The MSP Escape Lounge Experience

Many people don’t like to fly, or they find the airport to be quite boring. Not everyone is as satisfied with people watching, as I am. If you are flying out of the MSP airport, and you need something to occupy your time, check out the, Escape Lounge.

The Escape Lounge, is a VIP area where you can sit and relax. Anyone can buy a pass into this area. If you happen to be a lover of Groupon, you may even find a voucher for the Escape Lounge.

Inside the lounge you will find plenty of space and outlets, for plugging in laptops as well as phones. Once you pay for entry into the lounge, you will have unlimited food and beverages to choose from. Alcohol is also unlimited, providing you are choosing items from a specific shelf. Some beverages are an extra fee.

Food in the lounge consists of sandwiches, cheese trays, cookies, brownies, soups, tacos, taffy, and a coffee machine that can make everything from black coffee to a mocha or espresso. I cannot vouch for the earlier hours of the day, but I have heard that they have eggs and pastries, which I will check out in March, when I next visit.

The atmosphere of the Escape Lounge was clean and quiet. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I very much enjoyed my visit, and I will be going back and bringing family with.

If you are flying out of a different airport, checkout the Escape Lounge site to see if your airport has one: http://www.escapelounges.com/

Cinzzetti’s For A Tasty Italian Buffet

If you happen to be in the Denver, CO, area on vacation, there will be no shortness of great restaurants to choose from. You will find everything from McDonald’s, to Denny’s, and plenty of great specialty restaurants. If you are looking for an Italian restaurant that the whole family will enjoy, and you like buffets, look no further than Cinzzetti’s, which is located in Northglenn, just outside of Denver.

Cinzzettis is a great place to try all of sorts of wonderful Italian inspired food. There are several salads to choose from, a large number of pizzas, and pastas, as well as desserts. They even have a crepe station. If you are looking for a relaxed experience where you can eat great food and even enjoy some wine, this is a perfect choice.

My favorite items at this buffet are the pizzas, the bow-tie pasta, and the chocolate soufflé. The soufflé is tasty, and it is hard to eat just one, or two. My husband very much liked the ice cream station; with sixteen different flavors, how can you go wrong?

I definitely recommend this buffet, but only if you like a more relaxed environment. If you are looking for quiet and intimate, then you may want to steer clear of the buffet, because most often there are families with children running around.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cinzzettis.com/

A Tribute To The Christmas Season

Christmas Eve is knocking at our doorstep and soon, the Christmas season will, once again, have come and gone.  I’m not usually the type to feel sadness during this time of year. I love the holidays and I can barely contain my excitement for Christmas, because of the all the wonderful things that happen. Here is a little view of my feelings about Christmas.

It’s not about the presents, though I love giving them, and I love it even more when I am able to include genuine sentimentality in the gifts I give. Gift giving has gotten a bad wrap (I’m laughing a little right now). It doesn’t matter what the gift you give costs, or if it met a certain price criteria. All that matters is that it was something you wanted to do for someone else, and that it made the other person feel good. One of the best gifts I have ever received was a knit hat that my husband’s aunt made me. I love that hat and I wear it all of the time. She gave it to me, because she knew I would love it. It was that simple.

It’s not about being perfect and throwing the best party. It’s about family, friends, love, joy, and having fun. If you aren’t having fun at this time of year, you are doing it wrong, or the people in your life are doing it wrong. Either way, someone’s doing it wrong. Now, there is an exception to the above “doing it wrong,” clause. When something happens to a loved one, that seems so unfair, the holidays can become a little bit trickier to enjoy.

On November 23rd, my uncle had a stroke. He has been in the hospital ever since. I have cried so many tears this season and I have done a lot of thinking and reflecting. Before I go on to explain my conclusions regarding this Christmas season, I would like to state that I am still seeing the miracles of the season. My uncle was paralyzed on the right side and yesterday I saw him walk down the hallway of the hospital, using a cane. My heart is brimming with love, admiration, and thanks for this miraculous event.

Christmas is about being with the ones you love. It’s about seeing the people you care about and sharing special holiday moments together. It’s about making memories. If you aren’t with the ones you love, you can’t make those memories. My heart goes out to anyone who misses a moment with the people they cherish most, whether it is because of loss, distance, or some stupid fight. If it’s the latter, ask yourself if the anger and hurt is worth it. Maybe you are the one that has to lead by example. Christmas is a great time to forgive and move forward.

This Christmas, remember the simple joys. Seeing family whom you have not seen in a while. Drinking hot cocoa by the fireside. Going for a drive to look at Christmas lights. Attempting to carol through the neighborhood, even though you sound awful and have never caroled before. Sharing a kiss with the one you love, under the mistletoe. Taking a silly Christmas photo that will be remembered for years to come.

Merry Christmas! May the joy and magic of the season fill your cup full.

Visiting Buffalo Bill’s Grave

If you plan a trip to Colorado and you are looking for things to do, you will not fall short on places of interest. The culture and history in Colorado is quite vast and covers everything from distilleries, to mines, to museums about the old west. Some of these places can be found just outside of Denver, in Golden, Colorado.

One particular attraction, that I recommend, is Buffalo Bill’s Grave Site. This can be a fun little stop if you are looking for a travel break. You will find great views, a café, a store full of all sorts of fun trinkets, a museum, a buffalo herd, and of course, the famous resting place of Buffalo Bill.

This particular stop can provide a lot of history for family’s if you are looking for something educational for children. I particularly liked the walk up to the Grave Site, it was quite neat to see where Buffalo Bill Cody, had been lain to rest. It was also fun to just wander around and look at everything. In all honesty, I could have spent hours here just wandering around, so much to look at.

For more information on this particular museum, please visit: http://www.buffalobill.org/

Waterfalls A Plenty In Rocky Mountain National Park

As previously stated, I have a strong love for waterfalls. Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place for exploring many different aspects of nature. If you are looking for waterfalls, there is one great hike that includes three spectacular falls along the way, and even an outhouse or two in case you need one.

This hike is rated as moderate and provides views of three different falls and several other cascades. You will reach the first, Copley Falls, after .27 miles, then as you continue on you will reach, Calypso Falls, in another 1.8 miles. If you choose to hike the remainder of the way, it is another .7 miles to Ouzel Falls. The whole trip there and back is 5.4miles, a lot of stepping upward on the way there.

I did not make it to the third fall, because the weather suddenly took a turn for the worse and I had no way to protect my camera. What I was able to see though, was quite impressive and totally worth it. Had it not been snowing, I would have definitely continued on to the end. Even if you only hike the first two points, you will enjoy the views greatly. I intend to go back and do this hike to completion, next August. I definitely want to see what I missed out on, especially if it’s even more impressive than the first two.

For more information, please visit: http://dayhikesneardenver.com/ouzel-falls-rocky-mountain-national-park/

Mini Hike To Adams Falls

When I go to Colorado, or really on any nature based vacation, my favorite hikes are those that take me to see a waterfall. I am definitely one of those hikers who enjoys a nice view that I can photograph from a million different angles and show to my friends and family when I return from my adventure. If you are not into long hikes, but you enjoy the great views at the end, I highly recommend a visit to Adams Falls.

Adams Falls is located near Grand Lake, so it wasn’t too far from Winter Park, which is where my family was vacationing. This particular trail is a loop and only .8 miles long. It is part of Rocky Mountain National Park. If you are in the area, you should definitely stop because the views are too good to pass up on this mini hike. The elevation at Adams Falls is 8,474 feet. The trail is accommodating to all skill levels of hiker.

Once you get to the waterfall, you can view it from a couple of different points. If you are like my step-son and you require a little more hiking activity, there are plenty of rocks to climb. A person could spend quite a bit of time here if they were to explore the area further or just sit back and relax while taking in the scenery. This could be a great place for picnic.

For more information on Adams Falls, please visit: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/adams-falls-trail

Regular Rooms At The Isle Of Capri

While visiting Colorado in October my husband, Neal, and I, ventured away from Winter Park for an evening to visit Black Hawk. Black Hawk is like a mini Las Vegas. The town is completely made up of casinos.

I have written about the Isle of Capri before, but in my previous post we were staying in one of their suites; this time around we stayed in a regular room with a King size bed.  This stay was not nearly as pleasant as the previous experience.

As far as I can tell the temperature is only controllable by opening a window to the outdoors, unlike some hotels where you cannot open a window, you can in these particular rooms. The thermostat did nothing to cool things down. Despite having the window open all night, and despite it being cold outside, we felt like we were being roasted. I wanted to go back to Winter Park just to get away from the uncomfortable temperature of that room.

Our prior stay at the Isle of Capri was in the middle of July, and we were completely comfortable. The temperature was great and we both slept well. I have no idea what the actual difference was between these rooms. Perhaps the upgraded rooms have some sort of special cooling system. Next time we visit, I will be sure to look into this situation further.

Beyond the temperature issues, we greatly enjoyed our visit. The food at the buffet was tasty as always. They had updated their dining room since our previous visit; it is now more secluded from the rest of the casino, which I greatly appreciated.

For more information on the Isle of Capri, please visit: https://www.isleblackhawk.com/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=isle%20casino%20hotel%20black%20hawk

Adventure is wherever the desire takes us.