We were provided a free stay in exchange for a review. Thank you Great Wolf Lodge.
I could make this post into a 10 part post because there is so much to talk about when it comes to The Great Wolf Lodge. There is so much to do, eat and experience, if you have ANY questions please ask in the comments below and I would happy to answer them.
When we moved to Colorado I was sure there was a Great Wolf Lodge within driving distance since we lived in a big city but I was shocked when I couldn’t find one. Well thank goodness they opened one in Colorado Springs, CO this year and it’s my new favorite place to hang out. It’s one of the most family friendly and fun resorts we have ever stayed at!
It’s hard to entertain 4 kids and find something that all of the kids can enjoy together and The Great Wolf Lodge has perfected this issue. We had non stop family fun and I could not ask for anything more from a vacation. They have thought about all age groups of kids so it truly is family friendly.
The food at the Great Wolf Lodge is something you don’t want to miss. They have so many options and you literally never have to leave the resort food-wise. The first night we were tired and hungry and my husband went and grabbed a pizza from Hungry as a Wolf. It fed our whole family and then some. We even had some to snack on the next day and it was so yummy.
This was at the Loose Moose family kitchen below! It’s a buffet type place to eat that is open for breakfast and dinner. The food was amazing and I couldn’t believe they carved this watermelon to look like a flower. It was a fast option to eat since it was buffet style and has something for even my pickiest eater.
My favorite place to eat was called Barnwood. It’s open for lunch and dinner and has small, shareable plates and craft cocktails set in a rustic setting. The Braised Wagyu Meatballs were something I would even come back for even if I wasn’t staying at the hotel.
But they also have a Duncan Donuts, Ben and Jerry’s, Buckets Incredible Craveables which is in the water park and you MUST try the mac n’ cheese burger, The Water Hole which is a place for adults to get drinks in the water park and The Outpost which is a place in the adventure park where you can get a drink while watching the kids in the park.
The most amazing this about The Great Wolf Lodge is the pride they take in making not only good tasting but good for you and the attention they put on allergy awareness is second to none to any hotel I have ever visited. My son has food allergies and if you are a mom of kid allergies you know how important this is. This was taken from their website:
“ALLERGY AWARENESS: At Great Wolf Lodge, all our culinary teams are well versed in common food allergies and dietary restrictions. We are more than happy to accommodate your needs, and we encourage you to speak to your chef, so your meal can be prepared safely from the very beginning. Great Wolf Lodge does not use or serve peanut or tree nut products, but some of our products may be manufactured in facilities that also process nuts. If you’d like to discuss your dietary needs before your stay, please email us at email@example.com.”
We met the head of their culinary team and he took his through how they have evolved food wise as a resort and where they are now. He said they don’t like to make anything that has more than 5 ingredients. Lots of the food at the Colorado resort is sourced locally whenever possible. They even made their chicken tenders gluten-free and they were delicious! I was extremely impressed with their culinary team and vision.
They made us a sit down lunch to talk about their food as a whole and it was some of the best food I have ever eaten. And how can you beat this view?!
MagiQuest is simply amazing. It’s an interactive game where your kid is the star. It’s geared towards older kids and my 9-year-old loved it. It takes about 3 hours to complete the whole game and it will have you running around the whole resort.
Adventure park: You can spend a whole day in the adventure park! There is mini golf, a ropes course, gem mining, a creation station where you can build your own Great Wolf Lodge stuffed animals and a climbing wall. And at the creation station you can bring your stuffy to life with the Clubhouse crew game. It’s a game your little one can play in under 30 minutes so if you have older kids playing MagiQuest, the littles have the clubhouse crew!
And you do not want to miss the candy store!
I definitely did not take enough pictures of the Water Park because we were having too much fun. The water park admission is included in your stay and we could have stayed there from open till close. The lifeguard crew is incredible and I felt safe with my kids in the park the whole time. There is so many areas to play and includes fun for all ages. The bigger slides were so fun some of them even scared me so I think it would be fun for kids that are older. Then they have a wave pool that all 4 of my kids loved, an area just for younger kids, pools galore and so much more.
And this is what happens when we try to leave, our youngest sits in our suitcase so we can’t leave 😉
This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.
Steamboat Springs is one of my favorite places to go. We went there a couple times growing up and now that we live in Colorado we have been twice since we moved and I just fall in love with it more every time we visit. We visited there this summer and got to visit the Coca Cola Adventure Zone and the kids had a blast!
This little town is tucked in the Colorado mountains about an hour from Breckenridge. We did a 4 day stay this summer and never ran out of things to do. It’s a very family friendly town. We visited last year for our 10th anniversary so it has tons of things for couples as well. This town has so much to do in the summer and winter but today I am going to tell you about their super fun adventure park you can check out during the summer months.
And when you visit, there is a cute little creek that runs right through the area so if you get hot, you can stick your fit in for a while.
The Coca Cola Adventure Zone is open June 9 through August 21, August 27 – 28, September 3 – 5 (including Labor Day), then weekends (Saturday and Sunday) through September 25. On June 9, the Adventure Zone will be open from 3:00 to 7:00pm for the Routt County Riders Sponsorship Day.
It’s located right at the base of the mountain resort so it’s easy to find and you have incredible views to look out while enjoying the park.
The activities at the Adventure zone are: Slingshot’ Bungee Jump, Slingshot’ Bungee Jump, Children’s Mini-Bounce, Mechanical Bull, Ropes Course, Human Gyro, WaterWalkerz and Kids Mineral Panning. You can pay for each activity or get the multi ride pass.
While my older ones were doing all this fun stuff, my youngest and I took a ride up the gondola. It’s a very high ride so be prepared but you cannot get any better views. It was incredible!
We had such a fun time and can’t wait to go back next year.
We were provided a complimentary stay for this review.
My husband and I have been married for 11 years and we have not found a place as special as the place we stayed at our honeymoon…until now. Collective Retreats in Vail, Colorado is truly one of the most amazing places I have been to in forever. I can take or leave traditional camping but if you tell me we are going luxury camping, I will have my bags packed. I love the outdoors but I have had 4 kids in 8 years so I am more than tired and need more than what sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag can offer me.
The accommodations at Collective Retreats offers tent camping taken to a whole new level. I basically want to live there. The day we were going to arrive, they texted me with their phone number and told us to text them when we got close and if we had any questions to call or text. They met us at the ranch and lugged all our suitcases to our tent. They were so nice and attentive.
The only thing I was nervous about was the bathroom situation. We had just got back from camping in Durango and the bathrooms were a communal bathroom and a hefty walk from our cabin. So I was wondering what these teepees were and they turned out to be our bathrooms!
It had a toilet, shower and sink and the shower even had hot water and just steps from our tent. I was impressed.
When we got there, all I wanted to do was lay in the bed. It was a huge bed, with white bedding and looked like a dream.
That night we opted for the BBQ in a box dinner. They set up a table and chair, and delivered our food right to us. You can also opt for their famous farm to table dinner. If you’re looking to experience a one of a kind dining experience, this is it! Find out more about that here.
My lovely husband grilled our food while I enjoyed the scenery.
And they even gave us some gourmet s’mores for later that night. You an choose to have a private fire and roast your s’mores with just you and your honey or they also have a communal campfire where the staff and guests all get together and roast them together.
This was our private fire pit area. I wanted to roast s’mores but my husband fell asleep so I didn’t let them go to waste and just ate them out of the package like any civilized woman would do.
I just loved all the decorations they used in the tents. It made the whole stay feel authentic.
In the morning we woke up and this was our view. How incredible? They had luxury robes for our use, a coffee bar, and someone from the staff had delivered homemade bread and chocolate spread to our door. The entire place was incredible but the little touches they added put it over the top.
After enjoying the bread and coffee we walked up to the food tent for our gourmet breakfast.
We got to choose from a few things and it was so yummy. The chef was so attentive and made a mean burrito for me.
I kept putting off this post because it meant our stay was actually over. I cannot wait to go back….soon. To learn more about Collective Retreats and luxury tent camping go to CollectiveRetreats.com.
*I was given free tickets to the fun park but all opinions are my own. This past summer we got the chance to spend a few days in Breckenridge, CO and we had the best time. We stayed at Beaver Run resort, and you can check out this post about how much we loved it and we will stay there again.
Not only was the hotel amazing but the activity park in the heart of Breckenridge was a highlight. If you’re like us, it might be snowy outside but we are already making plans for this summer. Some of our friends came along on our trip and they all had so much fun they want to do it again this summer.
If your thinking about going to Breckenridge this summer you HAVE to check out their fun park. They had stuff for little kids, bigger kids and even adults! The men in our group really wanted to take the Segway tour.
Below I am going to give you a few tips on how to navigate the fun park to have the most fun possible.
Like most vacations, you want to sleep in and not be on a tight schedule but take it from me, getting your tickets early is a must! We got to the ticket booth around 10 and the line was insane! We had to wait about an hour and with lots of kids, they got antsy. If I would have known I would have gotten up early and grabbed them before they even woke up
I think you can even buy them online but they don’t have it set up yet since summer is still a few months away. So check this website closer to the date.
If you don’t live in Colorado like we do, you might not know the weather can change very rapidly. The picture below was taken at about 1 pm in the afternoon and as you can see, a storm was rolling in. We got to play at the park for about another hour but most of the activities can not get wet because they could be dangerous like the Alpine slide. My advice would be to get to the park when it opens in case the weather changes. I thought the staff did an excellent job in deciding when to shut down the park. Even though we wanted to stay, we were thankful they were looking out for us.
Also you can check the weather on the day you want to visit and if it seems bad, just try the next day!
There are so many things to do at the activity center. We used to only vacation in Colorado in the winter but after experiencing the park, we would go back during the summer for sure! There is so much to do, you have to start early to get it all in. Here is everything they offer:
Alpine Slide, Scenic chair lift, Gold Runner Coaster, Breck Flyer Zip Line (one for adults and one for kids), Mountain Biking, Guided hiking tours, Segway Tour, 4X4 tours, mini putt putt, Gemstone panning, Mineshaft Maze, Climbing wall, bungee trampoline, bounce house, duck races and ropes course.
It was so much fun hopping around from one thing to the other since we had the unlimited passes.
We stayed at Beaver Run and it was so nice. We could load up our whole crew and go everywhere together. They gave use the number to the shuttle hotline so anytime we needed to go somewhere or be picked up, the shuttle was at our service. Since we are from Colorado, we know the city pretty well. But this is a nice service if you are not familiar with the town.
And just so you are aware, you can park at the gondola parking lot and get your tickets for the fun park at the ticket center. And you can ride the gondola up and down for free. That was one of my kids favorite parts. We even saw a moose!
Once your done with the activity park, ride the gondola back down to the town. You can walk to the town easily from the gondola. The kids favorite store is this toy store below. It has every fun toy imaginable, a candy bar and a small play area in the back for smaller kids.
I would also suggest planning your trip around something fun the town has going on. For example we got to hit up the farmer’s market and they also had a music festival going on.
If you have any questions about your upcoming trip to Breckenridge, ask me below!
If you live in Denver I know you have heard we are on bloom watch for the Corpse Flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
This particular plant’s first bloom occurs after 8-20 years of vegetative growth, and get this, it can takes as long as 7-10 years for a second bloom. This is the first corpse flower bloom in the Gardens’ and Rocky Mountain Region’s history so this is a big event folks!
This is also a big deal because when this plant blooms it gives off an incredibly horrible smell, like the smell of rotting meat but it only blooms for less than 48 hours so you need to get to the Denver Botanic Gardens TODAY to witness this event!
The hours for this special event are: Wednesday, August 19: 9 a.m. – midnight | Thursday, August 20: 6 a.m. – midnight | Friday, August 21: regular 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. hours resume.
The Denver Botanic Gardens are located at , 1007 York Street, Denver. The plant is in the Orangery greenhouse near the Marnie’s Pavilion door.
You do NOT want to miss this! Let me know if you go!