Over the last few years we have shared our love of the 2 local YMCAs in our area and now we have decided to start a new family tradition with the YMCA of the Rockies. About six months ago I decided to reserve us a cabin at the Estes Park location for the New Years weekend. We have never really done much for that "holiday" and the timing worked perfectly. It was such a great decision. Like always, we had a great experience at the YMCA but with the additional New Years Eve activities we are now set on making this a yearly tradition.
What is the YMCA of the Rockies?
YMCA of the Rockies, located near the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, is an ideal vacation, reunion, wedding and conference destination. The best part about this weekend getaway is how easy of a drive it is, even in the winter.
You can fill your day and nights at Estes Park Center YMCA with so many programs and activities. Every season brings fun and excitement for the entire family. Whether you are looking for adventure or a relaxing stroll, we can set you on your way.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom cabin with a fireplace this stay. It was the perfect size for our family of 4. I think our favorite part is the cozy living room with the fireplace. We we not have a fireplace at home so it is a treat for the whole family to watch the beauty in the flames, enjoy the warmth and hear the crackling of the wood. Instant relaxation! Love it!
This 2 bedroom cabin had a full bathroom, a bedroom with a full size bed and a bedroom with a twin bed plus a bunk bed as well as a full kitchen with dishwasher and stove/oven. Ironically our cabin was named, Serenity. Certainly brought us some serenity after a busy holiday season.
Not only does the YMCA offer great activities for all ages but it gives us a time to escape the world of technology for a bit. With no TV and very limited WIFI the kids had to find ways to keep themselves entertained while in the cabin.
Teagan and Jeremy worked 2 big puzzles while Jude and I read a lot. It is so nice to have that time to just sit and reconnect.
Jude did have a few chances to play Pokemon Go to see if he could find any unusual Pokemon in the mountains.
With the cabin having a full kitchen we did most of our meals in the cabin. Very convenient and a great perk. We did take one afternoon to go into town for lunch and also ate one dinner at the YMCA dining hall. The kids love that because it is a buffet - lots of fun foods to choose from.
Just like all of our previous visits to the YMCA, Teagan's very favorite part is going to the craft center. She loves it. The craft and design center offers a wide variety of projects for kids ages 2 to 102! Check out the wood and leather crafts, the jewelry area with thousands of beads, ceramics, and tie dye. The prices of these activities range from $3.00-$75.00 per project. There is literally something for everyone and if Teagan had her way, we would have spent the whole day there! Painting certainly seems to be one of her favorite things to choose. This time she decided to paint a Little Mermaid figure. So focused!
Jude's highlight of the trip is usually his trip to the Archery range with Dad. He is actually really great at it and enjoys getting those bulls-eyes. I love that there are some great activities like this available for his age. It gets him out of his normal activities and has him trying new things.
While we were out enjoying some of the planned activities on property we stumbled on the playground that the kids both LOVED last year. Teagan could spend the whole day on these spinny things. Loves it and I love hearing those deep belly laughs.
This year they did some major playground additions which made our play time even more fun. The best part about this is that the kids get to run and play all while enjoying the beautiful Colorado Mountain air. So refreshing!
One afternoon we were getting ready to leave our cabin to go swimming I looked out the kitchen window and saw about 20 deer out in the grass. They were just enjoying a nice grassy lunch. The kids were in awe as we watched from our deck. Talk about coming close to nature - the photo ops were pretty amazing!
New Years Weekend at YMCA of the Rockies: Estes Park Colorado
The whole reason we reserved during this time was to enjoy the last bit of the holiday season as well as some resting for the New Year. I was so excited to ring in the New Year with my little family away from it all.
Guests at the YMCA of the Rockies were able to attend a family dance and "ball" countdown on New Years Eve. Since this was the first time we had gone to this we did not really know what to expect but I am so happy we did it.
We walked into the Longhouse gym and the DJ was gearing up, the snacks were ready, the tables were nice and decorated and the party favors were being passed out. The energy was high and as the night moved along more and more families showed up to have some fun!
At 10pm we celebrated 2017 with a fun Balloon Drop. Seeing the kids run and have fun was a great way to end our evening and say hello to 2017!
We all got some fun New Years Even party props and found a spot to enjoy our punch and brownies. It took awhile for my sweet Jude to get enough courage to enjoy the dancing - he was embarrassed at first. But once he saw how everyone just didn't care how they looked while they danced he started to have some fun!
It was so much fun to teach the kids some traditional DJ dances like the Cupid Shuffle, the macarena, and my favorite the Cha Cha Slide.
New Years Eve is usually an evening that parents have to find sitters to enjoy a night of dancing but from now on our NYE plans will always involve a night of acting crazy on the dance floor with the kids.
We were lucky enough to wake up on our last day to a nice blanket of snow. It doesn't matter that I am a Colorado Native - having a snow day in the mountains is always special and exciting.
There are a number of different options when looking at lodging including lodge rooms that are similar to hotels, large reunion cabins, yurts and 2-5 bedroom cabins.
Keep in mind when you are planning your trip that the seasons do make for different activity options. During the winter the activities that are on site and mostly free to all who are guests of the YMCA include: archery, campfires, crafts, Dorsey Museum, games, hiking, ice skating, snowshoeing, roller skating and pool fun.
We have not attempted the Ice Skating on the lake yet - one year we will accomplish this!! This scene is simply breathtaking. Oh Colorado - you amaze me.
Once again we are so pleased with our stay at the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Colorado. Stay tuned for some great travel tips for any of your upcoming stays at the YMCA.
Have you stayed at the YMCA of the Rockies before?