As a late anniversary gift, my parents surprised Trevor and I with a whole weekend away in Salida, Colorado. We checked-out of reality and into Dram Apothecary's Poor Farm, which they are restoring beautifully. Shea and Brady were both really sweet, and they showed us around the downstairs of the property, which should open in the coming weeks. The setting was perfect for 360-mountain views and a quick walk to the Arkansas River. There's a horse farm across the road, and we saw deer running through the fields all morning.
I'd never been to Salida before, save for maybe a quick pass through town on a rafting trip; but I loved it so much. The people could not have been more warm and welcoming! There is a big emphasis on antiques and local arts, which was super fun; and you can tell that as the town grows, so is the food scene growing. We had a big breakfast at Patio Pancake Place; coffees at Brown Dog and HOWL (which has all of Denver's best brands in one place in the cutest little front-of-house shop); dinners at The Fritz and Amica's; and the world's greatest apple monkey bread muffin at Little Red Hen Bakery.
We tried to pop into every little boutique, but I especially liked the cute clothes at Opal, and treated myself to a couple sweaters. Then, since it was our pottery anniversary, Trev surprised me with a private lesson at Maverick Potter where Mark helped us shape our own mortar and pestle! It's very imperfect, but I know I'll love it forever.