Staff Travel Diaries: Colorado
Hi Kellie, tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at Barrhead Travel.
I have worked for Barrhead Travel for a little over 6 years now. I am a Travel Consultant who specialises in Worldwide Holidays. I am also the specialist for Sandals and Beaches resorts and promote weddings and honeymoons in their resorts. I was even the first member of staff to be married at a Sandals Resort!
What did you see when you were in Colorado? What would you recommend to people visiting?
Where to start? Colorado caters to everyone. If you are into art and culture Denver ticks all the boxes. Fort Collins was my favourite though. Small town, friendly people and great atmosphere. We visited Ginger & Baker and had a walk through with owner Ginger whose vision for her restaurant/pie shop was amazing and I would love to go back and see the finished building. Breckenridge is fantastic for skiing and the town itself is lovely with great little places to eat. For the adrenaline chasers, Royal Gorge is the place to visit (but not for the faint of heart or those afraid of heights).
Tell us a bit about the hotels you stayed in.
AC Hotel in Denver is brand new and super central, plus the staff and food were amazing.
The Armstrong Hotel in Fort Collins: really central, and a little bit more traditional in design and decoration.
DoubleTree Breckenride Hotel: close to the slopes for skiing and close to resort centre.
Royal Gorge Cabins: Without a doubt my favourite. Fairly new, modern and a fab home away from home with views that would take your breath away.
Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs: central hotel with nice cocktail bar just off the lobby.
What clothes would you recommend someone packs?
The weather is so changeable. Depending on the time of year pack sunscreen as well as hats and gloves. One day could be glorious sunshine and the next could be a snow storm.
How did you get to Colorado?
I flew from Glasgow via Reykjavik with IcelandAir. First time flying with them and really enjoyed it. Connecting via Iceland is so easy and would 100% use them again.
Any other tips for someone travelling to Colorado?
Pack lip balm and hand cream as well as drinking loads of water. The high altitude really does affect your skin making it dry. Plenty of water to keep hydrated as it high and dry. Especially the higher you go. Pack painkillers as the altitude can give you a bit of a headache.
Edited by Morag@BarrheadTravel