It has been a while since my last post. I have no excuses. But I will admit, I am addicted to Instagram. That is where I have been keeping up with lovelivingincolorado social media. Since my last post, we moved from Denver (where we lived for 5 1/2 years), which is also known as the Front Range to Grand Junction, which is known as the Western Slope. We have always enjoyed visiting the Western Slope. When the opportunity popped up for us to relocate to the Western Slope we jumped on the chance to relocate. Some may read this and think, “why would you ever leave Denver?” I had a hard time at first, thinking about moving away from the city, but then I remembered all of the reasons I truly love the Western Slope. Below are some reasons, if you have any you think I should add, please let me know!
- Affordability. We were finally able to buy our first house. While we loved living in a little over 800 square feet for 5 1/2 years in Denver, having a home with over 1600 square feet, more than one bathroom, a 2 car garage, a backyard for our pup, as well as absolutely NO shared walls, well, we feel spoiled! Did I mention no more shoveling out our cars????
- We are about 20 minutes from wine country. Yes, that is correct. Colorado wine country, also known as Palisade, Colorado is a little piece of Heaven! Visiting the wineries via bike, a must!
- The Colorado National Monument is literally minutes from our house and the views never tire.
- Many, many trails to hike.
- Close proximity to skiing at Powderhorn as well access to the Grand Mesa (largest flat top mountain in the world). No more fighting the crowds on I-70 trying to get, well anywhere to ski. We are on the other side of Vail Pass and we don’t have to travel through the Eisenhower Tunnel.
- We are about an hour and 45 minutes from Moab, Utah, which is home to not one but two National Parks.
- Telluride is about 2 1/2 hours away, Aspen 2 hours and 13 minutes, Crested Butte 3 hours, Durango 3 1/2 hours, and Glenwood Springs now only takes us 1 hour and 21 minutes.
- Have you heard of Palisade peaches? Yum!
- Love the outdoors? The western part of the state is for you!
- The landscape, Mount Garfield and the Bookcliffs are absolutely stunning!
Colorado is wonderful for many reasons. As much as I miss Denver, it is exciting to experience another part of this wonderful state! If you need any Western Slope recommendations, please leave a comment below. The West Slope is the Best Slope! Thanks for reading!