Bross Hotel B&B

Innkeeper(s): Linda Lentz

Address: 312 Onarga Avenue, Paonia, CO  81428

Region: Southwest Region

Local Phone: (970) 527-6776

Fax: (970) 527-7737

Rate Range: $110 - $150

Check-In: 4:00 - 8:00 PM

Check-Out: 11:00 AM

Types of Payment Accepted: Cash, Visa, MasterCard

Types of Rooms: Rooms, Suites

Types of Meals Available: Breakfast

Ambiance: warm & welcoming

Number of Rooms: 10

Number of Baths: 10

Inn Description:

The Bross Hotel B&B has been Paonia’s premier lodging establishment for 110 years. Guests are welcomed in the front parlor and checked in to the 10 rooms, each with a private bath, located on the second and third floors. They are invited/encouraged to enjoy the perennial gardens, the porches, decks and patios, and the all-purpose lounge. The balcony is a favorite spot for a glass of wine before dinner. Located just one block from the town’s main intersection guests enjoy walking to fine restaurants, cultural activities, and shopping. The town park, the site of summer festivals and music events, is a short walk, also. The Bross Hotel is centrally located for participation in outdoor sports, visiting local wineries and farm markets, soaking in the beauty of the area and the art catalyzed by that beauty.

Inn Features:

  • Deposit Required
  • Child Friendly
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Smoking Outside Only

Room Amenities:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Desks

Guest Services:

  • Conference Rooms
  • Wedding Facility
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Access

Nearby Activities:

  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Biking
  • Hiking

Cancellation Policy:

$25 cancellation fee if reservation is cancelled more than 7 days before the check-in date.

Reservations cancelled within 7 days of the check-in date are the responsibility of the person making the cancellation.


Fall Photo Safari

October 1
Fall is truly one of the most magical times of the year on Colorado’s Western Slope, and Paonia is excellently positioned for accessing world-class Aspen groves and lofty mountain peaks in all four directions. Join Paonia-based professional photographer Ben Lehman October 1 on a beginner-friendly Fall Photo Safari and educational excursion with the historic Bross Hotel serving as basecamp! Ben will lead guests to the most picturesque vantage points of the area’s peak aspen colors high into the western Rockies.  Ben will share instruction and tips on the use and features of participants’ cameras so that even novices can bring home first class images. Multiple locations will be visited to provide a variety of composition options to capture. Topics such as basic elements of composition, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO will be discussed.  The day’s journey will give any budding or amateur photographer the confidence to move beyond “Auto mode.”  A mid-day photo share and critique will be held while having a picnic lunch so that the afternoon session will benefit from what was learned in the morning.

Ben Lehman is an independent professional photographer and outdoor educator whose work history includes National Geographic and numerous conservation areas and National Parks ranging from Alaska to New Zealand. More information about Ben and his work is available at:

Cost:  Safari/workshop – $239 per person (A minimum of two people is needed for the event.) Lodging, including breakfast and picnic lunch, is $120 for single occupancy and $150 for double occupancy, plus tax.  Workshop and lodging reservations should be made with Linda at the Bross, 970-527-6776.

Mountain Harvest Festival
September 22 – 25

Mountain Harvest Festival began 16 years ago as a CD Release Party.  From simple beginnings it has grown to a three-day celebration of fall, the harvest and all that makes the North Fork Valley the wonderful place it is.  Celebration of music remains a major focus of the event.  So come and enjoy.   Get a team together to compete in the annual “grape stomp”.  A wide variety of activities take place over the three festival days; there’s something of everyone.    A full schedule of activities and performers is available at:

Golden 20% Discount for Leaf Peepers
September 12 – October 27

Do you enjoy viewing the golden aspens, the red scrub oak, and the various russets on the mountainsides?  Plan your leaf peeping for two or more days, Sunday through Thursday, between September 12 and October 27 and get a golden 20% discount on lodging at the Bross Hotel B&B.  The Bross is centrally located for day trips to McClure Pass, the Grand Mesa, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Kebler Pass, reputed to have the largest stands of aspen in the world.  [Note:  when the aspens are no longer golden, the valley is in color and usually lasts throughout October.]  Nature is waiting.  You just need to get out there.

Have Yourself a Victorian Thanksgiving
November 23 – 26

Spend Thanksgiving at the historic Bross Hotel B&B.  You’ll experience the romance of one of America’s small towns.  And, I’ll make you a deal.  Help decorate the Victorian Bross Hotel for Christmas and I’ll provide Thanksgiving dinner.  Arrive Wednesday evening or by mid-afternoon on Thanksgiving Day.  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.  Friday we’ll get out the decorations and you can choose those you’d like to use to transform the hotel into a Victorian masterpiece. In the evening you can watch the Thanksgiving parade in Crawford and the children can speak to Santa about their Christmas list.  Saturday you can do some Christmas shopping at one or more local Christmas bazaars.  Cost of the weekend depends upon the number of nights you stay —  $110/night for single occupancy and $135/night for double occupancy, plus tax.

Have a Zimbabwean  Weekend in Paonia
September 16 – 17

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts and the Bross Hotel B&B offer a weekend of Zimbabwean music and culture.  Check into the Bross Hotel on Friday in time to view the multi-award winning film ‘Neria’ at the Blue Sage. Screen time is 6:30 p.m.  Leisurely check out local wineries, farm markets and fall colors on Saturday but be sure to get to the table for an authentic Zimbabwean dinner at 5:30 p.m.  (Choose either chicken or vegetables for your entre). The meal will be gluten free and use locally sourced, organic ingredients).  Following dinner, internationally renowned Musekiwa Chingodza will give a concert that will bring the instruments and melodies of the Shona people to life.  Musekiwa will offer two workshops Sunday afternoon : African Singing and Song (1-2 pm) and African Marimba Ensemble (2:30 – 4:30).  Recommended Reading: The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the A Shona People of Zimbabwe by Paul Berliner.

Immerse yourself in African music for a weekend by calling the Bross Hotel B&B for your reservation.  Cost for the Friday and Saturday evening events and lodging is $285 for single occupancy, or $395 for double occupancy.  Add $15/workshop or $25 for both. Call Linda today and tell her how you want to configure your Zimbabwean weekend.  970-527-6776.

Baroque Music Festival    

October 21 – 22

Kick off the winter concert season with a weekend of Baroque Music.  Join this Blue Sage festival with a two-night stay at the Bross Hotel and a fine Paonia dinner and you’ve got yourself a winning weekend.  Friday evening Grammy-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour will play Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  On Saturday he’ll be joined by Ann Marie Morgan on cello for an evening of traditional baroque dances and sonatas by Rameau and Couperin.  At a champagne brunch on Saturday you can get an up-close view of their period instruments while hearing about music performance in the age of enlightenment.

The all-inclusive cost for the weekend is $345 for single occupancy and $510 for double occupancy.  Included:  2 nights and 2 breakfasts at the Bross Hotel B&B, 2 concerts at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, Saturday brunch, and a gift card for dinner at one of Paonia’s fine restaurants.

Voices of the Piano
November 18-19

Susan Ellinger, concert pianist and artistic director of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts Concert Series, will play two concerts that demonstrate how composers and pianists speak through their music.  Friday evening she’ll play the courtly music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven during the Age of Enlightenment.  The seductive melodies of Schubert, Chopin and Brahms will transport you to the century of longing on Saturday evening.  Stay at the Bross Hotel B&B, attend one or both concerts and get a discount on lodging.  Cost per evening (lodging and concert) is $130 for single occupancy and $180 for double occupancy.


The breakfast is served buffet style and includes: juices, cereals, beverages (coffee, teas, milk) fresh fruit, breads, a hot main dish.


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