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Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of sketchandtravel.com is pleased to have as our guest, Anne Barney PR Specialist who represents Durango, Colorado.

Good day Anne and thanks for participating in our interview.


Anne, please tell our readers something about yourself and what are you responsibilities as PR Specialist for Durango Colorado?


I work, live and play in Durango, Colorado. As the Public Relations Specialist for Durango Area Tourism Office. I tell people and the media all the wonderful things there are to do in our town.


Where is Durango Colorado and could you tell us something about its topography and climate?


Located in the southwestern corner of Colorado, the .Four Corners, we are at 6,512 feet above sea level. Durango captures the best of the Rockies the Rugged and picturesque San Juana and La Plata Mountains form a breathtaking contrast to the crystal clear blue sky. We boast 300 plus days of sunshine a year. We have numerous blue ribbon rivers that cut through the canyons and carved valleys-they include the Animas, Florida, La Plata and Los Pinos rivers. The area enjoys plentiful snowfall to blanket the slopes of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. Durango enjoys a unique balance of all the climatic environments that Colorado has to offer moderate temperatures and summer temperatures that seldom climb above the high eighties. Fall brings the promise of Indian Summer and clear, dry, cool days. Winters are generally mild, sunny and dry. Most of the snowfall is the higher elevations so snow removal is only an occasional chore!


As a romantic getaway destination, would you recommend Durango? If so, could you name and describe six unique romantic getaway destinations in and around Durango? Why are they romantic?


There is so much to do and so easy to have privacy!

*** Wilderness Trails Ranch-a western ranch near Vallecito Lake, private cabins, gourmet food, and plenty of activities. Easy to get into Durango for a night on the town-a classy western experience. The leisurely pace of a working ranch with 5 star service and amenities! Awaken to the distant song of a coyote and sleep to the sound of silence.

***Nobody's Inn-a downtown experience, includes a stay at this new inn! Access to biking, galleries, restaurants, etc. A small, boutique-type inn for an alternate experience to standard hotel chain. Nobody's Inn is a collection of eclectic rooms right in the heart of small-town Durango. Small and cozy, Nobody's Inn is situated on the second floor of a fully-restored 110 year old building. Rooms are spacious, unique, and full of oddities and rarities: antiques, pot-belly stoves, and hardware from the turn of the century.

Each room also offers comfortable furnishings, fully-equipped kitchens, private bathrooms, central air, cable TV and high-speed wireless internet.

***Durango Mountain Resort-enjoy slope-side accommodations for wonderful summer or winter activities at Durango Mountain Resort. A 25 minute drive from town and minutes from the best mountain activities. Enjoy fine dining and in the summer Music in the Mountains has numerous performances!

***Tall Timber Resort- accessible by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or Helicopter-this is a remote getaway. Plenty of activities including Tree Top Adventures soaring in the tree canopy above the forest floor. Fabulous meals, privacy and all the amenities you can ask for. A favorite of high profile people who want privacy from the press and hectic pace of life.

***Strater Hotel- the historic hotel is a favorite! This hotel transports you back a century when Durango was a lively mining town. Located in the heart of Durango with access to fine dining, the steam train, galleries and more. A Victorian landmark in Durango and the World's largest collection of American-Victorian walnut antiques!

***Mesa Verde- enjoy the ancient cliff dwellings, amazing views and wonderful accommodations and food at our local National Park. Celebrating its centennial this year there is plenty to see and do. Located 45 minutes from Durango in a pristine park location. Lodging right in the park's spacious park that lacks the throngs of tourist crowds.

***Please let me add one more -Apple Orchard Inn- a Four Diamond Award Inn with AAA. Total luxury and escape just north of Durango. There are six fairytale-like cottages nestled in meticulously landscaped gardens. A Bead and breakfast that offers total luxury and escape.


As a follow up to the last questions, are there any unique wedding venues in the Durango area where people solemnize their marriage such as museums, trains, etc?


Wedding venues are very unique and there are a wide range of offers. They range from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad-they have a museum and a beautiful, restored glass top car that would be very romantic! Blue Lake Ranch has an incredible wedding venue-a meadow and lodge with the backdrop of the La Plata mountains. Durango Mountain Resort for a mountain-top service. Double Tree Hotel located on the Animas River is also a wonderful location in town for weddings. We have plenty of wonderful caterers and restaurants to choose from for food and service.


Can you tell our readers something about Durango's cultural activities?


Wow! There is so much to offer in Durango! Durango's claim to be an artistically-inspired town was made official after appearing in John Villani's 100 Best Arts Towns in America. The vast range of Durango's visual arts has been nationally recognized by Mr. Villani and the artist community partially due to its influential injection of Hispanic and Native American heritages. Fort Lewis College is located in Durango and they have the Community Concert Hall that attracts high profile performances from music to acrobats and everything in between. Visitors are often surprised by the depth of fine arts available in Durango. Durango galleries carry a diverse selection of mediums and genres in the work of local, regional, national and international artists. Some of these artistic works include:

Contemporary fine art consisting of fused glass, sculpture, jewelry, watercolor, pastel, oil and mixed media paintings,

A fascinating treasury of Indian arts, weavings and southwestern works of museum quality due to their authenticity,

Contemporary western and American Indian artists are represented with sculptures, pottery, baskets and one-of-a-kind home furnishings,

Fine art photography in both color and black and white with galleries presenting photographs from the local four-corner area and around the world,

An allure of gold, silver, precious stones and bronze transformed into sculpture and custom jewelry, and

Antique and modern glass artworks from hot glass fusing to authentic Tiffany stained glass.

Durango is home to a national treasure for Indian studies' Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. The Center was created as a museum and research facility at the college and is open to the public. The Center focuses on the Four Corners region and includes over 8,000 artifacts, 16,000 volumes and numerous periodicals, and 500 special collections dating from prehistory to the present.

Durango Arts Center (DAC), a non-profit arts association, is an artistic center of influence in the town, offering monthly fine arts exhibits featuring local and regional artists, art classes, juried-exhibits and a newly-opened, hands-on paint bar for children and adults.

Art isn't only found in Durango galleries downtown, Durango is dotted with numerous displays of public art.


How easy or difficult is it to travel to Durango and once there to travel around the area?


Getting here is a scenic drive or easy flight--Durango offers 14 flights daily and additional winter service for Durango Mountain Resort. We are 3 hours from Albuquerque and about 7 from Denver. The Durango T Local Transit Service has historic Trolley and buses to get around town. Car rental is a very convenient option for air travelers.


Does Durango have any unique cuisine and if so, please tell us something about it?


It is local lore that we have more restaurants per person than San Francisco. Simmering and sauting well above sea level is a culinary delight. Succulent raspberries from the high meadows are magically transformed into berry tarts with lemon curd; grand burritos with marinated free-range chicken, lime-cilantro rice, Mexican-style pinto beans, mango-habanero salsa and grilled vegetables; sushi selections of tempura shrimp with cucumber topped with unagi, avocado, crab and tobbiko--drizzled with eel sauce; grass-fed beef grilled to perfection and served with garlic mashers; pork tenderloin with green tomatillo sauce and French goat cheese. Welcome to the culinary haven of Durango, Colorado!

Known for Olympic and national champion athletes, outdoor adventures and breathtaking views, Durango is also making its mark in the culinary field. The restaurant choices, quality of food and depth of menu selections in this town population 16,000, challenge the culinary offerings of any metropolitan hub. From sushi to Himalayan, classic French to American-Southwest, Durango is a hotbed for cuisines that blend the best from around the world.


What kind of accommodations can one expect in the Durango area-price wise and comfort?


There is a full range from budget hotels to Bed and Breakfast to high end full service hotels. Summer is high season with rates from $45 to $200. Fall colors and winter skiing offer lower rates. You can find some of your favorite chains and an incredible assortment of locally owned hotels and inns.


Is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered?


You will find that Durango is the kind of town you daydream about and after you spend a few days here you'll find out what the locals already know: this is a REAL town. The scenery is awe-inspiring and there are endless ways to reinvigorate, rejuvenate and relax. Durango has many claims to fame: from Mountain Bike Mecca to Best Water Town in the West; best scenic train ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to most friendly vacation and ski town; superb restaurants and dining to most outdoor adventures! You will come as a visitor and leave as a local -we look forward to your visit! Thank you.

Thanks once again Anne.

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