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Whether you are planning a small, intimate wedding or a wedding gathering for hundreds of your friends and family, Winter Park has some beautiful settings that are perfect for tying the knot. Some reasons why Winter Park is a great environment to start the next stage of your life with your one and only:

  • the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains
  • the blue sky and gentle breezes
  • the beauty of the natural wildflowers
  • the sound of the nearby stream or river
  • the mountain lake surrounded by stunning peaks
  • the wild moose and foxes running by nearby
  • the multitude of activities to keep everyone entertained

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Weddings

One of the most beautiful and popular sites for a weddings in Winter Park is Devil’ Thumb Ranch. The wedding specialists at Devil’s Thumb Ranch have been providing dream-like weddings for years. I hear it can be really expensive, but I’ve only heard good feedback from those that experience a wedding there.

Ceremony and Reception Rooms

The amazing 2,900 square foot Broad Axe Barn is where they host receptions for 50 to 100 people. It has 25 foot ceilings, huge windows and an authentic and romantic feel. Interestingly, it is a barn that was built at an Indiana Farm during the civil war days, which has been beautifully refurbished and restored to it’s original condition (with some modern touches in decor).

They use the  Timber House for more intimate weddings, perfect for a small reception of up to 30 people. It has amazing views, 240 degrees-worth to be precice, since most of the walls are glass, and it opens up to a huge deck.

Spa Facilities

They also have a brand-new state-of-the-art spa for some serious pre-wedding pampering. Even the changing rooms are so nice, I could just hang out there in the comfy robe (provided) and use the rain-drop shower and steam room and be completely satisfied.  They have all sorts of fancy treatments that are perfect for the bride and her maids, like hot stone massage, facials and steam treatments.

Rachel’s Pool and Outdoor Jacuzzi has a pond-shaped pool that is both indoor and outdoor, plus an outdoor hot tub to melt away muscle tension. Beautiful river stones line both the pool and hot tub with views of the Continental Divide, so you feel like you are right in the middle of nature.


One of the best restaurants in the area is here at the Ranch. Aptly named the Ranch House Steakhouse, the delicious meals served here are prepared by a well-known chef with only the freshest ingredients, organic beef and pork and all home-made sauces.

The newest restaurant, Heck’s Tavern, serves more casual (and affordable) fare in a rustic room with high-ceilings and a huge wood-burning fireplace right smack in the middle.

Then there is John L.’s Wine Cellar & Uncorking Room, where you can have a private special dinner for two to twelve people. The beams and wine racks that surround the room are made of original growth cherry wood from New York and hold hundreds of bottles of wine.

More at the Ranch…

There are tons of trails here for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Fly-fishing can be done on site, with professiona guides at your service. You can even take advantage of the Cabin Creek Stables for horseback rides, wagon rides or even riding lessons.  I’ve seen lots of wedding photos from Devil’s Thumb Ranch that feature their horses, too.

Another noteworthy tidbit is that Devil’s Thumb Ranch is very committed to the environment and practices sustainable building practices. They even received an EPA Award in 2004 for Environmentally Sensitive Remodeling and Expansion. One of my favorite method’s they use is geothermal heat for heating their water and buildings by using the earth’s own natural heat. They also use a water sand filtration system, partner with local farmers who also work to protect the environment and are committed to finding green solutions for other improvements.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch is a great place to get married. You can contact them at 800-933-4339 or download a wedding brochure for more information. More Winter Park Wedding Ideas will be posted on our blog over the next several weeks – stay tuned!

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