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Puttin’ on the Ritz

May Eynon

Bachelorettes at Bachelor Gulch: Diana Godwin, Jamie Miller, Stephanie Thurston, Cherie Silvera and Mary Kent in their plush Ritz robes.

Among offseason’s many favored features is the bounty of specials and savings offered to locals. Restaurants present two-for-one dishes, retail stores slash prices and salons discount services on a host of treatments.If you’re looking for relaxing weekend getaway options, specials are surfacing at hotels and spas around the valley and beyond. For an extra special excursion, one option is a visit to The Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch.According to Steven Holt, formerly the sales and public relations manager at the Hotel Jerome, spending the weekend in the Vail Valley is an enticing option for Roaring Fork residents. Holt left town in 2004 to become the director of public relations at The Ritz at Bachelor Gulch.

“I remember living in Aspen and the hotels there always had an offseason rate,” he said. “For the same price, you can actually get away with a vacation” by heading to Bachelor Gulch.One group of local ladies took advantage of the reduced rates this spring, spending a weekend there in honor of a bride-to-be. Diana Godwin (now Ettlinger) was the center of attention at her bachelorette party at Bachelor Gulch in April. “It was a fabulous offseason destination as we practically had the place to ourselves,” she said. “The best part of the weekend was being surrounded by so many of my wonderful friends, who made it a very special experience for me. We all had fun and said we would definitely do it again!” “The Spa is a huge draw and usually available only to hotel guests,” Holt added. “In October and November, you can actually drive over for the day or stay the night at a great rate.”The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton offers skin care, nail services, massage therapies and body treatments. Autumn specials are offered for practically every type of treatment. Along with Holt, quite a few former Aspenites have moved to the Vail Valley to work at The Ritz. Tim Archer, formerly the restaurant manager at The Little Nell, is among them. “It’s lovely to see so many friends from Aspen come visit,” he said. To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com