Colorado Chautauqua

You’ve discovered that rare thing: a meeting and event destination with the majesty of the Colorado Rockies and buzz of “America’s Favorite College Town” as well as its own fascinating village community, plentiful guest amenities and full planning and experience services.
The Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark (NHL) is the only continuously operating Chautauqua west of the Mississippi and one of only two NHL’s in Colorado to offer lodging and events. We are situated in one of America’s most photographed locations at the foot of Boulder’s Flatirons mountains – just 45 minutes from Denver International Airport and close to downtown Boulder’s renowned dining and shopping. Holding your event or retreat here signals your group values history, nature, comfort and uniquely memorable experiences. This is no cookie-cutter hotel or retreat center; Chautauqua’s indoor and outdoor event venues of various sizes each contribute their own history, character and views. They include two early 20th Century lodges (Missions House Lodge and the Mary H. Galey Cottage) which combine reception and meeting space with comfortable accommodations; perfect for Petite Weddings and smaller Executive Retreats. For larger groups, Chautauqua’s galleried Grand Assembly Hall – beautifully restored in 2022 with state-of -the art furnishings, lighting and AV resources – and 59 stand-alone cottages, deliver exceptional charm and privacy.

Chautauqua has been a place for celebration for over 120 years. Whether you are hosting a wedding, engagement, anniversary, a celebration of life, corporate retreat, or simply feel it’s time for a party, we have the perfect indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests will appreciate the history and galleried grandeur of our recently restored 1918 Grand Assembly Hall with its own verandah and the impressive stonework and outdoor heritage of the Rocky Mountain Climbers Club. Guests for events in these spaces can stay in any of our 62 cottages and lodges. If you are hosting a smaller event such as a petite wedding, family reunion, or board retreat, Missions House Lodge and the Mary H. Galey Cottage are ideal choices. Missions House Lodge can host up to 35 and sleep up to 16 and Mary H. Galey Cottage can host up to 40 and sleep up to 12. Mary H. Galey Cottage events can also spill outside onto the cottage’s two decks with gorgeous Boulder and Flatirons views. For outdoor events like picnics and cocktail parties, enjoy the views of the Flatirons from the Auditorium Terrace and Grand Assembly Hall verandah, or host a casual event in our picnic shelter adjacent to one of Boulder’s most popular trails. Whatever space you land on, you will be supported through every step of organizing your function by our dedicated team. No question is too small and no detail overlooked. Your truly memorable event starts with a single phone call.

Capacity7,142 sq ft
Meeting Spaces6
Largest Theatre100ppl
Largest Classroom48ppl with AV
Largest Banquet80ppl
Largest Reception100ppl
Outdoor VenuesYes
Boardroom VenuesYes
Guest Rooms251
Room ServiceNo
In-House CateringYes

Our lodging team will help you put together the best accommodation mix for your group’s size and preferences. Choices include 59 stand-alone cottages in studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom configurations (several are fully ADA accessible). Each cottage has a distinctive personality where charming vintage touches like screened-in porches and colorful fridges blend with modern comforts like new beds and sustainable heating and cooling. When your group is not dining together, each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen. New for 2022 are cost-effective studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments in our recently updated Columbine Lodge.
Groups who prefer to lodge together may opt for 1911 Missions House Lodge. This sleeps up to 16 in eight, en-suite bedrooms and hosts up to 35 in its spacious, wood-paneled reception space. Another favorite is the sustainably restored Mary H. Galey Cottage. This sleeps 12 and hosts up to 40 with a state-of-the-art marble kitchen, concealed elevator, and two stunning outdoor decks overlooking Boulder and the Flatirons.

Every year, thousands of couples travel to take their wedding pictures at Chautauqua. Why not keep the party together and make our breathtaking views and historic indoor and outdoor venues the backdrop for your entire “I do” experience?
Our personable wedding coordinators will help you plan and customize every aspect of your dream wedding. This can range from arranging the rehearsal dinner and safe on-site lodging for the bridal parties and guests, through selecting the perfect ceremony, reception venues, catering, and bar packages.

The 1918 Grand Assembly Hall was beautifully restored in 2022 with new lighting, furnishings, and the latest AV setup. It has its own covered verandah and separate Bride and Grooms rooms to make your day flow smoothly. All our venues make it extra easy and great value for couples by including all linens, furnishings, AV equipment, and tableware. For those who prefer an outdoor ceremony or reception, the terrace by our famous Auditorium with stunning Flatirons views will fit the bill. Chautauqua is also accustomed to providing lodging and receptions for other Colorado ceremony venues such as churches, civil weddings, and the City of Boulder’s Chautauqua Green and Sunrise Amphitheater. Our simple wedding packages, with catering from Chautauqua’s exclusive catering partner Three Leaf Concepts, offer ample choices while making it easy for you to compare prices and amenities. It doesn’t stop there. Our team can also suggest local hair-dressing, make-up, spa services, and floral suppliers to determine suitable hikes on our trails and work with you on customized group experiences. These range from yoga and mindfulness sessions to banish pre-wedding jitters to pre or post-nuptial guided hikes for out-of-town guests. Choose Chautauqua for your wedding and not only will all your photos be out of this world, but you and your guests will create memories that last a lifetime. You may even decide to stay on with us for your honeymoon! To connect with our dedicated weddings team, email: [email protected]