This post is part of a series of travel posts about our May vacation to Colorado.
Day four was filled with so much adventure I had to divide it into three posts. Today is Part Three. If you missed Part One and Two, start HERE. If you need to start from the very beginning, go HERE.
In my first post of Day Four of our Colorado Adventure, I mentioned that we were planning on visiting a glacier that day. Well, that didn't turn out as planned. You see, I always use Hotels.com when planning vacations. I searched for a hotel around St. Marys Glacier and discovered most of them were pretty pricey. Then I discovered Ameristar and couldn't believe what a beautiful hotel it was and for such a great price. So I booked it before actually checking the TIME distance from the hotel to the glacier. On the map, the hotel looked very close to the glacier. But in reality it was over an hour away (actually two hours away since we were coming from Ft. Collins) because there was a mountain in the way.
We didn't want to drive that far to see a glacier, plus, we actually had enough snow and ice from our experience in Rocky Mountain National Park, that we decided to just head to our hotel and see what there was to do in the area. On our way there, we stopped at the sweet city of Golden, Colorado and Look Out Mountain. After those two detours, it was early afternoon by the time we got back into our car and we began the scenic drive to Black Hawk, Colorado.
There were many oohs, and ahhs all the way there, for it was quite the amazing drive. The road is nestled in on both sides by steep rocky cliffs, that winds and twists in scenic wonders. We wanted to drive slow so that we could savor every moment. However, the rest of the traffic wanted to drive fast and was not very patient with out touristy driving.
When we finally reached Black Hawk I couldn't believe my eyes. I felt like I was seeing an oasis in the middle of the desert. One minute I was in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but wilderness as far as the eye could see, and the next minute I was in the middle of a modern metropolis! This beautiful 1.5 mile long town was a mix of modern high rise buildings and architecture with well-maintained, renovated historic buildings. It was gorgeous!
Our room was absolutely beautiful! We couldn't believe the tall ceilings, the crown moulding, the furniture/decor, and the bathroom! The closet even had it's own light that came on automatically when you opened the door! Can you tell I'm a country girl by that statement?
The bathroom had double sinks, a separate toilet room, a sunken tub that fit two comfortably (don't ask how I know that) and a glass shower. It was the best bathroom I have ever used. I wanted to take it home with me. My husband was like "Uh, can we just live here? We don't need anymore space than this for the two of us anyway."
This hotel was so amazing, that after our walk, we spent the rest of the day (and night) in our hotel. My husband went to use their amazing fitness facility, while I lounged pool side. They had a spa, but I have never been to a spa before and I was nervous about going alone. Someday I will have to try a spa treatment with a girlfriend.
After we both spent some time in the hot tub and drying off by the fires, we went out to dinner at the hotel's buffet. The casino had five restaurants inside. We chose the buffet for dinner and did a restaurant for breakfast. Like most casino buffets, they had everything you could imagine, but of course my favorite was the chocolate covered strawberries.
So what about you? Have you ever been to a gambling town before? What do you think of mixing historic buildings with new architecture? And/or, have you ever stayed in a luxury hotel before?
I'd love to hear from you!
Have a great day! Amy