It's officially travel season, therefore I would like to share my favorite in-flight beauty essentials. Flying used to be a glamorous occasion that has been replaced by ziplock bags, socks for the shoe-less security lines, bags filled with snacks and tiny luggage. While practicality trumps luxury when it comes to pre- and post-takeoff, the joy of flying can be restored with a few indulgences to feel fresh and glowing at your arrival.
The lack of oxygen in the plane, recycled air and germy surfaces- mean that we must take steps to keep our skin feeling and looking healthy. I've tried these one's and I can definitely feel a difference in my skin plus I can apply everything on my seat without having to spend more time than necessary inside the plane's bathroom :( .
On our drive to Red Feather Lakes we stopped in Fort Collins at The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm. Jessup Farm is an artisan village filled with small and locally owned stores, coffee shops, restaurants and of course a brewery...if not it wouldn't be Colorado!
Fort Collins, has been having a revival and is known as smaller Boulder based on their good mix of restaurants and retail. When I read about Jessup Farm I knew we had to make a pit stop here and eat lunch at The Farmhouse.
The restaurant is situated in 133 year-old building, with exposed brick walls, distressed wood and comfy seating areas. As my Danish hubby would say it was "hyggeligt" a Danish word for cozy and inviting. The restaurant has it's own chicken coop and locally source all their produce and meats.
The menu is what I would call upscale country american fare. Miles and I shared a variety of dishes since we couldn't decide on only one. We shared the daily doughnut (amazing!), the lamb sausage and potatoes, huevos rancheros skillet and pumpkin pancakes. We are definitely coming back to this restaurant and since their menu changes seasonally its the perfect excuse for the 40 minute drive from Denver.
After our delicious and hearty brunch we headed out to stroll through the stores at Jessup Farm. This place was beautifully made and it has the small town charm. We stopped at The Knapsack Store were they have a good mix of home decor and quirky accessories. Needless to say I wanted to buy a ton of stuff in here! I definitely have a weakness for for nick-nacks.
Going to a dude ranch has been high up on my list of places to go while in Colorado. My husband's birthday was a couple of weeks ago and this seemed like the perfect opportunity, especially since Miles (my husband) has been obsessed with everything Western since he was a kid.
It took me a while to find a dude ranch that was open during the Fall/Winter becausemost of the ranches are closed for the season. But after researching I found Sundance Trail Guest Ranch near Feather Lakes, CO and it was a done deal.
The ranch is about 1.5 hour drive from Denver near Fort Collins (BTW you should stop to Jessup Farmhouse for a delicious brunch like we did! We totally recommend this cute place). When we arrived at the ranch our faces lit up when we saw the main house, horse stables and the surroundings. It was perfect! We stayed in one of the rooms in the main house and went on to explore the area unplugging from the world (For better or for worse there wasn't any cellphone signal, WiFi or TV... the good news is that we soon found that it was for the better!).
We had and excellent host couple, and this husband and wife duo were absolutely magical in the kitchen. They served breakfast, lunch and dinner family-style at communal tables and it is a great way to connect with other guests and hear stories from the wranglers.
Since we went during the Fall we couldn't partake in all of the activities they have during the summertime, like: whitewater rafting, rock climbing. Though we did get to enjoy other fun activities, like going on an amazing horseback ride through the forest, playing horseshoes, hiking and relaxing on the multiple decks that the ranch has.
Before we moved to Colorado I had only a few "outdoorsy" items in my closet... fast forward 10 months and now I own multiple outdoor gear. Sometimes I feel that nobody is a true Coloradan until they have done multiple trips to REI and Patagonia haha, so when in Rome...
I learned that weather in Colorado can quickly change so I always pack layers. Here is a list of a few items that always come handy in Colorado: