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Catch The Glow – Holiday Parade

On Friday, November 29th, the annual Catch the Glow Parade will light up downtown Estes Park. The parade route will begin at the West Park Center and travel east on Elkhorn Avenue. At 4 p.m. the Estes Park Police Department will close Elkhorn Avenue between Far View Drive and Spruce Drive. At 5:15 p.m. the remainder of the route along Elkhorn Avenue will be closed. The parade will turn right at the U.S. 36/U.S. 34 intersection, traveling to Colorado Hwy. 7 and ending at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn. At that point the floats will continue to the Fourth Street entrance of the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park.

 

The Elkhorn Express trolley will provide free service from the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride to the Estes Park Visitor Center to Bond Park on Elkhorn Avenue from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. This loop takes about 20 minutes during normal traffic. The trolley will suspend service during the parade to join the floats. Guests and local residents are encouraged to use the free parking at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride on Manford Avenue or the Estes Park Visitor Center and catch the trolley to avoid parking difficulties downtown during these events. For more information, contact the Estes Park Visitor Center at 970-577-9900.

 

Side streets along the parade route remain open during the parade, but access to the parade route will be prohibited until the parade passes and pedestrians are clear of the roadway. Motorists will not be able to leave parking lots along the parade route until the parade has passed. To bypass the downtown area, motorists may use alternate routes including the Moccasin bypass, Graves Avenue, Community Drive, U.S. 36 to Mall Road, U.S. 34/Big Thompson Avenue, and Wonderview Avenue. Wonderview Avenue will serve as an alternative to downtown for eastbound traffic on U.S. 34 and westbound traffic from U.S. 36.

 

 

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Family Fun Weekend Dec 7-8

Bring the whole family to enjoy Activities, Shopping, and wonderful winter Recreation in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Visit with Santa at the Old Church Shops or meet up with roaming Christmas Characters and Carolers throughout the town.

 

Take a short break or settle in to enjoy the Christmas Movie Marathon from 11am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday at Estes Park Town Hall (downtown, across from Bond Park).

 

Kids will have a blast at the YMCA of the Rockies kids’ winter day camp.  Half day or full-day camp sessions available. Activities, fun and games including gingerbread house decorating, snow fort building and more! Bring snow clothes for outdoor play!

 

YMCA of the Rockies Winter Day Camp, December 7th -8th, 2013

  • Full Day: $36, 10am – 4pm; this includes lunch and snacks.
  • Half Day: $15, 10am – 12pm or 1pm -4pm, includes snack.
  • Register by contacting Courtney Danis, Youth Programs Director at cdanis@ymcarockies.org or call 970-586-3341 x1282.
  • Register soon! Max capacity of 20 children per day.
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Hwy 34 Reopens Thursday, November 21st

Are we ever excited. The opening of U.S. 34 fully restores connectivity on all routes into and out of Estes Park. Along with the restoration of access via Highway 36 from Lyons, our friends who come through Loveland can once again plan an easy mountain getaway. 

 

Our Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price November Special and our Buy-Two-Get-One-Free Special make it easy to stay and enjoy the natural wonders, beauty, and serenity of Estes Park an Rocky Mountain National Park while gearing up for the holidays.

 

This weekend offers something for everyone – creative and exceptional holiday shopping opportunities, the annual Tree Lighting, a Kids Candy Cane Hunt, and live music at several venues.  For a quick overview to help plan ahead, please visit our event calendar http://www.boulderbrook.com/calendar/

 

Here are a few highlights:

 

First Annual Holiday Market, Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23-24, 2013   9a-6p and 10a-4p Estes Park Resort, 9-6 Sat. & 10-4 Sun.

 

Estes Park Tree Lighting Ceremony, Saturday, November 23, 2013  4:30p – 6:30p  Riverside Plaza at the intersection of Rockwell Street and Riverside Drive.  Enjoy sweet treats and hot chocolate, radio flyer wagon rides, stocking, ornament decorating and visits with Santa from 4:30p to 5:15p. Tree lighting promptly at 5:30p immediately followed by the Kids Candy Cane Hunt in Bond Park.  Also on November 23rd, visitors can enjoy a traditional English Pasty Luncheon, Holiday Bazaar and Silent Auction and/or a wonderful Holiday Fine Art sale. 

 

You can start Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, with the family friendly Turkey Trot 5K, cook your own or let someone else do the cooking, Catch the Glow  on Friday at the annual Lighted Christmas Parade, beginning at 5:30p in Downtown Estes Park.

 

Holiday House Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 9a – 3p Estes Park Conference Center

 

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Honoring Veterans – Welcoming Everyone

Rocky Mountain National Park Honors Veterans with Free Admission for All Park Visitors - Friday, November 9 through Monday, November 11, 2013.  Waiving entrance fees to all public lands on Veteran’s Day and Veteran’s Day weekend is one way to show appreciation for the millions of men and women who fight to keep America’s public lands accessible to all Americans.

 

The National Park Service also provides active duty members of the military and their dependents with a free annual national park pass. Permanently disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime pass to all parks. The passes provide entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands – more than 2,000 in all. The passes can be acquired at Rocky Mountain National Park or any park that charges an entrance fee. Information about all national park passes is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm 

 

This weekend’s fee waiver is for park entrance only and does not include user fees for camping or other park activities.

 

If you can’t get away this weekend, here’s a brief overview of upcoming Estes Park Holiday Events to help you plan ahead:

 

First Annual Holiday Market, Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23-24, 2013   9a-6p and 10a-4p Estes Park Resort, 9-6 Sat. & 10-4 Sun.

Estes Park Tree Lighting Ceremony, Saturday, November 23, 2013  4:30p – 6:30p  Riverside Plaza at the intersection of Rockwell Street and Riverside Drive.  Enjoy sweet treats and hot chocolate, radio flyer wagon rides, stocking, ornament decorating and visits with Santa from 4:30p to 5:15p. Tree lighting promptly at 5:30p.

Catch the Glow Lighted Christmas Parade, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013  5:30p Downtown Estes Park.

Holiday House Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 9a – 3p Estes Park Conference Center

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Happiness — a weekend in the blissful mountains

that’s fun, beautiful, relaxing, and easy on the driver and the budget.  We are delighted that Highway 36 from Lyons to Estes Park is once again open to motorists, and according to our most recent guests and local travelers, it is in excellent condition. 

 

It is truly beautiful here.  The Rocky Mountain peaks are freshly blanketed, shining white in the bright autumn sunshine. Most days, the sky is amazingly blue and clear, almost cloudless, with a cool breeze carrying the crisp, spicy scent of autumn. The bull Elk have begun to break away from their harems and are once again traveling in either very large groups of several bulls with many cows or in smaller groups of bulls browsing their way up and down Fall River Road, often stopping for a snack and a snooze right here at Boulder Brook.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park is open to visitors as are most of our restaurants, shops, and galleries. You can eat, shop, enjoy beautiful art in galleries or in nature; or if you prefer, hike a mountain trail,  sit next to the river in the warm afternoon sun with your sweetheart and good book, or treat yourself to a wonderful in-room massage. Whatever you like to do to relax and enjoy, we are here, ready to welcome you and very happy to see you!

 

To make it even easier for you to take a few days off, we are offering a Buy-Two-Nights-Get-One-Free promotion which can be booked on-line at www.boulderbrook.com with the Promotion Code “free,” or call us. The office is open from 9am to 7pm daily.

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U.S. 36 Reopens on Monday, November 4th at Noon!

Thanks to the amazing work of our crews and to the Air and Army National Guard from Colorado, Kansas, Montana, and Utah the highway will reopen to ALL motorists more than three weeks ahead of the Dec. 1 target date.

 

With the welcome return to normal travel between Estes Park, Boulder, and DIA, it is easy to give the whole family a beautiful, gracious and relaxing holiday retreat in Estes Park.  Fun and festive events include our First Annual Fall Back Beer Festival, fee free days in Rocky Mountain National Park, delicious Thanksgiving dinner options, fresh and fabulous holiday shopping, and a variety of  family events and live entertainment that will allow everyone to relax, enjoy the snow-kissed mountain scenery, and ignite family and holiday spirit.

 

We’ve made it even easier to visit and to extend your stay without extending your budget — Our Buy-Two-Nights-Get-One-Free Promotion is available on line at www.boulderbrook.com with Promo Code “free” or call us at 800-238-0910. Our office is open from 9am to 7pm, and we are happy to hear from you.

 

Here is a brief overview to help you plan ahead:

 

November 9 – December 1 — Fee Free days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Fall Back Festival, Holiday Markets, Tree Lighting, Thanksgiving & Catch the Glow Parade

 

November 9, 10, and 11 Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates Veterans’ Day with a fee free weekend.

 

First Annual Fall Back Beer Festival, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 1p-5p Downtown in Riverside Plaza:  Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in great company with good brews. Learn about the brew process at the homebrew “show and tell”. Compare, learn, and enjoy in seminars and tastings. $30 entry fee includes unlimited tastings from micro breweries of Colorado and a sampling mug.   Live entertainment – 1-2:30pm Chain Station; 3-5pm Railsplitters;  Homebrew Seminar – 1:30-2:30pm (no additional cost); Beer Pairing Tasting – 3-4pm (available at additional cost, limited quantity)

 

First Annual Holiday Market, Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23-24, 2013   9a-6p and 10a-4p Estes Park Resort, 9-6 Sat. & 10-4 Sun.

 

Estes Park Tree Lighting Ceremony, Saturday, November 23, 2013  4:30p – 6:30p  Riverside Plaza at the intersection of Rockwell Street and Riverside Drive

 

Enjoy sweet treats and hot chocolate, radio flyer wagon rides, stocking, ornament decorating and visits with Santa from 4:30p to 5:15p. Tree lighting promptly at 5:30p.

 

Catch the Glow Lighted Christmas Parade, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013  5:30p Downtown Estes Park.

 

Holiday House Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 9a – 3p Estes Park Conference Center

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Dress it up and show it off for Halloween!

Thursday, October 31st is Halloween, so there’s still time to decorate your coat, pick a costume that fits over your down jacket or be a Southpark kid and make a costume of your outerwear and winter gear! Whatever you choose, with or without costume, Estes Park is making ready to welcome everyone for Trick-or-Treating up and down Elkhorn Ave.

 

Between 5p and 9p the Town will close Elkhorn Ave from Spruce Drive to Riverside Drive and side street traffic will be detoured accordingly.  Curbside east and west bound lanes of Elkhorn Ave will be closed from Riverside Drive to Ed’s Cantina (390 East Elkhorn Ave.)  Cones and event fencing will guide pedestrians to designated crosswalks.  Estes Park Police Officers will be stationed throughout town for added safety.

 

Some safety tips: Remember, it is getting dark much earlier so make reflective clothing and gear part of your costume. (Could be really cute! Glow in the dark anything – worm, clown,  ghost, super-hero….you get the idea.) Carry a flashlight. Walk, don’t run. Stay on sidewalks and in designated pedestrian areas and crosswalks.  Limit what you carry so it’s easy to get around!!

 

After the outdoor fun, come indoors to any one or all of several Halloween parties. Fun starts at 7p with the ladies night Halloween event and Costume Contest at the Estes Park Resort.  Next you can check out Lonigans Costume Party with DJ Matt, and top off the evening at the Rock Inn at 10pm for BooGrass with Chain Station.

 

Whatever you choose be safe, and have fun!

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