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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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Give Wildlife a “Brake”

It’s time to slow down and really watch for wildlife on the roads.  While the Elk Rut is starting to wind down but the herds are still wandering  browsing and bugling and the Deer rut is just beginning. During the rut, animals are distracted and not at all wary about wandering near or on roads.

 

Our wildlife benefits from motorist awareness and safety. Remember to stay alert and scan both sides of the road especially at dawn, dusk and the first few hours after darkness.  When possible and safe to do so, use your high beams after dark.  Pay attention to Wildlife Crossing signs. Slow down and be especially careful in those areas. Always be able to stop on short notice. Sometimes animals seem to come out of nowhere! If you see wildlife in the road, slow down, signal drivers behind you, and brake firmly. Do not assume an animal will move out of the way.

 

Remember, where there is one animal, there are likely to be more – a single female may be followed by several other females, young ones, and a male or two in sometimes hot pursuit.

 

Elk and Deer Jams create dangerous traffic situations for both animals and motorists.  Slow down and take appropriate precautions to avoid wildlife. Don’t slow down to take pictures of wildlife posing no danger to or interference with traffic.

 

If there is an accident in which in which you, your vehicle and/or animal is injured, use your hazard lights or emergency road flares or both to warn oncoming traffic.  If it is an emergency situation, call 9-1-1.  Otherwise call Estes Park Police non-emergency at 970-586-4000 and do your best to provide details – location, when and where the animal was injured and/or any relevant traffic hazard.

 

Enjoy wildlife at a safe distance. Be aware. Be careful. Have fun, and stay safe.

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Estes Park Music Festival – Winter Series 2014-2014

The Estes Park Music Festival in its 38th year, is once again pleased to  present the 2013-2014 Winter Music Series, November through April. The provides listeners with a rare opportunity to experience an informal program  designed to broaden understanding of and appreciation for the variety of musical  styles available to our community. The Festival is committed to providing superb entertainment and features both National and International artists on Keyboard, Wind, String, and Brass Instruments and Choral Groups.

 

The beautiful  Stanley Hotel is the perfect Sunday afternoon mountain setting in which to enjoy an hour of wonderful, relaxing music. All concerts begin at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 each for adults. Children and students are admitted at no charge.  Blocks of (10) tickets can be purchased for $80.00 in advance at our office located at Hobert Office Services or at the door on the day of the concert.

 

Music  Festival attendees will receive a 20% discount for brunch or dinner on the day  of the concert, courtesy of the Stanley Hotel Cascade Restaurant.

For artists and performance dates, please visit our event calendar http://www.boulderbrook.com/calendar/

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