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Kendall Akin

Kendall grew up in Austin and like a lot of Texans do, fell in love with Colorado for its crisp mountain air and couldn't wait to make the move. Kendall stays curious about the world through her love of traveling, conversations with kind strangers & listening to every Avett Brothers song on repeat to find new meanings. She is a National Park lover and is determined to visit all 58 National Parks before she's 58. Her "Estes Favorite" is walking up and down the river walk with a hot cup of coffee.

Find Fresh Air and Plenty of Space in Estes Park

Now more than ever, we are recognizing how important it is to get outdoors–however that may look like for you. Even the previously mundane activity of walking has become vital to our mental and physical health. Studies have shown that walking boosts creativity, releases all the feel good chemicals…

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Nature Sounds In and Around Estes Park

We've seen lots of studies on the positive impacts being in nature can have on your brain. Researchers also say that even the sounds of these natural elements can have restorative effects. We know you can't physically be in Estes right now so this playlist is the next best thing. Wishing you were…

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Distancing from Wildlife

In these days of physical distancing our new normal is to stay home, and when leaving for essentials, we should be at least 6 feet away from other humans. So it feels natural to remind ourselves that the distance between us and wildlife is much farther (at least 75 feet) and is a rule that should…

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Do Estes Digitally with Bingo

In these times of uncertainty it is important for us to stand together (6 feet apart) and do what we can for the places and people we love. Sometimes that means playing bingo, social distancing style. Try doing Estes digitally this season so you’ll be extra ready to visit us when all is safe again…

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The Estes Park Required Reading List

While there are endless official guidebooks telling you exactly where to go, when to go, and how to go, there are some unofficial “guide books” that might inspire you as well. Whether that's searching for ghosts at the Stanley, summiting Longs Peak in a dress or just getting outside and doing things…

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3 Way to Explore Colorado's Original Playground

In Estes there’s an adventure for everyone, especially in the winter! Go on a solo snowshoe, earn your turns with friends or sled with the entire family. These are just 3 ways to explore the best of winter. Need more convincing? Here are 9 reasons to visit this winter. Now that you’ve been…

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Bring Estes Home with these Recipes

There’s this push and pull when we go on vacation between a love of eating out and the longing for a home cooked meal. Experiencing the foodie scene of a new place is part of the “vacation package” but I know that when I return home, one of my bigger exhales is eating a home cooked meal. We want to…

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Best Spots to Warm up by the Fire in Estes Park

When you think of “cozy mountain vibes”, does your mind go straight to bundling up by a fire? Ours does. Sometimes the fire is the main attraction and sometimes it’s there to add charm to your dinner – these are a few of our favorite spots to warm up. The Stanley Hotel The Stanley gives you a…

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Make the Most of Estes with the Estes Park Pass

Winter in Estes is a hidden gem that we can’t keep to ourselves any longer. There’s so much to do but the Estes Park Backcountry Pass is where we suggest you start. With everything to get you out in the backcountry, or in front of the fire, the pass makes exploring Estes in the winter that much more…

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