Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ridgway Event - Love Your Valley Festival May 16, 2015 from 1pm -6pm

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, May 08, 2015 @10:17 AM

Music and brews in Ridgway Hartwell Park next weekend!

loveyourvalleyfest2015With 18 Colorado Micro Breweries in attendance the $20 tasting fee will get you a lot of tastings and a souvenir glass. If you don’t want to drink the event is free. There will also be food vendors serving BBQ or Thai.

Big Medicine will be playing music all day. Formed in the snowcapped Rockies of Breckenridge Colorado in May of 2012, Big Medicine Gang's high energy original sound is a stiff cocktail of funk blues & reggae. Their original songwriting conjures an ol’ school sound reminiscent of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Sam & Dave and Led Zeppelin with a healthy dose of reggae back beats & dub jams fueled by Wailers, Sublime & Skatalites influences. 

bigmedicinegangWhile most bands endure a couple of awkward formative years, BMG had a formative couple of months and got right to putting on top notch performances in the 200 - 600 person rooms on the Colorado circuit in their first year. a few years later, the self-managed / self-booked gang has had the outstanding pleasure of supporting & sharing the stage with such great acts as Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band, The Motet, Orgone, Mingo Fishtrap, Euforquestra, Don Carlos, members of the Subdudes, The Revivalists, Keller Williams, Mike Dillon Band and members of Further just to name a few. http://www.bigmedicinegang.com/

The event is a fundraiser for the Ridgway Concert Series which brings a great lineup of bands to an outdoor concert at Hartwell Park every Thursday in July.

The lineup for July 2015 is as follows:

ridgwayconcertJuly 2 - Sol Driven Train, w/ Blair Crimmins & the Hookers

 July 9 - Humming House, w/ Intuit

 July 16 - The Congress, w/ The Blackberry Bushes

 July 23 - Roxy Roca. w/ Mipso

 July 30 - The Steep Canyon Rangers, w/ Front Country

In June the Mountain Air Music Series brings a great lineup of music to Ouray Fellin Park every Thursday.

live music ouray bcm3June 4 - Quiet Company, with The Blue Aces

 June 11- The Ragbirds, with Kinsey Sadler

 June 18- Zolopht, with Jack and Jill

 June 25th- The Black Lillies, with Sweetwater String Band

 

Ouray County has a great music scene year round. Come winter, summer, spring or fall and catch great music of all flavors. Bring your blanket or chair and come to Ouray in June and Ridgway in July for great music and food every Thursday night. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

 

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History of Ouray - Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, May 04, 2015 @10:43 AM

Ouray Hotel has long provided a soothing relaxing atmosphere!

boxcanyonlodgehistoryLong before the area was discovered by two miners in search of gold, the tiny canyon now known as Ouray served as a sacred spot for the Ute Indians. Some people speculate that perhaps the name "Uncompahgre", or dirty water, was given to the area to protect the secret of the hot springs.

Once gold had been discovered though, the soothing waters of the natural springs were an added perk to living in the area, offering a soothing respite from days deep in the earth searching for treasure.

In 1877, a newspaper article mentioned the vast number of bath houses in Ouray and their popularity. While several places took advantage of the warm waters for recreational purposes, it was not until the early 1900's when a facility was opened which brought to light the healing properties of the hot springs.

Rich in a variety of minerals, particularly helpful in soothing rheumatism and skin problems, the first sanitarium was developed.

cogar sanitariumRichard and Bessie Cogar purchased the land which now houses the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, as well as its neighboring hotel in 1913, with the intention of building the first sanitarium in Ouray. 

In the early 1900's, the term "Radio Active" had an entirely different connotation than the post World War Two use of the word, as did the term "Sanitarium".

sweetskinThe Cogar's Sanitarium and "Radio-Active Baths" were incredibly successful, and men and women came fraom all over to take advantage of the treatments provided at the facility.

In 1927, after the death of her husband, Bessie had remarried and left Ouray, selling the sanitarium to Mr. C.W. Kent, of Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Kent maintained and invested in the sanitarium, which he re-named "The Sweet Skin Sanitarium", until 1946. During his residence and ownership of the hot springs, he added five cabins to the property to accommodate the growing tourism and declining mining industry.

boxcanyonmotelIn 1945, Mr. Kent sold the land to the Idarado Mining Company, who re-named it the "Crystal Court Bathhouses", and rented cabins to local miners.

Sometime around 1953, the original 35 acres were parceled out, and on July 9, 1959, The Ouray County Herald announced the opening of the Box Canyon Motel. Long term residents, Tommy and Della May (or Sally) Fellin had built a two story hotel with ten complete units. This building is the first of three expansions over the year, and is on the Southwest side of the property. When John Ray and Mary Joyce Scoggins purchased the property in 1964, there were fourteen completed units available for rent.

During the five years they owned the hotel, the Scoggins added another eight rooms to the property, and moved the front desk to the front of the hotel, facing the street.

Joseph and Viola Muse purchased the Box Canyon Motel in 1969, selling it again in 1972 to Kurt and Margaret Kircher. When the Kirchers sold the property to Thomas and Nancy Borman in 1975, there were twenty two rooms. During their time at the Box Canyon, the Bormans added eight more units, and built the four mineral hot spring tubs which still provide hours of relaxation and pleasure to our guests.

boxcanyonlodge1993When John and Barbara Uhles purchased the hotel in 1986, they immediately set about making the property their own, renaming the Property "Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs", and completely refurbished the original 14 rooms. They purchased the parcel of land between the Box Canyon and its neighboring hotel, the Chief Ouray Gun Club, and added eight rooms, including the two large suites, each with a fireplace, and the Honeymoon Suite. 

In May, 2007, Rich and Karen Avery purchased the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. With 39 beautifully maintained rooms, including five suites and a fully furnished two bedroom apartment, it was easy to fall in love with. The four mineral hot spring tubs still stand on the hillside. The tubs themselves have been replaced once or twice, still as cedar tubs though in order to best compliment the majesty of the views.

box canyon lodge hot (1)Every year, the Averys follow the tradition of upgrading and maintaining the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. The Averys expanded increased use of the hot springs by converting the entire property to geothermal, using the natuaral heat to warm the guest rooms and tap water. Every time a guest returns, whether it is weeks, days or even years later, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs provides the perfect escape. The love and passion put into the property from the very beginning shines through in every portion of the grounds and rooms.

Come see us soon!

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Spring Fever Hits the San Juan Mountains!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @06:04 PM

Warm Weather and April Showers Bring Promise of a Spectacular Season in Ouray County!

box canyon rainbowAs we move into April, saying goodbye to a mild winter, Mother nature teases us with the promise of warm weather activities. 

Part of us knows that we need some more moisture, hoping the overcast skies will fulfill a promise of snow or rain. At the same time, when the clouds break, and the sun shines down, bathing your face in much missed vitamin D, it is indeed difficult to be disappointed.

With temperatures reaching into the 60's at times, it is no surprise that our mind travels into the high country.

How are those trails looking? Is it time?

Well, no.

A quick drive this weekend told me what the websites had said, but I refused to believe. 


million dollar hwy winterYes, there is in fact still snow out there.  And it is slushy. Which means I couldn't get to my favorite springtime picnic spot yet. Sad day.

As much as Spring Fever has taken over, begging us to travel into the hills, this time of year it is very important to remember that nature can be treacherous.

Any time of year in the high country, the weather can be misleading. One minute, the sun is shining, but a few minutes or miles later, things have drastically changed. As the snow melts, it becomes less stable. The top layer is crunchy and hard, while underneath it is melting. It is very important when out hiking, jeeping, and exploring that you let someone know where you are. Not enough traffic is out yet to be able to depend on someone happening by if you get stuck in a snow drift.

silverjack owlcreek.2Now that's not to say that exploration cannot happen. Hiking trails are ready to be traversed at lower altitudes. Perhaps a quick stop in to Ouray Mountain Sports on Main Street is a good idea. Because they specialize in renting and selling a variety of outdoor equipment, they often have the most up to date information on the conditions of different trails and activities. You can also check their wall for people looking for someone to partner up with in the high country. What a great way to meet people and safely experience everything this area has to offer!

baby dearSpring in Ouray is a great time for wildlife viewing. Bighorn Sheep dot the hillsides, often right beside, or even in the highway. Foxes and deer roam the streets, oblivious to the humans in their midst as they go about their daily life.

Soon, the bear will be venturing out as well, in search of an easy meal. A little more shy than the deer, it is still quite common to catch a glimpse. Just remember our four legged neighbors are wild animals, not house pets.

seasonal waterfall in southwest coloradoAs the snow melts, suddenly waterfalls appear as if from no where. Seasonal falls surprise you at almost every turn. water cascading from the cliffs and mountains creating a pallette of color against the sunshine and canyon walls. the Box Canyon Falls become a sensory explosion - heard long before actually seen. Spring thaw creates a roar as the river swells with branches and minerals shed with the snow.

wildflowers.2Finally, there are the flowers. The first blooms of the year have some special something. Vibrant colors forcing their way into once white fields. The fresh green of new grass, and the leaves on the aspens as they begin to wake from a long winter nap.

April is a gateway month for us. We never know what to expect from one day to the next, which adds to the mystery and magnificence of Ouray. It is a perfect time to escape from the day to day, and slow down. Spend a morning exploring the Perimeter Trail, then a liesurely walk along Main Street, followed by a soothing soak in the mineral hot springs before walking to dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants on Main Street.

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, our goal is to make your time with us memorable. Let us help you find the perfect activities for your visit.

 

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Earth Day is Every day at this Ouray Hotel!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Apr 05, 2015 @02:15 PM

It's Easy to be Green at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!

box canyon lodge hotWith our all natural mineral hot spring tubs tiered on the hillside in the courtyard, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is like an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.

For the past several years, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has worked diligently to make the lodge what it is today, earning a four key rating from Green Key, a well know eco-rating program. With a passion for reducing a carbon foot print, we have made improvement upon improvement to the property, many of which we wouldn't even notice if we didn't know about them!

Three years ago, new windows were installed in every room to conserve both heat in the winter, and to keep the rooms cooler in the summer months. New doors were also installed for the same reasons.

Each of our rooms has a motion detector installed in the heating and cooling system. This senses when there are no guests in the room, and automatically adjusts the temperature to conserve energy.

Our new key card system implements recyclable key cards. These are not the magnetic key cards that de code if they get too close to your cel phone, but a sturdier type of key that can be reprogrammed again and again, while still providing a new level of security to our guests.

GreenBusinessSealofApprovalPMS370 updatedFINAL2010As often as possible, we stay away from strong cleaners that are known to be hurtful to the environment, while still maintaning an exemplary reputation for our clean rooms.

As strong supporters of community and supporting local businesses, as many products as possible are purchased locally. Even down to the new soap dispensers in the rooms, Colorado products are prevalent.

exteriorServing coffee freshly roasted in Ridgway both in the lobby and in the rooms, we focus on the marvelous talents of the area to compliment the hotel.

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is proud to use geothermal heat exchangers.

tubsThe source of our hot springs is located above the tubs in a securely fenced off area as it comes out of the ground at about 140*. We pump the water straight from the earth and use that hot water to heat our tap water. We also use the heat from the mineral hot springs to warm all of the rooms on the property!

Often, even if the heat is turned off in your room, warmth will emanate from the panels; a side effect of the geothermal hot water heating system. It's actually not unusual to have to open a window when the geothermal is in full gear!

efh listing logoRecycling bins are in every room, and our housekeeping staff, as vigilant about being green as they are about a meticulously clean room, has been know to pull recyclable items from the trash and place in the appropriate containers.

greenkeylogo 000From energy efficient washers, to geothermal heat; recycling bins and local vendors, the Box Canyon Lodge continuously works to protect our environment. 

There are a variety of things our guests can do as well to help us on this mission, and we are always happy to hear your feedback and suggestions on ways we can further the cause.

earthday (1)April 22, Earth Day, we want to reward those guests who have gone the extra "mile". Every Earth Day, we offer a 50% discount on your stay if you come see us in your hybrid car. Just let the front desk agent know when you check in, and she will apply the discount for you!

box canyon lodge hot (1)Every day it is important to remember to take care of our planet, which is why we also offer a 15% discount for guests with a hybrid vehicle any other day of the year!

Come share our passion! Enjoy the natural serenity of our mineral hot spring tubs. Surround yourself in the majestic beauty of the San Juan Mountains as you relax away the day to day!

See You Soon!

Celebrate Earth Day With Us!  Enjoy 50% off your Stay April 22, 2014!

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Second Annual ForkFest In Ouray this May

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 @05:29 PM

A Culinary Delight in Ouray!

logoForkfest is presented by Weehawken Creative Arts and a lot of community volunteers. ForkFest is designed to promote local food producers, chefs and restaurants. Weehawken is committed to bringing great educational events to the Western Slope, so this year we are adding a great seminar on wine and cheese making as well as paring wine with food.

muffinsForkFest begins with a Restaurant Crawl on Friday May 8th from 5-9 pm. Tickets to the Restaurant Crawl are $25 and include 10 tickets to be used as you choose at participating restaurants in Ouray. Saturday morning begins with a wonderful Champagne Brunch at the Ouray Community Center from 9-11 am. The brunch includes crepe station, omelet stations as well as a mimosa bar and pastry and cereal bar. Tickets for the brunch are $20.

crepesAt 10 am also at the Community Center Chef Demonstrations begin. Each chef will demonstrate some food preparation using food from a local food producer. mimosasDemonstrations will be 30-45 min interspersed with a 15 min presentation from the food producer. The food producers will be set up in the Brunch room throughout the day for people to purchase produce as well as sign up for a CSA or order local meat. Chef demonstrations are free.

At 5 pm the wine and cheese seminar begins. We will have a Colorado cheese maker talking about how cheese is made and a Colorado wine maker talking about making wine. Then we will have someone talking about paring wine with food. The seminar will end with a time for tasting several Colorado wines and cheeses and experimenting what you just learned. Tickets for the seminar are $30.

omelet stationIf you purchase tickets individually the cost of the weekend will be $75, however, we are offering a weekend pass which will be $60 per person. Weekend pass holders will have preferred seating at the chef demonstrations as well as receive a souvenir ForkFest reusable cotton bag.

Stay Friday and Saturday and complete the weekend with a Weehawken Dance performance at The Wright Opera House on Sunday afternoon showcasing dances of the past.

Guests at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs will enjoy an additional 10% off of their stay when they purchase a weekend pass to ForkFest!

About the Author: Ever the wine enthusiast and farm to table promoter, Faith Parry is the brains and brawn of the Ouray Wine, Chocolate and Cheese festival, and current president of the Weehaken Creative Arts Board. She tirelessly explores hidden gems, and shares with us experiences and adventures that otherwise we wouldn't know were so fabulous! Southwest Colorado is a treasure trove of talented people all eager to share their passion for a variety of creativity from wine and cheese, to the Ridgway MoonWalk.

Book Today! Enjoy ForkFest and a 10% discount on Your Room!

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Local Hotel Invites You to Relax and Play in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Mar 03, 2015 @10:33 AM

All the Comforts of Home and More at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!

box canyon lodge hot (2)Recently, while picking up some supplies for the hotel, the cashier realized where I was from, and began gushing about the Box Canyon Lodge.

"My sister and I just came back from a weekend stay with you," she began, "And we spent hours in the tubs discussing how the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs would be the perfect spot to wait out a Zombie Apocalypse."

Well. This is why I love my job.

box canyon lodge hotShe continued, describing our natural hot springs, and the natural cold springs in Ouray, our location, tucked into the mountainside as we are, is easily defended. Because we heat our water and rooms with geothermal energy, and have made so many green upgrades, the property would be more sustainable than many other places, and so on. Not to mention the spectacular beauty of Ouray. Who wouldn't want to wait out an apocalypse here?

Being an avid Walking Dead fan myself, she got my creative juices flowing with this chat. We held up the line for a few minutes discussing the validity of her and her sisters analysis of the property and the city of Ouray.

It also got me to thinking that quite a few of us are inextricably tied to the fantasy worlds created by a good T.V. show. We watch. We comment. We take lines from our favorite movies and shows, and find a common thread. Some of us are obsessed with sports. The possibility of missing that play off, or epic game is daunting. Nerves become frayed at the possibility of missing the winning goal.

Hot Spring Tubs in WinterThe Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs just upgraded our cable package for our guests. We now offer a couple of movie channels and several sport stations, as well as AMC, making a Sunday night visit possible for guests not wanting to miss the newest episode of their favorite show or sporting event. Now, after a day of outdoor adventures and an evening of soaking and dining in town, you can snuggle in your bed, and not worry whether you set your DVR at home.

For ages, I have been of the mind that having television is relatively unimportant, especially while on vacation. Who wants to sit in front of a box of moving pictures when there is so much to see and do right outside their door?

exterior tubsWe write blogs, and post on Social Networks, letting our guests know everything we can that will make their visit memorable. Recently, I came to the realization that in addition to the plethora of adventures to be had throughout the day and early evening, relaxing at night in comfort, with a favorite show playing in the background does in fact make the unfamiliar familiar.

As we have entered into the age of electronics, it is no secret that almost everyone has at least one or two devices that are linked in to the Web. The Box Canyon Lodge has provided complimentary wifi to our guests for years, however, located as we are in a wonderfully defensible box canyon, there are indeed times when the wifi has been a little frustrating. The signal may fade, or too many people log in at once, kicking someone off. Recognizing that our smart phones and tablets are also our primary method of communication these days, we have taken steps to upgrade and improve our connectivity. Every room has been equipped with additional power strips, so that no one has to crawl behind the bureau to plug in their laptop.

dblq3At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, our guests are our number one priority. We take pride in clean, comfortable rooms. Our rustic decor is a testament to simple pleasures, outdoor adventures and relaxing soaks in the mineral hot springs. At the same time, we do recognize and accomodate the need for modern technology, and strive to combine the two in a comfortable blend.

All of us enjoy learning from our guests. We love to hear what you think about the property. What you would like to see happen here, or stay the same, and of course, whether you would like to stay with us in the event of a zombie apocolypse!

 

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Whine & Whiskers Weekend in Ouray County

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @02:19 PM

Since 1994, the Second Chance Humane Society has worked in Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel Counties to provide a safe refuge for lost and displaced pets.

secondchancelogoWith strong community support, they have grown from a small group of volunteers offering foster services, to a new facility able to provide shelter to a large number of pets as they wait to find their forever homes.

secondchanceIn October, 2011, the Second Chance opened a new Animal Resource Center at Angel Ridge Ranch, a 52 acre property located just outside of Ridgway. Here, they are able to provide care to more animals, as well as a broader scope of educational opportunities to the communities they serve.

It is that time again, Second Chance is presenting its 8th Annual Wine & Whiskers Weekend.

Community donations and interest are the bread and butter (or Kibbles & Bits) of the organization. Without the generosity of the areas it serves, Second Chance would not be able to consistently maintain its exceptional record of rescuing and caring for dogs and cats.

wineandwhiskersweekendAvailable auction items for bidding typically include golf, balloon, horse, sleigh, and bike adventure packages, a variety of wonderful art pieces, restaurant and get away packages, and hundreds more quality items and gift certificates from regional generous merchants, restaurants, artists, and service providers.

Thursday March 19th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM is the Opening Night Mixer geared toward those who are most interested in seeing the fashion & dance show. The performance combines fashion (straight from the Second Chance Thrift Shop), dance, and music for a high energy performance best described as “Attitude at Altitude”. Although there will be a small silent auction prior to the show on Thursday the focus will be on the roof-raising show.

secondchancethriftshopSaturday March 21st (5:30 – 11:30 PM) remains the Gala Event: the fun packed bursting at the seams evening includes the delectable catered fare, well stocked silent auction, lively live auction, the famous fashion & dance show, concluding with a dance party!

Offering decadent food with a Louisiana Flare prepared by Chef Sid of Cavallo's http://cavallosrestaurant.com/Restaurant, music and mountains of fun, this is an event to mark on your calendars!

Tickets will be limited for both evenings to assure that all have a seat this year - so get your tickets today!  They are $15 in advance for Thursday night ($20 at the door) and $40 in advance ($45/door) for Saturday night.  They are on sale now on their secure website or shortly at the Second Chance Thrift Shop in Ridgway.

Get an early start on Thursday, and enjoy an evening at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center; enjoy a fashion show unlike any other, as local models sport ensembles straight from the Second Chance Thrift Shop! 

On Friday, take the day to enjoy the splendor of the San Juan’s. Scenic Drives, frozen waterfalls and a plethora of outdoor activities abound between enjoying fabulous food and shopping on Ouray’s Main Street. 

Saturday have your dancing shoes on, and be prepared to bid on some awesome items!

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help arrange your visit. Spend a relaxing three day weekend! Start your break with a soothing soak in one of our natural mineral hot spring tubs. Bask in the beauty of the southwest as the steam surrounds you in a picturesque setting.

 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.

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Experience a Night of Fun and Dancing in Ouray

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @10:02 AM

OPAG and Wright Opera House Welcome Ceilidh Dancing to Ouray!

mckees2Have you ever been to a Ceilidh? A Ceilidh (keili) is a Scottish/Irish gathering for playing music storytelling and dancing. Similar to Contra, but more upbeat and happy. Ceilidhs are a fun multi-generational social gathering. Masters of their performance Ken Willson and Kim McKee delight audiences with their many talents. From elementary classrooms to concert halls around the world this dynamic duo is at home in any situation. They do anything from a 45 minute presentation to a 3-5 day residency for elementary, high school, college and adult audiences.
Willson and McKee also do house concerts and library concerts. They will be at The Wright Opera House here in Ouray on March 13th to help us celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
instrumentsI had the privilege to see them a couple years ago when they were in Ouray and it was such a wonderful experience. The music was phenomenal and they are both such wonderful storytellers and entertainers as well as blow your mind musicians. They connect so well with their audiences including and engaging them. To end the evening they taught several Ceilidh dances and the audience kept asking for more. I think it was well after 10 when we finally went home.
mckeesWillison and McKee’s versatility with instruments in simply amazing! Between the two they play Bagpipes, Celtic Harp, Accordion, Cittern, Bodhran, Dulcimer, Guitars and Bouzouki as well as their stunning voices. We are so excited to have this couple back in Ouray to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with us. Willson and McKee live in eastern Colorado, but they are well traveled worldwide. They travel to Scotland and Ireland frequently to play with fellow musicians and to add to their repertoire of songs, stories and dances. They do a combination of original work as well as traditional songs and have received honors and awards at events such as Walton’s of Dublin International Songwriting Competition and National Instrumental Championship. 
The concert is March 13th at The Wright Opera House from 7-9 pm. Tickets to this amazing performance are $15 for adults, $5 for students and $30 for families. We would like to thank the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild for bringing such wonderful performances to Ouray!
About the Author: Ever the wine enthusiast and farm to table promoter, Faith Parry is the brains and brawn of the Ouray Wine, Chocolate and Cheese festival, and current president of the Weehaken Creative Arts Board. She tirelessly explores hidden gems, and shares with us experiences and adventures that otherwise we wouldn't know were so fabulous! Southwest Colorado is a treasure trove of talented people all eager to share their passion for a variety of creativity from wine and cheese, to the Ridgway MoonWalk.
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Romantic Destination Weddings in the San Juan Mountains

Posted by Guest Blogger on Fri, Feb 06, 2015 @12:02 PM

Ouray, a perfect place for a wedding any time of year!

elksSurrounded by spectacular mountains there is no bad location. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is happy to accommodate your wedding party and guests up to about 60 people and only blocks from the hotel are several fantastic locations for ceremony and reception.

secretgardenwinterFor a beautiful outdoor venue, the Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast and Catering has a beautiful yard and patio. Secret Garden does weddings year 
round. If you want to be a Snow Queen for your special day, winter is a pretty dramatic season for a wedding. Bring out the fire pits and the white furs and you have a perfect setting for a wedding.
secretgardenSecret Garden is not just a perfect venue year round, but they also cater at their location as well as pretty much any other facility in Ouray County and beyond. 

stjohns2For indoor weddings, one of the most elegant locations for a ceremony is St John’s Episcopal Church on 5th Ave in Ouray.

courthouseBeautiful old rock walls with wonderful stained glass windows. A blend 
of Victorian and rustic mountains combine to make this location a beautiful venue for a wedding.
The Wright Opera House is a great space for a wedding ceremony and or reception or rent it for a party. The Wright does not have a kitchen facility, so all food has to be brought in.
Ouray Elk’s Lodge is a nice facility for ceremony and reception with a lovely room with wood floors and dark wood wainscoting and high ceilings. The Elk’s is right on Main Street only 3 blocks from Box Canyon Lodge.
communitycenterThe Ouray Community Center is not a beautiful facility, on the outside, but can accommodate large parties with a great kitchen and an elevator. With a lot of work the Community Center can have a pretty nice ambiance with lights strung from the ceiling and no florescent lights.
chocolateflowersFor flowers, Willow Creek Floral does an amazing job! Willow Creek also does lighting and decorations; they are a complete event headquarters. Many of the restaurants in town cater, but as far as I know Secret Garden is the only one in town that does wedding cakes. And their cakes are ever so delicious.

ouraywinterFor music, the possibilities are 
endless! I don’t really know much about local DJ’s, but I sure know a lot about live music. There is a local band for any music style you desire from classical to swing to blues, jazz, reggae, funk, acoustic, whatever your heart desires there is a band within a n hour from Ouray to meet your needs. Brass bands, rock, you name it, we have it. For favors, considering giving each of your guests a  1.5 or 3 oz bag of locally roasted coffee from Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters with your own custom label.
For your wedding night stay in our Honeymoon Suite and have us set it up with flowers, champagne, and chocolates.

About the Author: Ever the wine enthusiast and farm to table promoter, Faith Parry is the brains and brawn of the Ouray Wine, Chocolate and Cheese festival, and current president of the Weehaken Creative Arts Board. She tirelessly explores hidden gems, and shares with us experiences and adventures that otherwise we wouldn't know were so fabulous! Southwest Colorado is a treasure trove of talented people all eager to share their passion for a variety of creativity from wine and cheese, to the Ridgway MoonWalk.

 

Begin Your Romantic Getaway Right Now!

 

 

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Ouray Colorado: Best Little Town in the San Juan Mountains

Posted by Karen Avery on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @10:48 AM

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Ouray Colorado Provides Relaxation Around Every Corner

Ouray, Colorado is a tiny, picturesque Victorian village nestled into a valley surrounded by rugged alpine peaks rising from the very edges of the town. Situated in a river valley at 7,792 ft. in the heart of the Rocky Mountains lies the spectacular mountain town eloquently nicknamed the “Switzerland of America”.

Ouray officially began in 1876 with the eager stroke of the prospector’s pick. However, the future brought with it those simply inspired by its beauty. Because of Ouray’s majestic peaks, cascading waterfalls, natural hot springs, the famous Million Dollar Highway, Ouray Ice Park, and its reputation for being the Jeep Capital of the World, modern visitors flock to Ouray as much for its beauty as the miners of the past did for the riches they hoped to find.

ouray best little town in coloradoIn Ouray, Mother Nature is the star attraction, providing the WOW factor that affects nearly all visitors. Ample facilities, services and commercial district are vibrant because tourism, with a focus on recreation and nature, is the major industry.

The present year-round population of approximately 900 swells considerably in the summer months as thousands of travelers visit this unique valley. Ouray is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Whether you set out to conquer the mountains with rope and carabineer, on foot, bike, or four-wheel drive—there’s a route for everyone. Autumn is truly an outstanding time of year, with aspen stands and mixed coniferous forests exhibiting glorious displays of golden colors. The winter months are enchanting and Ouray runs on a slower pace. At night when the lights meet the formations of ice and snow they join in a shimmering dance of magical light.

Although Ouray is tiny (only eight blocks long and eight blocks wide), it is mighty and is the perfect retreat for rest and relaxation regardless of the season. In addition to the area's outdoor opportunities, Ouray has over 50 shops and galleries on its compact Main Street as well as 19 restaurants, 13 hotels and 13 Bed & Breakfasts. Ouray has a vibrant arts and cultural community that provides great entertainment to the area residents and visitors alike.

Ouray businesses are truly small businesses, family owned and operated and created by entrepreneurs that fancy a small town way of life. There are no chains or large corporate interests in Ouray; each independent business sustains a family and other town residents through employment.

 

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