Turns out that the lodge supplies a shuttle bus service to the nearby towns of Winter Park and Fraser and so the little blue car can stay out of the snow in the heated underground parking garage that belongs to the lodge.
View out our window.
Our friend Kent in Denver had been a full time ski instructor up here at Winter Park Resort for a long time and so he knows the area well. He said we had to go see Shawn and Cindy over at Fontenot's Fresh Seafood and Grill and so we figured a good meal would hit the spot.
And it did.
Our regular readers know that we don't do restaurants very often. We're often left with the feeling that the meal was just "okay". Plus, Ruth is a great cook and we like our own cooking.
Fontenot's at Winter Park.
But Fontenot's has a very different menu and we don't mind trying different things. They specialize in Cajun and Louisiana style cooking and there are some different items on the menu.
Ruth chose the "Chicken Toulouse", and I had the "Southwestern Cobb" salad.
Dinner is served!
My mouth is watering again just looking at the pictures!
My Southwestern Cobb Salad: Grilled chicken breast, roasted corn pico de gallo, avocado, bacon, cheddar jack cheese, a boiled egg, and a homemade blue cheese dressing.
Ruth's Chicken Toulouse: Blackened chicken breast, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke, spinach, in a spicy vodka cream sauce with a cheesy mashed potato pancake.
Mine was really good. Exactly what I expected, and I enjoyed the meal. Ruth actually said that her meal was one of the best restaurant meals she's ever had!
I had a draft beer, and Ruth had a cocktail. They were from the happy hour menu, so it pays to show up between 4:00pm and 6:00pm! Total bill including tax and tip would have been around $50.
Shawn and Cindy at Fontenot's Restaurant.
From there, we had to pick up a couple of groceries and we figured we could walk to the grocery store. But first, we had to learn how to walk on an icy sidewalk again. it's been a while!
The middle of April?? You would think it's the middle of January!
Yup. 27F (-3C). With a bit of a breeze. Brrr.
But, we are here to go skiing, and ski we will! It's been over ten years since we've strapped the boards to our feet, so we're excited about it! It's snowing again this morning, so the conditions should be about perfect!