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Colorado is full of fun and history packed events for the holiday weekend. Celebrate by getting outdoors for some fresh air. Check out this list for fantastic, family entertainment near the Denver are.

Colorado Springs
Broadmoor Hotel
1 Lake Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(800) 755-5011
www.broadmoor.com

Kick off the start of summer in Colorado Springs and stay at the historic Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor is just outside of downtown Colorado Springs and a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The main building of the elegant five-star resort was built in 1916 and models the exquisite hotels of Europe. The hotel is offering packages for the weekend that include a three night stay, dining credit, horseback riding and more.

While enjoying beautiful Colorado Springs, visit the historic town of Old Colorado City. Historic Old Colorado City will be hosting its 40th annual, Territory Days, which is a three day celebration honoring our heroes. There will be awesome live music from Mickey Guyton, Justice League, Southern Belle, food vendors and much more. This a free family-friendly event and plenty of children’s activities will be available. Gather at Bancroft Park on Monday May 25 for the “National Moment of Remembrance,” at 3 p.m. to honor our fallen heroes. Free parking is also available.

Georgetown
Georgetown Mountain Inn
1100 Rose St.
Georgetown, CO 80444
(303) 569-3201
www.georgetownmountaininn.com

Spend this Memorial Day holiday in the quintessential mountain city of Georgetown. The small town offers everything for a pleasurable, Colorado-style vacation with awesome shopping and dining, white water rafting, informative historical tours, an antique locomotive, horse drawn carriage rides, and a cozy mountain inn with clean and comfortable rooms. Visit the Dusty Rose Tea Room for an authentic, Victorian afternoon tea or Georgetown Valley Candy Company for some homemade treats. On May 25, the Clear Creek County Veterans Coalition will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony and Wreath Laying at 12 p.m. in Library Park in Georgetown.

Stay at Keystone, Party at A-Basin
Keystone Resort
100 Dercum Square
Keystone, CO 80435
(970) 496-4386
www.keystoneresort.com

Arapahoe Basin
28194 US Hwy 6
Keystone, CO 80435
http://arapahoebasin.com/

Head up to the mountains this Memorial Day weekend for some spring skiing and beer tasting at Arapahoe Basin in Summit County and find a place to spend the night just minutes away at Keystone Resort. Summit County is renowned for its world-class skiing and A-Basin is the among the last ski resorts in North America to close because of its extremely high altitude of more than 13,000 feet. On May 24, join A-Basin for their 14th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs. The festivities take place from noon to 4 p.m. where you can sample suds from eleven local breweries while enjoying music from Funky Johnson. Tickets are $30 and VIP tickets for an intimate tasting and talk session with the brewers is $55. Portions of this year’s event will benefit Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment.

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Buena Vista
Cottonwood Hot Springs
18999 County Road 306
Buena Vista, CO 81211
(719) 395-6434
www.cottonwood-hot-springs.com

Buena Vista is another small but beautiful Colorado town with many fun activities. The Cottonwood Hotsprings and Hotel is the perfect place to relax and let the beneficial natural minerals work on your muscles. Adorable creek-side cabins are available and there is also a newly remodeled hotel. There are a number of convenient campgrounds in the area. Grab an old school burger and malt at K’s Dairy Delite. After, head over to the drive-in movie theater to complete the perfect day. Visit the adjacent town of Salida on Saturday and Sunday for their annual Bluegrass on the Arkansas Festival.

Telluride
Wildwood Canyon Inn
627 W. Colorado Ave.
Telluride, CO 81435
(877) 332-1275
www.wildwoodcanyoninn.com

Telluride is another spectacular mountain town for a holiday weekend. The slopes may be closed but there is more fun to be had. The gondola opens for the summer season just in time for the holiday weekend on May 21. Enjoy a scenic gondola ride and get some fresh mountain air while witnessing sweeping vistas and majestic mountains. The mountain town has a host of exciting and relaxing activities to partake in like hiking, biking, camping, art classes or enjoying terrific restaurants. Stay at the Wildwood Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast. The building was designed to fit in with the turn of the century era edifices on Main Street. The hotel décor is also old Colorado style. While in Telluride for the weekend, stop by the annual Mountainfilm in Telluride film fest May 22 through 25. The screening shows independent documentary films from around the world.

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Kristin Mason is a culinary professional and degree-holding chef living in Breckenridge, Colorado. She enjoys traveling and sharing her love of food through her writings. Her experience includes writing for the local Summit Daily News as well as other publications online and in print as a freelance writer. Read more on Examiner.com.

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