A Weekend in Crested Butte, Part 1 of 2

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The Tradition Continues!

Happy (late) Tuesday, friends! This past weekend, Nick and I wrapped up the end of another busy week and headed out to Crested Butte, what’s now become Memorial Weekend Tradition.

Instead of three recap installments, I’ve pared things down to two, so get ready for photo overload.


But first, tacos

Friday night, Nick and I went to a party for his social studies department, and the host had taco stations and brownies, galore. I was in heaven and ate far too much, excited to kick off “vacation mode” in a food coma.

me and cat

I also accosted all of her animals: three cats and a dog. I was in heaven!

Road trip to Crested Butte

Road Trip

With bellies full of tacos and tequila, we went to bed early Friday night to rest up for our travel day. We still took it easy Saturday morning, getting on the road at about 9 am.

The Art of Raising a Puppy

I read The Art of Raising a Puppy while Nick drove, and I gave him the gist of what I learned (when I wasn’t reading aloud). We also think we’ve settled on pup names (girl or boy)… but I’m not sharing them just yet!

Cows on the way to Crested Butte

The route between Gunnison and Crested Butte is the absolute most beautiful stretch of road I’ve ever seen. I took a thousand pictures and videos of the scenery. These photos don’t do it justice. Cows!

Horses on the way to Crested Butte


Gunnison National Forest on the way to Crested Butte



We’re baaaaaack!

Four hours after our departure, we arrived at the Old Town Inn and got to check in early.

Barley at The Old Town Inn in Crested Butte

This is Barley, the sweet golden retriever behind the front desk. He was so sweet and friendly! We met about 3 other pups at the hotel that weekend.

Gourmet veggie burrito at Teocalli Tomale in Crested Butte

To keep tradition alive, we went back to Teocalli Tamale to split another Gourmet Veggie burrito (with their green salsa verde, which was OUTSTANDING). It was better than we remembered!

Elk Avenue, Crested Butte

Walk it off

After our burrito, we walked around town to move our legs after the car ride. The weather was a little chilly.

Coal Creek in Crested Butte

Coal Creek was raging! We found a nice photo opp on this bridge… something we never discovered last time. 🙂

Nick taking a photo of Coal Creek, Crested Butte

I am sneaky and like to take photos of Nick when he’s not aware. Whoops!

Coak Creek and mountain, Crested Butte

This is the opposite view from the bridge… you can see that the weather was starting to turn….

Houses walking around Crested Butte

We toured more of the neighborhood this time and saw some gorgeous houses that we fantasized about buying.

Mirror in hotel

I tried to will myself into a running mood, but I just couldn’t do it. I was still tired and strung out from the workweek. We ended up taking a rest in the hotel room, which was quite serendipitous. It started to rain and hail! Just when it cleared up, we decided to get some more walking in.

Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, Crested Butte, Colorado

Cocktail Cabin

Next it was time to get vacation mode up and running! We returned to The Dogwood for some delicious drinks and appetizers. This place is just so, so cool. The atmosphere, the service, the drinks, the food. Everything is on point.

His and hers drinks at Dogwood Cocktail Cabin Crested Butte

I couldn’t resist ordering the Vanilla Bean again, and Nick got an Old Fashioned. Yum!

Pretzel with beer cheese and mustard, Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, Crested Butte

We ordered the soft pretzel, which comes with beer cheese and the best mustard I’ve ever tasted. It was so good I could barely control myself to snap a (blurry, frantic) photo.

After another round of drinks, we decided we needed another appetizer. Vacation!

Crustini, Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, Crested Butte, Colorado

Enter these crostini, the most beautiful you’ve ever seen. Brie, strawberry, basil, and a balsamic reduction. They were gone in 3.5 seconds.

Secret Stash pizza, Crested Butte, Colorado

The Stash

After our decadent appetizers, we headed down Elk Avenue to Secret Stash pizza. Somehow we were still hungry and ready to devour some pizza.

Stash Wings, Secret Stash Pizza, Crested Butte, Colorado

Last time, we played it safe by ordering the regular buffalo wings. This time, we went with the famous Stash Wings, and they were freakin’ amazing. Also, their ranch is probably the best we’ve ever tasted (minus Cosmo’s Spicy Ranch, which is in its own category).

Wheres the Beef, Secret Stash pizza, Crested Butte, Colorado

We then kept tradition alive with the Where’s the Beef? pizza. Just, yes. And we dipped it in ranch, too. Everything single bite was gone.

Then… we walked across the street to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for two scoops of ice cream to split.

Don’t look at me like that! No judgment. Plus, we needed to fuel up for our big long trail run the following morning. We definitely put those calories to work!

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