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No Skeletons in This Closet: Historic Colorado Hotels


Shaped by the rugged Rocky Mountains, wild rivers and a past that runs from dinosaurs to gold fever and storied resorts, Colorado is a state with a history worth considering. Which is why, when it comes time from a broad selection of Colorado hotels you might want to pay special attention so those that offer a little lore to go with the lodging.

For example, if you’re after a night’s stay in the state’s oldest, operational hotel, then your destination should be Empire, Colorado, home to the Peck House. Founded in 1862, this historic inn has played host to a many a stagecoach guest and gold prospector back in the day, and still accepts paying guests looking for room and board.

Looking for a Colorado Hotel a little closer to major ski areas? Try the New Sheridan Hotel in Telluride. Boasting thoroughly modern luxuries and rooms with stunning views, this historic gem has made the transition from old to new in grand fashion. The facade might look 19th-century, the bar might be the oldest in town, but trust us: there’s really nothing dated about this place.

A historic landmark smack downtown Durango, Colorado, the Strater Hotel is another charmer with a past. Though conscientiously renovated, period decor helps perpetuate the romance - without all the hardship - of life in an age when steam locomotives chugged through packed with miners in search of gold and silver in them thar hills.

If it’s a Rocky Mountain high you’re after, add to your list the Delaware Hotel in Leadville, Colorado. Located 10, 152 feet above sea level, this Victorian Inn dates back to 1886, but offers modern amenities to go with its age and altitude.

And finally, it might have only nine rooms, but the Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast in Denver is visibly special. Listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, this bed & breakfast may look like a formidable fortress on the outside, but inside it’s afternoon tea, hot tubs and good old Victorian-style romance; elopement packages available.

So yes, there are plenty of Colorado hotels of the chain variety to choose from, but who doesn’t need a little bit more historic romance to balance out the pace of a 21st-century existence?

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