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Bad news, dude. Remember Cannacamp, the heaven-for-stoners world-first cannabis resort set to open in July in Durango?
It didn't open - and not because they, uh, got distracted. According to developers The MaryJane Group, the location “did not work out to our standards”, and the “land partners failed to secure the 170-acre ranch in Durango we had been promised.” You’d think they’d have sorted this before announcing the camp to the world (and talking about it throughout June, but then, these are optimistic, thinking-the-best-of-others stoners, after all.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
If you find yourself in the middle of planning a family vacation right now, you are not alone. July is National Family Reunion Month and, apparently, many families are getting on the trip train.
If you want to jump in on this multi-generational trip trend here are five hotels that have things ready to go for the kids, the parents and the grandparents.
Getting In Touch With Nature
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch sits in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with plenty of room for the kids to romp and enough flora and fauna to make you breathe a sigh of relief that you're finally on vacation.
For the Kiddies: The hotel just announced their new signature Ritz Kids program so little ones aged 5-12 will not be bored from a lack of activity: they can pan for gold, make mountainside ice cream (with a former Park Ranger no less), paint a masterpiece and hunt down treasure.
Days are themed around Nature, Mountains Around the World, the Art of Colorado, Western Day, Wild Animals, Leave No Stone Unturned, and Sports and Wellness. You can choose to sign the kids up for a full-day ($115), half-day ($65) or an evening ($85) but get this – if you’re a guest of the hotel, a half-day per kid, per day, is included in your resort fee.
For Mom and Dad: With the kids fully occupied, the day (or evening) really is yours to do with it as you will. Have dinner at Spago – just the two of you with wine and everything – or take a pizza-making class there instead, have a spa treatment and then relax in the rock-lined watery grotto, or go on a personalized Perfectly Paired Picnic for two ($225).
For Grandma and Grandpa: Have some of your own quiet time during a Stargazing Hike ($115 for two) or get in a game of golf at the championship Beaver Creek Golf Course. When it’s family time, keep the memories of this trip alive by enlisting one of the photography concierges to memorialize it in pictures (the photo session and one 8” x 10” print is free, we repeat, free).
Rates start at $319.
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The only surprise is that this didn’t happen earlier.
The world’s first cannabis resort – or “bud and breakfast”, as it styles itself – has opened in Colorado. Just in time for your summer vacation! Welcome to CannaCamp, now accepting reservations for the 2015 season, July 1 through October 31.
The resort – a mountain resort, no less – is in Durango, south of the Rockies and near Mesa Verde National Park. And it’s a proper resort – or, rather, a boutique one: 170 acres, sleeping just 40, run on an all-inclusive basis. No, all-inclusive doesn’t mean as much weed as you can smoke; legally, they can’t give you any, so either bring your own, select some from the menu, or get advice from the camp’s “cannabis concierge” who can suggest a particular strain for you, and even recommend food and drink pairings.
The large, inviting common room at our unit at EagleRidge Lodge in Steamboat
Last weekend, we traveled with a group of friends to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to enjoy some leisurely spring skiing and a few days in the mountains. As a group of 9 people, we spun the wheels on many lodging options, including multiple hotel rooms, Airbnb units, condos, and hotel suites.
Our search and ultimate decision to rent a condo at Wyndham's EagleRidge Lodge shed light on the issues surrounding the hunt for lodging for such a large, diverse group consisting of both couples and singles. Below, we take walk through our unit at EagleRidge and highlight what we liked and what we learned about choosing accommodations when traveling with friends:
Denver's hotel scene has been percolating for quite some time and while it's still nowhere near maxing out, it is becoming a well-rounded city in terms of its hotel options, whether you're looking for luxe, boutique or basic. And now here's comes another hip hotel to look forward to--Hotel Indigo Denver, the first Indigo for Colorado.
The hotel will open in Winter 2016 at 1801 Wewatta Street, adjacent to Union Station. The 203-room hotel will actually be located in the Union Tower West, a mixed-used development that will include office and retail space.
Above is a rendering of the tows but inside, as with all Hotel Indigo guest rooms, you can expect hard wood floors, spa bathrooms, locally-inspired design and artwork, fun and easygoing F&B concepts and free WiFi. Now, that's something to get high about.
[Rendering courtesy of John Portman & Associates]
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After a busy 2014 that saw Denver's hotel scene hit its highest peak, the city is wasting no time keeping the momentum going, announcing yet another downtown hotel project, this time in the form of a dual-branded property.
This spring, Marriott and Starwood will team up to break ground on an 18-story building that will house an AC Hotel and Le Méridien Hotel. To be located at the corner of 15th and California, a block from the Convention Center, the two hotels will add a total of 491 rooms. Each will have its own separate entry, lobby, and restaurants.
Just over a year ago, when marijuana first became legal in Denver, we wondered when - or if - the city's hotels would begin to openly allow pot smoking in the rooms. One particular small inn made headlines when it began marketing itself as a "bud and breakfast," but overall, in the face of all the hype over marijuana tourism, the question of smoking pot in hotel rooms has been met with resounding silence from all major hotels over the last 13 months, especially the corporate-owned variety.
Despite the desire for out of town tourists to toke up, hotels wouldn't even so much talk about it, let alone discuss what might happen in the future. When asked directly, the common refrain was that there is a $250 or more charge for smoking anything in the rooms.
Flash forward to last week, when something peculiar happened, something that could suggest a slight loosening of the collar. The Curtis Hotel, known for its funky floor decor and big personality, offered a pot-friendly Valentine's Day package that included - get this - a ride to the dispensary, in-room munchies (brownies, Cheetos, Red Vines, water) and a vase of Colorado weeds in place of romantic roses (seriously!).
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What to do for some January fun when you’re known as the most haunted hotel in America, so spooky that Stephen King penned The Shining after one terrifying night at yours?
Why, in addition to the ghost tours and looping the film on your entertainment system, you realize the one thing missing that would really cement your reputation is a Shining-style maze. So you build it.
The Lodge at Vail
The town's first and original hotel, the 52 year-old Lodge at Vail, completely renovated its 56 Deluxe guest rooms, corridors, main stairways, and lobby, putting the exclamation point on a seven-year project that saw the entire property refurbished, including the addition of Elways' steakhouse and a new spa.
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The BEFORE shot. Keep reading for the AFTER goodness.
2014 was a big year for the Denver hotel scene thanks to the opening of two of the city’s now-finest hotels, the Crawford Hotel and the Renaissance Downtown Denver. With a few more in the pipeline for this coming year, it should come as no surprise that properties across the city are beginning to renovate. The Four Seasons redid its restaurant, the Warwick began redoing its rooms, and now The Ritz-Carlton has announced it too will spruce things up.
Set to be finished in March, Ritz-Carlton Denver is undergoing a soft renovation of its 202 guestrooms, including updates to the wall coverings, carpeting, headboards, upholstery, and corridors. The plan calls for a combination of natural and modern elements, lush textures, a fresh color palette, and the addition of “tech-savvy innovations to suit both the business and leisure traveler.”
That’s pretty vague, so instead of dwelling on the description, simply have a look at the rendering below:
Here's a random video to make your day go by a little faster: A pilot from GoFast Jet Packs took a spin around the top of the Four Seasons Denver this summer as part of a training exercise. The flight lasted about 30 seconds as he lifted off, circled, and then returned to the hotel's roof.
We were certainly pumped to see this video, partly because we didn't realize jet packs actually existed and partly because it helped to draw attention to the Four Seasons, a hotel that has lived in the shadows over the past year as new hotels celebrated their openings across the city. Despite this, the Four Seasons remains, along with the Ritz-Carlton, the city's highest-end property. Right now, the hotel is in the process of redesigning its in-house restaurant, Edge, to be a little more, well, edgy.
The videos below show the stunt. The kid in us wishes that this experience will be offered down the line as part of a hotel package. Any takers?
We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
As new hotels continue to open up across the city of Denver, the Hotel Teatro is not letting the new kids in town steal the entire spotlight.
This month, the hotel showed off its recently transformed common areas, including a brand new lobby and restaurant concept. The changes keep the marble and architectural detail of the original 1911 building, but definitely inject a sense of modernism. Let's take a look inside with some before and after photos: