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Romance in Colorado

Words by Jennifer Stein
A Story of Romance and Altitude in Colorado
BY: Gordon Steere
Image Courtesy of Devils Thumb Ranch

Gazing out across a sea of pristine snow, the groom felt light-headed. With a backdrop of majestic mountain peaks and deep blue sky, he felt blessed to be standing with his gorgeous bride by his side, surrounded with cherished friends and family in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
 
Even in the winter, sun is almost a guarantee, with at least 300 days of sunshine each year. Colorado is centrally located, making the Rocky Mountains a convenient destination for family and friends from all parts of the country.
 
World-renowned ski resort towns like Vail and Aspen are rivaled by many lesser-known favorites like Crested Butte and Steamboat Springs. One local favorite (and an easy 90-minute drive from Denver International Airport) is Winter Park. This winter oasis is a virtual playground for all manner of alpine fun, including more than 120 trails of world-class downhill skiing and snowboarding, with the highest lift climbing to 12,060 feet. Winter Park is also the place to go for outstanding cross-country skiing, tubing for the kids and some of the best snowmobile tours in the country. As you rocket to the summit of the Continental Divide through glistening snow-laden forests, you will be amazed by the majestic view that parallels the best of the Swiss Alps.
 
To experience an authentic and spectacular Colorado winter destination wedding, our pick is Devil’s Thumb Ranch, located 15 minutes from Winter Park. The ranch/resort sits on 5,000 unspoiled acres at the foot of the spectacular Continental Divide. As many as 200 guests can be accommodated in one of the main lodge’s 52 rooms or in the four-bedroom ridge-top log cabins located along the local trout stream. Each room is unique and personally decorated by the ranch owners in modern mountain décor.
 
Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers perfect space flexibility for large and small weddings. The Broad Axe Barn is a magnificent location with a 25-foot vaulted ceiling, offering breathtaking mountain views. The 30-foot, hand-stacked stone fireplace and thermal radiant-heated oak floor create a warm, inviting feel to your winter wedding. Perfect for more intimate weddings, the Timber House accommodates 40 people and features 150-year-old, hand-hewn beams, floor-to-ceiling windows and 360-degree views of the surrounding valley and mountains. To ensure your wedding meets all your expectations, Devil’s Thumb Ranch is committed to scheduling only one wedding per day and offers on-site services.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch provides all the amenities and fun your guests can imagine, including a heated indoor/outdoor pool, competitive game room with shuffle board, and a bowling alley. After the wedding, your guests can settle into the 37-seat theatre to watch your wedding video or favorite movie. The state-of-the-art fitness center and new 12,000-square-foot spa enhances the guest experience with all-natural products customized to pamper individual needs. The spa includes eight treatment rooms and offers yoga and fitness classes in a tree-top room with awe-inspiring mountain views. Winter outdoor activities at the ranch include ice skating, 65 miles of groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, campfires and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
 
The Ranch also boasts two outstanding restaurants, providing natural and sustainable food sources, and a wine cellar stocked with a full range of outstanding international and domestic wines.
 
Best of all, Devil’s Thumb Ranch has a family feel. The owners take great care in providing a warm, intimate and friendly environment.
 
Get ready for an entrancing experience as you relish the sheer beauty and majesty of a winter wedding in Colorado.
 
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