Located just outside Glenwood Springs, Colorado is the trail head for Hanging Lake and Sprouting Rock. Exiting Interstate 70, one can find parking in a medium size lot, or cycle in and lock the bike up. The parking lot fills up quick, so when we plan to do this hike, we arrive at about 7:00 am. This easily gets a spot in the parking lot and we get an early start. This perfect because, I prefer early start hikes in the summer, as I don’t enjoy hiking in the heat.
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My Beloved, Builder as he is sometimes known, built a doll house for our youngest a few years ago. She loves it and has filled so many productive quiet hours designing and decorating the house. Then after awhile, she saved up the money to purchase another kit. This one SHE built and now simply asks Daddy Builder for help from time to time.
When our oldest daughter, Nikki, heard about her youngest sister’s passion she sent us info on “must sees” in her old neighborhood …Denver. Top of the list…The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. As we continue our Colorado Staycation activities, I felt we had to make sure to visit this museum while all of my older kids were out of town in June.
Doll houses, miniatures and toys from past generations and loads of information on Native American, European and Asian cultures fill this charming old house just blocks from Denver’s City Park. Previously known as Pearce-McAllister Cottage, 1880 Gaylord Street, this house is now the home of the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. There was just one gentleman staffing the museum when we visited, and he was quite kindly and helpful. Back in the kitchen area, the Oak and Berries Tea Room is where the lovely Roxanne Rose serves tea to visitors. You must call ahead for a reservation as the Oak and Berries Tea Room is a very popular spot! For reservations call Roxanne at 720-351-5123. We hadn’t called ahead as we were taking a rather relaxed approach to the day, and I didn’t know exactly when we would be at the Museum. Well, the tea room was hoppin’ busy and it wasn’t until we were about finished with our visit through the museum that Roxanne approached us. She is a lovely woman and we are looking forward, when time allows, to head back to Denver for another visit to the Museum and for tea!
Love Love Love the display in the picture above! Reminds me of my grandmother’s dining room (where her similar sewing machine was) and the fabric store!
Now this doll house, below. It is made from an 1890 Gun Case. It is filled with hand carved furniture and hand thrown pots. The rugs are Navajo and Granada. This exhibit is on loan to the museum, so isn’t supposed to be there permanently.
If you find yourself in the area and have a morning or afternoon to visit, this museum is full of delightful displays and is an enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours.
Colorado Springs is full of delightful places to spend an afternoon. As I continue to write Colorado Staycation posts I must include Cheyenne Cañon and Helen Hunt Falls. Located in southwestern Colorado Springs the Cañon can be found along the same route from downtown Colorado Springs to the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Mesa Verde, a stop along the way.
Highway 160 Road Trip
Exiting I-25 at Walsenburg, Colorado, onto Highway 160 leads to a long westward drive to a wealth of beauty and interest. This most certainly includes Mesa Verde, just east of Cortez, Colorado. In early June 2015 I planned a road trip to the Grand Canyon with my daughters and our exchange student Lea. Mesa Verde and 4 Corners Monument were “stops” along the way.
Mesa Verde. Is so much more than a stop along the way!