Introducing the Premier Getaways Wishlist

Wishlist has launched our most luxurious category to date, Premier Getaways. The 7th Wishlist category has a higher price tag of $499, and gets you a two-night stay at gorgeous and historic properties in Colorado. Premier Getaways features resorts in some of Colorado’s most treasured mountain towns: Steamboat Springs, Estes Park, Crested Butte and Durango.

Steamboat Springs: Steamboat Springs, Colorado has been one of the state’s hidden gems for quite some time. This valley town thrives year-round, with an abundance of winter and summer activities; including skiing/snowboarding, natural hot springs, biking, river sports, air boarding, and paddle boarding. Steamboat’s expansive, powder covered mountain attracts snow enthusiasts from all over the world.

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Photo Courtesy of The Inn at Steamboat

 

The Inn at Steamboat is Wishlist’s featured Steamboat Springs resort. This boutique lodging property is located only 4 short blocks away from the base of the mountain.

 

 

 

Offer includes:

–       A two night stay in a king room, for two people

–       $50 dinner voucher to a local restaurant

–       A bottle of wine

Estes Park: Estes Park, Colorado is one of our most historic hot spot destinations. In the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, this beautiful city has so much to offer. After being hit pretty hard by the flooding this past summer, the city is back up and running. Their cute town and access to so many outdoor activities guarantees an awesome weekend away. We are fortunate enough to bring you two Premier Getaway properties in Estes Park, Colorado.

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Photo Courtesy of The Stanley Hotel

 

The Stanley Hotel is one of the most historic and famous properties in Colorado. You may recognize is as the hotel from the horror film The Shining. If you haven’t had the pleasure of staying here before, now is your chance.

 

Offer includes:

–       A two night stay, for two people.

 

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Photo Courtesy of The Estes Park Resort

 

The Estes Park Resort is a luxurious mountain resort, with the comforts of home. Expansive views of the Rocky Mountains and Lake Estes may make it hard for you to ever return home.

 

 

Offer #1 includes:

–       A two night stay in the Lake View Room

–       $50 restaurant voucher

–       A bottle of champagne

–       Chocolate covered strawberries

 

Offer #2 includes:

–       A two night stay in the Jacuzzi Suite, for 2 people. This suite has 1.5 baths, a Jacuzzi, fireplace, king bed, and balcony with a view of Lake Estes.

Crested Butte Is a former mining town. It is now most notably recognized as one of Colorado’s oldest ski towns. This smaller town plays host to a wide variety of outdoor activities, most notably skiing and mountain biking.

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Photo Courtesy of The Nordic Inn

 

The Nordic Inn is implanted in the heard of the Gunnison National Forest, one of Colorado’s best playgrounds.

 

 

Offer includes:

–       A two night stay in the signature room

Durango is tucked away in the southeast corner of Colorado. This active town offers year round activities and majestic views. Check out our previous post “Exploring Colorado: Durango” for Wishlist’s travel guide.

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Photo Courtesy of Blue Lake Ranch

 

Blue Lake Ranch is our featured premier resort in Durango. This lavish ranch sits on 80 acres off the Platte River. Offers at Blue Lake Ranch are valid from October 1st through May 31st.  Each unit sleeps up to 6 people.

 

 

Offer #1 includes:

–       A two night stay in the River House, located one mile from the main house. This rental is a southwest style cottage with a great room, full kitchen, 3 king beds, 2 bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms and a fireplace.

Offer #2 includes:

–       A two night stay in the upper or lower unit of the Spring House. This rental has two bedrooms with one king, and two twin beds, two window seat beds in living area and luxurious bathrooms. This unit sleeps 6 and has expansive mountain views.

Treat yourself or someone you care for to some time away in on of our featured premier resorts. You deserve it. We all do. So whether you would like to treat yourself, a client, employee or loved one – Premier Getaways is an ideal gift.

As always, we would love to hear about your favorite Colorado getaway. Comment below or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Turning a U-Haul & Heartbreak into Happiness

Even though we hope for the best, sometimes experiences can just go really wrong. We held a Valentine’s Day contest asking folks to share their romantic mishaps. The winner won not only a Wishlist, but also a chance to create a new memory with a romantic getaway in Colorado. We received a wide array of entries that included puke, sick children, scorned lovers and even a stollen wallet. Some made us chuckle while a few tore at our heart strings. Three finalists were selected and on the eve of Valentine’s Day, a winner was chosen.  The winning entry was by Denver local, Kendra Anderson who as an advanced sommelier and the wine director of Pasta Vino, has made a career out of  creating memorable experiences.

Kendra’s Winning Story
kendra anderson april 2012Once upon a time, many years ago, in the city of Denver, I was dumped on Valentine’sDay.  Knowing that my apartment lease was set to expire on 2/15, my boyfriend had invited me to move in with him. I agreed, and joyously packed my belongings. My boyfriend had planned a brief trip to Minneapolis for the days just preceding Valentine’s Day. He kissed me goodbye and said he couldn’t wait to come back and have me move in. I didn’t hear from him at all during his trip (there were no cell phones back then). I felt a pang of worry. Knowing his plan to be back in town by 2/14 I began calling him frantically and driving by his (and what I believed would soon be my) house, all to no avail. Valentine’s Day fell on a thursday that year; my boyfriend — a DJ — always worked Thursdays. so I jumped in my U-Haul with my pet bunny Sydney in the passenger seat, and drove to the club where he spun. I marched into the DJ booth and demanded to know what was going on. Long, sordid story short: he’d not only changed his mind about my moving in, he was breaking up with me, too.

Postscript: Kendra is now in a great relationship with a new guy and they are thrilled to have a romantic trip on a Wishlist Getaway  

Long Distance Love: Making Valentine’s Day Special for a Local Soldier

Wishlist recently had the opportunity to help make Valentine’s Day just a little bit more special for a local soldier and his wife.  Even though it’s their anniversary, Guy Morgan and his wife Leah have rarely had the chance to celebrate it together due his frequent tours of duties in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were thrilled to provide them with a Wishlist getaway of their choice for a romantic rendezvous for the couple. Take a peek at this sweet couple as featured on Fox 31 Denver.

Wishing you a getaway experience that helps close the miles between you when you’re apart Guy and Leah.

Wishlist gifts getaway to local soldier and wife

How To Transform a Romantic Mishap Into a Romantic Getaway

Wishlist is having a Valentine’s Day Contest for a chance to win a getaway. Just shareValentine's Wishlist your romantic mishap story and you might just be able to rewrite history with a romantic getaway in Colorado. To share the embarrassment I thought I’d share a story from my youth of a romantic mishap that left one person pretty scarred–maybe for life. Luckily it wasn’t me. 

A friend briefly introduced me to Joey at a Chi Chi’s. If you’re not from the midwest, let me translate. Chi Chi’s is a chain of restaurants featuring cheap mexican food and the kind of margaritas that leave you tipsy after just one. It was during the summer of my Junior year in college. He worked at Chi Chi’s as a bus boy. My friend who was a waitress there briefly introduced us. He later called her to ask for my phone number so that he could ask me out. We spoke on the phone for a few minutes but there was no date request. He then asked my friend for my address so that he could ask me out properly in person. I thought he coming over on a Tuesday but by Thursday there was no sight of him. When he called my friend late Thursday afternoon she asked him why he hadn’t asked me out.

“I did ask her out! I went to her house on Tuesday. She answered the door and I asked her out.”

Listening in, I indicated to my friend that no such thing had happened.

“C’mon. Tell the truth” my friend replied.

“I did ask her out but she said no!”

Puzzled with this news my friend quickly got off the phone and we sprang into analyzing the situation–the deep kind of conversation that girls often have about men’s behavior. Was he lying? Did he have the right address? If he asked someone out who was it?

Later that day I happened to mention it to my younger sister.

“What did he look like?”

After describing him I indicated that he was the guy who was supposed to ask me out.

“Oh! That guy did ask me out. I was wondering why he asked me out even though I had no idea who he was. He even asked me if I remembered him and I told him no. So I told him that I would not go out with him and that he should leave.”

I was stunned. I had my answer but it was perplexing. Although a year younger than me my
sister was taller, had a totally different body and short, brown hair to my long blonde hair. This guy was either blind or I didn’t seem important enough to him. Later that day my friend called his best friend to tell him what happened while I listened in. On the other end we heard the friend say to Joey, “Dude! You asked out the wrong girl!”

His response was as if he was hit by a fastball pitch to the stomach. I didn’t have the heart to confront him on it. He didn’t ask me out again. His mistake made for a good story and a laugh on my part since I never saw him as a soul mate though I’m sure he felt otherwise about the romantic mishap.