Carl’s is quite the restaurant for burgers and steaks and everything from scratch, including southern style home cooked meals. Started in honor of the man who may have started Recreational Skiing. Carl Howelson came to the US from Norway and in 1912 he started the 1st winter carnival in Steamboat. It’s the oldest running winter carnival west of the Mississippi and it just had its 100 year anniversary.
Watching the Ohio State game. About to hit Strawberry Hot Springs … Or maybe some Champagne powder in the am.
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One amazing woman.
Check this video out: http://www.faithit.com/100-year-old-lady-talks-about-love-long-life/
After celebrating Thanksgiving at the German Black Forest Restaurant in Nederland, Colorado (http://www.blackforestrestaurant.net/), I visited the Carousel of Happiness (http://www.carouselofhappiness.org/).
Some people eat Turkey for Thanksgiving, I ride geese!
Filed under: Food & Drink
Imagine waking up… to traditional French pastries made in a bakery in downtown Durango, by a man from France, that travels back to France to keep up with everything going on there. It’s a restaurant as well, so you can have some of the most delicious omelets, with gruyere cheese, mushrooms and spinach (my favorite). A must see, and eat!
601 Main Avenue
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A two-hour layover before catching the next train just isn’t enough time to take in all that Silverton, Colorado has to offer, but it is enough time to stop in for a beer and soup at the Avalanche Brewing Co.
Avalanche Brewing Company serves 4 of their elevated ales. And if you are lucky enough, while sitting at the bar, you may even experience a middle aged woman walking in asking the bartender at the register, “What is the difference between a sandwich and a wrap?” The silence was legendary as we all gasped for air. You could almost hear the record stop as the 4 of us decided whether we were going to laugh out loud. I wasn’t sure what was more funny, when my friend replied with, “Picture a sandwich, wrapped up.” Well played.
The bartender than asked me if I wanted another drink. I asked him which one he recommended, and he encouraged me to get a ‘Mail Order Bride’. I told him, “I’ll take the ‘Mail Order Husband’.” Lol. If only the man of my dreams was as easy as a $5.50 libation at 9,308 ft., on Notorious Blair Street.
And that is about when it was time to head to the Million Dollar Highway, connecting Silverton to Ouray. The most incredible views and drive possible in Colorado, and, yes I will mention it again, the “Switzerland of America”.
…but we ended up at Montanya’s with our new found Avalanche friends, and others from Albuquerque, NM. I had to say this was quite the classy little joint. Adorable and business savvy enough to have a killer roof top. Good times had by all.
Avalanche Brewing Co.
1067 Blair Street
Silverton, CO 81433
…on the Narrow Gauge Silverton Train via Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad may have you feeling like you are back in 1925.
Board a 480 series, or K-36, steam-powered locomotive in darling Durango and arrive in Silverton 3.5 hours later. Silverton, Colorado is just minutes from Ouray, Colorado (the Switzerland of America), so the landscapes and switchbacks are breathtaking. The train ride can be long, if you aren’t into photography, and most locals will recommend the bus ride back.
While traveling the most beautiful parts of Southwestern Colorado, and seeing the wilderness and wildlife of the Colorado Rockies, you will also see zip liners, bikers racing the train, fly fishing, photographers, white water rafters, kayaks, train chasers, and a myriad of bridges.
Voted One of the World’s Top 10 Train Rides in 2009.
Voted the Number One North American Train Trip by National Geographic Traveler in 2010.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
479 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
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Thanks to one resourceful and well traveled friend, I had the pleasure of staying at this amazing little B&B in Durango, Colorado. A no brainer alternative to a typical hotel stay. Clean, cozy, relaxing and just like home.
Check out the VRBO pictures as well: http://www.vrbo.com/317049#
Highly recommended when staying in my favorite Colorado town. Love those Durangatangs.