Guys, it had been too long.

10 years ago, Kyle and I lived in a mildly scary apartment  in Colorado. We were there with two of our other friends, all working at different  non-paid internships.

I had a sports gig at the local fox affiliate and was likely the worst intern…ever. Why? Because I would rather spend my days lounging at the pool, nights out on the town and every moment in between with this guy.


(Young Leslie and Kyle – circa 2003, Denver)

We started officially dating that summer and the rest – well, you know, is history. We were engaged less than a year later.

It was hands down the best summer of our lives.

A few weeks ago Kyle surprised me with a quick weekend getaway trip back to the mountains. I had no idea 10 years had flown by so quickly. With work and two baby girls under the age of 4 – life was speeding by. So last weekend we took a moment to take it all in.

It was glorious.

Here’s a peek at our weekend itinerary – which might come in handy if you plan a quick trip to Denver. We came back refreshed, recharged and ready to take on our little part of the world.


1:00 – Flight leaves Kearney airport on Great Lakes Airlines (Our flights were on time and really quite smooth.)  

1:30 (mountain time) Flight lands!

1:30-3:00:  Pick up rental car.

3:00-3:30 – Check in to Embassy Suites, Downtown Denver.  

3:30-5:30 – Appetizers and Drinks at Bubba Gump. Leisurely stroll at 16th Street Mall.

PicMonkey Collage

6:00ish-8:30ish – Free drinks at Embassy. Dress up (dress from here) – get ready to hit the town!dress6

8:30ish-11ish – Lovely dinner at earls. We sat upstairs on the balcony overlooking the city.

Midnight – Bed!


8:00am – Up and at em!

8:30ish – Continental breakfast in the hotel. (Embassy has always been known for big breakfast buffets.)

9:00-10ish – Drive out to the mountains. Destination – Central City/Black Hawk6

10ish-noon – Gambling at Ameristar. Lose 40 bucks.

Noon – Lunch at Millie’s. The atmosphere was entertaining to say the least – food not so bad.

After Lunch – Back to a different casino. Kyle wins our money back playing Black Jack. Walk away only losing 20 bucks. Makes wife happy.

3ish – Quick stop at Lookout Mountain. Kyle and I spent every Tuesday at this place – 10 years ago.

dress75:30 – Meet old friends at Hacienda in Westminster, CO. (Fantastic margaritas!)

Rest of the evening – hang out in the culdesac of our friends’ neighborhood. (They roasted a pig!)  Interesting to have mountains as your backdrop. Wonderful weather – atmosphere.

11pm – Bed

One more quick breakfast at the hotel. Easy check out, quick flight back to good old Nebraska. Home by early afternoon! Already dreaming of our next weekend getaway!


Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.