TRAVEL

Durango

July 7, 2016

“The Mountains Are Calling, and I Must Go…” –John Muir

And thus, I booked a trip to Durango for some fresh air and adventurous mountain vibes. Located in southwest Colorado, Durango was founded in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, when they extended their line from the town to Silverton in order to haul precious metals from high-country mines. In my experience, if it can be done outdoors, it can be done in Durango. There are so many day trips and activities in this bustling mountain town. Not far away is Vallecito Lake reservoir where I spent the afternoon on a high-mountain lake, hiking along amoung the aspen trees, paddleboarding on the water, and camping under the stars.

IMG_8375 IMG_8376 IMG_8377 IMG_8378 IMG_8379 IMG_8380 IMG_8381 IMG_8382 IMG_8384

The next day, I soaked my weary bones at Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs, where I watched the moonrise over the cliffs while relaxing in the steamy waters. I also climbed aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad  for a 45-mile trip through the still-wild San Juan Mountains to Silverton, where I explored before re-boarding for the trip home. In Silverton, it’s always a treat to dine at Handlebars and walk around the colorful town!

IMG_8398 IMG_8394 IMG_8393 IMG_8391 IMG_8392 IMG_8385 IMG_8386 IMG_8387 IMG_8388 IMG_8389 IMG_8390

IMG_8258 IMG_8395 IMG_8396 IMG_8397

It isn’t a trip to Durango without a river adventure along the Animas, and a hike to the top of Perins Peak for breathtaking views of the Animas Valley and the La Plata Mountains.

IMG_8400 IMG_8401 IMG_8402 IMG_8403

I love spending time in downtown Durango for the best local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. In downtown, you will also find beautiful historic hotels and quaint shops on Main Avenue. Make sure to stop at the Historic Strater Hotel for a dirty martini in the lounge. Fourth Avenue is home to many beautifully restored Arts and Crafts homes, including Hood Mortuary. Also, I took several yoga classes at YogaDurago which left me feeling recharged and enlightened. On top of the gorgeous scenery, there is also a happening food and beer scene in Durango. I had one of the best sandwiches of my life at Bread. Their cookies, breads, coffee, and other treats are all homemade and always fresh! For local beer and whiskey, check out Ska Brewing, Durango Brewing Co., and Honey House Distillery. Finally, I highly recommend eating at hyper-local, farm-to-table restaurant, El Moro as they get many of their ingredients from James Ranch.

IMG_4373

IMG_1523

IMG_8404

IMG_8296

IMG_8399

 

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply