After I put together my Top 5 fall road trips from Denver blog post, I got a lot of requests for a winter version as well. Here it is! Is there any better place to be in the winter than Colorado? If you ask me, the answer is N-O! I love winter, it’s my favorite season! The holidays, Christmas music, skiing, winter hiking, hot chocolate and did I mention skiing?
Today I’m sharing my 4 favorite winter destinations for a Colorado day trip or weekend getaway!
Best for: fat tire biking, snowshoeing & the ultimate foodie escape!
Fort Collins is a great winter day trip from Denver, especially if you aren’t into skiing. First, head straight to Lucile’s and order the beignet’s, they won’t disappoint! If you’re looking for some shopping, Old Town is great and so is Jessup Farm Artisan Village. You will find a ton of local artists selling their art that make perfect holiday gifts! After a little shopping, check out one of the many breweries in Fort Collins. A lot of the tours are free and you get beer samples along the way, I recommend Odell Brewing Co. If you’re planning a day trip to Fort Collins, make sure to check out my full itinerary here.
Best for: breweries, cheese & trolleys
Longmont has so many great shops, breweries and places to eat. They also have some great classes and experiences like the Brewhop Trolley. This is a guided tour to Longmont’s brewery, cidery and distilleries that allows you to Hop-on + Hop-off at any of the 13 venues. It’s a fun and safe way to spend the day with friends + family, exploring and supporting the local breweries on one of their vintage trolleys!
After some beer, head to the Cheese Importers . This is a must-visit for any cheese lover. Not only is the food delicious, but the cheese cooler with over 2,000 varieties of cheeses is truly the highlight. Click here for my ultimate guide to Longmont!
Best for: Rocky Mountain National Park, dog friendly day-trips & shopping
Estes Park is the perfect pup friendly day trip from Denver and is beautiful in the winter! We drove up to Estes Park last weekend and I found some great shopping, walking paths and restaurants. We came across a great walking path behind the shops and restaurants in Estes Park Village along the Big Thompson River. Most of the shops had back doors so we could walk along the river with Luna and pop into shops as we wanted to. Most of the shops we went into were dog friendly and had water bowls outside for all the pups that passed! I am sharing a few of my favorite shops in Estes Village below, for my full pup-friendly Estes Park Itinerary click here!
THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPE
Every time I go to Estes Park, I have to go into the Christmas Shoppe. If you love the holidays as much as I do, definitely add this to your must see list! We found our Estes Park ornament and Luna’s first ornament too, I am going to hand letter her name on it and paint one eye blue!
They have every color and kind of ornament your heart could desire, handmade holiday wreaths and so much more! Phillip stayed outside with Luna while I went in here since the ornaments are breakable and I didn’t want her to accidentally bump into anything.
100% dog friendly and full of camping and hiking gear, this store is my happy place. There are so many options for camping, hiking, fishing and even dog accessories. We have been looking for a dog cot for Luna for when we go camping and we found one, there were a ton of options.
Best for: camping, winter hiking + exploring pup-friendly trails & snow tubing
Frisco is one of my favorite camping destinations. In the winter, they offer one of my favorite winter activities… Snow tubing! Have you been? You need to try it! It’s so fun to hop into a tube and be pushed down the hill laughing! You can slide down the hill by yourself or hang onto another persons tube for a speedy ride! They also have sleigh rides and snowshoeing to check out.
Don’t let I-70 or the feet of snow hold you back from exploring Colorado this winter! You don’t have to drive into the mountains to find adventure and some winter fun. Drive safe and happy exploring!