Stay: An aptly named ruby-colored gem just a few minutes walk from Elk Avenue (the main drag), The Ruby of Crested Butte is exactly the type of bed-and-breakfast you dream up when you think of getting away from it all. You'll stuff yourself with the gourmet breakfasts—cooked by Chris Greene, who owns the property with his wife, Andrea—which provide hearty fuel for the day ahead, whether Dutch apple pancakes or asparagus-and-cheese frittatas are on the menu. There's an on-site hot tub, fresh baked cookies, and cruiser bikes (pictured) you can borrow at any time. And the staff is always around to answer questions or offer recommendations for hikes and restaurants.
Rooms start at $129; 624 Gothic Ave., 970-349-1338
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