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Stephanie Granada

Stephanie Granada (@sgranada) is a writer and editor from Florida, who now calls the Rocky Mountains home. Her work has appeared in Travel & LeisureSunsetNew York TimesNational Geographic TravelerSouthern Living and Woman's Day, among others. You can usually find her writing at a local coffee shop or hiking up Lily Mountain with her boyfriend and their pup, Ollie (a.k.a @mountainheeler).

For all the trails and green spaces in this picturesque mountain town, it can take a little digging to find a spot to hike with your furry friend. The fact that pets aren’t allowed on trails in national parks, like Rocky, is mainly for your buddies’ own good. There’s the risk of pups running into freezing cold or scalding hot waters, chasing wild animals into dangerous terrain, or worse being chased down by a wild... more

New Girl in Estes - My First Snowshoe

Posted on March 13, 2017 10:00 AM by Stephanie Granada
Related Categories: Rocky Mountain National Park, Outdoor Adventure
Tags: Winter

One of the perks of living in Estes is that everyone wants to visit. Not long ago, my boyfriend and I hosted three couples—close friends of his, each coming from different states. They all possessed varying levels of athletic abilities, cold-weather tolerance and zest for adventure. Snowshoeing , we decided, was the happy medium for everyone. Easy enough to land on our first try and interesting enough to pose a challenge. When... more

5 Best Hikes for a Windy Day

Posted on March 10, 2017 8:00 AM by Stephanie Granada
Related Categories: Rocky Mountain National Park, Outdoor Adventure
Tags: Hiking

Estes is known for many things: Rocky Mountain National Park, The Stanley Hotel, its small-town charm, and yes, the wind. Our location at 7,522 feet and tucked into one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world, means we get 300 days of sunshine; unparalleled views; and, from time to time, pretty gnarly winds. Similar to how sky-scrapers create wind funnels in the city, the mountains have a similar effect here. Some of these... more

5 Hot Drinks to Warm You Up in Estes Park this Winter

Posted on March 3, 2017 10:00 AM by Stephanie Granada
Related Categories: Food & Drink
Tags: Winter

Up in the mountains, we’re not afraid of cool temps. Rather we embrace the weather and find fun ways to get cozy. One of our favorite (and most effective) strategies for heating things up? Drinking something hot and delicious. Sounds like a no-brainer, but we’re not just talking about run-of-the-mill coffee, tea and hot toddy. Estes business owners are a creative bunch and serve up inventive concoctions to match. And as... more

New Girl in Estes - First Colorado Winter

Posted on March 3, 2017 9:00 AM by Stephanie Granada
Related Categories: Things To Do
Tags: Winter, Estes Park

We ’re kicking off 2017 with a new blog series, which looks at Estes through the eyes of newcomer and journalist, Stephanie Granada. We will follow along as she embarks on snowy adventures for the first time and shares how this beach girl stands up to life in the mountains. Most beach natives don’t move to the mountains of Colorado in late November. They wait for the first signs of spring to bloom before trekking north.... more