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The Perfect Hiking Trip (Already Planned for You)!

Women hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

If you are looking for the perfect hiking trip, we've got some good news: the planning has already been done for you!  All you have to do is:

  1. Book it
  2. Get in shape
  3. Show up for your dream Rocky Mountain hiking adventure!

Picture this: Four days of fabulous hiking on a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Your days are evenly paced with 7-10 miles of hiking, and filled with lush alpine meadows, clear rushing streams, and rocky summits.

Sounds good? It gets better. At day's end, instead of setting up a tent, eating freeze-dried food, and sleeping on the ground, you arrive at an intimate lodge or B&B. There awaits a cold drink, a hot shower, a gourmet meal, and a bottle of wine.  Finish off the day by cracking open the window and climbing into a cozy bed. In the morning after a delicious hot breakfast, you're out the door, ready to see new sites on your adventure.

Forget the heavy pack.  You only carry a daypack as your luggage will be transferred to the next destination.

The Walter Tishma Way, brought to you by Footpaths of the World, is a European-style inn-to-inn trip in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The planning and details are done for you on this self-guided 42 mile adventure. 

HOW IT WORKS:

Book your trip with Footpaths of the World in Estes Park, CO

Decide:

  1. Length of trip
  2. Number of people
  3. Double or single occupancy
  4. Preferred Dates

Sample Trip Arriving on a Sunday:

Sunday: Fly into DIA (Denver International Airport in Denver, CO). Pre-book the Estes Park Shuttle for pick-up and delivery to your first lodge in Estes Park.  You will have already received your packet with route guide, maps, gear guide, etc.

Pack:

  1. Carry-on size luggage to be transferred to each stop
  2. Good sized daypack to carry with you on the trail

If you drive, your car will be parked at the Estes Park Visitor's Center. Footpaths of the World will see that you get back to your car at the end of your adventure.

Monday - Thursday: Begin each day with a delicious breakfast. You'll have a short shuttle in the morning. This has proven to be a good thing as your trip manager is able to keep track of you and give you the "3 Things You Need to Remember Today" rundown.  You will finish the day by walking to your lodge. Each night's accomodations are different and representative ot the area. There is a Victorian-style pub, a modern lodge on a lake, a small B&B, and two historical lodges oozing with Colorado charm.

This fabulous, self-guided, pre-planned trip can be booked at your convenience throughout the summer from the end of May to the end of September. Private guides are also available if you prefer.

Top 10 Favorite Restaurants in Estes Park

Estes Park Dining

With Restaurant Week & Taste of Estes around the corner on April 12-24, we've got delicious food on the brain! One of the questions visitors to Estes Park often ask us is, "Where do you recommend we eat?".  Afterall, vacation for must of us means a break from cooking and doing dishes!  So we've put together a list of our Top 10 Favorite spots to eat when you are in town:

  1. Asian - Cafe De Pho Thai serves delicious Vietnamese and Thai food with fresh flavors and spices.  Meals here are rich, sensory experiences without being heavy. They also offer take out and delivery, so if staying home by a roaring fire is more your pace give them a call!
  2. Bar-B-Que - Smokin' Daves slow smokes their meat until it's tender and full of that great smoky flavor we all love about good bar-b-que. They have a family-friendly atmosphere that can easily accomodate large groups.  The staff is friendly, and it's a terrific spot to stop for lunch or dinner after a day in Rocky Mountain National Park!
  3. Breakfast - Egg & I does breakfast right - fresh squeezed orange juice, good coffee, wonderful eggs benedict, and great waffles! It's a casual, happy place with friendly service.  And they have lunch too!
  4. Casual - Poppy's Pizza & Grill is our favorite spot to grab a burger.  They also have great pizza, sandwiches & wraps, hearty soup & salad, and a good kids' menu. You've got to try their handmade, thinly sliced onion rings! They have a great atmosphere, and are located along the Riverwalk so it's always fun to take an after lunch/dinner stroll.  
  5. Coffee House - Kind Coffee lives up to their name.  And they serve really good coffee and treats too!  In addition to their smiling staff, Kind Coffee makes the conscious effort to support sustainability by serving certified organic and fair trade coffee.  While you are there, pick up a bag of Flood Mud beans and give to Estes Park Flood Recovery.
  6. Italian - Dunraven Inn uses the freshest ingredients, and you can taste the difference! If you are the type of person who wants to create memories when you dine, and always seeks the non-chain restaurants when you travel, you must go to the Dunraven Inn! The kids and "kids at heart" will never forget the walls covered with dollar bills and Mona Lisa's smiles. 
  7. Mexican - Pepper's is the perfect place to stop for a quick, delicious meal. Technically it is fast food because their fresh, homemade Mexican won't keep you waiting! Try their fish tacos and enchiladas.
  8. Romantic - Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark isn't too well known by visitors, and we sort of hate to share it with you because it's such a special place.  For over 33 years the Fawn Brook Inn has served intimate, 5 star meals with an old world flair.  Gourmet and delightful, this is the perfect spot to celebrate romance.  It is only open on weekends from 5:00-8:00 pm, and reservations are a must. 
  9. Steak & Seafood - Orlando's Steakhouse serves hormone free steak, organic, local vegetables, fresh seafood, homemade soups, and tantalizing desserts. Chef Tandy is passionate about what he does, and that comes through in their high quality menu. 
  10. Tavern & Music - Rock Inn is a lively gathering spot with local flair and live music.  They serve classic comfort food and a full bar with a side of bluegrass, rock, and acoustic singer/songwriters. You can count on a good time! 

For a complete listing of Estes Park dining, click hereLooking for a fun St. Patrick's day idea? Wear your green and head up to the Rock Inn Monday night! Starting at 5:00 pm there will Guiness on tap, salmon fish & chips, and other lucky fair.  The Rock Inn will be rockin' at 7:00 pm when the Gristle Gals take stage for live music and dancing.