Welcome to the Rochester Hotel, a home for each and every traveler visiting the San Juan mountains and Durango, Colorado area. Our mission is to provide a relaxing escape for our guests while they receive the very best customer service and care. One of our favorite things to share with our guests is our love for our community and area events. Stop by R Space Durango for one of our unique events all year round and read more about what's happening in our neighborhood!
Released in 1971, 'Support Your Local Gunfighter' is a classic comic western sharing a lot of the same cast and crew of 'Support Your Local Sheriff!' which came out two years before. It spoofs such westerns as 'A Fistful of Dollars' and 'Yojimbo'. Starring the likes of James Garner, Jack Elam, and Suzanne Pleshette this movie can be a real who's who of it's era.
This was, in fact, Jack Elam's third time filming a movie in Durango, CO. The one previous was this film's predecessor, 'Support Your Local Sheriff!'. For 'Support Your Local Gunfighter', Jack had to hang off the Durango-Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad train. Being terrified of heights, this was an incredibly intense scene for him to complete.
Here at the Rochester Hotel, Room #102 is themed for ''Support Your Local Gunfighter.' This king room is currently running at a rate of $189 per night, and is located near the iconic front entrance to our 140 year old hotel. Call 970-385-1920 to book your stay!
"A man should spread happiness as he walks through life."
-Latigo, 'Support Your Local Gunfighter'.
Join us at the Durango Celtic Festival - happening from March 12-14, 2020!
See link for ticket info:
“Four things you cannot recover: the stone after the throw. the word after it is said. the occasion after it is missed. the time after it is gone."
― Celtic proverb.
DURANGO FILM FESTIVAL'S MISSION
"We bring a community together with independent filmmakers for the unique opportunity to experience and discuss global, innovative, and diverse films."
This year's films include "Above the Clouds" by Leon Chambers, "The Weight of Water" by Michael C. Brown, "Dark Harbor" by Cory Pyke, "Bullied" by Thomas Keith, "Lost Bayou" by Murray Roth, "Lupe" by Kerry Michelle, "Wings" by Brian de Herrera-Schnering, "Par for the Course" by Kody Kohlman and Lilah Strauss, "The Ridge of Dreams" by Ben Sturgulewski, and "Effigy - Poison and the City" by Udo Flohr.
See the link for a full schedule:
“Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes."
― Director, Robert Altman
History of the Rochester Hotel feature: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
Paul Newman is probably best known for his role as Butch Cassidy. Robert Redford sky-rocketed his movie career through his role as the Sundance Kid.
This movie is fun, funny, thrilling, and historical. The real Butch Cassidy and Sundance pulled off one of their greatest get-aways riding straight through center of Telluride, just two hours car ride north of Durango.
One of the most famous scenes from the film, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," has to be when they jumped from a rocky cliff down 70ft. into a rushing rapid river. "I can't swim!," Redford's Sundance exclaims in fear. "Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill ya," Newman's Cassidy responds with a laugh. It's classic Hollywood adventure comedy, and was shot near Baker's Bridge just north of Durango.
Here at the Rochester Hotel, Room #203 is themed for 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.' This king room is currently running at a rate of $189 per night, and is located on the second floor overlooking our Secret Garden.
Call 970-385-1920 to book your stay!
Is that what you call giving cover?
Is that what you call running? If I knew you were going to stroll..."
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with close friends and family. When you stay at the Rochester Hotel, that is exactly what you will be! Spread out and and lounge in our spacious king rooms and queen suites. The whole family will be comfortable and happy to know we are walking distance to many wonderful restaurants for your holiday meal! Click here for a list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner. Let us host you this Thanksgiving - you are family here!
“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.”
– Alexander Pope
R Space will be hosting a special new local sculptor, Meg Kelly, for Noel Night.
Meg describes her art in this way, "I concocted the idea that I would only create art that was depicting happiness, art that would bring a smile to anyone who looked at it. In my mind, I knew instantly that my subject matter would be combining the two loves of my life: dogs and humor. I dedicate each and every piece of art I create to my mom, who taught me the incredible value of keeping a sense of humor to our end."
Friday, December 6th, 2019
Each year on the charming downtown 2nd Avenue in Durango, we welcome autumn with an annual tribute to all this special season has to offer! It's hard to beat September in Colorado, especially when artists from around the region gather in historic downtown to display incredible pieces of work.
Almost rivaling the bright colors of the changing mountainside, you'll be captivated by a multitude of creations! As you explore different mediums, and even the seemingly different worlds of our many featured artists, stroll past boutique businesses and restaurants on 2nd Avenue to make your quaint, small-town-ambiance complete.
This event is put on by the Durango Arts Center, a non-profit arts organization serving Durango and the Four Corners region.
September 21st - 22nd, 2019
Learn more about the Durango Autumn Arts Festival.
Visit Durango for its second season of PlayFest! This summer event will begin its second season ever with fabulous creations of entertainment for the arts & humanities and all of their enthusiasts. Playwrights test out their newest works for ticketed audiences, and emerging artists in Durango have an opportunity to display their talents!
The festival features plays, panels, workshops, and even a festival party. Hosted by Wendie Malick and Dan Lauria, PlayFest brings well-known actors to Durango for the event that wraps up summer in the mountains!
PlayFest Mission: "To attract nationally known and emerging artists to Durango, to engage and educate the community while bolstering economic vitality through the development of new works in an intimate and collaborative forum. We strive to make professional artistic expertise and experience accessible to students, educators and community members in the Four Corners region and provide a nurturing environment for playwrights to develop their new work."
August 5th - 10th, 2019
“May we all come to realize that education and the humanities should be valued for nurturing our minds and society as a whole, and not only as a means to build future careers."
- Newton Lee
We are excited to be hosting Bradley Kachnowicz in the lobby of the Rochester Hotel starting in August! Bradley's work is truly unique as he combines abstract and representational styles and even uses natural materials such as sand and dried herbs to make his work unique as texture brings it alive.
The Rochester will be hosting an art opening to welcome Bradley complete with wine for purchase and an evening of exploration into the deeper meaning of creativity. Below are a couple lines from Bradley about his work:
Returning Artist: Bradley Kachnowicz
"My purpose as an artist is simply to be true to my vision… The impetus to Authentic expression. How this is received and experienced in the eye, the mind or the heart of the observer, I leave exclusively to the viewer to decide."
Art Show Opening: August 2019
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
– Henry Ward Beecher