Thursday, August 26, 2010

Maroon Bells Guided Bus Tour is the Perfect Way to Take in the September Fall Colors

Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley are ideal for a fall visit-- the summer crowds have left, the days are warm and the nights are crisp, and there's no better place to catch the changing Aspen leaves. Lavender & Thyme Bed & Breakfast is the ideal place to turn in after a day of hiking, biking or just sightseeing in our beautiful mountain and valley setting.  We'll treat you to a tour on the Maroon Bells Guided Bus Tour from Aspen Highlands, which delivers passengers to the base of the famed Maroon Bells-- one of the most photographed natural attractions in the United States. A pair of passes for this tour are included in all September stays with us.  From the base, visitors can depart the bus for a short and incredibly scenic hike to Crater Lake (1.8 miles one way) or one of the longer hikes like Buckskin Pass (4.8 miles to the top of the pass), where you might see the resident Dall sheep grazing.  No matter how far your adventure takes you on the trail, a trip to these 14,000 foot Colorado peaks is memorable.

After Labor Day and before October, you can catch the Maroon Bells tour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September. All of the Maroon Bells buses depart from Aspen Highlands Ski Area. Buses will leave every 20 minutes starting at 9:05am until 2:05pm, then on the hour and half hour until 4:30pm with the last bus returning to Highlands at 5:00pm. There is plenty of free parking at Aspen Highlands or you can take the free Castle Maroon Bus from downtown to reach Aspen Highlands.

The driver and tour guide will point out areas of interest and geographical features, describe the wildlife, and tell you some of the area’s history on your way to the Maroon Bells. When you arrive at Maroon Lake at the base of the Bells you may return on any later bus, affording you the opportunity to hike, take a guided nature tour from 10:00am to 2:00pm, picnic (there are no food vendors at the Maroon Bells), take pictures or have a moment of solitude. Remember a jacket, walking or hiking shoes, and of course, a camera. Tickets can be purchased at Four Mountain Sports at Aspen Highlands Village, and they're $6 for adults and $4 for kids 6-16.

Stay with us at Lavender & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, and we'll make sure you set out after having had a hearty breakfast. We can arrange picnic lunches to take along, and the valleywide Roaring Fork Transit Authority bus system can take you from our location in downtown Glenwood Springs all the way into Aspen and the Maroon Bells tour.

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To chat with us at Lavender & Thyme about this tour and all there is to do in September and October, give us a call at 1-866-526-3822 or book now here.   We hope to host you in the idyllic autumn weeks ahead!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Join Lavender & Thyme B&B for 125 Years of Glenwood Springs Art and the People Who Create It

Consider this your personal invitation to come stay at Lavender & Thyme Bed & Breakfast this weekend, and attend a celebration of 125 years of local art.  The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, in conjunction with the City of Glenwood Springs and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is pleased to present our 125th Anniversary Exhibit-- a part of the year-long 125th birthday celebration for Glenwood Springs.

Please attend the 125th Anniversary Exhibit Artist Reception this Friday, August 13th at 6:00 PM.  The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is offering appetizers, libations, entertainment, and opportunities to mingle with 125 talented artists.

The exhibit celebrates 125 years of Glenwood Springs heritage through area landscapes, historical art, and "artists dreams on canvas". The 125th Anniversary Exhibit will be on display until September 19th, 2010. Admission to the exhibit is always free. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 East 6th St. Glenwood Springs, Co. 81601. (Across from the Hot Springs Pool)

Enjoy the newly revamped gift shop with custom jewelry, wood turnings, books, summer scarves, affordable and quality bin prints, and cards galore. The exhibit features all area-related works of art. Come one, come all, and enjoy Glenwood Springs in its artistic's a celebration of art through the timeline!

Enjoy works of art from the following local artists:

K.K. Cherry
Terry Glasnapp
Mary Noone
Valle Noone
F.F. Haberlein
Scot Gerdes
John Van Benthuysen
John Adams
Edwin Werner
Julie Johnson
Annie Bell
Jeff Ashcraft
Noemi Kosmowski
Kris Kosmowski
Lydia Claussen
Janet Nelson
Gay E. Moore
Patty Haenny
Cassie Sokal
Jessica Kidd
Michael Carter
Bird's Beads
Julia's Jewls
David Wright
Linda Drake
Joe Lewellen

For more info, contact:

Christina Brusig
Assistant Program Director
Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Friday Night Flicks: Free Classic Films Shown Outdoors at Two Rivers Park Amphitheatre Fridays in August

In Glenwood Springs, we're still making the most of summer!  Enjoy the cool evenings with family entertainment-- outdoor movies every August in our town are reminiscent of drive-in movies of yesteryear.  And they don't cost a thing.

Stay with us at Lavender & Thyme Bed & Breakfast on Fridays this month, and take in Friday Night Flicks, a series of classic films projected onto the big screen at Two Rivers Park Amphitheatre in Glenwood Springs on August 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th.

There are four great classic movies:

August 6th will feature “Shrek” 2001, an animated comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow.

August 13 will be “The Little Rascals” 1994, produced by Amblin Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures on August 5, 1994. The film is an adaptation of Hal Roach's Our Gang, a series of short films of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

August 20th will feature “National Treasure” 2004, adventure film from The Walt Disney Company under Walt Disney Pictures written by Jim Kouf, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne Wibberley, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and directed by Jon Turteltaub. It is the first film in the National Treasure franchise and stars Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Plummer.

The finale flick on August 27th is “Finding Nemo” 2003, a computer-animated film written by Andrew Stanton, directed by Stanton and Lee Unkrich and produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures.

Lavender & Thyme B&B is within walking distance of Two Rivers Park or a short drive. Organizers encourage early arrival for the best spots to sit and park. Low-back chairs and blankets are ideal for getting comfortable and settled in to watch the free movies.  Popcorn and refreshments are available for purchase at the park.  Films will begin at dusk (around 8:30pm), and gates will open at 7:30pm.

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Lavender & Thyme Bed & Breakfast gives a shout out to our local sponsors who make Friday Night Flicks in Glenwood Springs possible:  Bighorn Toyota, American National Bank, The City of Glenwood Springs, The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association,  the Roaring Fork Young Professionals organization, Mason & Morse, Balcomb & Green, Community Broadband Network, Colorado Audio Visual and Valley Events, Inc.

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