Mountain Hideaways

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

November 2009

Stonehaven Inn Bed and Breakfast

Perched on the western slope of Pikes Peak, surrounded by nothing but wilderness, the Stonehaven Inn feels isolated and remote—until you meet innkeepers Janis and Ferrel Minick. Offering warm smiles, attention to detail, and friendly conversation in their river-rock and hand-peeled-log abode, the Minicks' brand of hospitality includes customized breakfasts, homemade snacks like cookies and cakes that are available throughout the day, and a comfortable ambience that makes visitors simply want to hang around and decompress. Of course, if guests would rather venture outside, the surrounding landscape offers plenty of hiking trails brimming with local wildlife like deer, fox, mountain birds, elk, and black bear. Or, for a more "urban" outing, visit the nearby town of Cripple Creek for shopping, dining, or a quick hand of blackjack.

Highlight Sitting or reading a book on the inn's porch, which overlooks Rainbow Valley's pine forests, makes for a perfect lazy-afternoon activity. But if it's a little nippy outside, the hot tub is the best seat in the house.

Best Room The Africa room's ($110-$125) four-poster canopy bed may inspire romance, but the convenience of the kids' loft makes this room a no-brainer for families.

Info 1815 Calcite Drive, Divide, 719-686-0833, www.stonehaven-innbnb.com