It’s hard to believe that Spring is already here. Two weeks ago, chldren were sliding down the hill behind the inn on plastic sleds. Today it will be 50 degrees, and the plants are coming up in the flower gardens. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Marvin, Patra and Ginger the Barn Cat
We’ve had two weeks where it rained every day. The green grass is back, but Lightner Creek has almost stopped flowing. There was very little snow pack up in the Mountains this year because of the mild winter. The entire area looks great at the moment.
It has rained just a few minutes each day. I hope that it continues on into August.
Thank You to everyone that has written or called about the fires in the area. We are safe and all of the fires are out. The small fire that happened near us was handled by the fire department in just a couple of hours. They then left people in the area for 3 days to make sure it was out. Today we were blessed with a nice cool breeze that brought a little rain to the valley and to Durango. All is well at Lightnercreekinn.
New Snow Fall in Durango
We’ve had a couple of small snows, but not the normal amount for this time of year. We woke up this morning to 8 inches of new snow and it’s still coming down. The ski resort will be very happy this morning as will the snowmobiling companys and the folks at Rapp Coral that do horse sleding.
I went out this morning and plowed the snow from the drive, but I have 2 inches of brand new snow I have to go clear. So pack up your skiis and come to Durango. Try the promo code “winter” when booking rooms. For a limited time it will give you a significant discount.
The Summer Season has started to wind down and the leaves are already turning. Patra and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has stayed with us at Lightner Creek this year. It has been a remarkable year. Jan 28th I worked my last day as a firefighter and we moved to Colorado. We had no Idea what was in store for us. The fall rush to see the leaves turn will begin in few days, and be over by Mid October. We’re looking forward to a break.
We will start posting pictures and recipes up on the website in the next few days, including the picture of the barn that we have promised to send to so many guests.
We are trying to rent the entire Inn out for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. If anyone is interested give us a call. We will discount the property so that it is affordable.
In October our off season rates go into effect. Most of our rooms will be available at 99 dollars a night and still include a full breakfast.
All the Best from Durango,
Marvin Patra and Mark
Exciting day for Lighnter Creek Inn. We had our first returning guests last night. Three months after their honeymoon, our first returning guests arrived for a quick weekend getaway from Denver. Sorry we haven’t been blogging, but we’ve been extraordinarily busy, but our first returning guests had to be mentioned.
My favorite bird at the Bed and Breakfast is still the western bluebird. Yesterday a couple that was staying with us, ate breakfast and then sat outside for an hour watching the birds. At the end of the hour, they came inside and gave me a list of the birds that they had seen. They listed 27 different birds. I will try to post the list tomorrow.
Yesterday I saw a bird that I can’t identify. Its the first one I’ve seen, and It was spectacular. The bird had a bit of rust color under his chin and a white breast. Sitting still it’s feathers appeared to be brown. When the bird took to the air, it was nothing but neon blue wings. It was remarkable. Has anyone seen a bird like this? Do you know what it is?
Just 10 days ago we photographed a white weasel poking his head up out of the ground after a long winter. In 10 days, the weasel has already changed color and now is brown. We will post a new photo if we get lucky enough to capture another snap shot.
Reservations are up at Lightner Creekinn. People are booking early. The week after Christmas is already booked and September looks as if it will be our busiest month, as people come to enjoy the fall colors. Were running 30 percent higher in our bookings which is a big relief to new owners. We hope everyone comes to Durango for their vacation this year.
Marvin and Patra