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O-Bar-0 Cabins Durango, Colorado

Leprechauns anticipated to visit the Durango Celtic Festival

February 27th, 2014 by susan

Spring time at the O-Bar-O Cabins

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.

Durango Mountain Resort, aka Purgatory

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.

Enjoying the Durango Silverton Train

February 6th, 2014 by susan

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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.

Spring Cleaning is in Full Swing at the O-Bar-O!

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!

Peanut meditating by the river

March 28th, 2012 by susan

March Madness O-Bar-O style!

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.

B & B for Vets

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.

With a Whirlwind of Activity Summer has Flown by!

September 29th, 2011 by susan

Seasons are changing here at the O-Bar-O.  Shorter days and cooler weather herald the coming of Autumn. It would seem the aspen trees are spinning their golden hues just for our pleasure and life seems to take on a more relaxed pace. Time for spiced cider & pumpkin bread, leisurely strolls along the river and evenings enjoying the fire.

Winter rates kick in October 15th!

Fourth of July Durango Style!

June 26th, 2011 by susan

Here’s a taste of Durango activities for the Fourth … so many fun things to do!

Happy 4th Everyone!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Inspiration Drawn from Nature Exhibit
10:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. –

Firkin Friday
03:00 P.M. to 05:00 P.M. –
Firkin is an old English unit of volume, typically a wooden cask. Steamworks introduces specially craft beer the first Friday of the month. The July brew is “Watermelon Ale”.

Gunfight at the Diamond Belle Saloon
07:00 P.M. to 07:30 P.M. –
Don’t miss a “real cowboy shootout” at 7th and Main Ave.

Saturday, July 02, 2011
Durango Farmer’s Market
08:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. –
On 8th St between Main Ave and Camino del Rio, 970-759-8688

Vallecito Lake Arts and Crafts Fair
10:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. –
Quality arts and crafts on County Road 501 below the Vallecito Dam. 970-884-2300

Sunday, July 03, 2011
Flea Market
07:00 A.M. to 01:00 P.M. –
At the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 970-385-0385

Backcountry Experience Firecracker Fun Run and 5K
10:00 A.M. to 03:00 P.M. –
Durango Mountain Resort hosts the Backcountry Experience Firecracker Fun Run and 5K. Registration for the free race meets from 9-10 a.m. at the base of the six pack.

Pay What You Wish Day at the Discovery Museum
01:00 P.M. to 05:00 P.M. –
A hands-on museum where visitors can explore science and energy topics of all kinds. Ask about the family day pass. 970-903-3901

Summer of Sundays
01:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M. –
Music poolside at Trimble Hot Springs.

Monday, July 04, 2011
4th of July Events
07:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. –
Come join in the fun for all of the areas 4th of July Events. Starting with a breakfast and 5K at Rotary Park and ending with a Parade at 6PM and a street dance on Main Ave. and fireworks

All-Amercan Gourmet Breakfast
07:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. –
At Rotary Park

Freedom 5K
09:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. –
Free, all ages, just show up at Rotary Park.

American Voices: Public Readings
11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. –
Fort Lewis College students at Buckley Park

Red, White and Blues
01:00 P.M. to 06:00 P.M. –
4th of July at DMR

Stars and Stripes Parade
06:00 P.M. to 06:30 P.M. –
Main Ave.

Street Dance on Main
06:30 P.M. to 09:00 P.M. –
Following the parade.

Gunfight at the Diamond Belle Saloon
07:00 P.M. to 07:30 P.M. –
Don’t miss a “real cowboy shootout” at 7th and Main Ave.

Fireworks at Vallecito
09:15 P.M. to 09:45 P.M. –
Vallecito Lake presensts fireworks over the lake. Bring chairs or a blanket or rent a boat.

Kids to Kids Flea Market
12:00 P.M. to 03:00 P.M. –
Toys, sports, clothes, music, games at Buckley Park.

Old Fashioned Family Picnic
12:00 P.M. to 05:00 P.M. –
Live entertainment, kids games at Buckley Park

Things to Do in Durango for Memorial Day 2011

May 19th, 2011 by susan

Join us at the O-Bar-O this Memorial Day … 

Thanks to the Durango Tourism Office for this event calendar!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Durango Chamber Music Festival 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. -At St Mark’s Episcopol Church. Some of the region’s finest talent will perform music that will surprise and delight you. 970-247-1129
Gunfight at the Diamond Belle Saloon0 7:00 P.M. to  7:30 P.M. -Don’t miss a “real cowboy shootout” at 7th and Main Ave.
Community Heritage Awards at the Bar D Chuckwagon 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. -Be one of the first to see the Bar D Wranglers show and enjoy James Ranch Beef and more. The James Family and the Barker Family (Strater Hotel) will be honored by the La Plata County Historical Society. Doors open at 5:30. 


Saturday, May 28, 2011
Durango Farmer’s Market 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. -On 8th St between Main Ave and Camino del Rio
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
through Monday, May 30, 2011 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. -2500 bicycles race the train to Silverton. Come to ride or cheer on your favorite. Contact Gaige Sippy for more information: (970) 259-4621.
Quarterhorse to Purgatory 8:45 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. -An Iron Horse Bicycle Classic event. Ride 25 miles from Durango to the finish line at Durango Mountain Resort. Food, fun and family activities on the plaza.
Horsemanship Clinic 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. -with Erika Roberts. Lunch included at Wilderness Trail Ranch. B&B available. 800-52-RANCH 


Sunday, May 29, 2011
Flea Market  7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. -At the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 970-385-0385
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
through Monday, May 30, 2011 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. -2500 bicycles race the train to Silverton. Come to ride or cheer on your favorite. Contact Gaige Sippy for more information: (970) 259-4621.
Narrow Gauge Races 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Pay What You Wish Day at the Discovery Museum 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. -A hands-on museum where visitors can explore science and energy topics of all kinds. Ask about the family day pass. 970-903-3901
Monday, May 30, 2011
Gunfight at the Diamond Belle Saloon 7:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. -Don’t miss a “real cowboy shootout” at 7th and Main Ave.