If you’re seeking a quaint, nature-based retreat center that also knows how to throw some great parties and events, check out Beyul Retreat located just 40 minutes from Basalt, Colorado and one hour from Aspen. Located on a secluded property surrounded by national forest, the retreat center offers rustic cabins with luxury feels. Events happen year-round, from music-driven offerings that draw artists like Rising Appalachia and Daniel Rodriguez, to slower pace gatherings like yoga or writing retreats. Surrounded by aspen groves, rivers, waterfalls and endless forest, wilderness is the heartbeat of Beyul.
Abby Stern, co-founder and general man-ager of Beyul Retreat, commented that the proximity to nature sets them apart from other retreat centers. “You can hike, bike and ski right from your cabin or enjoy a book in the hammocks down by the river,” she shares.
The retreat is on 32 pristine acres and has 1,700 feet of Frying Pan River frontage to explore. Adventure is at your fingertips with access to trail running, rock climbing, horseback riding and swimming in high alpine lakes. There is a lush network of ponds, creeks and waterfalls among the trails on the property.
Beyul also provides the opportunity for restoration and reconnection. There is a cedar sauna, hot tub and cold plunge in the onsen area next to the main lodge. The main lodge has the only Wi-Fi on the cell-service-free haven, allowing guests to be grounded in the here-and-now as they reconnect with their natural surroundings.
“The accommodations are unique historic cabins hand built in the 1920s. We have selected luxury to mix in with the funky rustic charm,” says Stern. “The cabins are textured with lots of personality and comfort.”
Main Lodge hosts seven bedrooms with a variety of bed options. There are 11 private cabins which can be rented out for a romantic getaway or for smaller retreats. Each cabin can sleep two to 12 people — most with a full kitchen or kitchenette, bathroom and a wood stove. The full property sleeps up to 70 people and can be rented out for private weddings and events.
There is a 1,500 square foot Tent Barn, which can be opened to the fresh air or enclosed for cozy warmth. This mixed space can host up to 50 for yoga and all the necessities for intimate concerts, like a bumping sound system, professional lights and an 8 by 20 foot stage. The space transforms into a cozy living room or offers an audience-style venue for speakers and panels.
Groups seeking to host a gathering have a variety of indoor and outdoor options. From the larger private cabins to the MainLodge to the aspen groves, sage meadows and wildflower lawns, a unique setting for a wedding, yoga class or workshop abounds at Beyul.
“We aim to be the most flexible, creative and restorative retreat venue in the Rocky Mountains,” says Stern.
Events hosted by Beyul bring in the talents of the eccentric community of supporters who find both rejuvenation and expression at Beyul Retreat. Stern believes, “The community that has coalesced around Beyul is uniquely global and energetic, consisting of entrepreneurs, artists and musicians who come to Beyul to restore, reconnect and share their gifts.”
Beyul recently started their Winter Residency Retreats for entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, writers, philosophers and adventurers. Designed as a productive week with time to focus on a creative, personal and professional projects, there is plenty of time to read by the fire, steam in the sauna, stare at the stars and tromp through the snowy woods, as well. Small group offerings include daily movement sessions and communal dinners that help build friendships during a stay at Beyul.
Whether you’re seeking a private get-away or wedding location marked with yellow aspen leaves and campfires, Beyul Rtreat offers something for everyone. Come stay in a rustic cabin where luxury meets relaxation and nature connection.
Photos courtesy of Seth Beckton and John Felix.
Originally published in Summer + Fall 2022 issue.