Mountain Hideaways

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

November 2009

Arbor House Inn
South Fork

Keith and Laurie Bratton—a jovial, spirited couple tailor-made for life in Colorado—bought the Arbor House Inn property in 1999, did extensive renovations, and then opened what has become one of Colorado's sweetest little riverside inns. Settled on 400 feet of riverfront along the South Fork of the Rio Grande, the Arbor House looks and feels more like home than your typical bed-and-breakfast: No tchotchkes clutter the space, comfortable furniture replaces stiff antiques, and the innkeepers adhere to a we're-here-if-you-need-us philosophy that eliminates the feeling that you're living in their home. All of that allows guests to simply enjoy the large river-adjacent patio and hot tub, the snug guestrooms, and the sublime breakfasts of French toast, crêpes, freshly baked breads, breakfast tostadas with salsa, or Rocky Mountain scrambled eggs.

Highlight The Arbor House Inn is located just 20 minutes from Wolf Creek ski area—a must-try Colorado ski experience. If downhill's not your thing, check out the miles and miles of cross-country skiing trails that wind their way through the area.

Best Room The Lovin' Oven ($165) is the inn's equivalent of a honeymoon suite, but anyone will enjoy the fireplace, in-room whirlpool tub for two, private entrance, and direct access onto the backyard deck.

Info 31358 West Highway 160, South Fork, 719-873-5012, www.arborhouseinnco.com