No worries! There’s plenty to do and see right here in town. In the winter, our Elk, Mule Deer, Big Horn Sheep and beloved wildlife own the town. You are just a likely to see a gorgeous group of Bulls grazing in front of Town Hall (or browsing here at Boulder Brook) wandering Fall River Road or napping on one of the local sunny slopes, as you are a crowd of cows and yearlings crossing Big Thompson Road. You may even get the chance to watch wildlife from your beautiful Boulder Brook Suite as Elk, Mule Deer, Bighorn Sheep, Fox and several varieties of birds are fairly frequent visitors. Remember – winter is stressful or wildlife. Please watch quietly and photograph from a safe distance.
A casual walk through town might include a visit to one or more of the Town’s beautiful galleries. Some of our Guest favorites include the Cultural Arts Council, www.estesarts.com/Galleries.asp Earthwood Artisans, Aspen & Evergreen, Images of RMNP www.imagesofrmnp.com and the Arts Center www.artcenterofestes.com. Pick up gallery/walking tour maps at the Cultural Arts Council. And while you’re in the neighborhood, stop in to Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery to watch expert glass blowers make their magic or perhaps order something blown especially for you! http://glassworksofestespark.com
Along with amazing photography and original arts and crafts, downtown offers both specialty boutique and mountain style shopping – you can find anything from outdoor wear to special socks to that perfect piece of wearable art or new bag you’ll never want to be without. More than 300 shops in Estes Park offer an unsurpassed variety, and most shops in the community ship purchases to any location within the United States.
In the heart of downtown next to Bond Park, Moon Kats, the new tea shop, offers a cozy respite with delicious teas and delicacies. http://www.moonkats.com/ Enjoy a slice of fresh baked pie or hot corned beef sammy (or both!) at the 50’s style diner in Lower Stanley Village, You Need Pie! http://youneedpie.blogspot.com/ Or stop by Coffee on the Rocks (Moraine Ave) http://www.coffeeontherocksestes.com and sip the morning brew while they prepare a lovely carving board lunch for you to take with you on your day-trip into RMNP for wildlife watching and picture-taking from the cozy warmth of your vehicle.
Check out the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. It’s a unique building done in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, and inside is a wealth fun and information. Become a Junior Ranger or chat with a Park Ranger. Most are happy to talk with you about anything park or wildlife related, and the stunning 23-minute park film, Spirit of the Mountains, is available upon request. Several free short programs are available each week. RMNP Program Schedule: http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/upload/rangerprograms_winter_2014_2015.pdf.
If the kids need to stretch their legs, the giant playground next to the Fairgrounds is a great choice, and the paved/plowed walking path will give you all a good workout without getting too far from local conveniences. Visit the downtown Ice Skating rink, take in a movie or go bowling! You can skate (110 East Riverside Drive, Downtown) Friday evening through Sunday afternoon for only $4 ($2 skate rental and $2 admission). http://www.evrpd.com/ice-skating Reel Mountain Movie Theater is open daily http://www.reelmountain.com. Chipper’s Lanes www.chipperslanes.comis open seven days a week and features video games, pool tables, music, great burgers—and of course, bowling!
At the end of your wanderings, check out a DVD or music CD at the front desk and return to your warm, comfortable suite for a relaxing afternoon by the river or a romantic evening by the fire. Every season is blissful at Boulder Brook. We look forward to seeing you soon!