Ice Castles at Silverthorne

A couple weeks ago we went to see the Ice Castles at Silverthorne and it was really neat!
Now you can get half off tickets from Groupon.

We took the scenic route to get there- Highway 24 to Highway 9 to I-70. It was a beautiful clear day like so many we have here in Colorado, and just lovely. If you go to the Ice Castles and you’re coming from Colorado Springs, I highly recommend this drive.


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First stop: Happy Meadows, our favorite summer camping spot. The campground isn’t open in the winter but we walked around on the frozen stream awhile anyway.

Happy Meadows in winter

Happy Meadows in winter

Happy Meadows, Colorado

Happy Meadows, Colorado

There are many scenic stops along the way.

Scenic point along the way on Highway 24.

Scenic point along the way on Highway 24.

Made a stop in Fairplay for a snack. There are lots of little cafes in Fairplay but the best cinnamon roll in the whole world can be found at the Brown Burro Cafe. Two coffees and this huge treat was only $4!

Cinnamon roll from the Brown Burro Cafe in Fairplay, CO

Cinnamon roll from the Brown Burro Cafe in Fairplay, CO

The recreated old west town of South Park is also in Fairplay. It’s really neat, kids and adults will like it, there are lots of good photo opportunities and its’ definitely worth a stop. We’ve been there before so didn’t go this time.

South Park recreated old west town, Fairplay, CO

South Park recreated old west town, Fairplay, CO

The rest of the drive is also really pretty but it was getting late and we wanted to get to the Ice Castles before it got dark.

We drove thru Breckenridge and debated hitting up Breckenridge Brewery because we love the delicious Vanilla Porter they make. But we decided maybe we’d come back thru later and go there.

On to the Ice Castles, which is about 20 minutes north of Breckenridge. The Ice Castles is a man made art exhibit. They run sprinklers all night long, the water freezes, and these neat sculptures are formed. You can walk all around them and even inside some of them.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

Ice Castles at Silverthorne, CO.

We didn’t know when we got there, but it’s open at night, too. It looks totally different at night and they let you come and go on one ticket, so we wound up going to Breckenridge Brewery afterall and then went back to the Ice Castles later.

 

Vanilla Porter at Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado.

Vanilla Porter at Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado.

Then back to the Ice Castles. By now it was pretty cold so we didn’t stay as long, but it was really pretty with the lights they use.

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

 

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

Ice Castles at Silverthorn, at night

So go get these half off tickets from Groupon and go check it out.  And be sure to tell us what other interesting things you find along the way!

Camping at Happy Meadows, Colorado

A few weeks ago we went camping at Happy Meadows. It’s on the South Platte River about an hour away. We got the best spot, #1  right on the river with access to the water.
Riverfront campsite #1 at Happy Meadows, Colorado

Riverfront campsite #1 at Happy Meadows, Colorado

The scenery is really pretty and it’s very quiet.

Camping and fishing at Happy Meadows, Colorado

Camping and fishing at Happy Meadows, Colorado

Apparently there was a lot of fishing to do. Mike caught three fish.

Fishing on the South Platte at Happy Meadows, CO

Fishing on the South Platte at Happy Meadows, CO

Fishing on the South Platte at Happy Meadows, CO

Fishing on the South Platte at Happy Meadows, CO

Fishing on the South Platte at Happy Meadows, CO

Fishing on the South Platte at Happy Meadows, CO

While he fished I set up the trailer and campsite and made lunch.

Sandwiches are tastier when camping.

Sandwiches are tastier when camping.

Camping sun tea.

Camping sun tea.

Camping at Happy Meadows, CO

Camping at Happy Meadows, CO

Campsite #1 at Happy Meadows, CO

Campsite #1 at Happy Meadows, CO

Camping at Happy Meadows, CO

Camping at Happy Meadows, CO

On his way out of the river Mike took a tumble.

South Platte River at Happy Meadows, CO

South Platte River at Happy Meadows, CO

And got a little wet.

Ooopsie

Ooopsie

After that he needed a beer.

Left Hand Brewing's Milk Stout is very tasty.

Left Hand Brewing's Milk Stout is very tasty.

And some brownies.

Brownies in the trailer

Brownies in the trailer

And a nap.

Mike napping in the trailer

Mike napping in the trailer

It’s always windy in Colorado and I forgot to bring any hair ties so Mike suggested I use a mini bungee cord. LOL.

Bungee cord hair tie

Bungee cord hair tie

We had a nice dinner of hot dogs, confetti corn, baked beans, and baked potatoes. OMG, the propane oven in the trailer makes the best baked potatoes. I don’t like fish, so Mike never keeps the ones he catches when he’s camping with me. Lucky fish.

Confetti corn

Confetti corn

Dinner!

Dinner!

What would camping be like without a bottle of wine?

What would camping be like without a bottle of wine?

Sunset at Happy Meadows, CO

Sunset at Happy Meadows, CO

No burn ban at Happy Meadows

No burn ban at Happy Meadows

Breakfast in the morning before heading back home.

Breakfast in the morning before heading back home.

Happy meadows is my favorite so far and I’m looking forward to going back soon!