So in keeping with the valentine’s theme that the Scoop Blog Network is going with this month, here is the first of my picks for things to do with your man friend or lady friend or SO or, actually, just a bunch of friends, too…
You’ve heard me talk about yurts before. In fact, although I’ve only been on 2 yurt trips and generally hate all the things you do outside of a yurt, I think they’ve come up in this blog at least a half dozen times. I am totally in love with the idea of living in a huge wood-floored tent while still having the luxury of a real bed and kitchen and being kept warm by a wood-burning stove, all neatly housed underneath a vaulted ceiling with a skylight. I even love the word yurt. Yurt yurt yurt. So fun.
I’d possibly also have a greenhouse and solar panels or something like that. I also have some creative ideas for the whole bathroom situation…
My yurt fantasy also involves chickens and dogs and goats. For some reason I really want to have pygmy goats. I don’t want to eat them or milk them. I just like them. And also maybe I want a mini-pig like Hamlet here:
I love yurts so much I secretly take all the money I make from writing this blog and put it toward my yurt fund. At the rate I am going, I will be dead or an old, old lady before owning a yurt. But saving up and I’m also linking over to the Colorado Yurt Company’s website a little later in this post, so I’ll be calling in that favor about 15-20 years from now.
Yurts are cozy and convenient and totally perfect for a weekend getaway. At places like Never Summer Nordic yurts and huts, the wood is already chopped, there is everything you need down to forks and sponges and paper towels in the kitchen and bedding on all the beds. Which is probably as clean as a $40/night motel. Not the point. The point is cozy warmness and hot toddys and board games and Twister and skiing and snowshoeing at the foot of the towering peaks.
Have I re-captured your interest?
When I’ve stayed in yurts, its been on an annual trip with a big group of friends to the North Park yurts up at Cameron Pass KOA. I don’t really recommend these unless you don’t care that you can still hear the highway from inside the yurt. Makes them easy to find at least? You can literally park you car in front of them and won’t have to worry about any of the regular hut trip preparation. Also they are a little cheaper- around $100/night instead of $130 or more. They’re great for big groups who are a lot more interested in cooking big meals and drinking and generally being noisy partiers….which we were. Drunk twister ended in a draw between myself and a friend’s dancer girlfriend after it became annoyingly apparent that as adults with some amount of flexibility, we could both reach every corner of the board no matter what got called out. Then we all just drank more. See how this could be a great weekend without ever even going outside? I did go outside on this trip, but begrudgingly. Actually being inside the yurt is my favorite part of this trip every year. Which is why i do it with friends who are not…how shall I say it….ambitious ….about their snowshoeing or skiing.
ANYway. Never Summer Yurts are nestled further up the the same area. You have to ski or snowshoe in and you won’t have to drive out to go find a crowded trail to ski or snowshoe. There are yurts in a lot of places in Colorado, obviously, since there is a lot of back-country skiing. You can check out this website to find some locations, rates, availability, etc. There are yurts in Golden, Buena Vista, Leadville, Telluride. Also Ridgway which is only about 40 minutes from Telluride, 10 minutes from Ouray and next door to Orvis hot springs and the best Pizza ever at the Colorado Boy. I feel like this needs to be my next yurt trip…..
Check the Colorado Yurt Company website for more details and links to all the locations, Colorado or otherwise. Also prices on building your own yurt…because I know I am not the only person who secretly wants to live in a giant tent with goats.
The downside to most of these yurts I learned after doing some research, is that they are typically in camping areas or at least in an area with several other yurts. So plan to have neighbors. But also to completely forget they exist once you are inside.