Local Tours & Activities

Guest Program

Several Seminars are available and complimentary for registered guests.

Sunday
101. Georgetown Loop Railway.
Sun., 27 Oct., 9:15 a.m.–3:45 p.m. US$94; minimum attendance: 20.
     Enjoy an excursion into the high Rockies to Georgetown, an old silver-mine “boom town” of the 1860s and 1870s. Once the number-one silver producer in the world, today Georgetown, with its beautifully preserved Victorian dwellings and true western main street, has an aura all its own. The proud residents of Georgetown, many of them descendants of old mining families, extend a generous welcome to this high-country valley.
     You’ll experience the thrill of riding the Colorado Historical Society’s Georgetown Loop Railroad. This one-hour and ten-minute roundtrip ride travels between the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume and takes you over the reconstructed Devil’s Gate High Bridge and through the same spectacular Colorado mountain scenery that visitors of yesteryear enjoyed.
     As a special treat, the group will disembark the train at the end of the route and take part in the Oktoberfest celebrations. Bratwursts, hotdogs, and an assortment of Oktoberfest beers will be offered to guests in celebration of the Oktoberfest Festivals being held in various locations around the state.
     We’ll also have time to wander through the interesting old shops, many of them harboring antique artifacts of a colorful past. See the Old Hose Company Fire Brigade Headquarters, the placid Village Green, and the quaint homes and gardens in their unchanged setting. Lunch will be on your own in Georgetown.
Monday
102. Mine & Wine Tour.
Mon., 28 Oct., 12:30–5 p.m. US$92; minimum attendance: 20.
     Begin the day with a scenic drive to beautiful Idaho Springs and to the Phoenix Gold Mine to experience mining history with a seasoned Colorado hard rock miner. The mine is operated by the oldest continuous gold mining family in Colorado and you might even get to take home a little bit of Colorado gold for yourself.
     Next we will head back to Denver to visit the Bonacquisti Wine Company! Here you will enjoy a private tour of facility and wine cellar with tastings of wines paired with light snacks. Bonacquisti Wine Company opened its doors in October 2006 introducing Denver’s Urban Winery to Colorado. Winemaker Paul Bonacquisti is a second generation Italian American who learned to make wine from his dad. Paul earned his Executive Sommelier certificate from the International Wine Guild where he learned the technical aspects of wine to compliment his decades of winemaking experience. His extensive experience combined with his wine education is what has catapulted the recognition of his wines, earning international and regional accolades and awards. Enjoy the wine and expertise after this visit!
103. Watercolor & Wine.
Mon., 28 Oct., 2:30–4:30 p.m. US$45; minimum attendance: 10.
     Facilitator: Letitia Hess. Do you want an afternoon that is fun and different? Are you looking for a way to explore your artistic side? Watercolor & Wine is an upbeat creative class for everyone. Learn the basics of watercolor painting while enjoying the company of friends and a glass of wine. A professional instructor will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a finished painting. The two-hour class is designed for the beginning watercolorist, but all levels of artists are invited to participate. It’s fun, easy, and stress free. You will go home with a painting you can call uniquely yours and maybe a new-found talent to explore.
Tuesday
104. Bad Boys and Bawdy Girls.
Tues., 29 Oct., 1–4 p.m. — Canceled.
Wednesday
105. Best of Boulder Tour.
Wed., 30 Oct., 9 a.m.–3 p.m. — Canceled.
 
106. Jewelry-Making Workshop.
Wed., 30 Oct., 9:30 a.m.–noon. US$58; minimum attendance: 10.
     Blessings! began in 2002 at an artist demonstration reception at the world famous Broadmoor Hotel. Blessings! has served numerous companies throughout the United States at four- and five-star luxury hotels and resorts, providing memorable art and events. Join Teri Adams-Fjellman in an interactive Jewelry Workshop. Teri will begin with a half-hour talk about how earrings can help you enhance your overall look and express your individual style. These accessories come in all different styles and shapes, and participants will learn what style will best suit the shape of their face. Participants will also learn tips on the care of their sterling silver jewelry and what to use depending on the piece. After learning about jewelry shapes and tricks for making jewelry, guests will get to make their own! With a twist, spiral, and other ingeniously easy techniques, participants will make a stunning pair of sterling-silver earrings. Using only wire and minimal tools, you will be amazed at how easy making unique jewelry can be. Teri will provide kits with partially made earrings and four to five different colors to choose from. Colors brought will be based on current color trends (example: black, clear, bright blue, and green).

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