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Durango, Top 10 Christmas town in the USA

December 7, 2015 by susan

Western wonderland

Western wonderland at the O-Bar-O.


Yep, that is what Durango is.  A top 10 Christmas town, in December, that is!  We are on the incredible elite list with only 9 other select towns in the whole USA to share this honor.  What qualifies a Christmas town, you might ask?  Well, to be honest I am not really sure but here is my story and I’m stickin’ to it.  First of all you have to have snow.  What is Christmas without snow?  I am sure our counterparts in say, Florida, might disagree but in my book you must have snow.  This will be our 7th winter in Durango and at the O-Bar-O and I can say we have always had a white Christmas,  makes me think of Bing Crosby and that baritone voice of his whenever someones says white Christmas (it is currently playing while I am writing this!).  It usually starts to snow in earnest by the middle of December.  Mike and I tease about how there is a light switch that is turned on the 14th or 15th of December and turns off about the 15th of March.  Snow seems to simply set the mood for a magical Christmas.  Next might be the festive nature of the town itself.  Of course downtown and all the great ships are decked to the max.  O-Bar-O is no exception.  Our cabins are fit to host the best Christmas with decorations both inside and out and Christmas lights everywhere!  Did I mention that there would be snow?  I believe the last qualifier would be the activities.  What better way to start the season on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge train (durangotrain.com).  The train cars are decorated for the season carrying passengers on it’s daily trips to Cascade Falls and back.  The Polar Express train is a shorter trip for all ages.  Dress in your best jammies and don’t forget your blanky for that trip.  I have heard, but not confirmed, that DSNG is also doing a cut your own tree train.  What a blast to ride up in the winter wonderland, cut the perfect tree all while seeing God’s beautiful country.  If I were lacking in the tree department, which I am not, I would definitely take that trip.  Purgatory is celebrating 50 years this season.  Skiing is not necessarily an activity specific to a top 10 Christmas town but it doesn’t hurt, right?  This year I think Mike and I will try this next one.  Horse drawn sleigh ride.  Doesn’t that sound so dreamy?  Did I mention there would be snow all around with the horses taking you on a ride, gliding over the snow covered valleys looking at the snow-capped peaks, while you are buried under a ton of blankets (well, that would be me) and your hot chocolate to keep you warm.

So there you have it.  As Christmas brings about the dreams of Sugar Plum Fairy’s and candy canes remember that Durango has all the magic of Christmas  wrapped up into on great package.  The perfect accommodations to top off the trip of course, The O-Bar-O!  Did I mention there would be snow at our place?  What better place than a top 10 Christmas town to provde the perfect setting of festivities and fun to get you into the season and creating the perfect Christmas with you and yours.

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.