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Thankful For November
November. The beginning of the family holiday season reminds us of what we are thankful for. This time of the year we are thankful for snow, chocolate, crafts, and so much more.
The Wolf Creek Ski Area is scheduled to open November 3. This is dependent on the weather; however, there is snow up in them ther hills. Wolf Creek spent the summer building a new lift, Lynx Lift, a conveyor lift for beginner skiers. This new lift will provide more options for the newest skier in the family. The mountain offers a fairly equal distribution of terrain for all levels, beginner to expert, which means there are runs for everyone in the family regardless of their ability. Remember too, that our Home Concierge services offer discounted lift tickets to Wolf Creek Ski Area.
Are you a fan of chocolate? Is someone in your family a bona fide chocoholic? Why not head to Creede for Thanksgiving and check out the town’s annual Chocolate Festival? Participants meander the streets of Creede while visiting the various shops and sampling their homemade chocolate submission. After fulfilling your sweet tooth’s chocolate craving be sure to turn in your ballet and vote for your favorite chocolate. Additionally, Creede offers many dining options from burgers to tacos to BBQ if you need something a little more than chocolate. Chocolate Festival is fun for the entire family and good time to get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Contact the Creede/Mineral County Visitor’s Center for more information and to pre-purchase your 2017 Chocolate Festival tickets.
Speaking of holiday shopping, why not check out Winter Fest in South Fork. This year’s event will be December 8th and 9th at the Rio Grande Club and Resort. Local crafters will have various products available for sale, which will make excellent gifts. Another exciting part of the day will be a guest appearance from that special man in the red suit. That’s right; Santa will be in South Fork December 8th and 9th for WinterFest. This event will sure to be something that the entire family will enjoy.
Have you wanted to learn how to snowmobile? Our friends at Mountain Skillz in South Fork offer lessons so that you may safely ride in the backcountry of the Rio Grande National Forest. Between South Fork and Creede, there are hundreds of miles of trails for you to explore. Mountain Skillz also rents machines for those of you that may fly in or do not want to trailer your machine. Matt and his crew will be sure to take care of you and make sure you and your group have everything you need for a safe and good time in the backcountry.
Our townhomes are perfect for families and groups. All of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens, soaking tubs, and three bathrooms. When you stay with us you’ll experience all the luxury of a hotel with the comforts of home. Put our Home Concierge Services to use and let us assist you in planning your next vacation to southwestern Colorado. South Fork’s proximity to Wolf Creek Ski Area makes South Fork the ideal town to rest your head after a day on the slopes. Additionally, South Fork is surrounded by Rio Grande National Forest for those wanting to explore the backcountry. A short drive up the Silverthread Scenic Byway is the town of Creede, which makes for a fun day trip. Contact us today to book your reservation for your winter vacation in the Colorado Rockies.
November 3; Wolf Creek Ski Area Opens
November 24 & 25; Chocolate Festival; Creede, Colorado
December 8 & 9; WinterFest; South Fork, Colorado
January 12-14; Golden Puck Pond Hockey Tournament; Creede Colorado
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Colorful Fall Specials In The Rockies
The crisp morning air of early fall is knocking on the door of late summer. The aspens have begun to show shades of yellow. Southwest Colorado is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life while taking in the colors of nature and unwinding.
The luxury townhomes of Rio Grande Vacation Rentals in South Fork, Colorado provide the perfect base-camp for your fall escape. Grab your camera, download the free Silverthread app, and jump in your car for a drive along the Silverthread Scenic Byway, one of twenty-six in the state. You’ll be able to capture the beauty of the aspen trees and if you’re lucky you may even catch glimpses of wildlife. Check out this video to see for yourself. The Silverthread Byway connects three of Colorado’s quaintest towns; South Fork, Creede, and Lake City. Each of these towns has countless trails to hike which also provides you with another option for enjoying the fall colors and for those of you that are into ATV’s each town also has outfitters which rent ATV’s along with information pertaining to the ATV trails and town regulations. Let our Home Concierge Services help you work out the details for your colorful fall getaway.
With the onset of fall, it’s hard not to think that the snow will be here before we know it. What does this mean? Skiing. Snowboarding. Snowshoeing. Sledding. The list goes on. Have you thought about skiing at Wolf Creek, home of “The Most Snow In Colorado”? Their tentative date to open for the 2017-2018 season is November 3. This, of course, depends on weather conditions and the amount of natural snow. Nevertheless, it’s not too early to make sure your gear is tuned up and ready to go when old man winter makes his grand presence known.
Each Thanksgiving weekend, the Town Of Creede, hosts a Chocolate Festival. This is an opportunity for you to judge various homemade chocolate treats made by the local businesses (and get a head start on your Christmas shopping). Creede is a short drive up the Silverthread from South Fork. Tickets may be purchased from the Creede/Mineral County Chamber of Commerce/Visitor’s Center.
Our townhomes feature open floor plans, fully stocked kitchens, and soaking tubs. Our two-bedroom townhomes are ideal for those looking for a romantic getaway in southwest Colorado. Large groups will find our three, four, and five-bedroom vacation rentals comfortable and spacious. With rates starting as low as $200 per night, contact US today to book your stay and ask about discounted lift tickets to Wolf Creek Ski Area.
October 14; Twelve Hours of Penitence Mountain Bike Race; Del Norte, Colorado
November 3; Wolf Creek Ski Area Opens (Tentative)
November 24&25; Chocolate Festival; Creede, Colorado
December 8&9; Winterfest; South Fork, Colorado
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Summer Continues Into September
For most folks, Labor Day Weekend signals the end of summer. This is not the case here in southwest Colorado. With an event every weekend between South Fork and Creede, there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the fall colors and have some fun (psst, the fishing is still prime this time of the year).
(photo courtesy b4 studio)
Let’s start with Labor Day. Creede hosts a myriad of activities sure to entertain all. The Balloon Festival kicks off the weekend of fun with balloon glows, tailgate parties, and balloon launches. Creede Mining Heritage, Inc. hosts this event and all proceeds benefit the restoration of the Sunnyside Chapel (psst, when the renovation is complete, this will be an ideal location for a mountain wedding). Saturday morning is for those that want to test their endurance by participating in the Creede Mountain Run. With three distances to choose from (2, 12, or 22 miles) there is a distance for that runner in your group. The Creede Mountain Run provides a unique opportunity to take in the views of the city along with the historical mining structures which put Creede on the map. The fun continues on Saturday with the Annual Salsa Fiesta; a Creede Labor Day tradition. Local businesses compete for the best salsa, and YOU get to be the judge. Tickets are limited, so contact the Creede Visitor’s Center today to purchase your tickets. Additionally, Creede Repertory Theatre has multiple live theatrical productions throughout the day (and weekend for that matter). Sunday Funday kicks off with Gravity Derby down Main Street, Creede. This is fun to watch and participate in. The rules are simple: your entry must be gravity powered, steer, and brake. The visitor’s center will assist you with the registration process for those wanting to participate. The fun concludes Monday with the ATV Rodeo at the Creede/Mineral County Events Complex. The ATV Rodeo is another unique event in Creede to either watch or participate in. With multiple dining options in Creede, from BBQ to tacos to pizza to fine dining on the Rio Grande River, Creede is THUH place to be Labor Day weekend. Contact US today and let us help you get your Labor Day vacation underway.
(photo courtesy Kathleen Murphy)
Do you enjoy looking at classic cars? If the answer is yes, then you need to be in Creede for the Crusin the Canyon Fall Color Truck, Motorcycle &Car Show. The antique vehicles arrive Friday and will be lined up on Main Street Saturday morning and afternoon with an award ceremony Saturday at three. Following the award ceremony, the “hot rods” ride up the Silverthread Scenic Byway to Freeman’s General Store. Freeman’s is not only home to one of the best burgers you’ll ever have, their porch is a great place to take in the “parade” and snap some photos.
(photo courtesy Wolf Creek Anglers)
Are you getting antsy to wet your line one last time before the snow flies? The trouts of the gold medal waters of the Rio Grande are getting antsy too. Let our friends at Wolf Creek Anglers in South Fork take you on a guided float or wade trip before the season comes to an end. We also have stay and play packages available.
(photo courtesy Kathleen Murphy)
The South Fork Colorfest is the perfect opportunity to take in and enjoy the fall colors of southwest Colorado. A drive along the Silverthread Scenic Byway will provide you with numerous photo opportunities. Be sure to download the free app before you go so you don’t miss out on points of interest along the way. Keep your eyes peeled; you never know when you’ll see a moose, deer, elk, or big horned sheep.
Contact us today to book your stay for one of the fun weekends in September. Our luxury accommodations are perfect for large groups and for those looking for a romantic getaway. Let our Home Concierge Services assist you in planning the perfect fall color getaway.
September 1-4, Labor Day Weekend Celebration, Creede
September 15-17, Crusin’ the Canyon Car Show, Creede
September 17-20, South Fork Colorfest, South Fork
November 23-24, Chocolate Festival, Creede
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Father's Day Fun. Happy Birthday, Creede!
Quasquicentennial: the anniversary of 125 years. This year, Creede, Colorado will be celebrating their quasquicentennial on June 13, 2017. In honor of this mammoth milestone, the town will be celebrating all week long, from June 10th through June 19th. To kick of the festivities on June 10th there will be the inaugural Creede Donkey Dash, a ten mile burro race through the historic Creede Mining District. Creede is the place to be on Saturday, June 10th.
Photo Courtesy of the Creede Historical Society Catalog #0444-CRO-3c2
Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, why not treat the special man to a float trip on the Rio Grande with Wolf Creek Anglers? The Rio Grande is one of eleven Gold Medal Fishery locations in Colorado, this means BIG trout. Mid-June is the best time of year to catch the salmon fly hatch. Wolf Creek Anglers is THE catch and release guide service for the South Fork Area.
Fly Fishing the Rio Grande with Wolf Creek Anglers, South Fork, Colorado
Another treat for dad would be a round of golf at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork. While he’s off fishing and playing golf, why not treat yourself to an afternoon at Creede Repertory Theatre? You could catch a matinee either day. Creede is a friendly and safe town, that if the kiddos didn’t want to sit through a musical, they would be safe roaming the shops of Main Street and they could check-in during the fifteen minute intermission.
Creede Repetory TheatreCreede Repetory Theatre, Creede, Coloardo
Have you decided how you and the family are going to celebrate America’s Birthday in July? Between festivities in South Fork and Creede, there will be much for the family to take part in and enjoy our great nation’s 241st birthday. Start your vacation with a visit to the South Fork Rodeo: Rock the Rio Grande. Did you know that the very first rodeo occurred here in Colorado? South Fork will also have a morning parade, fish fry, bbq, and fireworks in celebration of our nation’s independence; all on July 3rd. The following day, head north along the Silverthread Scenic Byway to Creede and celebrate our country’s birthday with them. Creede hosts the State’s Mining Competition in the Basham Park Arena. Other events during the day include the parade, a large vendor area, and fireworks, which in years past have been fired off the cliff overlooking town.
Forth of July Fireworks, Creede, CO
Our townhomes are perfect for large groups. All of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens, soaking tubs, and three bathrooms. When you stay with us you’ll experience all the luxury of a hotel with the comforts of home. Put our Home Concierge Services to use and let us assist you in planning your family’s vacation to southwestern Colorado. Contact us today to book your reservation for your summer vacation in the Colorado Rockies.
June 10th Creede Donkey Dash
June 13th Creede’s 125th Birthday
June 17th Run Off, Run Off
June 18th Father’s Day
June 17th-June 18th Mineral County Fair
July 1st Rockin the Rio Grande
July 3rd Independence Day Celebrations in South Fork and Creede
July 4th Days of ’92 , evening fireworks
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Quintessential Colorado Vacation
Welcome to Colorado, home of the Rockies, where we have 300 days of sunshine. Colorado is the perfect vacation destination for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors, unplug and recharge, take in the arts, visit breweries, take in the history of the west, and so much more.
Stony Pass and wildflowers, near Creede, Colorado
Three and half hours from Colorado Springs nestled among the San Juan Mountains of the Rocky Mountains sits the town of South Fork, Gateway to the Silverthread Scenic Byway. The Silverthread Scenic Byway is one of twenty-six in the state, and travels through three of Colorado’s most beautiful towns; South Fork, Creede, and Lake City. All three of these towns provide opportunities for hiking, trout fishing, and are affordable.
Rio Grande Club and Resort, South Fork, Colorado
Start your vacation in South Fork with a round or two of golf at the Rio Grande Club and Resort. Golf Digest rated the Rio Grande Club as one of the top fifteen mountain courses in the nation! Take a guided rafting trip down the Rio Grande with Mountain Man Rafting at 8200’ Sports. At Rachael’s Food Truck you and the kiddos can play putt-putt while you wait for your locally sourced meal. Wolf Creek Angler will help you with all your fly fishing needs-we LOVE to fish the Rio Grande.
Gold Medel Fishing on the Rio Grande with Wolf Creek Angler, South Fork, Colorado
Travel up the Silverthread twenty miles to Creede. The highway follows the Rio Grande through a breathtaking canyon. Keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep, our state animal.
Main Street, Creede, Colorado
When you get to Creede, you’ll notice that the locals are friendly; they all wave. Creede is home to the Creede Repertory Theatre, one of the top ten places to see Broadway-caliber productions off of Broadway. Main Street is full of shops for all. From the rock shop at Rare Things to fudge at the Trading Post, everyone will be happy. History Buffs will enjoy the Creede Museum and the Underground Mining Museum. Be sure to give yourself two hours to enjoy the Bachelor Loop Tour. Wheeler Geologic Monument, the state’s first monument, can be accessed via foot or ATV. If hiking a fourteener (mountains over 14000’) is your thing, San Luis Peak can be done in a day.
Wheeler Geologic Area, near Creede, Colorado
Engineer Pass, Lake City, Colorado
Blue Mesa Reservoir is the end of the Silverthread. The reservoir is full of various fish from trout to pike to salmon to catfish. Travel along US 50 back to the Springs. In a few days, you will experience the sunshine, fresh air, the out-of-doors, arts, shopping, and family bonding. You’ll understand why we live here and you’ll be sure to come back.
Contact us today to book your stay with Rio Grande Vacation Rentals. Let our Home Concierge Services help you plan the vacation you have been needing.
May 26-29, 2017, Taste of Creede
June 10, 2017, Creede’s 125th Birthday Kick-Off Party/Burro Race
June 20-24, 2017, Mineral County Fair
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