Top Inns In Colorado’s Mountains

October 14, 2011 2:32 PM


When the charm and beauty of an intimate inn combine with the splendor of the Colorado mountains, the result is an unsurpassed getaway that really feels “away.” Some of Colorado’s scores of inns are luxurious, others are simple. All are distinctive. In addition to atmosphere and often a connection with Colorado history, inns offer such amenities as a tranquil place to curl up with a good book, an outdoor hot tub, a workout room or porch or terrace with a view of those matchless mountains. For guests who must be connected, free WiFi is now the rule rather than the exception. Some inns have small meeting rooms, many are suitable for weddings and all work for a romantic interlude in a couple’s busy schedule. Add a good, homemade breakfast each morning and the ministrations of a caring innkeeper, and you have a winning combination.
the peck house Top Inns In Colorados Mountains


The Peck House

83 Sunny Ave., Empire, CO 80438
(303) 569-9870

The Peck House’s bragging rights are that it is Colorado’s oldest operating hostelry. It was built in 1860 as the Peck family home and began operating as an inn in 1862. Its 10 antique-filled guest rooms without televisions or telephones rewind the calendar to an earlier era, when comfort rather than grandiosity were the marks of hospitality. A small parlor invites quiet socializing, and the inn’s restaurant serves American and Continental classics. Set back from U.S. 40 just 2 miles from I-70, the Peck House is surrounded by extensive gardens.

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Rochester Hotel & Leland House

721 E 2nd Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 385-1920
These two historic buildings across the street from each other are under the same family ownership and management. Built in 1892, the Rochester Hotel has 15 rooms, and the Leland House, built in 1927 as an apartment house, has 10 rooms. All guest rooms and all public spaces are filled with antiques and memorabilia – and ineffable charm. Gourmet breakfast with a changing entrée every day is served year-round in the Rochester Hotel lobby and in summer also in the hotel’s old-fashioned train car or flower-filled courtyard. In the afternoon, tea and fresh-baked cookies are set out, too. Cruiser bikes are available free of charge for guests to explore delightful Durango.

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Taharaa Mountain Lodge

3110 S. St. Vrain (Hwy. 7)
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 577-0098
This sprawling, luxury lodge is decorated in a Rocky Mountain motif with beautiful Western art throughout. Rugs, pottery, paintings and basketry from the region adorn the public spaces and nine rooms and nine suites. The Taharaa serves gourmet breakfast in the dining room or on the adjacent deck, and afternoon refreshments are set out in the Great Room next to a huge, crackling fire. The outdoor spa set in a spacious gazebo provides relaxation with a fantastic mountain view. The lodge normally requires three-night stays in high season and two nights in low season but will accommodate one-night requests if available.

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The Thomas House

307 E. First St.
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-7104

Built in 1888 to accommodate Denver and Rio Grande Railroad workers, The Thomas House is now a bed-and-breakfast within walking distance of Salida’s downtown shops and restaurants, and near the Arkansas River and on the lee side of the mighty Sawatch Range. There are two rooms with a shared sitting room and three suites in the historic main house and a cottage accommodating up to four. All are furnished differently from the floral Mt. Shavano to the yellow, green and blue hued quilts of the Mt. Ouray Suite. The Thomas House serves a full cooked breakfast every morning, and wireless Internet as well as an outdoor hot tub is available for guests’ enjoyment.

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