Estes Park

The Nashville Music Masters Academy takes place in unique destinations.

The Stanley Hotel is located in Estes Park, Colorado at the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Academy is in the Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel is famous for its old world charm. Offering four different Estes Park accommodation experiences including historic rooms, modern apartment-style residences for extended stays, and expansive condominiums on the legendary grounds overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park. The Stanley offers over 14,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space equipped with modern amenities and several stunning indoor and outdoor wedding venues. Only an hour away from Denver, it is the ideal destination for your Colorado vacation getaway.


This is an all-inclusive academy with a culinary five star experience and luxury accommodations.




  • Songwriting workshops
  • Recording your song
  • Songwriting critique
  • Real world studio set up
  • Real world recording technique
  • Lodging and 3 meals a day



  • Real world personal studio setup
  • Real world recording techniques
  • Mix critiques
  • In-depth mixing sessions
  • Recording
  • Lodging and 3 meals a day


  • Transportation to the Academy
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Sightseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own


1. Falls River Visitor Center

Frank Lloyd Wright fans might be tempted to visit Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on the way into Rocky Mountain National Park as his firm designed it, but Beaver Meadows is not as architecturally intriguing as Fallingwater or Wright’s other notable accomplishments. Aside from naturally decorated exterior walls, this is little more than a pretty building in a pretty place. Those wishing to actually reap the benefits of a visitor’s center will be much better served at Falls River Visitor Center, which has a restaurant, museum and larger Colorado-themed gift shop for your tacky trinket obsession. 

2. Bear Lake Trailhead

This is the busiest trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. The parking lot immediately adjacent to the entrance is typically packed by sunrise and overflow guests are directed to the “park and ride” where they then board a shuttle. To avoid the crowds, opt for a sunset hike instead.

Bear Lake is steps away from the entrance. Nymph Lake, Emerald Lake and Dream Lake are all part of a two-hour trail from there, with Nymph Lake mirroring a scene out of a fairy tale since it is covered in countless lily pads. Guests looking for a full-day adventure can take the alternative trail leading past Alberta Falls, Loch Lake and up to Sky Pond instead, an approximately five-hour hike.

3. Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting in the Rocky Mountains is both scenic and refreshing, with water temperatures rising to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit on a good day. Those hoping for a thrill ride should aim to go in July, when the rivers are at their highest. Beginners, however, will enjoy discounted rides and more tranquil rapids toward the end of August.

If you are bold enough to partake, check out A Wanderlust Adventure in LaPorte, Colorado. They raft down the Cache La Poudre River, one of only five companies permitted to do so, and have an excellent team of guides that make the experience safe and enjoyable for beginners and advanced rafters alike.

4. Downtown Estes Park

There are more than 200 retailers, restaurants and attractions in downtown Estes Park, Rocky Mountain’s base camp, along Elkhorn and Moraine Avenues. Visitors will find freshly made taffy, fudge and caramel corn, enough to satisfy even the most indulgent sweet tooth. For those into arts and crafts, there are several places where you can purchase authentic Native American artifacts as well as pellets and blankets.

5. Alcoholic Afterthoughts

A day of hiking earns a liquid reward, and no place is more serious about its brew than Colorado. Treat yourself with a mini-brewery tour. There are five breweries total in Estes Park, most serving craft beer. If you’re a fan of a good IPA, check out Rock Cut Brewing Company. If spirits are more your poison, you won’t be disappointed by the Dancing Pines Distillery, featuring unique liqueur flavors like cherry tart.

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