Tuesday 10: Things To Do With Your Dog in Estes

We absolutely love our Standard Poodle, Baci! He is smart, athletic, loving, funny and the perfect companion. Standard Poodles have the intelligence of a 2-year-old and much better behaved. Just last week we went to Estes to celebrate our 42nd anniversary and to celebrate our daughter’s birthday…but really it was all about the poodle. We had a wonderful time finding dog-friendly businesses and activities. Baci didn’t have to wait in the car once! #DogFriendly Estes

Here are ten things to do with your dog in Estes:

1.Celebrate a special occasion by staying overnight in Estes with your dog. We had a great time at the Silver Moon Inn, http://silvermooninn.com. Much to our surprise, the owners even have a Standard Poodle that could be Baci’s brother!

2. Walk the Riverwalk Path and stop at Kind Coffee, http://www.kindcoffee.com, for one of their Organic Fair Trade brews. Baci enjoyed a small cup of whipped cream (called a Puppacino if you go to Starbucks). Enjoy window shopping along the way.

3. Eat lunch on the deck at Moon Kats, http://www.moonkats.com. The owners/chefs have years of experience and their delicious food and presentation show their culinary mastery. Alice was our server and an absolute delight. Baci loved the views from the deck.

4. Drink a Black Walnut Manhattan with your lunch. Dancing Pines Distillery based in Loveland has a wonderful Tasting Room and shares the deck with Moon Kats, http://dancingpinesdistillery.com/visit. Their liquors have won many medals from Wine Enthusiast, scoring over 90 points for Chai Liquor, Black Walnut Bourbon Liquor, Cherry Tart Liquor, Brulee Liquor, and Zoranj Liquor (orange).

5. Drive around Rocky Mountain National Park. Dogs are not allowed on the trails, but Baci had fun with his nose out the window, sniffing the fresh air.

6. Walk the 3.8 mile Lake Estes Trail. Baci loved all of the sights and sounds from bugling Elk on the golf course to meeting lots of new friends along the way.

7. Let your dog roam off leash in the Estes Valley Dog Park, just off the Lake Estes Trail. http://www.evrpd.com/district-facilities/dog-park

8. Relax by the river at Silver Moon in one of their Adirondack Chairs or gliders. Baci took a nice nap while I read the book SHADOWS IN THE VINEYARD: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine

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9. Have a Bloody Mary on the back patio of the Stanley Hotel. They serve a gigantic stick of bacon in the drink, and one on a plate for Baci. The patio has fire pit tables, heat lamps, a TV to watch your favorite sports broadcast (watched the Cubbies win!) and a fabulous water feature. Cascades Restaurant was a perfect place for us to enjoy dinner with our dog.

10. End the evening with a s’more at Silver Moon Inn. The fire pits are a perfect place to roast marshmallows and sandwich them between graham crackers and chocolate. Baci can’t eat sweets, but he sure enjoyed the graham cracker treats.


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