Ouray Colorado: Best Little Town in the San Juan Mountains

Ouray’s Best Gardens


secret garden wedding arch ouray coloradoDestination weddings in Colorado are gaining in popularity, especially in Ouray.  Ouray is the quintessential mountain town, a National Historic District in fact, that maintains its aire of sophistication yet offers a very authentic, hometown experience in the mountains of Colorado at an affordable price. 

The San Juan Mountains of southwest CO stand majestically over Ouray and provide that sense of grandeur that makes our town a real stand out for an elegant affair in the mountains.  With incredible views of mountains standing over thirteen thousand feet from every vantage point, Ouray’s scenic beauty awes most everyone.  Only 8 blocks long and 8 blocks wide, Ouray is tiny but mighty and entertains wedding parties of all sizes and it caters to many different types of weddings.  In this article, we showcase the classic outdoor garden wedding venues that Ouray has to offer.

outdoor-garden-wedding-in-ouray-coloradoThere is something so timeless about an outdoor wedding in a classic English garden. The air is sweetened with fresh cut grass and the myriad of fresh flowers that encompass the spot where you will say, “I Do”. The mood has been perfectly set with butterflies flitting from flower to flower and your guests arranged beneath a canopy of large pines and delicate aspens that are abundant in Southwest Colorado. The lush green lawn is contrasted beautifully with the length of white runway on which you make your grand entrance.

formal wedding in ourayOuray has two beautiful locations for a garden wedding. Both of these locations can do most of your wedding needs in-house and offer competitive prices whether you are looking for small and intimate or grand and elegant. That can mean big savings for couples!

A Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast:
The owner of A Secret Garden, Sara Sharpe, offers brides and grooms the opportunity to say their vows in the beautiful garden setting of her lovely Bed and Breakfast. Not only does Sara go out of her way to be a most hospitable hostess, she is also a world-class chef with over 30 years of catering experience. Her menus are designed with the bride and the groom; each event is a custom experience so you can get the desired outcome.  The entire event can be handled in house with the use of the grounds, lodging in her three distinct guestrooms, and catering that can be as casual or as formal as you like!  Her years of experience in hospitality make any wedding and reception event a remarkable experience.

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The Coachlight Restaurant:

Family owned and operated since 1968, the Coachlight is a charming restaurant off the beaten path in the heart of Ouray, CO. The property features patio and upper deck seating with 360° views of the San Juan Mountains. Not only does the restaurant offer fine catering, the upstairs features a Tavern with a full bar for the guests of your event. Darcy Sella, the owner of the Coachlight, is not only a wonderful caterer, she can make the wedding cake of your dreams as well.

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Ouray Event Planning  can assist you with planning your destination wedding in Ouray County.  They work with these vendors to ensure your destination wedding is within your budget but also includes everything you want to make it yours!  

Contact us at Ouray’s most popular lodgingand we will ensure that your guests enjoy their stay in Ouray as much as you will.

Consider Ouray, Colorado for your destination wedding! Treat your family and friends to the warmth and hospitality of small town America and the unbelievable views that can only be found in Southwest Colorado.

About the Author:  Nikki Komar works at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.  She works with many of our groups including family reunions and destination wedding couples.  She lives with her husband and four children in Ouray. 

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