Mountain Hideaways

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

November 2009

Hotel Chateau Chamonix

Georgetown might not be the first place you'd look for a touch of European elegance, but that's exactly what the Hotel Chateau Chamonix delivers. Dressed in dark woods, marbles, and neutral tones, the hotel's interior feels decidedly Old World—which was the goal for manager Tom Wilson and owner Marie-Claude Williams, who hails from France. The aesthetics are pleasing, but it's the innkeepers' warm personalities that create a truly inviting atmosphere. To wit: Upon guests' arrival, complimentary glasses of wine appear promptly with a smile (and a lovely French accent if Marie-Claude is around). The rooms only enhance the feeling that visitors have stumbled upon a slice of the French Alps in the Rockies. Crisp white duvets cover king-size beds—cozy spots to read a book, listen to Clear Creek through open patio doors, or take a delivered-to-your-room breakfast of coffee, fruit, and croissants.

Highlight Just a few blocks' walk from the hotel, the Euro Grill (1025 Rose St., 303-569-2126) offers a way to further your mini-European vacation. You can't go wrong with a plate of authentic schnitzel with mashed potatoes and sweet-and-sour cabbage.

Best Room Reserve one of the three rooms with a private two-person hot tub on the outdoor patio, which overlooks the creek.

Info 1414 Argentine St., Georgetown, 303-569-1109, www.hotelchateauchamonix.com