Mountain Hideaways

Escape for a quiet, cozy, winter weekend at one of these delightful high-country retreats.

November 2009

Minturn Inn

The Minturn Inn enjoys its low-key setting in the oft-overlooked gem of Minturn, a mining town turned authentic mountain community, located between the ski resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek. Guests will dig the location, too—the inn and its newer River Lodge building back up to the banks of the rushing Eagle River. Innkeepers Susan and Matt Morrison will steer you toward the right accommodations for your party, but both the main inn (built in 1915) and the new lodge (finished in 2000) offer rooms with hewn log beds, antler chandeliers, fireplaces, and plush down comforters. The staff at the inn is happy to guide you around their little mountain town, sending you to local spots like the Minturn Saloon, where Doc Holliday once imbibed.

Highlight The inn offers spa treatments on-site, including hot stone massages and facials. If you're staying at the inn with your sweetie, schedule a couple's massage for a romantic—and time-saving—treat.

Best Room The Two Elk Creek room ($199-$279) in the River Lodge has a king-size bed, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, and extraordinary views of the Eagle River and Vail Mountain from a private deck.

Info 442 Main St., Minturn, 970-827-9647, www.minturninn.com