Christmas in Crested Butte
If you've been following along, you know that we did Christmas a little differently this year. Usually we go overboard with gifts for the kids, but we decided to take another route. Instead of gifts, we took a trip. We'll call it gifting an experience. You can read more on our decision for no gifts here.
We chose Crested Butte, Colorado (about 4 hours from where we live in Denver) for our Christmas trip. With a population of roughly 1,600 we knew it was the perfect destination to get away from it all. We had no itinerary, no plans or obligations and knew it would be the perfect place to relax.
We stayed at Elevation Resort and Spa for the long weekend and I have to rave about their customer service. We had a rowdy group across the hall from us and a family of what seemed like 100 (obviously it wasn't) next door to us on our second night there. I normally wouldn't bat an eye because I have a 9 year old and we're probably that family from time to time, but y'all know when baby is sleepin', mama's claws come out. Not to mention, Kingsley isn't the greatest sleeper (and that's putting it nicely). I called the front desk and let them know the noise was a little much and they took care of it. The people across the hall were angels after that, however the ones next door had kiddos (totally get it) that must have been hyped up on mountain dew (also get it). BUT with Kingsley's subpar sleeping habits, I found myself walking and shushing her back to sleep each time we heard a new noise so I decided I'd call again just to see if moving rooms was an option. Without hesitation Chris (God bless you, whoever you are) at the front desk accommodated my request and sent someone up to help us move our bags. ELEVATION WITH THE WIN! Y'all, do you know how comforting that is to a worried, exhausted mama with a toddler who is anticipating no sleep because the neighbors are a little loud? It was a Christmas miracle to me and I wanted to go down to the front desk, pajamas and all, and give Chris a hug. Lucky for him, I refrained because, well you know, kids.
We spent most of our time hot tubbing, swimming, sledding, NAPPING (YES LORD) and exploring in the snow. We tried to make a snowman, but let me just say the movies make it look WAY easier than it actually is. If you're visiting Crested Butte, they have a sledding hill in town right next to their ice skating rink at The Nordic Center or a tubing hill up on the mountain. There is a beautiful trail area around Peanut Lake that is only a couple of minutes from town. I've been to Crested Butte numerous times, but this was my first time visiting the lake. I had no idea it was tucked away so close, but I'm so glad I know now! It was so beautiful we went twice before and after lunch!
As far as restaurants go, there are so many great restaurants in Crested Butte, but our favorites that stood out are:
Breakfast: Izzy's (we all LOVED our breakfast here)
Lunch: The Last Steep (make sure you get the grasshopper pie for dessert!)
Dinner: Ryce Asian Bistro (I may have cried when I forgot our to-go box of leftovers)
Overall, I'd say the no-presents route is going to be a tradition. We had so much fun together and focused solely on the kiddos. Nathan and I may need a vacation from the vacation, but it was SO worth it. I can't wait to see what kind of trip we come up with for next year!
If you're planning a trip to CB or just love it feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Let me know!