Our New Home, the Western Slope!

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!

  1.  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????
  2. 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!
  3. The Colorado National Monument is literally minutes from our house and the views never tire.
  4. Many, many trails to hike.
  5. 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.
  6. We are about an hour and 45 minutes from Moab, Utah, which is home to not one but two National Parks.
  7. 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.
  8. Have you heard of Palisade peaches?  Yum!
  9. Love the outdoors?  The western part of the state is for you!
  10. 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!

Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons, Colorado

I was traveling through wonderful, colorful Colorado when I came across this sign:IMG_20130124_183332Naturally, I had to stop and take a picture.  However, I didn’t stop inside because I was on the clock!  So, I showed my husband the picture and told him that we had to stop by this place.  The place is Spirit Hound Distillers and it is located in Lyons, Colorado.IMG_20130124_183846It is fairly new but has lots of spirit!!!!  All kidding aside we got to sample Gin, infused Vodka, and Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liquor.  I don’t drink Gin too often but I have to say this Gin was very smooth and flavorful.  The Gin is made with fresh Juniper berries (see picture below) from around the area.  The Gin also has a wonderful lemon lime undertone.IMG_20130124_184416My second favorite sample was the Pepper Infused Vodka.  Nice and spicy.  We ended up ordering a specialty drink.  I ordered the Hot Ricky (Spirit Hound Vodka, Richardo’s Coffee Liqueur, hot chocolate, and whipped cream–see picture below).  IMG_20130124_184339(1)My husband ordered a Hot n Dirty (Spirit Hound Chili Pepper Infused Vodka with Dirty Dog Mix).  We went on a snowy day and had a great time seeing Lyons, Colorado.  The folks at Spirit Hound Distillers were extremely kind and very eager to share samples of their wonderful spirits.  If you are out and about stop by Spirit Hound Distillers.  **I recommend trying a sample of their Gin first.  I didn’t know Gin could taste so smooth!**IMG_20130124_184256Please check out Spirit Hound Distillers:  4196 Ute Highway, Lyons, Colorado 80540, 303-823-5696

Networking Your Blog

I know that “networking your blog” must seem like a  random post in the midst of a blog about love living in Colorado but, I think it is important.  I have been blogging about wonderful Colorado since February 28, 2012.  To be honest, I had never blogged before.  My mission for the lovelivingincolorado blog is still the same.  I want to share all of the wonderful things to see, do, and eat in Denver and all around the state of Colorado.  I want my blog to be positive.  With this being said I have tried to figure out how to get more blog traffic.  To date I have 247 wonderful followers of lovelivingincolorado and as I am typing I have 13, 340 all-time views.  But, how do I get more blog traffic?  This is what I have done so far to increase lovelivingincolorado traffic:

1.  I set up a lovelivingincolorado facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Living-in-Colorado/340789435975068

2.  I am on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/lovelivinginco

3.  My dear friend graciously (http://www.etsy.com/shop/GrayciousDesigns) made me calling cards for lovelivingincolorado.4.  I pass out my calling cards while out and about.

5.  I reply to comments left on my blog.

6.  I ask questions on my blog to initiate conversation.

7.  I highlight key words and make sure I have links in my posts.

8.  After I have blogged about a business or restaurant I contact them immediately to let them know I posted about their establishment on lovelivingincolorado.  For example, my post about d bar Desserts in Denverhttps://lovelivingincolorado.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/desserts-again/ was my busiest post generating 372 views in one day.  I was so excited.  d bar Desserts featured me on their facebook page after I contacted them about my blog.9.  I try to blog Monday-Friday.  I read that posting often is a good way to generate blog traffic.  This has been a little bit difficult this month because we have had a full house with family and friends but I am going to get back into the swing of things.

10.  Finally, I try to like and comment on other blogs.  This is a little tricky.  I want to like and follow blogs that interest me and entice me to comment.  I don’t want to just like to like or follow to get followed (does that make sense?).

In my inbox this morning I found this great post by Bucket List Publicationshttp://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/the-importance-of-social-media/ .  It is a wonderful post that will keep you motivated to generate more blog traffic.

I would love to hear your recommendations on how to generate more blog traffic.  Please let me know what you do to entice readers.  I appreciate any and all feedback.  Have a great Wednesday!

 

Snooze an A.M. Eatery in Denver, Colorado

http://www.snoozeeatery.com/

We have been to Snooze a dozen times and I am just getting around to blogging about this great A.M. Eatery here in Denver.  We go to the Snooze on Colorado Blvd. because it is the closest one to our house.  We almost always order breakfast.  I like Snooze because everyone who works at Snooze is wonderful plus the food is really good too.  The name alone, (Snooze an A.M. Eatery) is what first attracted me to the restaurant.  When we first moved here we passed the Eatery and I thought I love the name Snooze plus I also loved the way the decor looked (very modern diner meets the 2000’s).  If you haven’t been to Snooze you must!  The waiting list for a table can be long but they do allow you to put your name on the waiting list and go run an errand or two.  On our most recent visit to Snooze I remembered to take pictures of our delicious food.

Mocha–isn’t it lovely!  The mocha looked so pretty I almost didn’t want to drink it:)

Complimentary Pancake of the Day.  I heard the server say something about chocolate chips, coconut, caramel, I think pecans, and chocolate sauce.  I heard chocolate and started digging in–hence the half eaten pancake.  Sorry!  I always forget to take the picture first:)

Corned Beef Hash Snooze’s signature shredded hash mixed with locally made corned beef, caramelized poblanos and onions. Topped with two poached eggs & toast.

Ham Benedict III The classic evolved with our signature English muffin topped with shaved hickory smoked ham, perfectly poached Niman Ranch Cage Free Eggs and smoked cheddar hollandaise.

Corned Beef Hash Snooze’s signature shredded hash mixed with locally made corned beef, caramelized poblanos and onions. Topped with two over hard eggs and sourdough toast.

Huevos Rancheros Flour tortillas layered with black beans, jack cheese, ranchero sauce, three eggs over hard, and salsa fresca.

Snooze is a Colorado based business however they are expanding.  Recently they opened a Snooze in San Diego, CA.

A fun side not about Snooze.  On one of our visits to Snooze I saw Lisa Whelchel from the tv show The Facts of Life.  I just about died!  She was sitting across from us at the breakfast bar with her husband.  I knew it was her immediately.  I really wanted to talk to her but I let her eat her breakfast in peace :).

Colorado Burning

This is the headline on the news “Colorado Burning.”  This post is dedicated to all of the people who are fighting the fires and to all of the people affected by the fires.  Our positive thoughts and prayers go out to all the Coloradans who are dealing with these unrelenting fires.  In Colorado we have seen and felt record breaking temperatures (triple digit heat).  This heat has literally added fuel to the blazes that have popped up around this beautiful state.  We need prayers, cooler temperatures, and RAIN!

Please keep Colorado in your thoughts and prayers.

Park Burger Denver, Colorado

It has been hot, hot, hot in Denver!  So hot that I truly don’t have the energy to do much.  I am talking triple digit heat.  With this being said we headed over to Park Burger around 9pm on Friday night. We went to the Platt Park location at 1890 South Pearl Street
Denver, Colorado 80210 (720.242.9951).

http://parkburger.com/

There are three Denver Park Burger locations–http://parkburger.com/locations.php

Park Burger is a Colorado based business.

I love the inside of Park Burger.  The interior is very retro/modern.  In the back of this Park Burger location there is a quaint bar area plus there is ample outside seating.  We chose to sit inside.  Even at 9pm I wasn’t ready to sit outside and eat. I wanted to enjoy air conditioning.

I love this picture of the Park Burger logo with the “C.”  It reminds me of the Colorado flag. Now the food.  Yummy!  We started off with the $4.25 Wedge Salad–iceberg lettuce, bacon, tomatoes, chopped haystack onions, & blue cheese vinaigrette.

I ordered the Park Burger (1/3 pound patty) for $6.25.  I ordered my burger with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles.

My husband ordered the $7.75 Buffalo Park Burger.  His burger came with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and burger sauce.  FYI the white sauce on the burger is the left over dressing from our Wedge Salad.

We shared a $5.00 basket of Parmesan & Truffle Fries.  (Sorry about the blurry picture).

Great meal!  I recommend a trip to Park Burger.  Next time we visit I am definitely ordering a milkshake.  They looked so good!

Check Park Burger out on facebook.  They have great pictures on their facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Park-Burger/99466794272

Colorado’s Fourteeners

When we moved to Colorado we knew Colorado was home to the Rocky Mountains.  However, we didn’t realize that Colorado is home to over 50 cloud scrapers or peaks that are above 14,000 feet.  This website (http://www.14ers.com/) gives a lot of information about the 14ers.

Mt. Elbert is the highest mountain in Colorado at 14,433 feet.

Sunshine Peak has the lowest elevation of the 14ers at 14,001 feet.

Pikes Peak has an elevation of 14,110 feet.  Pikes Peak serves as a glorious backdrop for the Garden of the Gods.

Hiking the 14ers is very popular in Colorado.  There are lots of websites that help prepare you for the climb.  Before hiking one of the 14ers it is best to do your homework (http://www.14ers.com/safety.php).  The elevation of the 14ers is no joking matter and it is better to be prepared.

Does anyone know exactly how many 14ers are in Colorado?  I know it sounds strange to ask this but as I was gathering information for this post I read varying numbers.

Can someone please help clear up my confusion?