Colorado: Crested Butte

Cup Of Jo


Hello friends!! Here I am!

It’s been a hot minute between my last post to this one today, a week exactly actually. Things have been/were chaotic and stressful leading up to my little long weekend getaway. I’ve been zoned out and just in a weirdly off mood. Nothing out of the ordinary happened just an involuntary funk, if you will. Typically when that happens, I like to just disconnect a bit. Disconnect used with a grain of salt, I don’t think I’ve ever gone completely off the radar but I surely wasn’t as active as usual. But thank God for this past trip, it helped me get my head back in place. I still have some remnants of stress lingering but that’s a story for another day.

Anyways! I want to talk about this trip and get all this good stuff out! 🙂

So Andrew had planned this amazing long weekend trip for us and partially for my birthday. It was so sweet and well thought out, this was probably the one and only trip I had zero involvement with the planning. He just took care of it. What a guy, am I right?!

It was a 3-day trip to Gunnison and Crested Butte, which to me, was plenty of time. Gunnison being about ~3.5 hours from where we live out in Jefferson county and then another 40 minutes to Crested Butte. We stayed in Gunnison since majority of what we were doing was there. And per usual, I’ll be breaking up the posts, this being part 1!

We started our drive late morning on Friday because we wanted to get to the Airbnb by 2PM to check in and drop Vin off.

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One snoozy pup

The weather the entire time was HOT and hazy. I’m not sure if the haziness was from the heat or if it was the lingering smoke from the wildfires in Aspen but it was sadly like this most of the time. Luckily no fires in this general area.

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To start, our Airbnb, as I mentioned we stayed in Gunnison. Andrew found us the cutest, coziest, rustic home to stay in. I’m not sure why but I took zero photos of the inside but it was such a nice modern farmhouse-styled home. #GOALS

From the outside- Vin loved the fenced in yard and I loved the hammock!!!

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After we settled in, we headed to Crested Butte for a nice little hike.

At first glance, Crested Butte is as gorgeous as the photos you see on google or instagram! Surrounded by mountains, but unfortunately due to the haziness, it was hard to capture the vast mountain view. Crested Butte is your typical charming ski town. My thoughts: I liked it less than Aspen but more than Steamboat Springs (in terms of look and feel, things to do, main street, ambiance).

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Meridian Lake (Long Lake)

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Okay so the hike was fairly short to get to the actual lake, just a mile give or take but it’s somewhat strenuous since it’s all uphill. Luckily there’s plenty of shade along the way. I just recommend taking your time if you’re not someone that is great with uphill and on rocky terrain (ME!). But the path is quite clear cut and easy to maneuver through.

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But y’all, nothing is more rewarding and satisfying than trekking uphill and then approaching the most beautiful view.

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Just incredibly stellar with the turquoise blue water lined with wildflowers. Stunning. We found a little “beachy” spot to pop a squat and relax by the water for a few hours.

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Golden Hour!

As the sun was going down we decided to check out the downtown main street.

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Like most downtowns it was filled with restaurants, shopping, and miscellaneous stores. We of course stopped into a donut shop for some mini donuts! And the verdict is… they were YUM!

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We unfortunately didn’t spend as much time in Crested Butte as I would’ve liked. I’m sure theres so much more to explore and hike but I will say out of the entire trip, the peak was probably Meridian Lake. I loved that spot and am completely happy that of all things that’s what we saw!

And that concludes day 1 of our trip! Next up will be our trip to Black Canyon National Park in Gunnison. See you then! 🙂

xo, JJ

5 thoughts on “Colorado: Crested Butte

  1. Way to go Andrew! I love that he planned this entire trip for your birthday! That picture of Vin in the car is adorable! He was living his best dog-pup life! Crested Butte looks adorable, and that lake! Oh my it is stunning!
    When you are able to (and if I am still here!) you have to come to the White Mountains we have to go hiking! You would love Arethusa and Black Cap! ❤

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    1. YESS omg I totally need to revisit the White Mountains, I’m stunned and partially upset with myself for not going out there as much for growing up in New England. Your hiking trips are some of my favorite to see/watch too!! And Vin, oh Vin he sure does love being a vacation pup. I’m glad he at least does well in long car rides, just snoozes most of the time and it’s so cute!!! xoxo


  2. you take some great photos 😀
    and sounds like you had a lovely time, i can’t with your little guy.!!!! *heart eyes*
    and those donuts just made my mouth water. I’ve been wanting Blue Star for a while. I had VooDoo because they just opened up a shop near me but they’re not a satisfying haha

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