I've madly fallen in love with the weekend again.
Farmer' markets, bbq's, beach bonfires, beer festivals, and boozy brunch. What's there not to love?
But, I'm not talking about all that glitters and glows in the local albums on our Instagram accounts. I'm saying I've taken back the weekend and turned it in to something more than just two days we use for eating, drinking, and playing within the 3-mile radius of our homes (or the 405). Simply: get out of town.
Of course, a whirlwind weekend where you get home at 9pm on a Sunday night having not done your laundry, the grocery shopping, or tackled the usual week-day dish pile isn't for the weary. But, if you prescribe to the notion that life should be lived to the fullest, then heck. A teeming basket of laundry is a trophy of triumph.
Recently, I took a trip to Colorado. Many of my friends have been asking for inspiration, so here's my itinerary and recommendation for the Colorado Weekend Warrior.
Depart: LAX at 6pm, arrive in Denver, CO at 9-ish pm.
Rent: A car. You'll need it, and from Friday night until Sunday night mine cost roughly $50.
Stay: Find a friend. That's what Facebook is for. Or, opt to stay outside of Denver (cheaper hotel) or using a delightful website I LOVE: www.hoteltonight which lets you score super-last minute hotel rooms for uber-deep discounts. We're talking more than 50% off.
Visit: Pearl Street is Boulder's "Main street." Coffee shops to restaurants, hiking apparel to high-end duds an everything in between, check out the site for more ideas and to plan your promenade stroll: http://www.boulderdowntown.com/visit/history-of-pearl-street
Drink: Ozo Coffee
Run, walk, or picnic: Washington Park
Eat. drink: Linger
Naturally, there's a whole host of things to do like museums, trail races, hikes, music festivals - it just depends on the weather, time of year, and your fancy. Whatever you do, make sure it's what you love. Because - that's how you weekend warrior.