It isn’t often that I get to stay in a hotel. Particularly a swanky one with the word “Spa” in its name.
I know that’ll come as a surprise to some of you, because travel is synonymous with hotels in so many people’s minds. But not for me. As a full-time traveler with a pet and a business, travel usually means apartment rentals or guesthouses. And when I do get to take some time off work, I usually end up couch surfing (I was tempted to add “hosteling,” but who am I kidding? I’m too much of an old lady for most hostel environments).
In other words: when I travel and work, I end up in low-cost spaces with kitchen access. And when I travel for play, I usually crash with a local host.
But occasionally—very, very occasionally—I am allowed to splurge just a little. The last time I did this was back in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, where Luna and I hung our hats in a cozy, cabin-like hotel with a to-die-for view of the town of Lauterbrunnen.
This time Luna and I spent our much-needed time off at The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge—a rustic mountain lodge overlooking a vast swath of the Rocky Mountains and the charming town of Breckenridge. They bill themselves as one of the best views in town. And with expansive landscapes like these laid out below them, who’s to argue?
But, while the views were pretty majestic, my favorite part of my hotel splurge was the steamy, bubbly hot tubs, where I spent the nippy evenings reading one of my favorite books and chatting with other travelers. Some, like me, had snuck away from Denver for a weekend of relaxation or romance. Others were getting some TLC in between attending conferences. And one couple was taking a well-deserved break from kids and responsibilities to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.
I loved the hot tubs for their luxury, but also for the way they brought strangers from all over the country together for short chats. We were ships passing in the wind, but passing a pleasant evening or two in each other’s company on our way.
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My favorite things:
– The enormous, comfy bed (in which I snoozed away both afternoons with lengthy naps)
– The sheer number of dogs (Luna befriended two poodles, a shih tzu, and a gorgeous pure white schnauzer whose fabulous Brazilian owner had bling-ed her out in fake jewels)
– The earthy soaps and shampoos
– The freaking awesome hot tubs
In fact, the only things I really didn’t love were the puny continental breakfast (head to Park & Main instead) and signing a thing that stated I wouldn’t let Luna on the furniture or comforter.
But c’est la vie, people. Because it’s a fabulous place to stay. And if you have to jaunt down to town for a hearty breakfast and toss a blanket over the comforter (which we usually do anyway), so be it. The important thing is to treat yourself sometimes. Take those long naps. Chat with strangers in a hot tub. Take in the views.
Full disclosure: the super nice people at The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge kindly extended a media discount to me for my stay. This is where I pause to say Super Big Thank You to them and to tell all of you that all these opinions are my own and stuff.
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