This post has been a long time coming and is what I will be calling our "baby moon" even though yes we did bring Jessamyn along! When I think of a ski town I usually think of snow, fire pits, days spent skiing, and evenings spent drinking hot chocolate. So having never been to Copper Mountain and going in early August I wasn't sure what to expect! Especially being super pregnant and having a two year old along I just didn't know what we would even do with ourselves. Living in Denver it was only about a 2.5 hour drive and I was so excited for the chance to getaway and spend some time together before Ophelia made her appearance.
The first thing we did when we got to Copper Mountain was to check in and find out where we were staying. We had a condo booked but hadn't seen it ahead of time and just had no idea what to expect. It was basically the loveliest and actually bigger than our current living situation! The furniture had a very rustic feel and there was a tub with jets in the bathroom that Jessamyn had the time of her life with that night when she took a bath before bedtime. There was also a balcony that looked out over part of the square and basically it was way better than I could have anticipated and I would probably live there full time if I could... but kind of seriously I mean who doesn't want to live in a mountain town?
From there we went to find some lunch because everyone was starving, there was a macaroni and cheese festival happening that weekend as well but we honestly were feeling tacos which is what we find. They were really good and I was actually impressed because the chef even came out and asked me specifically a question about what I had ordered with me being pregnant... I was pretty impressed for the level of service at what was basically a taco stand... called "Mahi's Street Tacos."
After that we basically just wandered the rest of the evening, Ben got a beer, there was live music and Jessamyn played on the playground until we literally had to drag her away. Traveling at 37 weeks pregnant and with a 2 year old I didn't really have any crazy goals for the trip and honestly just wandering and relaxing that first night was what we all needed.
The next day we got up and had breakfast at Camp Hale. I was really craving a green smoothie and they had one so obviously that is where we had to go for breakfast. It was more or less a coffee shop but had a lot of breakfast options including breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal with fresh fruit on it which Jessamyn got and then... didn't eat but whatever, I guess thats 2? After that we had activity passes for the day which were pretty awesome... it basically lets you do all the activities through a little card that they scan at each spot.
The rest of that day was a blur of bungee jumping, boating, hiking, riding the lift up the mountain, and mini golf.... I have never seen Jessamyn so excited to try everything!!! She ran from activity to activity and was surprisingly able to do almost all of them even though she is only 2! I mostly just watched from the side, drank tea, and took pictures but I mean honestly that was enough for me. I was really impressed with the amount of activities available during the summer.. they even had an area with snow so that if you wanted to snowboard you could... it wasn't very big but I mean for being the middle of summer it was pretty awesome. There was so much to do we honestly didn't get to it all... partly because there were something Jessamyn just couldn't do (go karting, the zip line) but also because there was so much to do we just didn't have time to see it all in one day.
Over all this was a really awesome experience and if you are looking to go to Copper Mountain here would be a few of my suggestions:
- Pack in layers, it was really hot during the day but really cold at night. We brought everything from tank tops and sandals to knit sweaters and hiking boots.
- Plan ahead for food. One thing that we forgot about is that this is a mountain town so if you are craving pizza at 10pm... you are not necessarily just going to be able to go out and get it. We made this mistake the first night and were starving even though we had dinner a few hours before. What we realized was that Copper Mountain has a little grocery store and so the second day we stocked up on a few snacks and had a much better night! Trust me there is nothing worse than a 2 year old yelling "cracker" at you all night long.
- Drink a lot of water. This was something I over looked because I figured we were from Denver it wasn't going to be that different but you are at a higher altitude and outside doing tons of activities so make sure to stay hydrated.
- Try Everything! Mot of the activities we did while up there were not things we would normally do! This trip was a lot of new experiences and activities that I had never even imagined doing... and it was totally worth it!
- Bring friends! This was something we didn't do but there is so much to do up there and so many fun ways to hang out and relax I honestly think this trip was perfect but having friends along would definitely have been a bonus as far as activities and the condo's are really big enough you could even share a space!
Okay that is basically our weekend in Copper Mountain! it might not have been a traditional baby moon but it was ridiculously fun and we will definitely be back! So my question for you is did you go on a baby moon? and if so where?