Over MLK weekend, we took a trip to Denver, Colorado with our friends Michael, TJ, and Karlyn to meet up with almost 20 of our other friends. We took a late flight out of Indianapolis into Denver, getting into Denver at almost 9:00 p.m.
Our friend booked the most beautiful house for all of us to stay in. It was right on Lake Dillon in Dillon, Colorado, which is in the mountains and is about an hour and a half outside of Denver.
Here’s the link to rent and some pictures of the house:
I’ll admit the beds weren’t the best. I also had the flu, so I was already hurting, but the overall the house was amazing. The house even had heated floors- how awesome is that?!
Since we got in so late the first night, we just stayed in the house, played games and caught up on each other’s lives. On Saturday morning, majority of the group was hurting from the night before. We hung out, had mimosas and ate breakfast. It was a very chill morning, waiting for everyone to shake their slumbers, so my friend Karlyn and I took a walk.
Let me tell you, this place did not disappoint. The views were amazing!
We also met a nice couple from Ohio that offered to take our picture (don’t mind that my eyes were closed):
After everyone stirred, we attempted to go to lunch at the Dam Brewery (and made some good jokes about how dam(n) packed it was!). Apparently, this place is a staple in this area, and the wait was going to be a ridiculous 2 hours. We decided to drive 20 minutes to Breckenridge, and try to find something on the way or in the town.
Finally! We settled on Breckenridge Brewery & Pub. Let me say- it was PACKED! If you’re planning to eat anywhere in Colorado in winter, remember that a lot of people travel there to snowboard or ski. I’d suggest if you plan on visiting the area during its peak times to make sure you have a snack before going out to eat, because you’ll probably be waiting a good amount of time.
Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait as long as we would have at the other brewery. I’ll admit, I wasn’t too impressed by the food. Tyler and our friend, Brandon both had their steak sandwiches come out mooing, and my fish was cold- ick! It could have been a bad day or maybe because it was so busy, but I was quite disappointed. Mind you I didn’t feel well, so that put an even worse taste in my mouth.
Even though I was sick, I chose to get a drink, because I love trying different beers everywhere we go. The beer I got was amazing, and made up for what the food lacked.
After Breckenridge, we were all tired, and decided to go back to Dillon. A few of our friends had went snowboarding, so we met them back at the house. The rest of the evening consisted of playing games, which I learned a new game I wanted to share with you, because it was so fun!
Ship, Captain and Crew
What you’ll need:
- Dice (5)
- Dollar bills
- The object of the game is to roll a ship (six), captain (five) and crew (four) and get the highest score with the other two die (the ship’s cargo)
- Each person playing throws a dollar in the pot
- The first player rolls and “sets” the game
Roll 1: 6, 5, 4, 5&5
Aka 10 in 1 (5+5=10 and 1 as in it only took one roll to get this)
*If you are the first person to roll, this is an awesome roll! Every player after you has one roll in order to get at least 6,5,4, 5&5 or higher (5&6, for example). More than likely, you’ll win the pot.*
Roll 1: 6, 5, 3, 2, 6
You have to roll at least the 6 first in order to keep a 5 or 4.
So, you keep 6 & 5. Roll the other three die.
Roll 2: 6,5, 4, 5&4
Aka 9 in 2 (it took 2 rolls)
**If you are the first roller, you “set” the rest of the round. This means that everyone has to try to get 6,5,4 and higher than 9- in 2 rolls. If the first roller doesn’t get a 6,5,4, then you automatically get at least three rolls, in order to beat the highest number. See example 3.**
Roll 1: 5, 3, 2, 5, 5
You do not get to keep any of these die. You must roll the 6, first.
Roll 2: 5, 3, 6, 2, 2
You can keep the 6 & 5, but you only have one more to also get a 4.
Roll 3: 6, 5, 3, 3, 3
You did not get anything, and you are to pass the die to the next player.
We played this game all day and night- it was too much fun! The next day, which was Sunday, we had to clean up and leave Dillon. We all [slowly] got our belongings together, and headed to Denver. Most people in our group had to check in to their hotels, some went to the hotels, and some went to our friend Brandon’s new condo.
After everyone was back, we headed to Tavern downtown. Our Colorado friends had warned us that this place was typically slow when it came to food, and I had noticed they only had one bartender servicing inside and the outside bar. Mind you we had 15 people, and it was NFL Sunday. Drinks and food were super quick and awesome, and I was so happy after we had the bad food experience the day before. If we go to Denver again, I know I’ll definitely be returning. FYI, I got the Tavern Sliders, Roasted Poblano Queso Dip and Moscow Mules to drink. All to die for delicious and so filling!
Saving the best for last, this place had an amazing view looking at Coors Field, where the Colorado Rockies play (if you know me, I love baseball!). Here’s the pic we took as a group, and you can see the stadium behind us. I would highly recommend making a stop here!
Do you have any recommendations for the next time we go to Denver? If you tried the game I recommended- Ship, Captain, and Crew, how did you like it?
Ps. You can shop the jacket, sweater and booties I wore in Denver/Dillon via ShopStyle.