Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River
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All the best that Colorado has to offer is waiting for you at the Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River in South Fork. We look forward to being your vacation headquarters and invite you to be our next special guest. Located on the banks of the South Fork of the Rio Grande River, we will pamper you with decorator ambiance, unparalleled service and delicious breakfasts. Five themed guestrooms accommodate up to ten overnight guests and provide the perfect location for small gatherings, relaxing retreats and special occasions. The Arbor House Inn is the ideal setting for a romantic getaway or an intimate mountain wedding and honeymoon - all in the splendor and romance of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
There are countless ways to indulge your passion for the great outdoors while staying at the Arbor House Inn. In spring, summer, and fall enjoy a day of golf at 8,500 feet. The highly acclaimed Rio Grande Club (rated #6 Best New Upscale Public Course in the U.S., 2004) provides the challenge of a mountain course and river course all rolled into one beautiful outing. Fly fishing your bug? Catch the "big one" on the Rio Grande, in one of the nearby mountain lakes and plentiful streams or right here off the banks of the Arbor House Inn. Check out the local wildlife while hiking, biking, rafting, ATVing or horseback riding. Looking for a little culture in your life? Enjoy dinner out and an evening of live entertainment at the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado.
And when temperatures fall and snow comes again to the mountains, experience everything wonderful about winter in the high country. Just 18 miles up Wolf Creek Pass is Wolf Creek Ski Area boasting the most snow and the best powder in Colorado. Plan your day around downhill skiing or snowboarding, exploring the many well-maintained trails in the area on cross-country skis, snowmobiles, or even snowshoes. And, after a full day of play in the great outdoors, come on home to the Arbor House Inn for some ski goodies by the fire and some "R & R" time in the outdoor hot tub under the stars.
Rancher's Retreat - Room No. 1 - $160
This ground-floor room can be accessed from the inn's main common area or by wheelchair through a private entrance at the end of a boardwalk connected to the main parking lot. Large backyard deck can be easily accessed from the room as well. Private bath with shower and adjustable, hand-held shower head. Offering the flexibility of two twin beds or one king, it is an excellent choice for a couple or two singles. Enjoy the elegant ranch house decor or relax on the deck with picturesque views of the river, cliffs, or mountain meadows.
Celebrate your special day with a romantic South Fork, Colorado mountain wedding at the Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River. Indoor ceremonies are held in the welcoming ambience of either the living room or dining room fireplaces. Outdoor ceremonies are held at the rustic log arbor overlooking the river with massive stone cliffs as a beautiful backdrop. Weddings at the Arbor House Inn can be a simple, intimate ceremony for just the two of you if you choose to elope in Colorado, or a larger gathering to include your favorite guests. For our Colorado wedding packages, we recommend reserving the beautiful Lovin' Oven honeymoon suite which always includes a full gourmet breakfast delivered to your guestroom.
Elopements at the Arbor House are our specialty, and our goal is to make your wedding day as simple and carefree as possible. Please call to discuss details. We'll make the arrangements, and you show up for the ceremony. You'll need to obtain a marriage license which is available in any Colorado county and is recognized in all other Colorado counties. Licenses are $30 and are valid for 30 days. There is no waiting period. Both parties apply in person; however, under some circumstances, one party may apply in person with the second party applying via a signed and notarized affidavit. Valid photo IDs and proof of any prior marriage dissolutions are required. South Fork is located in Rio Grande County with the county seat in Del Norte (approximately 15 minutes east of South Fork.) You may contact the County Clerk's office there at 719-657-3334 with specific questions regarding your license. Regular office hours are 8 - 4, Monday through Friday.
We have several elopement packages from which to choose (tax not included):
Just the Two of Us (Basic Elopement)
Package includes choice of setting, minister, music, photograph CD, white silk floral bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere to use at ceremony, bottle of celebration champagne or sparkling cider for the wedding night, framed wedding photo, and breakfast delivered to your guestroom. Add $550 to room rate.
Just the Two of Us - Plus (Upgrade Elopement)
Package includes choice of setting, minister, music, photograph CD, fresh floral bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere, wedding cake, bottle of toasting champagne or sparkling cider, gift certificate for a celebration dinner at one of South Fork's fine restaurants, framed wedding photo, and breakfast delivered to your guestroom. Add $750 to room rate.
Share the Love (Elopement with 2-8 Guests)
Package includes choice of setting, minister, music, photograph CD, fresh floral bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere, wedding cake, toasting champagne or sparkling cider, framed wedding photo of bride and groom, and breakfast delivered to your guestroom. Two to eight guests also included at ceremony and reception. Wedding guests may book guestrooms separately if they wish to stay over. Add $875 to room rate.
You're welcome to bring your own special music on CD, select from Arbor House Inn CDs, or choose to have no music at all allowing the simple song of the river to be your wedding music. Photographs are taken with a digital camera by the innkeeper and downloaded to your personal laptop computer or burned to a disc that you may take home and edit as you wish.
Small, informal weddings with a maximum of 20 guests can be held indoors. Weddings with a larger number of guests can be held outdoors in our warmer months--weather always being a factor. For weddings other than our elopement packages, the entire inn with all guestrooms will be reserved for you and your guests, and a two-night minimum is required. Site fee graduates with number of guests attending. Services provided by Arbor House Inn will be added "a la carte," or you may make your own arrangements with AHI's approval. Rental equipment, supplies, additional vendors, help and tax are extra.
Remember, at the Arbor House Inn, we're here to make your special occasion a true celebration!