You can’t turn around these days without bumping into some sort of “Where to Travel in 2011” roundup and a recent list issued by Lonely Planet included the interesting reminder that Colorado Territory is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year.
If both your Latin and multiplication are rusty, that’s sesqui or 1.5 times 100, meaning it’s been 150 years since a bunch of out-of-towners showed up for the Gold Rush, a good 15 years before President Grant made Colorado a state.
Why the book report? Well, I thought you might want to have some fun facts handy for irritating your kids in case you all decide to hit the Colorado slopes over the coming weeks. And why would you do that? For starters, you’ll get an instant $100 off any three-night or longer flight and hotel vacation package at Travelocity if you use the code COLORADO100 at checkout before March 30, 2011; you’ll need to travel by June 30. Also look for sales of up to 50 percent off at various Colorado hotels.
“Colorado is obviously a favorite for families who love to ski,” says Travelocity senior editor Genevieve Shaw Brown,“but a few recent hotel openings may be welcome news to repeat visitors. There’s two new Four Seasons properties – one in Denver and one in Vail – and in Breckenridge, the new One Ski Hill Place.”
Fellow ShermansTravel.com blogger Elina Vaysbeyn posted about One Ski Hill’s inaugural deals when the resort – nestled at the base of Breckenridge Mountain Peak 8 – soft-opened this summer (it officially opened November 12, the same day ski season began at the mountain; if the weather cooperates it’ll remain open until April 24). For various spans until closing day the resort will take 33 percent off your bill for stays of three nights or more. And if you do go as late as April, Peak 8 is offering a beginner snowboard camp April 2-3 for kids aged 7-13 that’s a relative steal at $195, plus the cost of $22 per child for a 2-day lift ticket.
If you find yourselves in Vail, Walking Mountains Science Center, the U.S. Forest Service, and Vail Resorts are kindly sponsoring free hour-long guided snowshoe tours – snowshoes provided – at 3pm daily through April 10. Should you end up in Denver, diversions to keep in mind include the Children’s Museum of Denver’s “assembly plant” play area where you and your kids aged 4-8 are permitted to use real tools to make crafts out of recycled plastics.
For those in your brood more into metal, don’t pass up the Denver branch of the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov, online reservation recommended). If your young ones have tolerated your previous slew of Colorado factoids, they may let you remind them that all pennies minted in Denver bear the letter “D.” And if your family continues to resist your attempts to educate them while on vacation, exercise your parental right to embarrass them by asking mint staffers for “free samples” during your tour.
For general trip-planning information, see our Colorado Travel Guide.