Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Family Fun Weekend in Denver

My mom, dad, and sis came to Denver for an extended weekend to spend time with Andy and me. I love having them come visit. The three of them stay with Andy and me at our place, so we have lots of time together! And we always get out and about in Colorado as much as possible (some, ahem Dad, may say too much?).

They came in late Thursday night, and we stayed up far too late enjoying wine and one another's company. We had to leave pretty early Friday morning for a three hour drive into the mountains, and my morning alarm sounded way too early Friday! I had a recruiting event in Glenwood Springs, so the fam joined for the ride and were treated to a beautiful drive through mountains and canyons.

The snow bank was taller than Meg!

Dad and our sodas at lunch in Glenwood. The blackberry one was my favorite.

Beautiful lobby at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood.

Friday evening Andy and my dad had a cigars (brought from Minnesota by my dad) and whiskey night. We sat out by the fire - a perfect night for a fire - while Ella cowered inside every time the fire would pop. When the fire started to die down and the cigars were long gone, we headed inside for Cards Against Humanity. Now, this could be an awkward game to play with parents, I know. But my parents are awesome, so it's so much fun!

So Saturday morning came too early (did you read about the whiskey?). We didn't have anything scheduled too early, so I took advantage of the time to sleep in. After a quick brunch we headed to Stranahan's distillery for a tour of their facilities. Since dad and Andy had consumed a bit of Stranahan's whiskey the night before, they were old pros. Meg even tried a sip at the tasting following the tour! (She did not love it.)

Our tour guide.

Saturday night mom and dad took Andy and I out to a very nice dinner for an early birthday celebration. We had a lovely evening full of delicious drinks, food, and desserts at Tables in our neighborhood. We all got dressed up nice, and I felt like such a fancy lady!

Hi Meg!

Mom is the expert wine taster! She gave this one two thumbs up.

Andy Fancy Socks Pekoll.

Birthday dessert!

Reading Meg's very sweet birthday card to me.

Sunday, as well as a bit on Saturday afternoon, we visited old buildings around Denver that were part of the annual Doors Open Denver event. Every April, dozens of beautiful buildings around town open their doors for people to come visit their space, take tours, and enjoy the architecture. All for free! The highlight for Meg was the Paramount Theater downtown where she was able to see backstage, and sit in the dressing rooms! She was just like a star.

Zang Mansion in Cap Hill.

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

The weather was pretty crappy on Sunday with a rain/snow mix and COLD so we stayed indoors most of the day with Doors Open Denver, lunch at Oblio's Cap Hill (our family fav!), and glow-in-the-dark mini-golf. Turns out, mini-golf makes most everyone angry and lose their patience, so we went to grab a post game-cocktail at Williams & Graham in LoHi - that's the place Andy and I went a few weeks ago for a fancy cocktail date. We didn't tell them it was a speakeasy, so their confusion upon walking into a bar but instead being met by a small bookstore (wink, wink) was perfect and added to the charm of the place.

Meg left a note for the W&G server. They take these notes and hang them up in one of the bathrooms.

The family left Monday and while it's nice to get back to my normal, slower pace, I miss them! Come back soon, ok??


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