We stayed at the Chipmunk Cabin @ Obar-O from August 5-13th. It is really hard to explain how wonderful Obar-O really is…Prior to our arrival, Maria (from Obar-O) sent several emails to us reminding us about their amenities and what we didn’t need to pack in our suitcases. We asked her about several tourist things and what we needed to make reservations for and what we didn’t. Her advice was extremely accurate and added a personal touch you do not receive when checking into hotels, motels etc. Due to the several emails, we felt like we were going to visit old friends which relieved any anxieties about whether the accommodations were going to be adequate or not. The day we arrived in Durango we took her advice and stopped at the market prior to heading to the cabins, due to our early arrival, Maria called us to tell us our cabin was ready for early check-in. Due to our travel starting @ 1:30am, this was a much needed break knowing we were lucky enough to be able to check before 3pm.
When we first arrived at the cabins, our first impressions did not disappoint. We Checked in and met Maria, from the weeks of earlier emails, it felt like a homecoming. When we entered our cabin we were amazed at how beautifully it was decorated and how it looked better in person than the website, (and the pictures on the website are amazing). As we exited the rear door to the deck, it took our breath away, the sound of the river, the trees, views and mountain air, it truly was everything we had hoped for and more. It was closer to the river than we had imagined, more serene and even more breathtaking than we could have envisioned. A beautiful deck, a nicer grill than we have at home and many Adirondack chairs along the river so the place you sat for your morning coffee could be different than the chairs you used for your evening nightcap. Oh, and did I mention the hammock or the hot tub that’s about 20feet from the river, absolutely amazing.
Our 1st night sitting by the river, was when we met Mike, Maria’s husband, he will be the tall guy with the smile on his face peacefully fly fishing in the river. Everyday that we stayed we noticed extra special little touches specific to OBar-o that we hadn’t noticed the day before. The cabins have everything you will need. Their attention to detail in “Rustic Elegance” is unmatched. The towels are the softest I’ve ever felt, the bedding is high quality and very comfy, the sofa looks aged yet it’s new, and to top it off, we wanted coasters for the outdoor Adirondack chairs because they were so nicely finished. The place is Amazing!!
On a personal note, my wife had secretly arraigned for us to renew our wedding vows (after 20 years of marriage) along the river. Unknown to me , she was working with Maria to find an officiate, order a wedding cake, order champagne, receive delivery of plates, napkins, etc. and to devise a plan for it to remain a surprise to me while inviting all of the neighboring vacationers (who now have a special place in our memories). On the day of, Maria went to town to pick up the champagne and cake. She decorated the “wedding area” and during the ceremony Mike and Maria took pictures for us to remember this wonderful celebration.
Simply put, I am confident that you will never be able to find any other resort owners with the willingness to please like Mike & Maria. They are truly special people with a special knack for the business they are in. Their property is amazing and their accommodations are well above 5 star and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with Obar-O.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rustic cabins under the clear Colorado sky. Deer and elk roaming through nearby alpine meadows. Tall pine trees stretching to the horizon. Cool mountain streams bubbling with trout. The O-BAR-O Cabins, situated on the Florida River, has all of this and more. Located just outside Durango, we're a stone's throw from the national forest, two large lakes, and horse trail rides. Plus we have the best trout fishing you'll find in these parts. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- o-Bar-o Cabins Hotel Durango