Sunday, November 4, 2012

What's Happening at the Inn

    We have had a very busy and beautiful fall.  Most days are still in the 60's with a few days hinting of winter.  We did have a couple days of snow which quickly melted.  Roger and I and our dear friends Andrea, Skip, Helen and Richard are busy preparing the Inn to be a featured home on the Quota Club Holiday Home Tour December 1.  Each room is being carefully decorated to produce welcome memories of Christmas some old and some new.  It is a joy to work with such dedicated and creative Christmas lovers.  The town is decorating for Christmas and all should be up for Thanksgiving.
    Thanksgiving Weekend is always festive in Estes. Friday, November 23, 2012 is the Annual Estes Park Christmas Parade.  It is so charming and reminiscent of old school Christmas Parades filled with lights, caroling and creativity.  It is a person favorite of mine.  I highly recommend it to kids of ALL Ages. The Town of Estes Park's 4 th of July fireworks were postponed due to fire burning restrictions.   The Fireworks display will be Saturday, November 24, 2012. There is something new this year.  The town has constructed an ice skating rink as well as done new construction on Bond Park.  The ice skating rink should be open by Thanksgiving. 
    The local restaurants have begun their winter specials.  Yum!! No lines, no waiting and great food.
The imporvements to Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park are fabulous.  It is now possible to drive up to Bear Lake and Hike rather than take the shuttle.  The shuttle is still available to all who would prefer to let someone else do the driving.
    The turkeys stop by several times a day.  We have seen over 20 at one time.  They tend to roost in pine trees behind the Cabin.  We have seen the Bobcat a couple of early mornings.  Each season brings new animals and beauty.
Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Festival, Comedy and Adventure in Estes July 20-21



  The Estes Park Summer Festival, Concerts throughout the City, and Silent Movie Comedy Show are but a few of the events coming up next weekend www.estesparkcvb.com.  The Summer Festival offers something for everyone.  This year the Historic Park Theatre is hosting a comedy show. The usual hiking, bird walks, and animal sightings are year round people pleasures in Rocky Mountain National Park www.rmnp.gov.
    The Summer Festival is in Bond Park it offers local bands, food, beer and wine tasting, dancing, craft vendors, games, activities, and a bouncy castle.  There is different entertainment scheduled during the three day festival so there is something to appeal to everyone.  Admission is $5 per person, ($25 for beer tasting).  It should be a lot of fun.
    There are several musical performances going on throughout Estes Park.  The Barleen Rocky Mountain Opry has a variety of shows Wednesday thru Saturday nights.  I went last year with a friend and we had a great time.  The Jug Band Bash is a free event in Performance Park, Saturday, July 21st.  The Estes Park Jug Band and the Walden Colorado Jug Band will be doing the entertaining.  There are also a variety of free performances during the week by various local entertainers.  A lot of the residents bring blankets and picnic dinners to sit on the lawn and listen to the music.
    The Silent Movie Comedy Show is being held at the Historic Park Theatre.  Hazel Baldwin will perform a piano accompaniment to silent movies.  Step back in time and experience the silent movie era.  Each day there is a selection of masterpieces of the best comedians from the silent movie era.  It is wholesome fun for the entire family.
    Last Monday, Roger and I attended the Rooftop Rodeo.  It was so much fun.  The rodeo is a warm up for many of the best professional cowboys as they prepare for Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.   It was great family fun and very entertaining.  The local Lions Club provided wonderful barbeque and chili hotdogs.  I just love the small town atmosphere.
   Yesterday, Roger and I went over Trail Ridge Road to have lunch with his sister in Grand Lake.  The scenery was breathtaking.  We spotted several herds of elk and deer.  We also saw two of the biggest and most magnificent moose grazing by the road.  What a treat.
  George the local brown bear was observed and greatly photographed by visitors.  He was swimming in the lake behind the Other Side Restaurant after helping himself to delicacies in their dumpster.
    Think about reserving your room ahead of time for the upcoming Scottish Festival September 7 and 8.  We fill up fast as it is one of the most popular festivals.



    
Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Only 1 % of Colorado Is Burning


    Only 1% of Colorado is burning.  The Estes Park fire titled the Woodland Heights fire started just before noon on Saturday, June 23rd and by that evening the fire was contained.  It was amazing to see how volunteer fire fighters from surrounding towns arrived promptly.  Air support arrived within the first hour and worked diligently until evening.  Sadly, 22 homes were lost.  Since then the community has rallied to support and provide whatever is needed for those families.  A week later plans are being made to rebuild and repair. 
    The Colorado Springs fire is 45% contained, High Park 85% contained, and the Boulder fire was 100% contained 2 days after it began.  Due to the hard work of the fire fighters and community support groups the evacuees are returning home.   Several groups are helping the families that homes were destroyed in the fire.
    The danger is passing.  Nationwide we all need to be careful with campfires, cigarettes, and grills.
  Yes, it is warmer than usual and somewhat drier at present.  A lot of states are experiencing unusually hot summers.  The mountains are still 10 degrees cooler than the major cities along the Front Range. We have had afternoon showers that have provided much needed moisture. 
    I will leave you with the words on one of the homes in the fire area that was not destroyed that expresses the sentiment of the community.
“On 23 June 2012, heroes flew above us, walked among us
     This ground is witness to the stand they took
    Their resolve, the silent oath of “Here, and no farther”
   We grieve for what was lost, and marvel at all they saved”


Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts