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10 Things We Love About Colorado | #8 – Garden of the Gods

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs, CO

As is evidenced by the first bit of Colorado nature on our 10 Things list, the state’s endless supply of stunning views and outdoor activities never ceases to amaze us. So, naturally (ha), Garden of the Gods had to make our list.

Garden of the Gods is a public park in Colorado Springs CO. Noted as  ”the most striking contract between plains and mountains in North America,” it certainly delivers on this promise with its geology, biology and scenery. Garden of the Gods can be enjoyed by hike, run, or even horseback ride. However you enjoy your visit, be sure to keep an eye on the details; you may just find yourself face to face with a dinosaur fossil or Kissing Camels.

The most impressive part of all may just be Balanced Rock, a geological formation whose naturally impressive balancing act provides perfect photo opportunities akin to the Leaning Tower of Pisa (just don’t get caught being “that tourist” doing the pose).

Balanced Rock

Collectively, the natural wonder and intricate details of Garden of the Gods makes it very much worth a visit and very much worth a spot on the 10 Things We Love About Colorado.

10 Things We Love About Colorado | #9 – Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sharelle Klaus and Mario Batali - Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Most foodies swoon over their obsession at home watching the Food Network and learning tips and secrets from their favorite chefs. Others say, “Why not go meet them?” Enter Aspen.

This weekend, we were lucky enough to attend the premier food and wine event of the year, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Featuring dozens of the world’s best chefs and sommeliers, this event is truly every foodie’s dream. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Aspen’s rolling green hills, the three day event features speaking/instructional engagements from the likes of Mario Batali (featured above with DRY’s CEO Sharelle Klaus), Emeril Lagasse, Ming Tsai, Michael Chiarello and many more. In addition, the food, wine and DRY Soda were as bountiful as the conversation and camaraderie.

In fact, chef Cormac Mahoney, one of Food & Wine’s Top Chefs 2012, joined in letting foodgoers know all about DRY Soda.

With all of the amazing people, delicious food and unbeatable scenery, it’s no wonder the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is one of the many things we love about Colorado.

10 Things We Love About Colorado | #10 – Sandsports at Great Sand Dunes

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sandboarding in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado -- Glenn Oakley

(Photo credit: Glenn Oakley)

Colorado is famous for its skiing and snowboarding, but the action isn’t reserved solely for the snowy slopes.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve offers winter’s downhill thrill with sandy summer warmth as thrillseekers can shred down one of the countless mountains of sand. Boasting the tallest dunes in North America, it was only a matter of time before somebody dreamt up this idea. As if that weren’t enough, nearby Medano Creek offers the perfect spot for a post-shred cooldown. Set all of this against a backdrop of rangy mountaintops and you’ve got a picture perfect way to spend a few hours or an entire day. Now, if we could only put some of this action near Seattle…

Learn more about Colorado’s sandy paradise here.

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