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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Colorado Wedding Venues

Words by Samantha Ross
Photos courtesy of Eleven Experience

Whether at the base of a mountain or deep in the woods, there is magic in Colorado. If only you could bottle it up. Found in two of the state’s most stunning locations you will find breathtaking views, luxurious accommodations and attentive staff to set the par for your destination wedding experience. The adventure capitalist couple longing to elevate their nuptial sojourn may look no further than Eleven – a collection of unforgettable properties and itineraries.

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At Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte, customization is key. In fact, it’s what each property’s “experience manager” lives for. If you’re looking for adventure, options are plentiful and range by season. Try a mountain biking tour, a wildflower-gathering hike or a cross-country skiing venture, all led by local pro-enthusiasts who know the national forest like the back of their hands. Cruiser bikes are available right outside the lodge’s front door if you fancy a jaunt around the tiny, idyllic town. If you’re imagining a more intimate getaway, the structure (originally the Croatian Hall where the town’s first residents would meet socially) boasts a game room with a juke box, theater size televisions, indoor pool and sauna and a home gym (complete with a reformer for Pilates lovers). Guest rooms come with deep soaking tubs, steam showers, mini bars with fresh food choices and a music system that allows in-room music or the ability to tap into the curated playlist that streams throughout the house (you can even hear it when submerged in the pool). The open-plan kitchen and adjoining bar are easily staffed with Crested Buttes’ most talented chefs, bartenders and sommeliers, who will keep everyone well fed and satisfied throughout the length of your stay. When you’re shoulder-deep in the bubbling rooftop hot tub gazing up at the twinkling stars, you may vow to never leave, but it’s only a matter of time before Crested Butte tempts you out on to its well-loved streets, where you’ll find restaurants, shops and some very friendly residents.

If mingling with the locals isn’t your idea of a magical mountain wedding, it’s more likely Taylor River Lodge in Almont is the destination for you. It has a ‘summer camp for adults’ vibe, but with a fly-fishing theme. From the outside, the 1940s authentic cabins look rustic amongst the trees and beside the rushing river, but the insides maintain the same luxurious accommodations expected of the brand. With a mission of bringing close family and friends even closer, Taylor River Lodge will delight your guests with outdoorsy activities like fishing (of all kinds), rock climbing, lawn games and hula hooping contests. The indoor/outdoor pool facility is a sight to be seen, preferably from a nearby Adirondack chair while sunbathing and drinking a cocktail. In the evening, gather your crew around a crackling campfire to enjoy each other’s company and also the homemade graham crackers and marshmallows. Of course, this is Eleven, so spa treatments are available upon request, the staff is attentive and intuitive and each room comes with posh amenities and a Marshall speaker (if you prefer your own tunes over the rushing river outside your patio door).

If you say your vows with Eleven at Scarp Ridge Lodge or Taylor River Lodge, it is absolutely assured you and your guests will be delighted and pampered by a caring staff, enthralled by Colorado’s unceasing natural beauty and sent home with the best wedding favor there is: rest, relaxation and memories of your lasting love to keep forever.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2018 issue. You can order a copy here.

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