Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Featured Inn of the Week - Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

It's no wonder Katharine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful from atop our famous Pikes Peak. The scenic beauty of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region offers something for everyone. “The Springs” is located just 60 miles south of Denver with its own convenient regional airport. Nestled nearby is the historic Holden House, an Award-Winning storybook Victorian treasure that caters to romantics and business travelers alike.

Centrally located just one mile from downtown on a residential tree-lined street near historic "Old Colorado City", the inn offers free off-street parking and five inviting guest suites each boasting antiques, a fireplace, sitting area, telephone with modem hook-up, refrigerator, television and DVD player, private label amenities, luxurious robes, private bath with oversized bubble bath 'tubs for two', and a morning breakfast culinary delight! Take a Virtual Tour to experience the inn from 360 degrees.

Enjoy relaxing in one of the many common areas; the antique-filled living room with fireplace and wingback chairs, the verandah with old fashioned porch swings, views of the mountains and a Victorian cottage garden, or the secret back garden with fountains and a gazebo. For those traveling on business, Holden House offers an early riser's breakfast, wireless high-speed internet access and a business center with the modern convenience of a computer workstation.

Savor gourmet breakfasts, served in the elegant formal dining room, which might include freshly baked Cinnamon Streusel muffins, Sallie's famous Southwestern Eggs Fiesta, fresh fruit, gourmet freshly ground coffee, tea and juice. A full breakfast is included, served in the dining room, or guests may indulge in a breakfast en suite “Romance Package”, delivered to your door for an additional charge. Complimentary refreshments, an afternoon wine social, a legendary bottomless cookie jar, and turndown service are just some of the individual touches Holden House offers to their guests. Holden House offers special packages for all occasions, such as a relaxing massage at the exclusive Garden of the Gods Club or champagne and flowers on arrival. Distinctive hospitality and personalized service is their hallmark.

Innkeepers, Sallie and Welling Clark, meticulously restored the property in 1986 and continue to own and operate the inn, and uphold high standards at Holden House. In addition to their innkeeping duties, Sallie is an El Paso County Commissioner and Welling a Research Scientist. The Clarks also offer consulting and seminars for aspiring innkeepers. Sallie and Welling and their attentive assistant innkeeping staff, will help you plan your itinerary around the many activities in the Pikes Peak Region. From outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, carriage rides, golf, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting to sightseeing at Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon Parks or Pikes Peak, you’ll want to return time and time again.

Among the Pikes Peak Regions' many events, you won’t want to miss the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Territory Days, Springs Spree, the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, the El Paso County Fair, Colorado Balloon Classic, IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Air Force Academy and Colorado College Graduation/Homecomings and the Holiday Festival of Lights, just to name a few. You’ll find a variety of activities all year long, including historic sites and antique districts, area museums, art galleries, unique gift shops, fine dining, the Philharmonic and other cultural events, all within easy distance of the Holden House. Check out Peak Radar online for the latest area activities.

Holden House's friendly resident mascots, InnCats 'Mei-Lin and Mingtoy', will greet you with purr-fect hospitality although pet-free accommodations are available. Built in 1902 by Isabel Holden, the spacious Guest Suites are named for mining towns in which the Holden’s owned interests. The Goldfield and Silverton Carriage House suites and the Rose Victorian’s Independence suite offer pet-free accommodations. If you prefer to stay in the Main House , the Aspen and Cripple Creek suites are favorites. The Independence suite also offers handicapped access. Inspections by AAA, Mobil, Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado, and Authentic B&B Inns and Cottages of Pikes Peak, assures that high standards are maintained. Step "Innside" Holden House for a tour.

Visit Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn's website at http://www.holdenhosue.com/ to find out more about this Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast Inn.

You can also visit our member website, Authentic Inns and Cottages of Pikes Peak, at http://www.colorado-bed-breakfast.com/ to check out the other 9 Colorado Bed and Breakfast Inns, Cabins and Cottages in our association.

Holden House 1902 Bed and Breakfast Inn, and all of us in the Authentic Inns and Cottages of Pikes Peak, look forward to helping you plan your Colorado Springs vacation and having you as our guests!

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