Never mind what they’re smoking in Colorado these days. If you’re planning a destination wedding, the state’s real Rocky Mountain high is a location that combines charm, history and stunning vistas with wallet-friendly prices.
We’re talking about Chautauqua, a National Historic Landmark in Boulder that has been a meeting place for all manner of cultural celebrations for over 100 years. The low-keyed resort is a collection of 60 antique cabins (some large enough to do double-duty as wedding headquarters) and substantial halls that would be good alternatives if a thunderstorm chose to roll through when you were about to exchange al fresco vows. Our favorite outdoor ceremony venue is the Chautaugua Green, just in front of the Dining Hall. Or you could choose to make it legal on a broad meadow that slopes upwards to towering rock formations, The Flatirons, that form a stunning introduction to the Rockies.
Because of Chautauqua’s cultural and historic significance, a host of events can be going on at any one time, from musical performances (Chautauqua is home to the Colorado Music Festival, so the night air is full of Mozart), to family reunions. But the Chautauqua staff loves weddings, has its own catering service, and can help with recommendations for all the other necessary vendors, from florists to photographers. And here’s the kicker: Your guests can snag clean, basic rooms with private baths and kitchenettes for as little as $77 a night. So if you’ve got a bunch of under-employed friends living in their parents’ basements, chances are they’ll be RSVPing “yes.”
For catering information, menus, and such, contact the Chautauqua Dining Hall’s catering office at email@example.com or 303-443-3901. To book a wedding call 303-952-1618, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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