Colorado: Dripping Springs Inn, Estes Park
July 2, 2008
This was a bed and breakfast that went way beyond the call of duty and gave us unforgettable memories for the rest of our lives.
I called one month in advance about booking an elopement package, as all the pieces fell into place and the time was perfect to start on our new journey together.
The managers of the Inn, Amy and Bart, were so helpful and caring as the whirlwind of wedding plans began.
All I had to do was ask, and it was done. It could not have been easier or more enjoyable - a perfect celebration without all the stress and worry.
All kinds of accommodations were availble, but we wanted a cabin that was on the river, cozy, peaceful, and romantic. We got all we wanted and more. The cabin had a nice kitchen but we used the outdoor barbeque to whip up quick delicious meals to eat by the romantic river. The inn offered gourmet picnic lunches in case we went hiking and wanted to eat during the hike.
We wanted to be married by the river with flowers and candles, seats for guests, and with the gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains bathed in a spectacular orange sky at sunset. We got it all with plans for a wedding inside beside a cozy fireplace in a quaint beautifully decorated dining room if the weather did not co-operate.
Homemade, delicious breakfasts, a big, warm hottub by the river all ready to jump into, a massage by the river in a lovely massage house, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a picnic table, lounge chairs, and a checker - top game table with board games were provided.
Rocky Mountain National Park was right there with all its outdoor activities. What views - but we had to watch the weather as Mother Nature tended to change the afternoon weather rather quickly. The Stanley Hotel - famous for its connections to the movie "The Shining", was just down the road and had wonderful tours and dining facilities. Amy and Bart arranged for my family to go on a 2 hour tour of this hotel earlier in the day . They also made reservations for us to have dinner there after the wedding ceremony.
We are planning to return every year for our wedding anniversaries. No place could be better!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At our resort, Every Room and Every Cabin has its own, private hottub .On the banks of the famous Big Thompson River is our charming historic B&B, and our family Cabins, just 3 minutes from Estes Park Colorado. All cabins and rooms have clean, bubbling private hot tubs and great beds, some have Sleep Number beds, for a great nights sleep. A country style Breakfast for the B&B guests is a treat, with your special needs considered (cabins have kitchens, no breakfast). Close to RMNP. Beautiful scenery great fishing and lots of privacy in this small family run resort. Perfect for romantic getaways, family vacations, adventure, reunions. Free wifi, parking, fishing and firepits; we guarantee if you like "Old Colorado" style you will love it here. We even have a riverside massage house. We do the best economical weddings around, with an onside officiant. And pets are Welcome! ... more less