*This is a sponsored blog post. I was hosted by Gaylord Rockies in exchange for my honest review.*
Wow, where to begin. Have you ever watched a Christmas movie and seen the incredible resort, snow centered activities and winter gear and just wished you were transported there? Well I was, when I visited the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado. I truly feel as though I was in a Hallmark movie.
The drive up to the resort is absolutely breathtaking. The road is covered in lit up trees all the way up to the driveway. The valet and bellhops were very nice and so helpful with checking in. Once I reached the front desk I was given a document highlighting the added hotel activities (S’mores on the patio, Disco night, and tokens to redeem cookies or an adult beverage at various spots around the hotel).
Once we were all settled in, in our suite on the 11th floor we were in awe. The deluxe suite comes with a separate living area and sleeping area, as well as with a kitchenette (including a fridge and sink) This was exactly what we needed to store extra snacks and food for the kids. Keep in mind, the deluxe suite only has a shower so if you have little ones that need a bathtub be sure to request a different room. Our kids are five and more than capable of taking showers so this room worked wonderfully for us!
The first night there was story time with Mrs Claus, and I love Christmas movies which was a pop-up walk through of some amazing Christmas movies. Our favorites were Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Polar Express.
The next day we started the morning with Snoopy’s Scavenger Hunt where we went to the lobby and were given booklets for the kids with clues and stickers associated with the scavenger hunt all around the hotel. It was both fun and challenging. My five year olds were just as much into it as my ten year old and husband. We all worked together to finish it. At the end, we took the completed booklet to the box office to claim our prizes: Build your own Snoopy dog house. Definitely one of our favorite activities and I love how interactive it is!
We then changed into our snow gear to head outdoors! The first thing we did was the snow tubing slide. This was very fun! Carrying the tubes up the stairs was a little challenging since the twins couldn’t quite carry theirs, but once we reached the top we were stoked. The slide is amazing and something I fully recommend you try when visiting. The snow tubing slide and the ice skating are all day events. You are given a wristband to wear for re-entry up until 9 p.m. The snow merry go round and Ice bumper cars are one time rides so you will have to purchase multiple tickets to ride multiple times. We spent the morning doing these activities and were wiped out by the afternoon. We returned to our room for lunch and rest before heading to our gingerbread decorating event at 4 p.m.
We went back outdoors with our wristbands still on for extra snow fun! This was definitely the highlight of the trip. We stayed until about 8 p.m. and then headed to make smores on the patio! This was a first for the twins and such a cute setup! There were separate seating and fire pits to practice safe social distancing and (each room) was given two bags filled with chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows as well as sticks to hold over the fire. Such a sweet thing to include with your hotel stay.
Very close nearby there was “Lights!” the path all lit up with amazing lights. We decided now was the perfect time to follow the trail and see the beautiful display, It was a perfect end to a beautiful night.
The next morning we didn’t have anything planned and it was very nice. We reflected on our favorite parts of the trip, packed and got ready to hit the road. Check out time was 11 and we had more than enough time to check out. I also loved how you can check out on your television, and drop the room keys and parking pass into a drop box on your way out of the self- parking area. This is very convenient (especially with kids).
Overall I would say this was a perfect Christmas vacation. With enough things for the kids to do, while also including activities for adults so the whole family can truly spend time together. We are already planning our trip back next year and I would definitely recommend you do the same!
Head on over to my Instagram page: Instagram.com/gypsyheartedmama and check out my Highlight area “Gaylord Rockies” for more pictures of this trip. Also, be sure to check out the @GaylordRockies Instagram page as well. I hope you enjoyed this post, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!