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Volume 1  Issue 3 2008

April Showers Bring May Flowers to the Rockies!

The lovely month of May is quickly approaching and there's no time like the present to "Spring" into action and visit 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!  

Help our innkeepers 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)

Central City, Colorado

Hooper Homestead Guest Quarters & Blissful Spirit Spa (Christine Pollock)
210 Hooper Street, Central City, CO 80427
Reservations: 866 582-5828  Local: 303 582-5828

Mother's Are Magnificent in May
FREE Facials for Mom in May!!! Two Choices for You
1. Stay a minimum of two nights in May and Mom receives a rejuvenating and relaxing 30 minute facial.
2. Honor her with a Hooper Homestead/Blissful Spirit Spa Gift Certificate of Love & Caring for Mother's Day and she will be gifted a  30 minute facial. (Minimum $100 Gift Certicate)

Dates: May 3rd - May 31st
Cost: Variable

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

Estes Park, Colorado

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

Spring is here!
Renew and refresh yourselves with a change of pace from the winter doldrums. Come stay with us at Black Dog Inn.

Cost: Deluxe Suites: $300.00+tax Luxury Cabins $330.00+tax
Dates: April 1, 2008 - May 24, 2008


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

Antonito, Colorado

River's Inn & Swiss Cottage (Ursula Armijo-Knobel)
317 River Street, P.O. Box 457, Antonito, CO 81120
Reservations: 719-376-6029
Mom's So Special-Special
Husbands, bring your wife, children, bring your MOM for a relaxing weekend. Stay Friday ngiht and Saturday night, get 50% off for Saturday night. We offer special welcome treats, gourmet breakfast and a special Swiss Chocolate. Upon request we offer 5 course dinners. We would love to spoil you at the River's Inn.

Cost: 50% off for second night
Dates: May 10-11

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' Tax Refund Special... No need to wait for your tax stimulus package refund! Stay two nights in any of our luxury suites and receive the third night absolutely FREE through May 15 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. Includes our delicious gourmet breakfast, all our business class amenities and afternoon wine social.      

Dates: Through May 15, 2008
Cost: $280-300 plus tax (30% discount off regular rates)

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

Carbondale, Colorado

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

Special Weekly rate discount: When you stay for 6 nights, the 7th night is free.                                                                           

Cost: varies seasonally
Dates: All Year


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

Leadville, Colorado

McGinnis Cottage Bed & Breakfast (Donna McGinnis)
809 Spruce Street, Leadville, CO 80461
Reservations: 719-486-3110  800-288-1776

April through June BBIC Special
Guests should mention the BBIC Special - Individuals booking a room will receive $10.00 off the cost of the room per night. This BBIC Special is good for rooms booked only through the month of June.                                                                                              

Cost: Depends on room and number of night guests stay.
Dates: April 1 through June 30, 2008

Ouray, Colorado

Spangler House B&B (Steven & Jill Scheu)
520 Second Street, Ouray. CO 81427
Reservations: 800 486-4096 Local: 970 325-4944

Hot Air Balloons in the San Juan Mountains
Enjoy three spectacular days of hot air balloon activities in the wonderful San Juan Mountains. Guests of the Spangler House B&B may attend all of the Ridgway Hot Air Balloon and Classic Car Festival's events while staying just ten miles away in a historic B&B in downtown Ouray, Colorado. Ouray is a 132 year old, historically preserved, mining town in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Early rising guests at the Spangler House, wishing to see the 7:00 AM balloon launch, will not go hungry. A special take-away breakfast will be prepared each morning during the festival. Late sleepers will be able to enjoy the Spangler House's full and hearty breakfast in our spacious dining room. After a long day of activities our guests are welcome to soak in the large outdoor hot tub at the Spangler House B&B or visit Ouray's natural hot springs pool for half price.

Dates: May 9 - 11, 2008
Cost: The room rates at the Spangler House B&B range from $85 per night to $115 per night for the suite.

Pagosa Springs, Colorado 

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

Mother's Day Monthly Special
Elkwood Manor believes all "Moms" deserve a special day. Treat the one you love with flowers and dinner and enjoy all of the special amenities that Elkwood Manor has to offer. Elkwood Manor serves a full 3-course Gourmet breakfast & hosts Social Hour in the early evening serving Wine and Appetizers. Receive a $50.00 coupon to any of Pagosa Springs's finest restaurants. Take advantage of a two-night stay and received 10% off your second night.

Dates: 1 May 2008 - 31 May 2008
Cost: Packages start at $215.00 for 1-Night depending on Suite Selection.

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 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.

Cost: 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. Dates: Deadline for reservations is April 14.  

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


In December, 2007, The Denver Post featured several of our approved and inspected BBIC member inns. 

The Claremont Inn, located in Stratton and The Ice Palace Inn, located in Leadville were recently noted in the website for a "Romance in the Rockies" article.  Both inns were recommended for romantic getaways in February, the month of love and Valentines.  Congratulations to our BBIC member inns! You make all our members look good. 

*If you're a BBIC member and have recently been featured in the news, let us know and your inn will be mentioned in the next issue of Colorado Inn-Spirations e-newsletter.

Inn the Kitchen

The Dove Inn-Golden, Colorado 

Di's Potato Pie

This recipe is from my stepmother, who is a fabulous cook. The original recipe had meat in it, but I think it's lovely without it.

Serves 4

Preheat oven to 350.

5 eggs
1/2 c. milk
3 c. Ore Ida Southern Style Hash Browns, thawed
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. hot sauce (or more to taste)
1 c. shredded sharp cheddar

Beat together eggs and milk in a medium bowl; stir in potatoes, green onions, salt and hot sauce. Stir in the cheese.

Pour into a greased 9-inch pie plate or quiche dish. Bake 45 minutes or until center is set.

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Meet The Innkeepers

The Avenue Hotel, Manitou Springs, CO

Kevin Abney- Innkeeper, Massage Therapist and Esthetician, Publications Chair-BBIC Board of Directors

Fulfilling a long time dream of being an innkeeper, Kevin started his dream-come-true in Manitou Springs in 2003. Moving here from Fort Lauderdale, FL, he arrived in Colorado with over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Kevin's experience includes owning and operating a small residential rental property, and more than 10 years in the massage and skin care business - now all brought together under one roof. He looks forward to sharing his home and love of Colorado with you.

Bailey - The inn's wonderful old English sheep dog, born deaf, makes the perfect B&B pet. Although he possesses an overly friendly personality, Bailey's visits to the common areas are rare, and he does not venture into any guest rooms.