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Featured Travel Reviews

Wyndham Mining Exchange, Colorado Springs

Located in an historic 1900's Colorado Springs building, the Wyndham Mining Exchange is an excellent choice for downtown accommodations. You are within walking distance of abundant food and drink options, shops and lovely Acacia Park.   History Wyndham Mining Exchange...

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The Penrose Room, Colorado Springs

The Penrose Room is the only five star, five diamond restaurant in Colorado. It is located within the grounds of the iconic Broadmoor Hotel, on the top floor of The Broadmoor South building. A seasonal menu, decadent atmosphere, live music and amazing views of the...

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Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs

Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers family friendly accommodations close to major Colorado Springs attractions like Pikes Peak, The Broadmoor, Old Colorado City, and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. With a variety of amenities for every member of the family, this is a place to call...

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Adventures Out West Jeep Tour, Colorado Springs

When visiting Colorado Springs, there are a couple of places you cannot miss. One is Garden of the Gods, and the other is Manitou Springs. The former are gorgeous rock formations that are magnificent to see, and the latter is a quirky, fun little historic town. A...

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Garden of the Gods Club & Resort, Colorado Springs

Garden of the Gods Club and Resort is the ultimate Colorado Springs destination if you are seeking peace and luxury. It radiates calm vibes and well being. You feel the magnitude of your surroundings amongst red rocks and mountains, the comfort of luxurious...

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Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise

Bosie has so many wonderful local food options that you better schedule a few days in the city to accommodate all the must-experience meals. I have a fondness for locally grown farm to fork restaurants, and I found plenty to enjoy. Bittercreek Alehouse is an...

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Guru Donuts, Boise

In keeping with the local farm to fork philosophy I was so pleased to find in Boise restaurants, Guru Donuts follows the locavore trend, sourcing ingredients from the Farmers' Market. Donuts are made fresh daily, from scratch using local eggs and flour, and organic...

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Basque Block, Boise

Did you know there is a strong Basque heritage in Idaho? Idaho is home to the largest Basque diaspora in the country, with a population of about 15,000. It's a tight community, rich with history and full of present-day participation in tradition.     Basque Museum The...

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Brunch: Modern Hotel and Bar, Boise

There are a lot of excellent brunch options in Boise, but brunch at the Modern Hotel and Bar is off the charts fantastic. Food and drink is transformed into art and though it's ultra casual, this brunch menu is a mind blowing, internationally inspired culinary...

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Modern Hotel, Boise

When I first heard Boise had a hotel called Modern Hotel I couldn't wait to stay there--of course, because I am the Modern Traveler and I couldn't resist the idea. I love a modern aesthetic and I also appreciate history and vintage Americana. The Modern Hotel offers a...

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River Rafting with Cascade Raft & Kayak

It's been a long time since I went river rafting. The last time (apart from a gentle float on the Rio Grande in Taos) was ages ago on the Colorado River and I swore I'd never do it again. It was a harrowing ride down the white swirling river, I don't even remember the...

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Boise Brewing

Boise Brewing is an unassuming microbrewery that has the best beer I've ever tasted. As I write this, I have a coveted growler under my feet (I'm on the airport shuttle) that you'd have to wrestle from me to get to. It's probably the best, most interesting beer I've...

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Fork, Boise

Boise has wonderful, locally owned restaurants that serve locally grown food. Fork is one such restaurant, with a fabulous patio with red umbrellas and bistro lights. It's a great atmosphere perfect for summer dining, and the food is phenomenal.     I loved it so much...

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Inn at 500, Boise

Boise's brand new 29 million dollar Inn at 500 is a luxurious, contemporary boutique hotel located conveniently in downtown Boise just a few minutes from the airport. An emphasis on attentive service, plush comfort and gallery level art displays makes the Inn at 500 a...

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The Maven Hotel, Denver

The Maven Hotel wows you as soon as you walk through the door, and it doesn't stop until you leave. As you make your way to the front desk to check in, you encounter a giant wood carved hand suspended from the ceiling, a shiny Airstream camper, and a yarn wrapped...

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Kachina Southwestern Grill, Denver

Denver's new kid on the Dairy Block, Kachina Southwestern Grill, serves up authentic southwestern cuisine in an energizing atmosphere. Located in lower downtown in the Dairy Block, not far from Union Station, Kachina presents itself like edible art inside Denver's...

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The Ritz-Carlton, Denver Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton Denver, the city's oldest Five Diamond hotel, has undergone some gorgeous updates recently. If you haven't been in a while, it's time to return. This is one of my favorite hotels in Denver. Sumptuous, plush surroundings, luxurious amenities, and a...

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Westin Denver International Airport Hotel

Have you ever seen the movie Oblivion? It's a sci-fi Tom Cruise movie that was partially filmed in Iceland (I'll watch anything that was filmed in Iceland). Anyway, the Westin Denver International Airport Hotel reminded me of the Sky Apartment in this movie. The pool...

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Pink Jeep Tours, Sedona: Magnificent Views and Good Fun

I'm always up for a jeep tour. The more interesting the geography, the better, and Sedona is one place that begs for jeep travel. Pink Jeep Tours are a Sedona classic and unless you've rented your own jeep, you really should do a tour to see the area from this...

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Helijet Helicopter Service

I'm obsessed with helicopters. They fascinate me, and I get very excited to be near them or fly in them. The trouble is, I'm not a fan of heights. Terrified might be a better word for it if I'm honest. But I continue to push myself in this direction, because being up...

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The Cooper Lounge, Denver Union Station

"Imbibe in Style," they say, and I can't imagine a place more stylish than The Cooper Lounge at Denver Union Station. This is a place to get swanky and chill out with some quality cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. As someone madly in love with train travel and completely...

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The Crawford Hotel, Denver

The Crawford Hotel in Denver's Union Station offers one of a kind accommodations that will make anyone who loves train travel giddy with delight. I haven't been on the Orient Express yet (I can dream), but The Crawford embraces the wonder and mystique of luxury train...

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Four Seasons Seattle

Four Seasons Seattle is a beautiful oasis in the heart of downtown Seattle, just a couple of blocks from Pikes Place Market. A sparkling turquoise pool, panoramic views of Elliot Bay and Puget Sound and easy access to local attractions make it an excellent choice for...

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Westin Riverfront, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Located in Beaver Creek, on Gore River about ten minutes from Vail Village, The Westin Riverfront is a four diamond resort that offers cozy mountain luxury. It's such a pretty setting, and the way the light hits the place, I kept thinking I was seeing things in HD....

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Mountain Standard, Vail

Mountain Standard is a relaxed and rustic fine dining restaurant with a creative menu and a wonderful creekside indoor-outdoor atmosphere. Flowers, the water, mountains and bistro lights create the perfect mood, and the food is fantastic. With quality ingredients,...

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Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station is a 150 year old icon, the city's ground transportation hub, and my favorite Denver landmark. I'm enamored by train travel, and Union Station for train enthusiasts is nirvana. It's simultaneously glamorous and functional. Formal and relaxed. It's...

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