Amazing Weekends

A year's worth of ideas for what you should do when 5 o'clock on Friday (finally) arrives.

April 2010


Romp in the Snow Enjoy the spoils of winter atop the Grand Mesa.

Here in Colorado we dig the ubiquitous pointy peaks. But our square state is also home to the largest flattop mountain in the world. A towering block of a mountain—it's about 800 square miles of geography—Grand Mesa juts out of the earth just east of Grand Junction. Atop this behemoth you can frolic in nearly 35 feet of the white stuff—some of Colorado's deepest snow totals—which make for world-class snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Our advice? Hole up in one of Grand Mesa Lodge's rustic cabins (request the one with the lake view and wood-burning fireplace), sign up for a half-day snowmobiling tour, rent a pair of skinny cross-country skis (trails start from your cabin's front door), and simply enjoy the snow globe-worthy landscape. www.coloradodirectory.com/grandmesalodge

Be a Romantic

Just outside Rocky Mountain National Park rests Della Terra Mountain Chateau, a 10-month-old retreat perfect for a dreamy escape. Della Terra rests just up the hill from the famous Stanley Hotel, but it feels worlds apart. Fourteen lavish suites are finished with giant, walk-through showers for two, copper tubs, king-size beds, see-through fireplaces, and private balconies with hot tubs. The two-night, romantic-getaway winter special ($550) offers champagne, candles, rose petals strewn across the bed, breakfast in bed, and a couple's massage. www.dellaterramountainchateau.com