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Special to the DailyThe Hotel Colorado: When Walter Devereux built The Hotel Colorado back in 1893, he envisioned creating the grand dame of resorts. As such, this historic hotel is perfect for large, elegant affairs or intimate, romantic gatherings. And with its downtown location, onsite wedding planner, various room configurations, award-winning cuisines and luxurious accommodations, The Hotel Colorado is the perfect place for a destination wedding.
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Check here for a list of good places to hold a wedding, reception or other nuptual get-together.Grand CountyRusticWild Horse Inn: For outdoor enthusiasts, the wildflower garden accommodates 120 guests. For a more intimate setting, say your vows inside the lodge, handcrafted from 400-year-old logs, moss covered rock and giant picture windows. On-site wedding planning services and catering are included in the rustic lodge, reminiscent of mountain homes built at the turn of the 20th century. 970-726-0456www.wildhorseinn.comElegantGrand Lake Golf Course: Grand Lake Golf Course is nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Never Summer and Mummy ranges surround the tented banquet area overlooking the golf course. Inside, the outstanding rock fireplace and vaulted ceilings host up to 80 people. 800-511-7780scottw@grandlakegolf.comSummit County RusticSapphire Point: Sapphire Point is a gem in the rough that provides stunning overlooks of the lake and views of mountain peaks. Located between Keystone and Breckenridge on Swan Mountain Road, it is the only designated site where wedding ceremonies are permitted within the Dillon Ranger District. 877-444-6777www.recreation.govElegantKeystone Ranch: The AAA Four Diamond ranked Ranch is also top rated by ZagatSurvey, making it the perfect place to celebrate a lifetime together. Weddings may take place outdoors near the golf course with views of Swan Mountain and the Ten Mile Range, or in the great room. Guests can mingle in front of a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, which was a wedding present to the original owner’s daughter. 1-877-625-1541, keystoneweddings@vailresorts.comVail Valley RusticSaddleRidge: Authentic Old West artifacts and soaring vaulted ceilings make SaddleRidge a rustic pick. It features an eclectic southwestern-inspired menu including seafood and game. A library near the bar area provides a more intimate setting for smaller groups. 866-395-3185www.beavercreek.snow.comElegantLarkspur: Larkspur’s outdoor deck looks out on Vail Mountain, and its award-winning cuisine rivals any restaurant in the Vail Valley. Larkspur can accommodate plenty of people in the spacious main dining room, or for a more intimate setting try the smaller private dining room. 1-866-231-VAIL, vailgroups@vailresorts.comGlenwood SpringsRusticFlying Dog Ranch Retreat: The proprietors of the Flying Dog Ranch call their retreat idyllic and serene, among other wonderful words. Its no wonder. With gorgeous views of Mount Sopris and 450 pristine acres surrounding it, the ranchs is an ideal venue for couples with a back-to-nature bent. The renovated barn accommodates up to 150 people in two rooms. A catering kitchen is available, as well as a shuttle service. Extensive botanical gardens are ideal for outdoor weddings and/or receptions. And the beautifully restored 1880s guest cabin, located just steps away, makes a wonderful suite for the bride and grooms first night.877-9FLYDOGwww.flyingdogranch.comElegantThe Hotel Colorado: When Walter Devereux built The Hotel Colorado back in 1893, he envisioned creating the grand dame of resorts. As such, this historic hotel is perfect for large, elegant affairs or intimate, romantic gatherings. And with its downtown location, onsite wedding planner, various room configurations, award-winning cuisines and luxurious accommodations, The Hotel Colorado is the perfect place for a destination wedding.800-544-3998, http://www.hotelcolorado.comAspenElegantPine Creek Cookhouse: Nestled far up the Castle Creek Valley about 11 miles from Aspen, the Pine Creek Cookhouse is a simply elegant site for a wedding reception. In summer, guests can drive directly to the cookhouse through wildflower-laden fields. In winter, a charming horse-drawn sleigh transports guests to the newly built log cabin, where a cozy fire and savory menu await.970-925-1044www.pinecreekcookhouse.comRustic Holden/Marolt Barn: Located at the edge of Aspen with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, the grounds of the Holden/Marolt Barn is a casual and unique setting for a mountain-town wedding. And while the Museum of Mining and Farming, located in the barn itself, is not available for parties, the surrounding landscape is enough to give any celebration a rustic, historic feel. 800-925-3721www.aspenhistory.orgGrand JunctionElegantTwo Rivers Winery & Chateau: No need to travel to Napa to find the upscale elegance of a vineyard wedding. Located in the Redlands area of Grand Junction, Two Rivers Winery & Chateaus architecture and dcor offer the feel of the French countryside, while the outdoor pavilion and grounds offer unparalleled views of the surrounding Western Slope scenery. And with its fully equipped kitchen and 10 sleeping room, the venue is ideal for a wedding escape.866-312-9463, http://www.tworiverswinery.comRusticThe Museum of the Wests Cross Orchards Living Farm: As the name implies, the Cross Orchards Living Farm is an ode to Grand Junctions agrarian past; the 24-acre site was once a part of one of the largest orchards in the state. As a wedding site, the farm blends the past and present with a beautiful outdoor gazebo and newly remodeled 5000 square foot banquet hall, as well as kitchen facility, bridal dressing room, portable sound system, tables and chairs also available.970-242-0971, ext. 222www.wcmuseum.orgOther high country options, for receptions or rehearsal dinners: Keystone Resort, 800-463-5064, http://www.keystoneweddings.com Quaking Aspen Ampitheatre, Pavillion at Keystone, River Run Village, http://www.keystoneneighbourhood.com Silverthorne Pavilion, 970-262-7396, http://www.silverthornepavilion.com Marina Park, Walter Byron Park, 970-668-5276, http://www.townoffrisco.com Snake River Saloon, 970-468-2788 Mountain Thunder Lodge, Great Divide Lodge, 888-462-8114, http://www.breckresorts.com Red Sky Ranch & Golf Club, 866-873-3759, http://www.redskygolfclub.com The Minturn Saloon, 970-827-5954, http://www.MinturnSaloon.com Minturn Country Club, Splendido at the Chateau, 970-845-8808, http://www.splendidobeavercreek.com The Left Bank, 970-476-3696, http://www.leftbank.com traMonti, 970-949-5552 Donovan Pavilion, 970-477-3699, http://www.donovanpavilion.com Rays, 970-926-7480 4 Eagle Ranch, 970-926-3372, http://www.4EagleRanch.com Aspen Glen, 970-704-1905, http://www.aspenglen.com The Snowmass Club, The Silvertree Hotel, Snowmass Conference Center, 970-923-8224, http://www.stayinsnowmass.com The Stonebridge Inn, 800-961-8745, http://www.destinationsnowmass.com Pinecreek Cook House, 970-925-1044, http://www.pinecreekcookhouse.com Inn at Aspen, 800-952-1515, http://www.resortquestinnataspen.com Gateway Canyons, 866-671-4733, http://www.gatewaycanyons.com


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