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.

 2003

(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.

Friday 

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!

Saturday

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

Sunday
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!

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Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. 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 two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017! 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.