Colorado

Category Archives for Colorado.

Hyatt Place Coming to Keystone, Colorado!

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I know many families that love to ski, but very few that love the high price tags that can come along with Colorado ski vacations. Miles and points + some other money saving tips can make a family ski vacation much more doable, but there are several ski resorts and communities that simply don’t have any chain hotels available, or at least not any that are convenient to the slopes. One such resort community that I love for families, but…

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Places Kids Ski Free in Colorado

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After a bit of a slow start to the season, I’ve been dyiiiiiing over the snow pictures that many of the Colorado resorts I follow on social media have been sharing in recent weeks. Ski season is here, and I cannot wait to take a trip with just my oldest daughter to hit the mountains this winter. In fact, it will be our first trip with just the two of us since my littlest was born in the summer of 2015!…

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SPG Vail Cascade Delays Re-Opening, Offers Free Stays

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It goes without saying that booking a hotel that is still under construction carries with it some inherent risk. Construction delays are common, and if you book too close to the announced opening date for the property, those delays could mean that the hotel is still closed when you are set to arrive. Over the years I’ve seen it happen many, many times even at upscale branded properties.   The upside is that when this happens, you often see the nicer…

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Just for the Chill of It On Trail Ridge Road

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This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals. They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a budget airline as long as it gets them…

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Hi Ho Silver(Car)!

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This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals. They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a budget airline as long as it gets them…

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An Estes Park Soap Opera in Room 447

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My mom and dad recently took a quick summer trip to Colorado and Estes Park. Along with some of the regular stories that Grandpa Points shares about the natural beauty they experience along their journey, I begged my dad to also share this story that he offhandedly mentioned about what happened when he went to take a shower in the hotel after a long day enjoying the great outdoors. I know I have had my fair share of moments in hotel…

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Saving Big Money on a Rental Car by Choosing an Audi!

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My parents are sneaking in a short trip to their beloved state of Colorado soon to see some snow piled up on the sides of a road when it first opens for the season. Something about Trail Ridge Road…I don’t really know, but they are super excited about it and that is what matters to me. They really hemmed and hawed on whether or not they should go because even with $49 Frontier flights and budget hotel stays, costs do…

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Did You Win 5,000 SPG Points?

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In honor of my family’s recent holiday ski trip using SPG points to the ski-out Sheraton Steamboat Resort (as part of the SPG Amex Stars program), I gave away 5,000 SPG Starpoints to help get someone else a little closer to their next award trip. Random.org decided the lucky winner of the Starpoints was Sam who said: I would love to stay at the Westin in Miami for a winter getaway. Using points to escape the cold and de-thaw in the winter is…

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Maximizing SPG Points for Holiday Vacations

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Now that I have both a kindergartener on a traditional school schedule and a husband with an 8-5 office job that has limited vacation days, I have pretty much joined the ranks of millions of other Americans who primarily plan vacations around school breaks, long weekends, and official holidays. You know, the times of year that generally cost the most! That is sort of a travel deal hunter’s worst nightmare, but if you know how to maximize your hotel points…

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The Highs and Lows of a Family Ski Trip

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Family travel, especially that with young kids, is nothing if not a roller coaster of adventures and mis-adventures. The highest of highs, the lowest of lows, the craziest of crazy. At times you feel like you are living some sort of bad family comedic sitcom where simple things like getting through a line at the airport become absolute three ring circuses of insanity with kids passed out being dragged on the floor, babies spitting up, people staring, tears happening, etc.…

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