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Mother's Day in Ouray!

  
  
  

Ouray Celebrates Mom, a gift she will treasure always!

mothersdayWe all have one. She is strong and soft at the same time. Ready with soothing words for damaged egos, and ready to kiss away your hurts no matter how old you are, Mom is a steadfast presence. Constantly watching, and sometimes nagging, but always ready to catch us if we fall. Every year, we wonder what to do for her that will make her eyes shine. How to show her how much we appreciate everything she has given to us?

Why not mix it up a little? Take mom for a nice scenic drive through some of the most amazing country in Southwest Colorado for a weekend getaway in the San Juan Mountains? 

guestsatthetubsOnce you arrive at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, enjoy a soak in the healing waters of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs. Mosey over to the lobby, and peruse our extensive video library for a movie you all can enjoy before heading out for a fabulous dinner in one of the wonderful restaurants on Main Street. 

After dinner, enjoy the tranquil beauty of this tiny mining town as you watch deer graze in the field across the way, or up at the hot tubs themselves.

Sunday morning, May 11, 2014 is a day for leisurely relaxation, enjoying the company of family over a decadent Mother's Day Brunch.

waffleBack by popular demand, the Bon Ton Restaurant is reviving their famous Mother's Day Brunch! Offering favorites such as Belgian Waffles and Eggs Benedict, this champagne brunch is a decadent affair of taste bud tantalizing treats. The chefs at the Bon Ton invite you to enjoy a morning filled with fun and great food. Sure to impress mom with stellar service and a beautiful atmosphere, brunch at the Bon Ton is a great way to show her you care.

foodNestled in the middle of Main Street, Cavallo's Restaurant offers a plethora of pallet pleasing options with a Louisiana flare. Chef Sid will amaze mom with a menu offering everything from traditional to adventurous, as well as special items and a small gift for that special lady to remember her special day. Not just a brunch, but a dining experience, Cavallo's will surely make her eyes sparkle.

Why limit mom to choosing just one thing on the menu? The Ouray Elks will again be offering a buffet style brunch on Mother's Day, a savory selection of scrumptious cooking prepared by members of the Ouray Elks Lodge.

carnationIn memory of the mothers that couldn't share this Mothers Day with us in body, the Elks present a tribute to Mom, celebrating both those we have with us still, and those who have passed. A beautiful ceremony, accompanied with a single red carnation for Mom. What a lovely way to celebrate the day, and express our gratitude to the wonderful lady in our lives!

After Brunch, take a drive down to the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway and enjoy a special presentation by the Weehawken Dance Company: Dance Through the Ages. Enjoy great music and movement in this lovely historic venue!

Its a perfect day and a perfect way to celebrate the woman who made you who you are. She will remeber for years the special Mothers Day Escape with her favorite person in the world!

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create the getaway best suited to your Mother. Always here to help with reservations and full of recomendations for enjoying the San Juans, there is no better basecamp for your next Ouray adventure!

 

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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this May 2013

  
  
  

Spring is in the air in Southwest Colorado! Flowers are blooming, trails are opening, and waterfalls are...falling.

bambiatthetubsAs we say goodbye to the last snows, Ouray County is waking from its long winter sleep. The Spring snows of April have successfully turned everything green, and flowers are finally starting to bloom. Four-wheel drive roads, and popular hiking trails are drying out, making the high country accessible again. 

Happenings in Ouray and Ridgway Colorado this month are as follows:

Thursday, April 18, 2013 through Friday, July 5, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Otto Mears Exhibit - Ouray County Museum, Ouray, Colorado

million dollar highway.2Learn about one of the most influential entrepreneurs of Colorado. From mining to politics, newspapres to the Million Dollar Highway the life of Otto Mears is a fascinating journey in living the American Dream. This exhibit was so popular that it has been held over for another season. If you haven't been to the Ouray Museum, this is the time to go, and if you have been before, it is time to visit again!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday Night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

WEDS JAM NIGHTS 233x300Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Barbara - Movie Presentation at the Wright Opera House - Ouray, Colorado

Watch this Cold War thriller unfold as you follow the story of a Berlin doctor sent to an East German hospital. She must distinguish between friend or foe as her lover in the West plots her escape. Winner of the Best Director prize at this years Berlin Film Festival.

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
The Sherbino Presents: Bad Hand Bluff - Ridgway, Colorado

bad.hand.bluffShow your support for the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, and have a great night as well. Bad Hand Bluff is a Folk rock band making a name for themselves in Southwest Colorado. Come on out and enjoy great live music, dancing and new friends!

Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Ouray Library Pub Nught Fundraiser at O'Brien's

Celebrate your local library while enjoying an evening out with a great group of people. Adults and families are welcome to join the fun at O'Brien's Pub. Door prizes will be given out all evening, and all donations will benefit the Ouray Library.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday Night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

12 string guitarBring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 6:00 pm to End
Dinner and Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge - Ouray, Colorado

Everyone is invited to enjoy a mouth watering meal, then wash it down with some Karaoke! Who doesn't love Karaoke!?! Price is $7.00 per person for dinner.

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ski with the UWP - Ironton Park

snowshoeing3An informal ski/snowshoe event at Ironton Park. Every second Saturday until the snow is gone, join the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership for an exciting adventure with like minded people. Meet at the Visitors Center at 10:00 am or up at Ironton by 10:20 am. No charge, just bring your gear and have some fun!

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Weehawken Dance Presents "Peter Pan"

Enjoy this age-old tale that never grows up performed by the Weehawken Dance group. This is a show not to be missed! More details to come.

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Weehawken Dance Presents "Peter Pan"

peter pan el musicalEnjoy this age-old tale that never grows up performed by the Weehawken Dance group. This is a show not to be missed! More details to come.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday Night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Brushes, Beverages, and Beyond! - Ouray Brewery, Ouray, Colorado

brushesbeveragesandbeyondArtistic expression has never been so fun! Join your fellow art enthusiasts at the Ouray brewery to create your own masterpiece based on the work of Antoni Gaudi. The price of the class includes materials and a pint at the Brewery. After the class, share your experience over appetizers or dinner at a discounted price!

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
ROCC Parking Lot Sale - Parking lot behind Ridgway Towwn Library, Ridgway, Colorado

You never know what treasures you may find at this huge sale to benefit the Ridgway Ouray Community Council, dedicated to building a community with a broad range of social, economic, cultural and educational diversity.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Annual Love Your Valley Fest - Ridgway, Colorado

love your valley 2013This popular annual festival held at Hartwell Park in Ridgway, features a plethora of regional microbrews, live music, dog contests and so much more! Come out and support the summer concerts in the park!

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Weehawken Dance Presents: The Beatles Tribute - Details to be Announced

Whether you have just discovered them, or the Beatles are old friends, there is no way not to want to get up and dance with the Weehawken Dance Group at this fun tribute to a musical icon.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Weehawken Dance Presents: The Beatles Tribute - Details to be Announced

beatlesWhether you have just discovered them, or the Beatles are old friends, there is no way not to want to get up and dance with the Weehawken Dance Group at this fun tribute to a musical icon.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday Night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

WEDS JAM NIGHTS 233x300Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Movie Presentation at the Wright Opera House; "No" - Ouray, Colorado

This Oscar Nominated film based on a true story follows Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency in 1988 due to international pressure.

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
The Sherbino Presents: Andrew Wynne - Ridgway, Colorado

ANDREW.WYNNEHead to the Sherbino Theater for an evening with Andrew Wynn. Boasting over thirty years of artistic growth, his mix of folk, country and rock and roll is sure to have you wanting more.

Monday, May 27, 2013 - All Day or non-timed event
Compassion 5K Run/Walk Races - Fellin Park, Ouray, Colorado

Second in the Ouray County Race Series, this marathon begins and ends at Fellin Park by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday Night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

overtherhineFriday, May 31, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Over the Rhine - Summer Music Series at the Wright Opera House

The Long Surrender, the latest studio album from the southern Ohio based husband and wife team of multinstrumental/vocalist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Karen Bergquist, otherwise known as Over the Rhine, is something wonderous - an intimate epic.

box canyon lodge eveningAside from the many fun activities, there is so much more to experience in Ouray County. From hiking the popular Perimeter Trail to driving the Million Dollar Highway, to spending a day in town, soaking in the hot springs, picnicking in the park, and wandering the shops on Main Street. There is something for everyone just steps from your front door!

See you soon!

 

 

 

Pamper Mom in Ouray, Colorado this Mother's Day!

  
  
  

Mothers Day in the San Juan’s is sure to please any mom!

mothers dayMother's day is fast approaching. It is a time to celebrate the hard work and love of a mother. Whether a new mom, or a Great-great Grandmother, nothing compares to a Day set aside just for her. Southwest Colorado offers a variety of ways to show your appreciation for that special lady or ladies in your life. Whether you come up for the weekend, taking long leisurely drives through the spectacular scenery, soaking in the soothing mineral hot springs, and strolling through the many shops on Main Street, or come up for a few hours to enjoy a lavish brunch, there are a number of fabulous options to entertain and spoil!

 

beaumontFrom 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, Enjoy Prime Rib, made to order eggs & omelets, Eggs Benedict & other assorted breakfast and lunch delicacies at the Beaumont Hotel, truly an experience to remember. Complimentary Champagne or Mimosa for Mom! $26.99 Adult - $16.99 Children 12 & under. 

 

 

bon ton restaurantFor a plated Champagne Brunch, take mom to the Bon Ton St. Elmo between 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Allow the staff in this beautiful historic restaurant to spoil you and all of the moms in your party as you choose from a variety of decadent dishes sure to please! Prices vary based on menu choices.

Sponsored by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, Surprise her with a Mother's Day Salon held in a beautiful home in Log Hill, in Ridgway, Colorado! Program will be a selection of cabaret and Broadway tunes sung by Ruth Francisco Wilson, soprano, of Cortez. This is truly a special day to treat your mom, daughter, wife, or anyone you care about. Luncheon will be southwestern in flavor, prepared by Secret Garden Catering of Ouray. Tickets are limited, so reserve your space soon. $40 per person. Call970-626-2970.

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At 1:00 pm, join the Ouray Elks Lodge for the Annual Mother's Day Ceremony.  Honor moms who are still with us and those who have passed in a short program, then enjoy a free brunch and carnations for that special lady.

hot tubs box canyonOnce everyone has eaten their fill, walk off some calories with a short trek to the Box Canyon Falls Park, or a relaxing soak in the mineral hot springs may be just what the doctor ordered. No matter, what you choose, Ouray is definitely the place for a perfect Mother's Day!

 

 

 

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Ouray County Events - Ridgway : Balloons and Vrooms

  
  
  

balloons n vrooms ridgwayRidgway, known as the Gateway to the San Juan Mountains, located in Southwest Colorado, welcomes the 8th Annual Balloons and Vrooms Festival at the Ridgway Town Park and to the field at the stop light along US 550.  This is such a dramatic event with numerous balloons taking off in the early morning sunshine.  This event takes place May 6, May 7, and May 8, 2011.

The schedule of events is as follows:


Friday, May 6

  • “Lift-Off” Cocktail Party (pilots & sponsors) - 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Live Music in the Park - 6:00 - 9:00
  • Hot-Air Balloon Glow at dusk

Saturday, May 7

  • Mass Balloon Lift (pilots & sponsors): HWY 550 behind Remax - approx. 7:00 a.m.
  • Tethered Balloon Rides (weather permitting) - 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • “Pajamas-N-Pancakes” Breakfast - 8:00 - 10.00
  • Arts & Crafts Vendors, Food & Beer stands -  9:00 - 7:00 
  • Classic Car Show - 10:00 - 4:00
  • Live Bands all day!

Sunday, May 8 (Mother's Day)

  • Mass Balloon Lift (pilots & sponsors):  HWY 550 behind Remax - approx. 7:00 a.m

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs makes a great place to stay while attending the event.  Soaking in our all natural hot springs after the morning ascension warms cold toes so you can enjoy the remaining festivities in the afternoon.

Other events in the area can be found on the calendar.

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