Okay so this post is a bit late... quite a bit late but we went to Crested Butte for our four year anniversary in February and I wanted to share a bit with you. Nothin fancy just a few of the places we went and some thoughts on Crested Butte as a destination. One thing worth noting is that we did not actually ski which I know going to a mountain town in the middle of winter and not skiing is kind of crazy but I am pregnant and Jessamyn is still a bit too small for skiing so we just went and relaxed and enjoyed the snow. We actually went on our honey moon in Alaska and it was kind of romantic to go back to a mountain town for our anniversary.
Where we Stayed - Grand Lodge : So I actually found this lodge through a Groupon, had no idea what it was like or what we were getting ourselves into but it was AMAZING. We didn't ski but even still this place felt like a resort. Our room had its own little kitchenette, there was an indoor and out door pool, hot tub, large fire pits, and a restaurant that was super kid friendly. Jessamyn had a great time running around and doing all the things two year olds do at hotels! I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a place to stay. it isn't actually in the town so much as up near the skiing areas but it was kind of nice to get away and close enough we could still drive in to Crested Butte and wander around.
The first night we got there a little later than we expected and so just ate at the lodge. Ben got a pizza and I got a salad and it was just amazing. I was really impressed with the quality of the food and would definitely eat there again!
We weren't terribly adventurous as far as breakfast... good coffee is really important to Ben in the morning and usually good coffee places have tea and pastries and other good breakfast items so we just googled "good coffee" in Crested Butte and ended up at First Ascent Coffee Roasters. It was so good! They not only had coffee but are an organic bakery and we ate there both mornings because the pastries were so delicious.
For lunch we ate at the Ginger Cafe. We actually took it to go so Jessamyn could go take her nap. it was also really delicious just your basic Thai food but really done well and I was super satisfied with it. You never know what you are getting in a mountain town but this place surpassed our expectations!
For dinner that night we went to a Mexico an place I won't even name because we both got sick afterward. Not like super sick but upset stomaches. They did have a really fun make your own guacamole appetizer that we did and it was delicious but the rest of the food was kind of iffy and so I will maybe just say if you go to Crested Butte pass on Mexican food if you can.
So we kept things pretty chill and just did a lot of wandering around and swimming. Crested Butte has amazing skiing though and if you go you should definitely check it out. If your interested HERE is a link to a ton of different activities so really you can do as much or as little as you like in Crested Butte and still have a good time. I think my only regret is I didn't get to to go to the spa because it wasn't in our budget but next time for sure!
We basically spend 90% of this trip drinking warm beverages and wandering around. I love the unique shops and street art often found in mountain towns and so just walking and relaxing is often enough .Especially with Jessamyn being so young I feel like going at a slower pace and just feeling out the day and what we wanted to do is really the way to go and the key to a successful and relaxing trip with a toddler!
If you have any suggestions of places we should visit, or your own experiences with Crested Butte or traveling with a toddler please comment below!