Mountain Weddings – Everyone has their own idea of their perfect wedding and whether it’s an outdoor wedding, a large church, or a small gathering in a garden, there are a lot of options are available. More and more people are realizing that Mountain Weddings in idyllic towns have a spot in their special day. From Breckenridge to the top of a 14’er, a ranch wedding at the iBar in Gunnison, or indoors at Devils Thumb, we profile some great locations for you to consider in Colorado’s mountain town communities and the peaks that sit high above them.
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High Country Lodge, Breckenridge
Location: Peak 7 Breckenridge, Colorado
The High Country Lodge, a venue located in Breckenridge, Colorado, provides couples with a rustic retreat nestled on beautiful Peak 7 amongst the pines of the Arapaho National Forest. Since 1965, The High Country Lodge has been providing couples and guests with privacy and peace, where they can enjoy their bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, family gatherings, ceremonies, and receptions.
This four-season wedding venue has stunning panoramic mountain views as your backdrop regardless of the season in which you choose to exchange your vows. The property sits on 12 acres in the Forest and has different settings and locations to choose from for your wedding ceremony.
Specializing in weddings of 40 guests or less, the Facility offers a great value with Lodging and Catering Services included in their comprehensive package. For the reception, couples can enjoy the Lodge, the deck, and/or a tent. Weddings over 40 guests are required to rent a tent, etc. for the comfort of all guests.
The Lodge features enough space for up to 24 of your guests to stay and enjoy the surrounding area ski resorts, mountain biking, hiking trails, and area amenities. The property does require a full buyout to reserve space for all celebrations.
During the summer and fall, there are trails to hike and mountain bike in every direction from their location. The amenities of the Town of Breckenridge and ski resort are hikeable or minutes away from the location of the Peak 7 address. The Town of Breckenridge is also a short drive away to enjoy area festivals, events, restaurants, and shopping. In the summer go ziplining, flyfishing, rafting, learn to SUP, head out horseback riding, or attend a yoga class. In the winter Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing are right out the front door. Snowmobiling, Skiing, Snowboarding, and more are a short drive away.
Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon
Location: Avon, Colorado
Located in the heart of the Vail Valley at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa offers a stunning mountain setting filled with glorious views.
Couples can exchange vows on The Westin Riverfront’s dramatic Wedding Lawn, which can accommodate up to 225 guests, while taking in the soothing sounds of the Eagle River. Continue the celebration in one of two elegant ballrooms, both boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent outdoor terraces.
The resort is also home to Maya, a modern Mexican kitchen by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, a perfect spot for a rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch for up to 150 people.
The Westin Riverfront offers direct skier access to Beaver Creek Mountain via the Riverfront Express Gondola in the winter and amazing fly-fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and golf in the spring, summer and fall. Amenities at the dog-friendly resort include a ski valet, the Athletic Club at The Westin and a year-round outdoor pool and three infinity-edged hot tubs.
The resort features 230 luxurious residences, which range from studio suites to three-bedroom condominiums, each with a custom kitchen, five-piece bathroom, gas fireplace and Westin Heavenly Bed.
Bridal parties can get pampered for the big day at Spa Anjali, which features a full-service salon & spa offering custom wedding hair and makeup services, plus mountain-inspired spa treatments.
The Vail Valley offers amazing access to a wide variety of outdoor activities for your wedding guests to enjoy pre and post-event, including skiing, snowboarding, rafting, hiking, biking fly fishing and golf.
For more information, please visit www.westinriverfront.com
iBar Ranch, Gunnison
Location: 850 County Road 49, Gunnison, Colorado
The I Bar is an authentic western heritage event center that seats up to 515. The Ranch sits upon on a 10 acre converted hay meadow, 250 ft off of the Tomichi Creek at the base of ‘W’ Mountain in beautiful Gunnison, CO. The Colorado DOW operates the buffer of land between our venue and Tomichi Creek and offers access to fantastic fly fishing and equestrian/hiking opportunities.
The I Bar is situated 1.5 miles southeast of downtown Gunnison behind Jorgenson Park and the Pioneer Museum. Its unique setting is what makes it very special; just on the edge of town, but deep into the quiet spaces of agriculture and recreation.
The venue is a converted hay barn with stage, lighting & sound. While the sides are open to provide fresh air and scenery, there are weatherproof curtains that can enclose the space during inclement weather. The venue is in operation from May-October for community orientated events.
Bring your fishing pole because the opportunity to angle is plentiful in the Gunnison Valley and up on higher mountain streams. Hit the trail by horse foot or bike. There are trails in every direction from the front door of the lodge. The amenities of Gunnison and Crested Butte are minutes to a short drive away, and there are plenty of events going on.
Town Pavilion, Silverthorne
Location: The Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne
The Silverthorne Pavilion is a stylish, yet affordable venue that will provide a serene mountain setting, excellent customer service, and wow your guests with spectacular views of the Gore Range. With hardwood floors throughout, hand-crafted chandeliers, exposed trusses, and custom ironwork, the Pavilion is a unique facility capable of accommodating both ceremonies and receptions of all types and sizes. The rustic, yet elegant, facility boasts almost 12,000 square feet of space, including a 1,600 square foot lobby that faces the Blue River. Guests arrive at the Pavilion by crossing a historic bridge over the river and are greeted by a patio complete with a large, stone fireplace.
Silverthorne is an ideal location for destination weddings. The Town sits on either side of the famed Blue River with its Gold Medal designated waters, ideal for fly fishing, and is located within minutes of Summit County’s ski resorts. The Pavilion is just down the road from the Raven at Three Peaks golf course and is adjacent to the Blue River, perfect for photo opts. The Outlets at Silverthorne offer your guests an extraordinary shopping experience and are also ideal for last-minute needs. Area lodging ranges from hotels to condos to private homes and ranches. There is something for everyone!
Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash
Location: Tabernash, Colorado
High Lonesome Barn: The 4,200 square foot High Lonesome Barn, was painstakingly reconstructed from a Civil War-era Ohio barn and features breathtaking East-facing views of the Continental Divide and is perfectly suited for weddings of up to 350 guests. A converted hayloft provides additional space for intimate receptions and small gatherings and 2 Rumford style stone fireplaces add to the historic charm of this special space.
The Broad Axe Barn: This 2,900 square foot indoor reception room, is built from hand hewn beams recovered from a Civil War-era Indiana barn and features a 25-foot vaulted ceiling, 7 x 10 feet windows and a 2,200 sq. ft. deck with stunning views of the Continental Divide. It’s the perfect venue for weddings of up to 160 persons. We also offer more intimate spaces for smaller weddings.
Additional Spaces: For smaller parties, Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers exquisite restaurants like Heck’s, John Ls’ Wine Cellar & Uncorking Room, Grotto Suraboza and Ranch House Restaurant.
The weddings venue’s lodging accommodations are all located on property at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa – private cabins, cozy lodge rooms, and the most comfortable beds will keep your guests comfortable while attending your special event.
There are frozen lakes to skate across, thrilling hills to sled down. And all of them are available at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. Of course, when you stay here you’re only minutes away from Winter Park, one of America’s premier downhill resorts. In the summer go ziplining, flyfishing, rafting, learn to SUP or head out horseback riding. Take a hike anytime or attend a yoga class.
Location: Snowmass Village and Resort
Looking for a stunning slopeside location for your wedding vows? Have a large group you want to entertain? Searcing for impeccable service, dining and lodging options? Look no further then Snowmass. The areas scenery is spectacular and the location feels like the whole mountain is yours alone. From an intimate cabin to a spectacular hotel this is the place for a wedding celebration.
Elk Camp showcases engaging architecture and is a true mountain experience – easily reached by 9-minute scenic gondola ride. This venue provides flexibility by offering a spacious great room that will host up to 250 guests. It features a separate bar area, a cozy fireplace and expansive outdoor patio space surrounded by an iconic mountain setting.
Lynn Britt Cabin
If you are looking for a spectacular mountain location, this lovely, rustic log cabin nestled among towering aspen trees with endless mountain views on Snowmass takes top billing. Lynn Britt Cabin is available for intimate weddings, private snowcat dinner rides and other private functions in the winter. But once summer arrives, options are expanded and the cabin – as well as the adjacent, flower-filled meadow – can accommodate 20 to 200 guests.
The hotel offers the perfect venues to host to all weddings from intimate gatherings of 10 to large-scale celebrations for 280 with the dramatic backdrop of Snowmass Village and the Rocky Mountains. An unforgettable venue for your picturesque wedding celebration and lodging accommodations in Snowmass.
If you’re searching for something more adventurous then take a peek at this story on an adventure wedding held at 14,000feet: https://mtntownmagazine.com/adventure-weddings-saying-i-do-at-14000ft/
We congratulate you and your partner, many wishes for a wonderful wedding day and future ahead of you both.
by Holly Go Spritely
Feature Photo by The Hiking Mermaid Photography
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