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Volume 1  Issue 5 2008

A Mid-Summer B&B Colorado Night's Dream!

Aspens in the Fall

It's time to plan for your Mid-Summer night's dream or consider booking a Fall foliage September trip to leaf-peep among our golden aspen trees.  You'll find a variety of  quality B&Bs throughout the state, ready to make your colorful Colorado vacation one you'll long remember with fond bed and breakfast experiences. 

Enjoy our fun Colorado festivals, arts and craft shows, special events, fabulous hiking and biking experiences, catch a whitewater or float raft trip, visit historic museums and ghost towns, shop 'til you drop or savor fine's all here, in our state.  Be sure to check out our many inn specials, sure to whisk you away from your busy schedule. For more Colorado activities, visit the Colorado Tourism Office' website.

Visiting Colorado for a conference or convention?  Make sure to extend your stay and itinerary to spend time exploring our fabulous state and staying at one of our many choice Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado member inns. Take home wonderful memories, just enough to tempt you to return for new adventures and fabulous scenery.

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!  

You'll want to return again and again to friendly Colorado B&B hospitality and scrumptious breakfasts.  We hope to see you soon....

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

Denver, Colorado

Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast (The Peiker Family)
1572 Race St., Denver, CO 80206
Reservations: 303-331-0621
Castle Marne Denver
Estes Park, Colorado

You're invited to a Birthday Party- The Castle Marne B&B in Denver invites you for a 20 year celebration! The Castle Marne's three Generations of Innkeepers invite our friends to our  20th Annual Ice Cream Social Colorado Day…1876-2008 where we will be celebrating Castle Marne's Birthday….1988-2008 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1st. Come and enjoy Live Jazz, Puppet Show, Magician, Face Painting, Cotton Candy, Ice Cream, Birthday Cake, Popcorn Wagon, Pop, Lemonade, Wine, Beer, and other goodies!   Hot Dogs provided by "Steve's Snappin Dogs".  Please RSVP, regrets only 303-331-0621.

Estes Park, Colorado

The Black Dog Inn (Carlos & Sheree Albuquerque) 
Reservations: 970-586-0374   866-786-0374

Summer Indulgence - Time to relax and cool off in the mountains.Stay with us at the Black Dog Inn. 2 nights stay with choice of bottle of champagne or sparkling cider and Chocolates! To receive this special, mention that you saw it when you book with us. Cost $380.00 plus tax.
Dates: August 1st-31st
Cost: 380.00 plus tax

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

Cascade, Colorado 

Eastholme in the Rockies B&B (Deborah Rice)

4445 Hagerman Avenue, Cascade, CO 80809
Reservations: 1-800-672-9901  Local: 719-684-9901

SPA-Licious- Indulge in a relaxing getaway for two with a bottle of sparkling cider, chocolate covered strawberries and a fresh bouquet of roses waiting for you in one of Eastholme's Queen Rooms, Suite or Cabins. You will be pampered with two one hour in-room massages by a licensed therapist followed by an evening of fine dining in your room by the fireplace with your own private chef. Your dinner will include a six-course gourmet dinner by candlelight. You'll awake one morning to breakfast served in your room or you may join us in the formal dining room. TWO NIGHT MINIMUM STAY REQUIRED. This all Inclusive Package includes two nights lodging, two massages, bouquet of roses, chocolate covered strawberries, sparkling cider, Dinner for Two and breakfast served in room.
Dates: through August 31, 2008
Cost: $675 All Inclusive

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Black Forest B&B (Susie Redden)
11170 Black Forest Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80908
Reservations: 800-809-9901 Local: 719-495-4208

Last Minute Weddings and Reunions- This special is for the Procrastinator. The Black Forest B&B still has dates open for the last minute wedding or reunion. If you thought it was too late for your ideal outdoor summer wedding or reunion, you were wrong.
Call now to check on availability!
Dates: through September 30th
Cost: Prices vary from $500 to $3500 depending on the size of the function.

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' Tanks You Alot... Gas prices are rising, so we're offering you a special deal to fill'er up on us! Stay a minimum of 3 nights Sunday through Thursday and receive $25 off your stay to help defray your gasoline costs. (Some restrictions may apply and not valid with any other offer) And, you won't want to miss the 2008 Senior Open Golf tournament in Colorado Springs July 28 through August 3rd.
Dates: through August 2008
Cost: $25 off your minimum 3 nights stay Sunday-Thursday

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

Hearts Inn breakfast tableColorado in August - Host to the Democratic Convention & the US Senior Open...In August Colorado is the place to be! Denver is host to the Democratic Convention. Just 1-1/2 hours from Colorado Springs. August is sure to heat up then.  Come before, Come during, or Come After the Convention and see why the Committee picked Colorado in all it's natural splender!  You will be a winner no matter what their outcome!  Or, maybe you're interested in the game of Golf instead. That's Okay, come on and visit.  Colorado Springs is Host to the U.S. Senior Open. U.S. Senior Open is just minutes from Our Hearts Inn in Old Colorado City.  Golf all around the town while you're here with our many senic golf courses. Let us be Your host whatever Your interest.  Come in August and be pampered & cared for.  Two night minimum for special events dates; no rate increase! AAA 3 Diamond Amenities with a  Great Price so travel is still affordable!  Cottages and Cabins available as well with full kitchens (4 night minimum). Rates are $100 - $150/night plus tax.

Dates: August 1 -  August 31, 2008
Cost: $100 - $150/night plus tax; 2 - 4 night minimum

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Two Sisters Inn - a bed and breakfast
(Sharon Smith and Wendy Goldstein)
Ten Otoe Place, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Reservations: 1-800-2-SIS-INN (274-7466)
                              Local: 719-685-9684

Two Sisters Inn is ROCKING at The Zoo THIS SEASON!!! - Come celebrate the opening of the new Colorado exhibit, Rocky Mountain Wild, at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. Come stay at the B&B and tour America's only Mountain Zoo in the United States. See the grizzlies and otters swim. Feed the giraffes and laugh with the meerkats. Go nose-to-nose with many of the 750 animals at the Zoo. See the Zoo from the "Mountaineer Sky Ride", a chairlift style, open-air ride over parts of the Zoo. From the Zoo, one can see breathtaking views of the Pikes Peak Region and have free access to the Russell Tutt Scenic Highway leading to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. The package includes two nights at the Inn, two breakfasts fit for the "King of the Jungle", two admission tickets to the Zoo (and the Shrine of the Sun) and special food to feed the giraffes. (Admission on the Mountaineer Sky Ride not included) The Zoo is only 15 minutes away from the bed and breakfast--transportation is not provided.
Dates: through December, 2008.
Cost: $290 - 325, based on two nights, taxes not included.

Cripple Creek, Colorado

Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast
(Peggy or Ed Schillerberg)
127 Stratton Circle, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Reservations: 719-689-2316

Summer Fuel Rebate, massage special, and steak dinner specials- We will take 10% off your room rate in June, July and August (2008) to help offset your gas cost to get here. Massage specials are $65.00 per hour. *Advance notice required.Discounts, up to 50% off, on your dinner at Bronco Billy's Restaurant in Cripple Creek. *While coupon supply lasts. *Advance notice required.
Dates: through August 31st, 2008
Cost: $18.50 to $13.50 off your room rate per night, depending on your room choice. Up to 50% off your dinner at Bronco Billy's restaurant. (Thursday thru Sunday Only).  Many entrees provided. *Advanced notice required so we can make a reservation for you. $65.00 an hour for a massage by Evelyn  (a licensed therapist.)  Advanced notice required.

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

Carbondale, Colorado

Gailyn's Cross Country Bed & Breakfast
(Wayne Horak/John Lampe, Inn-Managers)
211 Euclid Ave., Carbondale CO 81623
Reservations: 970-963-0537

Discount Rate- When you stay for 6 nights, the 7th night is free.
Dates: through September
Cost: $600 for 1 room for 2 adults for 7 nights which includes continental breakfast.
Palace Inn Leadville

Leadville, Colorado

Ice Palace Inn (Sherry Randall)
813 Spruce St., Leadville CO 80461
Reservations: 800-754-2840 Local: 719-486-8272

Train Ride and Stay SpecialLooking for a fun reason to come to Leadville? How about a scenic train ride and a romantic picnic lunch?  The Ice Palace is pleased to offer our guests a train ride and stay package. Package includes two nights lodging in our best available room, gourmet served breakfast for two each morning, two tickets for a scenic train ride on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad and a fresh packed picnic lunch for two made with your choice of sandwiches, fresh fruit salad or chips and homemade salsa, homemade cookies and sparkling cider. This package is good for weekdays only through September. Please see our Activities page for the web link to the Leadville, Colorado and Southern railroad.

Dates: Weekdays only through September 2008
Cost: Price is $335.00 plus tax. Based upon double occupancy. Local and state taxes apply. Subject to availability.  Some restrictions apply, not valid with any other special, holidays, special events or on previously booked dates. *
Subject to availability.  Some restrictions apply, not valid with any other special, holidays, special events or on previously booked dates.

Be Green and Save some Green - Here's a special just for our guests who live in Colorado! We know its hot down there! Come up to Leadville and cool off. Bring your bikes, hiking shoes, sense of adventure and don't forget the sunscreen! Park your car at the Ice Palace Inn and use your bike or your feet to get around town and save your gas! As a reward we will help pay for your gas to get you home!

Dates: July, August and September on two night weekday reservation stays. 

Cost: Savings of a $25 gas card for one of our local gas stations. Each additional night will receive a $10 card.  To be eligible for this special you must mention it at time of reservation. Local and state taxes apply. Subject to availability.  Some restrictions apply, not valid with any other special, discount, holidays, special events or on previously booked dates.

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

 Crawford, Colorado

French Country Inn B&B
38692 Indian Head Lane, Crawford, CO 81415
Reservations: 970-921-7111

Glide in - The French Country Inn is located on the Crawford Airport (99V). The months of June, July and August are great soaring months. Book a glider ride and receive a 10% discount on your room. Bi-plane rides are also available. Check out the virtual tour at our website.
Dates: through August
Cost: 10% Room Discount with Glider ride

Durango, Colorado

Blue Lake Ranch (Tracey West)

16000 Hwy 140, Durango, CO 81326
Reservations: 970-385-4537

Summer Special- Enjoy an additional 10% off when you stay 5 or more nights. Must mention special at time of booking, no exceptions.
Dates: through August 30th
Cost: Based on 5 nights

Pagosa Springs, Colorado 

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

Stay and Play Golf Discounts - Elkwood Manor is located just 5 miles from the Pagosa Springs 27 Hole Champion Golf Course. Enjoy unlimited Green Fees & Cart for 18 holes at a special reduced price when you stay at Elkwood Manor.  Reserve your Tee-time through Elkwood Manor.  Just $59.00 per person
Cost: $59.00 per person

Paonia, Colorado

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

Fifth Annual West Elks Wine Tour and Dinner- The Paonia Bed and Breakfast Association invites you to spend a weekend with us -- Aug 15-17. Arrive Friday evening and meet the other guests. Then, after a restful night and a scrumptious breakfast, we'll take you on a tour of the wineries in the West Elks Viticultural Area. You'll have an opportunity to sample the wines of Terror Creek Winery, Stone Cottage Cellars, S. Rhodes Vineyards, Black Bridge Winery, Leroux Creek Vineyards, Jack Rabbit Hill, and Alfred Eames Cellars. We'll top off the day with a chuckwagon dinner beside the North Fork of the Gunnison River -- accompanied with local wines, of course. Then it's time to sit on the porch, enjoy the sunset and the evening breezes that are credited with making the fruit of the valley so sweet. Cost for the weekend (tour, two nights at a B&B, two breakfasts, and wine dinner) is $375 (including tax) for a couple or $275 (including tax) for a single.
Dates: August 15-17 (Reservation deadline is Aug. 11)
Cost: Cost for the weekend (tour, two nights at a B&B, two breakfasts, and wine dinner) is $375 (including tax) for a couple or $275 (including tax) for a single.

Eastern Special Packages
(Bennett, Limon, Burlington, Trinidad)

Bennett, Colorado

Willow Tree Country Inn (Deborah Toczek)

PO Box 160, Bennett, CO 80102-0160
Reservations: 800-257-1241   Local: 303-644-5551

Mystery Dinner Party- "A Taste For Wine And Mystery" The annual wine-tasting festival is being held at the Willow Tree Country Inn and a local vineyard owner, is found hidden in the wine cellar. Everyone is a suspect when murder is on the menu. Dress up and play the roles of the devious suspects and you are ready for some drop dead fun! Over night Bed & Breakfast guests will receive $20.00 off regular room rate.
Dates: Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, and Oct. 31, 2008 @ 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $39.95 per person, includes dinner show & Tax

Inn the News


The Claremont Inn located in Stratton was featured in the Haxtun-Fleming Herald in January 2008 for a Perfect Weekend Get-away Spot in Kit Carson County – A few hours from anywhere in northeeastern Colorado, or northwestern Kansas, the adventurous can find a blend of European style, elegance, romance and sometimes Mystery at the Claremont Inn.  A healthy portion of the article invited the reader to learn more about the owner visionary of the Inn – Dave Dischner. The inn also received a September 2007 write-up in the 5280 magazine for murder mysteries, "Local and Accomplice get away with murder in Stratton". This wonderful piece introduced the reader to the scene of the crime ( the Claremont Inn) the characters (from Colorado and Kansas) and the fantastic experience, food and accommodations.  A local resident from Haxtum was the killer!  The Claremont Inn is famous for them with scheduled mayhem during Halloween and New Years Eve.

Marne B&B DenverCastle Marne Bed & Breakfast in Denver received a Denver Post Lifestyles article by Ann Westerberg featuring Colorado castles. The write up focused on the inn's history..."Designed in 1889 by William Lang, the architect responsible for the Molly Brown House and the castlelike South Broadway Church in Denver, this three-story show home is testimony to the ego of developer Wilbur S. Raymond. It cost twice as much as the Molly Brown House, with a third floor that served as a grand ballroom, with then-rare indoor plumbing, and the elegant imported Lincrusta-Walton pressed-paper wall coverings that John D. Rockefeller chose for his house in New York City. After sinking all his cash into his castle, Lang lost his home to foreclosure after a year. In 1918, owner Adele Van Cise remodelled the castle into apartments, subdividing rooms and transporting an entire room from one site to another. Since 1988, Jim and Diane Peiker have restored the Castle Marne, which now operates as a Victorian inn."

Our Hearts Inn Old Colorado City located in Colorado Springs was pleased to host Jessica L. Anderson, a contributing author for the Kiplinger Magazine's July article titled The Ten Best Cities to Live, Work and Play!  Jessica was kind enough to mention, "Andy & Pat Fejedelem moved to the Springs in 1993 from northern Illinois.  'We were on vacation here, and I could hardly bear to leave, I felt as if my heart had stayed', says Pat.  They bought a home, converted it into a bed-and-breakfast and gave it a name that matched their sentiments:  Our Hearts Inn." 

Holden House and Innkeeper/El Paso County Holden House Colorado SpringsCommissioner Sallie Clark in Colorado Springs were featured in the July issue of American Airlines American Way magazine with a quote promoting local restaurants and favorite spots for fun in the Pikes Peak Region.   

Inn the Kitchen

B&B Recipes

Sunrise Ham and Egg Cups

Spangler House  Ouray, Colorado

Spangler House Ouray


12 Slices of Oscar Mayer's "Deli Fresh Meats" Brown Sugar Ham
1 Slices of Smoked Gouda Cheese, quartered
4 Eggs
2 tsp Sliced Scallion
Salt & Pepper

Line each of the four 6 oz Pyrex custard dishes with three slices of ham. Place a quarter of a slice of smoked Gouda in the bottom of each cup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Break and add one egg to each cup. Top with sliced scallions.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Back for 20 - 25 minutes until eggs are set to your preference. Use two spoons to gently scoop the ham and egg out of each cup. Serve two ham and egg cups on each plate with your choice of a side.

Serve with potatoes O'Brien or hash browns.


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Meet the InnkeepersElkwood Manor Innkeepers Darlene and Daniel

Darlene and Daniel Gonzales from Elkwood Manor, Pagosa Springs

In 1996, while vacationing with his daughter, Daniel Gonzales fell in love with a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Shortly after, Daniel was determined to make Pagosa his retirement home.  However, that was before he met Darlene.  Daniel and Darlene met at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Palmdale, California.  They served 32 and 23 years in the Aerospace Industry, respectively.  Contingent upon an agreement with Darlene to move to Pagosa Springs, Daniel and Darlene were married in August 2003. 

Unlike Daniel, Darlene was not old enough to collect her retirement and moving to Pagosa was the perfect opportunity to start her own business, something she'd always longed for.  She thought, Pagosa Springs doesn’t have a “Pie Shoppe.” Great idea! That idea was quickly revoked by friends and family since Darlene had never baked a pie in her life.  So, with Daniel’s support, the Gonzales' took their first leap into the fast growing industry of owning a Bed and Breakfast and began searching for the perfect location for their B&B. Taken by breathtaking panoramic views, a large wooden deck and the wrap around porch, they purchased a 3,700 sq ft home that sat on a commercial lot and began the conversion into what is now known as Elkwood Manor, Luxury Bed & Breakfast. 

Daniel retired in April 2005 to begin the eight grueling months of renovations and construction while Darlene stayed in California and continued to work until November of 2005. The inn began first taking reservations through their website, Pamela Lanier’s B&B Assoc, and BBonline in August for a Grand Opening scheduled for December 2005. Just four weeks after Darlene moved to Pagosa, on 23 December 2005, the inn's first guests arrived on the door step, less than 24 hours before the plumbing was completed in their private quarters.  Talk about a tight schedule and no stress!  Perseverance and determination saw them through a lot of long hours and hard work, making Elkwood Manor what it is today.

Elkwood Manor is now a 6,000 sq ft log home that accommodates up to 12 people, three full size suites and an optional two bedrooms with a shared bath.  Every room of the house has a fireplace and almost every room of the house has a full panoramic view of the San Juan Mountains.   Guests can enjoy sitting out in the courtyard, enjoying spectacular views, sipping wine in Daniel and Darlene's very own wine tasting room or soaking in the Jacuzzi under the stars.

"We love what we have created and take pride in our accomplishments", says Darlene.  "But most of all, we enjoy the wonderful guests we've met during our first few years and the friends that we've made along the way.  We look forward to many more years in the B&B industry."