Colorado continues to prove that they are the blueprint for the future of pot tourism and the latest locale in the state seems to be a notch above the rest. Bud and Breakfast Silverthorne is the state’s first alpine marijuana lodge.
According to an article in PostIndependent.com, the venue has a party at, you guessed it, 4:20 p.m. that involves a a “cannabis-friendly twist on the ski town happy hour, complete with strains, edibles and THC products from two local dispensaries, Organix in Breckenridge and High Country Healing down the street in Silverthorne.”
Here’s where the venue takes things up a notch: the marijuana also comes paired with hors d’oeuvres from a local gourmet chef, while the on-site innkeepers, Mike Roscheleau and Stephanie Colner, explain the difference between sativa and indica, recommend edibles for a post-ski nap and, if guests want to just lounge and chat, roll joints for everyone to share.
The 4:20 happy hour is just a part of the Bud and Breakfast experience. Roscheleau said, “So many people these days are coming to Colorado for a cannabis vacation. You can buy it as much as you want, just going dispensary to dispensary, but you can’t always use it where you want. We want to bridge that gap, give people a place that’s fun and clean and comfortable where you don’t have to worry about the legal issue.”
Silverthorne was built in 1972 and was formerly home to Mountain Vista, a traditional bed and breakfast. There are four bedrooms split between the upper and lower levels. Both floors have a full kitchen and dining room for the early-morning “wake and bake” breakfasts, which include bowls packed by the innkeepers and gourmet breakfasts like rum French toast. The lodge doesn’t encourage skiing under the influence and guests can even arrange a private massage with Primal Therapeutics, a service that uses THC infused oils and lotions.
It’s seen as a safe, comfortable environment, with no pot leaves or neon signs out front. Most importantly, reservations are limited to adults only. During the ski season, the flat rate for the Garcia Suite is $199 per night, including all meals and marijuana sampling. (The venue has two Jerry Garcia posters and a Grateful Dead blanket on the plus king-sized bed — an ode to owner Schneider’s Dead Head roots.) The remaining rooms — Lesh, Weir and Kreutzmann — cost $149 per night.
The Silverthorne lodge is the second Bud and Breakfast location in Colorado, along with Adagio, a Victorian-style home in south Denver. Both are owned and operated by the Denver-based company, The Mary Jane Group, which was founded by one of the cannabis industry’s leading entrepreneurs, Joel Schneider. Adagio opened in April and the Silverthorne location opened in October. The Denver location has hosted guests from across the globe and in Silverthorne, everyone from 21-year-old college students to 60-something retired couples have stayed.