I’m sharing here some useful information about our venue!
The cabin was spared the devastating floods that affected the area in September/October 2013.
There is so much to do in the area, we recommend you visit the official websites for Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Visit Estes Park: http://www.visitestespark.com (Gorgeous images from the area!)
The venue website is: www.WhisperingPinesMountainHideaway.weebly.com
The cabin is located at an altitude of 9,200 ft. It can be reached by either Highway 7 or Highway 36 which takes you through Estes Park and then connecting to Highway 7 to approach the location.
Because the cabin is so up high, some lowlanders find it helpful to spend a day or two around Denver to acclimate to the heights of Colorado. Others have no problem at all.
The cabin butts up against the Rocky Mountain National Park and consists of 6 acres of Pine Trees and rock formations. You will literally by at the Rockies. There are many hiking trails and we are just five minutes away from beautiful Lily Lake. We recommend that you start your outdoor experience by visiting the lovely lake and walking around it.
There are two fireplaces in the cabin. The first floor has a wood burning stove; the second floor has a large stone fireplace. Both are fired with pine logs which are found in abundance on the property.
You will be in the mountains backing up to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Periodically, elk wander on the property. They are protected animals and should just be enjoyed and not challenged or frightened. During the early fall matting season (in which our wedding will take place), keep your distance from all bull elks.
There are bears in the area. Generally they are shy and do not like to be around humans. They are normally looking for easy food (garbage). Do not leave food or garbage outside at any time.
Squirrels, chipmunks and the hammock. These little critters are in abundance at the cabin. They love to take a thread out of the hammock for nesting material.
There are 2 golf courses, tennis courts, and lots of fishing opportunities around the area.
Please, remember to pack, a sweater and a jacket, sturdy boots or tennis shows, a hat, sunglasses and water bottles to any hike up the mountains or while walking the many trails in the area.
If you decide to swim in the lake, sunscreen is highly recommended at this altitude.
1. Smoking is not allowed. Smoking is not allowed in the cabin, deck, or on the 6 acre property. If you need to smoke, please do so in your own vehicle. This is a HIGH FIRE HAZARD area, so cigarets must be extinguished properly and placed in an appropriate receptacle.
2. Pets are not allowed.
The cabin is located on 707 Goblins’ Castle Road, Estes Park, Colorado.
An AWD car is recommend to reach the cabin through the dirt roads.
We are currently working on blocking rooms for our guests in Estes Park for our wedding weekend! Some of our friends and family have requested recommendations of hotels in the area and here are few amazing places to stay:
The Stanley Hotel, managed by Grand Heritage Hotel Group, is a property of grandeur with stories steeped in history, the paranormal, pop culture, and even environmentalism. Having recently marked its 100-year anniversary, the hotel offers four unique lodging options, is located minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park and embraces its rich history as it continues to look to the future.
The Stanley Hotel was founded by F.O. Stanley, a wealthy businessman forced to move west for health reasons. He found himself in Estes Park, Colo., and in order to boost the economy, began building a hotel. The main building, one of 11 originally built on 160 acres, was completed in 1909. While the expansive property boasts amazing architecture, a magnificent setting and spectacular views, it may forever be best known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s spine-tingling novel “The Shining.”
King reportedly was a guest in Room 217 of a near-deserted Stanley in late 1974 before it was due to close for the winter. Though the entire property, from the concert hall and ballrooms to underground tunnel, is said to experience paranormal occurrences, Room 217 is said to be the most visited by living and spectral guests, alike.
This hotel was rated #1 in Estes Park according to Trip Advisor!
The Maxwell Inn is a family owned and operated Inn positioned perfectly for your next vacation to Estes Park; just a ten minute walk to downtown along the Fall River pathway, and less than four miles to the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Peter and Dana Maxwell purchased the Inn in February of 2013 and transformed the Inn into one of Estes Park’s most unique – and highest rated – lodging locations. The list of improvements includes – but isn’t limited to – Serta beds with custom duvets and bed skirts, new linens and towels, custom furniture, new carpet throughout, new televisions, and improved lighting in every room.
The discounted rates for our guests for that weekend are: Double Queen = $149/night, King = $139/night and Queen = $129. Please have your guests book directly on the website (and write in the special request section that they are part of your wedding party to have the discounted rate applied to their reservation) or have them call the Inn directly.
We are currently working in blocking rooms in both locations and will update this information as soon as possible.
Bret was born in New Jersey and I was born in São Paulo, Brazil! What were the odds that we would ever meet?
Our mixed culture is extremely important to me. I try to learn the most I can from him about life in America and I try to teach him the best that I can about life in Brazil! Bret is American, with French, Polish, German and Irish culture in his family history! I’m Brazilian, with Portuguese and Spanish grandparents. Latin blood all the way! You could only imagine the drama!!!
We are applying both cultures everywhere we can. On our Engagement Party, for example: the Engagement Party is rather a Brazilian style affair than American. Since the party is happening in the US, the cake is Brazilian. The food is French, but that’s because the restaurant we went to during our first date is French!
a few weeks ago we finally mailed all our friends and family our official Engagement Announcement card! here it is:
the card was created by designer Lisa Nelson, from My Little Buffalo!
I noticed the card took a long time to be delivered in Brazil! also, a few people got confused and thought the card was the engagement party invitation! this was our official announcement and the invitation should arrive in Brazil this week!
all our vendor’s info is here!
…that I’m constantly pushing myself to be better and more creative!
I never thought before that being engaged would change anything in my life! I mean, Bret and I have been together for like, EVER! we love each other very much, we have been through hell and back, I feel like we are married most of the time and an engagement, to me, meant a nice ring because that’s American tradition, and that’s all! Right? No! WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!
I always wondered what those girls, that dream about their weddings would feel like! I was never one of those girls!
I think that those are the girls that buy into the entire wedding industry, that have a pre-fabricated idea of what their wedding will look like, because that’s what they have seen in the media!
And I had made peace with my lifelong singleness.
This feeling of peace is why it will take me a lifetime to understand and accept I am, in fact ENGAGED!
I never played house or played let’s get married as a child [unless it meant I could kiss the boys in the neighborhood, I was interested in that, not in play house…], I never spent time thinking about my wedding dress, my dream wedding, my prince, any of that I consider bullshit! In fact, I was pretty sure I would never meet anyone who would like to be with me, much less get married. Not because I think little of myself, but because I think too much and I’m extremely difficult! Poor Bret!
I cannot help, but think of all the things I will kiss goodbye and the things I’ll welcome in our lives! Because, now, it’s OUR LIVES! TWO PEOPLE TOGETHER! SCARY! Jesus!
While I’m planning for our engagement party, to celebrate our love with our families, to officially feel engaged, I catch myself thinking, thinking harder, of what I want to be, how I want to express that, how I want this party to reflect what kind of people we are!
And I push myself. I push myself always to be more creative. To search inside what is it that I like, to let go of what I have seen in the media, of what other people like and think: WHAT IS IT THAT I LIKE?
I already came up with a few ideas, that feel right. That feel very ME! or US!?! I hope this is reflected everywhere! And I continue to push myself.
The other day, I was researching, what is it that a Brazilian engagement party looks like. See, I left Brazil as a child, really, and I never had the chance to participate in a lot of grown ups’ stuff, like weddings and engagement parties! Then I went online and started researching Brazilian wedding blogs!
photos: Constance Zahn
I can’t really express in words how much I dislike the idea of an engagement party like that! It’s stuffy! Although, everything looks beautiful and very tasteful, it also feels OLD! Like this beautiful couple is from the 50’s and in an incredibly boring setting. I could NEVER!
Photos: Vestida de Noiva
I like this way better than the first version. At least, it looks like it happened in this century… However, it’s way TOO LAIDBACK! And hey, I’d like to think I’m a laidback girl! It looks like no HEART went into it. This looks like any barbecue I’d throw, not like a special moment!
So, two opposites! The more I researched, the more I found more of the same: either stuffy engagements/weddings, without any personality and too traditional for my taste. Or too simple, nothing special, without any thought or heart! And I hate both styles!
It reminds me why is it that I always felt like I don’t belong when I lived in BRAZIL! Because I actually do not belong, to any of those worlds! I don’t belong to the old, traditional, stuffy, let’s show off to mommy’s friends world! I don’t belong to the I’m way too simple and I don’t really care world!
Sometimes, it’s hard to find creativity of spontaneity in Brazil!
Then I found a place in NYC – of all places! – that embodies exactly what I think: Stone Fox Bride! A place that has a heart, that embodies what we live today, that will present me with inspiration for events that that happening in this century, in 2013, 2014, 2015, not in 1956!
This is how they describe themselves: “Stone Fox Bride is a laid back, high-fashion, punk-bohemian bridal showroom in downtown New York City.”
This is what I’m talking about!
This is their home page:
Because, you know what, sometimes you kiss the people you love. Because you love people, not a gender! And Jemima Kirke is awesome!
Their Pinterest page is beautiful, full of inspiration! The kind of inspiration that is NOT what your grandmother envisions for your wedding day! You know, the best kind, the 2013 kind!
I’ll spend an entire weekend thinking about how can I push myself to be more like MYSELF, you know…
Have a wonderful weekend!