The Eastern Plains is the largest region in Colorado, stretching from the Kansas state line to the edge of the Rocky Mountains, but also the least populated. Travelers passing through are often pleasantly surprised to discover the plains' plethora of historical sites and some of the best nature hikes in the state. Among them is the Paint Mine Interpretive Park in Calhan, 4 miles of trails that showcase colorful clay spires and walls once carved by Native American tribes.Fewer than 30 minutes from Claremont Inn sits Burlington, one of the dry-land farm communities established along the railroad in the 1880s. Many 19th-century buildings still line the streets of its Old Town—a living-history museum wherein performers take to saloons and evoke the Wild West by producing cancan shows, staging gunfights, and refusing to pay cell-phone bills. Visitors can tour Burlington's original jail cells, an old railroad depot, and a two-story manor filled with period antiques—and in the summer, travel atop horse-drawn carriages to the town's National Historic Landmark, the Kit Carson County Carousel. Built in 1905, it's still operational, with 46 wood-carved horses and giraffes that still bear their original coats of paint.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
John Pinelli had lived across the country, but he always returned to one place: Philadelphia. Each year, no matter where he was, he would come back to that city like a boomerang. A very hungry boomerang. During his visits, he devoured cheese steaks, Italian hoagies, water ice, and Tastykakes snack pies. He just wished he could bring one of those restaurants back to his home in Denver. Instead, he opened South Philly Cheese Steaks in 2004.
Pinelli's decision to leave his corporate job perplexed his family, but he knew he was on to something. After all, he knew how to make italian hoagies and hot roast beef. He knew how to bake Philly-style pizza, and of course, he knew how to assemble an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak. It all proved successful, and South Philly Cheese Steaks now has several locations across Denver and its surrounding areas?with more likely to come.
At each restaurant, a simple dining room greets patrons with casual tables and a custom mural of Philadelphia's skyline. In the kitchen, cooks work with many ingredients sourced right from Philly. In addition to the classic cheese steak, they assemble special varieties, such as a pizza cheese steak with provolone and marinara.
Patricia Thompson, the certified massage therapist at Professional Therapies, dedicates herself to helping each client fulfill his or her optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health. A member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, she facilitates wellness with a variety of therapeutic treatments, ranging from massage and bodywork to psychotherapy. Her treatments can help relax the body and soothe muscles, and can also help alleviate chronic pain and assist the healing of injuries.
According to lore that has been passed down through the Lucio clan, one of the family progenitors was kidnapped from her native Chihuahua after Pancho Villa tasted her food and decided he needed her as his chef. That distant matron’s culinary wizardry trickled down the family tree and currently informs the cooking of her great-great-grandchildren at Armadillo Restaurants. Chefs at the restaurants use those generations-old recipes while gently patting cornhusks into place around meal and shredded pork or simmering red-chili sauce for enchiladas. Since the Lucios converted the first Armadillo Restaurant from a tough-guy bar into a restaurant in 1972, they’ve opened six additional locations in the Front Range.
Staged on lakes that have no competing boats, tubers or power turners, Mile High Wakeboarding’s lessons give students smooth waters to practice basic, intermediate, or advanced techniques. Professional instructors teach students of any level by pulling them with cables attached to boats or the cable park’s overhead cable apparatus. Each class has an average ratio of one instructor for every three students, resulting in one-on-one interaction. The cable park has an air cable for practicing tricks and learning how to ride and a slider cable for attempting jumps off aquatic obstacles, such as a 62-foot fun box. Friends and family members can cheer on students from the cable park’s surrounding beaches or any blimps they've rented for the day.
During summer vacation, students ages 10–18 can opt for wakeboarding day camps in Colorado and Texas. Mile High Wakeboarding also offers wakeboarding boat charter rentals, houseboat trips, swimming lessons, and private group events.