• Colorado Towns Offer a Flurry of Fun for Winter

     
    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Colorado Towns Offer a Flurry of Fun for Winter

     
    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Colorado Towns Offer a Flurry of Fun for Winter

     
    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
     

At destinations throughout the state, groups can expect new and unique experiences off the slopes this winter season. 

Beaver Creek Winter Wine Excursions offered by The Osprey at Beaver Creek, involve learning about the history of Beaver Creek and its unique natural environment during a guided 60- to 90-minute snowshoe adventure. Afterward, guests relax around a fire to taste charcuterie and wine pairings served by Executive Chef Ryan Murray.  

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park has added a new “Illusions of the Passed” theatrical séance, led by in-house illusionist Aidan Sinclair, who was featured on “America’s Got Talent.” The historic hotel also partners with REI Adventures to offer a special Outdoor School series such as campfire cooking and survival courses. 

Five hot springs destinations in the western part of Colorado—Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs—have formed the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop with 19 unique facilities. Each of these communities has a ski resort in town or nearby. 

The new Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience in Cañon City features a collection of interactive displays, full-scale dinosaur fossils and a multistory ropes course. 

Basecamp Hotels has brought a totally new approach and look to Boulder’s former Quality Inn Boulder Creek with 49 mountain-themed rooms, including a suite with green turf, a mural of Boulder’s Flatiron Mountains and four sunken twin beds. Basecamp Boulder also features an indoor climbing wall, deck with fire pit complete with make-your-own-s’mores kits (seasonal), and a lounge for groups to gather. 

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

To say Wisconsin is having a moment would be an understatement. A statewide renaissance resulting in plenty of new developments, impressive renovations and entrepreneurial ventures has been years in the making and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.