Hotspot Of The Week Colorado

November 23, 2008|By Raven Smith

As the weather gets colder, holiday food-induced comas and thoughts of snowy days are a given. But if you're not quite ready to settle in for that long winter's nap, try hitting one of the country's well-known winter wonderlands, Colorado. With a host of skiing and snowboarding resorts, gorgeous mountain scenery, and an overabundance of thrilling outdoor and indoor activities, there is something for everyone in Colorado, including these five things to do:

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Hit the slopes : Not skiing or snowboarding in Colorado is downright criminal. With more than 26 resorts across the state to choose from, you're bound to find one to suit your skill level and personality, whether it's glitzy Aspen, challenging Telluride or family-oriented Snowmass, all of which open this week.

2

Snuggle up on a sleigh ride: Those looking for a romantic rendezvous should try a traditional sleigh ride. Offered at various resorts, such as the Keystone in the northwest and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in the southwest, couples can snuggle as they ride in a horse-drawn sleigh amid beautiful mountain scenery.

3

Taste the wine and beer : Colorado is one of the nation's biggest producers of wine and beer. Whether you're a connoisseur or a casual sampler, with more than 60 wineries and nearly 100 microbreweries to choose from, we're sure you'll find a sip to suit your taste buds.

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Chow down on chocolate: After dining at one of the state's many five-star restaurants, why not grab something sweet? The 19th Annual Chocolate Tasting Festival begins Friday in Creede, offering visitors the chance to explore the silver-mining town through historical tours, all while sampling homemade chocolate.

5

Visit Red Rocks : One of the nation's most famous outdoor concert venues, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre has hosted some of the biggest names in music, including The Beatles, The Grateful Dead and U2. With seating for 9,500 people, Red Rocks is a must-see-to-believe experience. Concerts begin again next spring.

More information: colorado.com

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