Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It Beats Sitting at a Desk

by Meghann on September 29, 2010

Shopping, Sight Seeing, and Spa Treatments?

Have I told you how much I love traveling with my boss?

Because I do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I booked the flights for my boss, Lisa, and I for Colorado last week I had three options:

  1. Take an early direct flight with the option to leisurely find our way to keystone before the reception at 6:00pm
  2. Take a non-direct flight that had us going up and town before arriving in Colorado who knows when
  3. Take the later direct flight that had us arriving in Keystone after the 6:00 pm reception.

I think it’s pretty obvious the choice I made.

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The leisurely make our way up the mountain option of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We landed in Denver around 9:00am and after grabbing our bags and our rental car, it was 10:00am and we were ready for lunch. Too early? Probably.

I had a mini bag of almonds before we left Denver and managed to make it to Idaho Springs where we waited for Beau Jo’s to open and serve us lunch at 11:00.

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Beau Jo’s and I go way back. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s actually the place where I had my first reader meet up back in February 2009 (recap here). I remember being very fond of their delicious mountain pies and knew it would be a great place to stop as we made our way up to Keystone.

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Did you know the Boulder location of Beau Jo’s has appeared on an episode of Man V Food?

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Derek was VERY jealous when I texted him to let him know I was eating at a Man V Food restaurant without him. I’m pretty sure I lost some good girlfriend points with this one.

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Lisa and I both started with the salad bar

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How cute are the antique bath tubs that the salad bar sits in?!?!

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I LOVED Beau Jo’s Menu. Not only did they have a vast variety of great options, they also devoted an entire page of the menu to my Gluten-Free friends.

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There’s also a ‘Smart Meal’ section of the menu with lighter, healthier options. The ‘create your own’ option from this section was what caught my eye.

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My selections:

  1. Size: Individual
  2. Base: The Whole Wheat Mountain Pie Crust
  3. Sauce: BBQ Sauce
  4. Vegetable: Onion, Olives, Tomatoes, Pineapple, Banana Peppers
  5. Protein: Tofu
  6. Cheese: Feta & Ricotta

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Check out that crust!

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High doughy crust on the outside, a thin crunchy crust on the inside.

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I should have done a size comparison because this individual pizza really was the perfect size. At about the size of a a small salad plate, it was the perfect filling amount of veggies, crust, and cheese. It was also amazingly delicious. The BBQ sauce had a slight spice to it and the sweet pineapple and salty feta were the perfect complement to it. Yum, Yum, and more Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

After lunch I discovered the cutest little store called the Soap Shop

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Everything inside was beautiful, fresh, and smelled amazing.

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It’s all natural, organic, and the majority of the soap is made by hand in the store. I went a little crazy selecting some bath salts, a mud mask, and hand cremes to take home with me.

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Over the mountains and through the woods, to Keystone we go!

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After a couple of detours we made it to Keystone with a couple of hours to spare. Apparently a couple of hours to spare means ‘let’s check out the spa’ to my boss. And, I mean, who am I to deny my boss?

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Oh look. What do we have here? A special? Well, I mean… if you insist. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Please note this is not a typical travel for work activity and the price for the massage came from my own pocket.

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But… it sure beats sitting at my desk at the office. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I opted for the 50 minute customizable massage and requested deep tissue with an emphasis on my back and legs. The masseuse was a marathoner herself and knew exactly what she was doing. She even informed me that a lot of elite runners receive daily massages as a performance enhancer. She suggested I have one more massage a few days before the race to make sure my muscles were all in tip top shape before the big day. Sounds good to me!

I emerged from my massage feeling refreshed and renewed and was immediately greeted with some grapes.

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And a glass of white wine.

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Like I said, it sure beats sitting at a desk!

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Along with the amazing spa, the room we’re staying in aren’t bad either.

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My one bedroom condo reminds me of the places my family stays when we ski. I comes complete with a full kitchen, dining area, bathroom, living room, separate bedroom and a teeny tiny balcony.

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My favorite part is the view!

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You don’t get a view like this at home.

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I had a granola bar while settling into my room.

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Tonight’s cocktail hour was very low key. My company is a sponsor for the event, so we have a booth that we will be manning tomorrow, but tonight was 100% social. We were able to relax and mingle with a few clients as well as potential clients.

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There was a Taco Bar set up, as well as some salad options and drinks.

I sat down with a small plate of the blue cheese & pecan salad

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And had a local beer (I <3 Colorado Microbrews!)

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After cocktails, my boss and I headed to the hotel bar for a light dinner of bread, soup, and veggies.

Bread

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Soup

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Veggie

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A few clients came by ready to drink, but I was so tried I could barely keep my head up. My bed was calling my name and I was happy to listen.

Must. Sleep. Now.

Good Night!

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