5 Things You Must Do In Canon Beach

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw we visited Canon Beach recently. This was our first time in Oregon and we absolutely fell in love. I wanted to share some of my favorite things about Canon Beach for those of you planning a visit!

GRAB COFFEE AT INSOMNIA COFFEE CO.

It’s no secret I love a good cup of coffee. Even more, I love trying new coffee shops. During our stay in Canon Beach, Mark and I made our way to Insomnia Coffee Co. and I fell in love. Not only is the coffee amazing, the shop is absolutely adorable. I ordered an iced lavender latte (my favorite) and it was incredible. Highly recommend it!

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DRIVE TO DEPOE BAY TO WHALE WATCH

This was the highlight of our trip by far. I love all things ocean and have been dying to go whale watching for years. When we stumbled upon the Whale Research EcoExcursions, we knew we had to book it ASAP. This tour was absolutely perfect. The company that puts on the tour is run by marine biologists, so they were extremely well educated. The tour guides knew every whale by name! This tour took place on a small raft boat and lasted an hour and a half. We saw a whale within the first five minutes of the tour and over the next hour and a half, ended up seeing eight to nine different whales. I definitely plan to do this tour again next time we visit.

WATCH THE SUNSET AT HAYSTACK ROCK

Haystack Rock is just as cool in person as it is in pictures. This iconic rock is absolutely enormous and so cool to see up close. There are several tide pools surrounding it also, with some marine life to check out. During sunset, the beach fills up with everyone wanting to take in this incredible view. We spent a couple nights hanging out by the rock while the sun set. It really does feel like a scene from a movie! (Ps you may recognize this rock from The Goonies.)

GET DINNER AT THE WAYFARER

Mark and I like to have one nice dinner whenever we go on vacation. When in Canon Beach, we chose The Wayfarer for that meal. This restaurant is a Canon Beach staple and has the most magnificent views. I would highly recommend making reservations if you’re planning to go around sunset as it fills up quickly. There is a great patio also, so definitely take advantage of that if you can. The restaurant’s menu changes regularly, so you’re only getting the freshest foods!

HIKE ECOLA STATE PARK

Even if you’re not an outdoorsy person, hiking Ecola State Park is a great way to spend a few hours in Canon Beach. We were there on Labor Day weekend, so I’m sure it was more crowded than normal, but we definitely had trouble parking and had to find a parking lot nearby and hike up. The trail was gorgeous and difficult enough for me to work up a sweat. However, there were many children and elderly people hiking as well, so it’s definitely doable no matter what your fitness level. If you’re unable to hike for any reason, you can also drive to the top and take advantage of the overview.

We absolutely loved our time in Canon Beach and are definitely planning to go back. There are so many things we just didn’t have the time to do, so I’m already putting together a list for next time. If you’ve been to Canon Beach and have additional suggestions about what to do, I’d love to hear them!

Weekend Guide to Denver

My sister has been living in Denver for about two years now and I love the excuse to go visit her and hang out in one of my favorite cities. I’m not a big fan of cold weather, so visiting this time of year is my favorite. You get a break from the lingering heat in Dallas and can enjoy Denver before winter is in full swing.

Since I just spent a fun (and quick) weekend in Denver, I figured I’d throw together a weekend guide to the city. There is so much to do there it can be overwhelming, so knowing where to go is essential.

BLACK EYE CAP HILL

My sister lives only a couple blocks from this adorable coffee shop, so I knew it was a must visit. I am pretty much dead in the morning before I get coffee, so this was one of our first stops. My sister and I both ordered an iced latte and it was wonderful. Plus, how cute is this place?

UNION STATION

This historic Denver landmark is full of food, drinks, shopping, etc. And the remade interior is seriously amazing! We stopped in here for some of the best ice cream in Denver at Mailbox Ice Cream. There is also a popular bar in Union Station called Terminal Bar that is a must try!

LARIMER SQUARE

I’ve been to Larimer Square the past few times I’ve been in Denver and absolutely love it! There are so many fun shops and restaurants up and down the street. Parking can be tough, so definitely try to snag a spot a street or two over if you can. This area is walkable and always crowded, so safety isn’t an issue!

RED ROCKS PARK

If you’re staying in Denver, but want the opportunity to hike and explore the outdoors, I highly recommend Red Rocks Park. Only 30(ish) minutes from Denver, it’s a much shorter drive than the mountains, but with equally awesome views. We saw several deer wandering the trails too!

PEARL STREET

My family has visited Boulder several times and love it. Anytime we are in Denver and have a free evening, we love to drive out to Boulder (also about 30 minutes from Denver) and grab a bite on Pearl Street. It’s got all kinds of stores and restaurants and there is pretty much always some live music to enjoy also.

I hope this gives some of you an idea of where to go next time you visit Denver. There really is so much to do there, this only begins to scratch the surface. I’d love to hear some places you enjoy in Denver for the next time I’m there!

Things To Do In Winter Park Resort

Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably noticed I was skiing in Winter Park Resort over the weekend. Believe it or not, this was my first time ever skiing, so I had very little idea what to expect. I ended up having an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back again!

We stayed at Winter Park Resort and I was very impressed by the resort experience. Because everything was within walking distance, we didn’t even rent a car and just ended up walking everywhere! If you’re planning a ski trip in the future, I highly recommend Winter Park Resort. Below are a few things we did and thoroughly enjoyed during our visit.

Winter Park Resort

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SKI LESSONS

I can’t speak highly enough about the ski lessons at Winter Park Resort. To be honest, I was terrified to ski for the first time, so Mark signed us both up (even though he’s skied before) for the all-day class. We spent the morning going over the basics, aka putting on your skis, standing up, stopping, etc. and then actually hit some small slopes in the afternoon. By the end of the day, I was shocked at how much I’d learned and felt super comfortable on the snow. I even went down some green runs with Mark by ourselves once the class was over.

SNOW TUBING

Because we weren’t signed up for ski lessons until day 2 of our trip, Mark and I spent the first day exploring. To help acclimate ourselves to the elevation, we decided to go tubing. I’d been snow tubing once before and it as just as fun as I remembered. Mark also made sure to wear the GoPro Hero 5 I bought him for Christmas, which made for some really great video of us flying down the ice.

Coca Cola Tubing

EAT

I was so surprised to see how hungry I got during and after skiing. Not only did we eat plenty at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but Mark and I definitely grabbed a snack every afternoon too! There were many restaurants we loved in Winter Park Resort, but my favorites were Goody’s Mountain Creperie (we ate here three times!), Vertical Bistro and The Back Bowl Soup & Bistro.

Vertical Bistro Winter Park

ENJOY THE FACILITIES

Mark and I travel a lot, but we tend to take weekend trips, which means we spend most of our time exploring. Because we had four full days for this trip, we were able to spend more time relaxing, which was amazing. We stayed at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge and loved it! The condo we stayed in had a full kitchen, fireplace (that got a lot of use!), multiple televisions, a living room and the cutest outdoor patio. Although we never used it, our building also had two outdoor hot tubs, which looks incredible! And maybe my favorite part of Zephyr Mountain Lodge was the ski in, ski out capability. I can’t tell you how nice this is. Lugging around skis and poles in heavy snow boots is hands down the worst part of skiing, so eliminating this was wonderful.

Zephyr Mountain Lodge

EXPLORE THE MOUNTAINS

My favorite part of skiing was all the beautiful scenery. Living in Texas, I don’t see mountains… ever. So being up so high in the snowy mountains was such a cool feeling. Because I was still learning to ski, Mark and I spent all of our time skiing, but there were snow boards, snowmobiles, sleds, etc. that could be rented. The runs were really easy to navigate and made exploring fun.

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RESORT

There were so many things we didn’t get to do on our trip that I want to check out when we come back again. Winter Park Resort offers morning yoga, fun games like broomball, ice skating, rock climbing and zip lining. I think it would even be fun to come back during the summer to take advantage of hiking and other warm-weather activities.

If you’re planning a trip to Winter Park Resort, I’d love to hear from you and am happy to answer any questions you have. And remember, if you’re a new skier, if I can do it, you can too!

THIS POST IS CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WINTER PARK RESORT. ALL OPINIONS AND SELECTIONS ARE MY OWN.