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A Southern Colo-Road Trip With Blogger HeidiTown: Pueblo, San Luis Valley & Salida

A Southern Colo-Road Trip With Blogger HeidiTown: Pueblo, San Luis Valley & Salida
3 days

We've teamed up with travel blogger and influencer HeidiTown to take you on a fun (and dog-friendly!) road trip in southern Colorado.

Learn about Pueblo — where the air is scented with the smell of roasting green chiles, the farmers' markets are filled with the bounty of the season and long-running family restaurants abound. Go west to the San Luis Valley and discover a place where the only traffic jams are caused by cattle drives and potatoes are king. Learn how this valley has become a mecca for craft beer and outdoor way of life. Then head to Salida, one of the most dog-friendly towns in Colorado with a stellar dog park and dog boutique. You can even stay in a dog-friendly Airstream while in town.

For more a more detailed version of the drive, follow along with Heidi and her four-legged pal Fritzi, starting in Pueblo

Day 1
Breakfast

Milberger Farms

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Enjoy a yummy breakfast surrounded by the bounty of Pueblo. The restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch, is located inside a farm market. As you savor your eggs you’ll be surrounded by fresh veggies, pickled treats, baked goods, jars of salsa and more.
Activity

Take a Farm Tour With Frontier Pathways Scenic & Historic Byway

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See, smell, touch and buy all the things Pueblo’s farms have to offer. Many of these farms have been in families for decades. Learn stories about their history and about how they operate now — there's much more to them than vegetables! Musso Farms has a spice room, while Mauro Farms & Bakery sends their baked goods around the world. All the farms roast Pueblo green chiles, which are in season in late summer to early fall.
Lunch

Dutch Lunch at Gus’ Tavern

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Gus' has been dishing up a Dutch Lunch here since 1933. What's Dutch Lunch? It's basically a deconstructed cold-cut sandwich with slices of white bread, cheese, tomatoes and onions served with mayo and mustard. When you enjoy a Dutch Lunch, you become part of the tavern's long history. Gus' also claims to be the oldest bar in Pueblo, but so does Eilers’ Place ... we may never really know who holds that claim to fame.
Activity

Tour Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum

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Home to the WWII B-29 Super Fortress heavy bomber “Peachy,” this museum is 85,000 square feet of aviation history. There are two hangars and an outdoor flight line on site. The museum is a must-see for anyone interested in aeronautics.
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Sip a Brew at Eilers' Place

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Sip a frosty pint at one of Pueblo’s oldest family-run bars. Beer won’t set you back much at just $2.50 a glass.
Dinner

LaTronica’s Restaurant

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You might find yourself humming the tune to "The Godfather" over the homemade pasta and meatballs here. The fried spaghetti, which comes as a side or entree, is “lick-the-plate” good. And don’t forget to order a spumoni ice cream at the end of your meal. This restaurant is 77 years old and old school, and that’s the way Pueblo likes it.
Activity

Shop Pueblo

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We always make a stop at Independent Records downtown. Around the corner, Springside Cheese is a cheese-lover's paradise. They offer a few locally made items as well as their own cheese and many other treats. Gagliano's Italian Market & Deli is curbside only during COVID-19, but it is a Pueblo treasure established in 1921. Browsing here is a feast for all the senses.
Lodging

Vintage Rose Cottage

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Enjoy this two-bedroom, one-bath home built in 1903. It’s close to everywhere you want to be in Pueblo. The kitchen is the perfect place to bag that bushel of chiles you bought at the farmers' market. Take a swing on the front porch or sit on the back patio with a cup of hot coffee. This dog-friendly property also comes with a list of helpful things to know about Pueblo.
Day 2
Breakfast

Hopscotch Bakery

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Homemade is the game here. Start your day with a savory green-chili-bacon quiche or a scrumptious muffin with steaming hot coffee.

Insider's Tip

Head to the San Luis Valley:

After breakfast, bid Pueblo a fond farewell and set off to explore the Mystic San Luis Valley. Alamosa is your first stop. 

Lunch

Locavores

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This deli and market is a tremendous addition to Alamosa. Selling items such as local meats and cheeses and even sriracha pasta made in Denver. They acted as a grocery home-delivery service during lockdown due to COVID-19. They also serve up fresh sandwiches like a Colorado Cubano with rosemary fingerling potatoes grown in the valley and boast a dog-friendly patio.
Activity

Sit & Sip a Spell at Square Peg Brewerks

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Opened by a potato farmer in 2017, this brewery has done its part in introducing local palates to craft beer. And the business is growing: They just opened a tasting room about an hour away in Creede.
Dinner

Three Barrel Brewing Company

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It’s all about beer and wood-fired pizza here. With seasonal taps, this summer 2020's Peach Wheat was spot on. The house salad served on pizza crust is a must and the green-chili pizza has southern Colorado goodness baked into it. The expansive patio is dog friendly.
Activity

Hike North Rock Creek Trail #701

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This is a trail west of Alamosa in the Rio Grande National Forest. It follows the Rock Creek and the full hike is 7.6 miles.

Insider's Tip

Hikes Abound in Alamosa:

Outdoor adventure awaits in the San Luis Valley, and you'll have plenty of hikes to choose from near Alamosa.

Lodging

Mellow Moon Lodge

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A renovated roadside motor lodge from the 1940s, this small boutique motel has all the touches today’s traveler wants. There are fabulous soaps, an in-room snack bar and a stocked retro refrigerator. The Tuft & Needle mattress means a truly comfortable sleep.
Day 3
Breakfast

4th Street Diner & Bakery

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Serving breakfast and lunch, this charming restaurant is warmed by a wood stove. They also bake their own bread and have a case filled with homemade delights. Careful, it’s an addictive stop that you’ll find yourself making each time you pass Saguache.
Activity

Soak at Joyful Journey Hot Springs

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With three pools and sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, this is an unforgettable hot-springs venue. Currently reservations must be made in advance due to COVID-19.
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Have a Ball at Loyal Duke’s Dog Park

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Let your four-legged travel buddy blow off some steam at this large dog park filled with agility equipment. During open hours it’s never empty, no matter the day of the week.
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Shop at Gone to the Dogs

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Let the dog pick up a treat here! They also have a location in nearby Buena Vista.
Lunch

Little Red Hen Bakery

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Breathe in the smell of freshly baked bread in this cozy bakery. With delicious soups and sandwiches, it’s a perfect place for breakfast or lunch ... but don’t leave without a sweet treat like a slice of ginger peach pie.
Activity

Stroll the Waterfront & Downtown

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This dog-friendly town is a joy to walk. Explore the Arkansas River on the paved pathway and meander downtown. Some businesses are even dog friendly.
Dinner

High Side! Bar & Grill

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With two large patios above the Arkansas River, this is the perfect spot to dine with Fido. Enjoy favorites like hamburgers and deviled eggs and watch the kayaks float by as you dine. This is also the place to watch football with multiple televisions in the bar.
Activity

Grab a Cold One at Tres Litros Beer Company

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Located downtown, this is Salida’s newest brewery. Garage doors let in lots of light and the patio is dog friendly.
Lodging

Amigo Motor Lodge

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Another renovated motor lodge, Amigo has five Airstream “rooms” in addition to comfy traditional lodgings, with dog-friendly options in both. Amigo is within a 2-minute drive of the dog park and Gone to the Dogs and is within walking distance of Soulcraft Brewery.