My Birthday Weekend Getaway in Crested Butte

01 Road Trip^^ Country road views on the way from Denver to Crested Butte

This past weekend just happened to be my birthday [;)], and my husband decided to whisk me away for a couple days to the adorable little mountain town of Crested Butte, which is about 4.5 hours away if you don’t get lost (aka we did on the way there, no biggie!). We stayed at the Elevation Hotel & Spa, which is the perfect spot for either snowboarding (because it’s super close to the gondola) or snowboard watching (because it’s right at the bottom of the hill everyone comes down). It was also the closing weekend of the mountain, which meant lots of costumed skiers and snowboarders, as well as some shenanigans that were fun to watch and not have to worry about even pretending to take part in (thanks pregnant belly!).

Chris also treated me to my first ever pre-natal massage while we were away (thanks hubby!), which was truly a little bit of bliss.

Ah, Crested Butte .. thanks for a relaxing getaway. Now it’s back to the real world …

02 Road Trip Views03 Road Trip Views04 Salida Lunch
^^^ We stopped for lunch in the cute little town of Salida on the way to Crested Butte. The Fritz had all kinds of tasty treats on their menu (and Shirley Temples were even listed on the menu!), plus they’re right across the street from the river, so it’s the perfect spot to stop for a while. 

05 Salida Lunch06 a Salida Lunch06 b Salida Lunch06 Salida Lunch07 Crested Butte
^^^ Crested Butte views

08 Crested Butte09 Crested Butte10 Dogwood
^^^ We stopped by The Dogwood before dinner at Marchitelli’s Gourmet Noodle our first night. The Dogwood is a craft cocktail bar, which is fun even when you aren’t drinking, because you can really push the bartenders out of their comfort zone by asking them to create a special non-alcoholic concoction for you, such as … 

11 Dogwood
^^^ This fizzy blueberry cream deliciousness that our awesome bartender made for me. I couldn’t finish it all, but it was sure fun trying …

12 Dogwood
^^^ Chris’  spicy jalapeno drink. Not my ideal, but he seemed to like it.

13 Dogwood
^^^ Just to prove that I was there too, since most of my photos end up being of Chris since I’m behind the camera 😉

14 Dogwood15 Crested Butte Mornings
^^^ Early morning mountain views on our way to grab coffee and bagels from Camp 4 Coffee.

16 Crested Butte Mornings17 Crested Butte Mornings
^^^ We squatted here for a while in the morning to drink our coffee, eat our bagels and take in the scenery. I like snowboarding and all, but this is seriously my favorite part of visiting the mountains. People watching!

18 Patio Views
^^^ After my pre-natal massage, we headed up to the rooftop restaurant next to our hotel to watch the skiers and snowboarders come down the hill in their crazy outfits. And we did see some crazy outfits — in fact, can you spot the hot dog in this picture 😉

19 Patio Views20 Mountain Views
^^^ Our little family of (almost!) three (can you believe that belly?!)

21 Mountain Views

Bye bye, Crested Butte! I have a feeling we’ll be seeing you again…

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