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San Juan Mountains provide Inspiration to all kinds of Artists!

  
  
  

Maybe it is the scenery, but it seems the artistic are 'drawn' to the Uncompahgres.

aspenlightglassOuray County has painters, welders, woodworkers, quilters, photographers, and glass workers, just to name a few.

Aspen Light Glass in Ridgway does amazing work with fused glass art and jewelry. Diane does wall hangings, bowls, dishes etc. She specializes in frit painting, fused glass and pique assiette mosaics. The studio is open by appointment only in Ridgway this winter.

anncheeksAnn Cheeks moved  to Ouray only a year ago, but loves the area. Her first time in Ouray she actually stayed at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs! She said she saw 2 deer that came really close while sitting in the hot tubs and a double rainbow. She has been inspired by our surroundings to paint mountains and waterfalls. She teaches for Weehawken Creative Arts in Ridgway and Ouray as well as Ah Ha School for the Arts in Telluride. She mostly does oils, but likes to play with all different mediums.

johnbillingsJohn Billings is known as the Grammy Man in Ridgway. Who knew that in a little unknown town in the south west corner of Colorado the Grammys are made. John is a craftsman who cares about his work, he creates the style and builds the mold. John also makes the Annie Award and the John Wooden Award. It takes about 15 hours to make 1 Grammy Award.

natashaNatasha Payette is an icon in Ouray County. She started and has taken the Weehawken Dance program to amazing heights! Natasha produces all the performances the dance program performs. She does all the choreography music, costumes set design everything from start to finish is under her talented control. For such a small community we have the most amazing dance programs! The group performs 2 big shows each year, one in May and one in December. They have done everything from the traditional Nutcracker to Natasha’s own version of Wizard of Oz, a tribute to The Beatles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Peter Pan. There is also a smaller group of committed dancers in the Weehawken Company that put on 2 smaller shows each year. For the Company performances each member has to choreograph one of their own dances. This last year instead of the Nutcracker they did Polar Express. http://www.weehawkenarts.org/

buckskinbooksellersOuray has a quilters guild that produces some amazing quilts each year. Every September the Ouray County Museum does a quilt show to show off old quilts. There is a raffle of one of the Guild’s quilts. The drawing takes place at the Quilter’s Tea which ends the month long show.

moonwalk2Of course the area attracts photographers. We have many photographers living in the area as well as visiting photographers who come to capture our spectacular surroundings. You can see many of the local talent at the annual Ouray County Arts Association’s Artist Alpine Holiday the first week in August. This year the event celebrates it’s 54th year. They also have a winter show over the President’s weekend every year. This year the winter show also happens to be on Valentine’s Day as well. The show is held at the Ouray Community Center Feb 14-17. http://www.ourayarts.org/  The Artist Alpine Holiday is also held at the Community Center with classes throughout the week as well as plein air paint out.

moonwalkAlso each month in Ridgway over the full moon there is an art walk that features different artists each month. You can check out their website or facebook page to find out what is happening each month.

wildflowerboutiqueThe Wildflower Boutique in Ouray boasts over 110 Colorado artists. From wall art to hand crafted pillows, candles and jewelry, the talent of local artists is highlighted in every corner. Since expanding their store in 2010 to include the Colorado Room, Dee and Robert have created a space filled with amazing works of all kinds.

As you can see, Ouray County is a treasure trove for the arts, and we have only just begun!

Come explore the galleries and shops, or bring your paints or camera. Capture the majestic beauty of the San Juans any time of year!

See You Soon!

About the Author: Faith Parry was born on a hippie commune in Southwest Colorado. After graduating with a degree in music, Faith has traveled extensively around the world, always finding her way home. She loves hiking, taking nature photos, baking, and throwing great parties. Faith founded the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival in Ouray; a fantastic party featuring all products from Colorado, which has quickly become an event not to be missed each winter. 

 

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A Romantic Getaway in the San Juan Mountains

  
  
  

Ouray Hotel Offers Romance Every Day of the Year With These Great Packages!

cupidWhen considering a romantic getaway with your significant other, think no further than the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Beautiful Ouray, Colorado!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you have been getting those looks. That questioning gaze when they think you're not paying attention...is it going to be the same old thing? A quick bunch of roses from the grocery store, or a box of candy with a Charles Schultz character on the front?

Step outside of your comfort zone, and surprise your hearts desire with a getaway that will let them know exactly how much you care!

ouray winterTake a scenic drive along Highway 550 to the beautiful town of Ouray. Wander Main Street, each locally owned and operated shop a testament to hard work and creativity. Purchase a one of a kind gift for each other, then enjoy lunch at one of the amazing restaurants in town.

After lunch, head down to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, and check in to your room. Located in the Southwest corner of Ouray, the Box Canyon offers the best of both worlds.

Serenely tucked in at the base of the walking entrance to the Box Canyon Waterfall Park and the Ouray Ice Park, the hotel feels as if it is a world away from everything. The welcoming front desk agent will direct you to your room, where your true romantic adventure begins.

romance.package.adrenalineWhether it is relaxation and serenity, or an epic adventure for two, the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs have taken care of all of the details for you. 

Adrenaline junkies will find an itinerary for the adventure of their choice. All of the arrangements have been made to meet with your guide in the morning and your itinerary is already printed and placed in your room for you; all you have to do is enjoy your evening, and prepare for a day of snowmobiling or ice climbing.

Take a class at the Ice Park. Ultimately, climbing is a two person sport. One person has to hold the line as the other climbs; somewhat similar to relationships.

A snomobile tour in the San Juans between Ridgway and Telluride is an experience the two of you will remember for a lifetime. Couples who have shared their adventurous day with us have always been bursting with the fun and excitement of the speed and beauty of these tours.

Spend the day snowshoeing or cross country skiing. The serene quiet of the Uncompahgres as the two of you explore a variety of trails leaves the impression of being the only people in the world. We will plot out the perfect map for you to a spot ideal for your skill level.

Rates for the Adventure Romance begin at $150.00.

For the couple who just wants to relax and enjoy some quiet couples time, settle in for an evening of soaking in the mineral hot springs and an early dinner. Your appointment for a couples massage has been set either here in your room, or at the spa, your choice.

Once back to the hotel, a late check out has been arranged. In the morning, a cup of fresh brewed coffee, roasted in Ridgway, entices the two of you out of bed, and back to the tubs for a morning soak. The crisp mountain air quickly clears the cobwebs of sleep, and nothing quite compares to enjoying a steaming cup of coffee as the sun glistens on the winter landscape. You won't have to get out of your warm robes until it is time to meander home in the afternoon.

Rates for the Relaxation Romance Package begin at $175.00.

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No rule book says that this is the end of your romantic getaway, or that you have to specifically choose one package or the other.  There are a variety of activities in and around Ouray that seem to have been specifically created for a couple enjoying each others company.

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The list is endless, and the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is waiting to help create a getaway specific to you and your love.

The Box Canyon Lodge Romance Packages are specifically  designed for you and your love. When you call, our informative front desk will work with you to create the getaway that will live forever. Starting at $150.00 plus tax, this is a wonderful way to show your love how much you care. 

 

Begin Your Romantic Getaway Right Now!

Ridgway Moonwalk - Art and Culture in Southwest Colorado

  
  
  

Local artists on display by the light of the moon in the San Juan Mountains!

rcdlogotagline(sm)When the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts joined forces to develop the first Moonwalk, the question of whether this would become a monthly adventure was an unspoken one. Now, with over twelve full moons successfully explored, it seems the Ridgway Moonwalk is here to stay.

And why not? In 2012, the Ridgway Creative District was formed of a group pf volunteers working toward goals set forth by Governor Hickenlloper for economic development; the goal was to grow and nurture creative industries in our community.

weehawkenlogoWith so very many talented artists in the area, it is not hard to believe in the success of their efforts. The monthly moon walk, which focuses on a specific form of creativity every month, not only allows one to explore many different artists, but also the shops and restaurants of the area.

The group gathers in the early evening, then travels from one spot to another, viewing artists works, while warming up from the walk in shops along the way.

ExoticEarthLogo Transparent White Border 300x300This month, on January 17, 2014, the focus is on creative businesses in the Industrial District of Ridgway. 

The Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters is a prime example of ingenuity and expression. Participants will gather at 602 N Cora St, where in addition to viewing the works of local artist and crafter Joyce Withrow, they will be able to explore the intricacies of coffee roasting, an art for in and of itself.

Everyone knows that when the sun goes down in Southwest Colorado, it gets cold quickly, so this walkable event makes a point of keeping everything very close.

xfront bennett.jpg.pagespeed.ic.g3miXNAGSZJust a short walk from the Exotic Earth, experience the works of Kellie Day, as she displays her work in Bennett Forgeworks at 669 N. Cora Street. Bennet Forgeworks specializes in custom metalworks for the home, from railings to light fixtures. Explore the forge and see how it's done!

sjhRight next door, at San Juan Huts System, at 770 N. Cora Street, Diane Rickey will be displaying her talent for all to see. The San Juan Hut System takes their creativity outside. Developing a variety of trails for the outdoor explorer, these knowledgeable guides focus on the beauty of the Southwest, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Of course, there will likely be work exhibited by a variety of artists as participants explore the many displays in each of the shops.

moonwalkEvery month, the Moonwalk will focus on a variety of expressions, always a pleasant interlude into what makes this small community such an interesting and diverse place to visit.

box canyon lodge winter in ourayWalking with friends old and new on an exploration of creativity through art is an ideal way to spend an evening!

Once you have experienced the Moonwalk, it is just a short drive on the Million Dollar Highway to a cozy retreat at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. Soak away the chill in one of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs, then relax to a movie from our extensive video library, enjoying a comfortable rest.

In the morning, explore the majestic San Juans. From scenic drives, to ice climbing, to just spending a day relaxing, let the team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create the perfect escape!

See you soon! 

Book Your Hot Spring Break Getaway Today

19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest in Switzerland of America This January

  
  
  

Intense Competition, Outstanding Events and Extraordinary Good Times Await at the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest January 9 - 13, 2014!

ice3For close to two decades, the Ouray Ice Park has welcomed climbers from all over the world. As the years have passed, the number of climbs in the park have grown, as has its popularity as a World Class park, drawing climbers from near and far to traverse the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. 
With a viewing station set up for specators, that feels as if you are right beside the climbers, the Ouray Ice Festival is truly a sport enthusiasts dream location.
The Ouray Ice Festival has grown along with the park, encompassing not only the awe inspiring competitive climbs, but also embrasing the desire to share knowledge and of course, have a good time.
Don't miss a moment of this weekend; whether you are a seasoned climber here to win a piece of the prize, or new to the sport, Ouray will feed your passion for adventure this Ice Fest!

Thursday January 9, 2014

Presentation by Kristen Kelliher 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Main Street Theater (630 Main Street)

ice6Kristen Kelliher has won national acclaim as the youngest person to summit the top peak in all 50 states in the country. She will be joining the festivities in Ouray immediately after completing the second of the Seven Summits, Aconcague in the Andes. Somewhat new to the sport of ice climbing, this young lady has already accumulated an impressive resume as a top athelete.

Tickets are $15.00 per person, with beer provided by Colorado Boy Brewery.

Ouray Ice Festival Kick Off Party: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm at the Beaumont Grill (505 Main Street)

This evening at the Beaumont is full fo great beer, food and prizes presented by the American Alpine Club. Great fun for you and friends old and new, as everyone gets ready for an Ice Fest Extravaganza!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

Explore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

ice1Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at http://mtnguide.net/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Yet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

Spaghetti Dinner/Indoor Gear Expo and Silent Auction 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the OurayCommunity Center

2014icefest2Treasures to bid on at the silent auction, hob-nobbing with world class atheletes, and beer provided by the award winning Ouray Brewery. For only $20.00 per person, this is the beginning of a night to remember!

Presentation by Adrian Ballinger: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Main Street Theater (630 Main)

One of a mere handful of alpinists capable of keeping up with the Sherpa on climbs throughout the Himalayans, Ballinger has succeeded in climbs often uncompleted by other guides. With a knowledge of climbing and a strong rapport with the Sherppa, he brings an understanding of the climb beyond the competetive aspects of the sport.

$15.00 per person with beer provided by Ourayle House Brewery

Presentation by Kyle Dempster - "The Road from Karakol": 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Wright Opera House

Two time winner of the Piolet d'Or for his ascent of the 21,070-foot Xuelian West in Chinese Tien Shan, and more recently, the 23,901 foot Ogre I, Kyle Dempster stands on the cutting edge of the world alpine scene. His 25 minute film, The Road from Karakol takes us through the much unknown mountains of the Kyrgyz countryside, an epic adventure of disscovery.

Tickets are $15.00 per person. Beer provided by Two Rascals Brewery

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

icefestcompetitorsExplore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at http://mtnguide.net/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

Elite Mixed Ice Climbing Competition: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Lower Bridge in the Ouray Ice Park

Kids Wall2Watch 25 of the worlds top climbers as they traverse a combination of artificial and natural features in a route created by the reknowned route setter Vince Anderson. The competion is fierc and awesome as climbers compete for a $9,000.00 purse, which is divided between the top three male and female climbers in this challenging competition.

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Yet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

icepark30Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

Presentation by Ueli Steck/Live Auction: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center

The Famous Swiss rock climber and mountaineer, nicknamed the “Swiss Machine” for his precision and efficiency, will be presenting at the 19th annual Ouray Ice Fest, as well as teaching at least a couple of clinics and competing in both the Elite Mixed Climbing Comp and the Hari Berger Speed Comp. the biggest attraction of the year, be sure to arrive early at the Community Center to enjoy his presentation. In addition, you can bid on a wide variety of treasures at the Live Auction.

Tickets are $15.00 per person with beer provided by Ouray Brewery. 

Multimedia Presentation by Aaron Mulkey: 9:00 pm top 10:30 pm at the Wright Opera House

ice3Addicted to the chase, Aaron Mulkey has spent his career searching for the ultimate climbs, having completed an unprecedented number of previously unexplored ice in remote areas accross the American West and Norway. When there is no ice to climb, Mulkey finds other extreme sports to entertain himself, always pushing the envelope for his next great adventure.

Tickets are $15.00 per person, with beer provided by Two Rascals Brewery

Petzl "Saturday Night Freezer" Party: 10:30 pm to 1:00 am at the Ouray Community Center

Pull out your Disco best for this years annual late-night Petzl party! Always a great way to warm up after a day on the ice, let loose and boogie the night away with all your Ice Fest friends!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ouray Ice Festival Hari Berger Speed Competition: 9:00 am at the Lower Bridge

ice2This open competition blends both local favorites and all of the big names in the sport, as competitors vie for the best time in a side by side race against the clock on a route solely made up of ice.

Created as a memorial to Hari Berger, the Australian climber who was lost in 2006. With speed as a focus, and $7,000.00 in prize money at stake, this competition has become a huge hit both here in Ouray as well as on the World Cup scene.

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at http://mtnguide.net/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

Explore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

icefestYet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

ASOLO Awards Ceremony: 1:00 pm at the Outdoor Gear Expo

box canyon lodge winter in ouray2For the second year, the ASOLO Award Ceremony will be held outdoors at the Ouray Ice Park. Custom trophys will be presented to the top performing athletes in both the Elite Mixed Climbing Comp and the Hari Berger Speed comp. A picture perfect moment as these individuals receive recognition as they stand arrayed on a pillar of ice, with fans and peers looking on.

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is a proud supported of the Ouray Ice Park, and looks forward to welcoming both competing athletes as well as avid spectators of this extreme sport for the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival.
There is nothing better than warming cold bones in the soothing waters of our mineral hot spring tubs after a day of climbing and cheering on your favorite athletes. 

 

Start Your Adventure on the Ice Today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dining and Entertainment over the Holidays in Ouray!

  
  
  

Ouray’s very First Christmas with a dash of Vinegar

 

Christmas Tree (1)Every town large and small has their own holiday traditions, and each has its own unique story of beginning.  Here in Ouray we have a wonderful tradition of going to Vinegar Hill to go sledding as children and later as adults we will take our own children there to sled on Christmas day. You may ask why this particular sled hill is named Vinegar Hill? Well the name goes all the way back to the very first Christmas ever celebrated here in Ouray in 1875.

 

sledoldIn 1875 the town of Ouray was yet to officially exist, this valley was still Ute Indian land with only a small handful of white men just starting to settle here. These first men were here to prospect, mine and start a small settlement that would later be named Ouray in honor of the Ute Chief Ouray.

 

 

balsamic vinegarIn December 1875 when winter was just beginning the 13 men and no women that lived here gathered together in a cabin for a simple dinner consisting of bread, bacon, and beans. The men, finding that none of the traditional spirits were on hand and the closest place to find any liquor or wine was in Silverton, decided to doctor the one fluid that they had to drink, Vinegar!

 

Thus with a simple meal toasted with a glass of vinegar the first Christmas was celebrated and the location was named for that one drink, retaining that name to this very day. Not only was Vinegar Hill christened with that meal but a town was born, first named Lexington then changed to Uncompahgre City and eventually becoming the city of Ouray.

 

Now days Vinegar Hill still has a place in our Christmas traditions…..whether you spend the day sledding down it with your friends and family or just enjoy watching all the fun. Should you be in need of a sled to use for your day of fun check out Ouray Mountain Sports. And please try to remember this special place and its unique history in our beautiful little spot of the world.

 

This Christmas don’t worry that we will be serving a glass of Vinegar for your holiday meal, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants to dine at:

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

turkeydinnerArtisan Bakery: 7 AM – 2 PM

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 3 PM

Beaumont Hotel Grand Ballroom: 5 – 9 PM (Reservations 970-325- 7000)

Bon Ton: 5 PM - Close (Reservations 970-325-4951)

Buen Tiempo: 5:30 PM – Close (970-325-4544)

Cavallo’s: 7 AM—2 PM; 5:30 PM & 7 PM (Reservations 970-325-2042)

Goldbelt Bar & Grill: 11 AM – 4 PM

Mouse’s Chocolates: 9 AM – 7 PM

O’Briens Pub: 11 AM – Close

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: Closed

 

eye of round roast lCHRISTMAS DAY

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 1 PM

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: 5 PM – 9 PM

 

From all of us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs we wish you warm and wonderful holiday season.

About the Author: Morgan McDaniel is a Ouray County native. After graduating high school, Morgan continued through college, and spent some time out of Colorado. Recently, she returned to Ouray, and can be found pursuing a number of activities, as well as the occasional cameo appearance at the Silver Eagle. Morgan is also the newest member of our front desk team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.
Come in and say hello! 
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The Ouray Victorian Yule Fest Weekend December, 2013

  
  
  

Shopping, Live Music, Wine, Chocolate and Cheese and Santa - All in Ouray This Yule Fest!

Winter is upon us. We have survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with flying colors. The holidays are in full swing, and Ouray is ready for Yule Fest.

ouray winterThe Ouray Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Weekend greets the Holiday Season with open arms and activities sure to entertain everyone. From Friday, December 13, 2013 through Sunday, December 15, 2013, the town is bursting with sidewalk sales, Santa on parade, festive music in several venues and the Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, just to mention a few exciting opportunities to enjoy the Holiday Cheer and small town charm Ouray is famous for.

Every year, Ouray locals and visitors welcome the season with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will all have the opportunity to visit with him at the Ouray Elks Lodge, starting at 5:00 PM. The lodge will also provide a chili supper at 5:15, with meals just $8/adults, $5 kids 5 - 12. 

winefest17The Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, which will be held at the Ouray Community Center on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, sample a variety of decadent treats, all presented by local vendors. Featured last month on 9News Colorado and Company, Faith Parry, creator and organizer of the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, introduced many of the vendors who will be attending this years gala event, including Dirty Water Soap Works IncEast Mesa DesignMountain View WineryStoney Mesa WineryJumpin Good Goat DairyHaystack Mountain Goat Dairy, and MouCo Cheese Company to name a few.

winefest10Colorado is increasingly receiving accolades for the spectacular wines produced accross the state, and many of the cheese and chocolate companies who will be in attendance are very well known and loved all over the country.

As always focusing on local talents, Faith has again included local distilleries and artists who will be displaying a variety of original and interesting wares. Whether you still need to finish off your Christmas list, or are looking to cross off some of your own holiday desires, surely there will be a plethora of enticing options available at this years Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest in Ouray! 

Once again, door prizes will be awarded for the most festively dressed, and the evening should prove to be the best yet of this hugely popular event.

winefest7After the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest, the evening continues at O'Briens Pub from 9:00pm to 12:00am, with Tony Rosario, a rugged oaken voiced guitar-slinger/troubadour, deftly running the rails from from Blues, Country, Rock, Folk, R&B, and Soul with the purpose of a steam-train engineer and an anything but common 1-man groove a country mile wide. 

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 what better way to celebrate the season than an afternoon enjoying Dolce Voce, a Montrose based a capella choral group as they entertain and delight with a great assortment of holiday music from all ages.

 

This year, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is excited to offer a special deal for our Yule Fest Guests. Come on up to Ouray on Friday, and begin your weekend with a soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs. After an evening enjoying the serene beauty of the San Juans, head on back to the Lodge and wind down with one or a few movies from our video library.

Saturday morning, stay in town soaking and relaxing, or take a scenic drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state before the festivities of the night. As the sun sets, after the parade of lights and a visit with Santa, put on your Holiday best, and enjoy an evening at the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest. Sample pallet pleasing delights from local vendors such as Stony Mesa Winery, Pleasant View Vineyards, Four Leaves Winery, Joyce Withrow with Rosemaling, Gubbini Winery, Mountain View Winery, Trail Town Still, Mouse's Chocolates, Ouray Candy Company, Drost's Chocolates, Jumpin Good Goat Dairy, Dayspring Farm, Garrett Estate Cellars and MouCo Cheese. Peruse the variety of original gift ideas from your favorite Bordeaux, to a one of a kind piece of art displayed by local merchants!

box canyon lodge hot (2)Once the evening festivities have come to a close, your room at the Box Canyon is waiting to envelope you in a warm, cozy night sleep. Before heading home on Sunday, be sure to enjoy a cup of Exotic Earth Coffee as you take one last soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs!

Box Canyon Lodge guests receive 50% off of admission to the Wine Chocolate & Cheese Fest on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Rooms are going Fast, so give us a call today!

 

Give the Perfect Gift orGive Yourself a much Deserved Escape!

Ouray, Colorado Invites You to Join us for Thanksgiving!

  
  
  

Tiny Town in the San Juan Mountains Gives Plenty to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving.

snow ouray3The holidays are upon us. We knew this day was coming, and have been looking forward to it for what seems like ages.

When one wakes up in Ouray, and looks out the window, it is impossible not to feel the holiday spirit. Nestled in a tiny box canyon, with unbelievable views in every direction, Ouray epitomizes the sense of community and hard work that is Thanksgiving.

A night at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is an ideal way to begin, or end the perfect Thanksgiving, with no dishes to wash!

Wake in the morning to freshly brewed coffee roasted by our very own Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters as you soak in the early morning light. Work up an appetite on a leisurely stroll on Main Street, window shopping and enjoying the clean crisp mountain air.

The Ouray Hot Springs Pool will be open on Thanksgiving from 4pm to 9pm!

Bring the kids, and enjoy a day at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool! With a variety of temperatures, and a lap swimming area, the Hot Springs Pool is a fabulous place to enjoy an afternoon or evening, soaking, swimming and playing. big turkey dinner, and guess who is sleeping alllllll night?!? 

Dinner is not a problem, but deciding on where to eat may be! 

snow ourayWe serve a very light fare in the morning: homemade muffins, fruit and a selection of juices and teas in addition to coffee, which is just enough to get you going in anticipation of a decadent feast later in the day! Of course, if a full hot breakfast is what you are looking for, no problem! In addition to restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, breakfast and lunch are on the menu as well!

Backstreet Bistro will be open from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

It is hard to believe when walking up to the front door of the Backstreet Bistro that there is anything interesting inside, let alone room for more than a party of perhaps three or four people. believe me, this is not the case! From the moment one walks through the door and is greeted by at least one smiling face, a genuine, good dining experience is in the works.

Just off the menu breakfast and lunch is what you can expect here on Thanksgiving - fabulous baked goods, and Boar's Head meats. You surely cannot go wrong.

At the counter, the menu is listed on the wall, and what a menu! Everything from bagel sandwiches to eggs benedict for breakfast, and a variety of delicious sandwiches for lunch are listed, and the job is to decide what to try!

Beaumont Hotel- Grand Ballroom, Thanksgiving Buffet, Seating’s , Noon,2:30 & 5pm

Adults $34.95, Children, $17.99 (12 & under)

snow ouray2When imagining a refined, traditional Thanksgiving feast, a seating in the Beaumont Grand Ballroom is exactly what comes to mind. Offering turkey, ham and prime rib, with a variety of traditional sides from home-made stuffing to decadent pies, this is a Thanksgiving Buffet sure to please!

This property, redone to the exact specifications of its original glory, is a testament to the accomplishments of our forefathers. 

Amazing architecture and even better food combine to create a truly original experience - one not to be missed.

Bon Ton- Open 3-7pm- Reservation requested- Turkey dinner with all trimmings as well as a limited menu.

For as long as anyone cares to remember, The Bon Ton Restaurant has been a local favorite. Serving masterpieces for the palette, with class and attention to detail not often found any more.

Walking down the stairs into the restaurant is like walking back in time. From the moment the host greets you, til the moment you leave - full to capacity on the decadent deliciousness that is the menu, you will be transported to a place where you are the star, and your dining pleasure is the goal.

The Victorian decor in the Bon Ton is romance to its fullest, with soft lighting, and excellent service, your glass will never be empty!

Outlaw Restaurant- Traditional Turkey dinner- open 4pm-8pm

turkey1Cowboys like turkey too, and the Outlaw Steakhouse is here to provide!

With John Wayne memorabilia every where, and wooden shingles with messages from guests old and new, the Outlaw is a great place to enjoy an evening with friends and family, making new friends along the way as you enjoy an amazing traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Tap your toes to upbeat music and a friendly atmosphere, as you dig in to some of the best fixins around. Not in the mood for turkey? Well, never fear, the limited menu is also offering a variety of flame broiled steaks cooked to perfection! 

You can always expect excellent service here, and a Thanksgiving to remember is definitely on the menu at the Outlaw!

 

Each of these restaurants have the highest reputation not only in Ouray, but are known far and wide. The best part by far though, is that there are no dishes to clean or food to put away! After indulging in a most wonderful feast, now all that is left is to head back to the hotel, pick out a movie, put on your Thanksgiving pants, and relax and digest.

The holidays are off to a magnificent start!

See you soon!

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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this November, 2013

  
  
  

There is plenty to be Thankful for in Southwest Colorado this November!


turkeyWith the early snow blanketing the mountaintops, the holiday season in Ouray is off to a beautiful start. Walk the shops on Main Street and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. There is something magical about the one of a kind treasures to be found that speak volumes to even the most difficult person on your Christmas list!

A scenic drive is ideal when the seasons are changing. every corner promises some new sight- whether it is fresh fallen snow, or the last leaves cingint to an aspen tree. Elk and deer are a constant addition to the scenery. Driving the Million Dollar Highway is always an adventure! Of course, even if you are planning on just staying in and enjoying the mineral hot springs, Ouray, with its natural mineral hot springs is definately the best option! 

Often when you visit a town with hot springs, the smell of sulfer is prevalent; not so in Ouray! And at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, there are four tubs just outside your room that provide the perfect relaxation spot as you prepare for the busy holiday season to come. And there is always something to do:

Saturday, August 17 through Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Otto Mears Exhibit

Due to the extreme popularity of this exhibit and requests to continue it we are holding it over for another year. Most Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investments, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

million dollar highwayEnjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person.

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: The Music Behind The Mix

Sherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
3:45pm to 4:45pm
Ages: At least 8 but less than 11
All new to Ouray County for ages 8-11, grades 3-5! The Music Behind the Mix: This six week class explores how to really hear what is happening in electronic dance music and to understand what makes that sound! The objective is to learn to mix songs in time, in tune and in style. It's a whole new way to embrace "learning to play music" for kids...it's the latest and greatest the music world has to offer! Students with or without musical background will find this class an amazing opportunity and unique!! If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more!

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: DJ Producer using Ableton Live

hot springs box canyonSherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
5pm to 6pm 
Ages: 11+, Grades 6th-9th
All new to Ouray County for middle schoolers! This six week class will teach the parts of a song, talking the language of music, tonality, keys, beat matching and transitions. By the end of the class the student will be able to sequence beats, mix songs and create melodies to compliment his/her mix. This is a brand new way of learning to play music but not from a instrument perspective but in the education of composition. If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more! It's a unique opportunity right here in our community!

There is plenty to be Thankful for in Southwest Colorado this November!

With the early snow blanketing the mountaintops, the holiday season in Ouray is off to a beautiful start. 

Saturday, August 17 through Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Otto Mears Exhibit

Due to the extreme popularity of this exhibit and requests to continue it we are holding it over for another year. Most Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investments, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person.

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: The Music Behind The Mix

bambiatthetubsSherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
3:45pm to 4:45pm
Ages: At least 8 but less than 11
All new to Ouray County for ages 8-11, grades 3-5! The Music Behind the Mix: This six week class explores how to really hear what is happening in electronic dance music and to understand what makes that sound! The objective is to learn to mix songs in time, in tune and in style. It's a whole new way to embrace "learning to play music" for kids...it's the latest and greatest the music world has to offer! Students with or without musical background will find this class an amazing opportunity and unique!! If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more!

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: DJ Producer using Ableton Live

Sherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
5pm to 6pm 
Ages: 11+, Grades 6th-9th
All new to Ouray County for middle schoolers! This six week class will teach the parts of a song, talking the language of music, tonality, keys, beat matching and transitions. By the end of the class the student will be able to sequence beats, mix songs and create melodies to compliment his/her mix. This is a brand new way of learning to play music but not from a instrument perspective but in the education of composition. If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more! It's a unique opportunity right here in our community!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

sunset.ridgwayHave you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Open Bard Poetry Series

mt.abrams5Open Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's featured poet isWendy Videlock from Grand Junction. The doors open at 6:30 for sign-ups to read and refreshments. Starting at 7:00 pm a nationally or regionally known poet from Colorado or beyond takes the stage. Following the reading and a short intermission will be an open reading during which audience members can read or perform their poetry. Open Bard is sponsored by the Ridgway Chautauqua Society and the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild. 

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ridgway Library: 10th Annual Community Artists Show featuring 21 Local Artists

deer at box canyonThe Ridgway Library is hosting the 10th Annual Community Artists Show from November 9, 2013 - January 9, 2014. This year's show features 21 talented local artists who work in a variety of different styles and media. The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4 - 7 pm. Refreshments will be available. The Library is located at 300 Charles Street in Ridgway. For more information contact Judy Hazen at 626-5513.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center: Friends of the Library Christmas Carol Luncheon and Fashion Show

Join the Friends of the Library for the 38th Annual Friends of the Ouray Library Christmas Carol Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Ouray Community Center. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. for the vendor showcase; lunch is served at noon; the fashion show begins at 1:00 p.m. We hope to see you at this wonderful event!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

ouray at nightHave you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino theater: ArtBar in Clay- Holiday Ornaments at the Sherbino

With the holiday season sneaking up on us, what a better time to think of a gift or keepsake from the heart. While you sip on a delicious beverage of choice, Deidra Krois will guide you through the process of making some special clay ornaments. You'll get to experiment with creating texture stamps, with each being a unique piece of functional art. Students can expect to make up to 5 ornaments and a small plate. All materials and firing is included, along with a beverage of choice. Additional may be purchased during class to be enjoyed with friends, or make new ones! Come learn more about this great medium, while completing your holiday shopping! Please note, items will be ready for pickup 10-14 days after completion of the projects. Pre-registration is requested though not required.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

elk2Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House: Brian Loftus & Tony Galizia - Jazz at the Wright

Brian Loftus and Tony Gulizia, known as 'BLT', take the stage at Ouray's Wright Opera House on November 16th to kick off the Wright's second season of bringing Jazz music to Ouray County. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Ridgway Secondary School Gym: "Tossed & Found"- A Family Event

ouray winterAward-winning juggler, dancer and physical comedian Peter Davison in a new one-man show, including original music by Jesse Manno. Tossed & Found is appropriate for all ages, and a perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Ridgway Firehouse & Gallery: Ridgway Moonwalk

Discover the creative outdoors at the Ridgway MoonWalk on Sunday, November 17!! This art outing at the full moon features Ridgway's Alley Art, Alley Poems, and Public Art sculptures in the downtown area. Meet the poets, artists, and sculptors who created these works at receptions for them at various venues, including Resource Art Co-op and the Firehouse of Michael McCullough and Lucy Boody where maps and a scavenger hunt will be available. Walkable, refreshments available, all ages welcome. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

mt.abrams6Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Cavello's Restaurant: Ouray Chamber Resort Association Community Harvest Dinner

This is a five-course Farm-to-Table dining experience accompanied by specially sourced local produce, meats and wines. The meal will be a special creation by Chef Sid and local 'celebrity' sous chefs and servers to benefit the Ouray Chamber Resort Association 

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

elks lodge2Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - THANKSGIVING

Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Switzerland of America!

Beaumont Grand Ballroom

Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal in the Historic Grand Ballroom of the Beaumont Hotel. Seating at noon, 2:30 and 5pm. $34.99/Adult. $17.99/kids 12 & under. Reservations Required.

Bon Ton

Whether it is a traditional plated Thanksgiving dinner, or something else you had in mind, the Bon Ton aims to please your pallette. Enjoy dinner from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm with your option of a turkey dinner, or something off of the limited menu.

Outlaw

tub.soakingServing a hearty Thanksgiving fare as well as a limited menu, the Outlaw Restaurant offers an ideal spot to enjoy dinner in a fun and festive atmosphere. Open from 4:00 pm to close.

 

Why worry about cooking all day, and dishes all night? Join friends and family at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and let one of our fabulous restaurants create the ideal Thanksgiving dinner for you. Whether you enjoy the traditional meal with all the fixings, right down to home made pumpkin pie, or something a little different, dinner is served, and all you have to do is enjoy. After dinner, head on back to the hotel where you can soak in the soothing mineral hot springs.

See You Soon!

 

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Halloween Weekend offers Hauntingly Good Times in Ouray October, 2013

  
  
  

From masquerades to zany films, and haunted houses, it's going to be a howling good time in Ouray this Halloween!

pumpkinOnce again, Halloween is on a week day, which makes things a bit more exciting. Now there is a whole WEEK to celebrate! 

French maids and skeletons will be in attendance as revelers choose the perfect location for a evening of entertainment. The haunted history of Ouray comes to life in two of the most spectacular historic venues on the Western Slope.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8:00 pm to Midnight: Annual Halloween Ball at the Beaumont Hotel

beaumontBuilt in the 1800's as the first luxury hotel in Ouray, The Beaumont played host to a variety of notable historic icons. In the 1960's, the hotel was boarded up for over thirty years. The reasons for its closure vary depending on who you ask, which is a decadent feast for the imagination. 

Today, the property has been restored to its former grandeur; a perfect place to walk into history and enjoy the perfect Halloween Ball. With a live Deejay, psychics and costume contest, the annual Halloween Ball is ideal for an evening of grown up fun.

Entry is $5.00 per person, adults 21 and over only, and costumes are required.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:30 pm to midnight: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Wright Opera House

rockyhorrorThere is something charming and somehow nostalgic in the continuing popularity of this 1975 cult classic, written by Richard O'Brien, who also happens to play the character Riff Raff in the film.

With live local actors performing on stage in front of the screen, the Rocky Horror is an experience. Follow Brad and Janet on a crazy, scary, and often ridiculous adventure as the try to escape the clutches of the questionably dressed mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter.

Dance to the Time Warp, and don't forget your props! You will be singing alonng and shouting out the responses in no time. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a truly interactive film. You can't rent this one and enjoy it at home, it must be experienced with the energy and enthusiasm of a crowd. After the show, stay on at the Wright to finish of the night dancing and reliving the movie with friends old and new.

The show starts at 10:00pm, but doors open at 9:30pm. Admission is $15.00 per person, or $25.00 for couples. This film does contain adult content, and is not reccomended for children, or those easily offended.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm: The Ouray Elks Lodge Presents the Annual Haunted House

elks lodge2Happy Halloween! October 31 at 7500 feet can be a little bit chilly for Trick Or Treaters, so what better way to warm up than to take a trip through the Elks haunted House.

The Elks Lodge has been a community gathering spot for decades, and this year is no different. each year, the members of the Lodge create a new and exciting theme for kids of all ages to explore and enjoy. This year, let the actors and artists of Ouray take you and your little ones on a Journey into the world of the Hobbit.

Wizards, trolls and hobbits come to life. Not too scary for the kids, but definitely with a fun Halloween feel, dinner and the tour are only $3.00 per person, or $10.00 for a family of four. Celebrate Halloween and stay warm at the same time!

Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 9:00pm to 1:00am at O'Briens Pub: Annual Halloween Bash



obrienspubSince opening their doors just a few years ago, O'Briens Pub & Grill has quickly become the local hang out and a haven for ice climbers and atheletes, offering good food at reasonable prices and an after hours bar often featuring live music performed by local artists.

Halloween in particular is a great time to experience the Pub. Once the kids have had their Trick or Treating fun, and are safely in bed with the babysitter watching over them, get that costume out and get yourself to a night of scary fun and dancing o the musical mixing of DJ Sunday. Crowds of fairy princesses and gory goblins join together on the dance floor in expectation of the best costume prizes. 

Drink specials will be offered to warm you up in between dancing and chatting with old and new friends at the Best Halloween Party around! There is no cover charge, just come on in and have a great time!

box canyon lodge eveningThere is no better place to enjoy Halloween than in Ouray. Bursting with history and ghost stories, this tiny little mining town is a veritable treasure trove of old buildings and haunted fun.
Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help design a weekend perfectly designed to your personal needs. No matter the season or weather, the road to Ouray is always beautiful, and our mineral hot spring tubs are always hot and inviting. Enjoy a relaxing soak after a day of adventuring in the Uncompahgres, the get ready for an evening of scary good times! Just a short walk to Main Street, there is no need to take your car, so the sky is the limit for Main Street fun this Halloween.

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Fall Foliage Update for Southwest Colorado, September 2013

  
  
  

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is Your Home Base for Fall Colors!

fall.colorsFall has arrived, and the aspens are beginning to change. Just a short drive from Ouray to Ridgway is already a display of golds and reds, still with quite a bit of green, but every day is a little more colorful.

Every day, we at the Box Canyon Lodge try to get the most up to date information regarding where the leaves are at their best, and pass that information on to our guests. We also try to take drives ourselves, in order to have first hand knowledge to share with you, not to mention that we enjoy this time of year as well!

fall bcl2It is always a pleasure to hear from guests as they arrive at our doorstep as to what the colors are doing on that particular day. As we approach the peak colors, different areas transform daily, and our guests provide a constant source of foliage updates.

The US forest Service is also a great resource, which we definitely refer to as well.

fallcolorsDate: 9/27/13

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango – 15% 
Molas Pass - 25%
Silverton/Red Mountain Pass – 55% aspens
Pagosa – 15
Dolores/Rico – 10% aspens, 50% cottonwoods
Mancos – 5%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
The best area right now would be Red Mountain Pass, north side into Ouray, and the alpine loop on the Lake City side. 

This weekend (Sept. 28-29) should be good on Hwy 550.

10,000 to 12,000 feet should be changing fast, especially north aspects.
Dolores River valley improving quickly.



Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
High country this week and next weekend (Sept 21-22).
Other passes/ high elevation aspen groves.

fallcolors2Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
4WD in Silverton and the alpine loop. Lake City to Creede.  North side of Red Mountain Pass

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Aspens, grasses, willows and low scrub oak.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Rocky Mountain Region Fall Color page link
National Forest Service Color Finder page link

 

The weather has a strong effect on the changing of the leaves in Colorado, and with the recent rains, we are still seeing quite a bit of green. In Ouray itself, there are definite patches of color, and the drive from Montrose to Ouray is quite stunning. As the season of colors proceeds, be sure to check with us first!

bcl rainbowAll of us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs are looking forward to helping you plan the perfect Fall retreat. This time of year I like to refer to as the Rainbow season: every afternoon, the sun displays a rainbow over the town, often a double rainbow, the stark red, yellow and green acting as a contrast to the deep blue of the sky. There is no other place to experience so much beauty!

 

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