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Volume 1  Issue 2 2008

Spring Forward to our BBIC Features and Specials!

Take a special "Spring Break" by visiting                             a Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado member inn.  Whether it's for a romantic getaway, business trip or family vacation, we have a B&B tailored to your specific needs. And, when you stay at a BBIC member inn, you'll receive not only friendly hospitality, but you'll have the comfort of knowing all of our member inns have been professionally inspected and approved for membership!  

There's no better time to celebrate Springtime in the Rockies. Savor homecooked breakfasts, enjoy pleasant surroundings and take a much needed respite from your busy schedule.

Front Range Special Packages
(Denver, Estes Park, Boulder)

Denver, Colorado

Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast Inn (Tom King)
2147-51 Tremont Place, Denver, CO 80205
Reservations: 800-432-4667 Local: 303-296-6666

Spring Denver Museum Walk
... Check in as early as 10 a.m. at the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast Inn in downtown Denver and get an early start in the sunshine and fresh air for your Spring Museum Walk. Within 5-8 blocks from the Inn are the State Capitol, the Molly Brown House, Colorado History Museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver History Museum and Kirkland Art Museum. Leave your car at the Inn and take along our $100 gift certificate to assist in paying for the museum entry tickets and lunch, perhaps at Mad greens or Palettes Restaurants in the Denver Art Museum. Come back to the Inn for evening wine and your historic guestroom with your Spring flower bouquet. Next morning after our buffet breakfast, you may continue your Museum Walk leaving your car again at the inn.

Dates: April/May 2008
Cost: The Spring Museum Walk for two including your guestroom at the Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast Inn

South Central Special Packages
(Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, Salida, South Fork, Alamosa)

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Our Hearts Inn Old Colorado City (Pat Fejedelem)
2215 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Reservations: 800-533-7095 Local: 719-473-8684

April Fools Day Specials... April Showers can bring May flowers! April has a Tax Deadline, April has April Fools Day! Don't let April get you down; come to historic Old Colorado City and enjoy our unique shopping & dining in a small town atmosphere. Laugh all the way to the bank with April's discounted rates so no one is left feeling like a Fool; instead, Feel like a King! Call now for our special April Fools Day Special Rates at 25% off our summer rates! Who has the last laugh now?

Dates: April 1 - April 30, 2008
Cost: $72 - $113

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn (Sallie Clark)
1102 West Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Reservations: 888-565-3980 Local: 719-471-3980

Holden House' Spring Forward Special... No need to wait for your tax refund! Stay two nights in any of our luxury suites and receive the third night absolutely FREE through April 2008! Valid any days of the week except on special event/holiday periods. Full amount of stay is required when reserving and is non-refundable once confirmed. 

Dates: Through April 2008
Cost: 30% discount off regular rates


North West Specials Packages
(Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction, Vail)

North West Colorado - Looking for lodging near Vail Skiing? Steamboat Springs Skiing? How about accommodations in the City of Grand Junction Colorado? Don't miss out on the town of Vail and Vail Colorado skiing. We have properties that suit every need! Come see and enjoy one of our Inspected and Approved, Northwest Colorado Bed and Breakfasts! We promise to make your stay a memorable one!

Check back next month for North West specials!

South West Special Packages
(Gunnison, Ouray, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Paonia)

Pagosa Springs, Colorado 

Elkwood Manor Luxury Bed & Breakfast (Darlene Gonzales)
85 Easy Street, Pagosa Springs CO 81147
Reservations: 970-264-9166

Special Olympics Lodging Discounts
... On May 16, 2008, Pagosa Springs, Colorado is excited to be hosting the 2008 Statewide Special Olympics. In honor of this event, Elkwood Manor is offering a 10% discount off all room rates to those coming to Pagosa to give their support to the these hardworking Special Olympians. Rates include a Full Gourmet Breakfast and Wine & Appetizers in the evening. Discounts to the Natural Hot Springs are also available. Extended stays will continue to receive the room rate discount. For more information on the event, visit Special Olympics Colorado

Dates: May 15 - May 20th
Cost: Special Rates: $121.50 - $148.50 per night (double Occupancy)

Paonia, Colorado 

Bross Hotel (Linda Lentz)
312 Onarga Ave., PO Box 85, Paonia, CO 81428
Reservations: 970-527-6776

April is Blossom Month in the North Fork Valley
... Noted for its many orchards, the North Fork Valley celebrates the renewal of spring each April with the abundant blossoms that herald the growing season. The show begins with apricot blossoms and progresses through cherries, peaches, plums, pears, and apples. You are invited to enjoy the show and stay at one of the regions premier bed and breakfasts. Midweek guests (Sunday - Thursday) will enjoy a 25% discount on a second night's stay. Innkeepers will be happy to provide directions for a self-guided tour. Linda at the Bross Hotel (970-527-6776) will be able to give you a blossom update throughout the month.

The third weekend of the month, April 18-20, the Paonia B&B Association will host its fifth annual Blossom Walk. Guests will arrive Friday Evening and settle into one of the bed and breakfasts for a weekend of exercise, fresh air, local hospitality and more. Saturday morning, following a gourmet breakfast, the group will do a 5K walk to a local orchard, where you can inhale the aroma of the blossoms and marvel at their beauty as well as meet with the orchardman to gain insight into raising succulent fruit. The afternoon will be free for participants to pursue activities of their choosing -- wine tasting, art studio visitations cycling, hiking, antique hunting scenic drives, etc. Dinner will be at one of Paonia's renowned restaurants. The full weekend for two persons sharing a room is $375 (including tax), $270 (including tax) for single occupancy. This includes two nights at a bed and breakfast, walk, lunch, and dinner. Deadline for reservations is April 14.

Dates: April 2008  Cost varies with packages

Eastern Special Packages
(Limon, Burlington, Trinidad)

Eastern Colorado - Looking for lodging on the Plains of Eastern Colorado? Come enjoy the wide open prairie where the small towns are welcoming and history is still intact. Fields of waving grain, grazing cattle on open range, and blue skies create a picture of serenity. Our Inspected and Approved Bed and Breakfast Inns on the Plains of Eastern Colorado provide a variety of ambience from which to choose making your stay memorable!

Check back next month for Eastern specials!

Inn the News


Two Sisters Inn in Manitou Springs recently received an "Honorable Mention" in's "Pancakes with Personality®" Contest. Over 100 recipes were entered nationally from all different Inns and B&Bs and the Two Sisters Inn's recipe for Sweet Potato Roestis was chosen among the best twenty pancake recipes in the country by judges. As a result, Two Sisters was featured in the local Colorado Springs Gazette "The Hub" and other print media. Good job Wendy and Sharon! (enjoy the taste-tempting recipe below)

Pikes Peak Paradise in Woodland Park was featured on ZDF TV in Germany - Dec 25, 07'. ZDF is the 2nd largest TV station in Germany. The story was about four different Germans living in Colorado and what they are doing today in America. Michael Zacharias, formerly of East Germany, was chosen out of hundreds of people. ZDF's film crew visited the inn for three days and spent all day December 1st filming. They filmed the sunrise, cutting & decorating the Christmas tree, cleaning a guest suite, preparing rouladen, cocktail hour, and finally the Christmas dinner with 16 people. To view go to click on programm, back click on Dezember 2007, click the 25th, scroll down and click on 19.15 Winterwelt Colorado, to the right side click under Mediathek click on Video. Or, if you'd like to have a copy let Pikes Peak Paradise know and they will send a DVD to you. 

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn in Colorado Springs was featured in several print publications and on TV for welcoming "Vic", the hand painted Pikes Peak region elk, on loan from Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak. Vic, so named for "Visitor Information Center" stands over 6 ft. tall and displays artwork from around the area including Garden of the Gods, the Julie Penrose Fountain and of course, America's Mountain-Pikes Peak.  Vic will be grazing the front yard through February before migrating to other area attractions and businesses. Guests can have their photo taken with Vic and innkeepers Sallie and Welling Clark will email the portrait as a memento of your stay. 

1892 Victoria's Keep Bed & Breakfast Inn located in Manitou Springs was featured in several local media publications including the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Pikes Peak Bulletin regarding their recent re-opening.  The unfortunate temporary closure due to a city water main break had affected the inn's guest bookings and forced closure.  We're happy to report that Karen Cullen and Jay Rohrer are back in business and welcoming guests once more to the lovely Victorian inn.

Inn the Kitchen

Two Sisters Inn 

SWEET POTATO ROESTIS with Apple Butter Cherry Sauce

Apple Butter-Cherry Sauce

1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled
1 cup light apple butter
1 large clove garlic, peeled
1 cup cherry jam
¼ inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/3 cup flour (quinoa flour for gluten free)

1 teaspoon salt
Sour cream, 6 tablespoons
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Parsley, finely chopped
4 eggs, slightly beaten
Marigold petals

Grate potatoes into a large bowl. Finely mince garlic and ginger and add to potatoes, mixing well. Place mixture into a large Ziploc bag pressing the air out, and refrigerate overnight.

Place 2/3 cup of water in a small pot. Put 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa in a sieve and rinse thoroughly. Add to the water in pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Cool slightly. May be done and refrigerated overnight. (Note: use 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa to make 1 cup cooked.)

Place cherry jam, apple butter and butter in saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool slightly before serving. May be made in advance and reheated before serving. Refrigerate unused portions.

Preheat oven to 350o. Place potato mixture into large bowl and add quinoa, flour, salt and pepper, mixing well. Add eggs and mix until evenly moist.

Heat two non-stick griddles over medium heat and brush lightly with oil. Using a ¼ cup measure, ladle potato mixture onto griddles and flatten into 4-inch circles. Cook about 3 minutes until crisp and brown on one side, then carefully turn over and repeat on the other side. Remove from griddles and place in oven on a preheated rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for about 10 minutes until cooked through.

Serve 3 roesti per plate topped with ¼ cup of apple butter-cherry sauce and a small dollop of sour cream on top. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and marigold petals.

Makes 18 pancakes (serves 6) 

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Meet The Innkeeper

Ron Pijut, BBIC Public Relations Chair

Pikes Peak Paradise, Woodland Park, Colorado

Why did you become and innkeeper? I have always wanted my own business ever since I could remember. I have a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing so I finally get to use some of my expertise. I was a Team Leader for Union Pacific Railroad for 14 1/2 years and when they decided to move to Omaha, Nebraska, I decided to push myself into a new career change. I was tired of the corporate world and loved staying home. Michael and I rehabbed a Victorian home in Saint Louis and we were up for a new challenge. We really want to make Pikes Peak Paradise a modern showcase and a great wedding destination.

Why did you choose your particular area/region to start a B&B? We originally want a southern state. We have been looking for warmer climates for years, but just couldn't find the right spot. We expanded our scope and started looking in the Mid West. I had an Uncle in the Air Force and have fond memories of Colorado, so when I found out that Colorado got over 300 days of sunshine a year I was hooked. Michael got hooked as this region reminds him of his native Germany. So it was a perfect fit for both of us.

What are the challenges you face as an innkeeper? I think the biggest factor is keeping up with all the paperwork and the many facets of a new business owner. It can be overwhelming at times and the key is to prioritize.

What are the aspects you most love? Our view of course. We have one of the best panoramic views of the North Face of Pikes Peak and sit in the middle of 1 million acres of Pikes National Forest. We also love to entertain and have traveled the world extensively so now the people come to us.