Sunday, November 22, 2009

Durango, CO - Holiday Tree Lighting

Blue Lake Ranch bed and breakfast guests who are joining us for the Thanksgiving Holiday can kick off their Christmas celebration by heading into town for the annual Tree Lighting and sing along with Santa on Friday, November 27 from 5 - 8pm.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead the procession as we carol from College and Main to Buckley Park. Once we arrive at Buckley Park we will count down and light the majestic Christmas Tree. Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, kids will can have their pictures taken, and share their wish list with Santa. For more information call 970-247-0312.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stanton Englehart Exhibit at Anasazi Heritage Center

The Anasazi Heritage Center in nearby Dolores will celebrate the life and vision of renowned southwestern Colorado artist Stanton Englehart, who passed away this spring at the age of 78. The exhibit will be open from November 19, 2009, through March 27, 2010.

The exhibition, titled “Horizons,” features paintings from the private collection of the Englehart Family Trust. Curated by daughter Sharon Englehart of Mancos, a painter in her own right, the show focuses on the recurring pattern of horizons in her father’s work.

“This collection is about spaces defined by horizons,” Sharon Englehart said. “My father loved to play with the visual tension between sky and earth. The infinite quality of the horizon, and the space defined by it, creates calmness. But sometimes a foreboding foreground—forms such as large arches, canyons, and curves— creates uncertainty. To me, the paintings are visual encouragements to move forward in spite of our fears.”

The Anasazi Heritage Center show represents several styles adopted by Englehart during his long career. He is best known for his huge, luminous landscape paintings in vivid colors that evoke the inner spirit of the Four Corners and the Colorado Plateau. Paintings from earlier times, featuring different styles and materials, offer new insight.

Englehart grew up in Lewis, Colorado, about 10 miles northwest of Dolores.
After earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, he returned to the Four Corners to live and paint. He founded the art department at Fort Lewis College in Durango, and retired in 1991 after 30 years on the faculty.

Art lovers are invited and encouraged to attend a celebration and reception for the exhibit at the Anasazi Heritage Center from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. The book, Stanton Englehart: A Life on Canvas, will be available for sale in the museum’s gift shop.

The BLM Anasazi Heritage Center is located three miles west of Dolores on Colorado Highway 184. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free from November through February.

For more information, call the Center at (970) 882-5600, or visit the museum’s web site at

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blue Lake Ranch Lavender Jelly coming back soon!

Of all the delicious jams, jellies and honeys we sell here in the Trading Post, the hands down favorite is our Lavender Jelly! Made from huge bunches of lavender grown and gathered in David's gardens, this jelly has a distinct, unique taste that has guests clamoring for their own jars to set on their breakfast tables and give to friends back at home . We have been out of stock for the past several weeks but were delighted to learn today that Honeyville (Durango's very own premium honey and jelly maker!) will begin our jelly tomorrow and we should have it back in stock next week! Call to place your orders now!

Friday, November 6, 2009

San Juan Symphony Orchestra

The 2009-10 season for the San Juan Symphony Orchestra has begun and Blue Lake Ranch bed and breakfast guests find themselves with a unique opportunity to experience a wide range of musical offerings this season! The weekend of November 14-15 brings a program including Liadov, Brahms and Mahler. This innkeeper in particular is very exicted for the piano extravaganza in late February that features Tchaikovsky, Chopin (concerto no.2, opus 21 in F minor!) and Rimsky-Korsakov. Visit the Orchestra's website for more info and round out your getaway weekend with some music in the mountains!