April 14th, 2014 by susan
Spring time is truly in full swing around this joint. Crocus, daffodils, tulips are emerging from a long winters nap along with 5 of our cabins. That means it’s time to spring clean. When that first crocus blooms we are ready and waiting to start. No nook or cranny is without inspection. Every inch, both inside and out gets scrubbed, washed, fluffed, raked, bagged and refreshed. Just ask Robin how many toothbrushes she goes through during spring cleaning! The cabins get detailed from head to toe. No stone is left un-turned, as the saying goes. This is a great time to assess the needs of each cabin, suggestions for improvements from our Guests and any updates. This year we repainted the interiors, new mirrors with shelves for the bathrooms and some bathrooms were the recipients of new, custom sinks. Thanks to Mike’s handy work! The outside is being raked, weeded, trimmed, and spruced up. Let’s not forget the staff. We also need a spring cleaning. My Grandpa always said it was good to get the cobwebs out. What does that entail you ask? Well, we also get buffed and polished, no, not really. It just sounded good!
Here are some helpful hints that we like;
Make your own scented vinegar. Cut a few citrus peels and place in a glass jar. Cover with vinegar and allow to sit for two weeks. Remove peels and dilute vinegar 1:1 with water. Pour solution into a spray bottle. Use to clean windows, glass, counter and mopping hard surface floors.
Give your room a fresh scent. Whip up your own deodorizer on the stove top. Simmer orange rinds or lemon slices and rosemary in a pot of water. The scent will refresh your home.
Vinegar is my new best friend. It is so versatile and doesn’t gas you out. In full strength it can clean grease splatters, kitchen grime even fan blades. In a diluted form (1:1 vinegar/water) use on your tubs, sinks, microwaves, and inside the fridge (don’t forget the inside of that fridge!)
Happy Spring Everyone!
March 29th, 2014 by susan
Durango Bluegrass Meltdown
Well, I can tell you what not to wear to the Bluegrass Meltdown! This is the 20th year for the Bluegrass Meltdown in Durango and is sure to delight again this year. If you are feelin’ the need for some bluegrass come on down. Dress code is casual maybe some overalls but remember you are in cowboy country so a 10 gallon Stetson wouldn’t be out of place! Ya right. One might have trouble dancing with your partner in a hat that size. The Old Time Barn Dance is on Saturday starting at 7:30pm. In 2006, after recognizing the popularity of the old time music with bands such as Reeltime Travelers and Sweet Sunny South, the Meltdown introduced the Old Time Barn Dance at the Elks Lodge. The Lodge is the perfect setting with it’s hardwood dance floor featuring old time bands like the Pick and Holler and the Six Dollar String Band. The Old Time Barn Dance has evolved into a “don’t miss” event. Kids of all ages have more fun during the dance. The dance floor is always packed!
Ooh, you could get into character and pretend you are part of the Soggy Bottom Boys from the movie Brother Where Art Thou. I was thinking of wearing a gingham dress with my favorite cowboy boots. Maybe even braid my hair. What do you think? The festival is April 11th-13th. The Bluegrass Meltdown activities start on Friday at the Durango Discovery Museum with music and festivities all through out downtown during the weekend.
If you hurry you might still be able to stay with us during the festival. We have 3 cabins left, as of now.
I leave you with the funny for the day. Do you know how to tell the difference between old time fiddle tunes? They have different titles. Get your Bluegrass Meltdown on and we’ll see you there.
March 12th, 2014 by susan
Bring on Spring! O-Bar-O Cabins is ready for some warmer temps. To me St. Patrick’s Day is the start of Spring, well, it is sort of. But the day itself signifies the change from winter to spring. We can still get some snow storms but we will also see the great thaw with the crocus and tulips emerging from a long winters nap. Spring also signals the return of our resident summer birds. The Osprey love the Florida river and the trout that inhabit the water. Their striking calls as they swirl around the river at heights that would make most of us faint. To watch an Osprey swoop down, talons outstretched, and grab a fish is spectacular. Once the fish is caught they rotate it for a more aerodynamic flight. They are such smart birds. Mike was able to witness while fishing in a different manner! The Osprey came down, grabbed the fish and took off over his head. Mike could touch the fish as it flew overhead. Guess these mighty birds don’t know the rules around O-Bar-O. It’s catch and release only!
How many of you are spring skiers? That would be me. I love those bluebird days, warm temperatures and soft snow. I can just cruise down the slopes taking in the incredible views and the sun. Durango Mountain is one of the best spring skiing resorts for someone like me, a fair weather skier! Purgatory always has plenty of spring time activities to engage you. Spring is just around the corner so don’t delay in booking your spring skiing trip. OBO cabins is ready and waiting your arrival! Happy skiing.
Oh, Don’t forget to wear your green on St. Paddy’s Day. If not one of those Leprechauns might have to pinch you!
February 27th, 2014 by susan
Spring time at the O-Bar-O Cabins
Having married into an Irish family, McGinley doesn’t get more Irish than that, St. Patrick’s Day is an observed holiday in our household. Although St. Patrick probably wasn’t a small green fella his cohort, the leprechaun, holds lots of charm, is a bit rambunctious and likes his shenanigans. This is the second year of the Durango Celtic Festival. It is sure to delight both young and old with all the music, dancing and great food. The festivities start on March 6th and got through the 9th. I took a peek at the schedule of events. The Durango Celtic Festival will feature music venues at the Henry Strater Theatre and the Irish Embassy Pub along with a story telling event, as they call it. What kind of stories could they tell? I bet they will be colorful and maybe a nod to a shot or two of Tullamore? While enjoying the festivities don’t forget to admire the history and architecture of both the Henry Strater and the Irish Embassy Pub.
O-Bar-O Cabins is getting into the spirit. The snow is receding and things are turning green as if they are preparing for St. Patrick’s visit. Mike is practicing his Celtic dances, that should be fun to watch, and the birds are singing the forlorn tunes of Celtic past and present. It’s time to tune up those legs and instruments in preparation for the Celtic Festival. If you happen to catch up to one of those leprechauns make sure to let us know at O-Bar-O. You never know, it might just be a long lost relative! Especially if he has a mustache. Now, off to fire up the slow cooker for some corned beef and cabbage. Enjoy the festival.
February 16th, 2014 by susan
For us old timer’s we still think of this great ski mountain as Purgatory. It’s official name is Durango Mountain Resort. In my opinion February and March are the best months to ski DMR. You get these blue bird days, that means sunny with a beautiful blue sky, and temps that are comfortable. Durango Mountain has terrain for all levels of experience. I enjoy skiing the green and blue runs as they are nicely groomed, great for beginners, casual skiers and families. They even have groomed black runs for those a little more daring. The drive from O-Bar-O Cabins isn’t long. As the crow flies you could be there in 15 minutes but that would require going over a ridge! It takes about 40-45 minutes to get there. Well worth the drive to have a warm, cozy cabin to come back to with a fireplace, no less! If you aren’t a skier there are other activities right at the mountain. It’s fun to take the little one sledding. To see the look on their faces when they cruise down the snow is priceless. Regardless of what activity you choose to participate in you will have fun. Just don’t forget to bring the sunscreen! Now hit the slopes and carve some turns.
February 6th, 2014 by susan
Mike and I had the opportunity to ride the train up to Soaring Tree Top Adventures this last fall. This picture is proof we actually did it and what a blast was had! Our Guests ask us what activities they should plan with their vacation at the O-Bar-O Cabins. Well, there are plenty. Our first pick is one that Durango is well known for. The Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge train is a must. The scenery is breathtaking and second to none. Your photo album can’t go without a few pictures from this journey. Our suggestions for a great trip are pretty simple. First, layer your clothing, even in the middle of summer. It is Colorado, after all! Make sure to pack a water bottle or two and for those rambunctious rapscallions, young and old, maybe take the bus back. Oh, and don’t forget your camera.
April 25th, 2012 by susan
With the Summer season rapidly approaching, Maria & Mike have pulled out all the stops getting the O-Bar-O ready for our Guests this year. Maria even enlisted the help of her Dad, Herb Jones. Believe you me, she didn’t give him any slack just because he is her Dear Old Dad!!!! Upon arriving in Durango Herb was a given a long list of chores including staining all the decks and washing windows. Herb complied and even whistled while he worked.
Many thanks to Herb for all his hard work. I sure hope Maria & Mike took you out to dinner … a bunch!
March 28th, 2012 by susan
February 29th, 2012 by susan
We are wholeheartedly jumping into the spirit of March Madness … well, our version of March Madness that is! When each party checks in during the month of March you will get an opportunity to win a prize. Dig into our prize bowl and you could pull out one of the following: our signature mugs or our signature Green Tea & Lemongrass shampoo & conditioner, possibly a pine cone candle or a leather photo album. For the outdoorsman or woman we have fly fishing mug sets, leather bound fly fishing logs and Kalahari fishing hats. Don’t worry wine lovers we have you covered too … you have a chance to pull out a pewter deer or fish wine stopper.
Take advantage of our winter rates and remember until April 30th, if you stay three nights with us the fourth night is compliments of the O-Bar-O.
October 7th, 2011 by susan
The O-Bar-O Cabins is proud to be taking part in this nationwide program again this year in honoring our vets & active service military personnel with a free night on November 10. Innkeepers throughout North America say thank you to those who’ve served their country by inviting veterans to wake up on 11-11-11 in an inn or B&B.
This program was started in West Virginia in 2008 and has grown each year across the USA and Canada. Although the Inns involved are all different – the premise is the same – a free night’s stay for active or retired military personnel. Here at the O-Bar-O we consider this a small way we can say ‘Thank you!’ for all that our service men and women do for our great country everyday.