What to See and Where to Be: Crested Butte Wildflower Festival
Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s hidden treasures.
From its beautiful mountain views to its charming historical buildings, you’re guaranteed to feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
The unique charm and beautiful setting of Crested Butte makes it the perfect place for an annual wildflower festival.
The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival began in 1986, when residents decided the stunning scenery the wildflowers provided was worth a celebration.
Since then, the festival has grown to over 300 nature inspired events by 60 instructors, trainers and guides.
This year, the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival will be taking place July 6-15. Bring your hiking gear and camera and get ready for a beautiful adventure.
What to See
Culinary and Medicinal Education
Wild plants and flowers have uses far beyond creating a beautiful seasonal bouquet. Learn how to incorporate them into delectable drinks and meals with top culinary and herbalism experts.
Take your pick of 17 culinary courses, including:
- Medicinal Plants of the Mountains
- Backcountry Dinners to Die for
- Stalking the Wild Edible Workshop
- Cocktailing into the Wild
Get to know Crested Butte one garden at a time with your choice of 3 tours:
- Why Flowers Make Us Happy: Stroll around Crested Butte gardens and chat about what makes you happy with the founder of The Inner Mammal Institute, Dr. Loretta Bruening.
- Historic Garden Tour: Explore historic Crested Butte with tour guides from the local museum.
- Tour of Crested Butte Gardens: Enjoy 2 miles of strolling amongst the beautiful landscape of the Crested Butte Gardens.
The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival has endless opportunities to get crafty.
Their series of 28 art workshops will help you find a new hobby or brush up your skills on an old one. Some workshops even involve immersing yourself in the outdoors while you do it.
Choose a medium, then choose a class from their list including:
- Watercolor along the woods walk
- Travel journaling
- Precious metal clay jewelry making
- Wildflower sandblast etching
- Flower pressing
Strap on your hiking boots, because guided scenic treks through the mountains are a regular occasion at the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival.
Don’t worry if the themes of the adult walks may be a bit over your kids’ heads. There’s a special walk for them, too.
On the “Take A Walk On The Wild(flower) Side” walk, kids ages 4 and up join a trusted guide to explore the sights and sounds that surround them. Afterwards, they get to celebrate with a refreshing tea party and story time.
Take home memories of all the stunning sights of Crested Butte as well as some new skills by signing up for photography classes.
Explore multiple ways to capture the beauty of nature, including:
- Sunrise photos
- Historic alleyways
Where to Stay
Elevation Hotel and Spa
Kick back from a long day of exploring and enjoy nights of luxury at Elevation Hotel and Spa.
This stunning hotel comes with a heated indoor pool and 2 hot tubs, a training center, a full service spa and hair and beauty salon to freshen up after all the fun.
Crested Butte Wildflower attendees even get an exclusive deal.
Purple Mountain B&B
If you’re looking for a nice quiet weekend for grownups only, this is the place for you.
Purple Mountain B&B is an adult only boutique hotel conveniently located in the middle of downtown Crested Butte.
Each morning you’ll be served mountain brew coffee with a gourmet breakfast. Throughout the day, you can help yourself to an endless tap of Colorado craft brews.
The Cristiana Guesthaus is conveniently located near downtown, hiking trails, and the free shuttle.
Take in the gorgeous view of Crested Butte Mountain from one of their outdoor hot tubs and enjoy a healthy continental breakfast the next morning.
Where to Eat
Marchitelli’s Gourmet Noodles
Marchitelli’s has been a hit in Crested Butte since the late 90’s. It’s family owned and operated, and all the recipes are inspired by the Italian cuisine passed down from the owner’s grandmother.
While you’re enjoying the historical sites of Crested Butte, be sure to stop in at the Ginger Cafe.
Located in a historical home, the Ginger Cafe serves a delectable menu of Thai and Indian cuisine.
The Wooden Nickel got its start as Crested Butte’s oldest saloon. Now it’s known as one of its best steakhouses.
Enjoy classic culinary delights like lobster, steak or prime rib, and finish up with a slice of homemade apple pie.
How to Get There
Fly directly to Crested Butte in comfort and style by booking a private jet you can trust. Skip the long security lines at DIA and land on your own private strip at the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional airport.
You can even book a private shuttle or limo in advance to pick you up planeside and take you directly to your lodging.