My Top 5 Self-Care Gems in Colorado
If you’re looking to splurge and majorly treat yourself with a spa day, this is the PERFECT spot. Let me start by saying that you can easily spend the entire day here. It has great amenities, including a steam room and whirlpool. You can also purchase a pool pass to hang out at the hotel’s pool during your spa day. Now for the serious part: you HAVE to try their “Sticks and Stones” massage. I get a lot of massages and this one was bumped up to top three. They use bamboo sticks and hot stones combined with Evergreen oils from the Colorado trees and… well, need I say more? I felt like a whole new person after and I cannot wait to go back.
Best. Facial. Everrrrr. I am all about only using organic and natural products for my skin and The Honey Pot has some lovely skincare products. Not only that, but their place truly feels like a home and one of their owners, Amanda, makes you feel right at home. One of the sweetest souls I have met since my move to Colorado. You have to meet her! Okay, back to the facial itself- my skin felt ridiculously soft and replenished after I was done, something I needed after moving here where the air is a lot drier. Let’s just say I’ve found my forever facial spot, well, for the time I am here in Colorado hehe.
MAGICAL. Best word to describe Amy from The Balanced Stone. My first impression of Amy was that I wanted all of the lovely energy she had. Walking into Amy’s office, my mouth basically dropped open because it was in the coolest room/office in the coolest dome-looking building. I don’t even know how to describe it- you just have to go and see for yourself. Amy is an herbalist/acupuncturist/overall amazing human being. After assessing all my needs, she did acupuncture and cupping (my first time) on me. When I got up, I was freaking out at how different I felt- carefree, stress free and at peace. It felt like magic, like I had gone through a transformation. Amy also gave me some herbs to try to help with my altitude adjustment and acne breakouts. A few weeks later, I am feeling so great. Please do yourself a favor and let Amy change your life!
Having just moved to Colorado, this park has been my place of peace and serenity. It only takes me about an hour and a half to get to and the park is filled with various hikes from beginners to advanced. My favorite so far is starting off on Bear Lake Trail and hitting all the beautiful lakes and waterfalls. I hike up to Lily Lake, then Dream Lake, then Emerald Lake and then over and up to Lake Haiyaha. The views and waters and greens melt away all the stress. My biggest tip is to arrive no later than 7am. I usually get there around 6:30am and it’s pretty peaceful/empty going up, but going back down it gets very packed with new arrivers trying to go up. This place has my heart for sure.
5. Amethyst Coffee/The Beet Box
Okayyyyy, you know I had to include something yummy on this list! Amethyst coffee has a phenomenal Matcha latte with cashew milk. Try it. AND through them, I learned about the phenomenal pastries they carried from The Beet Box. I had the best vegan donut of my life at Amethyst Coffee that I had to immediately go and find Beet Box to get like 5 more. Anytime I go to Denver, I have to make an Amethyst Coffee and Beet Box stop. Definitely put these two on your list!