Winter Park to Denver

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A blogger and a moose make nice at Winter Park Village. | Megan McCrea

You know how you think you know a place until you show it to someone who has never been there before? Former Coloradan, Megan McCrea returned home for the holidays with her boyfriend in tow. Intent to show him her favorite places on  their journey from Winter Park, where they hit the slopes, back to Denver, Megan found herself looking at places she thought she already knew with a different eye:

Growing Pains at Winter Park Resort Megan learned how to ski on the slopes and worked at the resort when she got older, but now there was this new thing called the Village. Her boyfriend loved it, but Megan . . .

Rudi's Deli A local spot, filled with mountain nostalgia still delivers. After all, how can you go wrong with a turkey sandwich with tangy honey mustard?

Empire's Mountain Edge Coffee Shop A caramel apple or homemade peach butter coffee cake? Sometimes life's hardest decisions are sweet. Those choices and a gallery with local wares makes for another great stop.

Idaho Springs: Beaujo's Pizza Parlor Touristy destinations, in this case an historic mining town, satisfy those guilty pleasures in all of us.

Denver: Cowtown or Cultural Hotspot? Back in Denver, Megan tries to prove that it's not a cowtown. She could have done that if it weren't for all these cows and cowboys they kept running into.

This blog post was first published in April 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.