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14 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Vista Verde Ranch: Our Visit to this All-Inclusive Romantic Getaway
#61: Vista Verde Ranch is a luxury ranch vacation that will help you unplug and enjoy a bit of what the Old West is like in Colorado. And thanks to their Adult-Only Vacations you can book a romantic trip for two to rest, relax, and get away from it all.The ranch was built in the early 1900’s and is steeped in the history and ways of the old cowboys. But it’s outfitted with every modern convenience of the 21st century. From chef-prepared meals, unlimited beer, wine and snacks to horseback riding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and wine tasting, there is something for everyone and nearly every age at Vista Verde Ranch. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, this all-inclusive destination is perfect for Valentine's Day, an anniversary, or a private honeymoon. Listen in to Ryan and Carrie’s personal experience of what to expect when staying at Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado.For more information and resources from this episode, visit our website HashtagColoradoLife.com or follow us on @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
7 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
The Most Haunted Places in Colorado
#60: A park built on top of a cemetery. Spirits that haunt one of the most historic hotels in Colorado. A ghostly apparition that plays slots at a casino even when it's closed. These are all unexplained reports of Colorado’s most haunted places. With a history steeped in gold rushes and ghost towns, it’s no wonder that Colorado has some great paranormal activity. Ghostly sightings and haunted stories are reported at numerous locations across the state, both indoors and out!Listen in as Ryan and Carrie dive into the supernatural side of Colorado and discover some of the most haunted places in the state. These places range from century-old mining towns and casinos, to spooky mansions. For more information and resources from this episode, visit our website HashtagColoradoLife.com or follow us on @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
6 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
5 Best Hot Springs Near Denver Within 2-3 Hours Drive
#59: Colorado boasts some of the best natural hot springs in the country. And Denver is within close proximity to many of them. These naturally-occurring hot springs are full of minerals that have been used to soak away stress for decades. They were even prescribed for ailments and digestive issues back in the early 1900s. Today, you can experience these “healing waters” for yourself and come away refreshed and relaxed. So, whether you’re looking for relaxing indoor pools, a private mineral soak, or a way to unwind after a day of skiing, these hot spring resorts near Denver don’t disappoint.And the best part is that these mineral-rich hot springs are just a few hours west of the city so you can visit them anytime of year. Listen in as Ryan and Carrie share the 5 closest hot springs near Denver that are within just 2-3 hours drive.For more information and resources from this episode, visit our website HashtagColoradoLife.com or follow us on @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
8 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Glenwood Springs Adventure Park: Is it Worth the Price?
#58: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park sits atop Iron Mountain perched at 7,100 feet in elevation. As “America's only mountain-top theme park!” this is a truly unique venue for an amusement park, and one you will probably never experience again. It truly is worth the hype! Listen in as Ryan and Carrie tour the park and talk about their favorite things to do. In addition to main attractions, like the Cave Tours and the Gondola, there are tons of other things to do at the Glenwood Springs Adventure Park. Kids and adults alike will love the Discovery Rock Gemstone Panning, Climbing Wall, Apline Coaster, Canyon Swing, Cliffhanger Roller Coaster, and the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. Plus, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has two different caves that are open to the public: King’s Row & The Fairy Caves.Join Ryan and Carrie as they explore this epic adventure park near Glenwood Springs and discover all that the colorful state of Colorado has to offer.For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit the website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
8 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
7 Things to Do in Estes Park: Gateway to the Colorado Rockies
#57: Estes Park, Colorado might be best known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. But this small mountain town still has endless things to do! From mountaineering adventures to water sports and (abundant) wildlife watching to ghost hunting, Estes Park delivers as an easy-to-access destination.In this episode, Ryan and Carrie dive into their favorite things to do in Estes Park, many of which are free or cheap. ElkFest, that happens every early autumn, draws people from all over the country to witness the elk that call the area home.If exploring the Rocky Mountains is your thing, then look no further than the 300 miles of hiking trails and open spaces. Or stroll along the Riverwalk with endless shops and unique restaurants to choose from. Nearly anytime of year you can expect to see an abundance of wildlife with elk wandering the streets of downtown. Estes Park truly does not disappoint as a mountain town resort area, no matter what time of year you choose to visit.For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit the website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
10 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Manitou Springs, Colorado: A Walking Tour of Things to Do
#56: Just west of Colorado Springs, at the foot of Pikes Peak, is the quirky mountain town of Manitou Springs. It’s known for its natural mineral springs, mountain landscapes, quaint shops, and beautiful parks. From the Cliff House to the Penny Arcade and the Manitou Incline trail, there are endless things to do in this small town. In this episode, Ryan and Carrie share the top things to do and their favorite places to see in Manitou Springs, Colorado.Many of the old 1900s buildings and homes in Manitou Springs are still standing, which gives the town an old, historic feel. If you’re looking for a unique walking tour with a laid-back vibe, then Manitou Springs is the town for you.For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit the website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
5 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs: Vintage Games & Amusement
#55: From vintage pinball machines to shooting galleries, the Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs is a magical walk back in time for everyone. This indoor/outdoor arcade features over 400 vintage games and outdoor rides. And there is something for all ages with dozens of classic pinball machines that are a throwback to their generation. Some games even date back to the 1930’s with at least one game that is over 100 years old!If you’re looking for a long-lost arcade game you haven’t played in years, or a unique vintage outdoor ride, you will love the Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs. Listen in as Ryan explains how to make the most out of your trip back in time.For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit the website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
15 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
13 Things to Do in Buena Vista, Colorado for Couples & Kids
#54: Buena Vista, Colorado is located in Chaffee County, which is often considered a public land paradise. In less than 2.5 hours from Denver you can enjoy epic mountain views on the famous Colorado Trail, whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River, drive on the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway, hike along the Continental Divide, and camp in the San Isabel National Forest.The activities available in Buena Vista make this destination an amazing spot for couples seeking a romantic weekend or a fun family vacation.If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle-and-bustle of city life, Ryan and Carrie share their top recommendations for things to do in Buena Vista no matter what time of year.Plus, find out how you can get access to over $800 in savings towards local food, drinks, shopping, lodging and more -- all for free!For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit the website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
7 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Spending a Day in Breckenridge for Free
#53: Breckenridge is a ski resort town in the Summit County of Colorado providing year round activities. It is one of most well-known ski towns in the country. And you can visit in the summer or fall without spending any money. Yep, in this episode Ryan and Carrie talk about spending a day in Breckenridge for FREE. During their trips to Breck they found some free activities that are big favorites. From visiting the small historic downtown with lots of shops and good food to enjoying year round rides up and down the mountainside on the Breckenridge Gondola there are endless things to do.They talk about seeing wildlife at the Cucumber Gulch Preserve, visiting Peak 7 and Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort, and taking a photo with the 15ft tall Breckenridge Troll, Isak Heartstone. Listen in as Ryan and Carrie share all of the FREE things you can do in Breckenridge right now. Whether you're a newcomer or a native, you'll love this episode. For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit the website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
5 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
The Breckenridge Troll: How to Find the Trollstigen Trail
#52: Breckenridge has a troll problem! But thankfully he’s a lovable 15-foot sculpture named Isak Heartstone. In this episode, Ryan shares where to find the Breckenridge Troll and how to visit him. From his location in Breck, to the best place to park, Ryan will give the rundown on what to expect.You can hike to visit the Troll all year round, anytime of day. But please know that this sculpture is Breckenridge’s most popular outdoor art exhibit. In fact, due to the sheer popularity in previous years, the Breckenridge Troll did not survive his first location. Still, he still resides in Breckenridge, Colorado with a more secluded and wooded home. The hike to see him is very easy and great for all skill levels. This free outdoor activity is fun for the whole family.As a bonus, you can also watch their latest video about the Breck Troll by following them on YouTube. Just search for Hashtag Colorado Life. For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit the website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
7 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
5 Best Hikes and Trails Near Colorado Springs
#51: There are seemingly endless hiking spots and trails in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. From beginner level hikes with relatively flat trails, to intense climbs that require expert hiking, and everything in between. The best part about hiking in the Springs is that most trails are seldom crowded with tourists, and are loved by Colorado locals. All of the hikes listed are free to visit, offer something unique, and have a wide degree of difficulty. If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle-and-bustle of the city, Ryan and Carrie are sharing their top 5 favorite hiking spots in Colorado Springs!And in this extra special episode, Ryan and Carrie are celebrating two years of the Hashtag Colorado Life blog and podcast! As a bonus, you can also watch their latest video by following them on YouTube. Just search for Hashtag Colorado Life.For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit the website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
26 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
50 Reasons We Love Living in Colorado Springs
#50: What’s so great about living in Colorado Springs? Well, Ryan & Carrie have found 50 things they love most about living here. In this extra special episode join them as they celebrate the 50th episode of the Hashtag Colorado Life podcast! From loving the weather, to being snow bunnies, to the budding food scene and breweries, Colorado Springs has so much to offer. Listen in as they discuss their favorite things about living in the awesome square state. As both a native of Colorado and a newcomer to the state, Ryan & Carrie share exactly what it’s like to live in Colorado Springs. Learn more about the cost of living here, what the pot culture is really like, the small business scene, and how everyone balances work and life. If you have been thinking of moving to Colorado, then listen in! This Front Range Colorado city has so much to offer, whether you’re a young professional or family looking to expand, this could be the perfect place to put down roots.And thank you to everyone who has listened and supported the podcast over the past 50 episodes! Ryan & Carrie are excited to continue on this journey with you. For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
12 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
5 Best Hot Springs in Colorado to Visit This Year
#49: There's nothing quite like relaxing in a pool of natural hot springs water. In this episode, Ryan and Carrie talk about their top 5 picks for the best hot springs destinations in Colorado. They discuss their favorites and what makes each one so unique. From the more as-nature-intended style of Strawberry Park to the sheer scale of Glenwood Hot Springs, you’ll love these natural healing waters. So sit back, relax and let all your aches, pains and stress dissolve.The state of Colorado offers some memorable experiences whether you are enjoying the natural hot springs in the summer or winter months. Learn exactly how to get to each hot springs destination, as well as the amazing features that set each one apart. Ryan and Carrie also share some money-saving tips for when visiting each hot springs location, and the free upgrades that are included. These tips will help you get the most bang for your buck. Plus, they share some of the amazing history and stories that each resort has to offer.For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
16 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Building Your Colorado Bucket List in 2021
#48: What’s on your Colorado bucket list in 2021? This week Ryan and Carrie talk about what’s on their Colorado bucket list this year and their recommendations for memorable destinations. This list also includes places and sights they have already visited. Many of the ideas include iconic Colorado destinations and local favorites as well as lesser-known but still epic experiences. Ryan and Carrie share their updated list of activities and adventures for 2021. So, if you are looking for the best things to do in Colorado without busting your budget, then check out this episode.Listen in to the top 11 things Ryan and Carrie recommend that you add to your bucket list, too. Also, be sure to check out episode #23 if you want to listen to what was on their bucket list from 2020, and add any other destinations you may want to add to your list.For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
16 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Visiting the Magical Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado
#47: Ice Castles. Yes, you read that right! Ice. Castles. Is there anything more cool (literally) than that?! The Dillon Ice Castles are a popular winter destination that is quickly becoming Colorado’s most popular family adventure.Come the winter months, Dillon, Colorado (and several other places across the country) is home to magical, glowing Ice Castles. This unique experience only comes around once a year, typically opening in December and running through February or March (depending on the weather). It is like nothing you have ever experienced and is a truly awe-inspiring attraction!Just a short trip from Denver, the Ice Castles are a great outing for the whole family! In fact, Ryan and Carrie have visited the Ice Castles every year it has been available and it’s one of our favorite newest Colorado winter traditions to get some unique and truly awesome pictures day or night. Ryan and Carrie dive into the ins-and-outs of what to expect on your visit to Dillon's Ice Castles. From how to get there, where to park, what to expect, how much it costs, and the proper attire to wear. If you are thinking of visiting the Ice Castles in Dillon this year, here is everything you need to know to make the most of the experience this winter. For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
23 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
What Winter in Colorado is REALLY Like
#46: When it comes to Colorado in the winter there are some misconceptions floating around. The state gets a large amount of snow but also sees quite a few sunny days. In this episode you will learn what it’s like to live through a Colorado winter and what to expect -- as a native or a newcomer. Ryan and Carrie discuss the myths and truths about what a winter in Colorado is REALLY like.From the short fall and spring months to the worst snowstorms the state has ever seen, Colorado experiences all four seasons each year. And for the most part, the summers in Colorado are mild and winters are cold but not too extreme.Ryan and Carrie discuss the exact months that winter starts and ends, as well as how bad the winters really get. Plus, they share five of their best tips to prepare for Colorado winters and how you can make the most of them. For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
21 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
10 Must-Have Ski Essentials to Pack Like a Pro
#45: Whether you're coming from out of state or a local resident, packing and preparing for a ski trip to Colorado can be a headache to say the least! In this episode, Ryan and Carrie share their ski essential must-haves and easy-to-forget but equally important items to bring before hitting the Colorado slopes. Packing for a family (or solo) ski trip is a bit more involved than a normal vacation. With all of the winter gear, on top of the normal day-to-day items, packing for a Colorado ski trip can be overwhelming. But don't let the mountain of prep scare you!In this episode you can set your mind at ease by letting Ryan and Carrie to do the hard thinking for your next ski excursion. Make the most out of your trip and get as much relaxation in as possible! From the obvious ski necessities like quality, waterproof gloves to the less evident swimwear, this ski essentials list is a must-listen. They really speak to all the little things that fall into the "dang, I wish I woulda remembered that!" category that could take your trip from a good vacation to an unforgettable one. For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
18 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Popular Companies That Are Based In or Born In Colorado
#44: To celebrate Small Business Saturday we are highlighting popular companies that are based in or born in Colorado! There are quite a few companies that started in Colorado as well as some that might even surprise you. The state is well-known for supporting an entrepreneurial lifestyle along with delicious and seasonal food. In today’s episode Ryan and Carrie talk about the Colorado companies that keep our economy going and what makes each one great.From companies that started back in the 1800’s to small businesses that now employ more than 27,000 workers, these Colorado companies are staples in our local communities. Listen in as Ryan and Carrie discuss the history of each Colorado company and even share some honorable mentions of establishments that may surprise you. Plus, they share a special discount that’s exclusive to Hashtag Colorado Life listeners. For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
15 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
Ghost Towns in Colorado You Can Actually Visit
#43: Colorado has a long and storied history of hidden gold and silver in the mountains. The state has seen its share of boom towns and financial busts. And this makes for a colorful history as well as unique places to explore. Colorado is full of wild west stories, abandoned buildings, derelict mine shafts, and ghost towns. In today’s episode you will learn more about Colorado ghost towns you can actually visit and what makes each one unique. There are reportedly as many as 1,500 ghost towns around the state. But more conservative estimates put that number closer to 600. Due to incomplete records and legends that are now accepted as fact, no list will ever be complete.From abandoned ghost towns that are haunted, to historical buildings that still occupy residents, this list of eight ghost towns are the ones we feel like you just can’t miss. Listen in as Ryan and Carrie discuss the history of each ghost town, where they are located, and how to visit them for a fun and informative Colorado experience. For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
9 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
The History of Blucifer: Denver’s Deadly Horse
#42: This episode is a little spooky and scary because we are talking about Blucifer: Denver's spooky and demonic horse. This giant blue horse statue is what you see when driving in and out of the Denver International Airport. It has a creepy vibe with a demonic stance and glowing red eyes, not to mention the chilling history behind it. In this episode, Ryan and Carrie dive into the history of Blucifer and how it came to be one of the creepiest icons in Colorado.You will learn exactly what Blucifer is, the artist behind this creation and his death, as well as how much it is insured by the city of Denver. This sculpture has been the center of controversy since before it was even finished. From killing the artist who created it, to going through legal battles, Blue Mustang has a lot of history behind it. Listen in as Ryan and Carrie discuss Denver’s deadly horse and how it came to be one of the creepiest and most controversial pieces of art in Colorado.For more information and resources about exploring Colorado, visit our website at HashtagColoradoLife.com or @HashtagColoradoLife on Instagram.
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