We had big plans while in Colorado for the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend! We kicked the day off by making our way to Golden, Colorado – home of MillerCoors Brewery (Nick’s favorite beer!). Unfortunately, the line for the tour of the facility was over two hours long. Instead, we opted to skip the tour to head straight to the gift shop and tasting room.
The gift shop was filled with random goodies from beer-filled soap to typical t-shirts to cowboy hats made from old canned beer boxes.
The tasting room was lively for a Friday afternoon. Visitors could choose from seven types of beer – Coors, Coors Light, Batch 19, Colorado Native, Coors Non-Alcoholic, Killian’s Irish Red, and Blue Moon. They also had Pepsi-brand soda options available, you know, for those children touring a beer factory in the middle of a school day…
Each guest could get three beers total. Surprisingly, the drinks were actually free! We stood for at least a solid minute awkwardly staring at the woman behind the counter waiting for her to ask us for money, but she never did.
After the visit to the brewery, we headed toward Denver to experience the one and only *insert drumroll here* Casa Bonita Mexican restaurant. Casa Bonita is in a dining experience league of its own, and I definitely cannot do it justice in this blog post (the video below helps!). My niece first told me about this place in April and I was intrigued, but after Nick informed me that there was a whole South Park episode dedicated to Cartman getting to experience Casa Bonita I was sold! (I love a good pop culture reference!)
Casa Bonita really is the “Disney World of Mexican Restaurants” as Kyle describes it in episode 7.11 of South Park. There is a mariachi band, cliff divers, a 30 foot waterfall, a treasure room, a puppet show, and a creepy tunnel known as Black Bart’s Cave. The best part is all of that takes place in an inconspicuous shopping center next to a dollar store and an old Hollywood Video store. If it weren’t for the large, pink tower or the fountain out front, one might not think anything of it.
As we stepped inside the building, we were transported into a magical oasis! We weaved through the hallways to check out the menu and order our food. The twisting pathways leading to the cashier reminded me of Disney World. We ordered our food, picked it up at the next counter, and made our way to the hostess stand to grab a table.
The Casa Bonita servers greet everyone upon arrival, but then they pretty much leave guests alone unless those dining raise the small flag on the table. I’m not sure if this is because they are so busy running around and it saves them time or if it’s to make sure they don’t distract visitors from the fantastic entertainment all around. We didn’t get to be serenaded by the mariachi band unfortunately, but we were able to witness multiple cliff diving shows – a fire dive, trick synchronized dives, and a pirate show!
The Mexican food itself wasn’t the best I ever tasted (I ordered a taco, a beef enchilada, a cheese enchilada, rice, beans and complimentary sopapillas), but I didn’t care with all the fun happening around me! After we finished eating, we explored the other areas of the restaurant including the palace, the puppet show theater, the gift shop, the treasure room, and the creepy tunnel known as Black Bart’s Cave.
If you ever visit the Denver area, make sure to include this amazing restaurant on your “Must Do List”. Nick and I are still talking about it weeks later, so you won’t regret it!
Friday evening we enjoyed a rainy baseball game at Coors Field with the Rockies taking on the San Francisco Giants. Even though we had to purchase rain ponchos and an umbrella last minute, we still had a lot of fun watching the game and exploring the stadium. Nick loved the variety of “hot dog” options available, and I adored the froyo stand in the outfield that sold frozen yogurt and toppings by the
cup baseball hat instead of the ounce as usual.
Before the game ended, we made our way back to the condo in Keystone as we didn’t want to be stranded due to Colorado’s inconsistent weather. Fortunately, we didn’t have any issues with rain or snow, and we made it home safely to rest up for the weekend.
What fun things did you do for Memorial Day Weekend? Let me know in the comments below!
Stay fit and fabulous,