Our countdown of the top 7 ways to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.
Although the old adage states “If you’re lucky enough to spend the holidays in Estes Park, you’re lucky enough,” we know that the downhill slide into the holidays can make even an elf wonder where the magic went. Fortunately, rekindling the holiday spirit is easy here – made even easier because we’ve made a list and checked it twice so that your days and can be merry and bright!
7. Be a Jolly Happy Soul
Carrying all those gifts (and kids and skis!) can do a number on your muscles. Let all your cares melt away and head into the new year feeling your blissful best with a hot stone massage, or kick off your boots and treat your toes to a pedicure. The Estes Park Resort Spa and Riverspointe Spas are both peaceful respites from the hustle and bustle of the holidays; consider it a gift to yourself.
6. Have a Cup of Cheer
Estes Park is home to three breweries, a winery and a distillery – so no matter your adult beverage of choice, you’re in for a treat. Artisan whisky, rum, bourbon, 20 varieties of local wines and beers for every palate are available for holiday toasts. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift, most are available to take home. For a true taste of the season, stop in to Elkins Distillery and try their Elkins Apply Spiced Liquor, made with organic Colorado apple cider and white whisky.
5. Ride in a Wonderland of Snow
Is it even winter if you haven’t been sledding? We think not. Family friendly, fun and quintessentially winter, it’s a great way to make memories outdoors for all ages. Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park is accessible by car and rents sleds for just $5 a day. Bundle up and get those cheeks nice and rosy!
4. Hear those Sleigh Bells Ringing
We’re not sure if it’s true, but it’s been said that a hot cocoa sleigh ride through a snow-covered meadow is what actually made the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes that day. Add cozy blankets, s’mores, and possibly a few impromptu caroles, and even Ebenezer Scrooge will be ho-ho-ho’ing as those treetops glisten.
3. Busy Sidewalks Dressed in Holiday Style
Shopping in Estes Park is always a treat – but this time of year it’s downright festive. More than 300 specialty shops and boutiques are home here and offer treasures from artisans both local and global. Jewelry, apparel, artwork and more will ensure you’ll have something unique for everyone on your “nice” list.
2. Let your Heart be Light
After dark, pile everyone in the car, tune the radio to some classic holiday music and enjoy the Yuletide Driving Tour of Estes Park on Google Maps. You’ll be guided past the best and brightest homes and businesses all decked out in their holiday best. They’ll be plenty of ooh’s and ahh’s for kids from one to ninety-two.
1. It’s the Right Time…to Rock the Night Away
Make reservations now for a festive five-course dinner with wine pairing (optional) at Bird & Jim, where chefs are committed to making every meal a true culinary experience, reflective of modern mountain cuisine.
After dinner, ring in the new year and party like it’s 1929. The Swingin’ Cats will be playing their 1920’s themed Jazz at Bird and Jim from 8pm to 10:30pm. And while not required, 1920’s apparel is encouraged. (Because flapper dress.)
However you choose to spend your time in Estes Park, rest assured you’ll be making memories to last a lifetime.