Cheers to Summer in Grand Junction with Five Happy Hour Hikes

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Longer days, and cooler evenings make summer in Grand Junction the perfect time to enjoy a late-afternoon hike. Located in Colorado’s Wine Country, just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction sits amid one of the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds in the country. In a landscape dramatically different from anywhere else in Colorado, surrounded by rivers, canyons, mesas and mountains to explore, there’s no shortage of trails to seek out. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces 34th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, July 16-17

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The Isley Brothers and Anthony Hamilton; tickets go on sale April 1 –

Winter Park, Colo. – Today, the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber announced the dates, lineup and early bird ticket sales information for the 34th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival. The event is part of the Odell Brewing Company Summer Concert Series, which is presented by Colorado Access. It will be held in Hideaway Park, located in downtown Winter Park, July 16-17.

The headliner for the Saturday, July 16 performance is The Isley Brothers. The group’s distinguished history spanned not only two generations of Isley siblings, but also massive cultural shifts which heralded their music’s transformation from gritty R&B to Motown soul to blistering funk. The Isleys have delighted music fans from the massive 1973’s hit with their rock-funk fusion cover of their own earlier single “Who’s That Lady,” retitled “That Lady, Pt. 1,” to R&B chart-topper singles like “The Pride” (1977), “Take Me to the Next Phase, Pt. 1” (1978), “I Wanna Be with You, Pt. 1″ (1979), and “Don’t Say Goodnight” (1980).

The Sunday, July 17 headliner is Anthony Hamilton, who is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer who rose to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album “Comin’ from Where I’m From” (2003), which featured the title track single “Comin’ from Where I’m From” and the follow-up “Charlene.” He is also known for the song “Freedom” from the soundtrack album of the movie “Django Unchained,” which was co-written and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton. Hamilton was the 2008 Grammy Award winner for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Staying current, his new album, “What I’m Feelin’,” is now available for pre-order featuring the single “Amen.” He has an impressive fan base of 473,000 followers on Twitter.

Jazz Festival tickets go on sale Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. (MST) and may be purchased by calling the Jazz Festival Box Office at (888) 409-5974 or online at http://www.altitudetickets.com/event-groups/34th-annual-winter-park-jazz-festival/.

Both general admission tickets and V.I.P. tickets are available. The early bird cost of a general admission ticket is $50 and $70 for V.I.P. tickets. Back again this year, an add-on for Express Lane allows festival-goers quick access into Hideaway Park before the main gates open at 10 a.m. (first 500 attendees). The early bird cost is $25 in advance with ticket purchase. This is an add-on ticket in addition to either a general admission or V.I.P. ticket.

Executive Director of the Chamber, Catherine Ross, says this year’s event is indicative of the quality music this summer festival has come to represent. “For over three decades the Winter Park Jazz Festival has been a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike,” she says. “From the intimate venue in the heart of Winter Park to the well-known national and regional acts, the Jazz Festival is a really special celebration.”

34th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival Lineup (www. JazzWinterPark.com)
Gates open daily at 10 a.m. for general admission & VIP. Show 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 16

  • THE ISLEY BROTHERS
  • KIRK WHALUM
  • MASTERS OF FUSION featuring ALEX BURGNON, CHIELI MINUCCI, GERALD VEASLEY
  • Jonathan Fritzen/Vincent Ingala
  • HAZEL MILLER

Sunday, July 17

  • ANTHONY HAMILTON
  • Gerald Albright/Jonathan Butler
  • DOTSERO
  • WHAT’S COOKIN’ JAZZ BAND
  • Plus, more acts to come!

 

Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce (www.PlayWinterPark.com)
The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park and Fraser valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

Contacts:
Diane Ehlert, Winter Park & Fraser Chamber, 970.283.3548, dehlert@playwinterpark.com

Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.531.2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com

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Grand County Tourism Board Announces Seasonal Discounts on Dude Ranch Vacations

- Families enjoy Western-style all-inclusive vacations at discounted rates in the “Dude Ranch Capital of the United States”

Click here to see YouTube video of Grand County in action!

Granby, Colo. – Grand County, Colo., announced special rates for families and couples at each of its four world-class dude ranches this summer. Located just 90 minutes west of Denver, these all-inclusive vacation spots are ideal for week-long getaways where fun is served up for the whole family, alongside Old West hospitality and the rustic beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Continue reading

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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Announces Top 5 Family-Friendly Activities

- Southwest Wyoming was born to play! Learn why. -

 

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County in Southwest Wyoming has thousands of acres of public land, trail systems galore and more that add up to limitless family fun. Whether travelers are passing through on their way to one of the West’s most notable national parks or making Sweetwater County their final destination, here are the top 5 ways families can play in Southwest Wyoming this summer. Continue reading

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Mesa Verde Country Invites Visitors to Take an Experiential Vacation

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Mesa Verde Country offers a number of experiential vacation experiences. Photo courtesy of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Southwest Colorado destination offers interesting vacations focused on learning and hands-on experiences–

Cortez, Colo. – Mesa Verde Country invites travelers to visit the Four Corners Region for a vacation experience that not only excites, but also educates. A hotbed of history and archaeology activities, Mesa Verde Country offers an exceptional opportunity to not only vacation, but also to learn in a hands-on way.

Here are the top three experiential vacations to take in Mesa Verde Country. Continue reading

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Colorado’s next great mountain biking destination

City of CortezMountain biking enthusiasts have recognized Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado as one of the next great mountain biking destinations. From single tracks to challenging climbs in the San Juan Mountains, Mesa Verde Country offers more than 600 miles of trails that traverse slick rock, old-growth forest and even ancient ruins. Continue reading

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What are the Top 5 Events in Sweetwater County, Wyo., This Summer?

-Festivals in Southwest Wyoming are family-friendly and fun -

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County in Southwest Wyoming is renowned for its wide open spaces (10,500 square miles to be exact!), breathtaking landscapes and stunning rock formations. When visitors mix outdoor adventure with these unique summer events, it’s a winning combination. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces Unique Ways to Rest Up in Colorado’s Favorite Playground

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 – Colorado mountain town invites visitors to lay their weary heads in really interesting places –

Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber today announced the most distinctive places to stay when coming to Colorado’s Favorite Playground. From luxurious ranches and B&Bs to rustic yurts and everything in between, Winter Park has something for every taste and budget. Click here to learn more or book a stay. Continue reading

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Grand Junction’s Ski and Stay Package Offers Corduroy and Cabernet for Spring

What’s better than getting a great deal on a ski vacation? Getting a great deal on a ski vacation that offers more than just downhill thrills. The City of Grand Junction’s Visitor & Convention Bureau, located in Colorado’s Wine Country has teamed up with Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Mesa, Colorado to give guests the opportunity to experience the joy of downhill skiing and snowboarding at a great rate while also discovering all of the charm of western Colorado.  Continue reading

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5 Ways to Work up a Sweat in Southwest Wyoming

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- Southwest Wyoming offers events, activities to help visitors show off athletic prowess-

 

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism today announced five ways to utilize the wide open spaces of Southwest Wyoming to get the heart pumping with athletic events and activities that are anything but ordinary. Continue reading

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