Colorado

Reviewing the Boulder Marriott Hotel

Boulder Marriott Hotel 2660 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, Colorado 80302 GRADING Overall Score: B Staff: B Room: A Amenities: A Recommended?: Yes Overall Impression: The Boulder Marriott Hotel is a newly renovated, boutique-style (smaller) hotel. This hotel offers more than a mid-tier hotel (Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express), but not that much more for the cost. Customer service/staff help was mediocre at best…

Reviewing the Embassy Suites Denver – Downtown Convention Center

Embassy Suites Denver – Downtown Convention Center 1420 Stout Street, Denver, Colorado,80202 GRADING Overall Score: A Staff: A Room: A Amenities: A Recommended?: Yes Overall Impression: This spacious hotel, with the usual spacious atrium characteristic of the Embassy Suites brand, is a full-service hotel next to the Denver Convention Center. Polite service, generously sized suites, and extra perks (complimentary breakfast and evening reception) make this hotel a win-win…

Rafting in Dinosaur National Monument

This is a guest post from Mitch Stevens, founder and lead guide of Southwest Discoveries. Based out of Tucson, Arizona, Southwest Discoveries offers multi-generational guided tours of the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Horseshoe Bend, the Tortolita Mountains, and more. Visit Southwest Discoveries for more information, and click here for Mitch’s blog. We hiked through a narrow defile carved through red sandstone. The foliage in the canyon was lush – Boxelder, grapevines, Ponderosa pine, and Douglas fir trees thrived in the moist environment. A clear stream murmured near the trail, contributing to the serenity. We rounded a bend in…

Climbing Mount Elbert

   A few years ago, my family and I visited Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city at 10,152 feet. We were there to visit my uncle and climb Mount Elbert as well.  Prominent fourteeners, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, are situated close to Leadville, and are a nice addition to the scenery in my uncle’s backyard. (Lucky guy!) Here are some facts: MOUNT ELBERT: highest peak in the Rocky Mountains the 2nd highest peak in the contiguous US, after Mt. Whitney (14,505 ft.) 14,439 feet high is 12.1 miles southwest of Leadville Mt. Massive, its…