There are many ways to handle a trip to the mountains when it comes to food and drink:
1) You can bring it all from home. Stuff your pockets with PB&J, trailmix and fruit, fill your cambelbak with water, and have your flask ready.
2) You can make it. If you're staying in a condo or a house, you can hit the grocery store and make eggs for breakfast, spaghetti for dinner, and sandwiches to take on-mountain for lunch.
3) You can buy it. This is the most expensive option. Food on-mountain is notoriously expensive. Some kind of entree plus a soda/gatorade and a cookie will set you back at least $16.
On our recent trip, we were staying at a hotel and didn't have a kitchen, so that eliminated option 2. Having mom and a friend from out of state, we didn't want them to just see the inside of a hotel room and a homemade sandwich, so we had a bit of a plan.
We bought road snacks and beverages. Crackers? Check. String Cheese? Check. Gatorade? Check. Our hotel offered breakfast (hello waffle maker!), so we weren't starting the day just with coffee and a granola bar. The pictures above highlight how we treated ourselves the rest of the time. For mom and our friend this was a mini-vacation, so we wanted to make sure they had fun. For my sister and I it was also a mini-vacation....just without getting on a plane.
A few of our stops throughout the weekend:
Beau Jo's - Home of Colorado Style pizza. The distinguishing feature is the thick crust and the honey that is on each table to dip into. The honey cheese bread was delicious. We stopped at their location in Idaho Springs. It's in a big old building that goes on forever and they were crankin' on a Friday night.
Inxpot - Independent coffee shop in River Run Village at Keystone. They offer $3 Irish coffees all day. They also sell "big ass brownies." What more can I say?
Red Mountain Grill - Late dinner on Saturday night. The interior decor is very cool - amazing light fixtures. The food and service were fine, but nothing super special.
Georgetown Valley Candy Company - My favorite place to stop on my way home from the mountains. Primarily for their homemade ice cream. Sometimes for chocolate. Sometimes for caramel corn.
And since we were in Georgetown....we stopped at Kneisel & Anderson which is the small Scandinavian grocery on the main street that also specializes in Colorado local foods as well. I came home with some ginger Stilton cheese that is amazing. Just as a reminder, this grocery store does not take credit cards, so be prepared with cash.