Dream Wedding: Rustic Mountain Resort

Dunton Hot Springs is a dream come true. Whether you’re looking for a summer escape or a winter wonderland, this destination wedding locale is an absolute stunner. Located in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, across from Telluride (about 1 hour away), Dunton Hot Springs is a ghost town turned luxury wilderness resort. The 5-star cabins and spa include such features as private hot springs, waterfalls, and cold plunges. Guests at the resort have access to hiking, fishing, yoga, and the famous hot springs.

Dunton Hot Springs is a dream come true. Whether you’re looking for a summer escape or a winter wonderland, this destination wedding locale is an absolute stunner. Located in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, across from Telluride (about 1 hour away), Dunton Hot Springs is a ghost town turned luxury wilderness resort. The 5-star cabins and spa include such features as private hot springs, waterfalls, and cold plunges. Guests at the resort have access to hiking, fishing, yoga, and the famous hot springs.

While the beauty and charm of the resort is undeniable, you may know from our Aruba installment that my #1 concern for LGBTQ+ weddings is the safety of the happy couple and their guests. Dunton Hot Springs presents an incredibly novel solution to potential problem—they encourage you to rent out the entire town.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The rustic Colorado wedding of your dreams is not only available, but it comes with the option of complete exclusivity and the ability to populate the former mining village with no one but your dearest family and friends. Talk about a safe space.

Their wedding information states:

“Renting the town allows you exclusive use of all that Dunton boasts: the original Dancehall & Saloon, Bathhouse, The Pony Express Yoga Studio, The West Fork Boxing Gym, our very own open air chapel, two spa treatment cabins, and 13 hand-hewn luxury cabins, each unique in size, charm and character from the next. Town Rental includes rooming accommodations and all meals for up to 44 guests. More intimate weddings, elopements and vow renewals are also picturesque at Dunton. Favorite ceremony sites have included the chapel, waterfall, and nearby meadows.”

Yes, I can see how the waterfall might be a fan favorite.

What is a wedding without first class food a drink? A potentially uncomfortable family reunion, that’s what—but Dunton Hot Springs has all of your culinary bases covered. The kitchen is completely organic with chefs that work closely with a network of local organic farms and ranches to source the ingredients for their imaginative cuisine, including organic peaches, pears, plums, local grass-fed lamb, and wild Boletus and Chanterelle mushrooms. Custom meals are available from casual bar-b-qs to formal plated dinners.

Fellow Wine-aficionados prepare to fall in love with this place. In their own words,

“Complement your meals with a wide range of wines from our very own Sutcliffe Vineyard out of McElmo Canyon. Our wine cellar also includes first growth Bordeauxs, California masterpieces, super Tuscans and lusty Aussie favorites. Local beers and a vast selection of liquors are also served to please.”

Join me in a moment of fantasy and immerse yourself in this suggested itinerary and sample menu provided by their on-site wedding professionals:

Four Day Itinerary

Day 1
15:00 Guests are arriving at Dunton Hot Springs. Team will great and accompany to their respective cabins where wedding favors will be awaiting them in their room
18:00 Welcome cocktail party on the Saloon Deck with a casual get-together BBQ – Western / Cowboy dress encouraged
21:00 Line dancing classes in the dance hall
22:00 Post Dinner smores by the fire-pits outside the saloon
Day 2
8:00 – 10:00 Breakfast in the Saloon
10:00 Morning Activities
13:00 Lunch in the saloon
15:00 Afternoon activities & Lawn games
18:00 Cocktails in the saloon
19:00 4 course wine dinner, paired with wines from our winery, Sutcliffe Vineyards (each wine presented by Joe Buckel, the Wine Maker)
22:00 Late-night soaking in the hot-springs
Day 3
8:00 – 10:00 Breakfast in the Saloon
10:00 Morning Activities including the “Groom’s fishing group”
13:00 Lunch in the saloon
13:00 Light lunch with finger sandwiches, fruit and champagne for the bridal party in the Yoga Studio
16:30 Guests meet at the chapel with harpist playing welcome music
16:45 – 17:15 Ceremony
17:30 Special Bridal cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres
18:30 4 course wedding dinner in the dance hall
20:30 Cutting of the cake in the Saloon
21:30 First dance in the Dance Hall, followed by lots of dancing and partying!
Day 4
8:00 – 10:00 Breakfast in the Saloon
11:00 Departure

(All menus can be customized)

Four Day Itinerary

Friday Night

BBQ BUFFET on the fire: House Smoked Ribs, Smoked Pork Loin, Smoked Flank Steak, Smoked Chicken Quarters, Grilled Ginger Brined Corn on the Cob, Fresh Bread (for sandwiches if desired, Smoked Fig & Tarragon BBQ Sauce, Braised Swiss Chard & Salt Pork, Grilled Jalapeño Corn Bread, Baby Mixed Green Salad, Grilled Plumb Pie

Fish Option – Grilled Grouper and grilled vegetable skewers

**Smores at the fire**

Saturday

Breakfast 7:30AM – 9:30AM BUFFET

Grilled Eggs Benedict, Local Smoked Seafood’s, Bacon & Sausage, Soft Scrambled Eggs, Lavender French Toast, Assorted Fresh Muffins & Pastries, Fresh Yogurt & Homemade Granola

*** Lots of berries / fresh fruit***

NOON BUFFET (Casual seating around saloon & Deck):

Course One – Smoked Chicken & Whole Grain Noodle Soup

Course Two – Grilled Greyer Cheese & Heirloom Tomato Sandwich, Heirloom Tomato Bisque, Organic Baby Green Salad,

Course Three – Homemade Coconut Ice-Cream Sandwich, Chocolate-Chip Cookies

(Wedding) 4:00PM Cocktail Hour – Handcrafted Cocktails and Passed Appetizers:

Petite passed appetizers that compliment Dinner menu (not too heavy as dinner will be substantial)

5:00PM Plated Dinner:

Course One – Wild Mushroom Dark Chocolate Bisque

Course Two – Chilled Petit Green Pea, Watercress & Bing Cherry Salad, Parmesan Mint Aioli, Rendered Pancetta

Course Three –Roasted Pink Salt Foam Encrusted Texan Bison Striploin, Roasted Red Beets, Grilled Wild Asparagus, Bison Couscous

Or

Course Three –Roasted golden Tile Fish with a fresh herb & vanilla bean butter sauce

Or

Course Three –Fontina Cheese Risotto Croquettes

Course Four – Tiered Wedding Cake

 Sunday

Breakfast – Brunch 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM BUFFET:

Roasted Beef Top Round, Roasted Ham, Cheese Quiche, Local Smoked Meats, Bacon & Sausage, Soft Scrambled Eggs, Root Vegetable Hash, Black Berry Waffles, Assorted Fresh Muffins & Pastries, Fresh Yogurt & Homemade Granola

*** Lots of berries / fresh fruit***

NOTE: Meals (with the exception of your reception) are served family style in the Saloon.  Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am, Lunch is at 1pm, and in the evening, cocktails and appetizers are served in the Saloon at 6:30pm with dinner between 7:30pm-8:00pm.

:: SWOONS::

Nuts and Bolts:

Party Size: Up to 44 guests can stay on the property.

Travel: Guests fly into one of several airports in the area, which include Telluride and Cortex. From there you can arrange for the resort to pick you up, or you can rent a car to explore the area.

Cost: A “Town Buy-Out” will give you and your guests exclusive access to the entire property, as discussed above. The rates are as follows…

Summer/Fall: $25,000/night with a three-night minimum

Winter/Spring: $19,000/night with a two-night minimum

In conclusion, I’d just like to say: Please get married here. You can send my invitation to Britney@pridepocket.org

Contact Dunton Hot Springs at 877-288-9922 or reservations@duntonlife.com 

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Britney Achin
Britney Achin
Britney C. Achin is the owner of www.coven.business, a web based consulting and project management company, as well as a published poet who has worked as a professional singer, actress, and model. Britney attended Phillips Academy of Andover and The George Washington University, and worked in Hospitality Management/Consulting to start her career. She loves red wine, politics, and qwoc.