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Spring in Ouray

We got to spend a little quiet time this afternoon sitting out on the deck.  The sky was deep blue and the sun was hot.  No jackets or shoes needed today.  It was the kind of day you need to begin the move from “winter ice climbing mode” into “spring is coming mode”.  I watched the crows surging along the sky and listened to unseen birds spiraling along Box Canyon on their way to hidden nests.  The field that just yesterday had been obscured under piles of snow reemerged to display the grasses and remnants of last year’s wild flowers that inhabit the land. Spring is definitely in the air, even if we know that there are many days and many inches of snow yet to come.

So those of you planning spring break trips,  if fighting for space on crowded beaches or battling long lines at the ski lifts are not your idea of a great vacation, then head this way.  No beaches but great swimming in the Hot Springs Pool;  no expensive lift tickets,  just miles of nordic ski trails on pristine snow under the bluest sky around; and no fighting for parking spots.

Enjoy our spring special: from April 1 through May 1, 2012, all single king or double queen rooms are $72.00 per night double occupancy.  One day Hot Springs pool passes available for $6.00 per ticket.  Fabulous scenery, no charge. Call us at 970 325 7222 to reserve your room. Sorry, cannot be booked on line.

Of course, some people around here call spring around here, Mud Season.  Don’t avoid the mud, embrace it.  Ouray is hosting our 1st Annual Mud Fest and Mud Ball  on April 28, 2012.  Make plans to come on out and get muddy, or watch others get muddy or both. Neat things to do for the entire family.

Also coming up:

Sneffels Half Loop backcountry Nordic race  March 10 2012

This   fundraiser for the Mount Sneffels Education fund. is a 23 mile run from Telluride into Ridgway.  The race will traverse the Alder Creek/Dallas Trail System, which connects the 5 huts of San Juan Hut Systems. Any and all types of skis are allowed: from AT ‘heavy metal’ to ‘toothpicks & tennis shoes.’

Racers are required to have an avalanche transceiver. Entry fee: $100 per racer. More information at

Wine & Whiskers V  Saturday, March 10, 2012, 5:30 PM

This Mardi-Gras themed evening includes a live and silent auction stocked with over 300 items and the sizzling and dazzling Fashion Cabaret! The Fashion Cabaret combines fashion, dance, and music for a high energy roof-raising night and is followed by dancing to the eclectic tunes of DJ Antone.

The evening starts at 5:30 PM with complimentary wine and beer for the first hour to compliment the samplers from local chefs throughout Ouray, San Miguel andMontroseCounties(which in the past included someNew Orleansfavorites such as crawfish, gumbo, and decadent bread pudding with bourbon sauce).

You don’t want to miss this evening – considered by many to be the most fun and unique entertainment in the region!

Book your rooms now for these events.

March 23  James McMurtry at the Wright Opera House.

James McMurtry’s many skills coalesce into a substantial formidable whole: the voice, the tunes, the stories, and the musicanship have become elementally interwoven to create the inimitable fabric of a distince, singular artist who’s determined to get to the heart of the matter, shake things up and do whatever it takes to make a difference.

Tickets $25.00 or 2 for 1 with a Friday night stay.  Advance reservations required.




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