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St. Mary's Inn Colorado Springs

Located in Historical Downtown Colorado Springs, the inn is next to The Colorado College. This luxury 12 bedroom Victorian mansion built in 1895 and totally restored in 2006 with all the luxury and comfort of today and all the amenities to ensure a memorable stay. The full gourmet breakfast is to live for! 

Four Peaks Inn  Breckenridge

A quaint, 1880's historic bed and breakfast, with the warmth and hospitality Breckenridge, Colorado has to offer.   The inn is conveniently located just 300 yds from Peak 9 lifts and 1 block from main street - an ideal location with seven individually decorated rooms.


GREENWICH BAY TRADING COMPANY is a family owned and operated business that has been manufacturing fine amenities since 1962. All products use the finest natural ingredients. Constant attention to ingredients, formulas and craftsmanship insure consistantly pure and mild products in appealing packages. You'll find these private label amenities at many our BBIC member inns. For more information on our many affiliate vendors, click here... 






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Welcome to our Premier issue of  

Colorado Inn-Spirations...               the newsletter for B&B inngoers 

                                       Volume I, 2008 


Our BBIC Member Inns are planning ahead and so should YOU!

Spring is just over the rainbow and our Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado member inns are preparing to welcome you with a wealth of special events and discounts. And, your friends will be "green" with envy! Make your reservations early to guarantee "Top of the morning" accommodations!  

Interested in traveling this February? Visit our "Love is in the Colorado Air" Specials to add a touch of romance to your B&B stay and surprise your favorite Valentine.

 Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by many of non-Irish descent (usually in Australia, North America, and Ireland), hence the phrase, "Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day." Celebrations are generally themed around all things green and Irish, celebrating the holiday by wearing green or orange, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink, and attending parades.

The St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, is part of a five-day festival; over 500,000 people attended the 2006 parade. The St. Patrick's Day parade was first held in the United States in 1737, organized by the Charitable Irish Society in Boston. New York's celebration began on 17 March 1762 when Irish soldiers in the British army marched through the city. Ireland's cities all hold their own parades and festivals.  You'll find special St. Patrick Day parades, celebrations and events in Colorado locations including Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and many more charming places throughout the state. 

Front Range Feature
(Denver, Estes Park, Boulder)


Let us take you on a tour of Estes Park! 

Estes Park, Colorado, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, is one of Colorado's favorite vacation destinations. Rich in history, the town of Estes Park  features hundreds of unique shops, galleries and restaurants for you to enjoy.  A variety of unique Bed and Breakfast properties, each inspected and approved, provide accommodations for any budget.  Here you'll find world class hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, plus many other activities and attractions. You'll find adventures for all ages and interests including horseback riding, golf, boating and museums. Sightseeing is unsurpassed as you venture up RMNP's Trail Ridge Road - the highest, continuous paved highway in the United States - into an alpine environment. Explore the high country and vast tundra, strewn with tiny wildflowers, then cross the Continental Divide.  Enjoy nature at its finest with a tranquil stroll around Bear Lake, or drive the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway. Renown for its elk, deer and many other species of animals, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes Park area offer incredible opportunities for wildlife watching. Estes Park is a choice location for weddings, conferences and family reunions.  The majestic Rocky Mountains and our warm, charming mountain town will give you memories to last a lifetime.  Come to Estes Park and "Get into the Rockies". Spring is here, but Summer is just around the corner and you'll want to reserve early to guarantee a spot at one of our premier Estes Park BBIC member inns.
South Central Special Packages
(Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, Salida, South Fork, Alamosa)

Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak Area 

Holden House' LUCK OF THE IRISH - Not only can you "wear green", but you'll "save some green" with our Holden House discount special. Through March 2008, stay 2 nights in any of our luxury suites and receive the 3rd night absolutely FREE! This is a value equivalent to a $25% discount! Guests will be treated to a stay in any of the inn's five luxury guest suites, each with fireplace, private sitting area, queen bed, TV/DVD/CD and oversized "bubble bath tub for two" (bubbles included). A delicious full gourmet breakfast and afternoon wine social are also included in your stay. Full amount of stay required at time of booking and is non-refundable.

Dates: March 2008
Cost: 25% discount on our stay 2 nights and receive the 3rd night FREE.

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

Old Town GuestHouse' SNUGGLE LUSCIOUS ROMANCE - As you enter your room, enjoy the ambiance of love - a long stemmed Red Rose on the Bed and a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bouquet on the table for for "Luscious" consumption. When you sit on your balcony or in your private outdoor hot tub (viewing Pikes Peak/Garden of the Gods), sipping on bubby of your choice, enjoy the Snuggle "Luscious" solitude of private time together. Our take-home gift to you is our soft "Snuggle Blanket" as a memory of your special time together.

Dates: Offer valid through May 2008
Cost: $80

Old Town GuestHouse (Shirley and Don Wick)
Email Old Town GuestHouse
115 S. 26th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Reservations: 1-888-375-4210 or 719-632-9194

Our Hearts Inn Old Colorado City' IT'S SPRING...COLORADO SPRINGS' SPRING-TIME IS HERE! ARE YOU READY? Sunny warm days beg you to hike and/or horseback ride in beautiful Garden of the Gods. Feeling lucky with gambling your sport? Cripple Creek is nearby with beautiful mountain range views and minimal exercise required! Whatever your exercise program is, we have it near by in Colorado!

During the Month of March, Stay 2 nights to fit it all in and we will give you a 15% discount!

Dates: 3/01/08 - 3/30/08
Cost: $95 $130

Our Hearts Inn Old Colorado City (Patricia A Fejedelem)
Email Our Hearts Inn
Address: 2215 W Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Reservations: 800-533-7095 Local: 719-473-8684


North West Specials Packages
(Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction, Vail)
Check back next month for North West Region inn specials...
South West Special Packages
(Gunnison, Ouray, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Paonia)

Pagosa Springs

Elkwood Manor, Luxury Bed & Breakfast' OFFERS TWO SPECIALS FOR YOUR DELIGHT:

SKIER'S DISCOUNT - You no longer have to sacrifice your lodging experience to get lift ticket discounts. Elkwood Manor is now offering lodging discounts to all skiers.  Just show us your lift ticket receipt and Elkwood Manor will take 10% of your lift ticket expense off your entire stay on any 2-nights stay up to $50.00 off.  This offer cannot be combined with other discount offers.  All rates include a full gourmet breakfast, wine & appetizers. Jacuzzi & Sauna on Site

Dates: January 2008 - 1 April 2008                                              Cost: Suites $135 - $165 

SPIRIT OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY - Enjoy the celebration of St. Patrick's Day. During the Month of March you can receive $5.00 off your room rate, just by showing your St. Patrick's Day spirit.  That's right!  When you arrive at Elkwood Manor, let us see your St Patrick's Day spirit by displaying some traditional Irish gesture; such as, Wearing Green, an Irish Hat or pendant and receive $5.00 off each night you stay at Elkwood Manor.  This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts.  No minimum stay required.

Dates: Entire Month of March                                                     Cost: Suites start at $135 ($130 w/discount) depending on Suite Selection.

Elkwood Manor, Luxury Bed & Breakfast (Darlene Gonzales)
85 Easy Street , Pagosa Springs , CO 81147

Email Elkwood Manor  
Website:      Reservations: 970-264-9166


Bross Hotel B&B' HER STORY AFTERNOON TEA- March is Women's History Month.  Let's celebrate our heritage with tea on March 15th.  Who is your favorite woman in history?  Dress as though you were she and come to tea at the Bross Hotel.  Don't tell anyone ahead of time who she is, but come with hints/information that will help the group identify her.  Tea will be served at 2:00 p.m. in the dining room.  Cost:  $20 per person.  This is a wonderful way to teach our daughters and grandaughters about the contributions of women to national, state, and local history.  Bring them along.  Reservations required.  970-527-6776.

Date: March 15, 2008
Cost: $20/person, plus tax and gratuity.

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


Eastern Special Packages
(Limon, Burlington, Trinidad)



Craig Ranch Bed and Breakfast & Horse Motel’ GUEST ROUNDUP! - April will begin our 6th year and we've enjoyed guests from 45 states and you can celebrate with us.


Be the first to place a reservation from one of the remaining 5 states and receive 50% off one night Bed and Breakfast.


Head 'em up, Move 'em out, and Lasso a Deal!


Dates: Limited availability

Cost: 50% off based on availability


Craig Ranch Bed and Breakfast & Horse Motel (Beth Craig)

Email Craig Ranch  Website:

Address: 50452 County Road 23. Limon CO 80828

Reservations: 719-775-2658

  Inn the News


Rocky Mountain Lodge in Cascade was recently chosen as a select "Guest Favorite Award" winner by Congratulations to Debbie and Brian Reynolds! 

1892 Victoria's Keep Bed & Breakfast in Manitou Springs was featured in the December issue of Colorado AAA Encompass Magazine.

Holden House and Our Hearts Inn in Colorado Springs, and Victoria's Keep in Manitou Springs were featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette Food section with delicious recipes and entertaining tips. 

Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado welcomed the Honorable John Hickenlooper, Mayor of Denver, Colorado, to the annual B&B Innkeepers of Colorado conference, held at the historic Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens in November 2007. In addition to great networking opportunities, our innkeepers were educated on many issues and will continue to strive toward excellence in B&B guest service.

Our special thanks to Mayor Hickenlooper, El Paso County Assessor Mark Lowderman, Editor of AAA Encompass Magazine Jeff Miller, Communications Director of the Denver Convention and Visitor's Bureau Rich Grant and all of our speakers, vendors, sponsors, aspiring innkeepers and attendees. With their support, our 2007 conference was a great success! A special thanks to BBIC Vice President Sandee Rogers and the conference committee for their efforts. Look for more information soon on the 2008 conference to be held in October or November of this year... 

From Left: Mayor John Hickenlooper with BBIC Vice President Sandee Rogers and BBIC President Karen Cullen 

Special thanks to our 2007 BBIC Conference Sponsors:

Inn Matchmakers - Greenwich Bay Trading Co. - - The B&B and Country Inn MarketplaceHanover Mortgage Corp. - Hix Insurance Associates  - Acorn Internet Services - Andrea's Tea Time - Deneen Pottery -   Fuller's Soaps - Inn Caring - Inns Magazine/Harworth Publishing - Kellsson Linens - Melaluca Products/Heather HidalgoMetro Brokers - Private Quarters - Stash Tea - Imaginative Photo Creations - Kona Coffee Market - Tayco Screenprinting - Espresso ETC. - Frontier Airlines - PAII - Lanier Publishing International - Lumber Baron Inn

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 Inn the Kitchen


Homemade Granola

Compliments of

Century House Cottages, Salida, Colorado 

3 cups rolled oats
½ cup whole almonds
½ cup pecan halves
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup honey
½ cup water
1/3 cup cooking oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup snipped dried apricots
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup dark raisins

-Grease 15 x 10 inch roasting pan; set aside.
Combine oats, almonds, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg - mix well.
-In separate bowl combine brown sugar, honey, water, oil.
-Add sugar mixture to oat mixture, stirring to coat well.
-Spread mixture in prepared baking pan.
-Bake 300 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
-Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
-Add fruit.
-Store in airtight container. Makes 6 cups. (Serves 2)

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