Brett Mauri: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century

Brett Mauri: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century

The Bitterroot Group: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century
The Bitterroot Group: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century

The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado emulates the West’s national park lodges, such as those in Yosemite, Yellowstone and Glacier. The style is called “parkitecture.” A variety of materials, including hewn logs, timbers, stone and other indigenous natural materials, was used in its construction. The lobby is a great room arranged around a three-story moss rock fireplace.

“The idea is to bring the outside in and incorporate nature into the luxury of the hotel experience,” said Kristin Yantis, the hotel’s public relations director. The result is an impressive centerpiece for Bachelor Gulch village.

With the Beaver Creek base village to the east and Arrowhead base village to the west, Bachelor Gulch is the final phase of the area’s village-to-village ski experience. The isolated community was connected to Beaver Creek Ski Resort when the Bachelor Gulch high-speed quad lift began running in 1996. It is a “bedroom community” for skiers, with homes that have ski-in, ski-out access.

The Bitterroot Group: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century
The Bitterroot Group: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century
The Bitterroot Group: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century
The Bitterroot Group: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century
The Bitterroot Group: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century
The Bitterroot Group: Traditional Grand Lodge Style Meets the 21st Century

The bachelors who gave the Gulch its name when they settled the area in the early 1900s wouldn’t recognize the place today. Many of them were miners who had tuberculosis and were looking for a better way of life when the Homestead Act of 1862 made it possible for them to purchase land.

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