(credit: Table Mountain Inn)
The holidays bring family, friends and joy to the Denver area. Along with that joy often comes stress and the need to get away for a bit. But this it can be tough this time of year, what with all the other expenses. However, there are some great places right outside of Denver for people suffering from holiday stress to relax and rejuvenate before or after their planned holiday activities.
1 Lake Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
The holiday season at the Broadmoor is an experience. No doubt most people searching for a holiday getaway would not even think to be able to stay at such a luxurious hotel. But this charming Colorado Springs hotel offers a winter package for the entire family which includes free meals for the kids, discounts at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, nearby bowling and a free fitness class for the parents. With any luck, there will be some snow on the resort grounds to reflect off the lake and the beautifully lighted trees. Just a night or two in this gorgeous old hotel that was built in 1918 will make the guests forget about all of their cares. With more than 300 days of Colorado sunshine, there is plenty to see and do including hiking at Garden of the Gods Park, The Pikes Peak Cog Railway and the fun shopping at Old Colorado City.
Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast
1572 Race St.
Denver, CO 80206
Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle for a weekend? Built in 1889, The Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast has rooms that go along with the charm of its original architecture. With its ideal location and amazing hosts, guests won’t want to go back home. The Raymond Room and the Van Cise Room offer the perfect romantic setting. The innkeepers create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere where guests can mingle and chat as hotels guests did before the age of TV and radio. Not too many places offer tea and cookies at check-in time as well as later in the evening. It’s the special touches that make it memorable.
Bears Inn Bed and Breakfast
27425 Spruce Lane
Evergreen, CO 80439
Built in 1928, this relaxing and cozy bed and breakfast tucked away just up the road in Evergreen is an affordable and close getaway. Evergreen offers beautiful hikes, fun little shops and bars and restaurants in the old downtown area. The mountains have plenty to explore such as the Jefferson County Open Space trails and the historic Hiwan Homestead Museum. The rooms have views of the meadow and incredible wildlife along with snow-capped Mt. Evans. The innkeepers offer warm and friendly service with afternoon tea, coffee and snacks. The fireplace, hot tub and delicious breakfast make this spot an ideal getaway from the craziness of the holidays.
12060 Calle Corvo
Colorado Springs, CO 80926
Get away to relax in the Colorado Springs high desert at the Hughes Hacienda Bed & Breakfast. There will be no worries about breaking the holiday budget with this little gem just over an hour outside of downtown Denver. The charm of the southwestern décor in the middle of the beautiful desert backdrop makes this place an amazing getaway from Denver. The innkeepers serve up gourmet breakfasts along with incredible hospitality. There is nothing like a bed and breakfast to feel like living in another world for a couple of days.
Table Mountain Inn
1310 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Just up the road is a fun holiday getaway called the Table Mountain Inn. Although it has fabulous packages filled with romance and nightlife, it also offers rooms for as low as $139 a night. Even if a visitor to Golden has been there before, the Coors Brewery Tour is always a fun way to spend an afternoon. Nestled in the heart of downtown Golden, this fabulous little hotel is close to plenty of restaurants and shopping. Just up the path is Lookout Mountain Road where Buffalo Bill’s Gravesite and Museum can be found along with some beautiful hiking in good weather. The friendly staff and very comfortable rooms are exactly what the worn-out holiday Denverite needs.
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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.