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Old 02-05-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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looking for some advice from Texas.

i'm getting married in January of 2012. while most people look at exotic beach locations, i'm going the opposite. being from Texas, my soon to be wife has not seen snow and it's one thing that I always hear her talk about when it gets cold.

so people of colorado, help out a fellow city data member.
i'm looking for something romantic of course, but I don't want to be too far from civilization. things I'm looking for would be:

- skiing
- plush accomodatiions (think tub/spa overlooking a view, or something like that)
- nearby civilization for possibility of shopping in the town
- somewhere close by an airport (i'm Texan, I wouldn't dare driving in snow/ice), so somewhere that cab fare wouldn't be an arm/leg.

basically just the typical wants for a honeymoon.
does anyone have any personal experiences? does such a place exist?

any help is appreciated! just point me in the right direction.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: SE Portland, OR
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Having someone who has never seen snow, do you think it is such a good idea to bring them to the coldest, snowiest part of winter? Any resort of the type you're talking about is going to have feet of snow everywhere in Jan. Could be a really big shock, and if you're not that into cold weather it may make for a rough trip (esp. one that's supposed to be relaxing like a honeymoon).

Are you looking to ski? That will be pretty important, as I"m guessing coming from Texas you don't know how. It is a running joke in CO about Texans coming to ski. Just don't try to ski in jeans or sweatshirts.

Pricepoint is going to be a big factor here too. There are super expensive places in Beavercreek, Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge. More affordable stuff at Cooper, Winter Park. Most of these places will have other options for things to do, like snowshoeing, sleigh rides, shopping, night life.

There really is not going to be a good ski-type area in CO this is readily close to DIA. They all will require a shuttle van, which isn't too expensive.

If you can swing the extra airfare, you might be interested in Flying into Durango airport. It's not going to be the ski-resort type town (though there are some close), and should have some good things to do.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Ouray and Telluride. Except you'll have to drive between the two.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Here's a quaint spot:

The Little Nell | 5-Star Aspen Hotels & Lodging for Colorado Vacations
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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January is "high season" for hotel rates in the high country ski areas, but it WILL be awesome up there.

Do NOT wait to the last minute to book a place for ski season.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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Little Nell was kind of a trite joke. However, here's a spot I've been to with my wife in winter I'd highly recommend. Folks don't usually think of a dude ranch that time of year but they have tons of winter activities including sleigh rides, snow tubing, cross country skiing (with trained guides/instructors, and a lot more. The food was fantastic.

C Lazy U Home | Horseback Riding Vacations, Dude Ranch Vacations and Colorado Family Vacations in the Rocky Mountains

http://www.clazyu.com/GuestExperience/WinterHolidaysatCLazyU/TheExperience.aspx (broken link)
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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looking for some advice from Texas.

i'm getting married in January of 2012. while most people look at exotic beach locations, i'm going the opposite. being from Texas, my soon to be wife has not seen snow and it's one thing that I always hear her talk about when it gets cold.

so people of colorado, help out a fellow city data member.
i'm looking for something romantic of course, but I don't want to be too far from civilization. things I'm looking for would be:

- skiing
- plush accomodatiions (think tub/spa overlooking a view, or something like that)
- nearby civilization for possibility of shopping in the town
- somewhere close by an airport (i'm Texan, I wouldn't dare driving in snow/ice), so somewhere that cab fare wouldn't be an arm/leg.

basically just the typical wants for a honeymoon.
does anyone have any personal experiences? does such a place exist?

any help is appreciated! just point me in the right direction.
Well, I cannot speak to the skiing thing. But if I just *had* to go to Colorado for my wedding, it would be at the Broadmoor. You just cannot find a nicer place to stay, IMHO.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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The Broadmoor and the dude ranch thing are excellent ideas.

Here's a place up in the mountains near Grand Lake that we've been to and had a great time. Yes, we saw Elk and a Moose on our trail ride. The nearby small town of Grand Lake is nice and should not be anywhere as pricey as Aspen or Vail, etc.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:52 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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I would recommend Ouray. Oh you'll see snow. Google Ouray, Colorado.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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thanks for the recommendations. keep em' coming, i have plenty of research to do.
and as far as putting her in shock, it shouldn't be that bad. i've been skiing twice and no matter if it's 1 inch or 10 feet of snow, for us Texans it's fun no matter what.
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