I’ve stayed at four out of five of these inns, and I toured the other one, so you can be assured that there is an authentic voice behind this post. These Colorado inns are all quite varied in price and ambiance, but they are each one-of-a-kind.
The Distillery Inn at Marble Distilling Co. – Carbondale
The Distillery Inn is the most luxurious property on this list. I had the great pleasure of staying there last month. When I say it’s “unique,” I’m not exaggerating – it’s the only distillery inn in the world.
The five rooms, located above the distillery, are top-notch. The ambiance of the entire place is laid back, yet elegant. My favorite detail of my room, the Ginger, were the daffodils in the bathroom and tulips in the main room.
This gorgeous inn is also dog-friendly (even big dogs), has free bikes for guests to use, and the mini-bar in each room features Marble Distilling Co. spirits complete with martini making supplies that include olives.
At The Distillery Inn, they’ve thought of every little thing to make your stay extra sweet.
Room rates range from around $250 to $350. Watch the inn’s Facebook page for specials.
The Living Farm Inn – Paonia
Paonia, located in the North Fork Valley, is one of my favorite places on the face-of-the-earth, and The Living Farm, is one of my favorite spots in Paonia. The inn is above their downtown restaurant, The Living Farm Cafe.
Located a mile from the farm, much of what the cafe serves is grown or raised at The Living Farm. The Living Farm Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and guests of the inn receive free breakfast, which is write-home-about good.
I suggest ordering a turkey egg fresh from The Living Farm’s own flock. I’d also encourage you to go meet the flock and all the other animals living on the farm. Find out about touring the farm here.
There are five charming rooms at this inn; three with private baths and two with a shared bath. They range in price from $70 to $100/night.
Fernweh Inn & Hostel – Fort Collins
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, these five inns are all very different. The Fernweh Inn in Fort Collins, Colorado, is no exception. We stayed there this past winter and had a lovely experience.
My husband was worried when he heard the word “hostel” in the name, but his fears were unwarranted. While the Fernweh does have several bunk rooms, they also have well-appointed private rooms. We stayed in The Loft, which was expansive yet cozy.
Rates at the Fernweh range from $29 to $99, making it one of the best lodging deals in Fort Collins. This inn is dog-friendly and even has a garage for your bike, paddle board, kayak and skis.
Leroux Creek Inn – Hotchkiss
It doesn’t get more idyllic than Leroux Creek; there’s a country lane, a large pond with ducks, happy dogs, vineyards, expansive views and award winning wine. Not to mention that breakfast here rivals anything you’d have at a five-star hotel.
This inn and winery is located where the Rocky Mountains hit mesa country, and the juxtaposition of the landscape creates for incredible scenery.
While at Leroux, guests can tour the wine cellar and grounds with owner and winemaker, Yvon Gros. You may even get lucky enough to enjoy a glass of wine with Yvon and his beloved ducks next to the property’s small lake.
A stay at Leroux Creek Inn is an escape to one of Colorado’s most bountiful regions, the North Fork Valley. The inn’s rates are around $200 a night and include breakfast.
Twin Lakes Inn – Twin Lakes
This is the only inn in this blog post that I haven’t stayed at, but I have toured the entire property. The oldest inn on this list, Twin Lakes Inn in Twin Lakes, Colorado, 21 miles from Leadville, has been serving travelers since 1879 as a stage stop, hotel, and even a brothel.
In addition to their rooms, the inn is home to a restaurant and bar and sits across Hwy 82 from Twin Lakes, a popular recreational area that includes boat tours to one of Colorado’s most secret historic sites, Interlaken Resort.
Whether it’s in the creak of a floorboard or the ghostly flutter of a lace curtain, history is palpable at Twin Lakes Inn.
A stay here in mid-summer runs from about $100 to $150 and includes a continental breakfast. This property is open seasonally and their 2017 season begin on May 19.
Full Disclosure: Due to my work as a freelance writer and travel blogger I received a comped room at each of the first four inns mentioned in this post. Regardless, all insights are truthful, genuine and entirely my own.