Ritz-Carlton hotel combines beverages, naturalist programs

(outdoor fireplace surrounded by seats)

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, which is open during the full months of April and May for the first time in almost a decade, is buzzing with new naturalist program activities, wellness offerings and beyond.

As part of the resort’s signature Naturalist Program, led by the resort’s own resident naturalists, the hotel encourages guests to learn and explore the surrounding Colorado beauty with the following offerings that feature beverages:

Whiskey and Woodburning: Using a woodburning tool, guests can etch a custom design or use letters and numbers to brand a special message into a set of rustic aspen wood coasters or a cutting board. During the process, participants can indulge in a flavorful whiskey cocktail or try out the resort’s specialty Bachelor’s Bourbon on the rocks. The $40 cost includes the first whiskey or bourbon drink and all project supplies.

Lager and Leatherworking: Guests can indulge in the spirit of the Wild West as they learn to stamp leather using a variety of lettering fonts and designs while enjoying a flight of Colorado microbrews. Create a key fob, luggage tag, or bookmark to commemorate the trip. Even those who don’t consider themselves artistic or creative will love this simple project and the amazing souvenir they get to take home. The $40 cost includes a flight of Colorado beers and all project supplies.

Painting and Pinot: Artists of all abilities can enjoy sipping wine and step-by-step instructions to create a painting inspired by the majestic alpine scenery. Each painting is designed to reflect the seasonal beauty of Colorado’s mountains. The $40 cost includes the first glass of Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir and all project supplies including an apron to wear.