Both parties have failed me, thankfully unaffiliated voters have a voice Squirrel Creek Lodge , an 18,square-foot former steakhouse in Littleton, looks a lot like any other event space used for corporate get-togethers or run-of-the-mill wedding parties. But Squirrel Creek has hidden depths. Nearly every weekend, droves of people visit for racy parties where open-minded couples meet other open-minded couples looking to spice up their sex lives. Owner Kendall Seifert said Squirrel Creek is the biggest venue of its kind in the nation.
Among other things, Squirrel Creek hosts Scarlet Ranch , a 50,member swingers club that Seifert started more than a decade ago, before selling it. For a busy event, 1, or more people show up, Sei-fert said. Nearby businesses are tapped for additional parking. Area hotels offer special rates and shuttles to people who come for the bashes. Squirrel Creek hosts fashion shows, volleyball tournaments, dance parties and more, most of it taking place on weekends.
On weekdays, Squirrel Creek hosts corporate parties, serves dinner to members and entertains different groups that want the facility more for its space than its provocative weekend vibe. Seifert said he started his first club in Evergreen because he was bored. The parties were a gas, he said, and things grew from there.
That club no longer exists. Good thing that her husband agreed. For about a decade, the Broomfield pair have hit swingers clubs, attended meet-and-greet events at bars, booked vacations at adults-only resorts, and gone on dates with people other than their spouses.
The largest study, conducted in by Bellarmine University sociologists Curtis Bergstrand and Jennifer Blevins Williams, found that 84 percent of swingers are married couples or in relationships and had been together for a little more than 10 years. Among swinging couples, marital happiness averaged Women on average are 31 when they embrace the lifestyle, while men are Seventy-two percent belong to religious institutions, compared with 61 percent in the general population.
Michelle Golland , a Los Angeles sex therapist, said she thinks swinging is increasingly popular in part because of the importance couples place on having positive attitudes toward sex. I want my husband to want me that way. And where the caricatured swinger is a potbellied, middle-aged dolt out for some easy action, the reality is less unsettling, she said. Adults of all ages participate, looking good matters, and players tend to have good jobs and fertile imaginations.
It seems more approachable and friendly, she said. The stigmas still thrive, even in Colorado, but they appear to be eroding, said Denver sex therapist Neil Cannon. For one thing, concerns about sexually transmitted diseases alarm many people. Also, jealousy renders many people incapable of letting a spouse run off with others for romps between the sheets.
And many of those who thrive in the lifestyle appreciate places such as Squirrel Creek. There are people who want to do this. Bitti said she has seen wary tip-toes into swinging build stronger relationships, and she has seen it rip apart couples. I have a boyfriend, and I met his wife for lunch yesterday.