Love at first Dance
Gavin and Lily met during their church small group in January of 2014. After a spontaneous dancing invitation in June that Summer, they started exclusively dating. Almost two years later, they've made the promise to be devoted partners in life. They're ready to make it official!
Gavin asked Lily to be his wife on November 25th. She said "yes”! It was magical. They equally share in a Christian faith, mutually trust one another and sing a life song that they had hoped to find in a future partner.
See more pictures on our Instagram feeds!
The big day
AUGUST 6, 2016
We're going to have a ceremony in Allenspark Community Church on Saturday August 6th, 2016 followed by dinner and drinks at the rustic venue, The Old Gallery. Dress formally for a mountain themed wedding, and come prepared to dance to live music!
4:30p – 5:00p
Allenspark Community Church
5:30p – 6:30p
Refreshments at The Old Gallery
6:30p – 10:00p
Dinner and Dancing at The Old Gallery
Plenty of cabins are available nearby in Allenspark and Estes Park. We also recommend our Airbnb listings near Allenspark and The Stanley.
A list of cost-efficient lodging options in Allenspark and Estes Park
333 E Wonderview Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517
Driving from Denver Airport to Allenspark
Getting to Allenspark from Denver takes a little over an hour. If you're arriving Friday and plan to stay the whole weekend, there is plenty to do.
The Old Gallery
The walk from the church to the old gallery takes 3 minutes. But, just in case this is where the reception is taking place.
DINING AND ACTIVITIES
Allenspark, Estes Park and Lyons, CO
There are many ways to enjoy the Rockies and to experience Colorado while you are in the area. Below are tips for hiking, boating, golf, and of course eating.
There are a number of easy trails in the Allenspark area. The Wild Basin entrance (fee area) to Rocky Mountain National Park, next to the Wild Basin Lodge, has a trail that takes you along the St. Vrain River to Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades and Ouzal Falls. There are also many free National Forest trails, including the Allenspark Trail, in the area. Stop by The Old Gallery on Highway 7 for a free map of trails in the area.
Between Allenspark and Estes Park along Highway 7, there is the Long’s Peak Trailhead with an easy hike to Eugenia Mine, an old mining site. Farther along towards Estes Park you will find the Lily Lake, with an easy trail around the lake. This is a good spot for a picnic and fishing, too.
The Visitors’ Center and main entrance for Rocky Mountain National Park are located in Estes Park. You can get free information and maps at the visitors’ center, and there are interesting displays and a gift shop there. Rangers can suggest easy hikes, but some that we enjoy are the Bear Lake Trail system, the Gem Lake trail, and Sprague Lake. Longer but beautiful hikes from the Glacier Gorge trailhead will take you to some of the parks most beautiful high mountain lakes.
Brainard Lake Recreation Area
( fee area) About 13 miles south of Allenspark on Highway 72, this recreation area provides beautiful views from the car, picnic areas and accessible lake and river fishing. Easy trails to Long Lake, and a more strenuous 3 mile hike to Lake Isabel are there.
Fly fishing and fishing with artificial lures is allowed along both the North and South St. Vrain Rivers, and the Big Thompson River in Estes Park. Many areas are catch and release. Children under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license. Short term fishing licenses and regulations are available at any sporting goods store in Estes Park. For guided fly fishing, contact Kirk’s Flyshop in Estes Park at 970-577-0790 or 877-669-1859. Lake fishing equipment is available for rent at the Lake Estes Marina at 970-586-2011. For a guaranteed catch for the kids, try Trout Haven Ranch on Moraine Avenue in Estes Park (970-586-5525). It’s pricey, but worth the memories and the photos!
Estes Valley Recreation has an 18 hole course and a 9 hole course located in Estes Park. Estes Park Golf Course, 18 holes, is located at 1480 Golf Course Road and has a restaurant that is open for breakfast and lunch. Call (970-586-8146 or 866-586-8146 for a tee time up to 7 days in advance. The Lake Estes 9 Hole Golf Course can be reached at (970-586-8176).
Half-day, full-day, breakfast and chuck wagon dinner rides are available from Allenspark Livery (303-747-2551), Wild Basin Livery (303-747-2222), Meeker Park Lodge (303-747-2266), Peaceful Valley Ranch (303-747-2881) and Aspen Lodge Ranch (970-586-8133). There are also many stables located in Estes Park.
Four wheel bikes, tandem bikes, regular bikes and child carriers for bikes are available for rent at Lake Estes Marina in Estes Park. (970-586-2011)
Fishing boats, pontoon boats, paddleboats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the Lake Estes Marina (970-586-2011).
The closest rafting company is Rocky Mountain Adventures in Estes Park (970-586-6191). Other rafting companies out of Fort Collins, rafting the Poudre River, are A1Wildwater (800-369-4165) and Mountain Whitewater Descents (970-419-0917).
Scenic Drives and Sightseeing
Drive toward Estes Park from Allenspark on Highway 7 to see the historic Catholic chapel at St. Malo Retreat Center. A beautiful photo opportunity.
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest highway in the continental United States, rising to an elevation of more than 12,000 feet in altitude at the Continental Divide. It is truly one of the most breathtaking (in more ways than one) drives in the country. You can drive to the divide, where there is a visitors’ center and snack bar, and come back to Estes Park in about 3 hours, or take a day trip over to Grand Lake on the western slope of the Rockies.
The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway follows Highways 7, 72, and 119 from Estes Park to Black Hawk, CO. You can start in Allenspark and go south to Highway 72, passing through the towns of Ward and Nederland, stopping for lunch in Nederland, and for a ride on the carousel. Leaving Nederland, continue on Highway 72 to the junction of Highway 119 through Rollinsville to BlackHawk and Central City, where you can gamble your fortune away in mountain mining towns converted to casino towns. Drive from Allenspark to Nederland: 40 minutes. Nederland to BlackHawk: 40 minutes.
Take the Gondola in Estes Park to the top of the hill to get a 365 degree view of the Estes Valley. Gift shop, and lots of birds and chipmunks to feed up there. $10 per person. Pricey for the experience, but maybe fun once in a lifetime.
Allenspark: Stop by The Old Gallery on Highway 7 to see and buy local artists’ works, buy cards and postcards, talk to locals, play on the playground, or use your cell phone or computer. Free Wi-Fi and cell phone service available on the porch if the gallery is not open. Drop in and browse Distant Harbors on Business highway 7 in Allenspark, where you’ll find wonderful gifts, collectibles, cards, jewelry, and clothing.
Nederland: Fun shops to browse, nice restaurants, and a wonderful refurbished carousel with hand-carved animals for kids young and old to ride….by a local artist. Stop by Wild Bill’s in the train cars for old fashioned candy and coffee drinks made to order. Or go across the street to the ice cream shop for a cold cone.
Estes Park: One long street and more of shops, shops, shops…your typical tourist town with everything you could possibly want. If you are an outdoorsman, don’t miss the discount outdoor store on the edge of town, out on Highway 34. Or if you need a book to read, stop by the library where you can take a book from the yellow shelf in the library…no need to return! Movie theatre, grocery store and the historic and haunted Stanley Hotel, where The Shining was filmed. Miniature golf, go-carts, bungee jumping, and a giant slide are also available in Estes Park.
We like Mary’s Lake Lodge on Mary’s Lake Road south of town off Highway 7, Peak to Peak American Grille on Highway 7, The Dunraven Inn on Highway 66 (Italian) , The Grubsteak on Elkhorn(for buffalo and elk burgers), and Orlando’s Steak House on Elkhorn above The Wheel Bar, Chicago’s Best Pizza on Elkhorn, Smokin’ Daves Barbeque on Moraine Avenue, and Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant on Elkhorn. We’d steer you away from Ed’s Cantina and the Chinese restaurants.
Nederland: Several pub style restaurant/bars with a good Indian/Nepali restaurant called Kathmandu.
Lyons, Colorado, 17 miles east of Allenspark down Highway 7, is home of some of America’s best Bluegrass musicians. Live music performances by local musicians and by traveling independent musicians are held at OscarBlues Restaurant in Lyons on most summer evenings, starting at 9:00. There is usually a small cover charge. For a schedule of August performances, go to www.oskarblues.com
Mary’s Lake Lodge in Estes Park also has live music most summer nights. Call (970-586-5958 for information.
For information about live music happening in August in Estes Park, go to http://friendsoffolk.com A variety of music, not just folk, will be listed.
Dining in Allenspark
The Meadow Mountain Café
Home Cooked Food to Order
Everything is DELICIOUS! Take Out Available
Open 7 to 2 (303-747-2541)
Tapestry of Life Coffee House
Coffee, Wine, Beer
Sandwiches, Pastries, Soup
Wi-Fi and Live Music Thursday through Saturday
Check for summer hours (303-747-2838)
Open for Dinner
Fine Gourmet Dining ($$$)
Reservations Required (303-747-2556)
Peaceful Valley Ranch
East of Allenspark on Highway 72 toward Nederland
Serving Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner and Sunday Brunch to the public
Call 303-747-2881 for information
Aspen Lodge Bar and Restaurant
Between Allenspark and Estes Park on Highway 7
Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner to the public
Call 970-586-8133 for information