Andrew and I returned from our mini long weekend road trip on Sunday and as sad as it is not being on vacation anymore, I’m so stoked to share some of our favorite moments! Ironically, we planned to take this trip last year in August for my birthday, to which we had to cancel, rebooked and canceled yet again. At that point I wasn’t sure we were ever going to get to there LOL. But finally time was on our side, we got it booked and had ourselves our Aspen trip once and for all.
We headed out on Thursday AM, packed up the car and were off by 11:30AM.
Vin pup’s face looking out the window at the towering mountains! How cute?!
On our way to our AirBnb, we drive through Vail so we decided to take a pit stop at the popular Piney River Ranch. Funny story, Andrew and I attempted to visit this spot last year in the late fall/early winter and we learned two things: (1) In CO, you may have to drive down some unruly rocky unpaved roads that may require 4WD/AWD or an SUV and bigger. (2) Make sure you look online at road closures in advance. Basically we took Andrew’s car on this terrible road drove it for about 3-4 miles only to find that the rest of the road was closed off. Oh, I felt so bad!
Luckily, this time around we were more prepared! We had my SUV and it was a gorgeous summer day. We shortly realized that even if the road was opened back when we first came by, there was no chance in hell a car would’ve made it to the end and back without leaving with some sort of undercarriage damage.
Piney River Ranch
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Although we did see 1 or 2 sedan’s driving on the road, I DO NOT recommend it. The only way I would is if it was a rental car ha. It’s a treacherous 12.5 mile drive, some parts were better than others but some parts were worse than others. My second recommendation would be to pack food and water!
Nevertheless, it’s a gorgeous little drive. Everything was so green and lush with the dirt road and blue skies combined it was simply picturesque.
Once you get there, there’s a good sized parking lot that you can park in for free and from there it’s short walk down to the lake. Y’all it was beautiful. Now I totally understand why everyone was urging me to visit.
As most lakes go in CO; you can hike, paddle board, kayak and theres a canoe rental down by the water. There’s lodging to stay overnight but I believe you might be able to camp too. There is one restaurant by the lodging, although I’m not sure if it was open or not. We didn’t stay too long because we had Vin pup with us and the heat was just a tad too hot for him.
As we headed back through the 12.5 mile dirt road we came across…
A MOOSE!! Since moving Andrew has been dying to see a moose- so, his wish granted! And we were back on the road to get to our destination.
I have to say, a really neat perk about Colorado are the many different landscapes and topography you come across in one drive. I always say the drive is half the fun!
The Airbnb we chose was actually in Carbondale, CO. It’s located in Garfield county which is nicely situated right between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, both of which we wanted to check out in addition to Carbondale. Glenwood Springs being notorious for their hot springs so that was for sure on the itinerary.
Per usual, I need to give credit where credits due- Andrew is king of finding the best Airbnb’s for us. I literally don’t even bother because I know he has it handled. Our place of stay was nicely tucked away in a neighborhood up on a hill with the most stunning backyard view of Mount Sopris (photographed above and you’ll see below as well).
The greenery and gardens surrounding the home were so well taken care of and just added to the scenic outdoor ambiance; beautiful, quiet, and peaceful! They even had a fountain and man made creek running through the yard which was lovely for some soothing background noise. Hands down one of the nicest stays, the inside was so quaint and charming too!
Andrew and I both agreed that the best part was the view from the bedroom and balcony. We ate dinner out there every night.
Upon arriving, we grabbed some dinner and just hung out at the Airbnb for the remainder of the night. We had a very early wake up call for the following morning so it was nice to just enjoy the view and our home for the weekend!
I’ll see y’all on my next post for Day 2 🙂