Unique Bed & Breakfasts in the Mountains
The words “bed and breakfast” may conjure images of Victorian lace and teacups. And while those bed and breakfasts do exist, there are many that buck the stereotype.
I’ve stayed in bed and breakfasts across England and the western United States, and each stay has been a unique experience. Here are a few mountain properties I’d like to share with you.
Pikes Peak Paradise Bed & Breakfast, Woodland Park, Colorado
Located outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pikes Peak Paradise is not your grandma’s bed and breakfast. This purpose-built bed and breakfast features modern art and rooms with contemporary themes.
In addition to jetted tubs and flat screen televisions, each room has a spectacular view of Pikes Peak. In fact, the region’s most prominent mountain is visible from nearly every window of the bed and breakfast.
Proprietor Ron Pijut serves up a beautifully plated breakfast that tastes as good as it looks.
Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast, Crested Butte, Colorado
Located in one of Colorado’s most authentic mountain towns, Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast has a charm that can only be found in Crested Butte. I felt at home the moment I walked across the squeaky wooden floors and settled into my comfy second-floor room.
During the summer, guests can borrow a Purple Mountain bicycle and tool around town or head up to the ski resort. Year round, guests are invited to partake in an afternoon beer tasting at the bed and breakfast, adding to the Colorado-feel of this special place.
Mountain Goat Lodge, Salida, Colorado
Life is good at the Mountain Goat Lodge outside of Salida, Colorado. Where else can you pet goats, commune with ducks and chickens, and sit in a luscious greenhouse with a cup of afternoon tea?
A million miles from the stress of everyday life, the Mountain Goat Lodge is a modern bed and breakfast with a farm twist. Guests can stay in one of the large guest rooms in the lodge or choose to “rough it” in one of the retro campers on the property.
Breakfast often includes items from proprietor Gina Marcell’s greenhouse. This bed and breakfast frequently hosts yoga retreats and offers workshops on everything from raising goats to making cheese.
Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards, Hotchkiss, Colorado
Excellent wine, gourmet food, and good conversation are what awaits at Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyard in Hotchkiss, Colorado. Located in Delta County, an area that features more sheep than humans, Leroux Creek is a retreat you won’t soon forget.
The scenery at Leroux is like something out of a French film; vineyards abound, and happy ducks and friendly dogs laze about the property. To top it off, Yvon Gros, the European-born proprietor of Leroux, is the perfect leading man. His wine and food will leave you yearning to come back.