Crossing Things Off My Long Colorado Bucket List
I have been dying to see a hot air balloon festival for some time now. The Snowmass Hot Air Balloon Festival has been on my Colorado bucket list ever since I heard about it a couple of years ago. Finally, the timing lined up perfectly this year and I am so glad we took the time to visit Snowmass while we had the chance. It was such an incredible experience to see such colorful things dance over the rocky mountains. I highly recommend checking this event out if you get the chance. The event is not as big as the festivals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Cappadocia, Turkey but it is still a great experience to see.
Our Journey to the Festival
We stayed in Breckenridge a couple of nights and then early Saturday morning I made Adam, my boyfriend, wake up at 5 am. I am the type that can’t wait to get up and going when it comes to traveling and sleep is of secondary importance because I am too eager to see and do everything. I am like a dog, too excited that I will miss out on something if I sleep too much. But Adam is a light sleeper and likes to enjoy every bit of sleep he can get and wake up naturally when his inner alarm goes off. So waking him up early for the festival is my way of training him to be ready for a
We drove, or Adam drove, out to Snowmass, which is a couple of hours away from Breckenridge. It was quiet on the road on a Saturday morning, everyone likes to drive late Friday night and it was good to get on the highway early before everyone else was up driving to their next destinations. We ended up making the last hour of the event to scope out the best photo spots. Then on Sunday, we woke up early again to take advantage of the early morning light as the balloons started gracing the sky. There are only 30 balloons that attend this event but it is enough to make any ordinary day a little more magical. And Snowmass is such a beautiful place. It was the first time I had ever been and there is so much to see and do there.
Where We Stayed in Snowmass
We stayed at the Timberline Condominiums up in Snowmass for a couple of nights that way we could enjoy the hot air balloon event in the morning. The condos were quaint with a nice kitchenette and a very nice pool and gym area, that we didn’t even use because we were so busy driving around and exploring all the sights. We explored Aspen most of the time we were there, which I will share more about in another post. Aspen is only about a 15-minute drive from Snowmass. Snowmass is a little bit cheaper to stay than Aspen and still located in a nice place for all good hiking and exploring by car. It was fun to see Aspen again. I have been there once before during the wintertime for the X-Games and saw Twenty-One Pilots play on Buttermilk mountain in the dead of winter. That was quite the experience, let me tell you. Cold, but extremely fun, and yes I would do it again. But when I visited for the concert we didn’t get to see everything that this famous mountain town has to offer.
So Much To See and Do In Snowmass
Snowmass is a small ski town with only a handful of restaurants and shops on the mountain. I would have liked to explore more of Snowmass and all the valleys and trails in between all the beautiful mountains but for this trip, we ran out of time and couldn’t do everything. That is always the hard thing about traveling. You can never see it all. But we live close enough to Aspen and Snowmass I am sure we will visit again. Maybe next time earlier in Summer to see all the colorful wildflowers. While we were in Snowmass they also had a Ciderfest and Septemberfest happening on the same weekend as the Hot Air Balloon Festival. There always seems to be so many exciting events that go on in the mountains over the weekends. It really draws everyone from the city up into these quaint mountain towns. I typically try to avoid crowded festivals and wintertime because the mountains are my place to escape. And I would much rather be visiting in the summertime on a weekday so I can have a trail all to myself.
The Outfit Details
If you are curious about my outfit it is a vintage Hungarian embroidered dress that I found on Etsy. I shared more about this vintage style on my previous blog post and mentioned that I would be sharing a beautiful dress that I found. I fell in love with the rust orange stitches and floral designs on this dress. I just could not resist it. On my previous blog post, I shared some of my favorite Hungarian embroidered pieces that you will have to check out if you like this dress. There are so many one-of-a-kind styles that you can find with this design through second-hand sources like Etsy. I highly recommend that everyone tries this style for themselves because the detailed floral stitching cannot be found at any other regular store. And if you were to find items like this with hand-stitched work then you would be paying a fortune. At least with the vintage options, they can be much more affordable.
The Outfit Links and Shops You Need To Know
The shop that I found the dress is Beyond Vintage on Etsy they have an amazing bohemian vintage that is a must-see. Especially if you are a girl that likes Spell and the Gypsy Collective or Arnhem. The hat is from West Perro. And the bag is vintage from Sapphire and Sixpence.