Pikes Peak Out My Window

June 12, 2007 at 4:42 pm 4 comments

Not only does the Colorado Springs area offer outstanding natural beauty, it also offers a wide range of hotel/resort/cabin/cottage options. Sandy and I chose a “cottage” option out in the mountains of Divide. But we took time to tour a bed & breakfast in Manitou Springs and an exceptional resort just outside Colorado Springs and will report on those in a later post.

A view of the “cottages” from the gazebo.

Pikes Peak in Full View.
The Village at D&B Ranch is a most unique place to stay. Located outside of Divide (which is outside Manitou Springs, which is outside of Colorado Springs — really about 30 miles outside of Colorado Springs), the Village encompasses 3 custom-designed “cottage” homes. One is Victorian in style, one is Colonial and the other is a Williamsburg brick style. All are placed alongside a mountain trout stream running off of Pikes Peak. All have been thoughtfully designed and beautifully appointed. Natural cherrywood floors. Gorgeous antique furniture. Brick walkway and trout stream alongside the cottages lead to large gazebo and outdoor kitchen area.Handmade quilts and down comforters. An efficiency kitchen with excellent breakfast fare waiting in the refrigerator.

 

No musty cottages here — these are guest homes that were built just 5 years ago. We thoroughly enjoyed the comfort of the 1-bedroom Victorian with a huge gas fireplace in theWell-appointed bath with oval whirlpool, natural stone shower, even candles to light while looking out from your bath over the creek. living room and an oval whirlpool tub and separate shower in the bathroom. The bedroom offered an alcove, complete with a pair of comfortable chairs, to look out through the valley at Pikes Peak.

The Village at D&B Ranch is about 5-6 miles out of Divide, the last few miles on a wide dirt road. But don’t be put off by a dirt road as it leads to a gorgeous small and very private valley with these vacation home cottages.

The alcove in the bedroom had a perfect view of Pike’s Peak.

Long-horned sheep are frequently seen on the side of the mountain. This mini-valley is situated in the middle of the 12,000 acre Mueller State Park. It’s quiet, beautiful and very comfortable. While we were there, we noted that a honeymooning couple and a young family were in the other two cottages. Hardly ever saw them.

Queen-sized bed with handmade quilt and down comforter. The chest is a beautiful pieces from the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort.

The nightly rates are very reasonable, especially when you consider this spectacular location and the high quality (and very clean) cottages. We would love to return there with our husbands.

NEXT: What to See Around Colorado Springs

TIPS:
1) In season, a 1-bedroom runs about $125/night. The 2 br, 3 bath, 3 fireplace cottage runs $200/night. All have a kitchen, jacuzzi, access to BBQ and gazebo with full outdoor kitchen with free laundry, 2 ponds. Off-season rates are a bit lower.
2) The location is just 9 miles from Cripple Creek, an old gold mining town that now has about 20 small to medium-sized casinos. A mining town/western theme. Very fun.
3) The kitchen and refrigerator were stocked with bacon, eggs, high quality orange juice, half-and-half and Tully’s coffee from Seattle. We chose not to cook and found it an easy drive into town to local restaurants.
4) If you’re into trout fishing, you’ll also find the South Platte River nearby — apparently a prime fly-fishing location.
5) You can find out more at http://www.dbranch.com.

6) Midwest Airlines begins service to Colorado Springs on July 1. (2 roundtrips each weekday and a total of 3 on weekends) It’s an easy airport to get into and out of. Very convenient to all the great stuff you’ll want to see around the area.

 

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Burt Caldwell  |  June 26, 2007 at 10:50 am

    You apparently missed one of the better eateries in the Manitou Springs / Colorado Springs area – Amanda’s Fonda at 3625 W. Colorado Ave. (south side of the street) between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. According to the (very accurate) sign, they have “Great Mexican Cusine and Awesome Margaritas”.

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  • 2. tish  |  June 26, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Burt — I did miss it. Actually, Amanda’s Fonda was recommended to us by one of the local shopkeepers, but we missed dining there — it may have been one of the restaurants not open at the time we were in town.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

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  • 3. Jim  |  June 28, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Colorado is one exciting spot to vacation to. I love your pictures of the B&B. Makes me want to take a trip to the Springs area. There’s so much to do there. Hiking, mountain biking, scenery, fishing the Arkansas and South Platte rivers, camping, you name it. I’m glad that you found Colorado a good place to visit. See what other places you might want to visit on your next Colorado vacation at: ColoradoTravelExperience

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  • 4. OAD Physical Therapy  |  July 2, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Love the webpage.

    Reply

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