Sunday, June 28, 2009

CO B&B scenery offers Gold Belt byway...

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, a Colorado B&B is waiting for you. This month, check out our special Scenic Byway feature in South Central Colorado on the Gold Belt Tour in the Pikes Peak and Canon City area while you plan your stay in Colorado Springs, Chipita Park, Cascade, Woodland Park, Divide, Cripple Creek, Pueblo or Canon City...

Our distinct Colorado B&Bs are ready to welcome you with a genuine smile, personalized service, clean and comfortable accommodations and a delicious homecooked breakfast. Savor special delights, prepared by loving innkeepers. This month, try Ambiance Inn's creative Breakfast Pizza It's the perfect accompaniment to your breakfast brunch and so delicious that you'll want to travel to one of our Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado member B&Bs just to personally sample our breakfasts inn-style! (photo right- Our Hearts Inn)

Simply driving the Gold Belt Tour in Colorado is an adventure in itself. While following historic railroad and stagecoach routes leading you to North America's greatest gold camps, you will find yourself traversing between narrow canyon walls and along excitingly steep drop-offs. Although the area is no longer bustling with the activities of the gold rush, you can still "strike it rich" with views of outstanding scenery and limitless recreational activities. (Photo left: Red Canyon)

As you drive the byway, watch for the hundreds of historic gold mines that surround the communities along the way. Get a real feel for the gold rush days when you visit Victor's National Historic District and Cripple Creek, the historical hub of the mining district and a National Historic Landmark. Most of the buildings built in the early 1900s have been restored to their original likeness, and will give you an authentic look at what life must have been like on the road to riches. Once you've discovered gold mining of the past, visit Victor's new active gold mine. See for yourself the toil and backbreaking labor that went into gold mining in the 1890s and how technology has improved the miner's endeavors today. (Photo left: Royal Gorge Bridge)

Mining isn't the only attraction from the past to be found on the byway. Get a glimpse of what life may have been like long before gold miners came to the area when you visit the three fossil finds located on the byway. See evidence of Earth's prehistoric life in the 80,000 fossilized specimens of tree stumps, insects, seeds and leaves at the internationally renowned Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. It's a great place to stop for a picnic lunch and to learn about the past.

Communities along the byway supplement the rich culture of this area. Cañon City is currently the byway's largest community. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is one of the city's most distinctive historic sites. You can go to the Santa Fe Depot to purchase tickets for a ride on the Royal Gorge Railroad. Enjoy community events such as the Music and Blossom Festival. In the summertime, old-fashioned entertainment thrives in Cañon City's Park. Visit the Rudd Family cabin, and then spend the afternoon shopping and exploring the city's two museums. For more history and museums, make a stop in Florence. The Pioneer Museum contains pieces of Florence’s past. The area downtown is filled with more shops and restaurants.
You'll find plenty of recreational opportunities on the Gold Belt Tour.

If you love the great outdoors, this is the place to be. Enjoy some great fishing, camping, and hiking areas. Or take advantage of the dirt roads for mountain biking and horseback riding. If the steep rock cliffs of the Shelf Road don't intimidate you, you may want to go over the edge and do some rock climbing. For a thrilling adventure, take a drive over the Royal Gorge Bridge. The drive can be a little nerve-wracking and you may find yourself holding your breath as you drive across the world's highest suspension bridge spanning the Royal Gorge 1,053 feet above the water of the Arkansas River. You can walk or drive over the bridge, or take the world's steepest incline railway to the bottom of the Royal Gorge. Whatever adventure you may be after, the rugged terrain of the Gold Belt Tour has something in store for you. (Photo above: Shelf Road)

The Pikes Peak Region offers unparelled beauty and variety. From the plains to the east and south to the mountainous terrain on the west, there is outdoor adventure including local, state and national parks and monuments, historical attractions and museums, archeological finds, nightlife, festivals, fairs, arts and culture. Check out where you'll find a list of many of the area events throughout the area. To watch a video of the Pikes Peak area attractions, click here.

Gold Belt Tour area B&Bs include Colorado Springs (Crescent Lily, Holden House, Hughes Hacienda, Old Town GuestHouse, Our Hearts Inn, Summit House Inn, The St. Mary's Inn), Cascade (America's Rocky Mountain Lodge, Blue Spruce Inn, Eastholme in the Rockies), Chipita Park (Chipita Lodge), Divide (Stonehaven Inn), Woodland Park (Pikes Peak Paradise, Pikes Peak Resort, The Woodland Inn), Manitou Springs (1892 Victoria's Keep, Avenue Hotel, Blue Skies Inn, Two Sisters Inn), Cripple Creek (Carr Manor, Whispering Pines), Canon City (Jewel of the Canyons), Pueblo (Abriendo Inn, Edgar Olin House) Visit Colorado and National Scenic Byways for additional byways around the state.

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Recipe Preview of the soon to be released "Colorado Culinary Inn-Spirations" Cookbook

Ambiance Inn, Carbondale, CO
Breakfast Pizza
1 pound sausage
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 (4 ox.) can mushrooms, drained
1 (8 oz.) package crescent rolls
1/4 cup milk
4 eggs, beaten
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions: Brown sausage, drain, saute peppers, onions and mushrooms. Line a 9"x12" baking pan with crescent rolls, pat into pan. Pour on the sausage mixture, add combined eff and milk mixture, sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Colorado Scenic Byways and B&B's Along the Way!

Summer has officially arrived and our Colorado B&Bs are the perfect place to experience outdoor adventure or romantic bliss. Colorado offers spectacular scenery featuring fun activities such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fishing and so much more. Spend your days finding your adventurous spirit or lazily spending time sitting by a stream or taking in our fresh Colorado air. Perhaps an historic museum, fine arts center, craft fair or shopping excursion is to your liking. No matter your interests, tastes and abilities, your Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado innkeeper-hosts are always pleased to help you find your perfect activity. Whether you prefer an historic Victorian, a cozy cottage, a stately castle, rustic log home or a modern mansion, our Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado (BBIC) member inns are ready to serve. Sign up for our monthly E-Newsletter, Colorado Inn-Spirations!

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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, a Colorado B&B is waiting for you. This month, check out our special Scenic Byway feature in Northwest Colorado along Trail Ridge Road and planning your stay in Estes Park or nearby Boulder...

Our distinct Colorado B&Bs are ready to welcome you with a genuine smile, personalized service, clean and comfortable accommodations and a delicious homecooked breakfast.

Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway-

Colorado B&Bs await your Adventurous Spirit!

Winding through the forests and mountains of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow Road encompasses over 50 miles of beautiful landscapes. Stop at the overlooks that line the byway for magnificent yet different vistas of the Rocky Mountains, which tower at more than 14,000 feet. Take a short five-minute stroll at the Forest Canyon Overlook and marvel at the view of Forest Canyon, Hayden Gorge, and Gorge Lakes. Stand on the roof of the Rockies at Rock Cut. Pull over at Rainbow Curve, elevated over two miles above sea level, and see trees transformed by long, repeated exposure to the harsh winds, ice, and grit of this severe environment.

At Milner Pass, the byway meets the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which crosses approximately 3,100 miles ranging from the Canada-Montana border to the Mexico-New Mexico border. At elevations over 10,000 feet, this trail offers spectacular views of the Rockies and the meadows that lie at their base. Spend a few hours or a few days exploring the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

(Long's Peak pictured at Left) Explore the abundance of adventure found year-round in Rocky Mountain National Park. During winter, snow blankets the forests and meadows, inviting you to snowshoe or cross-country ski. In warmer months, campers and fishers find serenity and solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. Over 350 miles of trails await hikers and backpackers of all skill levels. Wildlife-watchers also know the splendor of this protected area and its numerous opportunities to see rare animals and plants. Eagles and peregrine falcons reign in the skies; marmots and pikas scamper along the ground. Alpine tundra wildflowers bloom in brilliant shapes and shades. Camp in the National Park, where the clear atmosphere on balmy summer nights magnifies the glittery night sky.

This region contains some of Colorado's finest scenery, framed by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. An adventurer's paradise, trees and trails thrive throughout the acres surrounding the byway. Take a leisurely drive or pack for weekend campout; Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow Road Scenic Byway is sure to exceed your expectations.
Close by B&Bs include Anniversary Inn, Black Dog Inn, Quilt House Bed & Breakfast, Sonnenhof Bed & Breakfast, Taharaa Mountain Lodge . For details on Colorado and National Scenic Byways

Estes Park, Colorado, the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park, is on 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 and 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.

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