Top Picks for a Crystal River Valley Retreat with the Girls
Ah, the Crystal River Valley: close enough for a last-minute getaway, yet far enough for real adventure and relaxation. For years, the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway (aka Highway 133) has led locals into the high-country wonderland south of Carbondale and beckoned us to stay awhile. The month of May ushers in the beginning of the area’s best time to visit, when Redstone and Marble come alive with the bustle and beauty of the warm season. Planning a Mother’s Day escape, bachelorette weekend, or just a fun excuse to hang out with the ladies in your life? Gather up your girls for a quick getaway and let the rushing Crystal River, sparkling mountaintops, and small-town hospitality do the rest.
Beaver Lake Lodge & Cabins
Marble | BeaverLakeLodge.com | 970.963.2504
For a truly authentic mountain town experience, stay in one of the lodge’s century-old marble quarry workers’ cabins. Updated for modern comfort, Cabin Two accommodates up to five guests and includes a full kitchen.
Slow Groovin’ BBQ
Marble | SlowGroovinBBQ.com | 970.963.4090
Slow Groovin’ is the ultimate local BBQ mecca, serving hefty portions of the best stuff around. Chill on the deck with your gals and share sandwiches or platters of St. Louis ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, or smoked salmon.
Redstone Inn Bar
Redstone | RedstoneInn.com | 970.963.2526
After a day of exploring, your group can recharge with a drink at the wonderful Redstone Inn. Get classy with wine or sassy with blueberry margaritas!
Tiffany of Redstone
Redstone | Tiffany-Of-Redstone.business.site | 970.963.1769
Antiquers, junkers, and home-fixer-uppers love this shop for its wonderful vintage curiosities, jewelry, decor, furniture, architectural salvage, and other unusual finds. With treasures packed from floor to ceiling, it’s perfect for picking up a unique souvenir.
Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs
Redstone | AvalancheRanch.com | 970.963.2846
Worries melt away in these gorgeous tiered natural hot springs pools at the ever-charming Avalanche Ranch. Day visitors are welcome to soak by reservation only, so be sure to call ahead.