Mountain Hideaways

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

November 2009

Bear Paw Inn
Winter Park Highlands

The definition of cozy, Winter Park's intimate Bear Paw Inn may not be big, but it's long on Rocky Mountain charm. From a warm spot in front of the roaring stone fireplace, guests can look out over Rocky Mountain National Park and the Continental Divide, stunning snow-covered geography that beckons visitors outside for snowshoeing, tubing, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, and downhill skiing at Winter Park Resort. Back at the inn, though, queen-size, down-comforter-heavy beds call from the Bear Paw's two guestrooms—each one a welcome respite after a day in the cold. In the morning, guests take coffee in bed before sauntering to the dining room to enjoy spreads that often include items such as French toast, omelets, huevos rancheros, buttermilk pancakes with blueberry compote, or sour cream Belgian waffles with Vermont maple syrup.

Highlight The Hot Sulphur Springs mineral baths (www.hotsulphursprings.com) are a short drive from the Bear Paw Inn. With more than 20 pools of varying temperatures, these 140-year-old springs make for a relaxing end to a long day outdoors.

Best Room There are only two to choose from, but given the choice, pick the Master Bedroom ($205-$235) for the private entrance and deck.

Info 871 Bear Paw Drive, Winter Park Highlands, 970-887-1351, www.bearpaw-winterpark.com