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Ouray and Ridgway Colorado Events in January, 2012

  
  
  

Ring in the New Year in a winter wonderland full of adventure in Southwest Colorado!

BOXCANYONWINTERThe villages of Ouray and Ridgway Colorado have several things to do during January that may inspire a winter visit to our picturesque towns.   In addition to this list of scheduled events in Ouray County, you can also enjoy relaxation at our hotel's very own natural hot springs and indulge yourself and a partner in a romantic winter weekend getawayor a casual weekday escape.  These types of impulsive Colorado getaways serve as cabin fever preventatives and rejuvenate people for the remainder of the winter.


iceclimber5.0Thursday, January 5 through Sunday, January 8, 2012: Ouray Ice Festival

17th Annual Ice climbing festival and competition! Whether you are a climbing enthusiast, or prefer to watch these skilled atheletes from the viewing areas above, the Ouray Ice Festival offers breathtaking entertainment for all! addition to climbing competitions, a free kids’ climbing college, a free walk-up trail wall for adults, interactive Climbing Clinics for all experience levels, sponsor tents full of the latest gear to try out with a gear card, a food court and more!

Friday, January 6, 2012: Funkdafari Live at O'Brien's Pub

Telluride's Funkdafari will play live over Ice Fest weekend.

Friday, January 13, 2012: Live Music at O'Brien's Pub

Enjoy a night of music and fun at O'Briens Pub!

ice skating ouray2Saturday, January 14, 2012, 11:00 AM at Ouray Rotary Park: Ouray Parks & Rec Flat Ice Festival

Icy fun, food & beverages. Don’t have skates? No problem, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool will once again be renting ice skates this season.

ice climberSaturday, January 14, 2012, 7:00 PM at the Ouray Community Center: Chicks with Picks Winter Slideshow

Pick up new supplies at the silent auction and enjoy a thrilling slideshow hosted by a surprise guest! The $5.00 entrance fee and proceeds from the auction go to local womens shelters and the Ouray Ice Park.

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 6:00 PM: Prime Rib Dinner and Live Entertainment at the Ouray Elks Lodge

Enjoy a served prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, followed by live entertainment, all for just $20! This event is open to the public, and was a big hit last year, so RSVP early to Jim Pettengill, 626-4239. A limited number of unreserved meals will be available.

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 10:00 PM: Live Music at O'Brien's Pub

Live music and dancing at O'Brien's Pub!

funkdafariSaturday, January 28, 2012, 10:00 PM: Live Music at O'Brien's Pub

Live music and dancing at O'Brien's Pub!

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 7:30 PM: Mountaineer Opera at the Wright Opera House

A wonderful night of music and entertainment.

 

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Reagrdless of your interests, Ouray and Ridgway provide a Winter Getaway to remember! Come relax and enjoy for a bit with us!

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Celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Ouray Colorado!

  
  
  

Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be your holiday headquarters!  



New Years Eve culminates with fireworks at Midnight over the town.  Relax in our soothing mineral hot springs over the New Year and know that Ouray Colorado dishes up some divine culinary options should you desire some perfect vacation getaway at an affordable price.  The following list outlines the dining choices on these two days filled with fun and merriment:

fireworks in ouray coSaturday, December 31, 2011: New Years Eve:

Beaumont Hotel New Year’s Eve Dinner Party: 7:00 pm - A fantastic four course surf and turf dinner served in the Grand Ballroom. Reservations required - $49.99 per person.

The Buen Tiempo New Year’s Dinner - Open 5:30pm - close.  They serve the best Mexican food and margaritas this side of Santa Fe!  Entrees include such items as Carne Adovada, Camarones (spicy grilled shrimp), Carne Asada, Chile Rellenos, Spinach Enchiladas with Blue Corn Tortillas, Vegetarian Quesadilla and Huevos Rancheros. 

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Bon Ton: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Enjoy a marvelous dinner at the Bon Ton Restaurant, featuring a special New Year’s Eve menu, as well as options off of the menu!

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party at the Outlaw Restaurant: 5:00 pm to Midnight – Join the folks at the Outlaw for an evening of incredible food and fun as you wait for the fireworks at midnight!

Ouray Elks New Year’s Eve Party: 6:00 pm - For the small cover charge of $5.00 per person; join the Elks Lodge in ringing in the New Year! Karaoke starts at 7:00 pm, with finger food and drink specials all night long!

New Year’s Eve at O’Briens Pub: All night til 2:00 am – Join DJ Smith for an evening of fun and festivity ringing in the New Year!

Live Music New Year’s Eve at the Ouray Brewery: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Live music with James Patterson at the Brewery on New Year’s Eve! Jam with your friends until 9:00 pm, then mosey on out to one of the other fantastic celebrations!

Ouray County Fair Board’s 2011 New Year’s Eve Fundraising Gala: 7:00 pm – Doors open at 7:00 pm, and the dancing begins at 8:00 pm! A Silent Auction will run from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, with two ways to ring in the New Year! At 10:00 pm a live news feed will show the ball drop, and then at midnight, you can step out to see the fireworks above Ouray! Complimentary champagne is included with dinner. $35.00 per person, or a table for 8 is $30.00 per person (when all tickets are purchased at the same time).

 


ouray fireworks 3Sunday, January 1, 2012, New Years Day

Backstreet Bistro - Open 7am - 5pm.  Warm, fresh coffee, homemade bagels and pastries, and sandwiches as well as a full breakfast menu with pancakes, bacon, sausages, eggs, omelets, and skillets.  A very yummy way to treat yourself the morning after!

New Year’s Brunch at the Beaumont: 10:30 am to 2:00 pm – Ring in the New Year with a wonderful Brunch Buffet, including prime rib, Eggs Benedict, and assorted breakfast and lunch item, with Bloody Mary and Mimosa specials. $22.99 per person. Reservations recommended.

New Year’s Day Brunch at the Bon Ton: 9:30 pm to 1:00 pm – This New Year, enjoy a decadent brunch menu, with specialty coffee drinks, Mimosas and more!

The Bon Ton Restaurant Dinner: 5:30 Reservations recommended.  A delicious and intimate dining choice  where you can experience upscale casual dining with an Italian flair, serving prime Angus steaks, fresh seafood and pasta, complemented by a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, and Martini bar.  Typically Christmas Eve features a traditional menu in addition to their daily fare.

The Buen Tiempo - Open 5:30pm  They serve the best Mexican food and margaritas this side of Santa Fe!  Entrees include such items as Carne Adovada, Camarones (spicy grilled shrimp), Carne Asada, Chile Rellenos, Spinach Enchiladas with Blue Corn Tortillas, Vegetarian Quesadilla and Huevos Rancheros.

O'Briens Pub11am - close.  Offering homemade Irish-American cuisine and a full bar, including Guinness on tap.  The menu includes Irish Eggrolls, Scottish Eggs, Guiness Stew, Fish & Chips and other Irish specialties.

Outlaw Restaurant: 5:00 pm – Steak, Seafood and Pasta dishes fit for a king in this great little restaurant filled with historical pictures and featuring John Wayne’s Hat!

box canyon lodge winter in ourayWe would love to make your reservations and ensure a delightful stay in Ouray Colorado.  Add Ouray CO to your 2011 Getaway Wish List!

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Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Ouray Colorado : Dining Options

  
  
  

Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be your holiday headquarters.  

box canyon sign winterRelax in our soothing mineral hot springs over Christmas and know that Ouray Colorado dishes up some divine culinary options should you desire some perfect vacation getaway at an affordable price.  The following list outlines the dining choices on these two remarkable days:

 

Christmas Eve Dining Options:

On Christmas Eve in Ouray, there will be plenty of dining options all day long but when the sun sets and the town prepares for Santa's arrival, these restaurants will keep serving holiday cheer.

The Bon Ton Restaurant - Open 5:30pm - close.  Reservations recommended.  A delicious and intimate dining choice  where you can experience upscale casual dining with an Italian flair, serving prime Angus steaks, fresh seafood and pasta, complemented by a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, and Martini bar.  Typically Christmas Eve features a traditional menu in addition to their daily fare.

The Buen Tiempo - Open 5:30pm - close.  They serve the best Mexican food and margaritas this side of Santa Fe!  Entrees include such items as Carne Adovada, Camarones (spicy grilled shrimp), Carne Asada, Chile Rellenos, Spinach Enchiladas with Blue Corn Tortillas, Vegetarian Quesadilla and Huevos Rancheros.

Bulows Bistro - Open 11am - 9pm.  Bulows is in the Beaumont Hotel.  They offer a casual menu in a warm and inviting Bistro. The European setting offers a secluded cozy feel and is easily accessed right off of Main Street or through the hotel lobby.

O'Briens Pub - Open 11am - close.  Offering homemade Irish-American cuisine and a full bar, including Guinness on tap.  The menu includes Irish Eggrolls, Scottish Eggs, Guiness Stew, Fish & Chips and other Irish specialties.

Ouray Brewery - Open 11am - 9pm. This brewery features an interesting menu -- a combination of bar food and gluton and vegetarian options as well as a few specialties of the chef.  They carry 3-5 different brews at any one time and serve tasting flights.  

bcl christmas treeChristmas Day

Backstreet Bistro - Open 7am - 2pm.  Warm, fresh coffee, homemade bagels and pastries, and sandwiches as well as a full breakfast menu with pancakes, bacon, sausages, eggs, omelets, and skillets.  A very yummy way to treat yourself after presents!

The Beaumont Hotel - Open  with three seatings at , 2:30pm and 5pm.  The Beaumont will be serving a scrumptious buffet in the Grand Ballroom.  Seating will be limited so reservations are recommended.  Menu: Prime Rib, Ham, and Turkey carving stations, with all of the traditional Holiday dishes you may expect.  $39.99 adult/ $16.99 child. 

The Outlaw Restaurant - Open 5pm - close.  Enjoy their Special Holiday Menu on Christmas Day or order from their complete menu of aged steaks, prime rib, crab, lobster, vegetarian options and kids menu.

We would love to make your reservations and ensure a delightful stay in Ouray Colorado.  Add Ouray CO to your holiday Wish List!

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Kids Climbing College returns to Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colorado!

  
  
  

The Ouray Ice Park opens for the 2012 season on December 17th.


iceclimber5.0For close to 30 years, Ouray has been one of the best kept secrets for ideal ice climbing conditions. In 1992, when Eric Jacobsen, who had purchased some property in a bankruptcy auction made arrangements with Ouray County to lease the land for recreational purposes. The amount of the lease? $1.00 per year, with an insurance umbrella which would allow the public free use of this area.
In the fall of 1994, Bill Whitt, Gary Wild and Mike O'Donnell, using garden hoses and other household items, created the first farmed climbs in the Uncompahgre Gorge.
The next couple of years, Ice climbing enthusiasts began to flow into the sleepy winter town to try out the park. By 1997, Ouray Ice Park Inc was created to better organize the number of volunteers and materials needed to develop the Ouray Ice Park into the world famous climbing venue it is today.
With climbs ranging from extreme for the most seasoned climber, to the Kids Wall, a specially developed 40 foot high, 140 foot wide slab of ice specifically designed for training children ages 8 to 88 it is hard to believe that all of this was made possible by the generosity of so many volunteers!
Kids Wall Ouray ColoradoWith training classes provided by some of the top climbers of our generation, the San Juan Mountain Guides have outdone themselves yet again.
This year, SJMG is once again offering an interactive Ice Climbing class for children ages 8-17. The 2012 Kids Climbing College is a free class hosted by San Juan Mountain Guides, and sponsored by the Ouray Ice Park, and all of the necessary equipment is provided. All your young ones need to bring are warm clothes, (ski clothes are great) gloves, a hat, and a grownup to sign paperwork! Each 2 to 3 hour class is on a first come, first serve basis, and is a fantastic opportunity for young people to be introduced to this fabulous sport!
ouray ice park 2011Parking is available at the park, in designated areas, or just walk up to the park from the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs! The walk back is a great way to revisit all you have learned as you prepare to relax in the mineral hot spring tubs, a perfect way to finish a great day!

The Kids wall is located at the Upper Bridge of the Ouray Ice Park.


2012 Interactive Ice Climbing For Kids Class Schedule:

Monday December 26, 2011 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday January 7, 2012 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday January 8, 2012 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday February 12, 2012 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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