Wednesday, November 19, 2014

America's Most Fun Small Town

Hello readers! Guess what? We returned from one of the most enlightening vacations I've ever been on. And of course, I want to tell you all about it!

Founded in the 1880's, Glenwood Springs, Colorado is literally known as ~ "America's Most Fun Small Town" and I can totally see why! With a population of only 9,620, in between colossal mountains, one really gets to see what a small town feels like. But it's still packed with soooo many things to do!

Let me start by saying that this has given whole new meaning to the word 'vacation'. This trip, which involved snow capped mountains, history, tons of sightseeing, hot springs, amusement parks, and some 'stepping out of my comfort zone', will go down in our family history as one of the funnest places we have ever been. Seriously, how often do you get say you saw bison and bighorn sheep while driving or that you went swimming in the snow?

Random note ~ Did you know that Glenwood Springs was one of the first American cities to have electricity?

The hot springs are an amazing experience, but even more so when you're surrounded by snow! Be prepared to smell the sulfur as the bottom of the therapy pool is lined with the softest stone packed with quarter size holes to let out the natural warm water.

This 4,800 foot long tram takes you up the mountain to The Glenwood Springs Adventure Park where rides, cave tours, shopping, & dining awaits!

The Fairy Caves, which were discovered by Charles W. Darrow, were originally purchased in hopes of finding gold. Instead, Darrow gave life to one of the most amazing cave tours in the Colorado. The Fairy Caves take you a quarter mile into the mountain where you get to see amazing images of fairies on the rocks while walking through turns and twists with the original light bulbs that were used to light the cave in the 1890's.

How many fairies can you spot?

 The Fairy Cave ends at the amazing Exclamation Point where you can see panoramic views of the whole town. It was breathtaking! King's Row Cave takes you on a descent of 150 feet to view the most amazing den of stalagmites and stalactite's. The tour guides were phenomenal with educating the tourists. And we especially enjoyed the stories of water drops being fairy kisses & the dragon who chased the giant out of the cave, as a huge ash footprint proves it's authenticity;)

I love the pictures above, because you get to see Darrow standing with two women at Exclamation Point & the girls in the exact same spot.

I can't believe we got a chance to see these beauties in their natural elements.
This was just a glimpse of some of the things you can do in town. 
If you're interested in learning a little more about taking this unique and amazing trip for yourself, here are a couple great sites to check out!

And ..... of course I had to make a stop at the local quilting store.
Check out these pretty fabrics that had to make it home!

Happy Trails to great places!

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