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Jun 6, 2024

Embers Lodge Bar and The Fortunate Prospector Debut at the Front Range Resort

Gaylord Rockies Unveils Two New Immersive Dining Experiences And Grand Lodge Redesign

AURORA, Colo. — Gaylord Rockies Resort unveiled Embers Lodge Bar, The Fortunate Prospector, and a Grand Lodge redesign in April 2024, part of the current multi-year investment plan by ownership group Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP).

Embers Lodge Bar

Embers Lodge Bar boasts a 360-degree wrap around bar with spacious seating area accommodating up to 248 guests. Nestled amidst the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, it serves as a cherished hub to gather around two grand fireplaces to savor light snacks, Colorado-inspired cocktails and panoramic views. The minimalist color palette blending flame red, tawny gold, cream and coal complements the rugged beauty of the surrounding landscape.

The menu presents light bites including oysters and barbacoa sliders with indulgent drinks such as Ziggy Stardust, featuring a custom choice of vodka and spice level (mild, medium, hot), topped with a flamed cinnamon pour over. Embers has replaced the bar, Pinyons, and the Après Ski Village space—taking its rightful place as the crown jewel of the Grand Lodge.

The Fortunate Prospector

The resort's new English pub seats 134 and makes its home on the right side of the Grand Lodge. Inspired by the dark coziness of famous taverns across the pond and subtle nods to Colorado mining history, The Fortunate Prospector features detailed woodwork balancing both modern amenities and classic design elements from the Victorian era. The interior beam and column rhythm emulates precedent patterns from centuries ago, and thoughtful touches of art bring visions of London to Aurora. The menu pulls inspiration from traditional English roots featuring fish & chips, bangers and mash, Shepherd's pie, and sticky toffee pudding. The beverage menu presents Pimm's Cup and the Single-Handed Sailor (Bacardi Superior, demerara syrup, lime juice, and Angostura bitters), along with a 10-draft beer tower.

Guests are enveloped in the Legend of Earl, the dapper bighorn sheep, and iconic face of the restaurant. The legend recounts Earl's journey to bring his English charm to the Wild West, and subsequent discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains. Today, as an esteemed prospector with newfound interest in the culinary arts, he welcomes all to his pub in celebration of his prosperity amidst the gold rush.

"The average hotel renovates every seven to ten years, but we are adding more spaces for group and leisure customers only five years after opening our doors in 2018," said Suzy Hart, general manager of Gaylord Rockies Resort. "We are laser focused on continual investment in both meeting spaces and food and beverage experiences that are beyond the extraordinary. It's an impressive feat for the team and the reason we are trailblazers in bringing people together."

Enhancements will continue into 2024, with the two current restaurants (Monte Jade and Vista Montagne) re-concepting to a nutrient rich dining experience at Garden + Grain and true Colorado fare at Copper Table. Additionally, the resort will introduce a redesigned Old Hickory Steakhouse and a new 9,000-square-foot event space, Mountain View Pavilion, perfect for weddings and other social gatherings.

The additional enhancements will complement the Phase One investments completed in April 2023, including a redesign of the outdoor lawn spaces and the addition of dining terraces for Old Hickory Steakhouse and Mountain Pass Sports Bar. This investment in Gaylord Rockies is part of a long-term growth plan within the Gaylord Hotels brand, with ongoing enhancements in food and beverage, recreation, meeting space and guest rooms in all five properties.

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Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, located minutes from both the Denver International Airport and Downtown Denver, offers a mix of entertainment both inside and out, creating a superior guest experience to the "Gateway to the Rockies." Guests are welcomed to the resort's 85-acre property which features breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. The resort's amenities include family-friendly dining, an award-winning spa and fun in the resort's Arapahoe Springs Water Park all while ending the day with picture-perfect sunset views of the mountains.


Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a leading lodging and hospitality real estate investment trust that specializes in upscale convention center resorts and entertainment experiences. The Company's holdings include Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center; Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center; Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center; Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center; and Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, five of the top seven largest non-gaming convention center hotels in the United States based on total indoor meeting space. The Company also owns the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa as well as two ancillary hotels adjacent to our Gaylord Hotels properties. The Company's hotel portfolio is managed by Marriott International and includes a combined total of 11,414 rooms as well as more than 3 million square feet of total indoor and outdoor meeting space in top convention and leisure destinations across the country. RHP also owns a 70% controlling ownership interest in Opry Entertainment Group (OEG), which is composed of entities owning a growing collection of iconic and emerging country music brands, including the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, WSM 650 AM, Ole Red, Nashville-area attractions, and Block 21, a mixed-use entertainment, lodging, office and retail complex, including the W Austin Hotel and the ACL Live at the Moody Theater, located in downtown Austin, Texas. RHP operates OEG as its Entertainment segment in a taxable REIT subsidiary, and its results are consolidated in the Company's financial results.

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