Holiday Window Dressing: Artistry at the Hotel Colorado
Make the most of optimal winter conditions on and off the slopes with new terrain at Sunlight Mountain Resort and a Ski Swim Stay package at the Hotel Colorado.
A popular literary genre, historical romance novels are love stories set in another time period. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, take the opportunity to author your own romantic winter weekend retreat at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.
Like a big teddy bear hug, Legends at the Hotel Colorado gives you the warm and fuzzies. That, along with an extraordinary cup of coffee, will make this espresso bar your favorite new spot for a caffeine fix.
Angela Drake, also known as Angie the Artist, is as much a Hotel Colorado holiday tradition as the tens of thousands of lights that illuminate the courtyard throughout the Christmas season in Glenwood Springs.
Two venerable historic Colorado hotels—one in Glenwood Springs, the other in Denver—though hundreds of miles apart, have a lot more in common than you might think.
Make memories together at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, where holiday magic comes to life in a flurry of family-friendly events throughout December.
You might not expect one of Glenwood Springs’ most elegant and historic hotels to be four-legged friendly. Like many surprising facts about the landmark property in Glenwood Springs, the Hotel Colorado welcomes traditional bi-peds and their furry companions to stay in style.
Soak it all in at the Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs’ lodging hot spot for geothermal relaxation.
With gorgeous, newly refurbished meeting rooms, Glenwood’s most venerable historic venue, the Hotel Colorado, is the newest place to go in the hot springs town for meetings, parties and gatherings of all varieties.
Colorado’s high-country colors are expected to peak soon. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs is ideally situated for fall foliage hikes, bikes and drives.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado is a fly fishing paradise. An abundance of rivers and lakes make for ideal conditions, whether you have years of experience or are just starting out in the sport. Make memories to last a lifetime when you combine your Glenwood Springs fly fishing excursion with a stay at the historic Hotel Colorado.
Even though stores are packed with school supplies, evenings are a bit chillier and school sports teams have been practicing for a month already, summer isn’t over yet. Make the most of what’s left of everyone’s favorite season at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.
Along with staying at the historic Hotel Colorado in the heart of Glenwood Springs, hiking to Hanging Lake is one of the top things to do while in town. In order to preserve the natural environment, create an optimal hiking experience for all and prevent overuse, permits are now required to hike to Hanging Lake.
The Hotel Colorado has returned to its historic roots as a clean energy lodging destination. Among the first entities to use hydropower in the late 1800s, the historic hotel is once again powered by enviro-friendly sources thanks to the recent switch by Glenwood Springs from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable electricity.
Bikers, rev your engines! It’s time to hit the highway and head to Glenwood Springs, where steel horse riders are always welcome at the motorcycle-friendly Hotel Colorado.
Stay in historic style at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs and celebrate Dad with a weekend of father-friendly fun.
Renovating a historic hotel is no task for the faint of heart. With a successful track record in the hospitality business, the Melville family, who purchased the Hotel Colorado in 2018, is wasting no time making improvements to the 126-year-old property, while simultaneously preserving its historic integrity.
A group of young students from Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) in Colorado Springs gathered at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs to learn valuable skills, practice networking and enjoy a much-deserved study break.
It’s been a long andy snowy winter in Colorado and everywhere else — one of the wettest on record, in fact! With all the snow and clouds we’ve had, you’re probably itching to get back outside. Well, spring is finally here! We put together a few ideas for outdoor activities you haven’t been able to do while you’ve been cooped up all winter.
Molly Brown passed away in 1932, but her legacy lives on in the Molly Brown Suite at the Hotel Colorado. Brown was one of the most famous guests in hotel history, and we’ve chosen to honor her with decor and artifacts reminiscent of her sumptuous tastes.
There’s more to this impressive hotel that meets the eye. Some say that the Ute Indians, when they were displaced from the land in 1880, put a curse on the land where the hotel now stands. Some say that the ghosts of guests who have died in the hotel over the years still roam the halls. In any case, the history of the hotel is filled with stories that defy a natural explanation.
Easter weekend is right around the corner, and what better way to spend it than a fun-filled family weekend in the mountains? Spring has sprung, the days are longer, the weather is warmer, and it’s the perfect time to come visit! Here are just a few ways to spend your holiday weekend.
So your big day is coming up, and you’re looking around for the best place to have it. Well, look no further. The little mountain town of Glenwood Springs has everything you need to make your special day as special as possible.
If you’re looking for a relaxing soak in a hot pool of mineral-rich water, Colorado is the place to be. Due to the lucky combination of several different geological factors, Colorado is a literal hotbed of natural hot springs scattered all over the state.
Choosing a restaurant can be a tough task — tastes vary, and everyone likes something different. But whether you’re after an intimate couples’ evening or a quick snack with family between outdoor adventures, Glenwood Springs has whatever your palate craves.
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and you want every detail to be magical. But planning a wedding is notoriously stressful, and you shouldn’t have to pull your hair out over the little things when you can leave the planning to our legendary service instead.
Maybe you want a vacation, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on travel. Maybe you want to have a relaxing week off work, but your kids want excitement and adventure. We’ve got good news: you don’t have to choose! If you spend your spring break in Glenwood Springs, you can have all of the above and more!
We’re in the heart of winter now, and it can be hard to find new things to do for you or your family when the weather is cold and the days are short. But don’t worry! Cold doesn’t have to get in the way of a good time, and there’s more to the Glenwood Springs area than skiing and hot springs.
The 1890s were a thrilling time in the history of the American West — the western states were raw, wild, and cutthroat. In that environment, Walter Devereux decided that the small mining town of Defiance, as Glenwood Springs was originally known, needed a taste of European style.
Your family is busy with the hustle and bustle of daily life, from school, play dates, and after-school sports to work, the gym, errands, and everything else. It’s hard to find time to spend all together as a family, free from obligations and deadlines.
The Winter X-Games are right around the corner, and they’re coming back to Colorado! For the 17th year in a row, Buttermilk Mountain will be hosting the world’s best mix of action sports, music, and the festival experience — on snow!
Sure, the mountains in summer can be a great time. Long days, warm temperatures, and beautiful scenery make for some of the best hiking, biking, and kayaking in the world.
So you’ve booked your romantic getaway to Glenwood Springs — whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or holiday, a few days in this little mountain town will do wonders for your relationship.
From the beautiful weather to the raw beauty of the Rockies’ craggy granite peaks, the mountains are the perfect setting for your next vacation.
The Glenwood Hot Springs have been used for therapeutic purposes for hundreds of years, from the Ute tribe before the arrival of Europeans to the construction of the world’s largest naturally heated pool in 1888.
Glenwood Springs has lots to do in the summer, from hiking and biking to fishing and kayaking.
It can be hard enough to plan a vacation when you have the time to do it, given the logistics involved.
The holidays are coming up, and for a lot of us, that means shopping.
Weekend traffic to and from the mountains can be a real pain. Delays can add up to hours more spent in the car, not to mention the cost of gas.
Tucked in the heart of Colorado’s Western Slope, Glenwood Springs is the best little mountain town you haven’t visited yet.
For 28 years—and still going strong at the age of 74—Angela Drake of Grand Junction, Colorado has been making her mark on the windows of the Hotel Colorado, creating charming holiday scenes that add vintage cheer to the historic lodging property.
A trained artist, Angela discovered long ago that her favorite blank canvas was a pane of glass, though she also paints on old wood, leather and tools. After growing up and studying art in college in Baltimore, Maryland, she relocated to southern California where she lived for 10 years and became a highly a sought-after window painter. Eventually, Angie and her late husband Ed landed in Grand Junction, where she’s been for the past 30 years. “Once I saw the mountains, I was all in for it,” she said.
Her connection to the Hotel Colorado began when she and Ed visited Glenwood Springs on a vacation and stayed at the hotel. She happened to show photos of her art to then-manager Mr. Gutman. “He loved my work and got me started.” That was in 1991.
“I can’t say enough good things about the Hotel Colorado and its staff.” Angie recounted a memory from 1995, the year her husband became sick with terminal cancer and she had to phone the hotel to tell them she wouldn’t be able to paint their windows. “They could hear my husband in the background protesting that I should go and paint, but I just couldn’t leave him because he was very sick. The hotel manager insisted that I bring him along and that they would help me take care of him. Well, if you can believe it, they did just that! They got him a wheelchair, checked in on him and wheeled him around the hotel while I worked. My husband and I always loved the place, but that experience made me feel very close to the Hotel Colorado and its staff.”
It takes her about a week to finish painting all the windows. “I am extremely fast, but the older I get, the slower I become,” Angie said. She also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis in her legs. “At one time I used ladders and scaffolding, but those days are over. Now I use a sturdy stepstool to paint and if I can’t reach it, it doesn’t get done.”
Angie’s window art depicts nostalgic holiday scenes which can be seen throughout the first floor of the Hotel Colorado. Look for a horse pulling a sleigh across a snow-covered field, a cabin in the woods surrounded by tall pines and a couple skating on a frozen lake. Interior doors depict dancers, holiday revelers, cardinals perched on branches, a lake scene with a horse-drawn carriage and many more.
As for Angie, she particularly likes painting the four tall angels on the doors of the east and west entrances. “Since I began working for the Hotel Colorado, they have always asked me to paint angels. I feel like it really captures the meaning of Christmas.”
Like most artists, Angie is delighted when others appreciate her work. “People have been so kind to me. They’ve told me they like watching me paint. Folks have even asked me to join them for dinner or drinks,” she recounted, laughing. “The children especially just love it; and it brings joy to my heart to hear them say ‘Look Mommy, look at this.’”
There’s no slowing Angie down. December is her busiest month. At the time of this interview she was between jobs and concerned about the weather forecast delaying her work painting the windows of a restaurant. Why doesn’t she take a break? “It fills my heart with joy,” she said. A sentiment shared by many visitors and locals, past and present, who have admired her hand-painted holiday décor at the Hotel Colorado.
Enjoy the Hotel Colorado this holiday season. Make lodging reservations today at www.hotelcolorado.com.
Photo Credit: Chelsea Self