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Breaking Ground and Building the Future: The Ranahan by Welk Resorts

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Ranahan by Welk Resorts
by: Suzanna Kincaid | June 18, 2018

Construction has begun! On June 7, 2018, we broke ground on The Ranahan by Welk Resorts in gorgeous Breckenridge, CO. We’re very excited to get started on this new addition to the Welk family of resorts! Close to the historic mountain town and on the beautiful Blue River, The Ranahan will sit in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, providing visitors easy access to everything that beautiful Colorado has to offer.

Groundbreaking ceremony for The Ranahan by Welk Resorts

Many locals joined our hard-working team to celebrate the exciting day.

The celebratory crowd included Breckenridge Mayor pro tem Elizabeth Lawrence along with Denver sports mascots Dinger (Colorado Rockies), Bernie (Colorado Avalanche), and the Denver Nuggets Dancers as they welcomed us in true Colorado spirit throughout the day’s festivities. In addition to partnerships with these national sports franchises, we’re forming lasting relationships throughout the local community as we continue to live the Welk values and give back.

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.

Breckenridge Mayor pro tem Elizabeth Lawrence speaks at the groundbreaking.

“Welcome Welk Family, staff and Owners to the town of Breckenridge,” said Breckenridge Mayor pro tem Elizabeth Lawrence. “Citizens and Town officials look forward to the completion of the The Ranahan and a meaningful partnership and addition to the fabric of our community.”

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.

Two of the Denver Nuggets Dancers join the crowd at our celebration.

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.

The local wildlife was out in full force when Bernie from the Colorado Avalanche stopped by.

At the groundbreaking, our CEO Jon Fredricks announced the future employee housing units, which are scheduled for completion during Phase I. These units will allow our low-income team members to find affordable housing and a great place to stay, live, and enjoy the area. This project will be vital for the community since Breckenridge has such a small amount of housing to support the people who work hard, day in and day out.

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.

Jon Fredricks presents a donation to the Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk.

As part of the afternoon’s celebration, Welk Resorts made a surprise $10,000 donation to the Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk in Breckenridge. The walk supports heart health programs in Summit County.

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.

Welk Vice President of Sales Trina Miller cutting the red ribbon in front of Gibbs’ Barn Preview Center.

We also celebrated the grand opening of the Gibbs’ Barn Preview Center. This center uses some of the latest technology to help guests and Owners preview our beautiful properties, as well as the amazing benefits Welk has to offer.

View from the Gibbs' Barn Preview Center.

View from the Gibb’s Barn Preview Center.

The Ranahan by Welk Resorts groundbreaking ceremony.

Rendering of the planned exterior for Phase I of The Ranahan.

Located on six acres of a scenic bend in the Blue River and minutes from the world-class Breckenridge Ski Resort, the first phase of resort accommodations is expected to open, weather and construction conditions permitting, in late 2019.

Some of the beautiful scenery found in Breckenridge near The Ranahan by Welk Resorts.

Some of the beautiful scenery found in Breckenridge near The Ranahan by Welk Resorts.

The resort is just a 10-minute ride from the heart of the historic town of Breckenridge; 20 minutes from Frisco and Lake Dillon for sailing, biking and fishing; adjacent to area ghost towns, rail lines and historic mines; across the street from the public Breckenridge Golf Club; next to Summit County’s popular paved recreational pathways system; just over an hour from nearby casinos; under an hour from Vail, Beaver Creek and many other popular ski mountains; and is conveniently about two hours away from the Denver International Airport. The Ranahan has enough area amenities and attractions to pique the interest of any visitor.

For more details about the exciting plans in store for The Ranahan, head over to our Welk Resorts Breckenridge page and stay up-to-date with all the progress!

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20 Responses

  1. joy draper says:

    Would love to know just when Welk is going to build the promised (over 2 years ago) resort in Poipu Beach Kauai

    • Welk Resorts says:

      Hi Joy, thanks for asking! We have purchased land in Po’ipu, Kauai, and the projected construction is 2020-2021. We also have The Cliffs at Princeville, which is part of the Experiences Collection by Welk Resorts and is now available for Owners. Hope this helps!

  2. Paul Robertson says:

    As an Elite owner, I am very interested in being on the list for first reservations when the Ranahan is completed. We are regular visitors to Breckenridge and normally stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. It will be nice to stay in our own resort.

    • Welk Resorts says:

      Hi Paul, thanks for being an Owner with us! We’re so glad to hear that you already enjoy the city of Breckenridge and are looking forward to the opening of The Ranahan!

  3. Patricia woods says:

    What is the projected completion date do that we might book it?

    • Welk Resorts says:

      Hi Patricia! We’re projecting that the completion of Phase 1 will be in late 2019, though it does depend on weather and construction conditions. If you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll be the first to receive updates on the progress and information on future bookings!

  4. Richard Felix says:

    What exact date is a supposed to open?

    • Welk Resorts says:

      Hi Richard! Our projected date for the completion of Phase 1 is late 2019, but it depends on weather and construction conditions. If you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll be the first to receive updates on the progress!

  5. Luis See says:

    I’m super excited about this, but I love the fact, that you’re adding to the community by adding employee housing, even more. Can’t wait 😀

    • Welk Resorts says:

      Hi Luis, we’re so glad to hear your excitement! The employee housing units will be a wonderful addition to the property. We can’t wait to provide more updates on the status of the Resort!

  6. Gary Ewing says:

    So, is the new resort in Hawaii finished yet? Colorado is nice, but let’s finish what’s already in progress…..we’ve been waiting a long time!

    • Welk Resorts says:

      Hi Gary, thanks for checking in! Land was purchased in Po’ipu, Kauai, and our projected construction for the property is 2020-2021. For an alternative option, we offer The Cliffs at Princeville, which is part of the Experiences Collection by Welk Resorts and is available to Owners. For more updates, you can visit https://welkresorts.com/planned-development/.

  7. Phyllis Ward says:

    So happy to hear that you will have a resort in Poi’pu

    • Welk Resorts says:

      Hi Phyllis, we’re so glad that you’re looking forward to the Resort and to share your excitement!

  8. Phyllis Ward says:

    So happy to hear that you will have a resort in Poi’pu in Kauai in 2020-2021. We have reservations at the Cliffs in Princeville in late August. This will be our second time to Kauai and our first time at the Cliffs. Real excited to get there. We love Kauai.

  9. Lynn Ryberg says:

    Are there going to be any one bedroom units available at Ranahan?

    • Welk Resorts says:

      Hi Lynn, thanks for asking! The Resort will have 2-bedroom standard units as well as 2-bedroom lock-off units, which are comprised of a large 1-bedroom and small 1-bedroom villa. Hope this helps!

  10. Adrian Garcia says:

    This is good, and I already have some friends wanting to rent some time from me for this new resort, but, as a couple of other people have mentioned about finishing up things that have been started, when is the 4th wing in Cabo going to be completed? I know the hurricane set the timing of everything back a bit, but honestly, this should be completed before Breckinridge or Kauai, especially since the resort seems to always be full when I go, and I go every 3-4 months.

    • Welk Resorts says:

      Hi Adrian! We do not have any current timelines for future expansion in Cabo at Sirena Del Mar, but we do look forward to seeing you at Welk Resorts Breckenridge when it’s completed!

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