Vail is close relatively speaking, and as I'd never been we took a drive. It was pretty and we enjoyed a nice lunch at Sweet Basil. From there we stopped at the Main Street of Frisco where I discovered a very good bead store which is sadly going out of business. After 14 years the owner is retiring so I am hoping it is a happy time and not for economic reasons. I did help them with their goal of selling all of their inventory.
We woke up to a glorious sunshiney day although morning temps were in the high 30's so definitely a chill in the air. By the time we were ready to go out it was in the mid 60's, perfect for exploring.
The Aspens are prevalent and iconic. We were told they only started changing color to their brilliant yellow last week and will likely be done next week so we arrived with perfect timing. These in downtown Breckenridge are painted blue to raise awareness of deforestation. They are striking.
This is the one of the many charming views in downtown Breckenridge. It seems flowers are everywhere.
Thanks to our very well traveled hosts and co-hosts each stop comes with a list of possible places to explore. This view was from the top of the Carter steps. The trail head begins at Carter park which is a few streets off the Main Street and is full of cute historic homes.
Shopping tips.....Olive Fusion was a wonderful shop full of teas, olive oils, spices and flavored sugars. The sugars ranged from ginger sugar, cardamon sugar, cherry sugar, lavender sugar and many more. They would be a fun addition to Christmas cookies, sprinkled on popcorn, in your cup of tea or in my case, on my mornings French Toast! The other store I really enjoyed was Slopeside Cowboy which had a huge selection of fancy cowboy boots (I didn't succumb to the temptation to own a pair of sparkly aqua cowboy boots) and some really eclectic clothing.
Today we're off to a railroad ride through the Aspens starting in Leadville, I'll take the camera!