Tami Mittan

Tami Mittan

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.

6 Things You’ll Need for an Awesome Family Mountain Biking Adventure

It’s that time of year again! The weather is fantastic, the kids are out of school, and it’s an ideal opportunity to have a family mountain biking adventure. As a family, our kids have reached an age (5 and 11) where we have fully embraced this outdoor activity together. We’ve made some mistakes, but picked up some valuable tricks along the way. Here’s how to select a good location, along with my best advice on how to make this an awesome adventure for your family. You’re ready to tackle a family biking adventure, and are not sure where to start. Even...

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Wake Up a Winner: Top Reasons to Stay On-Property at WDW

Planning a Disney World vacation can be overwhelming, but your first and possibly most important decision is where to stay. Here are some things to consider when making that choice, some of which may surprise you about staying on-property at Walt Disney World Resort (like saving money!) Also key planning tips and advice to help make your trip even more magical.   Wake Up a Winner: Top Reasons to Stay On-Property at WDW “We’re planning our first Disney World trip! Do you have any suggestions for us?”  I hear this question all the time. After my initial squeal of glee...

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Here’s How to Add an Easy Ocean Getaway to your Disney World Trip

If that theme park is feeling a little too “small world,” it’s time to take a break in the great outdoors. Here’s why adding an outdoorsy break mid-Disney World trip can be such a fantastic idea.  Plus some tips on how to get to the closest beach from Orlando, and capturing your vacation memories.  Added bonus: why my family recommends the DoubleTree Cocoa Beach Oceanfront for your ocean getaway. My family and I are big fans of Disney World.  We travel to Orlando, Florida, to visit the Disney Parks as often as we can.  But apart from the allure...

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Stay at Crested Butte, Colorado’s The Grand Lodge for Luxury & Convenience

Crested Butte is a breathtaking Colorado destination and truly a hidden gem.  Nestled in a gorgeous valley, this town of 2,000 is charming and full of surprising culinary delights.  Although outdoor recreation is popular here year round, in winter time this area offers legendary Colorado skiing, but without the crowds.  See why The Grand Lodge is the best Crested Butte mountain resort for skiing stays. Best Crested Butte Mountain Resort for Skiing If you’ve never stayed at the base area of a mountain when skiing, you have been missing out.  Accommodations are typically plentiful in ski areas.  But choosing wisely...

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Why Crested Butte is an Excellent Ski Destination for Families

In a state famous for its ski destinations, Crested Butte is truly a Colorado hidden gem. Why you’ll get more bang for your family’s buck at this mountain.  Our fantastic experience with ski school, and how to potentially score a private lesson. Located at the bast area, why you can’t miss the Adventure Park and it’s additional thrills.  Plus the tastiest Crested Butte eats, and the best way to get downtown. Their recent marketing slogan says it all: “Don’t wait in big lines. Ski big lines.”  Crested Butte has a lot going for it, and is a hidden gem in...

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7 Reasons Your Family Will Love Snowshoeing

You hear a lot about skiing this time of year, but have you considered snowshoeing with your family?  This scenic, easy-to-do winter activity can be fantastic fun and has many benefits to offer.  Why your kids may like it even more than hiking.   How to stay warm while snowshoeing in a frosty forest.  And why this sport just may help you fall in love with our coldest season. The past two years, my family has started snowshoeing during the winter months.  We first discovered this past time after the realization that the snow gets so deep on our nearby...

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Free Pool Admission Adds Big Value to Glenwood Hot Springs Resort in Colorado

What’s the secret behind this natural hot springs pool, and why does it draw people from even international locations?  Read on to learn tips for what your family needs to bring during your visit, and why the grown ups will enjoy it just as much as the kids.  Also I’ll share how a stay at the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort can save you considerable money, when the included amenities are taken into consideration.   Glenwood Hot Springs Resort in Glenwood Springs, Colorado Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is conveniently located right along Colorado’s I-70 in Glenwood Springs. Easy to find,...

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Surprising Culinary Tour of an Unusual Mountain Town in Colorado

On a recent stay in the charming Colorado mountain town of Ridgway, we discovered some big flavors. Guided by some insightful local tips, here’s where and what to eat for everything from breakfast to dinner. Don’t miss dining where a famous Western movie was filmed, and where to stay if you want to linger in this uncrowded, beautiful area for more than just one meal. Although Ridgway isn’t often thought of as a destination, this small Colorado town has a lot to offer. This is an uncrowded corner of Colorado that has authentic, non-touristy mountain town charm. On a...

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Soothing Thermal Pools Await at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, Colorado

Located in an uncrowded, beautiful corner of Colorado, Chipeta Solar Springs Resort gives you a chance to visit an authentic mountain town.  The only accommodations in Ridgway, you’ll find an onsite spa, yoga classes, and two solar heated thermal pools available for guests.   Read all about what we experienced during our family stay in one of their two bedroom condos.  And enjoy the  tips on dining in the area, and what to be sure and bring along. Chipeta Solar Springs Resort in Ridgway, Colorado Chipeta Solar Springs Resort in Ridgway is a relaxing place to stay and enjoy...

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Things To Know Before Taking Your Child Skiing

Ski season is here!  What age should your child start skiing?  Has it been 10 (…possibly 20?) years since you last went skiing, and you are now wanting to introduce your children to the slopes?  If so, you’ve likely got a case of the nerves.  That’s what my recent situation was. Here are some encouraging and helpful tidbits I learned, that you should know before you go. Skiing can be a highly enjoyable winter pastime.  If kids get the chance to learn to ski while they are young, it’s much easier than trying to tackle as an adult.  Although...

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