I was in a crunch the day before my wife's 30th birthday - no present and no idea what to do. I searched VRBO for hours and booked the Mountain Haven property for the weekend. I printed a bunch of the VRBO photos and put them in a kraft box and surprised her with a romantic getaway.
My plan worked perfect and my wife was very impressed with the property. I made a huge dinner on Saturday night since the kitchen is outfitted with everything you need. My wife also asked me to build a fire in the fireplace - which I was hesitant to do since I have never used a fireplace. It didn't matter because everything you need to build a fire is set out for you to use with very clear instructions. The fire I built was pure art.
We had a full agenda of going skiing at Monarch, soaking in the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and heading over to Leadville for the Ski Journing National Championships. We ended up doing none of that - and just wanted to hang out at the house since it was so peaceful and nice. My wife found a nook upstairs with a vintage reading lamp and just cozied up with a book. I decided to watch the Golden State Warriors basketball game since every channel is available. When we wanted to get outside, we brought our nordic skis up to St. Elmo for some easy ski touring.
My wife said this was the best birthday she ever had. We also didn't have to find a sitter for our black lab because the property is pet friendly. There is even a mat to put your dog bowls on in the kitchen!
All in all - I approve. My wife approves. And my dog approves. We are all super picky and we couldn't find anything negative with our trip! And fellas - if you want to surprise your girlfriend or wife with a romantic getaway that won't break the bank - book this place now.