Summertime Soul Play

Oh, do I have a deep love for Colorado, it’s one of my favorite places to journey year-round! When my soul sister, Dusti invited me to join her on a weekend trip to Colorado; without hesitation, I eagerly said yes!  One of our favorite bands, Nahko & Medicine for the People were playing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.  Though I have never been to the Red Rocks, there is a bespoken buzz about this outdoor venue; which is carved out of the red rocks & exposed to the moon lit, starry sky!  Dusti took care of getting our concert tickets and it was up to me to find a place for us to stay. I came across this eclectic and charming Inn called Highland Haven, complete with a whimsical treehouse! I’m excited to share about our little playful adventure that offered big heart expansion.Once we arrived at Highland Haven, we were immediately drawn to the flowing creek that runs alongside their property. After checking in we headed down to the creek for some Mother Nature Playtime. Off went our shoes, we emerged our feet in the crisp, refreshing water. With the fluidity of the rushing creek and the fresh mountain air, it was the perfect duo of energies for soul flow. Highland Haven has done a wonderful job creating outdoor space with ample adirondack chairs, umbrellas where you can just sit back & relax. This is one of my favorite areas on the property! We also received visits from Dezi,  the Inns furry and “oh so sweet” Bulldog. Dezi would come out on the lawn and hang for a bit; then mosey on her way back the Inn’s lobby.

Highland Haven Inn features 18 rooms, suites and cottages, each with “Colorado chic” décor, designed for comfort and luxury.   You can accredit the Colorado chic design and scrumptious breakfast co-owner Gail Riley. All the woodwork, refurbishment and renovations are crafted by co-owner, Tom Statzell. The husband and wife team purchased the Creekside Inn back in the late 1970’s. They first traveled to Evergreen to visit friends. Gail & Tom feel in love with Colorado and the idea of owning an Inn…the couple welcomed their first guest in 1979. After more than 38 years, Tom and Gail remain thrilled about their decision to make a life in Evergreen and to create a genuine haven that offers their guests true luxury in a casual, comfortable setting.

I did reach out to Highland Haven to see if they would like to collaborate and be featured on OnWord Journeys, I was delighted when they said yes. Please note my reviews are 100% my experience. I had hoped to book the TreeHouse but it wasn’t available, so I reserved one of their cozy cottages instead. During our check in process, we were warmly greeted by front desk manager, Roxy & received a surprise… someone had just canceled their reservations for the tree house the night we were staying there. The stars aligned, the Highland Haven TreeHouse was ours to enjoy!

Highland Haven Tree House: The Tree House is a two-story hideaway built atop 21-foot-high, 36-inch-diameter cedar log structures.  The above-ground main story features a canopied king-size bed flanked by aspen logs; a showpiece sparkling chandelier; a wet bar with a teak root sink; antique stained glass; custom stone fireplace; steam shower and more. A climb to the second story reveals a dreamy spa cupola anchored by an infinity-edged Jacuzzi with “champagne” micro-bubble technology.   From the tub, guests can enjoy views of towering pine trees thru the windows. www.highlandhaven.com

Breakfast is included in your stay at Highland Haven. Fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, yummy vegetable egg strata and rosemary roasted potatoes. Also offered is HH signature Hazelnut coffee. Enjoy your breakfast inside the rustic, restored lodge dining rooms or outside on the patio. www.highlandhaven.com

The addition of complimentary happy hours has upped the hospitality ante with wine, local brews, and cocktails including signature grapefruit martinis, giving guests the chance to grab a drink and socialize before dining in Evergreen.”- Highland Haven Inn

Evergreen: The historic downtown of Evergreen est.1875 sits at an elevation of 7,220 feet in the Rocky Mountains, 15 miles west of Denver, Colorado. Evergreen offers an array of parks, art galleries, theater, restaurants, entertainment, and a variety of outdoor activities. You can walk right into the quaint down town from Highland Haven.  From coffee shops, to boutiques and restaurants, we even found a great crystal shop! Red Rock Park & Amphitheater is 20 min from Evergreen.

Red Rock Park & Amphitheatre: What a spectacular venue! I was blown away by the beauty of the red rock landscape, upon entry I was mesmerized by the towering red rock walls encompassing the sides of the theater. Just beyond the stage, you can see downtown Denver, look upward and the stars are dancing in the sky… it’s magical.  The night we went to the Red Rocks just happened to be a full moon. We literally watched the moon rise over the city and the stage, Luna was illuminating us all with her mystic energy. www.redrocksonline.com

“Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a geological phenomenon – the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. From Sting and The Beatles, to opera stars and U2, every artist aspires to play on this magical, spiritual and emotional stage.” – redrocksonline.com

A sunrise at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Photo: Chris Pelliccione – Flickr

The night can’t go without mention of why we went to Colorado… Nahko and Medicine for the People! If you haven’t heard of them yet, I am honored to introduce you to the most conscious, music medicine. Do yourself a favor and visit their website www.nahko.com, take a listen on Spotify, iTunes and feel the unity in Nahkos lyrics. Dusti introduced me to this band of talented souls three years ago and I have been a huge fan ever since!

“As a musical collective, our mission is to be the motivation and inspiration for all that have become members of our Tribe. Within our global community, we have access to the tools needed to make changes, take action and spread awareness of how to live in harmony with Mother Gaia herself.” – Nahko& Medicine for the People

Evergreen, CO/ Red Rocks Park Info:

I’m deeply grateful to travel and explore with my sacred sister… what a journey in the Colorado Rockies it was…Here’s to dreaming into more inward and onward journeys!

With love and light, 

Stacey

 

 

Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm

Aromatic lavender fields, farm to fork organic cuisine and authentic New Mexico architecture by John Gaw Meem… I am so excited to share this special & truly one of a kind property located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I first discovered Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm 7 years ago when looking for places to stay in ABQ while visiting my husband’s family. During my internet search, I came across this charming Inn located in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.  With the Rio Grande River to the West and the Sandia Mountains to the East, Los Poblanos is surrounded by rich vegetation & beautiful views. When entering the Los Poblanos property, you drive down a road lined with giant, majestic cottonwood trees.  I remember feeling enchantment and wonder… It was during my first visit to LP, that I started to dream into creating my travel blog.  I thought, “unique places like this Inn have a story yearning to be experienced and shared”.  Los Poblanos evokes a tranquil stillness and deep connection with the land.  Once on the property, you can feel the heartbeat and soul connective thread of the owners & curators of Los Poblanos, The Rembe Family.

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Just BE… Tulum

I am so excited to share one of my favorite mystical places to journey… Tulum, Mexico!  I first experienced Tulum 3 years ago on a yoga retreat with my husband Ben, not only did we fall in love with the land and the Mayan culture, energetically we shifted and evolved.   I recently went back to Tulum in February with my soul sister for some restorative vacation time. We stayed at the beautiful  BE Tulum, a boutique hotel that has been on my dream list to experience.  We arrived in the evening to check in and were enveloped with the calming and cleansing smoke of Copal, walking up the sand pathway with candle light glistening in the trees and the crisp smell of the ocean air. Yes, we had arrived in paradise.

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Sophie’s Place

Music…what does it invoke in you? What feelings & emotions awaken when listening, singing or playing a musical instrument? For me, music takes me inward to a place where my heart and soul reside. Music ignites joy, laughter, and a sense of playful freedom.  Music also has been scientifically proven to assist in the healing of the mind & body through various musical modalities. 

This blog post is on my recent journey to the opening of Sophie’s Place at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.  Sophie’s Places are dedicated music therapy facilities built within children’s hospitals assisting in caring for young people suffering from pain, chronic illness, and serious injury. 

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Winter Journeys Continued…

Onward to Jackson Hole, WY winter wonderland! Jackson Hole with its rustic charm, embraced my heart, tantalized my taste buds and brought out the wildlife enthusiast in me!  My husband Ben and I took a road trip from Big Sky, MT, thru Yellow Stone, into Idaho, then thru the breath-taking Teton Pass…ultimately ending at our destination, Jackson Hole.  What a beautiful & adventurous 3 hour drive it was! Winter road conditions were present, though it was slow to go, the safe pace allowed us to really take our time and soak up the vast and mesmerizing landscape.   In this post, I will introduce you to a new mountain luxury, “family owned” boutique hotel. Scrumptious local restaurants where “soul” is the common ingredient used. A journey to The National Elk Refuge & conservation, and lastly our experience down the steep and deep terrain of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  Whether you are looking for the authentic vibe of the historic western town or deep connection in Mother Nature…I hope this post will guide you to the amazing local places found off the beaten path of tourism.

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Big Sky Winter Journeys

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope 2017 is feeling wonderfully expansive,  supportive & wildly intentional for an amazing year ahead! I just returned home from a snowy vacation full of Big Sky, Montana exploration and some much-needed restorative down time.  Ringing in the New Year in unchartered land for me offers expansion and openness to dream into the unknown. This New Year’s Eve, I decided to go to Montana during the winter for the first time and oh what a wintry wonderland journey it was…

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Summer HeyDay memories

With December’s cold weather brewing and the New Year upon us, I’d like to share a warm summer journey intended to inspire travels for 2017. Back in late July, a fellow soul sister, Dusti, and I journeyed to Bainbridge Island, WA for a weekend Heart Awaking workshop created by Elisa Romeo.  Having never been to Bainbridge before I was excited to start the search for place to stay during our soul connective retreat.  After spending a day navigating the web I found a charming historic farm called Heyday

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Be-YOU-tiful

Beautiful…what does this word mean to you? In our society, beauty is seen thru external perfected imagery.  From airbrushed models in magazines, to perfectly casted commercials and flawlessly edited social media posts.  It’s no wonder how beauty has become defined by outward appearance.  My question is this, “How do we take off our tainted lenses of preconceived external acceptance and see the true beauty illuminating within each of us?” Continue Reading…

Big Sky Glamping

What are your thoughts on camping?  How about gathering around a crackling fire, connecting with friends/loved ones thru good conversation under the starlit sky…sounds of the flowing river soothing your soul?  Imagine adding a little juxtaposition to your camping adventure with luxurious comforts that feature a big canvas tent with a private wooden deck overlooking the Black Foot River.  Inside your large tent awaits a plush king bed, cozy sitting area and a full private bathroom with heated floors, spacious shower and two sinks.  Electricity to offer light and connectivity with your mobile devices (if you choose) seals the deal. Then falling asleep listening to Mother Nature’s lullabies and awaken to the sun illuminating your tent with a soft glow and warmth.  No need to grocery shop and load up a cooler, in this juxtaposed camping journey your meals are prepared by your private camp chef using organic and locally sourced produce.  How does all this sound? Too good to be true?  This experience does exist and has a name, it’s called…Glamping!  The first luxury ranch resort to actually create and offer this rustic yet luxurious glamping experience is called The Resort at Paws UPThe Last Best PlaceRiver Camp Pavilion- Paws Up- Onwordjourneys

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Glacier National Park, MT

“Awe-inspiring” and picturesque photos of Glacier National Park have been flowing thru my Instagram feed this year. One mesmerizing photo after another have been coming thru, month after month… I knew my soul journey to Montana needed to happen soon.  Though my husband and I had never been to Montana before, we could hear Montana beckoning us.  We’re both small business owners in the Phoenix valley, during the summer months each of us experience a decline in business, especially with my company.  We’ve turned this “down time” into our opportunity to travel and get out of the AZ heat.  While doing my research on places to explore and stay in Montana, I found an amazing place called Paws Up where you can experience “glamping”, basically lux camping … more on this gem coming up in my next blog post.

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