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If you’ve ever stayed in a Windcliff vacation home or visited Estes Park, you know that Rocky Mountain National Park (also known as RMNP) is, essentially, right in our backyard. This means that wildlife is abundant here, with opportunities for epic photographs and serene appreciation of nature at every turn.

(moose in Estes Park/RMNP, photo used with permission)

Most often, you’ll see brown mule deer roaming the countryside, but sightings of the majestic elk and moose are also common — and even the busy (and adorable) beaver. If you’re making the trip out here to enjoy seeing all of these creatures among their natural habitatr, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to learn more about them from one of RMNP’s landscape ecologists.

Hanem Abouelezz (quoted here in the Denver Post, in regards to the thriving growth in the moose population in RMNP a few years ago) will be speaking in the taproom of Estes Park’s Rock Cut Brewing Company on the evening of March 12, 2020. Guests will not only learn about the wildlife and RMNP ecology, but get a “behind the scenes” look at how RMNP monitors and manages these natural resources.

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It’s never too early to secure your spot in the Estes Park Whiskey Warm Up event, to be held on March 7 this year.

Estes Park Whiskey Warm Up 2020

Fittingly, it’s also the 7th annual occurrence of this fine day, where travelers and locals alike gather to sip on the finest of Colorado whiskey. Local distilleries will be present and pouring their ambrosia for guests, and attendees can learn more about the craft from the educators at the Elkins Distillery booth. Of course, they’ll be joined by many others in the field—over a dozen if the current official event site is listing all in attendance. This includes favorites such as Axe and the Oak, Golden Moon Distillery, Syntax Spirits, and Tower 56.

While enjoying your fine spirits in hand, you can enjoy live music (to be announced) and even a hand rolled cigar from Palma Cigars — the only cigar manufacturer in Colorado — if that’s your fancy!

The 7th annual Whiskey Warm Up festival in Estes Park will be held at the George Hix Memorial Plaza, and you can purchase your tickets from the official site. They’re still available as of the time of this post, but remember, they sold out last year so get them quick!

Looking for a rental home in Estes Park for the weekend?

You deserve only the best of both luxury and privacy for your vacation, both of which are specialties of Windcliff vacation homes in Estes Park. We’d be honored if you choose to stay with us, and happy to answer any questions you have — call us at 970-586-2181 or contact us online.

With the holidays fast approaching, you’re no doubt getting caught up in planning. Planning for time spent with friends and family — and the gifts they’ll be receiving.

But your plans might be different. Instead of braving the malls, long lines, or nasty traffic on Black Friday — you’re planning a getaway to a different kind of post-Thanksgiving event. A time to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and the experiences we share. A time to celebrate the upcoming holidays (and for those giving gifts, to shop local!). A time spent in some of the most beautiful wild country America has to offer.

That wild country is our own Estes Park, Colorado! There’s already plenty of things to do here — but on November 29th, 2019, the town will be starting off the weekend with the one-of-a-kind Annual Catch the Glow Parade.

What is the Catch the Glow Parade?

Every year, as many as 20,000 visitors and locals line up on Elkhorn Avenue in Estes Park to enjoy a holiday parade like no other. You’ll see more than 40 participants ranging from custom floats to marching bands and specialty vehicles. Families enjoy spending the afternoon experiencing the parade, as well as seeing all that downtown Estes Park has to offer. You can also meet Santa… of course!

How do I attend the parade?

The parade is free to attend and welcomes all visitors. If you’re planning a holiday getaway in Colorado, make sure that your accommodations are as luxurious and beautiful as the nature that surrounds you. Windcliff vacation rental homes in Estes Park offer something for every visitor and every budget — so you can recharge, rest, relax, and celebrate in style and comfort.

For more information on the Catch the Glow Parade, see the official site. Hope to see you this holiday season!

If you missed the Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival last weekend, don’t fear — there’s another chance for you to join with friends and family in Estes Park, surrounded by the finest craft beverages available in our fine state.

Estes Park Fall Back Beer Festival

What is the Fall Back Beer Festival?

The “Fall Back” Beer Festival takes place in the Estes Park Events Complex on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 1-5PM. It’s sponsored by one of our favorite local restaurants, Poppy’s Pizza and Grill. The event features over thirty Colorado breweries, offering unlimited (yes, the website says unlimited!) samples of over one hundred beers on offer.

Of course, the event has something for everyone and for guests of all ages. There’s kids activities, food trucks, vendors, and live music — plus samples of other fine liquids such as kombucha, coffee, and even craft sodas.

How do I attend?

There are a number of ticketing options available, and you can purchase them from the official event site.

Staying in Estes Park? Upgrade from a hotel!

If you’re planning your trip out to enjoy some Colorado craft beer (and, of course, the fabulous sights of Rocky Mountain National Park and everything there is to do in Estes Park) why not relax and recharge in luxury? We’ve got a wide range of vacation rental homes in Estes Park available for every taste and budget; we’d be honored to have you as our guest.

Well, well, well — does Estes Park, Colorado have an October weekend in store for you! On Saturday, October 26, 2019 you’ll be able to enjoy the superlative sights, sounds, and tastes of the Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival.

What is the Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival?

The Rocky Mountain region is home to a large and successful craft spirits scene. This year’s festival will be attended by around 18 distillers including Estes Park’s own Elkins Distillery — creators of Elkins Colorado Whisky.

This event is your chance to sample what each distiller has to offer, plus enjoy live music entertainment and bar games. Purchasing tickets to the event nets you a souvenir tasting glass with which to sip the complementary pours from a variety of vendors.

When and Where?

The Rocky Mountain Craft Spirits Festival will be held on Saturday, October 26th at the Estes Park Events Center from 2-5PM. (Subject to change, see official event website for details.) There are a few ticketing options available depending on if you’re flying solo or with a friend or spouse. Also, as we’re writing this, 2 (yes, only 2) tickets are available that also include an Elkins Distillery tour, so grab ’em now!

Make it a Weekend in Estes Park!

Certainly, you’re tempted to spend Saturday the 26th with us in Estes Park, slowly taking in the scenery while you savor finely crafted spirits. Why not stay in a vacation home to end the night in comfort and luxury?

If you’re planning on coming out, take a look at Windcliff’s available vacation rental homes. While you’re here, you can also experience the wide variety of restaurants and bars downtown, for a mountain weekend getaway like none other.

Are you ready for “bands, brats, and beer?” Of course — who isn’t? That’s what’s in store for you this weekend in Estes Park at the Autumn Gold festival.

What is Autumn Gold in Estes Park?

Say welcome to the season of dark beers, falling leaves, and pumpkin spice everything at the Autumn Gold festival. Presented by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary, and with free admission, this is something no visitor or local should miss. Plus, it’s the 25th anniversary of the festival!

What is there to do at the Autumn Gold festival?

Well, besides bands, brats, and beer — there’s plenty. Over the weekend there will be six bands to listen to, and vendors serving a variety of delicious food and drink including corn-on-the-cob and fine chocolate. There’s activities for the kids including a bouncy house. There will also be a Classic Car Show. Finally, for the first time ever, the Sunrise Rotary is holding a raffle — in which the winner will take home a cool and tidy sum. (For information on purchasing raffle tickets, contact a Sunrise Rotary member for details.)

Attending the Autumn Gold Festival in Estes Park

Admission is free, and the event will be held in beautiful Bond Park. For those traveling to Estes Park as you start off the fall season, make sure to consider a Windcliff vacation rental home — it’s the perfect place for your family to relax after a day of fun in the mountains. See you there!

Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Autumn Gold Festival Official Website

One of the most popular events in our town is the upcoming — and legendary — Estes Park Elk Fest.

What is the Estes Park Elk Fest?

The Elk Fest is dedicated to celebrating the annual elk rut and the magnificent creature itself, also known as “wapiti” (from the Shawnee and Cree languages). Not only is the festival the absolutely perfect opportunity to experience the beauty (and sounds) of Colorado’s elk, it’s a family friendly event with activities galore.

What’s Happening at this year’s Elk Fest?

Of course, there’s an abundance of elk-related goodness for all ages — including seminars, exhibits, and arts & crafts (all elk-inspired) as well as a special children’s area chock-full of fun and educational activities.

Vendors will also be present and offering an array of artwork, jewelry, and unique elk foodstuffs. Pair this with a craft beer garden and live music each day, and you’ve got a festival that has something for everyone.

Plus, not everything here is elk-themed… the popular “Mountain Man Rendezvous” will be there, as well as the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. See here for the full list of events. (schedule subject to change.)

Attending the Estes Park Elk Fest

The annual Estes Park Elk Fest takes place in Bond Park, only minutes away from the vacation homes at Windcliff.

It’s free to attend, and we can’t wait to see you there. Full details of the event as well as an event calendar can be found here.

Looking for lodging in Estes Park?

Whether it’s your first time visiting Estes Park or you’re returning to experience the magic once again, the call of the bull elk is something you’ll never forget.

Why not make your accommodations equally as unforgettable? The vacation rental homes at Windcliff come in a variety of unique locations and can fit any budget. We focus on providing not only a luxurious vacation experience, but one that is equally in sync with nature. If you’re planning on coming out for Elk Fest, we’d love to talk to you about finding the best place to stay in Estes Park — give us a call at 970-586-2181!

For locavores and travelers alike, the 11th annual “Handmade in Colorado” Expo is coming to Estes Park this weekend. In fact, the Expo runs over three weekends in three cities, starting with our own (followed by Denver in September this year, and Boulder in October.)

This event features artists from independent designers in Colorado and spans many mediums including everything from metals, glass, wood, paper, clay, wax, and paint.

The event is free to attend, and also features live music throughout. What better way is there for those traveling to or staying in Estes Park to bring a piece of Colorado home with them?


The Handmade in Colorado Expo in Estes Park will be held in Bond Park.


This weekend, August 24-25. Hours are 10AM – 7PM on Saturday, 10AM – 5PM on Sunday, subject to change. More details available here.

How Much?

The Handmade in Colorado Expo in Estes Park is free to attend.

Did you know that Estes Park, Colorado is also known as the “Celtic Capital of North America?” It naturally follows, then, that the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is an event that has been bringing visitors to our beautiful town for over 40 years.

About the Highland Festival in Estes Park


When it comes to the Highland Festival, it’s hard to think of what ISN’T happening, since there’s so much to see and do.

First, there’s a wide selection of Celtic music from bands including Seamus Kennedy, The Gothard Sisters, The Brigadoons, and more. There’s also Irish dance, Highland dance, and even pipe band competitions. Of course, there’s also a parade (happening on Saturday, September 7th in downtown Estes Park.)

We’re not even close to finished yet. There’s jousting. There’s the Scottish Horse Boarding Competition. And the — new to the Festival — Tattoo Estes USO show, featuring over 300 performers that will fill the Fairgrounds Arena. There’s even something for the dog lover in all of us: with Dog Agility, Sheep Herding, and Disk Dog exhibitions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Truly an event of epic proportions — you just have to come to Estes Park to see the Highland Festival.

And if you’re looking for a place to stay that goes above and beyond your standard lodging, we invite you to find a Windcliff vacation rental home for the perfect place to refresh after a long weekend of fun and celebration.

Highland Festival Event Details

Where? Events take place in the Festival Field, a map of which is available on the Festival’s homepage along with a schedule of events.

When? September 5-8, 2019

How Much? There are a variety of passes and packages available for purchase, depending on the events or concerts you wish to attend along with many other options. See the official Highland Festival webpage for more information and to purchase tickets.

Wine. Mountains. Friends and family. Did we mention wine?

You’ll be able to sample wine, mead, and cider from over 20 local Colorado wineries at the annual Estes Park Wine Festival in 2019. In addition, local food vendors will be serving out tasty vittles to pair up with your libations — all to the tune of local musicians.

For anyone from locavores to Estes Park residents to those visiting on vacation, the Wine Festival needs to make it on your list of “we HAVE to do this!” (Check out a video from last year’s festival.)


The festival is held in Bond Park in downtown Estes Park.


Saturday and Sunday — August 10 and 11, 2019

How much?

Tickets for the Wine Festival, according to the official website, are $30 pre-sale and $40 at the gate. You can purchase tickets for the Estes Park Wine Festival here.

I want to visit Estes Park for the Wine Festival. Where should I stay?

We’d love to see you at Windcliff! Our luxury vacation rental homes are unique and offer unparalleled views of the Rocky Mountain scenery. Here’s some of the best views from our rental homes. All homes are fully equipped with all the amenities you desire, and many of our homes feature additional luxuries like hot tubs.

Plus, Windcliff is located just minutes from Estes Park — it’s a perfect mix of privacy, seclusion, and convenience.

It’s our life’s mission to make sure your Colorado vacation is a memory you treasure forever. Take a look at our homes or give us a call at 970-586-2181.