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A Serene Option for Groups in Fort Collins

The lakeside Primose Studio is ideal for gatherings of up to 36 guests

By Beth Buehler

Primrose Studio at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area has been a serene option for groups in Fort Collins for more than 15 years. It’s a secluded getaway near a city for corporate meetings, special events, and yoga and art classes for a maximum of 36 people. The beloved event space is already a standout option with its secluded lakefront location, wildlife viewing opportunities, and cozy interior, but recent updates have made it even more appealing.

Primose Studio exterior, Fort Collins, Colorado
Primose Studio exterior CREDIT City of Fort Collins

The latest improvements include a state-of-the-art LED projector with Bluetooth speakers; a three-part trash system (trash, recycling, and compost) to further the venue’s Zero-Waste initiative; and new carpet and blinds. An added bonus is a coffee and tea station stocked with ingredients selected with sustainability in mind, such as Copoco’s Honey and Primrose Studio coffee blend from Jackie’s Java, both located in Fort Collins. These products are delivered package free, and coffee and tea service costs only $15 per day. New tables and chairs also are on the horizon.

Primose Studio Patio, Fort Collins, Colorado
Adjoining patio at Primose Studio CREDIT City of Fort Collins

The late Rob and Dorothy Udall, advocates for conservation and social work, donated Primrose Studio and the surrounding land to the Fort Collins Natural Areas Department in 2001. Both were professors at Colorado State University, Dorthothy in art and Robert in veterinary medicine.

It was the couple’s desire that the land be conserved and that the studio serve as a serene option for groups in Fort Collins, a wish that came true in 2007. Primrose Studio’s design is inspired by the natural surroundings and Dorothy’s art, some of which is displayed at the venue. In addition, artist Barb McKee, founder of Surface Strategy, painted images of native grasses from Dorothy’s compositions on the face of several doors and cabinets as part of the city’s Art in Public Places program.

Primose Studio Interior, Fort Collins, Colorado
Light-filled meeting space at Primose Studio CREDIT City of Fort Collins

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