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Durango’s wine experience

April 7, 2015 by susan

The Durango Wine Experience


Are you “Experienced”?  Durango’s Wine Experience April 23-25, 2015!

Don’t you just love their tag line.  Are you Experienced?  Well, that depends on what you are talking about!  When it comes to wine I am not all that experienced except for drinking it.  Ha!   This is just what I need, three days of educational seminars, dinners and unique tastings.  In these three days hundreds of wineries, artisan spirits and craft beer will be featured.  Some from  right in our own back yard.  Walk-About Durango is the signature event that is downtown Durango.  With its multi locations, hence the walk-about part, you can be tasting both local and international spirits while wondering Main Street Durango.  Just make sure on your Walk-About you don’t end up like Mick Dundee in the middle of a New York subway!  The Walk-About Durango is April 24th from 4-7pm.  Saturday is the “Grand Tasting” with local chefs creating concoctions to pair with some of the most delicious wines, craft beers and distilleries not only local but from around the world.  Perfect for wine enthusiasts and those that want to learn more about the intricacies of wine.  Try the Walk-About, seminars, Grand Tasting all while enjoying the mountains that surround our lovely little town.

Durango in itself is the perfect destination for your wine and culinary adventures, along with all of the outdoor activities all year round.   We have multiple Wine Spectator acclaimed restaurants, including over 50 liquor-licensed establishments, is that really something to boast about?  Okay, we will as long as we have multiple accolades from the Wine Spectator.  200+ galleries, boutiques & shops. And, of course the O-Bar-O Cabins as your home away from home while you are in our little slice of heaven.  We, at O-Bar-O, promise to take good care of you during your wine experience whether you need an aspirin or not!


Experience the 9th Annual Durango Wine Experience,  April 23-25, 2015!



Winter Brunch Train, Durango

February 22, 2015 by susan

Winter Train

Winter Brunch Train March 7.  While temperatures make us feel as though we are well into spring it just isn’t the case.  It is still winter according to the calendar and Punxsutawney Phil. Didn’t he just say we had 6 more weeks of winter?  Can’t say I see it but who am I to argue with such a prestigious and accurate figure. (did you hear the sarcasm dripping from that last part?!)  Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is always a fantastic trip no matter what time of year but this particular train peeked my interest.  Winter Brunch Train, they call it.  Beautiful views and food….that I don’t have to cook? On March 7th First Class passengers receive a delicious hot brunch buffet while traveling via steam train through the pristine winter wonderland along the Animas River. Silverton is notorious for getting more snow than Durango.  So the trip should provide just the right amount of snow that you don’t need to shovel, I might add.  I can see it now, the sun gleaming off of snow untouched by anything other than the occasional animal tracks. Water rippling down its path sparkling as if it is laughing with the sun.  Pine trees dancing lightly as the wind kisses the air.  Well now, doesn’t that sound good?  Add a hot brunch to the mix and you have a real treat!  Fixin’s that pair perfectly with the outdoor scenery and maybe a great mimosa, too.  I am salivating already and it’s only February.  As the TV infomercials say “but wait there is more”….Live music by Robby Overfield will fill the air laying the back drop to this serene and scenic trip.

Chocolate Fantasia….Need I say more?

February 7, 2015 by susan

Can you imagine an entire building with just chocolate? What are these people thinking? I see stampedes, and not by cattle, by people obsessed with chocolate. Unlike, me, of course! Okay, so that may seem a little dramatic. But, hey, it’s chocolate. And what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, stuffing your mug with the most delicious chocolate you have ever tasted while helping out the puppies and kittens. Durango hosts Chocolate Fantasia every year in February with proceeds going to a selected charity. This year looks to be La Plata Humane Society. That is right up our alley and the O-Bark-O Corral. Okay, so I digress. I was talking about chocolate. The Chocolate Fantasia is an event where local chocolatiers, restaurants and even amateur chefs show their talents for us to see and taste. The aroma of chocolate will be wafting through the air tantalizing our taste buds. After much deliberation you can choose your favorite, whether it be one of our 2 chocolatiers, a restaurant or my neighbor! Durango boosts 2 local chocolate shops that makes my mouth water when passing by. Mike and I did just have some friends in from Denver. We took them downtown for lunch and then a quick stop at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. You would have thought Mike was a kid in a candy store!!! Animas Chocolate Company has very tasty chocolate and does some great molds. We could do our logo as one giant mold. Better come quickly to get a bite before Mike eats it all. Chocolate Fantasia is hosted at the La Plata Fairgrounds from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on February 17th. As they coin it “A Chocolate Sweet Tooth’s Delight”. Wow, that is a mouthful, literally. After indulging is a great taste-athon come back to your cozy cabin at the O-Bar-O and let the fire lull you to sleep.

Bring on Spring in Durango

March 12, 2014 by susan

Mike's camera 001Bring 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!

Leprechauns anticipated to visit the Durango Celtic Festival

February 27, 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.

Enjoying the Durango Silverton Train

February 6, 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 25, 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 Madness O-Bar-O style!

February 29, 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 7, 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.

Fourth of July Durango Style!

June 26, 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