There’s a growing trend around the world that pairs perfectly with the new wave of cannabis legalization in the United States and abroad: the preference of vacation rentals over hotels.
This shift away from the corporate side of lodging makes sense; when tourists want to experience a new city, they don’t just want food and entertainment. Travelers demand a cultural immersion, and staying in private homes provides just the right dose of authentic living for eager visitors. Trip Advisor, Home Away, VRBO, and AirBNB have quickly risen to the top as mainstream sites for consumers to connect with home owners, but the acceptance of cannabis in these websites has been slow to gain traction. What is a poor 420 friendly traveler to do? That’s where BudandBreakfast.com steps in–the leader for connecting like minded individuals in the hospitality industry.
One of their premier properties, Bella Vista Estate, provides luxurious large group lodging in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. While encouraging clients to partake legally, staff embrace a healthy way to enjoy cannabis, and are also available for planning your dream itinerary. If you are visiting the region for a holiday, to celebrate a milestone family event, or just hang out with friends, Bella Vista combines the best in Western tradition and modern amenities, and will provide an unforgettable vacation rental experience. Although reunions, retreats, and ski trips have been the most common groups at this estate for the past decade, destination weddings have become extremely popular in the last 5 years, given the resort’s breathtaking panoramic views. Plus, there are very few rules at the estate, so unlike other venues, couples have the freedom to design their big day from start to finish.
Recently, engaged couples have the opportunity to win a free wedding at Bella Vista Estate in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with Love and Marij and Cultivating Spirits. Love and Marij birthed the concept of a classy cannabis giveaway once CEO (former producer of Pot Barons on MSNBC) Niki McDonald saw how popular the “weeding” industry is for alternative couples. This special contest is co-hosted by Colorado’s premier cannabis event company, Cultivating Spirits, a recognizable brand that has introduced a refined cannabis evening of fun with their unique approach to food, wine and flower for the consumer. The Weeding winners will enjoy over $20,000 worth of prizes for their complimentary union.
Whether participants are ambitious tourists, first time users, or seasoned aficionados, Cultivating Spirits and Love and Marij are emphasizing education and safe imbibing practices with their upscale contest. The #IsupportMarijEquality campaign poses to work for the larger goal of helping all see cannabis in a new light–not just contestants. In a time of desperate need for us to help governments, patients and citizens shun the “War on Drugs” mentality, the world is in dire need of mainstream weedings to set the bar for high standards.
CEO of Cultivating Spirits, Philip Wolf, is paving the way for what many of us in the cannabis industry strive for: a rebranding of user identity. It is of considerable importance that a marketing and branding guru invests more of his work towards redefining this historical crop, and Mr. Wolf encourages us all to stop focusing on trademarks and dedicate more to the trade. We no longer grow in our basements, hide our passion, or stealthily conceal ourselves as we indulge in this sacred plant. Cultivating Spirits recognizes and employs a proud population that is pro THC and the communal mission; staff members create safe and savory occasions for partaking so that clients may step out of the harsh and misleading “stoner” persona, and come out of the closet as sophisticated cannabis supporters. Just as the craft brewer or skilled winery rep is not labeled a drunk or an alcoholic, Mr. Wolf is helping us discover new ways to be marijuana enthusiasts in an upscale fashion. He has gained national recognition for being the sativa sommelier, the innovator of indica, the kush connoisseur.
From spearheading initiatives in global events such as Winter X Games in Aspen (guests include multi-millionaires and A-list celebrities), to private honeymoon tours (folks like you and me), Cultivating Spirits has tackled the branding and marketing beast that is inherent around marijuana to rename the game. The company is currently involved in many exciting projects, including the Love and Marij proposition for cannabis equality, proving their business model is much larger than just hospitality. Bella Vista has also partnered with Cultivating Spirits to host Medicinal Mindfulness retreats at the Estate. You can also look for their Cannabis Wedding Expo, set to hit Denver in January.
Mr. Wolf recently attended a weeding at Bella Vista for the CEO and founder of BudandBreakfast.com, Shayan Bastani. He and his gorgeous bride, Courtney, were the perfect canna-couple to set the stage for an autumn ceremony and reception. Guests ranged from age 8 months to 80 years, and they tastefully created an atmosphere of respect for the plant and their families. A friendly Cigar and Bud Bar was stationed right by the pool, so folks who hadn’t had a toke since the ‘60s felt perfectly at ease reconnecting with cannabis, and then returning to the tent for the main scene. Read more on the blog post of their special day on Love and Marij.com.
LoveandMarij.com started as a way to spark change in the way people think to use cannabis. Having the right to enjoy legal marijuana is tremendous, but I’m on a mission to elevate the social acceptance of WHERE and HOW people should be able to legally recreate!
Love and Marij’s creator believes there should be a cannabar next to every open bar at every wedding where the law permits and that anyone who wants to take a limo out on the town to drink the night away should have the option to enjoy cannabis in that limo and have a cannabis infused meal should they choose to.
While people in states where marijuana is legal are technically able to enjoy these luxuries, only a handful of business owners will actually allow cannabis on their properties, making it difficult to enjoy cannabis outside of the home. By creating a hub of articles and imagery that celebrate new trends in cannabis use, Love and Marij aims to demystify cannabis use in social and upscale settings and inspire more people to enjoy cannabis openly!
Love and Marij is inspired by pioneers in the cannabis experience industry like Cultivating Spirits, who hosts sophisticated food, wine & cannabis paring experiences, Buds and Blossoms, who can incorporate cannabis into any floral arrangement and Puff Pass and Paint, where people can legally smoke and express their creative side. We write about cannabis friendly date ideas, real weed weddings and we list vendors that are cannabis friendly. We also have a shop where we highlight gifts perfect for cannabis friendly couples!
To help get the message out there, we are hosting a contest to give away a FREE upscale cannabis wedding at Bella Vista Estate in Steamboat Springs, CO, where any newly engaged couple or any couple that wants to renew their vows is welcome to enter to win over $20,000 worth of prizes! We are also the titvle sponsor of the world’s first Cannabis Wedding Expo in Denver, CO on January 17th, 2016 where the general public can check out the world’s first cannabis wedding vendors and experience the BYO Cannabis Lounge! If you want to help in our crusade to make the world a more cannabis friendly place, follow us on social media and send us your ideas, products, party photos and press releases so we can spread the word! www.loveandmarij.com