Tami Mittan, Outdoorsy TravelingMom

Tami Mittan, Outdoorsy TravelingMom

Tami Mittan has lived in Colorado for a decade, and feels happiest when there are mountains on the horizon. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 kids, frequently exploring their backyard nature playground through hiking, camping, and biking. Although Tami is employed as a computer programmer, she’s a writer at heart and enjoys blogging at Colorado Mountain Mom about her family’s outdoor and travel adventures, and her occasional forays into fitness and fashion. She simply can’t get enough of travel, Disney World, and chocolate cake.


Family Fun at Colorado’s Powderhorn Ski Resort

With so many ski resorts in Colorado, how do you decide where to go?  Some highlights from our day spent skiing at Powderhorn, and why my family loves this smaller ski area in Western Colorado.  Plus, whether ski school is right for your kids?  And where to stay and eat during your Powderhorn ski resort visit. My family lives in Colorado, a state known for its outdoor recreation.  Courtesy of those high altitude Rocky Mountains, the Rock Star of all outdoor sports here is downhill skiing. I’m not a skiing fanatic.  But it can be a breathtaking experience to...

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Slope Side Inn: Ski-In Ski-Out Lodging at Colorado’s Powderhorn

Love skiing but not the hefty cost of taking your family on a winter vacation of this kind? Colorado’s Powderhorn is a smaller, lesser known ski destination with a lower price tag. Here’s what to expect at Powderhorn’s only ski-in, ski-out hotel on the mountain, Slope Side Inn. Slope Side Inn at Powderhorn Colorado has miles of fabulous downhill ski terrain, visited by thousands of visitors and locals throughout the snow season.  Big name resorts demand hefty lift ticket fees and expensive lodging. However, a few hidden mountains are a bit smaller and can offer a less crowded, less expensive...

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Colorado Vista Verde Dude Ranch Offers Outdoor Adventure

Considering a family stay at a dude ranch?  This premier mountain location in Colorado is one of the few luxury guest ranches open year round.  Outdoorsy TravelingMom has the scoop with an overview of the cabins, dining, kids program, and outdoor recreation at the beautiful Vista Verde Ranch.  What to consider if visiting in winter, and what makes this a truly authentic dude ranch experience. Colorado Dude Ranch A dude ranch is cattle ranch converted to a vacation resort for tourists. No surprise that Colorado offers a selection of dude ranches, including Vista Verde Ranch,  an all-inclusive luxury guest ranch in...

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Unique and Wonderful Reasons to Visit Portugal

Named “2016 Hottest Destination of the Year” by Travel & Leisure, more and more families are discovering that Portugal is a fantastic Europe vacation destination.  What’s the best way to get there? Where can families find a kid-friendly resort? Which cuisine delicacies should you be on the lookout for?  Where can you find one of Europe’s most unique castles?  Plus the most breathtaking outdoor wonders of this beautiful seaside country that you can’t miss. A First Timer in Europe My recent visit to Portugal was my first time experiencing Europe, and was certainly a thrill.  Fellow world traveling companions provided some insight for...

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3 Must-Try Luxury Family Resorts in Portugal

Which European country is known for its low prices, breathtaking rocky coastlines, plentiful seafood, mouthwatering cuisine, historic tiled-building architecture, and pleasant year-round temperatures?   It’s Portugal!  And boy, does it live up to the hype.   Here’s a look at three luxury resorts with fabulous family-friendly amenities, to consider when traveling to Portugal. 3 Must-Try Luxury Family Resorts in Portugal Recently named “2016 Hottest Destination of the Year” by Travel & Leisure, there are so many reasons to take your family to the scenic country Portugal.  My recent visit was actually my first time in Europe, and I was surprised...

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Arches National Park Magnificent Day Adventure in Utah

Do you need to be an expert hiker in top condition to visit the arches up close?  What are the recreation options in this this area near Moab, Utah, and why does it hold such a strong allure to outdoor enthusiasts?  What’s the best way to catch a glimpse of the famous “delicate arch”? Here are my families’ favorite spots in Arches National Park, and what to expect on an outdoor day adventure. Moab, Utah: Outdoor Recreation Mecca Just outside of the small outrigger town of Moab, Utah sits the majestic Arches National Park.   Moab rightfully declares itself a year-round,...

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Sonnenalp Hotel: European Getaway…in Colorado!

Skiers head to Vail, Colorado from all over the world, but did you know it’s also a fantastic Fall destination?  My family had an amazing stay at a European style resort, the Sonnenalp Hotel. How family friendly was this posh, 5-star hotel with an extensive spa area?  What makes Vail Village such a unique and fun place to visit? And where can you find Swiss fondue to complete your Colorado-version-of-Germany experience? Sonnenalp Hotel Is this Germany? Or Vail, Colorado? The autumn colors in Colorado are spectacular, but who knew that this mountain town also offered a German-style hotel? We recently...

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Iowa Outdoors Itinerary for a Delightful 3-Day Tour

With oceans of scenic corn fields, spacious state parks offering miles of forested trails, and new whitewater parks cropping up, Iowa has a remarkable outdoor recreation scene. Here’s a sample 3-day itinerary, complete with can’t miss cupcakes and must-have Amana Colonies souvenirs. My daughter and I highly enjoyed our taste of Iowa Outdoors Adventure. Exploring Iowa’s Outdoor Wonders Iowa recently welcomed my 11-year-old daughter and me to a delightful tour full of Midwestern charms.  Travel Iowa provided us with a 3-day itinerary filled with diverse activities from whitewater kayaking (in Iowa?!) to a visit to a former Colony.  We had...

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Iowa Whitewater Parks: Thrilling Destination for Adventurous Families

Iowa has an exciting new trend going on. Recently they’ve started converting some dangerous river dams into whitewater parks, and the paddling craze is taking hold.  Take a look at the two parks we visited, along with some tips from the local kayaking gurus.  This may be just the adventurous vacation your family has been looking for. Whitewater Rafting in Iowa? “So where you off to?”inquired my Colorado middle school aged daughter’s orchestra teacher, when she asked to be excused from Friday’s class. “I’m going to Iowa, to go whitewater kayaking with my mom,” she explained. “Huh. Not somewhere I’d...

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Western-Style Luxury Family Vacation at Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch

Did you ever dream of living on a ranch, riding a horse along a scenic mountain trail, and enjoying a campfire under a starry sky? Then a guest ranch vacation may be right for you. Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch is an all-inclusive destination that has a lot to offer families. Here’s what the kids program entails, and what to bring vs. what you can borrow at the ranch. Take a peek at the lodge style cabins, get an overview of activities offered, and find out what you need to know before you go. Imagine a place where you could...

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