Towards the end of September, the mountains around the lake start to glow as the aspens change their color from green to gold. The scenery is particularly beautiful in the early morning.  Going early also has the added advantage of avoiding the majority of the crowds that flock to this part of the park to hike the many popular trails in the area.

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Thanks for visiting.

Rose

 

Chocolate for the Mind, Body and Soul – A day at the Hotel Hershey Spa

I have never been to a spa. So this summer, when a girlfriend and I were planning a weekend in Hershey, PA, we decided to indulge ourselves to a day of chocolate treatments at the world renowned Hotel Hershey Spa. Continue reading “Chocolate for the Mind, Body and Soul – A day at the Hotel Hershey Spa”

Mushrooms, Muskets and Funnel Cakes – A Festival Weekend in the Brandywine Valley

On the second weekend of every September, the Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania-northern Delaware hosts three major festivals that are a huge draw for visitors to an area that is already rich in historic and cultural attractions. Continue reading “Mushrooms, Muskets and Funnel Cakes – A Festival Weekend in the Brandywine Valley”

East Coast Meets West Coast – A Dale Chihuly Exhibit at New York’s Botanical Gardens

If you live within driving distance of New York city or are planning a trip before the end of October, I recommend a visit to the New York Botanical Gardens to see the current exhibit by master glass artist Dale Chihuly in this beautiful garden setting. Continue reading “East Coast Meets West Coast – A Dale Chihuly Exhibit at New York’s Botanical Gardens”

Camping Like a Vanderbilt – The Illusion of Roughing It

The Great Camps in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York were the wilderness playgrounds for the wealthy and elite of the Gilded Age in the late 19th century. One such camp, Camp Sagamore, has been preserved and restored and the serene and secluded wilderness setting can be experienced much like its Vanderbilt owners did over a century ago. Continue reading “Camping Like a Vanderbilt – The Illusion of Roughing It”