Colorado Hike, Bike, Beer & Brewpubs Adventure
Location: Fort Collins
Lodging: Armstrong Hotel
Activities: After an airport pickup, we will drive north to Fort Collins to spend the afternoon biking the trails in and outside of town and spend the evening exploring the breweries and Old Town.
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
Lodging: Stanley Hotel
Activities: This morning we drive west to Rocky Mountain National Park and offer a hike with varying options for difficulty and length.
Location: Estes Park to Boulder
Lodging: Marriott Boulder
Activities: Early risers can take in the bugling of the Elk in the Park before heading south on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway for our hike with spectacular views at Estes Cone. From there, it's on to Boulder for the next two nights.
Lodging: Marriott Boulder
Activities: Bike along the 30-mile Boulder trail network, have lunch at the Boulder Beer Company and enjoy a great beer-pairing dinner at Walnut Brewery for our final evening together.
Location: Departure Day
Activities: Our final morning we'll hike in the famous Flatiron Mountains before shuttling back to the airport after lunch.
Dates: October 8 - 12, 2012
Trip Length: 5 Days & 4 Nights
Activities: Biking & Hiking
Why is Colorado the best state to host one of our active beer tours? Simple. Almost every small mountain town in the state now has a micro-brewery. In fact, the state now has over 120 breweries that serve as a social hub in their respective communities! Colorado is also home to the Craft Brewers Association and the Great American Beer Festival (the largest consumer beer festival in the United States), which begins right as our active beer adventure ends.
On our active beer tour, you will hike or bike each day (usually in the morning) and visit a brewery or two, most of which are located in picturesque mountain towns, each afternoon and evening.
Our brew pub dinners allow us to take in copious amounts of the local flavor (in terms of culture, food and beverages), with menus that include Colorado-inspired items like Raspberry Chipotle Wings, Beer-Battered Mushrooms, Smoked Trout Rigatoni, or Brewhouse Sirloins.
We explore three fantastic towns:
- Fort Collins – Another university town and, home to famous New Belgium Brewing.
- Estes Park – Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park
- Boulder – A university town, one of the nicest small cities in America and also home to Zephyr’s owner Allan Wright
Our biking in Fort Collins takes place on paved pathways surrounding town and leads us right to its best beers. When we arrive at Rocky Mountain National Park, we’ll do some hiking and witness the thrilling “elk rut.” In Boulder we bike on a vast network of paved trails and hike in the beautiful Flatirons. Although October can be cool in Colorado, the weather is generally clear and perfect for outdoor exercise.
This tour is a great combination of activity, scenery, beer, and brewpubs!
We stay in the following hotels:
- Night 1: Armstrong Hotel in Fort Collins, the only remaining historic hotel located in Old Town, and recently remodeled
- Night 2: The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is a majestic structure built in 1923 and still the premier property in the Rocky Mountain National Park area
- Nights 3 & 4: The Marriott in Boulder, not far from both the 30-mile system of paved trails and the downtown Pearl Street Mall walking area
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