Colorado Explorer


By Linda DuVal

If you didn't shop till you dropped before the holidays, how about after? The Castle Rock Prime Outlets are a great place to find bargains on everything from hiking boots to wool sweaters. Stock up on gifts for next year! Sunday morning's a primo time to shop-no crowds. 800-245-8351.

Maybe Valentine's Day has you feeling kind of sweet. If so, why not visit the original Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Durango. Besides offering a full array of scrumptious hand-made chocolates, you can watch candy-makers dip crunchy apples into creamy caramel or work fudge on a marble slab. If you can't make it to Durango, you can do this at many of their locations throughout the state. Don't leave without your free sample. 970-259-1408

Linda DuVal is former travel editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs and a freelance writer.