Dillon Marina finds the perfect pairings with women, wine and water on July 19
Wine makes everything better.
Just ask Shannon Jakoby, the office manager for Dillon Marina and brain behind the “Women and Wine on the Water” events, held this month on July 19. A few years ago, she attended a fundraiser that featured wine in a low-key, laid-back setting, and after raving about the event, she had a “eureka” moment: Why not bring the same thing to Lake Dillon?
The Women and Wine events at Dillon Marina debuted last summer to local acclaim, and then returned this summer on June 21 with a sold-out boat. (If Jakoby gets enough people this month, she’ll add a second boat to the afternoon.) Despite the threat of rain, about 20 ladies from across the state and country loaded a covered pontoon boat for a relaxing afternoon on the water: a group from Loveland, another group from Denver, yet another group from Texas. Folks ranged in ages from 30 to 60 years old and each one brought a bottle of wine from the California region — the only requirement for the day. Everything else, including hors d’oeuvres and fun facts from the boat captain on a two-hour tour, were provided with the $50 registration fee. In comparison, a two-hour pontoon rental through the marina begins at $175.
“The women rave about it. They just love it,” said Gina Lago, a marina crewmember and the captain who guided the first Women and Wine tour in June. “I saw a couple women in town who were on the tour and they were talking about how they loved meeting new people, how they loved being on the water, they loved the food — just being on the water together was a privilege they enjoyed.”
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More than wine
Wine might be the hook, but the upcoming tour on July 19 is much more than a chance to share sips from the big, bold winemaking regions of Argentina. As Lago says, the tours give women of all ages a chance to meet, socialize and connect on a leisurely cruise around Lake Dillon, surrounded on all sides by stunning scenery: the Tenmile Range to the south, the Gore Range to the west, the wide-open expanses of the Blue River valley to the north, the Continental Divide and homes along the Snake River arm to the east.
“I love it because in this county there aren’t many ways you can get a large group of women together, especially of different ages, and get everyone in such a small space,” said Lago, who’s in her second summer leading Women and Wine tours on the lake. “A lot of them don’t know each other, so you see them opening up and having fun and making friends. I just love the community of it.”
Of course, it never hurts if everyone can also agree on music for the afternoon. Lago set the radio to the Supremes station soon after leaving the marina, and within minutes, everyone was laughing and singing along. The only thing missing was a dance floor.
“What was cool on this last tour is that everyone was on the same page, music-wise,” Lago said. “Everyone was singing, sharing wine, and it was cool to see the crossing of the generations.”
Even though the last tour nearly ran into foul weather on the Dillon side of the lake, Lago led her tour toward the islands outside of Frisco Bay Marina, where the sun was shining between cracks in the clouds. An experienced captain is yet another perk of the tours, which are only canceled if weather gets really nasty. July afternoons are notorious for rainstorms, but Lago said there’s nothing quite like watching the sun set behind the Gore and Tenmile ranges from the water.
“We just like to be comfortable taking questions, answering questions, talking with other people — just facilitating a good atmosphere,” Lago said of her role as captain. “Shannon has a vibe she’s going for, so she definitely likes having captains that can provide a good time for everyone.”
For Jakoby, the events have limitless potential. If this summer continues to draw sold-out boats, she’ll consider hosting events every other week next year. Until then, spots for the remaining three dates (July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13) are still available. To register, visit the marina website at DillonMarina.com or call the marina office at (970) 468-5100.
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