Celebrate Father’s Day on the Course
Celebrate Father’s Day on the Course

Creating great memories with dad on Father’s Day is always better than giving him another boring tie or gift card. Not only will he appreciate the effort you put into planning the gift itself, but he will cherish the memories of that quality time forever. If your dad loves golf, you’ll find a variety of fantastic Broomfield golf courses near the Renaissance Flatiron hotel, including:

  • Coal Creek Golf Course – featuring four sets of tees for different skill levels, this popular course in nearby Louisville measures 6957 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130.
  • Eagle Trace Golf Club – take in spectacular Rocky Mountains views, as you navigate large lakes, 65 sand bunkers and bent grass greens. There is also a clubhouse with a full-service restaurant and bar.
  • Greenway Park Golf Course – this beautiful, semi-private course offers nine holes and measures 1096 yards from the longest tees.
  • The Broadlands Golf Course – rated among the best golf courses in the Broomfield, Co area, Broadlands’ lush fairways and unique water hazards provide challenges to players of all skill levels. The green fees are reasonable and Broadlands Grill offers a variety of tasty sandwiches, salads, and appetizers to celebrate after your time on the greens.
  • Walnut Creek Golf Preserve – Located in nearby Westminster, this award-winning golf course is a Certified Bronze Audubon International Signature Sanctuary that is home more than 77 species of wildlife. Gently rolling hills and Rocky Mountain views await. They also offer Kids Play Free specials along with exceptional practice facilities.

Things to Do in Broomfield

Aside from golfing, there are plenty of other fun things to do for Father’s Day in the Broomfield area. From museums and fly fishing trips to live performances and even archery lessons, you are sure to find an activity you and your dad will love.

  • Empty Quiver Archery – Learn how to shoot arrows in the sport of archery. All levels are welcome.
  • 1st Bank Center – Take dad to see his favorite band, comedian or other performances at this nearby venue. Check the Calendar of Events for listings.
  • Front Range Anglers – Take dad on a full day guided tour of Boulder Creek where he can learn or go fly fishing for trout. Equipment will be provided.
  • Nighthawk Brewery – If your dad loves beer, take him to Nighthawk Brewery, featuring a variety of delicious beer on tap and a great kitchen menu. The brewery also regularly hosts events, including trivia nights.
  • Mile High Gliding – Give dad the ride of his life aboard a two-place glider with the pilot sitting behind him. He will be able to take in the view of the mountain, including the college town scenery through the clear Plexiglass canopy.
  • The Wild West Ranch – Whether dad is a horseback riding expert or is interested in learning, the ranch will be a pleasant experience for him. Trail and hay rides are available
  • Colorado Railroad Museum – Take a journey through history while looking at a model railroad, a roundhouse restoration facility, including a collection of vintage engines, coaches and cabooses.
Getting Ready for the First Week of College

As move-in week at CU Boulder approaches, new students will discover a variety of on-campus events designed to help students meet each other and become more familiar with the campus. Whether you are a freshman or a transfer student, take advantage of the move-in week activities to get your time at CU Boulder off to the right start.

  • Women’s Resource Center Tie-Dye Welcome: Bring your artsy side to the Women’s Resource Center and get to know the people who work in there. There will be a fun tie-dye activity.
  • Trivia at the UMC: Grab your friends or make new ones at this fun-filled trivia event. You will have a chance to join a team and compete for prizes. The trivia will range from pop culture to history, and everything in between.
  • Rec Center Welcome Activities: Take advantage of free Zumba, yoga and ballet classes as well as invigorating outdoor activities like boot camp fitness.
  • Farrand Fest: This annual event takes place on the Farrand Field and features free food, games, and all kinds of entertainment.

Check the Calendar of Events page daily for updates, times and locations.

Things to Keep in Mind When Moving to College

The best way to start the school year off right is to prepare for the best (and the worst). To make the transition easier, get familiar with your environment, like taking a campus tour before your official move-in date.

  • If you will be living on campus, try to visit the residence halls or on-campus apartments where you will be staying for the upcoming school year to get a good look at the size of your room. This can help you avoid buying and/or packing unnecessary items. Most on-campus rooms and apartments come in a wide variety of sizes and are fully furnished.
  • If you will have a roommate, contact your assigned roomie before moving in so you’ll know what each other plan on bringing along.
  • It’s also helpful to print out a list of all the rules and amenities provided at your living quarters. Check your email daily for your move-in date and time.

Reserve a Suite at the Renaissance Flatiron Near CU Boulder

If family members or friends are traveling to Boulder to help with your move, it’s important to make lodging arrangements ahead of time, since your residence hall room or apartment will not be able to accommodate them.

The Renaissance Boulder Flatiron is one of the top-rated, all-suite hotels near CU Boulder. We are ideally located 10 minutes from campus, and offer newly-renovated suites inspired by the Rockies with upscale amenities like HDTVs, mini-refrigerators, coffeemakers and sleeper sofas. We also offer free parking, which is ideal for students moving with U-Haul trucks or Pods, as parking on campus is very limited. Forget something at home or need a new first-day outfit? Flatiron Crossing Mall is located directly across the street.

We also offer several packages that are ideal for visiting family members, including our Breakfast Package, which includes a deluxe suite and complimentary breakfast at FLATZ Restaurant. Guests planning on visiting the mall can reserve our Experiences! Shopping Spree Package, which offers two Starbucks® drinks, complimentary transportation to Flatiron Crossing Mall, a discount card applicable at many of the mall’s retailers, and a $50 AMEX gift card.

Let the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron hotel help make your move to CU Boulder a seamless experience. Reserve your suite today!

Boulder Ironman 2017

One of the most thrilling races in the world is the Boulder Ironman, where athletes of all ages compete for 40 qualifying slots for the World Championship that’s held this year in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This year, the qualifying competition takes place in Boulder on June 11, 2017.

Whether you’re participating or cheering someone on from the sidelines, Boulder’s fair weather paired with gorgeous mountain backdrops makes this event all the better. If you’re still looking for hotels near Boulder, CO, for the big race, the Renaissance Flatiron has you covered with all-suite accommodations, great views, award-winning dining, and unbeatable amenities.

The Triathlon Course

The Ironman 2017 competition is a swim-bike-run course:

  • The action begins as the triathletes swim 2.4 miles at the Boulder Reservoir in a one-loop course, with lake temperatures normally in the 70s.
  • Once they’re finished with the swim race, and out of the water, athletes transition to bicycles on land for 40+ mile multiple loops within beautiful Boulder County, for approximately 112 miles.
  • The bike course has a few steep climbs reaching 4,000 feet with plateaus, which means the athletes have to pace themselves accordingly.
  • Next, is the running section of the course – 26.2 miles of shaded bike paths and windy back roads. Runners go through 2 loops of what Boulder Ironman affectionately dubs “The Flux Capacitor”—from the classic ‘80s film, “Back to the Future” (because the course is in the shape of a Y).
  • All in all, it’s approximately a 140.6-mile Boulder Ironman triathlon!

As the mantra goes, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

Distance from hotel

  • The Boulder Reservoir is only 20 minutes from the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron
  • The finish line is also about 20 minutes away

Vantage Points to Cheer On the Athletes

  • Swim: Pick a great spot on the Boulder Reservoir dam to watch the exciting kickoff.
  • Bike: For safe and excellent viewing, try Co Rd 6 and I-25 underpass.
  • Run: The bike-to-run transition is at Boulder High School. Also, the Boulder City Library Lawn and Scott Carpenter Park are fantastic viewing areas to get many glimpses of your athlete.

The finish line is at 1964 13th Street, Boulder. Live coverage to track your athlete will be available that day. Meet the moment of triumph when it happens! We’re rooting for you!

Our Hotel Near Boulder CO

As one of the top-rated hotels near Boulder, CO, the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron is the perfect choice if you are traveling to town for the competition. After the Boulder Ironman, relax and get away from all the noise and bustle in our outdoor whirlpool, or simply slip into a plush, oversized robe in your suite and drift into peaceful bliss.

Summer Bucket List

With tons of sunshine, endless outdoor activities and special events, summer is the perfect time to come to Colorado. With so many things to do in Broomfield, there truly is something for everyone. With our boutique-style design, central location and all-suite accommodations, it’s easy to see why the Renaissance Flatiron is a favorite among hotels in Broomfield, CO for fun summer getaways.

Things to do in Broomfield

As local experts, Renaissance Flatiron is your guide to the area’s coolest activities and events. To help plan your summer getaway, we’ve complied our Top 5 Summer Bucket List:

      1. Start your day at our award-winning restaurant, Flatz.
        • With fresh, local produce and breathtaking views of the Flatiron Mountains, breakfast has never tasted this good.
        • We offer special discounted breakfast packages with a deluxe suite (if your stay includes a Friday or Saturday night) for up to two adults and two children under 12.
        • Indulge in mouthwatering creations like our Colorado Pork Belly Benedict, Flatz Chillaquiles, Bee Squared Honey Soufflé Pancakes with Sour Cherry syrup and fresh berries; and so much more.
      2. Next, take a private scenic airplane tour
        • Bluebird Aviation lets you fly over the mountains on the Front Range of Colorado in a high-performance Cessna 182.
          • The views will astound you… Tours leave from Broomfield and guests rave that this isn’t just amazingly special, but right up there with life’s best moments.
          • An hour tour for 1-3 guests is surprisingly affordable: $280.
          • Not only do they let you take photos and video, they also have 2 HD cameras mounted on the plane, and cockpit recording, footage you’ll get free with a tour.
      3. Do you like to play golf? Or want to learn?
        • Golf enthusiasts, or those looking to take up the game, will find several impressive golf courses near the hotel.
          • Check out Greenway Park Golf Course, Broadlands Golf Course, Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor or ask the front desk for even more suggestions.
          • Hours are usually 10 am or 10:30 am – 4:00 pm.
          • Professional golf lessons are available locally and can be arranged if you are looking to perfect your swing.
          • Insider Tip: Grab a coffee from our on-site Starbucks® before you head out for your tee time
      4. Sample Some of Colorado’s Famous IPAs and Lagers
        • Among the most popular activities in Broomfield is sampling some of Colorado’s locally brewed beers.
          • Head over to Wonderland Brewing for their “wonder beer” or “complex series of Belgian, American, and English beers.” Wonderland Brewing is located at: 5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO; (303) 953-0400
          • For a more hipster vibe, replete with a pizza kitchen, game room and happy hour, there’s also family-owned Nighthawk Brewery: 2780 Industrial Lane, Broomfield, CO; (720)262-3900
      5. Wednesdays on the Waterfront – Free Concert Series
        • Summer is the time for outdoor music. The series kicks off on June 14th with classic rock band, Milestone.
        • People of all ages come to picnic, dance, sing along, and play Frisbee.
        • There’s a different band every week, held rain or shine.
        • Located at the Broomfield Amphitheatre, 3 Community Park Road
4th of July Events in Boulder

4th of July brings out the inner kid in all of us, from parades and picnics to the “ooh’s” and “ah’s” over sparkling bursts of light racing across the sky.

Not only does Broomfield and Boulder have the best 4th of July events, Travel + Leisure magazine named Boulder as one of the top five “America’s Best Towns for July 4th” for two years in a row.

So, if you thought Colorado was only amazing for winter skiing, think again! 4th of July events in Boulder should be at the top of your summer vacation list. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite festivities below, but there is always more to discover in beautiful Boulder.

Fireworks at Folsom Field

An annual tradition since 1941, Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast takes place at the University of Colorado’s football stadium, Folsom Field. Featuring live music and Ralphie, the real buffalo and CU mascot, this family-friendly event is a must-see. Fireworks top off the festivities just after dark, around 9:30 pm.

Star-Spangled Splash 5k & 10k at Boulder Reservoir

This is an all-day, family-friendly, event held each year at the lovely Boulder Reservoiron July 4th.

  • For the athletic and ambitious, there are 5K/10K races at 8 am, with free beer for participants (21+).
  • There’s live music, DJs, vendors, volleyball, and other fun activities on the beach.
  • Parking is conveniently located adjacent from the event where attendants will be available to help direct guests.

Fireworks and More

If you prefer to stay close to the hotel, you’ll find a variety of fun July 4th activities and festivities right here in Broomfield.

Even More Great Things to Do in Broomfield

    • Enjoy a lovely patio dinnerSummer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor dining. Broomfield has lots of outdoor patio restaurants, but our own onsite restaurant, Flatz, has a deck overlooking the Rockies. It doesn’t get much better than that.
    • Check out 4 Noses Brewing CompanyThis family-operated breweryfeatures hoppy concoctions, spicy stouts, and deliciously dark porters. They’re about 3 miles from us.
    • Cool off at The Broomfield Bay Aquatic ParkThis fun summer attraction
      is a great place for a picnic. The kids can swim and enjoy water slides. They also have snow cones! They’re about 5 miles from us and are open from 10-6.

 

Memorial Day

Celebrate Memorial Day at the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron

Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to step back and reconnect with family and friends over a long weekend. Luckily, the Renaissance Boulder-Flatiron is close to the fun-filled activities and special Boulder events hosted throughout Memorial Day weekend, in addition to year-round offerings like the area’s scenic hikes and famous breweries. Whether you prefer the thrill of theme parks, family-friendly festivals, or live sporting events, you’ll find all of that and so much more during Memorial Day weekend in Boulder.

Experience BolderBOULDER

Spend your Memorial Day participating in a 38-year Boulder tradition, the annual BolderBOULDER 10K. Deemed “America’s All-Time Best 10K”, and one of the top events of the year, the BolderBOULDER is largest race of its kind in the nation.

Join over 50,000 participants as you follow a set course through Boulder’s city streets that ends at CU’s Folsom Field. You’ll also discover fun surprises along the way including belly dancing, African drumming, live bands, DJs and more. The race is divided into 100 individual waves, allowing you to start with the group best suited to your style (elite runners, runners, joggers, and walkers).

There are also race-related events throughout the weekend, starting with the SportsEXHIBIT on the Pearl Street Mall on Saturday and Sunday, and ending with a Memorial Day celebration on Monday at Folsom Field, which includes the traditional exhibition sky dive by the Mile-Hi Sky Diving Team.

For more information about race registration, spectator information and volunteer opportunities, please visit the BolderBOULDER FAQ page.

Stay Near Denver Memorial Day Activities & Attractions

Renaissance Boulder Flatiron’s central location also means Denver’s unique attractions and Memorial Day festivities are only minutes away.

  • Check out the Denver Arts Festivalat Stapleton’s Conservatory Green
  • Denver Day of Rock: is a free music event held at 16th Street pedestrian mall. The event is complete with over two dozen free concerts spread out across five stages, plus food and beer gardens.
  • Rockies fans will love the Memorial Day Weekend Series against the Seattle Mariners, which also includes a tribute for those who have served our country.
  • If thrill seeking is more to your liking, spend the holiday weekend at Elitch Gardens. Doors open in May, so Memorial Day Weekend means fun for the whole family.

Check out our locally-inspired room packages for the easiest way to get out and explore.

Mother’s Day at Renaissance Flatiron

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Renaissance Flatiron

It goes without saying that being a mom is one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs out there. Show your mother how much you appreciate her this year with a Mother’s Day weekend at the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron. Our upscale hotel is nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, with easy access to the fantastic hiking trails, shopping, and attractions between Denver and Boulder.

If shopping is one of your mom’s favorite past times, reserve our Shopping Spree Package, which includes:

  • Two Starbucks® drinks
  • Complimentary transportation to Flatiron Crossing Mall
  • Discount card for many of the mall’s retailers
  • $50 AMEX card

We’ll also be hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch at our very own Flatz’s restaurant, featuring classic breakfast fare, fresh seafood displays, a carving station, made-to-order omelets, a decadent dessert bar and more.

Mother’s Day Activities in Boulder

  • Spavia: If your mother deserves some personalized pampering, take her to Spavia in Boulder. Considered one of the best spas in Colorado, Spavia knows how to impress new guests by offering a $20 gift towards your first visit. This award-winning spa is located less than 10 miles from the hotel at the Twenty Ninth Street Mall.
  • Boulder Ballet: If your mother enjoys the performing arts, treat her to the Boulder Ballet’s annual performance of Two Witches and A Prince. There are two showings on May 14th at 11 AM and 2 PM at the Boulder Theater, which is located at 2032 14th Street.
  • Chautauqua National Historic Landmark: Infuse your Mother’s Day celebration with a little local flare by visiting the Chautauqua National Historic Landmark. After touring the historic buildings and exploring the park’s beautiful trails, you can take in spectacular views from the Dining Hall’s wraparound porch, or step inside for a cool drink. This historic landmark is located just outside the University of Colorado Boulder, only 10 miles from the hotel.

Make this Mother’s Day the best one yet by treating your mom to the deluxe accommodations near these exceptional Boulder activities at the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron.

Skiing in Boulder

Discover Skiing in Boulder, Colorado

When people think of perfect snow, white-capped mountains, skiing, snowboarding, sun and winter fun, they think of Colorado. Well, here’s something else: Boulder was named by National Geographic as a Top 10 Winter Town.

As for top-notch skiing in Boulder, locals recommend their favorite place, just a hop, skip and a jump away: Eldora Mountain Resort – only a half hour away from downtown Boulder. You’ll find that Eldora has a local, laid-back vibe and that there are plenty of options for everyone from the beginner to the extremely advanced.

Whether it’s cross-country skiing, show shoeing, snowboarding or downhill skiing you crave, your next adventure awaits. Just 30 miles from Eldora, we’re proud to be among the top-favorite hotels near Boulder skiing. At the Renaissance Boulder Flatiron, you’ll have fantastic amenities, award-winning onsite dining, breathtaking views and exceptional service.

Top 10 Facts About Eldora:

  1. It’s a gorgeous, picturesque drive up Canyon Boulevard, located just 21 miles west of Boulder.
  2. The slopes there receive a snowfall of approximately 300 inches a year. When it’s not snowing, they boast one of Colorado’s best snowmaking systems… covering 100% of the immaculately-groomed terrain (more than any other in Colorado).
  3. The base of Eldora is 9,200 feet above sea level and top elevation is 10,800 feet above.
  4. There’s live music every weekend!
  5. Many people love taking private skiing or snowboarding lessons (plus, you get VIP service with your rentals).
  6. Lift tickets cost about half the price of most major resorts.
  7. During the week, visitors and locals alike praise the fact that there are no big hassles with crowds or long lines.
  8. Some even say that it can feel like a “private mountain,” which makes them enjoy their Rocky Mountain experience so much more. “It felt like we owned the place,” one family gushed.
  9. There are many slopes to choose from, so you don’t get bored; plus, this works well for the beginner, intermediate and expert skier.
  10. Eldora is the one place where you can go skiing in (or near) Boulder and miss the famous I-70 traffic, which means more time on the slopes and less time in the car.

Relax After a Day at the Slopes at Renaissance Flatiron

After a thrilling day of hitting the slopes, or spending the day in nearby quaint Louisville at Winter Skate (a classic outdoor ice skating rink), come back to us and massage the kinks out in our heated outdoor whirlpool.

Then, unwind in our spacious, all-suite guest rooms with plush robes and Aveda bath products. Next, celebrate with a superb meal and a bottle of wine from an extensive list at our award-winning, onsite Flatz Restaurant and Lounge.

There’s also our heated patio with a beautiful view of the snow-capped Rockies. This is the good life. Happy Skiing!

Mile High Holidays

Mile High Holidays at Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel

Denver is beautiful all year-round, but the holiday season makes it truly sparkle. The Mile High Holidays makes this gorgeous city the ideal place to be. Enjoy fantastic activities from November 25, 2016 – January 22, 2017.

During that time, we’re offering the best specials among Boulder hotel deals, perfect for your budget, so that you can have plenty left over to do some fun holiday shopping. We welcome you to stay at the all-suite, Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel for $99 per night for a limited time only, so don’t miss out!

Save in Broomfield During Your Holiday Travel

The Mile High Holidays is all about magical things to do around Denver during the joyous holiday season. There’s something for everyone, at any age. It’s also about the community being able to give back, by offering discounts, specials and magnificent free shows in the spirit of celebration. From festive parades and millions of twinkling lights to massive fireworks and great holiday shopping, here are some of the best activities:

  1. Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination: Downtown Denver, sprawling from Union Station to the City and County building, will be majestically lit up with bright-colored floodlights on Nov. 25 till the end of December. Gorgeous lighting displays will be at Larimer Square, Denver Pavilions, Skyline Park, D&F Tower and 16th Street Mall.
  2. A Christmas Carol: This cherished, time-honored Charles Dickens’ classic comes to life on stage with Ebenezer Scrooge’s amazing journey from miserable greedy miser to a generous and kind-hearted soul. See it from November 25 – December 24 at the Stage Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
  3. Denver Zoo Lights: Visit Denver’s Zoo from Dec. 2, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017 and enjoy spectacular lights on trees and animal sculptures. Parking can be difficult, so be prepare and bring some hot chocolate!
  4. New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Downtown Denver fireworks are phenomenal. There will be one earlier, family-friendly show at 9 p.m. and a later one at 12 a.m. on December 31, 2016.
  5. The Christkindl Market at Skyline Park: Local artisans and vendors from Germany as well as other countries abroad offer unique handcrafted pieces from November 18 – December 23, 2016. Listen to Christmas carols and live German music while enjoying hot spiced wine and delicious traditional fare.

Our Colorado holiday hotel deal gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy everything the season has to offer. Unwind after a full day and relax in your spacious suite, stargaze in the heated outdoor whirlpool, or enjoy a warm meal at our award-winning onsite restaurant Flatz. ‘Tis the season to come visit and enjoy!

Old Town Louisville’s Outdoor Ice Rink

Celebrate the Holidays at Old Town Louisville’s Outdoor Ice Rink

Experience the small-town American charm of Old Town Louisville, located just a short drive from us. This is a definite must-do among Boulder holiday events. WinterSkate is an old-fashioned, outdoor ice skating rink, hearkening back to simpler times – complete with traditional holiday music and festive cheer for everyone. Located in the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville, the event will be open from Thanksgiving week until the end of February.

Hours are:

  • Monday-Wednesday 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Thursday 2 pm – 10 pm
  • Friday 12 pm – 10 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday 10 am – 8 pm

**Hours on holidays (such as Thanksgiving and Christmas) may vary.

Admission:

  • Adults $5
  • Kids (ages 4-12) $4
  • Children (ages 3 and under) Free
  • College Students and Military $3
  • Senior Citizens (65+) $3

Skate Rental $4

Parking is free, easy and readily available.

A Short Drive from Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel

Whether you’re in town visiting loved ones or taking your family on a trip, this year’s Boulder holiday events will be the kind you’ll always remember. Historic downtown is reminiscent of 1878, with 100-year-old buildings lining Main, Front and Pine Streets. Spend the day skating, then explore the wonderful little town and have some Sweet Cow ice cream or sinfully delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows. Then, browse one of the unique shops there, like The Singing Cook, By Chance, or Gifts at Cooper’s Corner.

Here are more suggestions:

At Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel, you’re just a short drive away. Enjoy one of the best ice skating rinks near Boulder, then come back to our all-suite upscale accommodations, unwind and relax in serious style. We offer:

  • Hotel Fitness Center – We have an indoor pool and a heated outdoor whirlpool for that extra touch. Or, burn off some extra energy with our state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment.
  • Complimentary Valet Parking and On-Site Parking
  • Spacious All-Suite Guest Rooms – Our newly renovated suites are sophisticated, airy and stylish, with extra amenities you’ll love, such as Aveda bath products and plush robes. Experience superior service plus all the modern conveniences you’d need from home while visiting with us this holiday season.
  • On-Site Dining – Our superb, award-winning Flatz Restaurant and Lounge has fresh “Food Forward” seasonal dishes with quality ingredients. We proudly boast an impressive wine list as well. Feel free to sit outside on our heated patio, which overlooks a gorgeous view of the Rockies, take in the beauty… and smile. This is the way life should always be.