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Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour

celestial seasonings factory tour

I am a huge fan of drinking teas. I am actually a bit obsessed with teas. We have 2 cabinets in our pantry devoted to everything from American Tea Room’s Brioche, Adagio’s Roobios Vanilla Chai, Bird Pick’s Premium Silky Green Tea, to bags of Korean Barley Tea, and of course some good ole PG tips. Since Boulder Colorado is the home of Celestial Seasonings, I made sure that we took their free factory tour before we left Colorado.

celestial seasonings factory tour

The Celestial Seasonings Factory was about 40 minutes from Denver. Jon’s cousin was sweet enough to pick us up and played tour guide for the trip. The Tour Center is where we checked in and where they had as much free tea as your heart desired. (I have to forewarn you, I don’t have any pictures from inside of the facility because we were asked not to take any photos :( . I will have to do my best to describe everything I remember lol). They had their full range of teas out for everyone to sample as well as milk, sugar, and honey ready to go if you wanted to sweeten up your cup. Of all of the teas I tried, my favorite was their Honey Vanilla Chamomile. It was caffeine free, smooth, flavorful, but still very light. Then for my second cup I added a touch of milk and honey and it instantly transformed into a dessert tea.

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Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, Denver Branch

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Denver Branch

Before we left Denver, we wanted to visit the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch.  It was a only a few minutes away from our hotel, free to enter, and you didn’t have to make an appointment to get in.  Free + easy = awesome when you travel.. lol.  We wanted to visit the Denver Mint, but you had to make reservations months ahead, and we were not that prepared.. hahahah.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Denver Branch

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Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver is a pretty cool place.  It reminded me a little bit of our 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, but with less large retail chains and more offices nearby.  It was always be pretty busy, especially during lunch and dinner.  We decided to take a stroll and explore the street a bit before we found dinner.

downtown denver cowparade

Here’s another cow from the cowparade.

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Denver Firefighters Museum

Denver firefighters Museum

The next morning we got ready and walked over to the Delectable Egg for a nice breakfast.  A few locals had recommended it the day before, so we made sure to check it out before we headed to the Denver Firefighters Museum.  The restaurant felt homey and had a country look with all of their chicken and rooster decorations.  The waitress was very friendly and we got our food really fast.

denver delectable egg eggs benedict

Eggs Benedict – Fresh hollandaise sauce poured over two poached eggs, sliced ham, all on top of a toasted English muffin with a side of house potatoes.  This was their specialty so I made sure to order it.  Everything went perfectly and I loved the seasoned potatoes.

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Hoover Dam Part 2

The Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam underground tunnel

Hoover Dam’s underground tunnels were amazing. They were long, sometimes curvy, low, narrow, and beautifully built. I couldn’t believe that all of this was built by hand in the 1930s.  This tour would have definitely freaked me out if I were claustrophobic.

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