Author Archives: Deborah Erickson

Historic Hotel Road Trip: The New Sheridan Hotel in Telluride, Colorado

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Welcome to the New Sheridan Hotel in Telluride, Colorado, founded in 1891. A few lucky prospectors found a dazzling lode of gold ore, embedded deep in the heart of the San Juan Mountains.  The mine was high, the valley floor … Continue reading

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Historic Hotel Road Trip: The Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colorado

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Welcome to the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colorado, founded in 1886. Nowadays, many travelers enter Ouray from the south after having experienced the description-defying road known as “The Million Dollar Highway.”  As you round the final bend before descending into … Continue reading

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Historic Hotel Road Trip: The Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton, Colorado

Welcome to the Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton, Colorado, founded in 1883. Excitement spread throughout the area!  Silver had been found amidst the 12,000-foot-high peaks of the surrounding San Juan Mountains.  Because of the remoteness and relative inaccessibility of the … Continue reading

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Historic Hotel Road Trip: The Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado

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Welcome to the Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, founded in 1888. The streets were dirty and rutted.  Horses and wagons kicked up billowing clouds of dust.  Indians congregated in small groups, selling ponies, blankets and trinkets to folks who passed.  … Continue reading

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Historic Hotel Road Trip: The Creede Hotel in Creede, Colorado (1892)

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PLEASE NOTE: The Creede Hotel in Creede Colorado, founded in 1892, is currently for sale (March 2018). Should it re-open we will update this article. We include it here as a reminder – if you want to see these hotels, … Continue reading

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Take a Road Trip to Historic Hotels in Colorado

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If a road trip sounds appealing for your next vacation, consider a journey to visit five historic hotels in the southwest part of Colorado . . . . . It is early in 1859.  The cries announcing the discovery of … Continue reading

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The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge: An Urban Oasis Near Denver

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Located just 10 miles northeast of downtown Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre tract of land that is a reminder of what the area used to be like before man left his mark.  It is … Continue reading

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A Dark Day in American History: The Sand Creek Massacre

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The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, in the southeast part of Colorado, will help visitors gain perspective on the events that happened here in late November, 1864. BACKGROUND OF THE TIME—In the mid-1860s, the Colorado Territory was growing and … Continue reading

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The #1 Rule When Traveling: Be Flexible!

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A change of pace in this article: travel tips so you can get the most out of your vacation. Often travelers assume their vacation will be a wonderfully restful, peaceful getaway.  But occasionally an unplanned event inserts itself into the … Continue reading

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Explore the World of Geocaching

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Are you saying to yourself, “Geocaching?  What on earth is that?” Most folks have never heard the term, so you are not alone. As explained on the activity’s website: “Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS (Global Positioning … Continue reading

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