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Escape to the Rockies

Words by Carolyn Steere

Exquisite alpine views, crisp fresh air and warm hospitality welcome you to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This area has been a longtime favorite of Destination I Do because it offers the all-important triad for the perfect destination wedding: natural beauty, top-notch venues and expert wedding professionals who make your wedding day dreams come true.

Nestled at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain is the perfect choice if you are looking for an easy-to-reach location, spacious and comfortable accommodations for your guests, and plenty of year-round activities at your fingertips. In addition, this new jewel in the Westin collection offers abundant amenities: an enormous salt water pool with spectacular mountain views, a scenic walking path which runs along the Eagle River, and picturesque mountain venues for wedding events both inside or out. Our fair weather favorite was the Riverside Wedding Lawn which can accommodate up to 250 guests in an idyllic mountain setting. During the cooler seasons, the Riverside Ballroom with its floor-to-ceiling windows is a warm, inviting setting.

The Westin’s in-house restaurant and catering company, Restaurant Avondale, features sumptuous regional foods on-site, but also allows additional flexibility through their affiliation with two mountain venues. If you dream of exchanging vows on a quiet mountaintop surrounded by quaking aspens, then Copper Bar Ranch is definitely worth checking out. For another true Colorado setting, Eaton Ranch offers big skies, open meadows and rustic country details including a cow or two, decked-out with flower garlands around their necks.

A wedding getaway of your dreams awaits you and your guests at the new Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail. Long known for impeccable customer service, the Four Seasons recently opened the doors of this majestic alpine resort in the ever-so-quaint Vail Village with an abundance of charming shops and fine dining options. High-altitude treatments are the specialty of the luxurious on-site spa after which you can take a dip in their year-round heated pool, or relax in one of the warm and inviting mountain-chic gathering areas. If that isn’t enough, world class skiing in the winter and summer activities including fly fishing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking and golfing will keep your wedding guests entertained before and after the main event.

If the mountains beckon…these new additions to the Colorado Rocky Mountain wedding lineup offer endless possibilities for you to explore as you plan your idyllic alpine destination wedding.

Photos courtesy of The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain (1st, 2nd) & Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail (3rd, 4th)

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