Colorado is a magical place that slows my breathing, relaxes my shoulders and sets my heart on fire. I may be 80 before it happens but some day we’ll have a little place to call our own tucked within the Colorado mountains. Until that time comes we visit each and every summer to get our fix!
It’s something I look forward to all year long.
– This is a flash back post to last year’s Colorado trip-
In a few short weeks we’ll be packing up the van and heading out for this year’s trip so I figured I best get on last year’s photos and cabin review! I love how much your guys enjoy hearing about our travels. It makes me happy because I sure LOOOOVE sharing them with you! Sorry it took me so long to get this one up!
Before we start step on into my time traveling machine. Don’t be afraid there’s coffee in there and I promise to have you back before bedtime!
Let’s jump back a year (time traveling music starts to play, whatever that is, let’s just go with it mmmmk)…………..
At the time of this trip Carson was 4 months old deep in colic and hated being in his car seat. A 14 hour drive to the Colorado mountains with Mr. Fussy Pants did not sound like something we could handle so we decided to place a hold on our annual trip.
I look forward to this trip all year and while I felt that it was a good decision to not go I was a tad heartbroken that it wasn’t going to work out.
Or at least I thought it wasn’t going to.
Kent came home from work one day telling me about his coworker who had returned from a trip to Colorado. He roadtripped-it (yep we’re making that real phase) and broke the drive into 2 chunks. Driving 6 hours on the 1st leg staying the night in Amarillo and finishing off the next leg the following day.
We’ve always drove straight through (Weston our oldest is our road trip worrier and can rock a long car ride) so we never thought about breaking the drive into chunks. Duh! After we chatted about it for a while we decided it was totally doable. My Mother-in-Law asked if she could join us and help with the kiddos.
Ummm hello YES PLEASE!
It was official the trip was back on and I was flipping excited!
Cabins book quickly during the summer. We typically book our summer trip in January and we were at that time 3 weeks out from when we wanted to go so it was a challenge to find something that fit what we were looking for.
We’ve cabin it up (yes another phrase I’m making up) a couple time a year and know what we like in the cabins we stay in.
Here’s our cabin must haves (besides the typical bathroom, kitchen type stuff)
- Must allow dogs! Brady loves this trip just as much as us so we want to bring him along for the adventure!
- Seclusion at least 5 acres and no other visible homes from the windows.
- Far from busy streets.
- Safe for kids. No cliffs close by and must have areas of flat land for the boys and Brady to play.
- True log cabin look. We skip over anything that looks like a typical home inside or out.
- Lots of trees on the lot
- The living room must be open with a safe space for little boys to play.
- Dinning table has to sit at least 4.
- The inside of the cabin must be kid friendly or be a space that we can make kid friendly (by moving a few things around). We don’t want to spend our vacation worrying about the boys falling on something sharp or breaking someone’s beautiful decor so simple and safe is best for us!
Things we look for but are not deal breakers
- Fire pit
- Nice porch and outdoor table for dining
- A place to fish, on or close to the property
- Close to hiking, huge plus if we can hike on the property
- Mountain view
- Not too big. We love that cozy cabin feel when we’re vacationing and it’s usually just us so we tend to go for cabins that are more cozy and small. Side Note: We almost skipped over the cabin I’m reviewing because it’s bigger than we needed but again we couldn’t be too picky this time.
- We like it small and cozy yes but we love for the living room to be open with enough seating for our family
- Wood burning fireplace
When you’ve done this a few times you get a feel for what you like!
To say that it was hard to find a place for us to stay 3 weeks out that fit our criteria and price range during high season was an understatement but looking at cabins is one of my most favorites things to do so I had a blast hunting!
There was definitely some joy in the journey friends!
Everything was booked in our typical area (not kidding there was nothing left) that we like to stay in but we found this beauty and really fell in love it with! It wasn’t that south central Colorado (lush trees and foggy topped mountains) feel that we love so much but like I said we were cutting it short and it was a lovely cabin and a new to us part of Colorado so we booked it!
It was different for us but beautiful in its own way and ended up being perfect for us and the season we were in. I 100% recommend the Durango area for families traveling with young children that need activities and common necessities readily available. Durango gives you that beautiful mountain vibe mixed in with a charming city and people that are as sweet at pie.
We’ve found this little gem on VRBO which is one of the sites along with Airbnb that we use find the cabins that we visit throughout the year. You can find this property HERE or by entering #501319 when searching the VRBO website.
Ugh this cabin…..it just as rustic and charming as ever! I didn’t get photos of the inside but I do have some phone photos along with a little video tour on Instagram! Search the hashtag #2015huiesmountainvacation to see them.
Not only is the cabin beautiful the land around it is stunning! The cabin sits on 13 acres and backs up to a national forest. There was plenty of room for Brady (our pup) and Weston to safely roam and explore. The 1st 9 photos below were all shot on the cabin’s property. Take a peek and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about…. it’s dreamy and dripping in yummy light!
We napped in the cabin’s hammock, played on the land around the house and enjoyed watching birds out the kitchen window. I’ve never seen so many humming birds in all my life! I was kicking myself for not bringing my maco lens.
We got in a few hikes on the property as well. I’ll never forget hiking a trail the cabin owner called “The Butt Blaster”. I wasn’t sure Weston could hang because again it was called the The Butt Blaster for a reason but he rocked it. It was his 1st hard trail to hike on his own.
Proud mama moment!
Okay random mama tangent over back to the cabin!
The cabin was completely secluded which is important to us but just a 5min drive up the street and you were in the local town. It was easy to grocery shop and walk around the city. My mother-in-law is not really a chill type of vacationer. She likes to get out and explore. With the downtown area being so close it was easy to drive into town for a little window shopping and lunch. We tend to sit by the fire and hang in our pjs while we’re in CO but it was fun to take my Mother-in-Law around to see the town and the boys loved walking the city and taking in the sights. There was tons to do! The Animas river flows through the city which is beautiful and provides all kinds of activities. There’s a nice paved trail around it which made it easy for Weston to walk. One of my favorite memories from the trip was walking the trail with the family and watching the river rafters from the bridge with Weston as well as the local train that went by. Simple free entertainment that the whole family enjoyed.
Typically when we’re in Colorado the areas we stay in don’t offer all of these activity close by. If we want to get groceries or would like to visit a local town for some fun we have to drive at least 45min. I don’t mind though because the drive is stunning but it was nice having all this right up the street yet still getting that quiet seclusion back at the cabin!
We really enjoyed our time on this property and wished we could have stayed longer. I tried talking Kent into staying for another night. He was for it until we remembered that the owner’s hubby was coming up the day that we were leaving so it wouldn’t have worked out.
We had a lovely lovely experience around from our stay to working with the cabin’s owner!
I need to come up with a rating system for all these cabins we review but until then lets just say I would happily go back to this sweet cabin and would be excited to explore the area a little more! We made it a quick trip and only had 4 days but you could spend a week here easily without getting bored.
Annnnnnnd because I have to keep things real around here just in case you decided to visit this beauty here area few things I want to give you a heads up about…..
- Be sure to bring your own toilet paper. The toilet paper they provide is awful. A year later and I still remember just how awful it was.
- Leave plenty of time to deal with the trash before you head home. You have to take it off site. They provide you with detailed instructions on where to drop it off but we couldn’t figure it out and had to hunt down a public spot to dump it. It’s was a bit annoying messing with that along with trying to get packed up and dealing with the kids. We would have rather paid a little more to have a service collect it than spend our last morning stressing over where to dump the trash.
That’s it, just 2 things I can pick out to give you a heads up about this property.
That’s pretty good by our standards and those little things would not keep us from going back which is always a question we ask ourselves at the end of a cabin stay. As long as you plan to purchase your own toilet paper and plan plenty of time to deal with the trash I’m sure you’ll enjoy this little slice of haven just as much as we did!
Okay now let’s look at some more photos!
See that little cabin with the red trim that Brady is running towards?
That’s a guest bunk house. When you book the cabin you also get access to the guest bunk.
Awww the hammock we loved so much!
Lots of snuggling with the boys went on here. When you’re laying down and looking towards the trees you get a great view of the mountain that backs up to the property.
See what I’m saying?
This is exactly why we try our best to find a properties that are dog friendly.
That’s one happy Brady-Boy right there!
This picture melts my heart. One of my favorites from the trip!
Look at how little Carsie-Bear was and that hair….I can’t take it!
I fall for any photo of my Mother-in-Law holding the boys. She loves them hard and it always shows in the photos I capture of her.
On the way up to Silverton we took a random turn and ended up in a beautiful campground.
I know right, how many times can I say beautiful in this post…..beautiful, beautiful, beautiful okay there’s a few more for ya!
We hung out here for a while taking it all in.
Ugh those Colorado blue skies! I’ve yet to come across a sky that is more blue than the one that shines over Colorado.
This was taken at another random stop that was not planned.
We got out to stretch our legs and followed the sounds of a rushing water to this pretty spot. Brady had a blast splashing in the river and Weston and I threw rocks in trying to see who could make the biggest splash.
Those randoms stops y’all don’t be afraid of them while you’re vacationing. Some of our most favorite vacation memories happen in the places we didn’t plan to go!
Kid Friendly Things To Do In Durango:
- Visit the Animas River Trail for rafting, fishing, walking or just to take in the sights and watch the rafters which is what we did.
- Shop and dine in the local historic downtown. Lots of restaurants with beautiful patios to enjoy and people watch from as well as pretty stores to shop.
- Ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It’s not a short ride so keep that in mind when riding with littles. We decided to take our oldest who was 2 at the time into town to watch the train leave then took our own car up to Silverton to explore. That way we could go at our own pace and stop for photo ops and little hiking.
- Drive to Silverton and be sure to have your camera ready. It’s a stunning drive that ends up in a charming mountain town. While you’re there stop and grab a coffee at Goodies to Go Coffee House and Creamery and drink it out on the square while taking in the town views. My latte was so yummy I went back in to thank the barista!
- If you plan to visit during wild flower season be sure to plan a hike so you can check them out. Seeing that Colorado blue sky kissing the mountains and reflecting pretty light on pops of yellow, pink, orange and purple wild flowers is something you don’t want to miss.
- Since Durango is a well established area with subdivisions and communities there’s several great parks and playgrounds. We visited a few playgrounds that were tucked under tall shade trees. Not really a touristy thing to do but our oldest had a great time playing, we enjoyed the weather and chatted with a few locals.
Above are all things that we did with our 2 year old and 4 month old in tow but there is tons more to do if you are vacationing without littles….rafting, zip lining, fishing, camping, jeep tours, four wheeler tours, horse back riding, bike trails, festivals which happen frequently during the summer…..and the list goes on! The great thing is that there’s something for all age groups and interest and most activities are readily available. We had a mixture of of ages with us during this trip (adults, an infant, a toddler, and a loving grandma) and we were all happy with the activities we were able to partake in and most were free!
I’m so pumped about our upcoming Colorado trip! This year will be staying in one of our favorite towns, Fairplay. We’ll of course be taking you guys along!
If you would like to see more photos from our time in Durango check out the hashtag #2015huiesmountainvacation on Instagram.
To See Previous Trips & Cabin Reviews Visit the Links Below:
Cabin Hair Don’t Care – In Broken Bow Oklahoma
Hiking Adventure Club Visits Broken Bow Oklahoma
First Timers in Broken Bow Oklahoma + Cabin Tour
Flash Back – Weston 1st Trip to Colorado
That Time I Unknowingly Helped Someone Find Their Dream Cabin
My Cabin Obsession
Weston’s 1st Roadtrip & Cabin Stay
Where It All Began Colorado 2013 With My Weston Bump Along for the Ride