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Old 05-01-2019, 07:29 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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My husband has to visit Durango on business. His company gives an allowance for an "average accommodation" for where ever he it isn't. Usually when the company selects it, it isn't that nice.

Does anyone have suggestions? We want to be in a nice area that is convenient? We usually try to make a vacation out of these trips. What is there to do there? Any good places to eat, hear music, etc?


On is day off we'd like to do something in the great outdoors. We like boating. Kayaks and canoes.



I know more about Boulder than I do, Durango. Since we are going, we'd like to make the most of it. It seems to bein a kind of remote area that is close to New Mexico.


Any help you can give us would be appreciated.
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Old 05-01-2019, 09:10 PM
 
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What month would you be coming? For how long?


If it is May, get on the Animas or Dolores rivers. (Or one of the lakes below.)
If it is June / July get on a lake. Vallecito, Lemon, Electra or Nighthorse.


I can't really pick from the standard corporate hotels. But if you want something different and central you might consider this one https://www.google.com/travel/hotels...S0yN1IFVQAAgEA


This is the local icon https://www.google.com/travel/hotels...S0yN1IFVQAAgEA


This B & B is out of town but only maybe by 3-5 miles https://www.antlersonthecreek.com/?g...SAAEgJDDPD_BwE


I wouldn't pick a north Main St. motel. Cheaper but old and sometimes rougher neighbors.




What kind of music do u like?


Food, there are a couple choices in most categories. Price varies based a lot on atmosphere. From super casual to fairly refined. If you named some cuisines, you might get specific recommendations.

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Old 05-02-2019, 01:04 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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What month would you be coming? For how long?


If it is May, get on the Animas or Dolores rivers. (Or one of the lakes below.)
If it is June / July get on a lake. Vallecito, Lemon, Electra or Nighthorse.


I can't really pick from the standard corporate hotels. But if you want something different and central you might consider this one https://www.google.com/travel/hotels...S0yN1IFVQAAgEA


This is the local icon https://www.google.com/travel/hotels...S0yN1IFVQAAgEA


This B & B is out of town but only maybe by 3-5 miles https://www.antlersonthecreek.com/?g...SAAEgJDDPD_BwE


I wouldn't pick a north Main St. motel. Cheaper but old and sometimes rougher neighbors.




What kind of music do u like?


Food, there are a couple choices in most categories. Price varies based a lot on atmosphere. From super casual to fairly refined. If you named some cuisines, you might get specific recommendations.

Any five days in May. He has until June 15th. We could come for the weekend or in the middle of the week. Just found out about it, and we haven't decided yet.

They will absolutely chose a standard corporate hotel, that will look no different from a hotel in Anywhere USA. We want some local color. But, we want to be safe. If it was walkable that would be great, because he works for about five hours in the day, so I'm on my own. - we have the nights to explore.

We like a variety of music - Rock, Indie, Blue Grass, Ska, Punk, Folk, some Country western - especially the older more raw stuff, reggae, some Jazz. We are open minded but we are not really fans of rap.


I'd also like to know if there's a place to go horseback riding. I rode English when I was younger, but I've found that Western is much more fun. I like zip lining too.


We're also interested in historic places, art galleries, and local crafts. Well, at least I am.

Thanks for responding, I'll look into the places that you linked. I like B and B's but my husband doesn't really enjoy that experience. Funky, interesting boutique hotels are our favorites. Especially ones that reflect the area in some way.

The Stratter Hotel looks like just what we are seeking! Thanks again!
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Wow, if you can add an extra day or two to your trip, go to Mesa Verde, and also take the Durango Silverton train!
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:48 AM
 
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The Stratter Hotel looks like just what we are seeking! Thanks again!
The Strater is wonderful if the company will cover it. A pleasant restaurant for all meals on the first floor, good service. Also just a block to the Silverton train if you want to take that trip, which is highly recommended! Best wishes for a fine time.
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:30 AM
 
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For nonmotorized boating, Lake Nighthorse is excellent. Day pass costs $8 per car. They are nonmotorized ONLY until May 14. I’m counting down the quiet days left to paddle there.

If you are flying in, you’ll need to rent boats, though. I do not know when the little rental concession starts for the season.

The place appears to be well-managed.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:24 AM
 
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The Strater is wonderful if the company will cover it. A pleasant restaurant for all meals on the first floor, good service. Also just a block to the Silverton train if you want to take that trip, which is highly recommended! Best wishes for a fine time.

BDL is right. And the Strater has an interesting history to it. You'll love it. I've stayed there just twice and it was years ago as I have a few friends in the Durango area I stay with when I'm going through there.



Mesa Verde National Park is between Durango and Cortez just off hwy. 160. IMO it is one of the crown jewels of the national park system! And of course, the Durango/Silverton narrow guage train is VERY popular.
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:50 AM
 
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Ziplines https://www.google.com/search?client...E,lf:1,lf_ui:1


Music
https://www.animascitytheatre.com/music/
https://www.durangoconcerts.com/Show.../Calendar.aspx
https://durangoherald.com/calendar

https://www.folkwest.com/folknbluegrass Festival in nearby Pagosa Spring in early June


Horseback riding
https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=hor...ld%2C+CO+81122
https://www.durango.org/listings/cat...rseback-riding
https://www.elkpointlodge.com/horseback-riding/
https://www.rappcorral.com/


Most of the art galleries are on or just off Main St and easy to find.


More pictures of the Strater

https://www.colorado.com/hotel/historic-strater-hotel


History
https://www.downtowndurango.org/history
https://downtowndurango.org/newsite/index.php?tour=yes
https://www.durangogov.org/274/History
https://www.durangogov.org/DocumentC...calTour?bidId=
https://www.durangogov.org/DocumentC...alFacts?bidId=




Restaurants
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura..._Colorado.html
https://durangodowntown.com/durango-...ts-and-dining/

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Old 05-02-2019, 11:20 AM
 
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I heartily agree with those that have recommended the Durango-Silverton Railroad and Mesa Verde National Park. Then there's Ouray, Telluride, Four Corners area and Grand Canyon National Park not that far away. Just depends on your time. What a great part of the country. Be advised that the drive up to Ouray isn't for everyone.
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:49 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Wow, if you can add an extra day or two to your trip, go to Mesa Verde, and also take the Durango Silverton train!
Thanks!
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