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How to Plan a Cannabis-Inspired Vacation to Colorado

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Wherever you stand on the laws, it’s no question that cannabis tourism is a big draw to Colorado.

And while you won’t find tourism boards here promoting cannabis as a reason to come visit Colorado, many travelers interested in the novelty of legal recreational marijuana come to Colorado to see a “pot shop” for themselves.

If that’s you, and you’re looking for a little Rocky Mountain high, here are 12 things to help you get the most out of your trip.

Visit a 420 Celebration

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A big one is the Denver 420 Fest with vendors, music, and entertainment.

There is also a weekly CannaBingo event at Studio A64 in Colorado Springs, various expos (including a cannabis wedding expo), a women’s grow leadership summit and more.

Sign up for a Tour

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Colorado Cannabis Tours is just one of many companies (and the offerings are always growing) that organizes free (safe) transportation to various pot-related activities. But be warned: These guided tours can get pricey, even if they offer discounts on purchases.

Check out an MJ-Friendly Hangout

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Just because a cannabis tour stops at a restaurant most definitely does not mean you can smoke freely there or anywhere else you want. In fact, bars (and all public places) are not cannabis-friendly. But there are a few places you can visit to openly imbibe, like private clubs and private events. In private membership clubs, like iBake Denver, members of legal age can buy and smoke marijuana on site. Because this is a private club, it does not fall under public consumption laws.

You have to buy a membership to join this club, but it’s super cheap. It’s worth noting, though, that private cannabis clubs are rare. (iBake claims to be the first members-only cannabis club in the Denver Metro area.) It’s best to take your cannabis and enjoy it in the privacy of your own home or one of the few cannabis-friendly hotels in Colorado.

Book an Experience

Some companies, like Cultivating Spirits, aim to offer educated and responsible experiences. Try three-course, three-strain cannabis pairing dinners or book a food, wine, and cannabis tour. Cultivating Spirits uses small-batch, craft cannabis.

You can also book a private cannabis tasting event at your private residence or for a private party.

Relax With a Cannabis Massage

Primal Therapeutics brings cannabis-infused massage therapy to your location in the Denver metro area. The company aims to educate people about plant medicine and holistic health as an alternative medicine. It offers a wide range of massage services, as well as guided meditation and full-body scrubs.

Cannabis spa treatments are a growing trend in Colorado. Find cannabis-inspired body wraps, scrubs, and facials. You can even find cannabis oil treatments at the big name, luxury spas, like at the Hilton Inverness hotel in south Denver.

Shop for Artistic Glassware

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Pipes can be a true work of art. Visit a glassblowing shop to see a demo, or swing by one of the reputable glass shops, like Illuzion Glass Galleries in Denver. Whatever you think you’ve seen before, expect to be surprised. Even if you don’t smoke, galleries like this can provide creative insight into this dimension of Colorado’s culture.

You can find high-end glass shops that feel like museums and art galleries in many cities, from Boulder to Dillon.

Stay in a 420-Friendly Place

Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean you can use it anywhere, not even in your own room. In fact, many hotels explicitly forbid smoking cannabis, including vaporizers, on grounds, and even on balconies. A balcony is considered a public space, like a sidewalk (and you definitely can’t smoke on the street).

It’s hard to find many cannabis-friendly places to stay around the ski resorts, but you can find some in the Denver-metro area and in southern Colorado. The Steam Train Hotel in Southern Colorado is a solid choice, with a dash of history, too.

B&Bs and vacation rental properties are a good place to start. You can even find homes whose owners will help you find the best shops. Some allow you to smoke in your room and anywhere on property and even offer distillery tours.

In Fort Collins, you can vape indoors and smoke outside at the Shangri-La Inn at Gaia’s Farm and Gardens. This old farmhouse also includes access to gardens, a petting zoo, a koi pond, flowers, fruit trees, and mountain views. But beware: Because not every hotel offers this “luxury,” many of the 420-friendly lodgings and private homes have steep rates, especially around mid-April.

Pair Yoga With Cannabis

Both aim to relax you, so fans of the combo say it’s a fitting match: cannabis-infused yoga. These are private yoga classes where participants are welcome to be high or get high during, before, or after class (depending on the structure of the class).

These kinds of classes pop up in cities all across Colorado. Ganjasana is one reputable cannabis-yoga company that also plans retreats, sacred gatherings, birthday parties, and more.

Take a Cannabis Cooking Class

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Learn how to make your own edibles during a cannabis cooking class. You can find these private classes throughout Colorado. Puff, Pass, and Paint is one place to go for a 420-friendly cooking class. During this 2.5-hour class, you’ll learn how to make everything from hard candies to entrees to ice cream, all infused with cannabis.

Study Marijuana

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The Cannabis Training University will help you earn your Masters of Marijuana Certification.

This school’s headquarters are in Denver, although you can study this topic online from wherever you may be. This school aims to teach students about medical marijuana to prepare them for a career in the cannabis field. You will learn from marijuana attorneys, insurance agents, business owners, dispensary managers, and even marijuana accountants, to name a few.

Puff and Paint

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You’ve heard of wine and paint get-togethers. In Colorado, there’s also puff and paint events. They’re just like wine and painting classes, except with marijuana instead of a glass of red.

Kush and Canvases in Denver calls its Sunday events Marijuana and Mimosas. These gatherings are great for people who want to tap into their artsy side. Of course, you don’t need to be an artist, and you don’t have to get high to participate. You can paint whatever you want.

Kush and Canvases also offers more focused classes, like pet portrait painting, for example.

Do Just About Anything

In Colorado, people pair cannabis with just about every activity.

If you enjoy writing, sign up for the Get Lit on Lit gatherings. These 420-friendly writing classes are for people who feel inspired to write when they imbibe.

There are classes about cannabis skin care, pottery classes, pipe-making courses, and even a cannabis-friendly needlepoint gathering.

Discover where to stay, hang out, shop, party, and eat if you're traveling to Colorado for a 420 vacation.

8 Must-Visit Smoke Spots in Colorado

Friday February 10, 2017

T he groundhog just saw his shadow, which means we have a few more weeks of winter left. Don’t worry though because the peak season for exploring Colorado is almost here! To get you excited for warmer weather and scenic smoke spot sessions, we’ve hand-picked the best places to visit and enjoy some cannabis in Colorado!

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater

An extremely popular destination in Morrison Colorado, the mighty Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Enjoy some fine Colorado cannabis and find yourself on an exciting excursion that is nothing short of epic.

Red Rocks Park offers two great pedestrian hiking trails: Trading Post Trail and the Geologic Overlook Trail. There is also a utility trail, called Red Rocks trail, which is used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Both pedestrian trails are lined with bright red rock formations. The moderate hike through the formations is a perfect spot to spark up and enjoy the natural beauty.

Red Rocks Amphitheater is debated as one of the most incredible venues on earth to enjoy a show. Eager fans of music flock from around the world to see their favorite acts up on stage tucked perfectly between two rising red rock formations which define this iconic spot. Add some cannabis to the mix and you’re sure to have a fun-filled night!

St. Mary’s Glacier

Nestled in Idaho Springs is St. Mary’s Glacier of the Arapahoe National Forest. Hikers brave the very moderate 1.4-mile hike up a rocky natural staircase to the foot of St. Mary’s Lake. From this point of view, you can see the giant white glacier laid on the side of the mountain peak. It is the perfect quick hike for tourists or visitors who may not be interested in spending the whole day hiking in high altitude. For those looking for a more challenging hike, the glacier goes on for several miles and there is plenty of rocky terrains to climb and explore around on.

In winter and in summer you will find hikers skiing, snowboarding and sledding down the side of the glacier. For the stoners who don’t come prepared, you can always slide down on your belly or even in a trash bag! If you are a thrill seeker, you could take a chilly dip in St. Mary’s Lake or try your hand at some cliff-diving. This place is not only beautiful but a blast of a time, especially with some frosty trees accompanying the exhilarating views. If you’re visiting in the summertime, be aware that there’s still snow up there, so always bring an extra layer!

Colorado has arguably the best scenery to go on an adventure and enjoy some cannabis. Tourists and locals alike will enjoy these 8 best Colorado smoke spots.