An alternative point of view covered in my "lessons learned" thread.
Our first trip to Ouray was much different than the outdoors mecca you described. Honestly, I'll have to work hard to convince my wife that we ever want to come back. After being yelled at all day long for holding up the trail run from stopping to get photos of flowers, mining ruins, etc. I had one ticked off little lady in my rig. That coupled with the exorbitant prices on the hotel and gas kind of left me thinking that a trip there during a "non-event" would be better.
We have many of our own slices of heaven within 200 miles of Vegas, so convince me to come to Ouray.
Man, I'm really sorry to hear about how you were treated poorly on the trail run. That's a bummer.
non-event times to go to Ouray? = there aren't many during the summer.
prices = unfortunately, that's part of going to a little tourist town like this. I can totally understand your point there though.
convince you? = Not trying to do that with this thread at all. It's only meant to act as an aid for people that want to come, but have a reluctant spouse/partner/travel mate or whatever. Just trying to give people a broader perspective of what 'a trip to Ouray' could mean for them than what is afforded by simply thinking of it as an off-roading event.
Again, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your time in Ouray. Hoepfully, if you do ever get out this way again, we'll hook up and I'll buy you a beer. Till then, take care, and hope your travels (where they may take you) are enjoyable and more memorable in happier ways.
I think the topic is things to do in Ouray other than trail ride which may be of interest to your spouse...
Generally, perhaps that's the idea.
...I agree that there are lots of nice things in Ouray. It's really a charming little town (Switzerland of America?). But if you and your spouse want to enjoy the town together, Vegas Nick may have the idea. Come at some time other than Summit. The town is packed, literally, at Summit. For a more leisurely experience, some other time is probably better. Personally, I enjoyed the large crowd, but I only had to cater to myself.
^^^^ valid point of view, indeed. It's just that my wife and I like the place so much that I'd never consider skipping out on our annual pilgrimage just because it's busy or whatever. Sure there are people there....for the same reason we are. Still, I know what you mean.
However, this thread is not a thread about 'How to have a nice, relaxing time in Ouray all by yourself
It's about people that want to go to the FJ Summit and hang out with a bunch of other FJ Cruiser owners and enthusiasts, but need a little help showing their partner some more about the place to help encourage them to 'go for it'.
subscribed... to get ideas for our 1st FJ Summit! Bev is already searching B&Bs over the KOA. Looking forward to sharing some good ideas from past attendees for the week away from the Texas heat! Thanks for starting the thread!!
You're very welcome
One of the B&Bs that we've stayed at is on the south end of town on Main Street, and pretty close to Summit HQ. It's the 'Christmas House' B&B. If you're into that sort of thing (I can see how it would be a big turn-off to some...it didn't bother me, but I know my folks would go nuts over that kind of place), it's really neat.