We had the good fortune of connecting with Aly + Orlin Camerlo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aly + Orlin, how do you think about risk?
We believe that there truly is no reward without risk. Taking risks has fueled most of our decisions when building and starting our own businesses. Both my husband and I have taken many risks over the years in our personal and professional lives. From each starting our own businesses, to starting our family and moving to a new location and building our most recent adventure. The risks we have taken over the years have rewarded us with the ability for our family to flourish in a wonderful community and for us to build a career in a place we love.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Barn at Howard Creek Farm is a unique, historic barn wedding venue in the heart of the Rockies in Howard, Colorado. Our barn was standing in Indiana for 160 years. We had it dismantled, shipped to our property and we rebuilt it to host weddings in 2019. Unfortunately, timing was not on our side and our first season was hit pretty hard with the pandemic that struck early in 2020. Luckily we were able to host a few weddings and salvage a little bit of our season. 2021 was much better for us and 2022 is looking bright. We had many challenges to overcome throughout the building process and our first year being what it was, but we know we have an experience we want to share and a special place to give couples memories of a lifetime. We have had to really stay positive in this crazy environment and keep striving to introduce our venue to the industry. We are a family owned and run business with a love for what we do and where we do it. We want to give couples a unique experience on their wedding day with outstanding customer service, a one-of-a-kind barn and remarkable views surrounding them.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Our area of the state is so fun and special. There are so many things to do all year round. Depending on the season, we would ski at Monarch, raft the Arkansas River, Hike any of the many amazing trails, visit Mt Princeton Hot Springs and generally just enjoy downtown Salida. We would definitely eat at The Biker + The Baker, Sweeties, The Fritz and Amicas. We would shop at Yolo, Opal and Salida Mountain Sports. We would visit Soulcraft, and Tres Litros breweries. In the summer we would catch live music in Riverside Park.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We would like to thank our 2 daughters. They have been the most supportive and helpful kids throughout their young lives! We are lucky to be their parents. Plus, they definitely keep us entertained and on our toes!

Website: howardcreekfarm.com

Instagram: @howardcreekfarm

Facebook: @howardcreekfarm

Image Credits
Photographers: YellowFeather Photography. Madeline J Studios Ele Hart Photography Taylor Jones Photography Justyna Butler Photography

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